St Andrews New Kids are the 2013/14 Dundee and District Table Tennis Association Secondary Shield winners after comfortably overpowering fellow stable-mates, Prefects, 5-0. This is the first time in living memory that two teams from St Andrews have met each other in a cup final. Although runners-up on several occasions, it was more than 10 years ago in season 2002/3 that the St Andrews club last won the Secondary Shield.
The final took place at Ward Road, Dundee on 16 December. Lining up with Pete Bladen, Elaine Forbes and Nick Shepherd, the Kids won the first group of three games relatively comfortably. The fourth game of the night however saw Howard Lee stretch Pete Bladen the full distance, only losing 10-12 in the fifth set. Ian Smith and Ken Falconer also battled hard for Prefects but they were unable to win a consolation point. It was tough for the Prefects, but New Kids are a class act and thoroughly deserve the plaudits. Pictures of the two teams are below. Can you guess which team won and which team lost?
The last competitive match of the calendar year took place, also at Ward Road, on Tuesday with fourth division Prospects up against third division frontrunners Barons in the third round of the Stanley Doubles Cup. Barons had prepared the night before by winning the Consolation Cup. Despite their best efforts Dave Beveridge, Neil Lea and Vuksan Mijovic were cuffed 0-5. However, the scoreline was harsh on the St Andrews’ team who won some terrific rallies and a few sets on their way to cup oblivion.
So, at the half way stage of the season, St Andrews teams sit as Secondary Shield winners, Secondary Shield runners up, Division 2 leaders and ivision 4 promotion contenders. In addition, three players (Elaine, Pete and Neil) are unbeaten in all league matches. Roll on January.