Jersey Reds and Guernsey Raiders set to battle it out in the Centenary Siam Cup
Jersey Reds Women and Guernsey Raiders Ladies are set to go head-to-head in a well-overdue contest to claim the historic inter-island Siam Cup trophy.
The Cup, which is the second oldest rugby trophy in the world and the oldest in Channel Islands history, will be hosted by Guernsey Raiders on Saturday 6th November, following three previous postponements throughout 2020 and 2021 as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
There will be three fixtures taking place at Footes Lane – the Nash Cup for Veterans which will kick off at 11 am, followed by the Women’s at 1 pm, and the Men’s at 5 pm.
Cliff Chipperfield, Jersey Reds Chairman of Amateur Rugby, said: “We’re very much looking forward to renewing this old rivalry and seeing everybody come together to watch the match in Guernsey. It’s set to be a brilliant day, packed with a great community crowd, so we’d encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the fun.”
Chris Gnapp, Guernsey Raiders Sponsorship Director, added: “It’s been two and a half years since the last Siam Cup matches took place so we’re more than ready to reignite the inter-island rivalry. The community of Guernsey are always so supportive towards the Raiders and we are delighted to finally be able to put on this event for them – may the best team win!”
James Anderson, Group Managing Director at Rossborough Insurance, sponsors of both Jersey Reds Women and Guernsey Raiders Ladies, commented: “The Siam Cup is a firm fixture on the Channel Islands calendar and has been since 1920, so we’re very proud to support both women’s teams taking part in this long-standing contest.”
“After a challenging 18 months for communities in both Jersey and Guernsey, and with the match not being able to take place since May 2019, this will be a great opportunity to demonstrate both competitive and community spirit. We’re looking forward to the event and wish the very best of luck to both teams.”