Eight-year wait over

YOU don’t need to have a gold medal hanging around your neck to have that golden feeling, just ask our island women footballers.

Megan Dowinton won mountain bike bronze just days before her 17th birthday (Picture by Steve Sarre)

They will not get close to a medal in Jersey, but they have won a game – their first in eight years of trying at the biennial NatWest Island Games.

Goalscorer Vicki Rang spoke of her ‘unbelievable amount of proudness’, while team-mate Natalie Bianco said she was feeling ‘overwhelmed’ after finally playing on a winning side.

Eleanor Holden scored the winner in the 3-2 victory over Ynys Mon and although their tournament is now complete, they can go home happy.

The same will certainly be said of swimmer Courtney Butcher.

She won her second gold of the week with victory in the 200m backstroke.

‘In winning her gold medal, Courtney paced it beautifully and has broken her own island record by two seconds,’ said coach Alison Frankland.

‘She also set a new island record in the 50m freestyle final [in which she was fifth] by 0.01sec.’

Guernsey’s other gold, on a quiet day for the Sarnians on the podium front, came via archer Lisa Gray who won the women’s recurve head-to-head knockout at St Peter, defeating team-mate Chantelle Goubert 6-0 in the final.

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