Island Games 2015: Guernsey and Jersey win tennis gold medals

Ella Taylor
Ella Taylor won her singles rubber and partnered Jo Dyer to victory in the decisive doubles rubber

Guernsey's women and Jersey's men have won team tennis gold medals at the 2015 Island Games in Jersey.

Ella Taylor and Jo Dyer won the final doubles rubber 6-1 6-4 to beat Jersey's Natasha Forrest and Eva Hurst.

Taylor won her singles rubber against Forrest in straight sets while Dyer lost to Hurst in similar fashion.

Jersey's men took gold as Scott Clayton beat Isle of Man's Billy Harris 7-5 6-4 before teammate Stuart Parker overcame Mark Chinn 6-2 6-0.

Guernsey's men had to settle for bronze after losing out to the Isle of Man in the semi-finals.

Jersey's men's team tennis gold medallists
Jersey's men's team of James Connelly, Scott Clayton and Stuart Parker

"It's an absolutely amazing feeling," Dyer told BBC Radio Guernsey.

"It's great for future years as well. It's something for the kids at home to think that the Guernsey ladies have won gold, so hopefully it'll keep more girls in the sport.

"This win will also give us a better draw at the next Island Games because we've had tough draws for the last couple of years," she added.

Jersey's men had lost the final two years ago to Guernsey, and despite the score, Parker said the win over the Isle of Man in 2015 was difficult:

"It was tough, the scoreline didn't suggest how difficult the game was," he told BBC Radio Jersey.

"It feels absolutely amazing, especially to do it with the home crowd, that makes it even better."

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