The last week in October saw yet another Monday night Victory Memorial Hall ping pong triple bill. Regrettably, this week’s results were disappointing, but there were some highlights.
On the top table, Prefects (Kong Wan, Ken Falconer and Howard Lee) took on Defibrillators in Division 2. Kong and Ken both scored good wins against the tricky Knut Radmer but none of the Prefects could upset Graham Wood or James Shaw, who both won all their matches. Knut then took his revenge out on Howard in the last match. It’s not often that Howard fails to win at least one match over the course of a night and, while it was not a major shock that Defibrillators won the fixture, Prefects were disappointed with the 8-2 margin of their loss.
By contrast, third division Swots’ 0-5 exit from the Stanley Doubles Cup was much more predictable given that their opponents, Earls, are currently the best team in the District – bar none. However, Swots (Dave Beveridge, Emma Bissett and Robert Brown) did at least make one match against Alasdair Rennet and Patrick Cao into a bit of contest. Dave and Emma squandered a 6-1 lead in the first game of that match, but then eked out a terrific 11-9 win in game two. Earls seemed stung by the cheek of that and were good enough to make sure it didn’t happen again.Prospects (Maxi Strobl, Collin Bleak, and Sandy Pearson) completed a night of general disappointment when they succumbed 4-6 to Tigers in Division 3, for whom Kenny McLaren was untouchable. It was a fine performance, though, from the St Andrews lads who were 0-4 down before staging a temporary comeback. Collin led the way with a win over former St Andrews club member, Charlie Ross, in match five. Maxi then beat Marion Davidson in match six before he and Collin combined to cut the deficit to 3-4 by winning the doubles match in five games. The Propects pair had a ‘professional disagreement’ over their strategy after losing a healthy two game lead, but regained their composure to win the fifth and decisive game. Tigers regained control of the contest in matches eight and nine before Collin completed his brace of wins in the last match of the night.
With New Kids on a free week in Division 1 and Swots’ Division 3 fixture against Topspin at Monifieth High School postponed, that’s all for this week folks.