Lions C are the side that will head into the Christmas break at the summit of top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored Guernsey table tennis leagues after they recorded a 7-3 win over Whistlers C this week.
Phil Ogier was in good form and this led to him earning singles wins over Lawrence Stacey, Matthew Casey and reserve James Rabey. Whilst his victories came fairly comfortably over Rabey and Casey over straight and 4 games respectively, he had a tough battle with Stacey, who had lost just 3 singles matches prior to the encounter. The encounter went the distance and incredibly all 5 of the sets were won by the identical score of 11-9. Ogier was also on hand to combine with Paul Hainsworth during a 4 set doubles win over Stacey and Casey. Hainsworth himself added a straight game win over Rabey, but he was surprisingly beaten by Casey over 5 ends in the final match of the night. Lions reserve Matthew Stubbington added wins over Casey and Rabey in 4 and 5 games respectively. Stacey made up for his defeat to Ogier by beating Stubbington in 5 and Hainsworth in 4.
Lions A are just a single point behind the leaders after they edged past Whistlers B 6-4. Joshua Butler, Ben Foss and Daniel Collenette all matched each other for the first time this season, with each earning 2 singles wins out of the 3 that they contested. They all managed to get the better of Joseph Bourgaize and Division 2 reserve Ian Fitchet on the night. Joshua Stacey was the man to almost retrieve something for his side as he directly contributed to all 4 of his side's rubbers following an unbeaten evening. This was by no means an easy feat and he was extended to the full 5 sets on 3 occasions. His first win came over Foss in the match opener and he needed to show some steel to battle back from 2-1 down, eventually taking the decider 13-11. His singles encounter with Butler was another tough one, but in that final set, he manage to run away with it 11-3. His final singles match was a 4 set win over Collenette and his final win came in the doubles alongside Bourgaize, where a 5 set win was achieved over Foss and Collenette.
Whistlers C are now clear in 3rd position and their good form continued with a 4th consecutive win of the season, which was recorded over Lions B 6-4. Garry Dodd has been instrumental in this success and he continues to head the way in the Division 1 averages, still yet to taste defeat in singles competition. He was untested in this fixture and cruised to straight game singles wins over Luke Bichard, Ryan Bichard and reserve 2nd Division reserve Peter Powell. He also teamed with Ryan Gilson to overcome the Bichard brothers in a 4 set doubles win. Gilson and Mark Pipet picked up the important 5th and 6th rubbers when they defeated Powell in 4 and straight games respectively. Pipet came extremely close to extending the margin of victory in the final game of the evening, however Luke overturned a 2-1 deficit to pinch it 18-16 in the 5th and deciding set.
Lions E remain 2 points clear at the top following a comfortable 8-2 win over Ravenscroft Panthers B. Carl Le Tissier and Mike Lucas were comfortable on the night and each beat Ben Foote, Steve Martin and reserve Juliette Yeaman without dropping an end. They won the doubles over Foote and Yeaman, but did drop a set in that one during the 4 set win. Reserve Peter Powell played for a second consecutive evening following his prior Division 1 appearance for Lions B and he earned a straight game win over Yeaman. He was unable to add any further wins on the night though and lost to both Foote and Martin in straight games.
Lions D returned to full strength this week and it paid dividends due to their narrow 6-4 win over St Pauls A. Andy Gill's return was fruitful as he experienced an undefeated evening, but not without a few scares along the way. All of his singles matches against Trevor Bourgaize, Maurice James and Chas Elliott were won over the full 5 game distance and he needed to come back from 2-0 down against James in the process. Jamie Ferbrache beat James in 4 and Bourgaize in 5, however he was ousted 12-10 in the 5th by Elliott. Gill and Ferbrache combined well to earn a pivotal 4 set doubles win over Elliott and Bourgaize. Each of the St Pauls player picked up victories over Ian Le Page.
Whistlers G had their lead slashed to 2 points after falling to a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Ravenscroft Panthers C. The youthful side have been on cruise control this season, largely due to the unbeaten Ellis Tomlin, however his absence this week provided the opportunity for the Panthers side to strike. Nick Windsor, Mick Ingrouille and reserve Juliette Yeaman all beat Jayden Tucknott and 4th Division reserve Joe Le Page to ensure the win was obtained. Ingrouille and Yeaman also won the doubles clash against Tom Hagerich and Tucknott in straight games. Hagerich has also been on good form of late and he did all he could and recorded singles wins over each of the Panthers players.