Senior League 2018-19 Week 1

Division 1 

Defending champions Lions A are the early leaders of the top flight following their 8-2 win over an under-strength Lions B side. Ben Foss led the way strongly with a trio of straight game singles wins over Phil Ogier and reserves Jonah Ingrouille and Ian Le Page. Ryan Bichard and Jamie Ferbrache each overcame Ingrouille and Le Page, but Ferbrache needed to come back from 2-1 down to get past Le Page. Foss and Bichard won the doubles over Ogier and Ingrouille 15-13 in the deciding end of an entertaining clash. Ogier prevented the whitewash with a straight sets win over Ferbrache and a 4 set win over Bichard.


Whistlers B are level at the top with the leaders after their narrow 6-4 win over Lions C. Lawrence Stacey led the way strongly for the Whistlers outfit due to his singles wins over Corey Brouard, Paul Hainsworth and Andy Gill in 5, 4 and straight sets respectively. Matthew Casey played well to defeat Brouard and Gill in straight games, however it was the doubles rubber which proved to be decisive on the night. Stacey and Casey overcame a fight-back from Hainsworth and Gill to run out 5 set winners. Each of the Lions players picked up wins over reserve Shane Cotter, whilst Hainsworth added a consolation straight sets win over Casey.


The final Division 1 match of the week ended as a 5-5 draw between Whistlers A and Whistlers C. Joshua Stacey was strong for the C side as he won all of his singles matches against Dawn Morgan, Ellis Tomlin and reserve Paula Le Ber. Mark Pipet added wins over Le Ber and Tomlin, but lost out to Morgan in 4 sets. The doubles was a crucial tie and it was the A side's pairing of Morgan and Tomlin that came through against Stacey and Casey 14-12 in the 5th and deciding end. All of the A side earned wins over Casey.


Division 2

Lions E, Whistlers D and Ravenscroft Panthers A are the only 3 sides to have won all of their matches thus far in the Division, which started a week earlier than the top flight.

The Lions side of Jez Powell and Junior players Caden Brouard and Jonah Ingrouille ultimately lead the way on games ratio as it stands, having won both of their matches 8-2 so far this season.


Division 3 

Defending champions St Pauls B have been a regular winner of this Division over the past decade or so and they started as they mean to go courtesy of a 10-0 whitewash of Whistlers H. The strong team of Craig Dunning, Derek Carter and Brian Le Cras each defeated Darren Sarre, Nathan Pinchemain and reserve Jayden Tucknott in singles action. Dunning and Le Cras also won the doubles fixture in straight sets.


Division 4 

Whistlers J are the surprise early leaders of the 4th Division after their narrow 6-4 win over Whistlers K. Tia Timms, Shelby Timms and Leah Moore all defeated Jack Garbutt and Jacques Bideau in singles action to make sure of the win. None of them could get the better of Jayden Tucknott on the night though, as the youngster won all of his singles matches.
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