Silverware for Hot Custard on their return to Guernsey
Hot Custard returned to Guernsey after a two year absence and scooped the trophy at last weekend’s KPMG Channel Islands’ Championship.
Having previously won in 2011, Hot Custard was one of two English teams taking part in the one day touch event, with both teams winning all of their round robin games.
‘This is the seventh year we have held a tournament which is open to off-island teams. It was launched in 2008 to provide local teams the opportunity of playing different teams in a one day, competitive tournament and we are delighted that each year, we get teams coming over to take part,’ said Katrina.
‘Saturday’s weather was perfect for a touch tournament as there was just enough wind to keep the temperature down but it was warm enough for people to enjoy watching. There was some excellent games of touch and everyone seems to have enjoyed it.’
In the round robin stage, the other English team Tumeke were drawn in a pool with Galaxy Standard Chartered and Healthspan Harlequins with both teams playing each other twice. Tumeke won all four of its games beating Galaxy Standard Chartered 7 – 3 and 7 – 4 and then Healthspan Harlequins 5 – 2 and 5 – 3. The games between Healthspan Harlequins and Galaxy Standard Chartered saw one win apiece with the first game ending in a 7 – 3 win for Galaxy Standard Chartered and the second in a 5 – 3 win for Healthspan Harlequins.
In pool B, Hot Custard took on Electric Shocks and FOMO, a team combined from league sides Source Sorcerers and Lancaster Dum Busters. Hot Custard beat FOMO 6 – 3 and then 4 – 1 and also beat Electric Shocks 4 – 2 and 8 – 1. FOMO beat Electric Shocks in both their games, 5 – 0 in the first and 4 – 1 in the second.
In semi-final one, Tumeke took on FOMO and beat them 6 – 2 to secure a place in the final against Hot Custard who beat Galaxy Standard Chartered 6 – 2.
In the fifth and sixth play-off, Healthspan Harlequins bear Electric Shocks 8 – 4 to finish fifth and in the plate final FOMO won the silverware with a 6 – 4 win over Galaxy Standard Chartered.
In the final Tumeke proved strongest in the first half and led at half-time but Hot Custard stepped up their game in the second half and won the game and the trophy with a 6 – 3 victory.
The most valued player awards went to James Thurston from Tumeke with Laura Cravo from Galaxy Guernsey, who also won it last year, and Laura Mitchell, sharing the honours for the ladies.
‘It takes an enormous amount of organisation to run an all day tournament, particularly when all of the committee are volunteers fitting in their touch responsibilities around full-time jobs and family commitments so they deserve enormous praise,’ said Katrina.
‘We also need to thank KPMG for their financial support, Elizabeth College and the Memorial Field groundsmen for providing an ideal setting, the referees from the UK, Jersey and Guernsey who all help ensure the games are played to a high standard and the players themselves. It all came together to create a fantastic one day tournament.