Guernsey Press

Gold rush continues

IT WAS the perfect 10 golds for Guernsey yesterday as the hosts took their tally to an incredible 26 at the halfway stage of the Island Games.

Keep it in the family: Brothers Ronny, left, and Charlie-Joe Hallett after their one-two in the 50m breaststroke. (Picture By Peter Frankland, 32307566)

There was double delight for shooter Tara Leighton-Dyson as she took the women’s title in the 25m standard pistol and joined forces with individual bronze-medallist Nikki Trebert once again to come out as top women’s team at Chouet.

There was golden Sarnian success at two other shooting ranges, too, as Rob Waters won the full-bore Kings individual open crown and Luke Malcic claimed victory in the men’s 10m air rifle with teammate Paul Guillou in silver medal position at the Aztech Centre.

Several hours earlier next door at the Guernsey Indoor Bowls Stadium, skip Alison Merrien, Shirley Petit and Catherine Bonsall showed their class with a convincing victory over the Falkland Islands in the open triples final which had got the ball rolling for the day.

The men’s mountain bike criterium team kept it going in the afternoon thanks to their combined efforts, then in the evening, Ala Chalmers got the gold on home soil the 400m hurdler had so craved and in a new Island Games record to boot, while at Beau Sejour there was more success in the pool.

Brothers Charlie-Joe and Ronny Hallett reversed their positions of the 100m breaststroke final over half the distance with the older sibling getting the touch for gold on this occasion.

Orla Rabey added another butterfly title to her collection, this time over 50m, and she was also part of another record-breaking relay team along with Tatiana Tostevin, Laura Le Cras and Hannah Jones as they powered to 4x50m medley gold.

Away from the medals, there was big disappointment for the Guernsey men’s football team as they missed out on the semi-finals having suffered a 2-1 defeat to the Isle of Wight.

However, the Guernsey women’s basketball will play for a place in their final this afternoon when they face the might of the Cayman Islands in the last four at the Beausie Dome.

‘They are not unbeatable and we know what we can play like, so we will get ourselves up and I think you play better against better opposition,’ said Rochelle Mullen, Guernsey’s MVP last night.

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