Bristol Main Tournament – July 7th & 8th, 2018

02 July 2018 | News

Friday 6th July sees Guernsey’s first ever ‘Development Side’ travel to take part in a UK competition.  This tournament is an opportunity for the players, who are on the fringe of the so called ‘A-Team’ in local softball, get some exposure to playing against different players and teams over a two day period at a B Grade level.  To take any team away is always special and as such these selected few should feel privileged & proud to be putting on a Guernsey shirt and representing their Island.

Bristol holds two tournaments annually; Bristol wRECk, which is usually attended by some local teams towards the end of the season, and Bristol Main, a more competitive competition which is the one the Development Side has entered, this being the first Guernsey team to do so.

There is a mixture of youth players in this Development team; two players below the age of 18, some more experienced players, and the oldest player being 30!  This is the coaches’ way of looking towards the future of Guernsey Softball as a whole and developing players who may not even be playing at a first division level but who have shown that they may, in the future, become the next bunch of elite players.  For many years the A & B teams have been very similar to the squads selected in the previous year, and in the coaches’ opinion there is a bit of a gulf between ‘The Elite’ & ‘The Rest’.  This tournament, and any future tournament, will hopefully give the players exposure at a high level and a challenge for some places in the more exciting trips that the Development coaches have planned over the coming years.

After this Bristol Trip the next chance for players to put on the Guernsey shirt will be the Muratti’s taking place in Jersey in September.  The players going away on this trip will be hoping to make the team for these annual contests against Jersey, but as always it’s up to the rest of players on the island to challenge the team for the 24 places in the squad!

Coached by Ryan De Jersey, Dom Bellis & Jordan Gallienne the following squad has been selected for the Bristol Main Tournament:

Alex Cramphorn
Chrissi McColl
Cody Gallienne
Hannah Machon
Hannah Simon
Jake Elmy
Jake Mahy
Jemma Wilson
Joe Mariess (Captain)
Joelle Pengelley
John Rihoy
Josh Smith
Kirstie Marquis
Rob Priaulx