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TWO OUT OF TWO NEEDED

GUERNSEY needs two wins out of two at the European Touch Championship today after torrential rain forced the organisers to restructure the tournament.

Games were stopped on Wednesday afternoon due to the weather and there was no action at the event in Treviso, northern Italy, until midday yesterday in order to give the ground time to dry.

Having played two games on Wednesday, Guernsey was due to play two yesterday but only the game against Switzerland took place. Guernsey plays France and Italy today and need to win both games to be in with a chance of getting a quarter final place.

‘The weather means the organisers have had to change the tournament format and so now instead of having a second round of pool games before semi-finals and finals, the mixed open teams will play the remaining pool games with the top four from each pool going through to the quarter finals,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

‘Guernsey is currently sitting fifth out of six teams in pool A and so need to win both games in order to go through to the quarter finals. We know France is a strong team and that will be the challenge especially after the defeat to Switzerland yesterday. We hadn’t expected that as we had played and beaten them at last year’s World Cup but it’s a tough lesson for the team that you should never underestimate the opposition. They are fired up and ready to play some their best touch of the tournament today to secure that quarter final spot.’

Yesterday’s game saw the Swiss score within two minutes of the whistle but captain Chris Goddard immediately replied with a diving touchdown. The Swiss scored twice more before Carly Parrott got one back for the greens but in the last minute the Swiss scored again to end the first half 4 – 2. The Swiss added a fifth straight after half-time but Guernsey’s player coach Ollie Ward replied to make it 5 – 3. Despite Ward claiming a touch, the referees awarded Switzerland’s sixth and then added a seventh before Owain Norman and Goddard added two more for Guernsey. With one more touchdown from Switzerland, they won the game 8 – 5.

Guernsey’s games today are at 10am against France and at 1.20pm against Italy.

Anyone wanting to follow Guernsey’s progress can do so on Twitter by following @GuernseyTouch or @TouchEuros.