Another tough week

It seems that the teams from St Andrews Table Tennis Club have an agreement at the moment that only one should win each week.

This week’s victors were Truants who, playing against strong Mylnefield outfit Chieftains at Ward Road Gym, gave Sasha Roschy his debut. Graham Wood produced his usual reliable performance in winning his three singles and, as team captain, must have been delighted when Sasha matched this and also proved to be a fine doubles player when they combined to add that point as well, giving an overall 7-3 win. It was a frustrating night for reserve Emma Bissett who battled hard but missed out on getting on the scoreboard.

On a nearby table, a classic Division Three tie was unfolding between Prospects and Princes who this season are fielding two youngsters under the guidance of Eddie Dougan. The match score swung back and forwards. From taking an early 2-0 lead, the Prospects trio of Neil Lea, Sandy Pearson and Dave Goddard found themselves 2-4 down. A doubles win for Sandy and Dave brought them back to 3-4 and, with the next two singles shared, Sandy took to the table against Jacob Munro in search of the win that would give the St Andrews team a draw. In keeping with the tone of the evening, the match was evenly balanced. Jacob won the first 11-9, lost the second 11-13, won the third 15-13, lost the fourth 8-11. A thrilling decider followed with Sandy finally going down 11-8 to the most promising young player to emerge in Dundee for a number of years.

At the Victory Memorial Hall on Monday evening, Prefects were always going to struggle against last season’s Division One winners, Star. Their task was made all the more difficult by the non-availability of both Michael Hahn and Clyde Johnson, and when last minute illness hit Peter Bladen, Howard Lee and reserve Graham Wood faced a mountain to climb. The twosome rolled up their sleeves to make their opponents fight hard but could not avoid a 0-10 whitewash.

At the same venue, New Kids faced a similarly tough fixture against top Division Two team Telstars but again put up a strong battle and wins from Kong Wan and Ken Falconer gave them two valuable points in their battle to stay above the relegation zone.

A date for the diary for table tennis enthusiasts in the area – on Friday 25th November the club will stage a special evening as part of the town’s St Andrews Week celebrations. Play starts at 6.00pm with an open session for anyone wishing to give table tennis a go and this will be followed by tournament play.