St Andrews’ Week celebrations coming up

The Victory Memorial Hall is the place to be this Friday evening (November 25th) for any budding, or past, players to ‘give table tennis a go’. From 6.00pm to 7.15pm, all ages and standards will be welcome to take part in a very informal session as part of the local club’s involvement in the St Andrews Week celebrations. From 7.30pm the evening takes on a slightly more serious tone with the four tables being devoted to tournament play with Clyde Johnson attempting to defend the title he won last year in an entertaining final against Howard Lee.

It’s also a busy weekend on the road for three club players. Michael Hahn is travelling to Nottingham to compete in the British Universities Championships, while Keir Paterson and Campbell Snodgrass make the shorter journey to Bathgate Academy which is the venue for the Scottish Primary Schools tournament.

The past week saw the second derby match of the season with Truants and New Kids clashing in a Division Two fixture. Four close five setters showed the level of determination of both sides. New Kids had the better of the first two, with Ken Falconer edging out Alain Leger 18-16 in a marathon final set and Ian Smith victorious in a long tussle with Knut Radmer. With the match score at 3-3, the doubles took on great importance. Sascha Roschy and Alain came back from 1-2 down to win in 5 and give Truants a slight advantage. Ian levelled the match score but then Knut put Truants into an unbeatable position with a 5-set win against Kong Wan and Sascha followed this up with his third straight sets singles win to inflict a 6-4 defeat on New Kids.

In Division Three, Prospects were also involved in a close tie at home against Broughty side, Villa. Sandy Pearson set them on their way, holding his nerve in a 15-13 fifth game win against Jim Fleming. This set the pattern for an evening which saw only one straight sets win, six four setters and three five set matches. Emily Howat followed Sandy’s example in digging in to beat Daniel Russell, coming back from 1-2 down to win the fourth 14-12 and the fifth 11-9. Fabio Sani chipped in two wins and Sandy added another for a good team effort to achieve a 5-5 draw.

Prefects faced top class opposition at Ward Road Gym on Tuesday when they took on current leaders, Knights. Michael Hahn got them off to a good start with a win against Callum Riddoch, but lost the battle of the no. 1s to Robert Toth in four sets. Michael also enjoyed a tight victory against Stuart Halliday, but neither Clyde nor Howard Lee could find a way past the three Knights to add to Michael’s two points.