How long will clubs still head north?

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ALDERNEY will go three points clear at the top if they beat a much-weakened North squad today.

Best ever?: Alderney wore their new kit for the first time last weekend at home to Manzur. (24147039)

They may even end up as fairy-tale champions – and what a terrific story that would be. We would all be delighted for them, perhaps with exception of those at St Martin’s.

But, will Guernsey clubs boycott games in the northern isle next season and, with it, threaten the Ridunians’ future existence at the top table?

Gripes at the cost of sending teams north – circa £2k a round trip – have been doing the rounds for a while.

Sylvans saved themselves that cost by defaulting on their trip there and today North travel with the bare 12 and with half of their best team missing.

One other club I know of has seriously questioned the value of paying out money they barely have to go to Alderney and, all along, there are whispers that clubs will vote against the Ridunians enjoying a home game next season.

Would that be right?

It would certainly be tough on the blues.

But, for sure, clubs would not be voting to preserve the status quo if they were a bottom three outfit.


As I see it, only widespread respect for what they are trying to achieve allows them the benefit of eight home games per year. Drop their standards and they’d be out.

. MANZUR may be on the move.

The Priaulx League club, who have quickly developed from one Saturday League side to a GFA affiliated unit with four teams, including one at the top table of course, are believed to be in discussions with Belgraves about making the Track their home ground next season.

These past few seasons Mark Romeril’s men have been tenants at Northfield, but given that the home club have a full set of youth sides, the demand on the ground is huge, far more so than the Track, where Bels no longer have any juniors.


. SO NENA COPPERWAITE is hanging up her Saffery Panthers bib. The GNA should forge a special medal to the lady for her services to the island representative side for her outstanding efforts in attempting to keep the team anywhere near the coat-tails of their Jersey equivalent, Team Jets.

Now well into her 30s and with a young family, Nena clearly feels she can do without the hassle of spending Sundays away with the ‘national’ side and she will leave big shoes to fill, given that the Island scene has yet to discover anyone of her level in the centre segment of the court.

I can’t help feeling this wonderful servant deserved to play at a more headier time for Guernsey netball and she would not have been out of place with Team Jets.

Rob Batiste

By Rob Batiste


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