Channel Hoppers: International team event announced

By The Pearly King 26/09/2020

The inaugural Island Hoppers column alluded to a potential development for darters in the Channel Islands. I am delighted to announce that January 2021 will see a new four-team tournament with both Jersey and Guernsey taking part. The Isle of Man and the Republic of Ireland make up the quartet.

The host venue will rotate between the teams with the Isle of Man staging the inaugural event. Jersey have yet to announce their squad, leaving it until closer to the time due to the pandemic. Guernsey on the other hand have named those who will be pulling on the green shirt in Douglas. The Ladies team is: Shane Loveridge, Tracy Ingrouille, Tracy De La Haye, Jo Ellis, Yvonne Le Gallic, Debbie Hamon and Megan Billien, with Caroline La Touche as reserve. Ken Waters, Mark Fletcher, Lee Savident, Adam Gontier, Simon De La Mare, Lee Smith, Paul Poullain, Nick Ogier, Tom Cotterill, Carl Gauvain, Jason Allez, Adie Exall and Michael Ogier make up the Men’s line up with Callum Ferbrache as reserve.

Some more good news for the “Donkeys” has seen Guernsey pass the first stage in their application to join the WDF. They will now be waiting to hear if they are successful in the remaining stages in order to attain full membership, which will see them and Jersey in both the World and Europe Cup. The Western Individual League held their AGM, with June Allen standing down after many years’ service and I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her contribution.

The Ladies Super League reached its conclusion with Debbie Hamon claiming the trophy Tracy Ingrouille edged out Yvonne Le Gallic for the runners-up spot. Adam Gontier did a fine job of organising the League and it is hoped that the Men’s Super League will return when the next season commences, having been cancelled this time around due to Covid-19.

Mid-October sees the second Herm Festival, which again will be hosted by Tom Jones at the Mermaid Tavern. Sadly, neither the Jersey contingent or those originally slated to come over from the UK mainland will be unable to compete due to travel restrictions which is a shame, but I am sure they will return in numbers next year.

Manor Farm Foods are sponsoring the Herm Classic, along with new sponsors for the Herm Open, the Juggling King Rum Company, who we are delighted to have on board. Jason Allez took the honours in the inaugural Open, with Simon De La Mare looking to retain his Classic title. Both Ladies events were won last year by Tracy Ingrouille who will be looking for the “double double”. A full report on the Open will appear in the next edition of Island Hoppers.

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