October 22, 2021

First with the Alderney News

Muratti semi-final may still take place this year

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The chairman of Alderney Football Club says he hopes to see the Muratti semi-final take place in September, despite uncertainties over when the victor’s showdown with Jersey could be played.

The Muratti semi final was due to take place in March against Guernsey at the Nomads’ Arsenal ground.

It would have marked 100 years since the Alderney last won a Muratti game.

But the eagerly anticipated fixture was postponed when Covid 19 raised its head due to fears that the disease might spread within crowds of spectators.

With different lockdown strategies being pursued by the governments of the two Bailiwicks, Jersey officials think that an autumn or even a winter Muratti Vase final could be too much of a push.

However Alderney FC chairman Reg Atkins said he hoped the semi final between Alderney and Guernsey at least, could be played in the anniversary year of their last win.

It was originally hoped that the fixture could be re-arranged for September. Mr Atkins still thinks that could be a possibility – albeit with some tough compromises.

‘I certainly want the Muratti Semi Final to take place [this year]. The main issue is the requirement to self-isolate on arrival into the Bailiwicks. The match officials this year are designated to come from Jersey outside the Bailiwick. So we may have to compromise with Guernsey officials.

‘The other bad news would be we would also be missing my own son Jason Atkins and the possibility of calling up Jacob Ollivier if they had to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Alderney.

‘But the good news is that Josh McCulloch would be available as he is due to live here again for three months plus.’

Jersey FA president Bradley Vowden said talks between inter isular committee members would take place in July.

He said

‘It has got to work for all parties, both financially and logistically. With the amount of games potentially being played in October, November, December, once the season is up and running; Jersey Bulls, Guernsey FC … finding free weekends for the semi-final and final, when all the best players can play, will be a challenge.

‘The organisation required to stage something like this is massive so lots of things need to fall into place to allow us to make some sort of decision – and we still may not be able to travel freely between the islands without quarantine.’

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