Week 8 Report





Breakaway A (4) Copy Shop A (6)

TWO pristine records were broken as Copy Shop inched closer to top placed and previously unbeaten Breakaway. Now two points apart, they would have been level if Brian Crellin had not lost his 100% average to Breakaway’s battling Paul Corran 11/5, 10/12, 11/8, 9/11, 11/13. However, Copy Shop’s Ronan McDonnell maintained his own unbeaten run so Corran, Malcolm Cummings and Darren Smethurst had to pick up their points against Jane Kneale.

Strathallan A (2) Arbory (8)

Strathy’s Andy Patterson had a ding-dong ping-pong encounter with the pen-holder Mikhail Tamarov who lost 11/9, 9/11, 4/11, 11/7, 9/11 and later Tamarov also fell foul of Andy Horne’s pimples out rubber. Liam Chan and Jason Quirk had no such problems in disposing of Patterson, Horne and Hadyn McLarney and third placed Arbory took the doubles in three swift sets.

Travellers A (3) Tower A (7)

Tower tip-toed past seventh placed Strathy by beating bottom placed Travellers with two points apiece for Tim Baker, John Callow and Paul Callow. Chris Reynolds lost all his matches for Travellers but Gary Shilling short-changed both Callows and Paul Nelson sunk Baker. However, Baker rose again to win the doubles in conjunction with Paul Callow.

Foxdale A (8) Copy Shop B (2)

Fourth placed Foxdale leapfrogged above Copy Shop B by winning almost every match in straight sets. Danny Hamill denied Marc Townsend his hat-trick and Sean Drewry did similar to Becky Bayley but Dario Mazzotta had no such luck leaving Ruth Bailey to win all three and partner Becky to victory in the doubles.



Foxdale B (7) Salmon River Spinners (3)  

Mike Bayley remained unbeaten for top placed Foxdale. Third placed Spinners found points hard to come by, none more so than Nigel Beattie who lost three sets at 10/12 against Ken Mitchell and thought he’d won in four sets against Andy McLarney but finally did it in five, 3/11, 11/3, 11/4, 10/12, 11/7. Tommy Cowin did brilliantly to beat both McLarney and Mitchell but alas, Colin Barron had a barren night and the Spinners toppled out of the doubles.   

Tower B (5) Travellers B (5)

Tower’s Graham McFarlane lost his first two games of the season to brilliant play by Steve Ellis-Pearson and Stu Mason then looked destined to lose a third to Stu Douglas but miraculously recovered from 8/2 down in the final set to win 11/9, 11/7, 9/11, 5/11, 12/10. Travellers gained their other three points when Douglas subdued both Paul Kozlowski and Steve Curtis and Mason secured their draw by beating Curtis. In response Tower won the doubles and both Curtis and Kozlowski thwarted Ellis- Pearson after Kozlowski had mastered Mason.      

Peel B (1) Peel A (9)

It looked like a clean sweep for Peel’s senior team until Matty Evans managed to turn-over his teacher by beating Maggie Mulhern 11/8, 11/8, 11/13, 11/8. Ashley Reid nearly followed suit but narrowly lost 10/12 and 7/11 in the final set against both Les Wilson and Malc Lewis. Young Vishal Patel who normally plays for Peel’s C team fought well but failed to progress past three sets against fourth placed Peel A.

Tower C (6) Travellers C (4)

Alan Harding looked to be heading for a hat-trick against bottom placed Tower after four sets victories over Dave Callow and Margaret Forsyth. However, Mike Chapman had other ideas, winning their five set encounter 11/6. Travellers only other successes were wins for Maurice Campbell and Jackie Gill over Forsyth and Chapman respectively. Tower secured their first win of the season as Callow won two, Forsyth beat Gill then Callow and Chapman captured the doubles.



Peel C (2) Copy Shop C (8)

Peel found the experience of Rob Sim and Malcolm Lambert a little too hard to counter so Vishal Patel, Nathan Evans and Fraser Dorling concentrated on beating Pedro Cordosa who is enjoying his first season in the league. Patel and Evans were successful but Cordosa put into practice a pre-agreed game plan and was rewarded with a splendid 10/12, 11/6, 11/7, 12/14, 11/7 win over Dorling.

Copy Shop D (8) Travellers D (2)

David Buck struck twice for Travellers but those wins over Chris Aspden and Ollie Cain were their only success as Kevin Drewry, Aspden and Cain were able to win the remaining matches including the doubles against Juan Moore Snr and Alex Buck. It was Alex who came closest to claiming a third point for Travellers in a thrillingly tight tussle against Aspden which ended 10/12.    

Breakaway B (10) IOM Junior Development Two (0)  

In a top v bottom encounter the result was not really in doubt but Calvin Koske, Wael Kassim and Carl Blatcher gave Chris Kewley, Ben Christian and Aaron Faragher a good game. Koske nearly pulled off the surprise of the night when he pushed Christian to the limit only to lose 13/11, 9/11, 8/11, 12/10, 9/11.  


Fortress Management Services (6) IOM Junior Development One (4)

Fortress were one player short so the Development team started 3-0 up and when Marcus Koske beat Karen Hassan 11/9, 11/8, 11/9 an upset appeared to be on the cards but Hassan and Pat Halliwell rallied back beating James Colgan and Liam Cooper as well as winning the doubles. However, Koske nearly levelled the match in an enthralling encounter with Halliwell which he lost 11/3, 9/11, 9/11, 16/14, 11/13.  



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