Recall that last season the club was decorated with triumph and glory as many of our squads were promoted to higher divisions. Much of the season so far has been about acclimating to the new conditions…an acclimation that is still ongoing.
The past two weeks have witnessed quite a few fixtures with both league play and also multiple cup ties in the Dundee and District Association.
We have the pleasure of highlighting a few dramatic positive performances. Indeed, one feels hope for humanity, and other grand emotions, when contemplating our heroes’ performances.
The highlight of this report has to be a second excellent result for the Prefects as they inflicted a thorough 8-2 drubbing on the Rollercoasters. Erstwhile Division 2 player Howard Lee scored an undefeated hat-trick, with Peter Bladen and Robert Brown picking up two wins each and claiming a further win in the doubles match. Robert’s victories in particular should be highlighted; breaking his duck in Division 1 play (recall he was previously in Division 3)!
Overall results elsewhere were solid enough, but not spectacular. The Prospects and Swots each lost their respective matches 4-6, versus the dangerous Lundin SC and the Thumpers. Special mention should be made of Elaine Forbes’ brilliant play versus the Thumpers; Elaine played in each of the four games where the Swots earned points!! Sparky Beveridge (Elaine’s partner in the doubles) and Brash Bleak did their best though against fine opponents. Indeed, no excuses can be made, and we have to recognise the excellent play of our opponents.
What do you get when you combine an economist, a quantum physicist and an expert in fractal geometry? The answer is the New Kids and a disastrous start to their Division 2 campaign. But at the fifth attempt the Kids have finally secured their first league win by the narrowest margin, 6-4, over the Tigers from Dundee Hecklers Table Tennis Club. Kong Wan, Ken Falconer and Ian Smith all contributed two victories each.
The good news is that currently no St Andrews team is placed in the last two spots of their divisions’ league tables; the dreaded “Relegation Zone.’’ Unfortunately, the Swots and the New Kids are not quite sitting comfortably in Division 2 as the teams below them have games in hand.
In the Cup ties, Swots lost to Attackers while the New Kids lost to Chieftains in the Stanley Doubles, which means that all of our teams have been eliminated from this competition.
We now look forward to the quarter final of the Secondary Shield, seeing a re-match of Swots versus Thumpers. There are also upcoming ties in the Consolation Cup, with New Kids scheduled to play the Rockets, and Prospects to play Telsports.