Island hockey side open HA Cup campaign

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In previous years it has been Jersey clubs who have taken part but in an effort to put out stronger sides, and give the Island side an improved games programme, full Jersey teams are to play this winter.

And the action starts tomorrow as Jersey face Old Midwhitgiftians away in Croydon.

Jersey were drawn at home but the Surrey based side did not wish to travel.

Ed Daubeney, Investec Jersey’s team manager, said: ‘We played as separate clubs previously but because of the higher standard away it was difficult for us to compete at the same level.

It was also proving difficult for both clubs as travel costs continued to increase.

‘We’re trying to be more inclusive now and players from all clubs will get the opportunity to play in the competitions.

‘We’re trying to create a pyramid with the elite players at the top in preparation for the inter-insulars too because in recent years we’ve suffered some heavy defeats.’ Investec Jersey have been training together since August under the wing of coach and Island hockey development officer Shelagh Herbert.

The team have excellent leaders in captain Bill Aston and vice-captain Mark Dicker, as well as experienced hands such as Alisdair Hall up front, Robin Le Quesne in midfield and Simon Watling at the back.

There is also the emergence of new faces Nathan Maguire and Mike James who will give real pace to the attack.

Daubeney added: ‘The game looks a real test but we have taken a far more professional approach this season, everyone has trained hard.

It will be good for our players to have the opportunity to test themselves against some first-rate UK opposition.’ Investec Jersey: Garret O’Brien, Bobby Minty, Ross Collins, Simon Watling, Tom Minty, Joe Crill, Bill Aston, Robin Le Quesne, Mark Dicker, Ali Hall, Nathan Maguire and Mike James.

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