Lions A's strong start to the Division 1 campaign continued with an impressive 7-3 win over their Whistlers counterparts, Whistlers A. Garry Dodd is back into form and he cruised past Joshua Stacey, Lawrence Stacey and Dawn Morgan without dropping an end. He was backed up well by Liam Robilliard who also won his 3 singles matches. He started with a 5 game win over Morgan after battling back from a 2-1 deficit and followed up with a 4 game win over Lawrence. His toughest encounter came against Joshua in another that went the distance. Joshua appeared to have the match in his hands when leading 9-6 in the decider, however Robilliard fought very well and reeled off 5 consecutive points to claim the victory that also gave his side the win on the evening. Dodd and Robilliard had earlier combined to win the doubles contest against Morgan and Joshua decisively, in straight games. Chloe Le Tissier was beaten in all 3 of her singles matches, however she showed the marked improvement of her game by pressing each of her high quality opposition. Her closest match was against Morgan where the youngster showed great character to bounce back from a 2-0 reverse to force a decider. The extra experience of Morgan eventually showed off in the final game, which she clinched 11-7.
Lions C's first outing of the season against Whistlers B resulted in the first 5-5 stalemate of the season. Alex Robinson picked up 3 key wins for the Lions side, beating Mark Pipet in straight games, Phil Hunkin in 4 and Ben Foss in a 5 game encounter which was one of the best of the evening. The youngster had Robinson on the ropes from the offset and led 2-1 before Robinson took the 4th 11-9 to force a final game decider. The 5th end was filled with tension as match points went begging for both players on numerous occasions. Robinson finally put a close to proceedings on the 30th point of the game, sealing the 16-14 triumph. Joshua Butler added straight game wins over Hunkin and Foss, but he too was embroiled in a 5 game epic, this time Mark Pipet the opposition. The game also came at a pivotal moment, with the Lions side leading 5-4 and all to play for. In a closely contested match, Pipet led 2-1 and was narrowly edged out in the 4th, 13-11. The 5th end mirrored the 4th in all ways except for the fact that it was this time Pipet clinching the game 13-11 and the point for his team. He gained another important victory whilst teaming with Phil Hunkin in the doubles match which they claimed against the pairing of Butler and Robinson in 4 games. All 3 Whistlers players gained singles wins over Andre De Carteret.
This fixture epitomised what the GTTA was trying to achieve in attempting to balance the teams where possible and create a competitive league and all matches in the division thus far have been very competitive.
Lions D are one of 3 sides level at the top of the Division with 4 points and they edged out Whistlers E 6-4 this week. Reserve Terry Trustum and Ian Le Page both won twice in singles competition for the victorious side, each gaining victories over Ken Falla and Len Bretel. Martin Sarre added a 4 game win over Falla and teamed up with Le Page to win the pivotal doubles clash over Bretel and Sam Kershaw in 5 games. Kershaw had a stellar evening for the defeated Whistlers side as she beat Trustum and Le Page in straight games on top of a mightily impressive 4 game win over Sarre. Bretel also impressed with a surprise 5 game win over Sarre.
Lions G hold a 2 point lead at the top of the 3rd after an 8-2 win over Whistlers G this week. Jamie and Andrew Ferbrache continue to impress on their return to local table tennis, with each player claiming singles victories over Ryan Gilson, Charlotte Casey and Shane Cotter as well as teaming to win the doubles against Gilson and Casey in straight games. Sophie Ferbrache also contributed to the success with a 5 game win over Cotter. She had earlier competed well against Casey, whom she lost to in 5.
Lions J top the division by 1 point and they earned only the second 10-0 whitewash of the season across all leagues this week, Whistlers K the recipients of the drubbing. Sam Totty, Val Guilbert and Diane Le Page all defeated Callum Gilson, Michelle Gilson and Corey Brouard in singles matches. Totty and Guilbert won the doubles match over Brouard and Callum in straight games.