The Island's last competitive table tennis prior to the second lockdown in Guernsey was in the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues last week.
The results from the week were favourable for the main title rivals Lions A and Whistlers A as each recorded victories. It was however the 3 leading players from Lions Table Tennis Club that played starring roles in all of the fixtures this week.
For the leaders, this was Ben Foss, who along with Ryan Bichard each went unbeaten during their 8-2 victory over Lions D. Foss was in good form on the evening and did not drop a set against Liam Robilliard, Steve Ozanne or Charlotte Casey. Bichard was also fairly comfortable during his wins, but he did drop a set to Ozanne during a 4 set win and a few other close sets in his matches against Robilliard and Casey. Foss polished off his evening when teaming with Jamie Ferbrache to defeat Robilliard and Ozanne in straight sets in the doubles rubber. Ferbrache battled back excellently from a 2-0 deficit to defeat Casey in his opening match of the night, but lost to both Robilliard and Ozanne in 4 sets on each occasion.
Phil Ogier was the thorn in the side of 2nd placed side Whistlers A for his third placed Lions B side, but was not enough as the Whistlers outfit came through 7-3. Ogier was in super form with a trio of straight sets wins over Lawrence Stacey, Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson. The former victory against the current leader of the Division 1 averages was done in style, with none of the ends going past the regulation 11 points. Stacey, Gilson and Casey were very solid in their other matches against Dawn Morgan and Andre De Carteret to make sure of the win. Morgan battled hard in each of her matches and lost them all in 4 sets, whilst De Carteret led Gilson 2-1 before losing out in a deciding 5th end. Stacey and Casey won the doubles encounter over Morgan and De Carteret in straight sets.
The final match of the week saw Paul Hainsworth emerge unbeaten in singles action for his 5th placed Lions C side, that were edged out 6-4 by 4th placed side Whistlers B. Like Ogier, Hainsworth was in good form on the night and he did not drop a set during his singles wins against Joshua Stacey, Ben Sharp and Ellis Tomlin. The win against current Men's Island Singles champion Stacey was the pick of the bunch as Stacey was restricted to just 17 points over the 3 ends courtesy of some strong attacking table tennis. Stacey and Sharp however each played well in their other singles matches and earned wins over Andy Gill and Lions 2nd Division reserve Jonah Ingrouille. Tomlin added a further win over Ingrouille in straight sets and it was the pivotal doubles rubber won by Stacey and Tomlin over Hainsworth and Gill in 3 tight sets which sealed the win for the Whistlers side. Gill did well to pick up a consolation 4 set win over Tomlin.
Lions E remain a single point clear at the top following their 7-3 win over Ravenscroft Panthers B. Jez Powell was in strong form for his side during singles wins over Oscar Pearson, Amy Wesley and Juliette Yeaman, dropping just the single ends to Pearson and Yeaman in the process. Caden Brouard added wins over Yeaman and Wesley, whilst James Crocker chipped in with a 5 set win over Yeaman. Brouard and Crocker combined to take the doubles win over Pearson and Wesley in 4 sets. Pearson defeated both Brouard and Crocker in singles action, whilst Wesley did well to overcome Crocker in 4 sets.
Whistlers D continue to fight and despite being 2nd, have a better games ratio than the league leaders. This time however it was honours even as they too ran out 7-3 winners, Whistlers C the side on the wrong end of the result. Kay Chivers was the resistance for the third placed side and she beat Martin Sarre in 4 sets, before adding strong comfortable straight sets wins over Craig Dunning and Paula Le Ber. Sarre, Dunning and Le Ber all added wins over Keith Opie and Ian Fitchet to make sure of the win, whilst Sarre and Le Ber won the doubles rubber against Chivers and Opie in 5 sets.
Ravenscroft Panthers D have been knocked off the top of the table for only the 2nd time this season after they were defeated 7-3 by their bogey team in the form of 4th placed Lions I. The Panthers side have only lost twice all season and both times it has been the Lions side to do so. The previous encounter was a a 9-1 rout, but this time they fared better despite losing. Carly Tucknott was the catalyst for the win due to her strong 4 set wins over Mark Windsor and Shaun Mosley and her emphatic straight sets win over Steve Martin. Jayden Tucknott also had a strong evening which saw the youngster defeat both Mosley and Windsor in 4 sets. Erin Vaudin was also in good form and finished off the win courtesy of a 5 set win over Martin and a 4 set win over Windsor. She was also narrowly edged in 5 sets by Mosley in the match opener. Mosley and Windsor battled back from 2-0 down in the doubles to overcome Carly and Jayden in 5 sets.
The result enabled Whistlers F to move to the summit of the table for the first time since November after they squeezed past Lions H 6-4. Stuart Sarre was key for his side in the fixture as he defeated Mike Brehaut, Lynn Finn and Dave Finn in singles action without dropping a set. Matthew Board defeated Dave and Lynn, whilst Darren Sarre added a vital straight sets win over Dave to make sure of the win. Brehaut beat Board and Darren each in 4 sets, Lynn beat Darren in 4 sets and Brehaut and Lynn did excellently to beat the Sarre brothers in straight sets in the doubles match.