The season kicked off with some unexpected surprises this year across all divisions. After a few injuries at the end of the 2015/16 season a few players started out of place, including Martin Watts who took last year’s title. This gave Henry Birch a chance to dominate in the top division, winning the league with only dropping one game during the cycle. Patrick Josey had a fantastic cycle, claiming scalps over Matt Robilliard and Janick Radford. One highlight in this division was the hard-fought match between Josey and Wrench, which was a tight 3-2 tie consisting of some explosive movement and interesting shot combinations. Watts also stormed division 2 winning every match 3-0 earning himself uncontested promotion.
Divisions 3 and 4 saw some intriguing matchups, including new entries to the league, Alex Robin and Kevin Murphy. Murphy and Robin were both promoted after making strong starts to their campaigns, beating seasoned players who were used to the format and competitive nature of the Jupiter Premier League. Other highlights included newcomer Adam Thoumine excel in league 6 and gain promotion, also Michael Barclay ruffling a few feathers in division 5 with his hard hitting and determined playing style.
This season’s Jupiter Premier League is set to be one of the most contested yet, with new players adding variety through divisions 1-6. Results from the Jupiter League will be important for players wishing to represent Guernsey against the South African Knights, a touring side visiting in December, meaning competition is tough across the top leagues. With the European Championships also looming next April, Guernsey’s elite players will need to prove themselves wherever they can and this season still has plenty of tasty competition to serve up.