In the Premier Division it was back to winning ways for Team 1 as they defeated Murrayfield 3 by an 8-2 scoreline. It was the first time since mid-November that Team 1 have been able to field their full team. Colin Green, who has been protecting his average since the 18th of November, only now seems to play in matches where the Team start as favourites! He led the way for the Team, undefeated on the night, whilst Greig McDonell and Stuart Gow both won 2. Greig and Colin also combined for a win in the doubles.
In Division 1, after a 7-3 defeat for Team 2 against Corstorphine 2 in Week 17, James Wighton, Gary Mcdougal and Abby Wighton had to face an away match against sterner opposition in Corstorphine's 1st Team. James was the only winner for the visitors as they fell to a 9-1 defeat. Worse news for the Team followed as Edinburgh International recorded a win against Fife (4 points out of 6 for them in the last 3 weeks) leaving Team 2 second bottom of the Division.
There was better news in the Division for our 3rd Team of Clive Liddiard, Iain Johnstone and Brian Bailey as they faced Corstorphine 2. Fortunately, Iain didn't have any 12 year olds to play this week as he returned to top form winning 3 whilst Clive won 2 and the pair combined for a crucial win in the doubles fixture as they recorded a good 6-4 win.
After the 4th Team's disappointing night against Murrayfield which saw them lose their first match of the season, they returned to winning ways with a comfortable 8-2 win against West Lothian 6. Chris Markey and Tony Brentnall both won 3 whilst Krzysztof Laszkiewicz won 2. The victory keeps Team 4 hot on the heels of the league Leaders.
In Division 3 after a couple of weeks without a match, Team 5 made a positive return to action against West Lothian 8 with an excellent 7-3 victory. John Bald won 3 whilst Phil Daly and Luke Hennessey (playing up from Division 4) both won 2.
All three of the Club’s Division 4 teams were in action with mixed success. Team 6 recorded a good 8-2 away victory at Haddington. Luke Hennessey and Louis Myatt were both undefeated on the night whilst Rachel Petrie (deputising from Team 8) added a singles victory. Meanwhile Team 7 of Stuart Bennett, Craig Johnson and Millie Bennett faced a difficult away match against Edinburgh University. All three players won 1 singles in their 7-3 defeat. And finally in a busy week for the Club, Team 8 visited North Merchiston 5. Rachel Petrie and Lewis Baldock both won a singles match in their 8-2 defeat.
And so to player of the Week - After my New Year's resolution to try and give at least one weekly award to Colin, he's surely in the running for his undefeated night against Murrayfield - but for picking and choosing who he plays against he misses out! The tightest match of the week was in Division 1 and had it not been for his 3 singles victories and a doubles win, Team 3 would not have recorded their 6th win of the season - so for that reason, and to make up for the stick he's taken at the Club for his loss last week, Iain Johnstone is this week's deserved winner.
Controversy of the Week for Week 18? Never let it be said that we only have a go at other Clubs - this week's controversy surrounds the discussions (not at all heated!!) between Teams 7 & 8 in respect of their upcoming "friendly" intra-Club fixture in Division 4. Having requested a postponement, it took some considerable "Kofi Annan style Diplomacy" from a certain Club Official to ensure that the original refusal of same was overturned and agreed to. Maybe members have forgotten our directive that it's only Murrayfield that we should refuse to grant postponements to!! (only joking AGAIN Murrayfield!). Without wanting to sound like the proverbial broken record on this subject, if the postponement rule even causes difficulties for intra-Club fixtures, it surely needs to be looked at for the future!