The Western Isles will compete on the football field in Jersey this summer in both the men’s and women’s Natwest Island Games events, it has been confirmed
Sixteen teams have been confirmed for the draw for the men’s event with 11 in the hat for the women’s which is significant rise on team numbers from 2013’s Bermuda Games where just four men’s teams and three women’s teams competed because of costs involved.
The men’s competition will see the 16 teams split into four groups with the winner of each advancing to the semi-final stage. The women’s event will see two groups of four and one of three, and the top team from each group and the best-placed runner-up will go into the semi-finals.
Both teams have left their studmarks on their respective competition in the past with the men’s team taking home the bronze medal at their first Island Games back in Shetland 2005 while the women’s team came agonisingly close to a bronze of their own in the Isle of Wight 2011.
The draw will be made later this month.
Men’s teams: Jersey, Guernsey, Alderney, Falkland Islands, Ynys Mon, Isle of Man, Hitra, Saaremaa, Western Isles, Gibraltar, Isle of Wight, Shetland, Menorca, Gotland, Aland, Greenland.
Women’s teams: Jersey, Guernsey, Ynys Mon, Isle of Man, Hitra, Western Isles, Gibraltar, Isle of Wight, Gotland, Aland, Greenland.
The Western Isles are also hopeful of competing in the following events in Jersey: Cycling (road and mountain bike), golf, swimming, athletics, triathlon, shooting and badminton.