League leaders Lions B had their advantage at the top reduced to 8 points this week after tasting defeat for the first time.
The side to emerge as triumphant 6-4 winners was 2nd placed side Whistlers A who benefited from another strong showing from Garry Dodd, who still is yet to be beaten in singles competition in Division 1 action this season. Dodd was ruthless during straight game singles wins over Olly Langlois and reserve Brian Ferbrache and he also came through against the current Island Men's Singles Champion Joshua Butler in 4 games. The doubles was a crucial encounter and it was the combination of Dodd and Mark Pipet that produced the goods with an impressive straight game win over Langlois and Butler. Pipet himself earned an equally decisive singles win over Ferbrache, however the outcome of the match would come down to a clash between the reserves from each side. Ferbrache looked set to claim the win over Whistlers reserve Ryan Gilson when he opened up a 2 game advantage, however the youngster battled hard and powered through over the full 5 game distance.
Lions A slipped 2 points adrift of 2nd spot after they were narrowly beaten 6-4 by Whistlers B. Alice Loveridge spearheaded the charge for the victors courtesy of singles wins over Phil Ogier, Ben Foss and reserve Andy Gill. It was certainly not clean sailing for her though as she needed to dig in to her reserves to battle back from a 2-0 deficit to beat Ogier in 5. Dawn Morgan beat Gill in straight games and also teamed with Loveridge to win the vital doubles rubber over Foss and Gill in 5 games. Chloe Le Tissier was the player to pick up the 6th win as she battled past Gill in a hard fought 4 game clash.
Whistlers C remain 4th and they picked up a workmanlike 7-3 win over the side that now occupies bottom spot once more, Lions C. Twins Joshua and Lawrence Stacey sealed the win as each went unbeaten with singles wins over Liam Robilliard, Paul Hainsworth and Andre De Carteret. Lawrence needed 4 ends to get through against Robilliard and Hainsworth, whereas Josh needed to go the distance to overcome Hainsworth in the final match of the night. Robilliard and Hainsworth both added consolation singles wins over James Rabey in 4 and also combined to win the doubles over Josh and Rabey, also in 4. Rabey overcame a 1-0 deficit to beat De Carteret in 4.
Lions D are still top of the tree by a single point and they recorded their 5th 6-4 win of the season over Whistlers D. Martin Sarre has shown good form this campaign and he continued with this trend by picking up a hat-trick of singles wins. He overcame Kay Chivers, Keith Opie and nephew Stuart Sarre all over 4 games. Andy Gill beat Sarre 3-0 and Opie in 4 and it was reserve Peter Powell that picked up the final point for the league leaders due to his straight game win over Sarre.
Whistlers F are still 4 points ahead of their nearest rivals following an emphatic 9-1 win over Lions G. Joseph Bourgaize and Paula Le Ber each beat Brian Ferbrache, Sam Totty and reserve Lionel Jones in singles action. Daisy Kershaw beat Totty and Jones, however she was edged out in 5 by Ferbrache, a result which prevented the whitewash. She did though team with Bourgaize in the doubles where they overcame Ferbrache and Totty in 5.
Lions I further extended their lead at the top to 11 points and are on cruise control towards the title. This week they brushed Whistlers I aside 9-1. Andy Ferbrache and Sue Ferbrache each beat Len Bretel, Chris Mcquaigue and Joe Le Page in singles matches. Sophie Ferbrache beat Bretel and Mcquaigue, however she was beaten in 4 by Le Page. Sophie and Sue won the doubles over Bretel and Mcquaigue 12-10 in the 5th.
Lions L are still 3 points ahead at the top after recording a narrow 6-4 win over Whistlers K. Graham Mallett beat Caden Brouard in straight games and Ben Sharp in 5, whereas daughter Janine beat Callum Gilson in straight games and Brouard in 5. The duo won the crucial doubles rubber in straight games over Gilson and Brouard. Derek Cave picked up the elusive 6th win when he beat Brouard in 4 games.