Lions C returned to the summit of the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored GTTA senior leagues after their 7-3 win over Lions A in the top of the table clash.
Phil Ogier was instrumental in the victory for his side and his best performance of the season saw him contribute to 4 wins. His best result came early as he fought back superbly to overcome the 2015 Island Men's Singles Champion Joshua Butler over 5 ends, having trailed 2-0. His other singles wins came courtesy of straight game wins over Ben Foss and Daniel Collenette. His final win of the night came alongside Paul Hainsworth as the duo weathered a fightback from the strong pairing of Butler and Foss to win in 5. Hainsworth himself picked up a 4 game win over Collenette, but was unable to add any further singles wins on the night. He let a 2-0 lead slip against Foss before losing in 5 and also lost to Butler in 4, having taken the opener. Reserve Liam Robilliard was the player to pick up the decisive 6th win during his routine 3-0 win over Collenette, but he also followed up with an excellent 4 game win over Foss to extend the margin of victory. The result has left the C side 1 point clear at the top.
3rd placed side Lions B returned to winning ways this week and recorded a narrow 6-4 win over Whistlers C. Olly Langlois' return to the team paid benefits and he comfortably saw off the challenge of both Matthew Casey and reserve James Rabey without loss. He came very close to completing a trio of singles wins in his final match encounter with Lawrence Stacey, however the in-form Stacey won through in 5 games. Luke Bichard defeated Casey in 4 and Rabey 3-0 and he also pushed Stacey before eventually succumbing 16-14 in the 4th. Ryan Bichard defeated Rabey in 4 to ensure that his side would get a point, but he was also on hand to team with Langlois during a 5 set doubles win over the combination of Stacey and Casey to seal the win. Casey earned a consolation 4 game win over fellow junior Ryan, in addition to Stacey's hat-trick of wins.
Whistlers A have the same amount of points as Lions B and they were also on hand to record a tight 6-4 win this week, their B side on the receiving end. Garry Dodd remains to power past his opposition and his 100% singles record remains in place after 3 more victories. Joshua Stacey provided a good test during the early stages of their encounter when he took the opener, however Dodd weathered the storm and won in 4. He followed up with a straight game win over Joseph Bourgaize, before overcoming Martin Sarre over 5 ends, having trailed 2-1. Mark Pipet overcame Sarre in 4 and Bourgaize 3-0 and it was the doubles encounter that proved to be key in deciding the outcome of the match. Dodd and Pipet are a strong doubles combination and the duo were comfortable winners over Sarre and Bourgaize without loss.
Lions D and Lions E remain locked together at the top, but the D side still have a game in hand on their title rivals.
The D side were 7-3 winners over Whistlers F this week and averages leader Jamie Ferbrache went through the encounter unbeaten. He beat Sam Clark in 5, Andy Lihou in 4 and Paula Le Ber in straight games. He combined with Ian Le Page during a 4 set doubles win over Clark and Lihou. Le Page added singles wins over Lihou and Le Ber over 5 and 4 games respectively, but he was ousted in straight games by Clark. Reserve Terry Trustum added a further win when he overcame Lihou in straight games.
Lions E were utterly dominant during their 10-0 whitewash of Whistlers E this week. Luke Le Tissier, Carl Le Tissier and Mike Lucas all overcame Ian Fitchet, Charlotte Casey and Ken Falla in singles matches. Luke and Lucas combined to win the doubles clash against Fitchet and Casey in 5 games, having trailed 2-1.
Whistlers G extended their lead at the top to 3 points this week after earning a narrow 6-4 win over Whistlers H. In the all junior clash, Ellis Tomlin showed his class and retained his 100% singles record courtesy of wins over Caden Brouard, Ben Sharp and Callum Gilson, dropping just the single end to Sharp in the process. Tom Hagerich defeated Gilson and Brouard as well as teaming with Tomlin during a pivotal straight game doubles win over Gilson and Brouard.
Lions J remain a single point clear at the top after they overcame Whistlers J 8-2. Derek Cave and reserve Rosemary Powell each defeated Jack Le Prevost, Leah Moore and Erin De Carteret in singles action. Erin Bisson was another reserve for the league leaders and she beat De Carteret in 4 games as well as picking up a 4 game doubles win over De Carteret and Moore.