League leaders edge out a lead after week four in the Fun-88 sponsored IOM Table Tennis League.
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Division leaders after week three
Division one 1. Ramsey A (33) 2. Arbory (31) 2. Travellers A (31)
Division two 1. Travellers B (36) 2. Desmonds Douglas A (32) 3. Peel B (30)
Division three 1. Desmonds Douglas B (37) 1. Tower C (35) 3. Peel C (33)
Ramsey B (4) Ramsey C (5)
In this derby match between the Ramsey B and C teams, there was not much between them, both with experienced regular players and one player from their youth development programme. Three games were settled in fifth set deciders and one in a fourth set decider, there were also some surprise results. For B, captain Tim Baker won two games and team mates Wael Kassim and Glenn Callow won one game each. Chris Holmes won a hat-trick for Ramsey C and Rhys Yardley won two games to take the five points and the win.
Strathallan (3) Ramsey A (6)
In a close fought match Strathallen just couldn’t deliver the wins they needed against Ramsey’s premier team, with just one game settled in the fifth, two in the fourth and seven tie-break sets in division one is close competition. Wayne Taylor, Andrew Patterson and Neil Quane all won one game each for their three points. For Ramsey, the two king pins Adam Teare and Chris Holland both won hat-tricks for their six points and the win.
Tower A (2) Arbory (7)
Tower’s A team always put up a strong fight and bearing in mind the experience and position of their opponents Arbory, this week was no exception with one fifth set decider and three games decided in the fourth set. Tower’s star player David Parsons won one game in the fourth set and Mike Bayley won one game in the fifth for their two points. Mike Tamarov secured a hat-trick for Arbory, Khayee Vinas and John Magnall won two games each for their seven points and the win.
Peel A (0) Travellers A (9)
Despite some courageous passages of play and a few close sets between familiar opponents, there was little Peel could do to prevent their whitewash against last year’s league winners Travellers A. The Travellers team were Scott Lewis, Marc Townsend and Malcolm Cummings.
Copy Shop A (8) Tower B (1)
With the exception of two fourth set deciders and just one game settled in the fifth set, this was a dominant performance from the Copy Shop team. Sean Drewry and Ewan Watterson won hat-tricks and Adam Davies won two games for Copy Shop A. The resistance came from the experienced Graham McFarlane who won Tower's only game in a fifth set decider for their solitary point.
Peel B (10) Copy Shop D (0)
This was a confident whitewash of Copy Shop D by Peel B, with only two sets conceded in the whole match. The Peel team were Stuart Perry, Matty Evans and Maggie Mulhern, the doubles was won by the partnership of Mulhern and Perry.
Travellers C (3) Desmonds Douglas A (7)
This match could have ended with a completely different final scoreline, with four sets decided in the fifth set and seven tie-break sets, but the Desmonds team were too strong on the night. For Travellers, Paul Mathieson-Nelson, David Buck and Adrian Tinkler won one game each for their three points. Both Jim Travers and Tommy Cowin won hat-tricks for Desmonds Douglas and Travers with partner Russell Kent won the doubles for their seven points and the win.
Ramsey D (5) Copy Shop B (5)
There was very little to decide between these teams, it was a very close match which is borne out in the result. Two fifth set, two fourth set tie-breaks and six tie-break sets, (three in one game!) I am sure this was a spectacle. Adrian Slater secured a hard fought hat-trick for Ramsey and Charlie Callow won two games. For Copy Shop, John Paul Banaag won two games, Sasha Thomas and Kevin Drewry won one game each. Drewry and Thomas paired up for the doubles win to level the score as a draw.
Copy Shop C (3) Travellers B (7)
With some strong performances from both teams, there was very little to separate them apart from two fifth set and three fourth set deciders to determine the result. For Copy Shop, the experienced Malcolm Lambert comfortably won two games and Libby Quaggin dug in to win her game in a fifth set decider for their three points. The Travellers team are gaining confidence, with the return of John Shooter at the helm, his experience cannot be questioned as an influence on the team. John won a hat-trick, William Shooter won two games and Nathan Evans won one game. The doubles was won by the partnership of J. Shooter and Evans.
Travellers D (6) Ramsey E (4)
The Ramsey team were not able to field a full team for this fixture and forfeited one player, despite this there were some close sets and games with two decided in the fifth set. For Travellers, Rob Wright and Jackie Gill won one game each and Maurice Campbell with Gill paired up to win the doubles. Nathan Walker and Frank Feeney both won two games each for Ramsey’s four point salvage to carry forward to the next match.
Peel D (9) Ballakermeen (1)
A strong performance from the Peel team with the exception of only one game decided in the fifth set and one loss, every game was decided in straight sets. Vlad Lannin and Amit Lannin both won hat-tricks, Bob Borland won two games and V.Lannin and Borland paired up for the doubles win. To defend Ballakermeen’s honour, JJ Griffin secured one win to chalk up one more point for their fledgling team.
Ramsey F (2) Tower C (8)
Ramsey were unlucky to walk away without more game wins, but with four sets decided in the fifth set and one in the fourth, Tower just had the edge to eek out the win. Two of the fifth set deciders were won by Ramsey for their two points by Lisa Lord and Wilma Dalugdugan. The remaining games were won by Tower, Mike Chapman and Barry Jenkins won hat-tricks and Margaret Forsyth won one game. The doubles was won by the partnership of Chapman and Jenkins.
Ramsey G (3) Peel C (7)
The result from this match is fair, considering there were only two fifth set deciders, of which each team won one. Thomase Morris won two games and Roland Bouchat won one game for Ramsey. Peel’s Ronan Thompson won a comfortable hat-trick, James Devereau won two and Sam Preece won one game. Preece and Thompson paired up to win the doubles.
Peel E (0) Desmonds Douglas B (10)
With little signs of resistance from Peel apart from just three sets won by Miltos Proxatakis and Ale Ramirez, this was a comfortable whitewash by the Desmonds Douglas team of Peter Russell, Neil Ronan and Richard Hill, the doubles pair were Ronan and Russell.
Copy Shop E (5) Ramsey H (5)
A fair result from two equally matched teams trading blows. There were two fifth set and three fourth set deciders which were closely fought sets with some tie-breaks. Pat Halliwell won two games for Copy Shop, Daniel Levine and Jake Saulnier won one game each and Levine with Mike Levine paired up for the doubles win. For Ramsey, Ryan Holland dug in and secured a hard fought hat-trick and Henry De Silva won two games for their five points and the draw.
Chris Holmes hat-trick helped Ramsey C overcome their B team 5-4 in their Division One derby match.
Photo by Malcolm Lambert