Following a remarkable season of complete domination including another 10-0 victory this week, St Andrews’ New Kids have won the Dundee & District Division 2 title.
In the Victory Memorial Hall on Monday, the Kids lined up against Tigers with Collin Bleak deputising for Peter Bladen alongside regulars, Elaine Forbes and Nick Shepherd. Unleashed from the pressures of the Swots’ relegation battle, Collin proved his credentials by winning all his games (including two five setters) and the doubles, playing alongside Nick. Elaine and Nick also grabbed singles hat-tricks, without dropping a set, to send the Tigers home with their tails between their legs. The 10-0 result means that the Kids cannot be caught, even though there are another three rounds of matches still to play. It’s been a terrific performance from Peter, Elaine and Nick, ably assisted when necessary by reserves from the club’s other teams. Congratulations guys!
On the adjacent table Division 4 Prospects, lining up with Dave Beveridge, Neil Lea and Federico di Pace also completed a whitewash of Telsports from the Telecoms club in Dundee. Veteran Dundee table tennis legend, Sandy Elrick, stretched Dave in the second set of their game, but the Prospects’ captain ultimately prevailed and became the third St Andrews’ player to finish the evening without dropping a set. Federico, playing in his first league match, and Neil also secured fine hat-tricks. Neil also partnered Dave in a straight sets doubles victory. 10-0 Prospects. Prospects have a 17 point lead in the second promotion spot – but have played two games more than third placed Sputniks. This promotion battle will go to the last match of the season.
Division two Prefects were away from home on two consecutive nights this week. On Tuesday they motored to Ward Road, Dundee to fulfill their postponed Handicap Cup match against Squires from Division 3. However, with the handicaps loaded in favour of the opposition the challenge was just too much for our boys (Kong Wan, Ian Smith and Howard Lee). Ian and Kong did exceptionally well to win three sets from their games against Chris Riddoch. But Chris’s son and rising star, Callum, as well as the wily veteran Winnie Stein, were just too hot to handle with their handicaps. Final score Squires 10, Prefects 3.
Undaunted, Prefects were back in Dundee with the same line up on Wednesday to try to derail Rollercoasters in a Division 2 league match. Ian was the star of the night with a fine singles hat-trick and a doubles win, partnered by Howard who, untypically, failed to record a singles victory. Kong, sponsored by Benolyn Expectorant, had long games all night including two five setters and nine deuce games. However, he hung on to his hankie and managed to beat Paul Jackson in a pulsating final tie, 13-11 in the fifth set. Final score 5-5.