As it is Siam weekend Dan Andrade caught up with Jersey Reds Women’s star Amy Lambert ahead of the crunch game against Guernsey on Saturday!

Have a read of the full interview below!

Lets get straight to the point, how excited are you for the Siam! How big a game is it for the team?

I am so excited to play Siam this Saturday, it has been a long time coming. The last Siam that took place was before the pandemic, and since then we have all been waiting to walk onto the pitch vs Guernsey. We were hoping to play Siam this past August, but unfortunately it was postponed again. It feels unreal that this weekend we will finally be playing it! 

Have you ever played in a Siam? How much of a privilege is it to be apart of this match?

I have personally never played a Siam Cup, as I only moved to Jersey the season it got cancelled. It is the most important game of the year, and it is a privilege to be able to represent our Island on such a big occasion. 

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How much are you enjoying being part of this Jersey Reds Women side?

Being part of the Jersey Reds Women is a privilege, not only are we a community but we are a family. I love every single moment I am on the pitch with these women. 

How hard was it over lockdown when you were apart from the girls and not playing rugby?

Lockdown was a very difficult time for all of us, and being away from the team was very hard. It was also hard building the team back up again after the lockdown, but we have come out stronger and we are ready for this season. 

You’ve had a few games this season already – how have they gone?

So far this year we have played two games. The first game was a pre-season friendly against an Irish team called Cook. We did not come out of that game with a victory but we gained so much experience from it as it was an extremely good team with semi-pro and pro players. It was a massive learning curve which was brilliant. We have played one league game so far, where we won 59-10, our team played an absolutely brilliant game – what a way to start the season! 

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The Siam is over in Guernsey, does that make it more exciting to try and beat them on their own island?

Yes the game is in Guernsey which makes it very exciting, but it also makes it more challenging as we will not have all of our usual home game supporters. If we manage to bring the cup back with us to Jersey it would be the biggest honour. 

How confident are you that you will be coming home with the win?

It’s hard to say how confident we are to come home with a win or not as it will be a challenging game. But one thing I am confident about is that my team will bring our absolute best to the pitch and play the game we play best, and we are hopeful for a positive outcome. 

Finally, how much would you encourage other women to take up rugby as a sport?

There are always stereotypes behind the sport, but I could not encourage women more to try rugby. It is an absolutely amazing sport and it is a fantastic opportunity to be part of something big. 

Good luck to Amy and all of the team, Jersey will be behind you back home!

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