Having ensured last Saturday at Stoke that the 2013 National Trophy will shortly be on display in their own trophy cabinet, irrespective of the outcome of last night’s home match against the Kent King’s, the Wightlink Islanders went into their final match in this particular competition determined to put on a show for the fans.
They absolutely tore their opponents from the Garden of England apart romping to a 63-31 victory in the 15 heat match, providing no less than 12 of the actual race winners in the process.
Another great performance from skipper Ben Hopwood and his side was very much appreciated by the Wightlink Islanders fans, who also enjoyed the way they doused joint team managers Chris Hunt and Kevin Shepherd with champagne in traditional style after the match as they celebrated their success both on the night and overall in the competition.
LAST NIGHT’S FINAL MATCH SCORE: WIGHTLINK ISLANDERS 63 KENT CTA FIRE KINGS 31
SCORERS: Charles Wright (G) 15, Adam Ellis 14+3, Ben Hopwood 14, Brandon Freemantle 9+4, Darryl Ritchings 9+2, Danny Stoneman 2+1.
2013 NATIONAL TROPHY TABLE
ISLE OF WIGHT 8 22
Mildenhall 8 17
Stoke 5 6
Buxton 7 6
Kent 6 2
Photo: Ian Groves