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Team Sunderland Elite Athlete Heinen represents Jersey in Women’s British league

A brand-new Jersey women’s team competing in division 4 of the Women’s British League won three out of five opening games in Wolverhampton on the weekend of November 4 placing the team in third on the table. 

The team comprises of three individuals, one of them being Team Sunderland Elite Athlete Silke Heinen. 

Jersey beat Cippenham 2 from Slough 4-2 in their opening match, with Heinen winning both of her matches and then the other two teammates, Kathryn Silcock and Holly McNamara a game apiece. There were great tactics along the way from both teams, but Jersey proved to be the stronger of the two. 

The next matches saw Jersey ease through to a 5-1 win over Sutton, with Heinen and Silcock both winning all their matches. Following this win Jersey made it three wins from three beating Hatton TTC 3 4-2, these teams gave Jersey a good run for their money even though they won them both as the teams came to the table with some incredible tactics and strong players who had played longer than the Jersey girls. 

However, Jersey’s winning streak ended as they came up against Youngs TTC where they got beaten 4-2. Youngs TTC proved to be too strong for Team Jersey and so did Ackworth TTC who Jersey also lost to with the same score of 4-2. 

Elite Athlete Heinen, who represented Ireland at international level and played at a semi-professional level in Germany, lost only one of her ten matches overall, while Silcock and Mcnamara both won four out of ten matches.

At the halfway point of Women’s British League, Ackworth lie in top spot, with Youngs in second and Heinen and the rest of the Jersey team in third place. 

The next round of fixtures is set to take place on the weekend of January 20, 2024.