Senior League Week 08

Division 1

Lions A tasted defeat for the first time this season, with an inspired performance from Whistlers A resulting in an 8-2 loss. Joshua Stacey and Dawn Morgan had their best league nights of the season thus far as each defeated Garry Dodd, Liam Robilliard and Chloe Le Tissier in singles action. Lawrence Stacey added wins over Robilliard and Le Tissier, but was edged out 13-11 in the decider by Dodd. The other match picked up by the Lions side came during Dodd and Robilliard's 4 game doubles win over the Stacey twins.

The battle between the sides at the foot of the table ended with a first victory of the season for Lions C after their narrow 6-4 win over Whistlers B. Joshua Butler and Alex Robinson spearheaded the charge as each managed to win their 3 singles matches against Mark Pipet, Phil Hunkin and Ben Foss. The closest of these encounters came during Butler's clash against Pipet which went the distance. Their earlier meeting in the season ended with Pipet winning the decider 13-11 and on this occasion the outcome was almost identically reversed, with Butler clinching it 11-9. Andre De Carteret was unlucky not to add to the victorious side's tally as he lost close 5 set matches against both Pipet and Hunkin, the latter being agonisingly lost 12-10 in the 5th.

Division 2

Whistlers D extended their lead at the summit of the 2nd Division to 3 points following their strong 8-2 win over title rivals St Pauls A. Jez Powell maintained his high standard of play as he defeated Chas Elliott, Maurice James and Trevor Bourgaize. Junior Ryan Bichard is having an excellent debut season in Division 2 and he stepped up to the plate impressively courtesy of 3 huge singles wins over his experienced opposition. He started with a 4 game win over James and followed up with gritty 5 game wins over Elliott and Bourgaize. He also combined well with Powell during their 5 game doubles win over Elliott and James. Another junior in the form of 3rd division player Dan Collenette is slowly turning into a 2nd division super sub after another unexpected win during this match. He has produced some eye catching performances whilst stepping up to the 2nd division this season and this was fully evident during his straight game win over James.

Division 3

Lions G also hold a 3 point lead at the top of their respective division and they were pushed all the way this week during a tight 6-4 win over Whistlers I. The encounter also featured the first singles defeat of the season for Jamie Ferbrache, meaning that the only player across all Divisions still to hold a 100% singles record is Kay Chivers in Division 2. His sole defeat came at the hands of GTTA development officer Becks O'Keefe who won in straight games. She also beat Andrew Ferbrache in 5 games and Sophie Ferbrache in straight games on top of a 4 game doubles win alongside Dan Collenette over Jamie and Sophie. Unfortunately for her, a 5th win could not be salvaged by her teammates. Collenette came close against both Andrew and Sophie, but went down in 5 games in both cases.

Division 4

Lions J lead the way by 3 points and ran out 8-2 winners over Whistlers M this week. Sam Totty won all of his singles encounters over Darren Sarre, Josh Lewis and Jonah Ingrouille. Val Guilbert and Diane Le Page both added wins over Lewis and Ingrouille, but neither were able to get past Sarre. They did though combine to win the doubles match against Sarre and Lewis in straight games.

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