This week Prefects, Swots and Prospects were the teams in league action and it all happened in St Andrews on Monday night.Prefects (Kong Wan, Ian Smith and Howard Lee) faced Division 2 Rockets from Broughty Ferry, who were hardly weakened by bringing reserve Ian McLagan into their line up for the night. Howard was again at his very best, smashing all before him, and with Ian and Kong also picking up another three terrific wins between them, the St Andrews team ran out narrow 6-4 winners to keep their promotion challenge well on track. Prefects were never behind in the contest but the result wasn’t decided until the battle of the Ians, in match nine, when Smith thrashed McLagan in three straight games. Kong, who has played some heroic last matches in recent weeks, then had the opportunity to extend the margin of victory in match ten but, after winning the first game was overcome by ‘quick Carol’ McLean and lost 1-3.
The other two St Andrews teams faced up in Division 3 for the second of their derby fixtures. Swots set out their playing order to win matches early on, but their strategy was blown out the water when Prospects’ Maxi Strobl played out his skin in the first match against Dave Beveridge. Then, in the next match, Swots’ Robert Brown couldn’t get a grip of Collin Bleak and Swots suddenly found themselves 0-2 behind. Emma Bissett finally got Swots off the mark against Neil Lea and six of the next seven matches went to the table toppers, including Robert and Dave’s 3-0 doubles win over Maxi and Collin. The exception was Collin’s second win of the night, a tight five game affair against Emma. With the result secure, Swots looked like putting the icing on the cake when Dave had Collin on the ropes at 2-0 but the big man changed his tactics and dramatically took the next three to complete a terrific hat-trick. Final score Swots 6, Prospects 4.
With only a handful of fixtures to go, and Prefects and Swots still on top of their divisions, the nerves are jangling to see if the club can complete the double promotion that has looked very possible for a few weeks now.