The St Andrews had a very modest set of results for the opening week of the league fixtures.
Prospects opened the proceedings against the firemen of Kingsway (recently relegated from Division 2) with a strong start taking a 2-0 lead but the hosts took the next seven matches in a row. Louis Macleod, the newest member of the Prospects clinched the last point to reduce the arrears to 7-3.
In Division 2, Swots had a close encounter against Lundin Links Lasers. After the first 5 matches, the Swots held a commanding 4-1 lead but Lasers reversed the steam and secured the draw in the last match of the night.
The New Kids (from left to right) Ian Smith, Collin Bleak and Ian Brumwell
On the neighbouring table, there was another tight game in Division 2 as New Kids welcomed the Tigers to St Andrews. Based on their names alone, the cat and mouse game both teams played all night should have favoured Tigers, but the home team held on to a draw with strong performances from Ian Smith and Collin Bleak, who both won two singles and the doubles match together.
The final Division 2 game took Truants over the Tay to play Comets in Broughty Ferry. Alain Léger (Truant) started on the backfoot against Fraser Smith, but unexpectedly came back from 2-0 down to win in the deciding game. Glenn Christie (Comet) levelled the match against Knut before Graham Wood put Truants in front again when he beat Nairn Nixon (reserve) 3-1. Alain then forced another deciding set against Glenn this time, but the former was unable to win the war of attrition, allowing Comets to level the match again. Truants took the next two singles and the doubles to go 5-2 up before the last three singles. However, they had to wait till the very last match to take the win as Alain and Graham both lost, but Knut thrived under pressure and beat Fraser for the away win 6-4.
The top team Prefects (Division 1) severely misfired against Aces, but in fairness, they had to field two reserves from Division 2 against the first division title defenders. Whilst the encounter was a rather one-sided 10-0 whitewash, Nick Shepherd (Prefect) pushed Grant Williams (Aces) to the limit after taking a 2-1 lead, and had the chance to win in the fourth set as the score reached 10-10, but in the end Grant pipped Nick to the post 12-10 to seal the win in the final game.