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Watson primed for Johannson opener

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Guernsey’s Heather Watson has vowed not to underestimate wild-card Mathilde Johannson in the first round of the French Open when the pair meet on Tuesday.

Watson takes on a player ranked 224th in the world, but one that did win their only previous meeting at Wimbledon in 2011.

And the British believes she’ll have to be near her best to book a place in the second round at Roland Garros.

She’s been injured for a while and she’s obviously coming back and is fit and healthy and ready to play.

So it’s not going to be an easy task and I’m going to have to play really good tennis to beat her.

Especially because she’s here playing at home and will have the home crowd support as well.

– Heather Watson

Watson’s form on clay going into the second Grand Slam of the season hasn’t been brilliant, with three first round exits in four tournaments, all to players ranked below her in the world.

But the Sarnian believes her performances have been good and intends on taking the game to Johannson on Court 2.

I want to continue playing aggressive, I think it’s very important to stay aggressive on the clay because it’s such a slow surface so it’s easier to step back and make balls.

So I’ll be focusing a lot on that and trying to play positive tennis.

– Heather Watson


Banahan hat-trick secures Premiership final place

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Jersey rugby star Matt Banahan scored a stunning hat-trick as his Bath side cruised into their first Premiership final since 2004.

Banahan was the catalyst of a stunning performance from the west country side as they comfortably beat Leicester Tigers 47-10 at The Rec.

It took the Jerseyman just two minutes to make his mark as he crossed for his first try.

After the Tigers had replied with a Freddie Burns penalty Banahan scored his second of the match to open up a substantial lead for the home side.

From there they truly seized control and held a 21-10 lead at the break.

The second half was an entirely one-sided affair with Bath scoring 26 unanswered points and Banahan completing his hat-trick late on to cap an emphatic victory.

Bath will now face Saracens in the Premiership final on 30th May, with Banahan having the chance to showcase his talents on the biggest domestic stage of all.

Guernsey dominate inter-insular basketball

Guernsey's women celebrate their victory

Guernsey produced a dominant display to win three out of the four inter-insular matches at Beau Sejour yesterday.

Leading the way were the women's team who recorded a crushing 79-21 victory against their island rivals.

That was the 16th consecutive year they have won the fixture and the result didn't really look in doubt at any point.

The Sarnians men also secured a 56-43 win to make it a double for the senior sides.

In a much more even contest both sides battled for the upper hand early on with little to separate the sides at half time.

However the hosts managed to pull away in the closing stages to claim an impressive double

There was also success for Guernsey's under-17s who ran out 67-35 winners.

Jersey did have something to shout about however as their under-21s made sure it would not be a Sarnian clean sweep by winning 63-48.

Man arrested after damage to war memorial

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A man was arrested late last night in Guernsey on suspicion of criminal damage after throwing a wreath from a war memorial at a taxi.

The incident happened at around 11:30pm on Saturday (23rd May) evening when the man removed the wreath from the Smith Street War Memorial and threw it at a nearby parked taxi.

The wreath was signed as being from the Bailiff and the people of Guernsey.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident or with any more information to get in contact on 01481 725111.

The suspect was arrested at the scene and remains in custody. Our investigation is ongoing. That area of Town is usually busy on a weekend night and we believe there were people in the vicinity who may have seen the incident. We would appeal for anyone in the area at the time to contact us.

– Guernsey Police


Alderney lifeboat rescues English yacht

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Alderney's RNLI lifeboat was launched just after 6pm last night to rescue the 4-man crew of stricken English yacht.

The Roy Barker I was called out to the 36-foot yacht after it had been struggling with intermittent engine failure.

The Charis had been stranded six miles north-east of the island and was towed in to Alderney's harbour by 7pm.

The yacht was travelling from Solent to Guernsey.

Two arrested after 'knife attack' in Guernsey

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A 41-year-old man has been arrested by armed police officers after a suspected knife attack in St Peter Port this morning and is being held in custody.

A 41-year-old woman was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and is also still in custody.

The attack has left a young man with a 'deep chest wound', although his injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Firearms officers were called to the incident at 3am this morning and arrested a man on suspicion of grievous bodily harm.

Along with the arrest two properties were separately searched.

This is an ongoing investigation and police resources will remain in the area for some time.

– Guernsey Police

Marathon journey continues today

Neil Walker will begin the second day of his mammoth journey around the Channel Islands today.

After running the full 48 miles around Jersey yesterday he will be completing 37 miles around Guernsey today as he aims to run around five Channel Islands in just three days.

And it is the prospect of today that is most worrying Neil.

The finance manager from Jersey will complete the challenge by taking in Herm, Sark and Alderney on Bank Holiday Monday.

The full three day marathon will see Neil complete a total of 110 miles.

He originally planned the run as a personal challenge, but since the earthquake and aftershock in Nepal he is doing it to raise money for the Charity Action Nepal.

You can be sponsor Neil for his efforts here.

Special educational needs review extended

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Jersey's Education and Home Affairs scrutiny panel is to extend it's review into special educational needs in the island.

The decision has been made due to the high level of interest from members of the public.

The Panel will now be holding a public workshop on the 1st June to give people the chance to air their views on the subject and suggest what changes need to be made.

The workshop will be open for anyone to attend and will take place between 6:30pm and 8pm at the Town Hall.

We held a public meeting last month and that has inspired my Panel to talk to more parents about this difficult subject.

Our children deserve the best we can provide so we need to be told what is working well and what could be improved upon with the Special Education Needs in our schools.

Once again, I am looking forward to talking to anyone who attends the meeting to find out how the Ministers policies are working for them.

– Deputy Louise Doublet, Chairman of the Panel

You can keep fully up-to-date with the progress of the review here.

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