St Malo set the standard

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‘We’ve come to expect St Malo to win at least one title over the years,’ JVA president Paul Adamson said.

‘They’ve been coming over for about the last ten years – this is the 21st year of this tournament – and they play in one of the top French leagues.

It’s great for the visiting English teams to have such top competition in the Jersey Open.’ Adamson said that the event had gone very smoothly with plenty of top quality games.

‘The Ladies’ competition is always close.

It’s interesting, it seems that whatever the standard of the teams, they produce really good rallies.

Ashcombe won the ladies’, they beat St Malo 2-1.

You could see the determination on Ashcombe ladies’ faces, they’re a very experienced team.

Our Jersey ladies were beaten in the semi-final by St Malo.

‘And this year, in the mixed competition, we introduced a new rule that men were not allowed to block the ladies, which meant there were more and better rallies.

St Malo beat Ken Dodd’s Dad’s Dog’s Dead 2-1.’ He added that the men’s semi-finals – between Liverpool Montana Red Dogs and St Malo, and Chester Dolphins and Foreplay – were probably the best of the weekend, with both going to three sets and Dolphins coming from behind to go through.

The men’s final was between St Malo and Chester Dolphins, with the French winning 2-0.

‘The weekend went really well, everyone really enjoys coming over to play,’ Adamson said.

‘We always get really positive feedback and we have loads of support, from Insurance Corporation, and the Merton, where the visiting players stay and where we have our presentation dinner, and the staff at the Fort were fantastic.’

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