Thump ! Ouch!
Following last week’s triumph of all five St Andrews Table Tennis teams progressing in their respective cup competitions, the club tail is firmly between legs after the busiest week of the season. Teams were involved in a combination of nine cup and league matches but, alas, there is only one win to report.
While Prefects lost their Division One tie against Up4it by 3-7 there was much good attacking play on show. Michael Hahn again posted two singles wins and anchored the team to a doubles win with Clyde Johnson before losing his 100% record, going down in 4 sets to Scottish No 1 Gillian Edwards. Returning to the table later in the week for an Excelsior Cup tie, Prefects were disappointed to go down 3-5 to Kings.
Don’t mention close scorelines to Truants’ Alain Leger! Playing against Fife rivals Lundin Lasers, Alain did his utmost to back up team captain Graham Wood’s fine treble of singles victories but the fates were against the Frenchman who lost three 5-set ties, including a 16-18 marathon final set against Arthur Duncan. There was a little consolation though when Alain joined Graham in winning the doubles, inevitably in five sets, to give a 4-6 scoreline.
For our other pair of division Two teams, it was a week to delete from the memory. Both were disappointed not to pick up more points in their league fixtures, Swots losing 3-7 at home to Tigers and Ken Falconer the only New Kid to score a win against Chieftains. To rub salt in the wound, both then lost their Stanley Doubles ties later in the week without registering a win. In fairness, Swots could have expected little joy against top Mylnefield team Knights, but New Kids must have hoped for more over at Forthill against Thumpers.
A weekend then to lick the wounds, search for some positives and come out fighting again next week!