Anguish aplenty as sporting celebrations are, at best, delayed

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Although there was great success in badminton and from Jersey United Banks’ rugby side, in their Hampshire Plate campaign, there was a deal of disappointment elsewhere.

The Island netballers failed to regain the senior inter-insular trophy in Guernsey, despite winning six of the other seven categories; Jersey Scottish’s footballers were held by a determined and well-organised St Peter and thus denied, for a few weeks at least, retaining the Coca-Cola Combination title; First Tower United slipped out of the Somerset Cup against Hengrove Athletic at the semi-final stage after two goal-less hours and a penalty shootout; and Jersey Rugby Club 2nds were hauled back at St Peter by Guernsey RFC 2nds in their quest for the Emeraude Lines League title.

The sides are now tied at the top of the table On the badminton courts at the New Gilson Hall Jesey’s veterans won the inter-insular, 18-12, against Guernsey for the first time since 1997.

Jersey won the men’s doubles 6-3, lost the ladies doubles 6-3 but then powered through to take the mixed 9-3.

Jersey’s county badminton players remain unbeaten after winning their fourth consecutive National Inter County Championship Division III match yesterday, beating Surrey 3rds 9-6 in their home fixture in Milton Keynes.

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