Greens fight back for inter-insular draw
GUERNSEY had a bitter-sweet taste in their mouth over Sunday lunch.
The Sarnians staged a brilliant fightback on home soil as they won the concluding singles session of the Ravenscroft Inter-Insular 7-3 to halve the match 10-10 at L’Ancresse. But holders Jersey flew home with the Challenge Trophy still in their possession.
It was the red onslaught in Saturday afternoon’s fourballs rather than the wind that had blown the hosts off course, though, as Jersey whitewashed the session 5-0 to take the initiative overnight with a four-point cushion – an initiative that the Greens so very nearly snatched back in the most dramatic fashion.
In the end, Jersey captain Darren Attwood was thankful to Matthew Parkman, who holed a clutch putt from 25 ft on the 18th for a birdie two to edge out Nigel Vaudin and retain the trophy for the Reds in only the fourth singles match out, such was Guernsey’s dominance across the rest of the board.
‘I was thinking this can’t go wrong surely, then at one stage it got really nervy, but Parky just did what Parky can do and to hole across the green on 18 to retain the trophy was just unbelievable golf,' said Attwood.
‘Hats off, though, to Danny [Vennard] and his team. We saw their faces on Saturday night and they were not in a good place – having been vice-captain here two years ago, I know what it’s like and it’s a horrible feeling – but I said they would come out fighting and as good as we were on Saturday, they were on Sunday.’
Full report in Monday's Final Whistle.