The eagerly awaited first meeting between the leading sides in the top flight of the Doric Insurance sponsored senior leagues saw success for the defending champions Whistlers A.
The Whistlers side met their Lions counterparts this week in the final round of the first rotation with both having won all 4 of their prior encounters and it was the Whistlers side that powered through 7-3. The entire match was well contested as 8 of the 10 matches were won over 4 sets, however surprisingly there were no 5 set matches. Lawrence Stacey, Matthew Casey and Ryan Gilson all put in strong shifts with singles wins over Ryan Bichard and Jamie Ferbrache. To further the margin of victory, Stacey and Gilson earned themselves a solid 4 set doubles win against Foss and Ferbrache. Despite the defeat for his side, Ben Foss put in an excellent performance which saw him maintain his 100% singles record. He beat Stacey and Casey in 4 sets and Gilson in straight sets.
Whistlers B are in 3rd position and just 2 points behind Lions A after they battled to a 6-4 win over Lions C. Mark Pipet was the star performer on the night as he won all 3 of his singles matches against Paul Hainsworth, Andy Gill and Charlotte Casey. The former wins over Hainsworth and Gill came over 5 sets, whilst the win over Casey was in straight sets. Josh Stacey added wins over Gill and Casey, however he incurred a surprise 4 set defeat to Hainsworth in the final match of the night. The doubles fixture proved pivotal in the outcome of the match and it was Stacey and Ellis Tomlin that overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat Hainsworth and Casey in 5 sets. All of the Lions players defeated Tomlin in singles action and this included the first singles win of the season for Casey.
Lions B moved up into 4th position following their first win of the season, a narrow 6-4 win over bottom placed side Lions D. Phil Ogier led the way strongly with straight sets singles wins over Liam Robilliard, Corey Brouard and Sam Clark. Dan Collenette added wins over Brouard in 5 sets and Clark in straight sets. Ogier and De Carteret combined well in the doubles to secure the win by virtue of their straight sets win against Robilliard and Brouard. All of the D side earned wins over De Carteret, whilst Robilliard added a 4 set win over Collenette.
Whistlers C's ruthless form continued this week as the league leaders earned their 4th consecutive 10-0 whitewash of the season. It was the turn of Ravenscroft Panthers A to feel the force of the leaders as Kay Chivers, Keith Opie and Ben Sharp all overcame Ben Foote, Steve Martin and reserve Brandon Ferbrache in singles action. Chivers and Opie beat Martin and Ferbrache over 4 sets in the doubles match.
Lions H continue to lead the Division and have a single point advantage over Ravenscroft Panthers D, who have played an extra match.
The Lions side were clinical 9-1 winners over St Pauls B in a match where Brian and Sue Ferbrache were unbeaten. The Ferbraches beat John Wills, Brian Le Cras and Val Guilbert in singles action and also combined in the doubles to beat Le Cras and Guilbert in 5 sets. Jonah Ingrouille added wins over Wills and Guilbert, but he was beaten in 4 sets by Le Cras.
Whistlers G hold a 2 point lead at the top of the Division, but faced their toughest test of the season thus far, edging to a narrow 6-4 win over Lions K. Stuart Sarre was in fine form for his side as he earned wins over Damien Fitzgerald, Derek Cave and Graham Mallett. Darren Sarre beat Cave in 4 sets, whilst reserve Robert Naftel earned a mightily important 5 set win over Mallett in a match where he had trailed 2-0. The doubles was another crucial game and it went the way of the Sarre's in straight sets over Mallett and Cave. The debut season for Fitzgerald has started well and he beat both Naftel and Darren, before losing out in 4 sets to Stuart.