Jodie Botterill: Jersey's women can win Island Games gold medal

Jodie Botterill
Jodie Botterill has won two caps for Wales and played for Aland United in Finland

Jersey forward Jodie Botterill says the island can win a first-ever Island Games gold medal.

The 29, who won bronze in 2003, was also part of Jersey sides in 2007, 2009 and 2011 that failed to get out of the group stage.

"I'm going for gold," she said after the

"I think we're in a position now to really push on and if we all work hard, get our fitness sorted, I think we can look to get that gold medal this year."

Jersey's women at the Island Games
2011: Eighth. Failed to make the knockout stages after a win, a draw and a loss in their group
2009: Third in group. Beat Greenland and Saaremaa but lost to finalists Aland and Gotland in round-robin stage
2007: Last. Lost both group games and their play-off game to finish 11th out of 11 teams
2005: Did not enter
2003: Bronze. Beat Guernsey 3-2 in third-place play-off
2001: Bronze. Beat Isle of Man 3-2 in third-place play-off

Jersey, who host this summer's biennial games, do not have a good recent record.

They have not progressed past the group stages since 2003 and like many of the European-based islands, did not send a team to Bermuda two years ago.

Despite that Botterill, who has also played professionally in Finland, says the side can succeed under

"It's one of the strongest squads I've been involved in," she told BBC Radio Jersey.

"We've got strength all round the pitch, we've got players that come in and they don't weaken the team - they make the team stronger.

"I'm really looking forward to the Island Games and I'm looking forward to how we can present ourselves."