Lions B extended their lead at the top of the 1st Division once more this week and now hold a sizable 9 point lead from Whistlers A.
This week they were on hand to overcome the side in 3rd position, Lions A 7-3. Olly Langlois and Joshua Butler continue to show good form and each was once more unbeaten during the fixture. Langlois needed 4 ends during each of his singles wins over Phil Ogier, Ben Foss and reserve Matthew Stubbington. Butler also needed 4 ends to come through against Foss and Stubbington, however he managed to come past Ogier in 3 tightly contested ends. The doubles encounter was the closest of the fixture and saw Langlois and Butler edge out Ogier and Foss in 5, having trailed 2-1. Ryan Bichard was unable to extend the margin of victory for the league leaders, however he did win ends over both Foss and Stubbington during 4 game defeats.
Whistlers A may have moved into 2nd position last week, however they failed to hold ground with the leaders after being held to a 5-5 draw by Whistlers C. Garry Dodd retained his 100% singles record during the fixture after beating Joshua Stacey and Lawrence Stacey over 4 ends and reserve Matthew Casey in straight games. Mark Pipet added a straight game win over Casey and also teamed with Dodd to overcome the Stacey twins in 4 games in the doubles. Joshua and Lawrence each beat Pipet and Hunkin in singles action, however it was reserve Casey that did the damage when he earned an excellent 5 game win over Hunkin.
Lions C remain at the foot of the table, however they earned points for the 2nd consecutive week after they emphatically defeated Whistlers B 8-2. The Whistlers side were missing their influential player Alice Loveridge and the Lions side took full advantage. Paul Hainsworth picked up a trio of singles wins over Dawn Morgan, Chloe Le Tissier and reserve Ryan Gilson without dropping an end. He also teamed with Liam Robilliard in the doubles encounter where they overcame Morgan and Le Tissier in straight games. Robilliard himself added singles wins over Le Tissier and Gilson, a feat matched by Andre De Carteret, who eventually got the better of Le Tissier 12-10 in the decider after he had trailed 2-0. Morgan saved some face for her side due to her 4 game win over Robilliard and straight game win over De Carteret.
Previous leaders Lions F have slipped into 3rd spot after tasting defeat to Lions D, who incredibly cannot be separated at the top from Lions E due to them having identical games ratios.
The D side have won all 3 of their matches 6-4 this season and it was Martin Sarre that was pivotal for the leaders in this encounter. He beat Jamie Ferbrache, Luke Bichard and reserve Terry Trustum in singles matches and then teamed with Andy Gill to win an important 5 set doubles match over Ferbrache and Bichard. Gill himself picked up important wins over Trustum and Ferbrache, the latter being a straight game win in the final match of the night. Ian Le Page was unlucky to lose his 4 singles matches, in particular the game against Trustum when he let a 2-0 lead slip before being edged 13-11 in the 4th and 12-10 in the 5th.
Lions E on the other hand were ruthless during their 10-0 whitewash of Whistlers G. Luke Le Tissier, Tim Le Page and Carl Le Tissier all defeated Matthew Casey, Andy Lihou and Miles Bishop-White in singles encounters. All were won 3-0 with the exception of the final 2 matches of the night where Luke beat Casey in 5 and Carl beat Lihou in 5. The doubles was won by the Le Tissier's over Casey and Lihou in straight games.
Whistlers F retained their 2 point advantage at the summit of the Division 3 table after they crushed Ravenscroft Panthers A 9-1 this week. Paula Le Ber and Joseph Bourgaize were each on hand to record singles wins over Juliette Yeaman and reserves Billy Ogier and Mick Ingrouille. Daisy Kershaw beat Yeaman and Ingrouille, however she was beaten over the full 5 game distance by Ogier. Bourgaize and Kershaw combined to win the doubles over Ogier and Yeaman in 4.
Lions I continue to motor along and hold a huge 11 point lead at the top of the 4th. This week saw them crush their J side 9-1. Andy and Sue Ferbrache each beat Mike Brehaut, Lynn Finn and reserve Jonah Ingrouille. Sophie Ferbrache beat Finn and Ingrouille, however she was beaten in 5 by Brehaut in a result which prevented the whitewash. Sophie teamed with Andy to earn a 5 game doubles win over Brehaut and Finn.
Lions are still 3 points clear after they brushed past Whistlers M 9-1. Graham Mallett and daughter Janine were unbeaten after each defeated Darren Sarre, Josh Lewis and reserve Erin Vaudin. Derek Cave beat Lewis and Vaudin but was beaten by Sarre in 4 in the final match of the night. Graham and Cave won the doubles over Sarre and Lewis in 4 games.