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Two records for CISX Channel Islands' Championship

A RECORD number of teams and players will compete in next weekend’s CISX Channel Islands’ Championship.

The two-day tournament, which is now in its fourth year, will see teams from Guernsey, Jersey, England, Scotland and Wales take part. More than 150 players will play over the weekend including around 60 from off-island.

‘We are absolutely delighted with the number of teams that have entered the CISX Channel Islands’ Championship. We established the tournament to give local players the opportunity to play off-island teams and to encourage people to come to Guernsey and the entries this year demonstrate that we have achieved that,’ said Guernsey Touch chair Katrina Bray.

‘We have teams from the UK who have never been to the island before so we’re hoping the weather will be kind and that we have a great weekend of touch.’

Visiting teams Oxford Barbarians, Bareback Rider, Varsity Vandals, CO2 and Hot Custard will join Source, Panthers, Galaxy, Martel-Dunn and A Woman’s Touch. Teams will be divided into a mixed, men’s and ladies’ division and will play in a round-robin competition over the two days culminating in finals. Games take place at the Garenne Stand and at Memorial Field.

‘We’re very grateful to Culture & Leisure and Elizabeth College, as well as our sponsor Channel Islands Stock Exchange, for their invaluable support. It’s fantastic that we’re able to showcase touch at the island’s premier sporting venue and we couldn’t do it without their support and the enthusiasm shown by the players. We hope that people will come down and see just why this sport is as popular as it is,’ said Katrina.

The weekend will also see a number of local referees assessed for their Level 2 qualification.

‘Referees are an integral part of the game and Guernsey Touch has invested heavily in training and coaching to ensure that the standard of the game continues to improve. We are delighted that Derek Fisher, the European Director of Referees for our governing body the Federation of International Touch is coming to the island to run a Level 2 course and coach and assess our referees,’ said Katrina