This week saw teams play in the first round of the team handicap competition, for the Advertiser Cup. Hanson A had an impressive 6 – 1 win over Division 2 leaders Enham, with Peter Henderson winning three and Dan Geary two. Dave Slack was Enham’s only winner when he defeated Steve Rollason 20-21 & 14-21. However Enham’s Pete Farmer put up firm resistance before losing to Dan Geary 15-21, 21-16 & 21-19 and Peter Henderson 21-15, 17-21 & 21-18.
In a very tight encounter between 3D’s and Hanson F of Division 2, Hanson managed to clinch the match 4 - 5 in the eighth set. Both sides had players winning two each, Nicky Downs & Marie Dyke for 3D’s and Roy Horner & Jill Cook for Hanson F. Val Fox proved the difference for Hanson when she defeated Jessie Yi who was playing her first game of the season, 17-21 & 11-21. Nicky Downs had a good 21-17, 13-21 & 21-20 win over Roy Horner and Marie Dyke just managed to beat Val Fox 21-17, 13-21 & 21-18. Roy Horner had to work very hard on the night to record wins over Jessie Yi 17-21, 21-15 & 17-21 and over Marie Dyke 21-16, 18-21 & 18-21.
Hanson D comfortably defeated Hanson B 6 – 3, with Mike Cartridge winning three. Ben Addington who won two for the D team, had to play well to defeat Graham Audin 19-21, 21-7 & 21-18 and was unlucky to lose to Trevor Whitelock, who was the pick of the B team players, going down 17-21, 21-13 & 18-21. Alex Powell just managed to overcome the tenacious Graham Audin 19-21, 21-7 & 21-18 to help Hanson D to victory.