This week saw the last fixtures of the first half of the season and all three of the leagues make a pretty sight for St Andrews Table Tennis Club.On Monday, Prefects (Howard Lee, Ken Falconer and Ian Smith) delivered a simply stunning 9-1 rout of the league leaders, Rollercoasters. Howard and Ian both played a blinder to win all their matches (including the doubles) and Ken lost only one match, to Ken Head. Three matches went to five games and Prefects won them all. Howard’s battle with Tony Cook in the last match saw four games go to deuce and Howard fight back from 1-5 to win 11-8 in the last game. It always looked like Prefects’ night from the point when Ian fluked a shot under the net post in his match against Tony. The result puts Prefects to within a point of the Division 2 leaders, but with a priceless game in hand. We’ll say it again – stunning.
On Wednesday, New Kids achieved the same result in Division 1 against Defenders from Broughty Ferry. The Kids (Peter Bladen, Michael Hahn and Nick Shepherd) will not care a jot that they were aided by Defenders being a man light. Defenders picked up their sole consolation point in match two when Richard Tough beat Nick 3-1. Michael and Peter were New Kids’ successful double duo on the night. New Kids expected to be battling to stay in Division 1, but after this result you can put your money on them staying up.
With Prospects on a free week, the third division action saw Swots travel to Broughty Ferry on Thursday to face fellow promotion chasers, Tigers. With Dave Beveridge still sponsoring Imodium, Robert Brown and Emma Bissett were accompanied by Collin Bleak for this match. And what a Christmas cracker it was. Swots were 0-2 down after Robert, then Collin, let 2-0 leads slip in the first two matches. The next two matches were shared and then Emma lost, again in five, to Charlie Ross before she and Robert preserved Swots’ 100% doubles record. By the last match Swots were one ahead but Collin was unable to make an impact on the experienced Kenny McLaren. It could have been a win if the St Andrews team had snatched even one of the three five game affairs. Despite a first half that has seen them get relatively little luck, this breathless 5-5 draw sees the Swots sit just one point behind leaders Comets – whom they meet next on 19th January.
Bring on 2015 – and a Merry Christmas to all our readers.