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Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Preparations are gathering pace for the 2011 NatWest Island Games, to be held between Saturday 25/6/11-Saturday 1/7/11, and several islands have entered both the men's and women's football tournaments. To date, 16 islands have entered the men's tournament, while 10 have entered the women's tournament.

The entry list is as follows, with "parent" countries in brackets:

MEN'S TOURNAMENT: Aland Islands(Finland), Alderney (Channel Islands,UK), Falkland Islands (UK), Froya (Norway), Gibraltar (UK), Gotland (UK), Greenland (Denmark), Isle of Man (UK), Isle of Wight (UK), Jersey (Channel Islands, UK), Menorca (Spain), Prince Edward Island (Canada), Rhodes (Greece), Saaremaa (Estonia), Western Isles (UK) and Ynys Mon/Anglesey (UK)

WOMEN'S TOURNAMENT: Aland Islands (Finland), Gibraltar (UK), Gotland (Sweden), Greenland (Denmark), Hitra (Norway), Isle of Man (UK), Isle of Wight (UK), Jersey (UK), Saaremaa (Estonia) and Western Isles (UK)

Surprise omissions to the list appear to be the Shetland Islands (UK) and Guernsey (UK); the latter would perhaps have been expected to feature reasonably strongly in the men's competition.

It was reported in an earlier blog a few months ago that Saint Helena were intending to send a team to compete in the men's competion. However, the Saints do not appear in the above list of competitors, received yesterday from Kay Batty, General Secretary of the Island Games Association, which is based in the Isle of Man, who stated that, as far as the current list of competing islands goes, "..Saint Helena are not entering a football team."

The list, however, is not yet definite, though, according to Mrs Batty, the fixture-list for the football tournament will be compiled sometime during the next few weeks by the Isle of Wight Organising Committee, and will hopefully be made available to view on this blog.

More on the Island Games to follow in due course, including a potted history  of the men's competition.

AUTHOR'S NOTE: Thanks to Kay Batty for kindly passing on the information included in the blog; any errors are the author's and the author's alone.

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