Table tennis was largely unaffected by the bad weather and FISSC, well acclimatised to the arctic conditions of their Knights Lane premises, twice turned out in the snow albeit for scant reward.
Firstly they took on fellow tenants West Warwicks for whom Andy Rowland played all three of his singles in succession at the start of the evening as he needed to leave early. Such was the slippery nature of the floor that he had to change into more suitable footwear midway through but, although he dropped games to both Malcolm Smith and Peter Florence, his well deserved treble was never really in doubt. Not satisfied with that Rowland then called himself and Peter Rodwell in the doubles where further success meant he could depart having provided his team with a 4 - 0 lead. As Rowland left Alison Stewart arrived and she carried on where he had left off with another unbeaten display. However fortune did not smile so kindly on Rodwell who lost out in his singles but he could rightly consider himself unlucky after being on the receiving end of a succession of 'nets and edges' from Florence and taking Peter Bruce-Moore to a decider only to lose 10 - 12.
It was even colder when FISSC hosted league leaders Shottery A. Their captain Gary Stewart played in a woollen hat, more befitting of a skier, but it was his opponents who found themselves on the downhill slope as he sped home without the loss of a game. Graham Poole also earned himself a treble despite being given a good run for his money by Smith in what was the contest of the evening. Stephen Foster contributed both his usual good humour and another unbeaten display to complete the whitewash on the Farmers. Obviously mindful of Florence's reputation for being somewhat frugal with the biscuits Shottery brought along a high class selection of their own and, as they had wrapped up proceedings well before 10pm, they were able to enjoy a more leisurely celebration than usual at the local hostelry.
Rob Poole displayed his best form of the season notching all of Shottery C's three victories when they entertained their own B team. His encounter against Dave Milton was particularly close as, in their last two games, the senior player reached 10 points first but was unable to secure the winner. Chris Bowles battled hard against Tony Remes losing the first game 17 - 19 and finally the fifth 9 - 11.
In their next outing it was again Poole who earned his team's only successes as they came away from Henley A on the wrong end of an 8- 2 scoreline. However he was made to work hard by Stuart Ayres who overturned a two game disadvantage to take their match to a decider only for the Shottery C captain to squeeze home 12-10. Poole was denied another clean sweep by his opposite number Geoff Shephard who went home with a maximum. Ayres and Peter Quince earned themselves braces with the latter involved in an epic against Chris Bowles which he secured over the distance. Like Bowles David L Lewis was unable to get on the score sheet but took games from both Shephard and Quince as reward for the solid progress he has made in his first league season.