Defending champions Whistlers A and title contenders Lions A both maintained their perfect starts to the season in the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues.
The sides will meet for the first time this week, with the Whistlers side leading the way mathematically by virtue of a stronger games ratio.
Their advantage in this respect was extended further this week due to their crushing 9-1 win over a Lions B side missing key player Phil Ogier. Lawrence Stacey, Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson all came through the encounter unbeaten in singles action. Despite this fact three of the wins were edged over 5 sets. Andre De Carteret was mightily unlucky not to come away with any wins as he led Stacey 2-0 before going down 13-11 in the decider and he also led Casey 2-1 before losing out over the distance. Dan Collenette also competed well with Stacey, but lost the deciding end of their encounter 11-7. Despite the defeat, Collenette and De Carteret earned themselves an excellent straight sets doubles win against Stacey and Casey.
Lions A on the other hand earned a hard fought 6-4 win over Lions C. Ben Foss was pivotal towards the success and he retained his 100% singles record due to wins against Paul Hainsworth, Andy Gill and Charlotte Casey, dropping just the single game to Hainsworth in the process. He concluded his evening well by combing with Jamie Ferbrache to win the doubles over Gill and Casey in straight sets. Ferbrache and reserve Steve Ozanne each defeated Casey to make sure of the win. For the defeated 'C' side, both Hainsworth and Gill earned singles wins over Ferbrache and Ozanne, Gill needing the full 5 sets to come through against both players, whilst Hainsworth won both in straight sets.
Third placed side Whistlers B have seen 6-4 results in every single game this season and they came out on the right side this week against bottom placed side Lions D. The encounter was an intriguing one though as it saw the return of former Island player and previous Men's Singles Island Champion Josh Butler. Butler has not played the sport for 2 years, but showed little sign of rust in his first reserve appearance of the season. He earned a hard fought 5 set win over Ellis Tomlin as well as overcoming Mark Pipet in 4 sets. It looked like he would complete a hat-trick of wins when leading Joshua Stacey 8-5 in the deciding end of their encounter, however Stacey dug deep and fought back well to take it 11-8. Stacey was the best performer for this side as he also beat Liam Robilliard and Corey Brouard over 4 sets. Tomlin earned himself excellent straight sets wins against Robilliard and Brouard and Pipet picked up the decisive 6th rubber when he beat Brouard in straight sets. Robilliard and Brouard earned themselves a great 4 sets doubles win over Stacey and Tomlin.
Since being held to a 5-5 draw in the second match of the season, league leaders Whistlers C have been ruthless. They picked up their third consecutive 10-0 whitewash of the season and it was the St Pauls A side who had previously been in 2nd position who were the surprise recipients of the brush. Kay Chivers, Keith Opie and Ben Sharp picked up wins over Charlie Elliott, Maurice James and Trevor Bourgaize. Sharp needed 5 sets to come through against Elliott, whilst Opie needed 5 to overcome James. Chivers and Sharp won the doubles against James and Bourgaize in straight sets.
Lions H and Ravenscroft Panthers D are locked together at the top of the table.
The Lions side are top mathematically and they squeezed past Lions J 6-4 this week. Brian Ferbrache and reserve Steve Potter were in good form and each won all of their singles matches against Edward Rowe, James Crocker and Jayden Tucknott. Ferbrache needed to come back from 2-1 down to Rowe before winning in 5 sets. All of the defeated J side defeated Sue Ferbrache in singles action, whilst Crocker and Tucknott earned themselves an excellent straight sets doubles win over Brian and Sue.
The youthful Ridunian Panthers side won 7-3 over St Pauls B. Amy Wesley and Marli Barker each beat Derek Carter, Brian Le Cras and Val Guilbert in singles action. Melissa Johns added a 4 set win over Le Cras, but was beaten by Guilbert and Carter. Carter and Le Cras won the doubles against Barker and Johns in straight sets.