3rd placed side Whistlers A were the side to experience the most joy this week, as both of the top sides slipped up.
The Whistlers side earned a narrow 6-4 win over the league leaders, Lions C, who were missing their number 1 player Phil Ogier. Garry Dodd continued where he left off from the previous evening at the Open CI Top 12 Qualification event, with another unbeaten evening of league action. He did not drop a set during the previously mentioned Top 12 event and he mirrored this feat with straight game wins over Andre De Carteret and 2nd Division reserve Jez Powell. He did drop a set against Paul Hainsworth during his 4 game triumph, but was also on hand to partner with Mark Pipet to secure a 4 set doubles win over Hainsworth and De Carteret. Pipet was the player to pick up the important 5th and 6th rubbers during his singles wins over De Carteret and Powell. He beat De Carteret in 4, but more significantly he overcame Powell in 5 games, with Powell having battled back from 2-0 down to force the decider. Each of the Lions players picked up straight game wins over Ryan Gilson and Hainsworth picked up another consolation straight game singles win over Pipet in the final match of the night.
Bottom placed side Whistlers B picked up just their second win of the season after they overcame Lions B 6-4. In a similar theme as the other Division 1 matches this week, the beaten side were missing their top player. Josh Stacey made no mistakes in his matches against Luke Bichard, Ryan Bichard and reserve Jamie Ferbrache and he dropped just the single end to Luke in the process. He then teamed with Joseph Bourgaize to secure a straight game doubles win over the Bichard brothers. Bourgaize and Martin Sarre each defeated Ferbrache in straight games to ensure the win was achieved by the Whistlers side.
The impact of the results at the top of the table mean that Lions C lead Lions B by a single point and Whistlers A are a further 2 points back. There is 1 more fixture to be contested before Christmas and completion of those matches will take us to the halfway stage of the season, the remainder of matches to take place in 2017.
There was a big twist in the Division 2 title race this week as Lions E have now taken the advantage away from Lions D and lead by 2 points. The D side do have a game in hand, however the E side have the momentum at this stage of the season.
New leaders Lions E were clinical and came through a potentially tough clash against St Pauls A 8-2. Reserve Tim Le Page was the star of the show and he was in superb form, recording straight game singles wins over Chas Elliott, Maurice James and Trevor Bourgaize. Carl Le Tissier added wins over James and Elliott, however he was defeated by Bourgaize in 4 games. Mike Lucas beat Bourgaize and James without dropping an end, but he lost out to Elliott over 4 games in the opener. The doubles was won by Le Tissier and Lucas after they overcame James and Bourgaize in 4 games.
Lions D tasted defeat for the very first time this season after they fell to a 7-3 loss at the hands of Whistlers D. The Lions side were missing the absent Andy Gill and this gave the Whistlers side the impetus to inflict the damage. Kay Chivers was on good form and she secured singles wins over Jamie Ferbrache, Ian Le Page and reserve Nye Matthew. Her 4 set victory over the former sees her replace Ferbrache at the top of the 2nd Division averages alongside Jez Powell. Keith Opie and junior Corey Brouard contributed well on the evening and each defeated Matthew and Le Page. Ferbrache did his best on the night and beat Opie and Brouard as well as combining with Le Page to impressively overcome the strong pairing of Chivers and Opie via a 4 game doubles win.
Whistlers G are beginning to run away with the Division after a close start and they now hold a 4 point advantage over their nearest opposition. This week they earned a 7-3 win over St Pauls B and once more it was the Junior combination of Ellis Tomlin and Tom Hagerich who ran the show. Tomlin still has a 100% singles record intact and there was no danger of this falling away due to straight game singles wins over Brian Le Cras, John Wills and Derek Carter. Hagerich continues to improve as the season goes on and he now occupies 2nd spot in the averages after picking up his 6th, 7th and 8th consecutive singles wins of the season. Le Cras and Wills picked up ends against the youngster, but each succumbed in 4 ends. The junior duo also combined strongly to win over Carter and Wills in 4 games in the doubles.
Whistlers K are the new leaders of the 4th Division by a single point, however title rivals Lions J do have a game in hand.