For the derby fixture in Division Two of the Dundee Table Tennis League, Swots and New Kids both favoured the same line-ups as in October, when the lower ranked Swots sprung a surprise 8-2 victory. Could Dave Beveridge, Emma Bissett and Collin Bleak repeat their form for Swots or would Ian Smith, Ken Falconer and Kong Wan wreak a terrible revenge on the upstarts?
First up were Dave and Kong who shared a couple of nervy games until they settled into some good attacking rallies. Twice Kong came back to level the match but Dave started strongly in the fifth, building a lead which Kong could not claw back.
On the second table, Emma and Ken were playing out a huge battle with Emma taking both the first two ends 11-9. Ken dug deep with his trademark defence to take the next two 11-8 and 17-15 but again it was the Swot who won the deciding set.
Collin started the third match against Ian in rip-roaring fashion, but after the loss of the first set, Ian cannily regrouped and took control for a 3-1 win to bring New Kids back into the match.
The revival was not to materialise though, with Swots taking the next five in a row. New Kids only put one more win on the match card when Ian came through against Dave in four sets, while Emma enjoyed a faultless night, winning her three singles and combining well with Collin to take the doubles in three close sets. Collin and Dave each chipped in a second singles win.
And so, not only was the 8-2 overall score repeated, but remarkably the points were taken in exactly the same way as in the first half encounter. The entire club is now hoping that, despite this set-back, New Kids can battle back from the danger of relegation to ensure that there is another Second Division derby next season.
In Division Three, Prospects faced a difficult fixture away to second placed Kingsway and, once again, the lack of a third player made it virtually mission impossible for Dave Goddard and Emily Howat. However, the undaunted St Andrews duo rolled up their sleeves. After Dave got them off to a winning start, Emily was within a whisker of one of the upsets of the season when she only succumbed in five sets to the immensely experienced Willie Cooper. The startled firemen threw no more lifelines and finished the evening with a 9-1 scoreline to enhance their promotion chances.