This year’s Uptons, hosted by the Guernsey Softball Association, will take place on Saturday 5th September, with Jersey’s division two winners, dms Jersey Flyers, taking on Guernsey’s Lock In Hit Squad for the first game at 10am at Cambridge Park, St Peter Port. Captain Chris Le Lion is confident of an exciting win on the day. “The dms Jersey Flyers are the oldest softball team in Jersey softball history and have faced 2nd division opposition in Guernsey on many occasions, however in all those years the Flyers haven't managed to come home from a Guernsey Uptons match victorious. With some brand new talent and the sprinkling of experience from some old heads I hope we can get our names on the trophy for the first time.”
Later that same morning, the division one winners from both islands will meet at 12pm, with the Dominion Niners looking to take on their Guernsey counterparts, TCCI Tornadoes . As reigning champions of division one in Jersey for the past 7 consecutive years, the Niners are eager to walk-away with this years title after managing only 1 win out of their previous 7 games against their Guernsey rivals.
In the afternoon, the highly anticipated Island matches will take place, with the B-teams for each island going head-to-head at 2pm, followed by the A-teams at 4pm. The Jersey island squad has been training extremely hard all summer with their coaches, Ricardo Pedro, Chris Le Lion, Carlos Teles, Garry Le Maistre and Dave Luce, and all hopes are pinned on this being a golden year, with both teams successfully taking back the titles from Guernsey.
This year’s A- team consists of: Claire Summers, Lyn Ferguson, Michelle Thomson, Rochelle Gardiner, Ronnie McAllister, Sarah Mallet, Aaron Pohatu, Chris Le Lion, Matt Satchell, Phil Bouchard and Sean Billson.
The B-team is comprised of: Amanda Kelly, Candice Parsons, Cat Girt, Laura Poingdestre, Lindsay Satchell, Micky Gosselin, Nardine Nicolas, Chris Halford, Franck Matthews, Graeme Ferguson, Paulo dos Reis, Russell Wynn and Scott Roberts.
Speaking about the softball-packed weekend, the Jersey Softball Association President, Ali Wade, said “Jersey has a very strong squad of players this year to meet their Guernsey counterparts in both the Channel Island Championship and Inter Insular matches. All players have undergone intense training sessions under the auspices of the coaches and I know the players are more than ready to win back the silverware.”