Autumn date has not been ruled out

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MUTED hopes of a 2020 Basketball Inter-Insular remain despite Jersey’s plans for increased movement to and from the UK.

Martin Yabsley attacks the basket for Guernsey in their 2019 Men’s Inter-Insular win. (Picture by Jason Friend, 28413727)

Yet uncertainty is currently rife and the Guernsey Basketball Association’s course of action now depends on governmental decisions over travel restrictions in coming months.

The early lockdown forced the postponement of the original fixture set for 25 April towards a possible autumn trip to the sister isle, which still has some active Covid-19 cases.

Recent plans by Jersey’s government to welcome commercial flights from the UK, which currently averages around 1,000 new daily cases, prompted the Guernsey Netball Association to request cancellation of their own inter-insular visit due for September.

GBA stalwart and fixtures man Pete Beausire confirmed that they have not followed suit – yet.

‘We potentially are looking at a mid October or November inter-insular, but it all depends on travel restrictions,’ he said.

‘Nothing has changed [since the initial postponement] but in an ideal world, we would like to have the 2020 inter-insular, if we can.

‘We pushed to get all the league fixtures back and they will be played in the next month, so we are happy to do whatever we can to play as much basketball as we can.’

Jamie Ingrouille

By Jamie Ingrouille
Sports reporter

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