COPY SHOP ALONE AT THE TOP
Copy Shop now have a five point lead at the top of Division One of the Fun 88 sponsored Isle of Man Table Tennis League after playing their game in hand against Travellers who had been joint top. Strathallan, the third team that had been tying at the top, slipped to second position following a heavy defeat to Arbory who are now just one point behind in joint third place with Travellers.
Surestrike Ramsey B reduced the gap between them and first placed Peel A in Division Two by beating them 7-3 and, with two games in hand, they look destined to be vying for top spot soon. At the bottom of the division Peel B move further away from the relegation zone after narrowly beating Copy Shop B who are yet to register a win this season.
In Division Three, Travellers D are just three points behind Surestrike Ramsey C and will look to overtake them with a game in hand. St Ninian’s swap places with Tower moving from fourth to third.
After a 10-0 win Peel C close in on first placed Copy Shop D and overtake Copy Shop E in the process in Division Four.
Strathallan A (1) Arbory (8)
A superb performance from Arbory thanks to hat-tricks from Jason Quirk and Khayee Vinas. Mike Tamarov was on course to do the same however, Julian Briercliffe stopped him by earning a crucial point meaning Arbory don’t overtake them in the league.
Surestrike Ramsey A (3) Copy Shop A (6)
Sean Drewry maintained his 100 per cent win record in the league with another three points followed by a point from Rebecca Bayley and two from Paul Corrin. Adam Teare bagged a brace and Rhys Yardley also wangled a win against Bayley. Juan Moore was disappointed to lose out against Corrin after taking him to five sets.
Peel B (6) Copy Shop B (4)
Rob Sim and substitute Malcolm Lambert both notched two points for Copy Shop. However, Nathan Evans and Sasha Thomas equalled their tally. A further point from Harry Walters and a win in the important doubles from Thomas and Walters enabled Peel to narrowly extend the gap over bottom placed Copy Shop.
Tim Baker maintained his unbeaten run for third-placed Surestrike Ramsey B with an important hat-trick which Chris Holmes matched. The pair also won the doubles. Malc Lewis, Mattie Evans and Maggie Mulhern all picked up a point against Kerenza Baker.
Tower B (6) Travellers C (4)
Mike Bayley notched a brace for second-placed Tower before Dario Mazzotta went one better. Unfortunately, they failed to field a third player so gifted fifth-placed Travellers C three points. Paul Mathieson-Nelson notched up another with an 11/8, 17/15, 11/4 win over Bayley. Bayley and Mazzotta rallied to secure the deciding doubles match in three swift sets.
Tower C (3) Travellers D (7)
There were braces all round for second-placed Travellers D players Jackie Gill, Maurice Campbell and Adrian Tinkler. Gill and Tinkler also claimed the doubles. Fourth-placed Tower responded with two from Barry Jenkins and one from Mike Chapman to deny Gill her hat-trick.
Surestrike Ramsay X (2) St Ninian’s A (8)
A good victory for St Ninian’s which moved them up to third-place thanks to both Matty Kelly and substitute Archie Walter securing two wins plus a triple from Alex Flood (shown below).
Flood and Kelly (shown below) also delivered the doubles.
Henry De Silva parries one back.
Tyler Hannay pulled back the two for Surestrike and fencing master Henry de Silva (82) - the League's newest recruit - was unfortunate to go home empty-handed after taking Archie Walter to five sets as it finished 13/11 in Walter's favour.
Copy Shop C (3) Surestrike Ramsay C (7)
Jack Craik and Wendy Hogan secured an early win for top-placed Surestrike Ramsey C after accumulating six points between them. Frank Feeney added the final one. Billy Coulter and Chris Aspden were on the scoreboard for fifth-placed Copy Shop C and the pair also landed the doubles in straight sets.
Copy Shop D (9) IOM JD 2 (1)
Copy Shop D were denied a clean sweep after Oliver Ashe beat Sophie Sheard 7/11, 11/5, 11/9, 14/12. Copy Shop won the rest featuring hat-tricks from Libby Quaggin and Kitty Thomas, two from Sheard and a win in the doubles from Thomas and Sheard.
St Ninian’s B (4) Copy Shop E (6)
Ken Hegarty got fifth-placed Saints underway with a hat-trick followed by a win for Luke Hegarty over Leo Doyle. Copy Shop pulled it back with braces from Josh Dudley and Cameron Dudley. An important win from Leo Doyle over Thomas Coleman put third-placed Copy Shop E ahead and Cameron and Josh Dudley then won the deciding doubles.
Peel C (10) IOM JD 1 (0)
A solid performance moved Peel C into second place with Tiernan Garvey, Callan Reed and Louis Faragher all earning hat-tricks although they were each gifted a point for a ‘no show’. Garvey and Faragher also picked up the doubles. Sam Preece did take a set off Louis Faragher and young Jake Levine showed plenty of promise.
Surestrike Ramsey E (7) IOM JD North (3)
Lily Byrne and Stuart Watson both secured hat-tricks for fourth-placed Surestrike E with Oliver Morris adding the other point by beating his brother Jake.
Jake Morris (7) - the Senior League's youngest player todate.
William Dalugdugan and Charlie Callow beat Oliver in the singles and also won the doubles which featured Oliver and Thomas Morris.
MALCOLM LAMBERT - PHOTOGRAPHS