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Welcome to St Andrews Table Tennis Club

clubFife_logo_providerSt Andrews Table Tennis Club provides playing opportunity for all ages and levels. Monday coaching sessions for youngsters take place at 5.15pm-6.30pm in the Victory Memorial Hall, Market Street, St Andrews (between September and March). Coaches are UKCC qualified and hold the disclosures required for working with children. Youngsters or parents should contact Howard Lee on 01334 828694 for more information, or to express an interest in coming along.

Informal adult beginner/returner sessions led by Elaine Forbes are held on Thursdays in the gym at Madras College, Kilrymont Road (not the South Street building), from 6pm to 8pm during school term. Anyone is welcome to join and we invite you to click the contact page with an enquiry. The price is currently £4 for each session to be paid in the gym hall (and not at the school front desk).

The club has five teams competing in the Dundee and District League between September and March.  For season 2017/18, these are (in rank order):

Division 1: Prefects (Michael, Justin, Bonifac)
Division 2: Truants (Graham, Knut, Alain, Sascha)
Division 2:  New Kids (Ken, Kong, Ian S, Howard)
Division 2: Swots (Emma, Collin, Dave B, Peter)
Division 3: Prospects (Emily, Dave G, Neil, Sandy, Fabio, Jonathan, Ian B)

Some action from our competitive matches can be viewed on the club’s YouTube channel

Recent results
Prefects 6 Rockets 4 (Division 1)
Swots 7 Lundin Lasers 3 (Division 2)
Rollercoasters 4 New Kids 6 (Division 2)
Truants 6 Viscounts 4 (Division 2)
Prefects 3 Knights 4 (semi-final Chairman’s Challenge)
New Kids 2 Brechin 5 (semi-final Secondary Shield)

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Strong Week for St Andrews’ Teams

There were lots of matches this week for St Andrews teams in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League, with all four teams with league fixtures being successful.

Prefects started the week with a difficult match against Rockets in Division One. However, Michael Hahn and Justin Yang excelled, winning all of their singles games against Pete Yearworth, Peter Dixon, and Gary Lowson, for the loss of only one set each to give Prefects the overall win. Pete and Peter were able to get some revenge as they defeated Michael and Justin in the doubles in five sets, crucially winning the second set 12-10 having been 6-10 down. Bonifac Legrady found the match tough, but was able to win a set against both Peter and Gary. Prefects have now finished the first half of their season of league matches and are comfortable, sitting fifth in the table, and the averages going well with Michael at 93%, Justin at 57% and Clyde Johnson at 56%.

All three of the Division Two teams had success in their league fixtures. Swots were 2-0 and 3-1 down against Lundin Lasers, with Arthur Duncan beating Dave Beveridge 3-0 and Nat Forno defeating Collin Bleak 3-1, before Sandy Pearson beat Jamie Douglas 3-1 to get Swots on the scoreboard, but Collin was then beaten again 3-2 by Arthur. However, from then on everything went Swots’ way. Dave beat Jamie 3-0 before Sandy won a close four-set game against Nat. Dave and Collin won a tight doubles game against Nat and Arthur before Swots closed out the game with a trio of singles wins, including Sandy’s excellent 3-2 win against Nat to give him a hat-trick of singles wins, which was particularly impressive given that he was playing up a division.

New Kids had a tight 6-4 win against Rollercoasters. Howard Lee was particularly impressive as he defeated the trio of Marion Davidson, Tony Cook, and Paul Jackson, beating the latter two in five sets. Ian also did well to beat Marion and Paul 3-0 and 3-1, respectively, losing 3-1 to Tony. Howard and Ian combined to beat Tony and Paul 3-2. Kong Wan was unfortunate not to add to the scoreboard, losing 3-1 to Paul, 3-2 to Marion having led 2-0, and 13-11 in the fifth set to Tony.

Truants had an important 6-4 win over league-leaders Viscounts, with only four points now dividing the top four teams. Sascha was impervious, winning all three singles 3-0, despite some close scores against Filip Jovanovic. Graham Wood also played well, winning 3-1 against Filip and he and Sascha won the doubles 3-0 against Filip and Andrew Nimmo. Leading 5-4 going into the final game, Graham had a tough start against Andy Hughes, losing the first set, but battled back to win the game 3-1 and secure the victory for Truants.

Junior players Murray Paterson, Michael Snodgrass, Keir Paterson, and Edward Coles, who all competed well at the Dundee qualifiers of the Scottish Senior Schools Championships.

On Thursday, junior players Murray Paterson, Michael Snodgrass, Keir Paterson, and Edward Coles (pictured) all competed well at the Dundee qualifiers of the Scottish Senior Schools Championships, held at Ward Road Gym in Dundee. Murray came fourth in the under-14 boys’ event and Michael came fourth in the under-16 boys’ event, and both have been selected to represent the district in the National Finals in February.

On Saturday, Ward Road Gym hosted the semi-finals and finals of three cup competitions, the Chairman’s Challenge, the Secondary Shield, and the Consolation Cup, with two St Andrews teams competing.

Prefects faced reigning league champions Knights in a tough contest in the Chairman’s Challenge. Things looked bleak as Clyde Johnson led 1-0 against Adeola Fabola, but lost 3-2, and Bonifac Legrady lost 3-0 to Stuart Halliday. However, Michael Hahn led a fightback for Prefects. He first beat Callum Riddoch fairly comfortably 3-1 before he and Clyde won an excellent 3-2 doubles game against Callum and Adeola — including a youtube-worthy dive and around-the-net shot by Clyde to win a point — to level the score at 2-2. Stuart and Adeola then beat Clyde and Bonifac comfortably 3-0 to take the lead again, however Michael levelled the score when he beat Stuart Halliday in four sets. In the deciding game, Callum won a very comfortable first set against Bonifac, but Bonifac bounced back to win the second set however, despite two close sets, couldn’t maintain this and Callum won 3-1 to close the match out 4-3 for Knights. In the other semi-final, Aces defeated Up4It, also 4-3, with the final game being 12-10 in the 5th set. In the final, Aces defeated Knights 4-2.

New Kids also faced a tough challenge against Brechin in the Secondary Shield. Howard Lee started well as he beat Aaron Robertson 3-1, and things looked promising as Kong Wan won the first set against John Anderson, but John responded to win the next three sets and level the score-line at 1-1. Derek Mitchell then beat Ian Smith 3-0 and John beat Howard 3-0 to put Brechin firmly in-front. Ian had a good 3-0 win against Aaron before strong 3-0 wins for Derek over Kong and John over Ian sealed Brechin’s place in the final, which they duly won 5-1 against Viscounts.

Hahn wins St Andrew’s Day Tournament

It was a busy week for members of St Andrews Table Tennis Club with both matches in the Dundee and District League and the annual St Andrews Day tournament.
In Division One, Prefects managed a strong 8-2 win against Thumpers. Michael Hahn and Justin Yang both played very well and lost only a single set each — Michael to Jordan Ednie and Justin to Ian Hunter. Particularly impressive was Justin’s 3-0 win over Jordan in what could have been a very close game. Howard Lee, playing up for Prefects, played strongly and extended all three of his opponents to a fifth set, managing to defeat Ian and losing to Jordan and Tony O’Shea. Michael and Justin lost one set in the doubles against Jordan and Tony, but were otherwise reasonably untroubled in a 3-1 win.

Truants put on a very strong performance against Brechin in Division Two, the top end of which is now looking particularly close. Sascha Roschy dominated proceedings, not losing a set in his three singles games, including against previously-undefeated John Anderson. John proved too strong for Knut Radmer and Graham Wood, although Graham was able to win one set. Graham won his two other games, against William Balfour and Aaron Robertson, both 3-1, and combined with Sascha to defeat John and Aaron 3-2 in the doubles. Knut did his part; beating William Balfour 3-0 in the final game to close out an excellent 7-3 win for Truants.

New Kids also had a strong win against Chieftains. Howard Lee was the best player on the night, defeating the strong trio of Fiona Kinloch, Jacob Munro, and Jim Tawse, 3-2, 3-0, and 3-1, respectively. Colin Bleak, playing up, also had a good night, defeating Jim 3-1 and coming through in a particularly close game to defeat Jacob, 9-11, 12-14, 11-3, 12-10, 12-10. Kong Wang was unfortunate not to pick up any sets on the night, despite many close scores. Howard and Colin did well to win the doubles against Fiona and Jim, winning 3-1, with all of their three sets being by the minimum two-point margin.

Swots, however, had a much harder fixture against Villa, losing 8-2, but were close to having a much more positive result. In the opening game, Emma Bissett won the first two sets against Ian McLagan with ease, 11-1, and 11-3; however, Ian fought back to win the third set 11-8, saved a match point in the fourth set to win 12-10, and then closed the game out 11-8. Colin Bleak was particularly unfortunate to come away with no wins, having had match points in two of his games. He recovered from 2-0 down against Sandy Bertie to have match points in the fifth set, only for Sandy to recover to win 12-10. He also led Ian 10-6 in the fifth set, only to lose the next six points. Emma and Dave were also unfortunate to not win the doubles, having extended David Hay and Ian to five sets.

Prospects had a similarly difficult match against Princes. Stewart Mason and Eddie Dougan were too strong on this occasion for Prospects, although Sandy Pearson won sets against both Stewart and Eddie and Dave Goddard won one set against Eddie. The pair of Stewart and Eddie also beat Sandy and Dave 3-0 in the doubles. Dave Goddard had a strong 3-2 win against Derek Johnston, and Neil Lea was unfortunate not to follow suit, having extended Derek to five sets. Sandy also beat Derek in five sets, to close out an 8-2 defeat for Prospects.

Michael Hahn collecting his trophy from club chairperson, Alain Leger

On Friday night, the club hosted the now-annual St Andrew’s Day tournament. Michael Hahn was seeded straight through to the semi-finals whilst the other players competed in three groups of three or four to join him. The winners of the groups were Graham Wood, Ian Smith, and Howard Lee. Howard drew the short straw and played Michael in the semi-finals. Michael was ruthless in the first set, winning 11-2, and won a closer second set 11-9. He had two match points in the third set at 10-8 before Howard recovered to win 13-11. Michael got revenge by finishing the game with an 11-1 fourth set. Ian played very strongly to beat Graham 3-1, with the fourth set being particularly topsy-turvy before Ian closed it out 12-10. Michael didn’t let Ian into the match in the final, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-7. The remaining players all played out a consolation doubles event, rotating partners, with Dave Beveridge being declared the winner.

This weekend saw Bathgate host the Scottish Schools Primary Championships with Keir Paterson, a P7 pupil at Lawhead Primary School, doing particularly well. Keir won two of his group games but lost the third. He then enjoyed more wins to progress through the early rounds of the consolation event, reaching the quarter finals.

Mixed week for St Andrews Teams

Prefects got St Andrews teams off to a good start this week in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League with a 9-1 win against Defenders in Division One. Michael Hahn and Clyde Johnson were undefeated in their singles games, for the loss of only one set in Michael’s game against Ken Head. Sascha Roschy had a surprise 3-0 loss to Arthur Pritchard, but accounted for Richard Tough 3-0 and Ken 3-2. Michael and Clyde came through 13-11 in the fourth set in the doubles against Ken and Richard, having won the first set 17-15.

Truants and New Kids clashed in an all-St-Andrews match on Tuesday which saw eight three-set games and two five-set games. Fortunately for Truants, they won both five-set games as Alain Leger beat Kong Wan and Graham Wood defeated Ian Smith. Sascha Roschy dominated the fixtures with three singles wins and a doubles win alongside Graham, but New Kids had some consolation as Howard Lee got two good wins against Alain and Graham, and Ian beat Alain, to give a final score of 7-3.

Swots had a tough fixture against Tigers, losing 8-2, however this could have been much closer as Swots lost three of the four five-set games of the night. Collin Bleak defeated Kenny McLaren 3-2, levelling the score after Scott Thomson had opened the night with a 3-0 win against Dave Beveridge. Emma Bissett came close to giving Swots the lead, having been 2-1 up against Logie Anderson and just falling short in the fifth set. Three further wins for Tigers put them 4-1 ahead as Scott beat Collin and Logie beat Dave, before Emma beat Kenny 3-0. After a doubles game dominated by Scott and Kenny, Swots will have been disappointed not to take either of the following two games as Collin lost 14-12 to Logie in the fifth set and Emma lost to Scott 12-10 in the fifth set. Kenny beat Dave 3-1 to complete the fixture.

Sandy Pearson who had a hat-trick of singles wins this week for Prospects.

Prospects drew in their away fixture with Duffers, despite leading for much of the night. Sandy Pearson and Neil Lea had two five-set wins early on against Rich McLaren and Billy Liddle, respectively, both having trailed 2-1. Dave Goddard also defeated Billy 3-0 whilst Sandy beat both Billy and Andy Reid 3-0 to give him a hat-trick of singles win on the night. The doubles would prove crucial as Rich and Andy won 3-1 against Sandy and Dave to prevent a Prospects’ victory overall.

Swots get first league victory

Emma Bissett, Dave Beveridge, and Collin Bleak, who all contributed two wins to Swots’ first win in over a year

Swots did well to win their first league victory in over a year as they defeated Rollercoasters in a close 6-4 match. The trio of Emma Bissett, Dave Beveridge, and Collin Bleak all won two games each, defeating Paul Jackson and David Lane, but found Tony Cook too hot to handle. Collin did particularly well to win his two games 3-0, with Emma winning her games 3-0 and 3-1, and Dave 3-1 and 3-2. Dave’s 3-2 victory over David Lane, by the smallest margin of 13-11 in the opening game of the night proved decisive to the overall result. Dave and Emma were unfortunate not to win the doubles game against Tony and David, losing out 14-12 in the deciding set. The result was not decided until the final game when Emma’s 3-0 victory over David gave Swots the victory.

Prefects’ win against Telstars in Division One was also not decided until the final game of the night. Michael Hahn won all three of his singles games 3-1, and combined with Justin Yang to take a 3-1 victory against Ian Farquhar and Graeme Elrick in the doubles. Howard Lee lost to both Ian and Graeme 3-0, and was unfortunate not to beat David Monteith, losing 11-8 in the deciding set. Justin Yang found Ian tough in the battle of the long pimples, losing in 3 close sets, before dispatching Graeme comfortably 3-0. With the match poised at 5-4 to Prefects, Justin lost the first set to David, but won the following three to close out a 6-4 win for Prefects.

Truants triumphed over Comets 8-2, but many of the games were very close. Sascha Roschy was dominant, winning his three singles games 3-0. Graham Wood was also successful in his three singles games, winning 3-1, 3-1, and 3-2 in a close game against Dougal Ogilvie. Alain Leger had an evening that can only be described as bizarre, being involved in three five-set games, and having no fewer than three 11-0 sets. Alain lost his first set of the night 11-0 to Jill Milne before recovering to win that game 3-2. His next game, against Dougal saw Alain win the first and third sets 11-0 but lost the other three sets. His third game saw Alain win two comfortable games but losing three very close ones against Fraser Smith. Alain and Graham teamed up and beat the pair of Dougal and Fraser 3-2.

New Kids had a tough fixture against leading Division Two team, Brechin, losing 8-2. The Brechin pair of John Anderson and Derek Mitchell did not lose a set throughout the night in their seven games against the trio of Howard Lee, Ian Smith, and Kong Wan. However, New Kids gained some consolation as Ian and Howard beat Aaron Robertson in three and four sets, respectively. Kong Wan was unfortunate not to add to the overall score as he lost 3-2 to Aaron, having narrowly lost the third set 13-11.

Prospects also had a difficult time at home against Sputniks, losing 7-3 despite some close games. Sandy Pearson and Fabio Sani started strongly, winning against Eric Brown and Jack Oughton, respectively, to give Prospects a 2-0 lead. Carol McLean squeezed past Swots’ Dave Goddard in five sets before Fabio responded with a 3-2 win against Eric to lead 3-1. However, Prospects were unable to win any further games. Fabio and Sandy were both unfortunate in their last games of the night; Fabio lost to Carol in four close sets, the last being 15-13, and Sandy losing out to Jack by the same score-line, with the last set being 16-14.

Mixed week for St Andrews teams

It was back to league action this week in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League, with St Andrews teams experiencing three losses, one draw, and one win.

Clyde Johnson who performed well for Prefects this week

Prefects suffered a 7-3 defeat to strong side, Star. Clyde Johnson had the best results for Prefects, comfortably dispatching Andy Ferguson, and having a strong 3-1 win against Iain Martin. Justin Yang was also able to defeat Andy but, after winning the first set against Iain, fell 3-1. Bonifac Legrady had a close game with Andy but was unable to pick up any wins on the night.  Callum Ross was the strongest player for Star, although Justin and Clyde had close games with him. Clyde and Justin paired up for the doubles, but were unable to defeat Callum and Iain, despite a close second set.

New Kids also experienced defeat at the hands of Lundin Lasers. Dave Beveridge, playing up as reserve, was the strongest player on the night for New Kids, defeating Nat Forno 3-1 and Ron Filsell in a particularly close 3-2 game. Ian Smith and Kong Wan were both able to also beat Ron, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively, but could not beat Nat. Arthur Duncan was in great form for Lundin Lasers, winning all three of his singles games without losing a single set. Arthur and Ron were too strong for Ian and Dave, closing out the doubles 3-0. Arthur’s singles win over Dave finished the match with a close 6-4 win for Lundin Lasers.

Swots had a tough fixture against a strong Viscounts team. The trio of Dave Beveridge, Collin Bleak, and Emma Bissett were unable to win any of their singles games. Viscounts’ Filip Jovanovic came through two five-set games against Dave and Emma, and also lost a set to Collin. Andy Hughes was impervious, not losing a set in his three singles games, whilst Andrew Nimmo had a tougher time, losing sets to both Dave and Collin. It is a rarity for a team who lose all nine singles games to win the doubles, however that is what Swots managed on this occasion. Collin and Emma led against Filip and Andrew Nimmo 2-1, and were edged into a fifth set as the Viscounts pair won the fourth set 13-11. However, Collin and Emma dominated proceedings from then on, winning the fifth set 11-3 to gain some consolation in a 9-1 loss.

Truants had a better result, drawing 5-5 with Villa. Sascha won his — now seemingly inevitable — three singles games, although was pushed to the full five sets by Ian McLagan. Alain Leger won an excellent 3-1 game against Ian, lost to David Hay 3-0, and was particularly unfortunate to lose to Sandy Bertie 3-2, having recovered from a 2-0 deficit in the final game of the night. Knut Radmer found this fixture tough, being unable to win a set throughout the night. Pivotal to the draw for Truants was Alain and Sascha’s 3-0 doubles win against Ian and David.

Prospects were the only St Andrews winners this week as they defeated Telsports 7-3 in Division Three. Telsports’ David Axton did well to win all three of his games, especially given that he found himself 2-0 down and match point down to Dave Goddard in his first game of the night, recovering to win that game 3-2 and to beat Neil Lea 3-0 and Ian Brumwell 3-1. However, all of the other games went to Prospects, despite some close affairs. Neil Lea and Ian Brumwell were involved in two very close matches early on. Neil won the first two games 12-10 against Robert Fotheringham and, having lost the third and fourth sets, recovered to win the fifth set 11-7. Ian had a particularly close game with David Axton, with every single set being won by the minimum two-point margin (15-13, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9). Dave Goddard found himself 2-0 down against Sandy Elrick, but was able to recover to take the game 3-2. Neil and Ian combined to win the doubles 3-1 against Robert and Sandy.

Prefects, New Kids, and Prospects march on with cup success

Five St Andrews teams were in action in cup matches in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League this week, with three coming out successful and advancing to the next rounds.

Monday was a busy night at the Victory Memorial Hall in St Andrews with three cup matches taking place. The most closely contested saw Prefects take on Rockets in the Chairman’s Challenge cup for Division One teams. Things started well for Rockets as Peter Yearworth beat Clyde Johnson 3-1, before Michael Hahn responded by beating Peter Dixon by the same score to level things at 1-1. Next was the strongest game of the night as Justin Yang took on Jim Dyson. After sharing the first four sets — with particularly close 12-10, 9-11 third and fourth sets — Justin recovered from a two-point deficit in the deciding fifth set to win 12-10, demonstrating a fantastic mix of attacking and defensive table tennis to give Prefects a 2-1 lead. However, Jim gained some revenge as he and Peter Yearworth comfortably defeated Justin and Clyde 3-0 in the first doubles game. Experienced doubles pair, Michael and Clyde, struggled against the two Peters, losing the first and fourth games, but gave a determined performance to take the game 3-2, giving Prefects a 3-2 lead. Michael closed out the win for Prefects with a comfortable 3-0 singles win against Jim to put Prefects into the semi-finals.

New Kids also had success on Monday in the Secondary Shield against Chieftains, who could only field two players. Howard Lee was the star player for New Kids, winning both of his games, including a 3-2 win against Fiona Kinloch. Kong Wan and Sandy Pearson both did well to beat Jim Tawse, with Sandy’s win being a particularly closely-fought 3-1 game (12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 17-15). Fiona was able to win two games for Chieftains against Kong and Sandy, 3-1 and 3-0 respectively, but it wasn’t enough to hold off New Kids who won the fixture 7-2.

Also on Monday, Swots faced Tigers in the Secondary Shield. Whilst Tigers were able to win the match 5-0, it was a close affair. Swots were particularly unfortunate to be 3-0 down after the first three matches given the competitiveness of each game. First, Emma Bissett was tied 1-1 with Scott Thomson before losing two very tight sets 11-9, 12-10. Dave Beveridge and Collin Bleak lost the next two games against Kenny McLaren and Logie Anderson, respectively, both by the minimum two-point margin in the deciding fifth set. Scott and Logie then delivered two comfortable 3-0 wins against Dave and Emma, respectively, to close out a 5-0 win for Tigers which was not an accurate representation of the margin of victory.

Truants also had a tough Secondary Shield fixture against Brechin. Sascha Roschy was in superb form to win his three singles games without dropping a set, despite many close scores against both John Anderson and Derek Mitchell. However, Alain Leger and Graham Wood were unable to add to the overall score-line, and Alain’s 3-1 loss to Aaron Robertson was the only set won by either on the night. Overall, Brechin won 5-3 and progressed to the next round.

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Prospects’ Jonathan Fraser and Neil Lea who battled through both their opponents and the cold to win in the Consolation Cup

Prospects recorded an excellent win over Buccaneers in the Consolation Cup. Jonathan Fraser and Sandy Pearson played very strongly throughout the night, both being unbeaten. Jonathan was particularly strong, losing only a single set to David Clark, recording 3-0 wins over both Gregor O’Neill and Stewart Ferguson. Sandy defeated Gregor 3-0 but fought through two epic five-set encounters on his way to victory against David and Stewart; against the latter, Sandy was 2-1 down and came through with two 11-9 wins in the game which sealed the overall result of the fixture. Neil Lea was unfortunate not to add to the score-line, losing 11-9 in the deciding fifth set against Stewart, having won a tight fourth set, 12-10. However, Sandy and Jon’s three wins apiece were enough to give Prospects a great 6-3 victory, and to see them through to the next round.

Prefects edged out twice by Up4It

It was a mixed week of league and cup fixtures for the St Andrews teams in the Dundee and District Table Tennis league.

Prefect’s Michael Hahn and Up4It’s Gillian Edwards, who played out two brilliant matches this week

Division One side Prefects had a tough week, facing Up4It twice. In their league fixture, Michael Hahn beat strong player, Paul Monteith comfortably 3-0, before Up4It’s Gillian Edwards equalled the score-line with a similar game against Clyde Johnson. Sascha Roschy was then edged out by Ryan Docherty, Sascha leading 7-4 in the deciding 5th set, only for Ryan to win the next 7 points and take the game. The next game was probably one of the greatest the league will witness this season, with leading players Michael and Gillian coming face-to-face. Michael played some excellent points to race into a 2-0 lead against the Scottish Number 1 and Commonwealth Games athlete, only for Gillian to win the third game. The fourth game stood at 10-10, and Michael held five match points during deuce, having won all the points on his own serve but being unable to win any on Gillian’s, before Gillian edged through that set 17-15. Michael was resilient, and the pair were neck-and-neck throughout the deciding fifth game, Gillian having her first match point at 10-9, before Michael won two points to give himself yet another match point on Gillian’s serve, but again was unable to convert it. Gillian pulled through 13-11 to take the epic encounter. Sascha and Clyde both had chances in their next two games but lost in four sets to Paul and Ryan respectively; Clyde was particularly unfortunate, with the three sets he lost all being 12-10. Michael then gained some revenge on Gillian when he and Clyde had a very strong 3-0 win over her and Ryan; a rare loss for the Up4It pair. Gillian then had a comfortable win over Sascha, and Michael responded with a similarly comfortable win against Ryan to set up the final game where Clyde lost a close 3-2 match against Paul. Whilst the scoreline was 7-3 to Up4It, the fixture was very close, with Michael’s extremely tight loss to Gillian, and Sascha and Clyde losing no fewer than 11 sets by the minimum 2-point margin.

Friday night saw nine of the first-round Excelsior Cup matches hosted at Ward Road Gym, with a good crowd and many St Andrews players there to watch. The two most highly anticipated matches of the night saw Prefects take on reigning champions, Up4It, and Knights take on Star (a battle between the winners of Division One from the last two seasons). The first six games were shared between Prefects and Up4It. Michael and Gillian stamped their authority on proceedings, each winning their first two games, Gillian with 3-0 wins over Clyde and Sascha, and Michael with a 3-0 win over Paul and a 3-1 win over Ryan. Sascha was unfortunate to lose a close four-set game to Ryan, and Clyde did well to reverse the result from earlier in the week and beat Paul 3-2. Michael and Gillian then played another nail-biting epic, sharing the first four games with some excellent attacking play. Gillian raced to a 5-2 lead in the deciding set, but Michael pegged her back to 5-5 before Gillian once again took a lead at 10-7 up. Michael saved the match points, winning four consecutive points to give himself a match point at 11-10, another at 12-11, and yet another at 13-12 but, again, was unable to break through Gillian on her own serve in these crucial points. Gillian played some very controlled and intelligent attacking table tennis, and was able to close out the game 15-13 to again beat Michael by the closest of margins and give Up4It a 4-3 lead. Clyde started well in each of the sets against Ryan, but was unable to convert any of them, losing 3-0 by the closest possible margin in each to Ryan to give Up4It a 5-3 victory. Two excellent matches between the two teams, and demonstrative that Prefects are a challenge for any team in the league. On the adjacent table, Star and Knights were tied 4-4, with Robert Toth and John Hannah — last season’s top two players in the league — competing in the last game. John managed to defeat Robert in four sets to give Star an unexpected, but not completely surprising, victory. Overall it was an excellent night of table tennis, especially with these two fixtures, and showed off some very strong table tennis, with spectators being particularly thrilled with the matches between Michael and Gillian, and Robert and John, showcasing the league’s top four players from last season.

In Division Two, Swots were involved in a close fixture of their own against Chieftains. Dave Beveridge was the strongest player for Swots on this occasion, defeating Jim Tawse 12-10 in the deciding set and Jacob Munro 3-0. Dave was unfortunate not to make it an unbeaten night, losing to Fiona Kinloch 11-8 in the deciding fifth set and, alongside Emma Bissett, losing to Fiona and Jim 13-11 in the fifth set. Emma lost two four-set games to Fiona and Jim, but was able to win a strong game against Jacob Munro 13-11 in the fifth set. Collin Bleak was unfortunate not to add to Swots’ score, losing two tight four-set games against Jacob and Fiona, and was edged out 11-9 in the fifth set by Jim. A 7-3 loss for Swots, but with only one game being 3-0, and no fewer than five games going to a deciding set, it was a very close encounter.

New Kids had a much more successful match against Tigers, winning 8-2. Clyde Johnson was the star player, having few difficulties and winning 3-0, 3-1, 3-1 in his singles games, and combined with Howard Lee to win the doubles 3-0. Emma Bissett and Howard both also had good nights, beating Marion Davidson and Kenny McLaren, although Howard had to come back from 2-0 down to defeat Kenny. Both, however, were defeated by Logie Anderson, 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.

Truants had similar success, defeating Rollercoasters 7-3, with Rollercoasters only fielding two players. Sascha Roschy had two very comfortable wins against David Lane and Tony Cook. Graham Wood beat Tony in four sets and was unfortunate to lose 11-9 in the fifth set to David. Sascha and Graham then combined to take the doubles game 3-2 against Tony and David. Knut Radmer lost his two games 3-1.