After a good rest in the morning, the team met up at the airport for our 6 minute flight to Jersey, which you can see from Guernsey. Upon arriving at a deserted airport we found the only check - in lady who informed us that there was no 12h00 flight and that the next flight was at 17h25! Mike was so sure that he got the time right that he got out his phone and showed the lady. She took one look and said, "this is by boat..." So we raced to catch a taxi to make the 1 hour long ferry trip and made it just in time!
We were welcomed off the ferry by Nick Taylor, Jersey's no.1 player who has a highest world ranking of 14 and is a big part of the growing squash scene on the island. He showed us to our 4 star hotel, the Pomme d'or, which had graciously been paid for us by .......... We relaxed in our luxurious rooms and then made our way to the courts across town by taxi. Nick and Jersey squash club had done a great job advertising the match and soon the main court gallery was packed with spectators. ... announced the Knights Club and gave a brief summary of what it was before calling each of us and our opponents out individually onto main court. We took some photos which are up on the Jersey Squash and Racketball Club.
First up was Stef on the match court against Rob Michlins, he got us off to a winning start in 3 sets. Charl went up 3-2 next door after being 2-1 down and banked us a much needed win. Michael beat Scott Gaultier 3-0 and the Knights had the fixture in the bag while Daniel overcame Ross Cornish in 4. Last up and on centre court was Kyle against Nick Taylor, an extremely exceptional player with a great reputation. Kyle learnt a lot coming up against Nick but went down 3-0. We won the fixture 4-1.
We were spoiled with beer and pizza after the fantastic match with some quality people. The Jersey guys even set up a Knights donations jar for our night on the town which we thought was the best idea anyone had had so far.. We had a rest day the following day and were keen to celebrate a hard fought victory in proper Knights style. A game of tink was played as we confounded the locals with the ridiculously complicated set of rules.
Nick got us back to the hotel from which we were within walking distance of the pubs and clubs. We got ourselves to a buzzing bar before hitting Mimosa club and 'jolled' the night away.
We used the following rest day in Jersey to sleep in, have a big breakfast and stroll around the shops.
Knights Won 4-1
7-11 6-11 3-11
11-7 11-4 11-4
11-6 12-10 11-3
11-6 12-10 10-12 14-12
9-11 11-6 6-11 11-8 11-6