This year’s Ipes Siam Cup took place on Saturday 7 May at Guernsey Rugby Football Club. This was the third year that Ipes sponsored the event.
With the sun shining and a crowd of over 2,000 people, this year's Ipes Siam Cup proved to once again be a thoroughly successful event and a fantastic day for one of the Channel Islands major sporting events. The annual rugby union competition is held between the Channel Island clubs of Jersey RFC and Guernsey RFC and has been contested annually since 1920, with each island hosting it every other year.
This year's event saw Guernsey's Ladies team play a strong game, running in seven tries and taking home the trophy with a score of 41-12. This was their fifth straight Siam Cup success. Jersey claimed the Fallaize Cup second team honours with some style, winning 47-12, with the home try scorers Jim Regnard and Callum Murdoch. The Nash Cup for the Veteran's teams was won back by the Guernsey team, with a score of 33-10.
The highly anticipated Siam Cup match saw Guernsey leading at the interval with a score of 14-13. Towards the end of the second half however, Jersey's extra physicality and professional conditioning overpowered the tired home side, and in the closing stages went over for three tries to hold onto the cup for another year. The final score was Jersey 33 - Guernsey 19. Man of the match was presented by Ipes Guernsey Managing Director, Andrew Whittaker, to Guernsey's Ned Brown.
During an initmate lunch hosted by Ipes in the Guernsey RFC's clubhouse, Chairman of Guernsey Rugby Club, Martin Belcher, presented a signed canvas to Ipes on behalf of the club to show appreciation of Ipes' support and contribution to rugby on the island. The presentation was accepted by Ipes' Group Head of Business Development, Nigel Strachan. This is the 3rd year Ipes has sponsored the Siam Cup as part of a four year pan island deal. The involvement with the competition is the culmination of the company's investment in rugby locally. Ipes supports a number of initiatives including the Guernsey Rugby Academy.
As of 2015, Jersey had been the more successful island in the Ipes Siam Cup, with 56 wins to Guernsey’s 15. Previously there has been no restriction on player selection as to who could play in the Ipes Siam Cup. Following Jersey's rise through the English leagues to Level 2 and earning ‘professional’ status, it was argued that changes to player selection should be enforced to enable a fairer competition. In 2016, it was declared that Jersey could only select players for the Siam Cup if they had been on the island for three years, Guernsey, playing in a league at Level 5, would be unaffected by this change.
You can view a selection of the photos from the Ipes Siam Cup 2016 below.
Ipes Guernsey Managing Director, Andrew Whittaker (left), presenting Man of the Match to Guernsey's Ned Brown (right)
Chairman of Guernsey Rugby Club, Martin Belcher (left), presenting a gift of appreciation to Ipes' Group Head of Business Development, Nigel Strachan (right)
The final score in the Siam Cup match was Jersey 33 - Guernsey 19
Both teams were welcomed on the pitch by some dedicated supporters