Jersey Bulls consider switching ‘home’ venues

JERSEY BULLS are set to play a considerable number of ‘home’ games away as they attempt to avoid a Covid-induced backlog.

Jersey Bulls' chairman says the club may not return to Springfield – with our without fans – until January Picture: ROB CURRIE
Jersey Bulls' chairman says the club may not return to Springfield – with our without fans – until January Picture: ROB CURRIE

Club chairman Russell Le Feuvre is not counting on a return to action at Springfield until at least January, due to Government of Jersey restrictions which do not allow sporting events held specifically for UK participants to take place.

Bulls officials are therefore approaching mainland clubs to discuss the use of their ground as an adopted home, with the Islanders preparing for multiple double-header weekends to keep pace with the rest of Combined Counties Division I.

Some of Bulls’ tenth-tier rivals have already played two games more than Gary Freeman’s side, with the help of midweek fixtures.

‘We have no update yet on when we can play at Springfield,’ Le Feuvre explained. ‘We’re now just assuming that we’ll be playing away from home until January so we’re in discussions with a couple of clubs in the UK about using their facilities as our home pitch. We’d like to try and play our “home” games on a Sunday, perhaps, having played our scheduled away game in England on the Saturday. That way we can reduce the amount of [Covid] testing players take and it will also reduce the pressure on government resources here.

‘It might be new year before we can play home games again, but that’s just my opinion. It may be a case of health officials seeing what happens when we move into autumn and winter and we completely understand that. The priority is the safety of the Island and the authorities have got to make the right decision.’

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