Only three teams unbeaten in the Fun-88 sponsored IOM Table Tennis League.
Division one: Copy Shop A (49) stay in top spot followed by Travellers A (43) and Arbory (43) who both have a game in hand. Division two: Peel A (51) share the lead with Tower B (51) who have a game in hand, Copy Shop B (49) share third position with Desmonds Douglas (49). Division three: Play It Forward A (82) dominate division three, now 26 points clear of Ramsey D (56) who have two games in hand and Travellers D (56) with one game in hand. Division four: Ramsey G (46) top the table, closely followed by Copy Shop E (39) who have a game in hand and Peel E (32) in third place.
Arbory (8) Tower A (1)
With some determined individual performances from both teams and five tie-break sets, Arbory showed why they are one of the top teams in the league with eight wins out of the nine games played. Mike Tamarov and Jason Quirk won hat-tricks and Khayee Vinas won two games. Towers win came from David Parsons in a fourth set tie-break 11-13.
Copy Shop A (6) Ramsey B (3)
The scoreline for this fixture could have been different but for some outstanding individual performances. Sean Drewry won a hat-trick for copy shop, having only lost one set in a tie-break with Ramsey’s Chris Holland. Paul Corran won two and Adam Davies won one game in a fifth set tie break 14-12. Ramsey’s Captain Tim Baker won two games both in straight sets and Chris Holland won one game in the fourth set.
Travellers A (5) Ramsey A (4)
Considering Ramsey were without two of their first team players and had to rely on their B team for support, the result was better than could have been hoped for. Scott Lewis was back to his usual form and scored a hat -trick, stumbling in one set against Tim Baker of Ramsey. Mark Townsend won one game seized in a fifth set tie-break 12-10, Malcolm Cummings also won one game to give the unbeaten Travellers five points and the win. For Ramsey, team captain Adam Teare won two games and step up player Tim Baker also won two games, one of them settled in a fourth set tie-break 10-12.
Peel B (10) Copy Shop C (0)
The young team of Copy Shop fought hard to prevent their whitewash with two fifth set deciders and four tie-breaks, but the experience of Peel won out in the end. The Peel team were Stuart Perry, Matty Evans and Maggie Mulhern, Matty and Maggie paired up for the doubles.
Ramsey C (2) Copy Shop B (8)
Ramsey were unfortunate not to get a closer scoreline from this fixture, with five sets decided in the fifth set and eleven tie-breaks, two of them match deciders! Ramsey’s Dave Bufton and Geoff Ball were able to salvage one game each from the match, the rest went to Copy Shop. Malcolm Lambert won a hat-trick, Jane Kneale and Kevin Drewry won two games each and their partnership won the doubles.
Desmonds Douglas A (5) Tower B (5)
In this battle for supremacy over division two, there was very little to separate these two teams with four games decided in the fifth set and nine tie-breaks, the scoreline is a good reflection of the performances in this match. John Callow won a hat-trick for Desmonds Douglas and Jim Travers won one game. Russell Kent partnered up with Jim to win the doubles. For Tower, the experienced Graham McFarlane and flamboyant Steve Curtis won two games each, Simon Radcliffe added their third in a very consistent 7-11, 7-11,7-11!
Ramsey D (5) Travellers D (5)
In this top of the table battle for second place, both teams were out for every point they could win. From the outset a weakened Ramsey played with one step up player. Glenn Callow won a hat-trick, two in four sets and one in five. Charlie Callow won one game and they also paired up to win the doubles. For Travellers, Rob Wright and Maurice Campbell won two games each and Jackie Gill won one game.
Play It Forward A (7) Tower C (3)
League leaders Play It Forward A could not field a full team and were joined by one step-up player. This did not stop them from winning this match and so far they remain unbeaten. Brandon Montgomery and George Tsioutsioulis both won hat-tricks without losing a set. For Tower, Each of their players won one game each, Mike Chapman, Margaret Forsyth and Barry Jenkins.
Play It Forward B (5) Ramsey F (5)
Ramsey needed at least a win from this fixture to climb out of the drop zone but Play It Forward also need points on the board to stay ahead of their rivals. Shaun Field and Gert Van Rooyen won two games each and Rob Mercer won one game. For Ramsey, Martyn Howard won a hat-trick without losing a set, Thomasse Morris showed his resilience to win his only game 14-12, 10-12, 10-12, 7-11. Brothers Jake and Thomase Morris paired up and won the doubles for their five points.
Peel D (3) Ramsey E (7)
Peel were unlucky not to capitalise on a weakened Ramsey team who used a step-up player for this match. Ronan Thompson fought hard to win his two games, both settled in the fifth set and Vlad Lannin won one game in a fourth set tie-break 13-11. For Ramsey, William Dalugduggan won a hat-trick, Frank Feeney and Martyn Howard won one game each, William and Frank paired up to win the doubles.
Desmonds Douglas B (5) Copy Shop D (5)
A predictable outcome for these evenly matched teams, both in the fight for mid table supremacy. Recent signing for Desmonds Douglas Neil Ronan, won two games, Peter Russell and Richard Hill won one game each and Richard with Ronan paired up for the doubles win. For Copy Shop, John Paul Banaag won a hat-trick, one in a fourth set tie-break and Sonja Shaw won two games, one of the games was a fifth set decider 5-11.
Peel E (4) Ramsey G (6)
For the games that were played this was a hard fought match with four games settled in the fifth set and one in the fourth. Peel played with a one player forfeit, so conceded three points. Miltos Proxatakis won two games, James Devereau won one game and they partnered up for the doubles win. For the unbeaten Ramsey team, Francesca Lord won two games, one in a fifth set tie-break 11-13 and Wilma Dalugdugan won one game in a fifth set decider for their six points and the win.
Copy Shop F (7) IOM Junior Development (3)
With all but two games won without losing a set, there are a few individual performances that determined the scoreline of this fixture. Copy Shop’s Hugo Perrie, Amit Lanin and Ben Arthur all won two games each and Amit with Hugo won the doubles. IOM JD’s star performer was Ali Ramirez who won all of his matches, one of them decided in a third set tie-break 11-13.
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