Lions B sustained their 3 point lead at the top of the 1st Division after recording a 7-3 win over Whistlers C this week. Reigning Island Men's Singles champion Joshua Butler was the main man in the encounter due to his singles victories over Joshua Stacey, Lawrence Stacey and reserve Ryan Gilson. It was not clear sailing though as he needed 4 sets to get past Josh and the full 5 to overcome Lawrence, having trailed 2-1. Olly Langlois added a 4 set win over Lawrence and overcame Gilson in straight games to put the Lions side in touching distance of the win. This win was duly converted by Langlois alongside Ryan Bichard as the pair defeated the Stacey twins in the doubles encounter over the course of 4 legs. Bichard himself contributed with a 4 game win over Gilson and was unfortunate to be edged out by Lawrence in 5 having led 2-0. Josh Stacey recorded an impressive straight game win over Langlois having already beaten Bichard without loss.
A significantly weakened 2nd placed Lions A side containing a few 2nd Division reserves managed to battle through to an excellent 6-4 win over the side at the foot of the table, Lions C. The win was largely inspired by Phil Ogier who went through the evening unbeaten. He beat Liam Robilliard and Andre De Carteret comfortably in straight games, but needed to battle through in 5 against Paul Hainsworth, who had led 2-1. He then combined well with junior reserve Luke Bichard during the doubles encounter against Hainsworth and Robilliard, which they won 3-0. Bichard himself put in a stellar reserve performance during his singles encounters and he recorded a superb straight game win over Robilliard, having overcome De Carteret in 4 in the opener of the evening. He was unable to make it the perfect evening due to his straight game loss to Hainsworth. Each of the defeated C side earned consolation wins over the other reserve, Ian Le Page.
3rd placed side Whistlers A were held to a 5-5 stalemate by their B side this week. Garry Dodd continues to impress in his league campaign and was in blistering form. The only player in the Division yet to lose a singles match this season was ruthless during his straight game wins over Alice Loveridge and Chloe Le Tissier, incredibly dropping just 12 points against the quality Loveridge. He earned his other singles match over Dawn Morgan via walkover. Mark Pipet picked up a narrow 5 set win over Le Tissier and combined impressively with Dodd in a straight game doubles win over Loveridge and Morgan. It could have been an even better result for the A side as Pipet led Morgan 10-4 in the 3rd set of their singles encounter with the match poised at 1-1. Morgan incredibly turned that set around and went on to take the match in 4 sets. Loveridge also defeated Pipet, in straight games and all of the B side earned straight game wins over Phil Hunkin.
Lions D are now the outright leaders of the Division 2 qualifier after recording their 9th straight victory of the season. Their previously undefeated rivals Lions F blinked first and were held to a draw.
A dominant 9-1 win over Lions G was the order of the day for the leaders, despite missing Martin Sarre. Andy Gill and Ian Le Page went unbeaten due to singles wins over Brian Ferbrache, Theo Lepp and reserve Terry Trustum. They teamed to win the doubles match over Ferbrache and Lepp in 4 games. Reserve Andy Ferbrache chipped in with wins over Lepp and brother Brian, but he was edged out in 5 by Trustum, who prevented the whitewash in the process.
Lions F were held to the 5-5 draw by the strong 3rd placed side of Lions E. Luke Bichard maintained his superb form from the previous evening's Division 1 reserve encounter with 3 big singles wins over Luke Le Tissier, Tim Le Page and Carl Le Tissier. Dan Collenette and Jamie Ferbrache both picked up important 5 set wins over Carl during the 2nd half of the match to assist towards the draw. Luke and Le Page both defeated Collenette and Ferbrache in addition to securing a pivotal 5 set doubles win over the junior pairing of Bichard and Collenette. Amazingly the E side had led 4-1 following the doubles clash, yet Le Page needed to overturn a 2-1 deficit against Ferbrache in the final match to pinch the draw.
Lions I are 4 points clear at the top of the 4th and they ran out 8-2 winners over Ravenscroft Panthers C this week. Andy and Sue Ferbrache were unbeaten with wins over Mark Windsor, Nick Windsor and Mick Ingrouille. Sophie Ferbrache added a 4 game win over Mark in the opener and also teamed with Andy to defeat Ingrouille and Nick 3-0 in the doubles.
The lowest Division is now the only one across all leagues where the top 2 teams cannot be separated by points. Lions L still have a superior games ratio and officially top the table ahead of Whistlers O.
The Lions side were 8-2 winners over their L counterparts from Whistlers. Graham Mallett led the way with singles wins over Tom Hagerich, Matt Hale and Morgan Price. Hagerich may well feel unlucky to lose in 5 having led 2-0, especially given the fact that the remaining ends were clinched 12-10, 12-10, 13-11 by the Lions player. Derek Cave and Janine Mallett added singles wins over Hale and Price to secure the win and it was that duo that won the doubles clash over Hagerich and Price 16-14 in the 4th.