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Two out of three for Guernsey teams at CISX Channel Islands’ Championship

GUERNSEY teams scooped two out of three trophies at this year’s CISX Channel Islands’ Championship.

The two-day tournament saw teams from Guernsey, Jersey and the UK taking part with more than 150 players competing.

‘It was another successful tournament with a very high standard of touch. The visiting teams increases the competitiveness of the tournament as it allows local teams to play against teams that they are unfamiliar with. The reputation of the CISX Channel Islands’ Championship is growing all the time and our aim is to continue growing it and attracting more teams from across Europe to the island,’ said Guernsey Touch chair,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

The nine mixed teams were divided into two pools for the Saturday games before the top four went into the cup competition and the remaining five into the bowl. The six men’s teams were also divided into two pools with the results deciding which teams were in finals. The two ladies teams played each other three times.

In the mixed competition, Co2 from Jersey met Galaxy London. Co2 had secured their place after a closely fought 3 – 2 win over Monkey Magic and Galaxy London had a similar battle to reach the final after their game with Not Concept 360 ended in a 3 – 3 draw. The game went to a drop off with Galaxy London scoring the winning touchdown. In the final, Co2 proved to be the stronger team and beat the London side 5 – 2 to take the trophy.

In the mixed bowl semi-finals Martel-Dunn Recruits took on Collas Crill Pink Sox and beat them 6 – 1 and Galaxy Guernsey put three touchdowns past Blades. In the final Martel-Dunn Recruits repeated their semi-final scoreline and beat Galaxy Guernsey 6 – 1 to take the trophy.

The final standings in the mixed competition were Co2, Galaxy London, Not Concept 360, Monkey Magic, Martel-Dunn Recruits, Galaxy Guernsey, Collas Crill Pink Sox, Blades and L’Eree Confidential.

In the men’s competition, Monkey Mayhem and Galaxy topped the group and met in the final. The game was evenly matched and finished 3 – 3 at full-time to take it to a drop off. Neither team scored from their first possession of the ball but Monkey Mayhem eventually crossed into the touchdown zone to take the trophy with a 4 – 3 win.

Cornerstone Exiles took third place with a 1 – 0 win over Blades and the Guernsey Gaels took fifth place with a convincing 7 – 2 victory against Touch ur it.

In the ladies competition, Galaxy Ladies took the trophy from Cheeky Monkeys.

Over the course of the weekend, captains were asked to nominate a most valued player from the opposing side and Guernsey players took all four awards. Cassy Morris was named women’s most valued player, Chris Wray won the men’s and in the mixed, Sam Stables won the men’s award and Claire Tostevin won the women’s.

Bray said the challenge now for the committee was to maintain momentum and ensure that the tournament continues to grow.

‘Tournaments like this are happening all over Europe and so we want to do what we can to make sure that the CISX Channel Islands is the tournament which players put in their calendars first. The continued sponsorship of the Channel Islands Stock Exchange helps us keep entry costs low and provide a great experience and so we’re very grateful to them for that support,’ she said.