On Tuesday evening the curtain fell on another busy playing season in the Dundee & District Table Tennis League with teams from Division Three competing for the Halliday Trophy at Ward Road Gym.St Andrews TTC was represented by Prospects, with Emily Howat, Neil Lea and Sandy Pearson unfortunately not quite managing to match their smart appearance in club shirts with smart play on the table. The tidy threesome never quite got to grips with the “tag” format of the event but nevertheless it was a light-hearted note on which to end.
Overall, it has been a season of consolidation for the club. Prefects finished in 7th place in Division One, with a comfortable margin between them and the teams in 8th and 9th places, who will face relegation. Peter Bladen was the highest placed Prefect in the individual averages, agonisingly just missing the magic 50% mark. Howard Lee won more than a third of his matches – a very creditable performance in his first season at the top level.
The aim of keeping two teams in Division Two was achieved, albeit with a fair spillage of blood, sweat and tears. Newly promoted Swots were pleased with their 8th place, with New Kids relieved to finish only one behind. Clyde Johnson scored a magnificent 18 invaluable wins out of 21 and Ian Smith chipped in with an average of 46% in the “Kids'” battle to avoid relegation, while Emma Bissett had many fine victories to be the leading Swot of the regular team selection.
Prospects’ 8th position in Division Three was lower than they would have hoped for when the season started in September. Injuries and work commitments depleted the team in seven matches, a situation which made a higher finish nigh on impossible. Four of their players finished with averages of 50% or higher – Sandy Pearson, Dave Goddard, Fabio Sani and Ian Brumwell (with a particularly noteworthy 63% in his first season) – which begs the question of how high they might have flown had they managed to field a full side for each match.
And so we now have the summer to reflect – and to work on new forehands and cunning tactics for the next campaign – roll on September!