2009 Island Games - update #2
The closing ceremony ended in Åland less than a couple of hours ago and that's it for the Island Games
for two years. Next stop the Isle of Wight and then in 2013 Bermuda will become the hosts for the first ever time.
Bermuda finished the Games well, winding up with 32 medals, 22 of which were in the Gymnastics arena. The Faroe Islands came top of the medal table
for the first time with 34 golds and 81 medals in total with the Isle of Man in 2nd place, Jersey in 3rd with Bermuda 7th.
Sadly the islands of Alderney, Falklands, Frøya, Prince Edward Island and St Helena all went home without any medals but Sark won two, both silver in the automatic ball trap, a form of clay pigeon shooting.
In the final hours of com
petition Bermuda's basketball team collected gold when they beat Menorca 83-75, and yesterday a strong sailing team won the men's event gold and as I'd hoped the golfer's
swept up with Jarryd Dillas collecting the individual gold and Daniel Augustus bringing home the bronze. The golfer's won the team gold by 15 shots and Bermuda's women grabbed their team gold by 4 shots. Unfortunately the highly regarded women's volleyball team missed out of on a consolationary bronze after losing to Menorca.
Finally in the men's football final Jersey beat hosts Åland 2-1 and in the Games' final event Åland's women footballers beat Guernsey's women 2-0 to give the hosts their 16th gold and 53rd medal overall. I am sure this small country of over 300 habitable islands and it's 27,000 people are justifiably very proud tonight.