Jersey Seniors fall to Sarnian hosts

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GUERNSEY Seniors reversed the ‘Miracle of L’Ancresse’ scoreline of a year ago, to seal a 9-6 victory on home soil against the Caesareans.

With memories still raw of the remarkable Jersey comeback in the singles during the last instalment, it was an inspired Sarnian squad that took centre stage last weekend.

The 18th hole proved a thorn in the visitors’ side, with three fourball matches heading to the final hole and Guernsey winning the 18th on each occasion.

Two matches were therefore drawn, with Guernsey sealing the other 1up late in the contest.

The final hole heroics swung the pendulum in favour of the hosts, heading into the singles.

Guernsey got off to a flyer, claiming a half and two wins from the opening three matches, leaving Jersey with a mountain to climb.

Some resistance was found in the shape of wins from Bob Wickings (4&3), Michael Le Feuvre (5&4) and Paul Horgan (7&6) in the mid order to keep the contest alive.

However, the Sarnian tail end held strong, as the side reclaimed the crown in front of a strong partisan crowd.

Jersey Captain Le Feuvre said: ‘Guernsey were typically gritty on home soil.

‘You always know you need to be at your best to beat them over there and that proved the case again.

‘To get a result in Guernsey, you need to be at your best and more. They are a very talented side and that showed.

‘We won an incredible match last year on the same course and you could see that there was a hunger about Guernsey for history not to repeat itself.

‘But as is always the case with golf, there were some really tight matches that seemed to tilt their way down the stretch and ultimately that was where the match was won and lost.’

The former Royal Jersey captain has led the senior side for the past few matches, and with ‘immense pride’ has decided to step away from the role and give somebody else the opportunity next season.

‘I am incredibly proud of our guys,’ he said.

‘We put up an incredible fight, in a tough environment and a couple tight matches proved the difference in the end.

‘To lead this team over the past few years is something I am very proud of, and now it is time for someone else to write their own chapter.’

Full results (Jersey listed first)

FourballsWickings/Huelin halved vs Griggs/AneesBowen/O’Brien halved vs Eggo/BoydGray/Le Feuvre lost vs Vaudin/Orme (4&3)Horgan/Rafferty won vs De Carteret/Le Noury (1up)Stephens/Walters lost vs Marley/Tanguy (1up)

Jersey 2-3 Guernsey

SinglesGray halved vs GriggsHuelin lost vs Eggo (4&2)O’Brien lost vs Orme (4&2)Wickings won vs Tanguy (4&3)Le Feuvre won vs Boyd (5&4)Bowen lost vs Vaudin (6&5)Horgan won vs Le Noury (7&6)Rafferty lost vs Marley (3&2)Walters lost vs Anees (6&4)Stephens halved vs De Carteret

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