Hot Custard hoping to stir things up at Channel Islands Club Championship
London touch team Hot Custard is returning to the island this weekend hoping to win back the title at Guernsey Touch’s Channel Islands Club Championship.
Last year, the side bought two teams to the one day tournament which they previously won in 2011 and 2014. The teams drew each other in the cup semi-finals with Hot Custard 1 victorious and facing Jersey’s The Islanders in a fiercely competitive final which saw the Channel Island team winning 5 – 4.
‘Hot Custard is a well-known team at tournaments across the UK as they always play incredibly competitive touch but also fully embrace the social side of the sport. The whole aim of the Channel Islands Club Championship is to give our local teams the opportunity to play against new teams, who often bring very strong sides, and of course show off the island as well,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Ollie Ward.
Hot Custard will be joined by fellow London side CSSC Phantoms on their first trip to the island and the two teams will play alongside six Guernsey teams in the mixed tournament.
The eight teams have been drawn in two pools. Electric Shocks, CSSC Phantoms, Healthspan Harlequins and Barbarians in pool A and JGA, Hot Custard, U Can’t Touch This and Try Babies, the Guernsey under 18 side who will use the tournament as training ahead of the Youth Euros later this month.
Each pool will play round robin fixtures before lunch ahead of semi-finals and finals. The top team in pool A will play second place in pool B in one semi-final and the top team in pool B will play second place in pool A in the other. The winners will go into the cup final with the losers competing in the plate final. The bottom four teams will move into the bowl competition playing semi-finals and finals.
‘This is the ninth Channel Island Club Championship and is always a great event for players, referees and spectators. It takes a considerable amount of work, particularly as everyone involved is a volunteer but we think it’s important for the sport to have a one day tournament which offers something different to the league,’ said Ollie.
The games, which are all at KGV, start at 9am with the finals getting underway at 2.20pm, 3pm and 3.40pm.