With Lions A not in action this week, Whistlers A drew level on points with the leaders at the top of Doric Insurance League Division 1 with a 7-3 win over 3rd-placed Lions B. Garry Dodd lead the way as he beat Andre De Carteret, Phil Ogier and Ryan Bichard for the loss of only one end and continued his 100% record this season. He was backed up by Mark Pipet who was only defeated by Ogier and also by Martin Sarre who narrowly beat De Carteret in 5 sets.
The other match was clash of the bottom two teams and Whistlers C came out on top 6- 4. Lawrence Stacey remains 4th in the individual averages and won his 3 matches without dropping an end. Team mate Ryan Gilson is enjoying a strong end to the season and he overcame Jamie Ferbrache and Ian Le Page, though he was beaten by dangerous left-hander Andy Gill 3-0. The clincher for Whistlers came as Charlotte Casey claimed her second win of the season by beating Le Page 11-8, 11-13, 11-2, 11-5.
First played third this week in Division 2 and it was honours even after some long matches. Tim Le Page rolled back the years with three convincing wins over Kay Chivers, Keith Opie and Ellis Tomlin without even dropping an end. He teamed up with Steve Ozanne to defeat Opie and Chivers in the doubles and Steve Potter also claimed a good win against Opie, 12-10 in the deciding end. Tomlin performed well for the Whistlers side with 4 game wins over Ozanne and Potter and remains in 4th place in the individual averages.
Second-placed Lions E could not gain any ground as they were held to a 5-5 draw by St Pauls A. Jez Powell won all his matches and was backed up by Corey and Caden Brouard who both defeated Maurice James. The Lions team could not find a crucial 6th win though, the closest they came being Corey Brouard’s narrow defeat to Chas Elliott, 11-13, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9.
In the second round of Division 2 matches, the top three teams all claimed victories, with Whistlers D being pushed the closest with a 6-4 win over Lions F. Andrew Ferbrache provided the upsets as he underlined his quality but unleashing his best attacking loops to beat Chivers, Opie and Tomlin, all by a score of 3-1. Depite missing Jez Powell, Lions E beat WHislters E 8-2, and it was reserve Jonah Ingrouile who most impressed with outstanding wins over Len Bretel and GTTA President Derek Webb MBE.
Division 3 champions-elect St Pauls A slipped up this week as they were held to a draw by 5th-placed Lions H. Derek Carter won his 3 singles matches for St Pauls, but the Lions’ 4th Division reserve players Edward Rowe and Oscar Pearson played well to beat Craig Dunning with Rowe also beating John Wills in a close 5 sets. Peter Powell sealed the draw with a win against John Wills in the last match of the evening.
Due to the weather disruption earlier in the month there were two rounds of Division 4 matches this week and Lions L made a big stride towards the title with 2 wins. On Monday they defeated rivals Lions K 7-3, with 3 wins apiece for Jan Priest and Rosemary Powell while on Thursday they edged past the young Whistlers K side 6-4. Priest was again instrumental with wins over Leah Moore, Shelby Timms and Max Burrows. Timms will be representing Guernsey in the Primary Schools International in Largs, Scotland in April and she showed her excellent potential in defeating the experienced Powell 11-7, 14-12, 11-13, 11-8. Lions K were defeated by Whistlers L 5-4, for whom Jayden Tucknott contributed 3 wins. These results put Lions L 10 points clear at the top although Lions K have 2 matches in hand.