As part of our support of Rugby in Schools we cover the hire of training facilities at the KGV for the Lord Jersey Guernsey Schools squad – which is made up of player’s from across the Island’s secondary schools – so they can train all through the winter.
Mike travelled to Jersey last week with the teams and coaches to watch the games and although Jersey won our players were superb against tough opposition being a credit to their schools and Guernsey.
It was great to see again, for the second year running, two combined Guernsey Schools teams at this year’s Lord Jersey tournament held at the Jersey Rugby Club on 21 March in near perfect rugby conditions.
The teams had been preparing for this tournament since the early start of November and through support from Only Fools and Donkeys were able to use the superb KGV playing facilities as their base for training. Many hours on the field, in the gym and at team meetings were put in to make sure they were fully prepared and ready to give it their best on the day.
The Lord Jersey Cup allows students from all backgrounds, abilities and experiences of rugby to come together and work as a team. The Guernsey teams were made up of boys from the Islands Secondary Schools and Colleges and the competition was fierce from as soon as the first whistle blew.
Both teams had a fantastic experience of playing against some of the top Jersey rugby schools. The Guernsey Schools second showed great resilience in their defending on their try line and it was brilliant to see them create some fantastic scoring opportunities. The Guernsey first team were up against some very athletic and well drilled opposition and narrowly missed out on getting to the final which was contested between Les Quennevais and Victoria College in a thrilling final.
Without continued support from Mourant, Ozannes, Only Fools and Donkeys and Blue Islands, this brilliant opportunity would have not have been possible.
We look forward to selecting the squad again in 2019 and are confident that the Lord Jersey Cup will be a stepping stone for some of the Islands most talented rugby players to go and play rugby and create some fantastic memories with their school peers.