In an unprecedented weekend of inter-insular sport, which also included the return of football’s Muratti Vase final as well as cricket’s T20I Inter-Insular Cup, which were both retained by Jersey, the men and women of Guernsey Raiders ensured that there was plenty for Sarnians to smile about in the sunshine with respective 52-0 and 13-12 victories.
‘I’m just happy to see the smiles on everyone’s faces,’ said Guernsey director of rugby Jordan Reynolds, who then joked ‘Can we put a mirror in the cabinet so it looks like two Siam Cups?’ to reflect his side’s back-to-back wins in the space of a week.
‘We dedicated this week to more than just us as a squad, we wanted to be a community and we felt we let them down in November.
‘You can see right now that everyone is with family and I’m shaking hands with people half of which I don’t even know who they are, but it means something to them so it means something to us.’
Victorious Guernsey Raiders Ladies captain Justeen Melbourne could not hide her delight, either, in regaining the trophy they lost just a week earlier.
‘It’s back where it belongs. They only had it for six days,’ she said.