We’re completely spoiled for headlines this week. The last fixture in the penultimate week of the season saw a truly epic, cliffhanging win for Swots over Telsports that propelled them to the final of the Handicap Cup on 6 April. Results across Division 3 have also secured promotion for Swots. And Prefects are nail-bitingly close to winning the second division title.With Robert Brown injured, Swots called up Sandy Pearson, fresh from his cruise around the south Atlantic, to join Dave Beveridge and Emma Bissett for their Handicap Cup tie. Dave and Emma had secured three good points each and Sandy had added a seventh before he faced his namesake, Sandy Elrick in the last match of the night. Swots were 7-9 behind but our Sandy first made it 8-9. At 25-25 in the second game, and with Elrick to serve, Telsports were one point from the final. However, they lost it, and a nerve jangling tie break game got underway. Dave and Emma could barely watch, but at 20-20 the man with the Royal seal of approval for cleaning floors, added the Swots seal of approval by taking the next six points and the tie. Phew.
The previous night, Swots had secured a 10-0 win over Lairds at Ward Road, Dundee. Collin Bleak was the super-sub for that one, joining Dave and Emma again. With Tigers dropping points elsewhere the following night, it was enough to secure Swots’ promotion to Division 2. However, the performance of their lives next week could still see Swots snatch the title from the jaws of Comets who are already promoted.
Earlier, on Monday, Prefects played Attackers and drew 5-5. Attackers were a man short but Alex Thom, in particular, was impressive for the Monifieth team beating all three Prefects. However, two wins for Howard Lee, one apiece for Ian Smith and Kong Wan, and an impressive fourth consecutive doubles win for Ian and Howard was enough to avoid a rare defeat. The two most enthusiastic members of Howard’s fan club were spectating in the balcony. They enjoyed some great entertainment when not distracted by book reading. Prefects have been truly immense this season and are now just a hair’s breadth from winning the second division title.
Alongside Prefects, Prospects recorded a routine 10-0 win over the youngsters from Topspin. Collin Bleak, Sandy Pearson and Dave Goddard were this week’s Prospects. This was the team’s last fixture and they now face a wait on results elsewhere to decide their final position in Division 3. Fourth place remains a possibility.
On Tuesday, at Ward Road, New Kids were scrapping for as many points as they could muster against Star to save them from dropping back into Division 2. It was a tough night for Peter Bladen and Nick Shepherd who were unable to find a third team member to complete their line-up. However, our duo battled hard to take two points off Star (one each) although the final result (8-2) was never in much doubt. Star streaked into a 3-0 lead and, after winning the doubles, added another three wins in a row (including one concession) to run out comfortable winners. Whether two points will be enough to help keep the Kids in the first division will become clearer after their final fixture next week. They’re still fighting though.