Senior League Week 25

Division 1


Lions A are the champions of the Doric Insurance sponsored first Division after they defeated Lions B 7-3 this week.


In one of the closest title races in recent top flight history, the champions clinched the title by just  a single point. The last time this happened was 6 years ago following conclusion of the 2010/11 season and on that occasion it was also a Lions A side that took the glory.


The final fixture saw Joshua Butler complete a strong season in which he finished 4th in the averages, less than 1% behind twins Joshua and Lawrence Stacey, who each finished on 84.00%. He stormed towards straight game singles wins over Liam Robilliard, Ryan Bichard and Luke Bichard. Ben Foss matched Butler's feat of straight game singles wins to ensure that the title was clinched. Dan Collenette led Ryan 2-0 before losing in 5 sets and was also defeated in 4 by Robilliard and straight sets by Luke. He did though pick up a win in the doubles alongside Foss over Ryan and Luke over 4 ends.


Lions C finished in 3rd position despite having the strongest games ratio in the league. They also held the top spot for 15 of the 25 week season and finished with an 8-2 rout of Whistlers B. Phil Ogier has also had a good season and he ended in terrific style courtesy of an unbeaten evening. He defeated Martin Sarre and Joseph Bourgaize in straight games, but left his best until last when he powered past 2017 Green Trophy and Island Games player Joshua Stacey in straight games. He also teamed with Andre De Carteret to overcome Stacey and Bourgaize in a 4 set doubles win. Paul Hainsworth picked up straight game wins over Sarre and Bourgaize to seal the win and was unfortunate to lose out to Stacey over 5 sets, having led 2-1. De Carteret also had one of his best evenings of the season as he beat both Sarre and Bourgaize in 4 sets.


Division 3


Whistlers G clinched the title by 2 points following an edgy 6-4 win over Whistlers I. Ellis Tomlin completed the perfect season and his 100% singles record was confirmed when he beat James Crocker, Miles Bishop-White and Matthew Board, each in straight games. Tom Hagerich matched the feat of 3 singles wins, however he needed 4 to get past Bishop-White and 5 to get past Crocker in an important opener.
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