It’s been a very busy week for the entire stretch of the membership of St Andrews Table Tennis Club – from Keir Paterson, a Primary 5 pupil, to Len Pratt who, in his 80’s, is the eldest of our past players.
Alongside brother Murray, Keir was selected to represent Dundee & District in the Scottish Schools Finals in Bathgate on Sunday 21st. While both found it difficult to gather wins on the day, with the top Scottish juniors taking to the tables, the brothers gained great experience from their first outing at this level – and as the youngest player competing on the day, Keir has time on his side!
At the other end of the age scale, Len donned not his table tennis kit but collar and tie to attend the club’s annual dinner in Ceres – an event with special significance as a celebration of the club’s 50th anniversary. Club chair Neil Lea welcomed a good turnout of players and partners from the breadth of the club’s activities and, after the meal, past Chair and current treasurer Bill Sutherland gave an entertaining speech with a nostalgic look back at table tennis in the post war era, and then paid tribute to the social strengths of the club – just as valued as the playing side.
Unusually, all four our teams were involved in league play on Monday evening. At the Victory Memorial Hall, it was always going to be a tough Monday night for Prefects and New Kids as they faced opposition from the current leaders of their respective divisions. The latter could find no way to win even a game against Barons whereas Prefects did manage two wins against Division One table toppers, Star. Both Peter Bladen and Robert Brown defeated Andy Ferguson – probably Robert’s best win to date.
Over in Broughty Ferry, Prospects were again hampered by being a player short, but Emily Howat and Dave Goddard battled gamely against Sputniks. They were unlucky to lose an entertaining doubles 9-11 in the fifth and Dave managed a consolation win against Sandy Bertie.
On the neighbouring table, Dave Beveridge felt justifiably aggrieved at losing out to an ‘edge’ when 9-10 down in the fifth against Dougal Ogilvie in Swots’ Division 2 encounter against Comets. Swots went 2-0 down when microbiologist Emma Bissett then lost to Jill Milne but Elaine Forbes turned the evening around by hanging on against some huge hitting from Fraser Smith. A final 7-3 scoreline in the St Andrews’ team’s favour cemented their mid table position.
Finally, Fabio Sani and Dave Beveridge took part in the DDTTA tournament at Ward Road on Saturday 27th. With Division One players excluded from competing in all but the handicap event, both experienced a mixture of wins and losses in a busy day’s play. Dave ensured there will be at least one St Andrews’ name on a trophy this season when he paired up with Forthill’s David Sim to win the Hardy Doubles title, enjoying a 3-0 final victory against Craig Fraser and Fiona Kinloch.