There are two highlights to report from St Andrews Table Tennis Club activities this week.
The juniors were followed on the tables by the much awaited semi final of the Handicap Cup with home side, Prefects, taking on Brechin. A great team performance saw Howard and Clyde Johnson again backing up a faultless display from back-marker Michael Hahn to give Prefects a berth in the final with a 10-6 victory. Credit to the handicappers for getting the starting scores spot on – although Brechin’s Bill Balfour might not agree as he narrowly lost three of his four sets 29-31.
Prefects moved on to Ward road Gym on Tuesday evening to play Star with Sascha Roschy deputising for Michael. Highlight of the 3-7 defeat was Clyde’s four set victory over Iain Martin.
In Division Three, Prospects went down 2-8 at home to Duffers. Emily Howat and Dave Goddard each scored a win, but the fixture could have taken a very different complexion had Neil Lea and big Dave not both been pipped in close five-setters in two of the first three matches.
The saga at the bottom of Division Two goes on. Viscounts inflicted a 9-1 defeat on New Kids, with Ken Falconer the only St Andrean to win. Kingsway’s unexpected six points against Chieftains means that they have leap-frogged New Kids. Swots’ three valuable points against Truants in a club derby just keeps the former above the bottom two. With only three points separating the three bottom teams, and ten points up for grabs in each fixture, there won’t be many fingernails left as the teams swing into the last week of the league season.