OEs kick on with move into GFA leagues

OLD ELIZABETHANS’ move into competitive team sport is moving apace.

Guernsey all-rounder Matt Stokes will play for the OEs in the Weekend Championship this year. (Picture by Martin Gray, www.guernseysportphotography.com, 29101979)
Guernsey all-rounder Matt Stokes will play for the OEs in the Weekend Championship this year. (Picture by Martin Gray, www.guernseysportphotography.com, 29101979)

While the cricket side has confirmed the capture of Matt Stokes to play in their new Weekend League side, the prospects of a similarly-styled OEs team playing in the GFA leagues next season has taken a step forward.

OE Association member Steve Sharman said yesterday the football move is now on the cards.

‘That is the real intention to happen and we are working towards that end goal. I think we would take advice from the Guernsey Football League Management as to which division is best for the team to start,’ he added.

Meanwhile, a cricket kit of navy-and-dark-green design has been approved by the Old Elizabethan Association.

Island player, OE and GCB development manager Ben Ferbrache has been key to the cricket project and for Weekend Championship purposes he will bolster the side’s batting, as will, of course, Stokes, unquestionably the island’s leading all-rounder.

Stokes was first XI coach before heading off to university and now is teaching full-time at Beechwood.

The aim is for three experienced OEs to bolster the First XI squad per game and Ferbrache said that while he and Stokes would be regulars, they have not confirmed their pool of players who will compete for the other senior spot.

‘This year the aim is to play one other OE per week – but who that will be I don’t know.

‘Morgan Clayton will captain the side and we are there for him to bounce ideas off. I’m excited about it to be honest.’

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