Golden girls fire Greens up table

GOLDEN girls Nikki Trebert and Sarah Mercier helped make it another memorable day for Team Guernsey in Gibraltar yesterday.

Following on from her team gold in the 25m women’s sport pistol on Sunday, Trebert took the honours in the individual event yesterday, scoring 550 to beat the field by an impressive 10-point margin.

Mercier showed her class in the 10,000m at the Lathbury Sports Complex athletics track, finishing over half-a-minute head of teammate and silver medallist Jenny James, who herself was a cut above the remainder of the field.

There was plenty of silver lining Guernsey pockets by the end of the day, too, although the last of those was an agonising defeat to Greenland in a thrilling team badminton final that went deep into the night.

There are already further medals guaranteed today, with the table tennis team facing the old enemy Jersey in this morning’s final.

Guernsey team manager Alex Robinson believes that his side and No. 1 Garry Dodd have a target on their back due to their previous success.

‘I think it adds more pressure, if I’m honest, because you’ve got so much to live up to each time. We’re now on three golds on the trot in the team event and it doesn’t come easy each time,’ he said.

‘With those golds comes more expectation each time and it is all testimony to the players really. I’ve been in those shoes myself and it is really exhausting, but days like this make it all worth it.’

Meanwhile, Natalie Dodd will play for women’s individual gold in the squash event after upsetting the seeding yesterday when she beat Bermuda’s Rachel Barnes in straight games in the quarter-finals before overcoming Beth Garton of Jersey, also in straight games, in the semis.

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