Only four players remain unbeaten in the Fun-88 sponsored IOM Table Tennis League.
Division one: Copy Shop A (43) take the top spot followed by Travellers A (38) and Arbory (35) who both have a game in hand. Division two: Peel A (51) hold on to their lead, followed by Tower B (46), Travellers B (44), Desmonds Douglas (44) and Copy Shop B (41). Division three: Play It Forward A (75) extend their lead, now 24 points clear of Ramsey D (51) who have two games in hand and Travellers D (51) with one game in hand. Division four: Ramsey G (40) top the table, closely followed by Copy Shop E (39) and Peel E (28) in third place.
Only four players remain unbeaten: D2 Geoff Ball (9 wins) D3 Brandon Montgomery (23 wins) Glenn Callow (18 wins) and Alan Harding (15 wins)
Ramsey A (4) Strathallan (5)
In the battle for the best of the rest, this fixture was always going to be a close match, there were five games settled in the fifth set, three in the fourth and five tie-breaks. Adam Teare and Becky Taylor won two games each three of which were settled in the fifth set for Ramsey’s four points. Strathallan’s Julian Briercliffe won a hat trick, Andrew Patterson and Neil Quane won one game each for their five points.
Tower A (1) Copy Shop A (8)
In this fixture the top team was pitted against the bottom team, nevertheless there were some strong performances and a quite a few tie-breaks to take away from the match. Tower’s Mike Bayley won one game in a fourth set decider for their one point. Sean Drewry and Paul Corran won hat-tricks and Adam Davies won two games.
Ramsey B (3) Travellers A (6)
No single player dominated this match and all but three games were decided in three sets. Chris Holmes won two games, in one of the sets he scored 11-0! Chris Holland won Ramsey’s third game in a fifth set decider. For Travellers, Scott Lewis, Malcolm Cummings and Marc Townsend all won two games each for their six points and the win.
Copy Shop C (0) Ramsey C (10)
Copy Shop needed to get some points on the board from this fixture to move away from the drop zone. They put up a good fight with three games decided in the fourth set and one fifth set decider, but the Ramsey team were just too strong in this whitewash of Copy Shop. Their team were Fraser Dametto, Dave Bufton and Geoff Ball, Fraser and Geoff paired up for the double win.
Peel B (9) Travellers C (1)
For Travellers to stay away from the drop zone, they needed a good win in this fixture. With two games settled in the fifth set, four in the fourth and five tie breaks, they put up a good fight but Peel were too strong. Stuart Perry and Matty Evans scored hat-tricks, Maggie Mulhern won two and Maggie with Matty won the doubles. Traveller’s only win came from a determined Vishal Patel in a fifth set decider.
Tower B (6) Travellers B (4)
There is very little to separate these teams, both contending for the top spot in Division Two and this match was no different with some very close games. The three pillars of Tower, Graham McFarlane, Simon Radcliffe and Steve Curtis all won two games each. For Travellers, Mike Dunning won two games and Nathan Evens won one, they also paired up to win the doubles in a fourth set decider.
Copy Shop B (3) Desmonds Douglas A (7)
In this mid-table battle, there was very little to separate these teams, with only three straight set wins and six games decided with a tie-break. What made the difference was the determination to win and the players didn’t disappoint. Copy Shop’s Kevin Drewry and Malcom Lambert won one game each in fifth set deciders and Rob Sim won one game in a third set tie-break 12-10. Desmond’s John Callow won a hat-trick, all decided with tie-breaks, Jim Travers won two games, one of which with a tie-break and Russell Kent won one game in a fifth set decider. The Doubles was won by Desmond’s duo Russell and Jim.
Peel C (6) Play It Forward B (4)
In this fixture there were some very strong individual performances with close scoring games and eight tie-break sets. Young William Shooter won another Hat-trick for his team of Peel, Sam Preece and Lauren Allwright won one game each. For the doubles, William and Lauren paired up for the win and their six points. Play It Forward’s Rob Mercer and Shaun Field won two games each for their four points.
Travellers D (1) Play It Forward A (9)
There were nine tie break sets and three fourth set deciders in this match, so you would have expected the scoreline to be a little closer, especially as Travellers are challenging for a top spot in the league and Play It Forward are in the drop zone, this was an important win for PIF. Maurice Campbell won Travellers only game, Brandon Montgomery and George Tsioutsioulis won hat-tricks and the doubles, Adam Braidwood won two games for PIF and the win.
Copy Shop D (1) Ramsey D (9)
This was a comfortable win for the Ramsey team with only three sets decided in the fourth set, resistance and Copy Shop’s solitary point came from a determined Sonia Shaw who won her game in three straight sets. Ramsey’s dynamic duo, Glenn and Charlie Callow won hat-tricks and the doubles, Sally Green won two games.
Ramsey E (7) Desmonds Douglas B (3)
All but two games were won in straight sets in this mid-table battle, with five fifth set deciders, this was a very close match. William Dalugdugan and Frank Feeney won hat-tricks, Mathew Bell won one game for Ramsey’s seven points. For Desmonds Douglas, Richard Hill and Peter Russell won one game each.
Ramsey F (4) Peel D (6)
Ramsey needed a good win from this fixture to move away from the drop zone and despite some strong performances Peel proved too resilient. Martyn Howard won two games for Ramsey and brothers Jake and Thomase Morris won one game each for their four points. Peel’s Ronan Thompson won a hat-trick, Vlad Lannin won one game and their partnership secured the doubles win in a fifth set tie-break 11-13.
Ramsey G (6) Copy Shop F (4)
This was a close match with some outstanding performances from both of these teams. Wilma Dalugdugan and Francesca Lord won two games each and also won the doubles. The charismatic Henry De Silva won one game for their six points and the win. A determined performance from Amit Lanin secured two wins, both in fifth set deciders, Hugo Perrie won one game very comfortably and the experienced Pat Halliwell won one game.
Junior Development North (0) Copy Shop E (10)
JD North’s team can take heart from this whitewash in that they kept their higher placed opponent honest with some high scoring sets, four tie breaks and one fourth set decider. The Copy Shop team were brothers Jake and Daniel Levine and team mate Corbyn Schade, Daniel and Corbyn won the doubles.
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