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The Isle of Man women's national team have come out of footballing hibernation and travelled out to Jersey for the inaugural triangular UK Offshore Island tournament.
The format is played on a round robin basis andwill also include hosts Jersey and the Isle of Wight.
Although the Isle of Man have never beaten their opponents in previous meetings, confidence is brimming within the Manx camp since their last footballing involvement, when they finished fourth in the NatWest 2007 Island Games - the highest position of any of the participating British Isles teams and narrowly missing out on the bronze medal after losing to Bermuda via a penalty shootout..
Manager Keith Lunt has named 17 players and had largely kept faith in the squad that performed so heroically in Rhodes. He has also included two newcomers into the national fold. Corinthians striker Jade Burden is the youngest member of the team and finished the club's leading goalscorer and Douglas Royal's Siobhan Lockwood, who is adept in midfield or attack. Both players have had excellent seasons at their respective clubs. Recalled back into the national fold is Rushen Utd's Dawn Georgeson who was an Umbro Cup winner back in 2006.
"After last year's Island games, we'll be looking to win it," said Island manager Keith Lunt.
Isle of Man Squad: Kym Hicklin, Bekki Cole, Sam MacDonald, Donna Shimmin, Leanne Ashe, Siobhan Lockwood (Douglas Royal) Dawn Georgeson, Eleanor Gawne, Donna Harrison, Hayley Cowin, Elizabeth Stanley, Rose Ozga (Rushen Utd), Sarah O'Reilly, Helen Thomas, Stephanie Hall, Jade Burden (Corinthians) Sarah Denny (Castletown).
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