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Mixed week for St Andrews Teams

Prefects got St Andrews teams off to a good start this week in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League with a 9-1 win against Defenders in Division One. Michael Hahn and Clyde Johnson were undefeated in their singles games, for the loss of only one set in Michael’s game against Ken Head. Sascha Roschy had a surprise 3-0 loss to Arthur Pritchard, but accounted for Richard Tough 3-0 and Ken 3-2. Michael and Clyde came through 13-11 in the fourth set in the doubles against Ken and Richard, having won the first set 17-15.

Truants and New Kids clashed in an all-St-Andrews match on Tuesday which saw eight three-set games and two five-set games. Fortunately for Truants, they won both five-set games as Alain Leger beat Kong Wan and Graham Wood defeated Ian Smith. Sascha Roschy dominated the fixtures with three singles wins and a doubles win alongside Graham, but New Kids had some consolation as Howard Lee got two good wins against Alain and Graham, and Ian beat Alain, to give a final score of 7-3.

Swots had a tough fixture against Tigers, losing 8-2, however this could have been much closer as Swots lost three of the four five-set games of the night. Collin Bleak defeated Kenny McLaren 3-2, levelling the score after Scott Thomson had opened the night with a 3-0 win against Dave Beveridge. Emma Bissett came close to giving Swots the lead, having been 2-1 up against Logie Anderson and just falling short in the fifth set. Three further wins for Tigers put them 4-1 ahead as Scott beat Collin and Logie beat Dave, before Emma beat Kenny 3-0. After a doubles game dominated by Scott and Kenny, Swots will have been disappointed not to take either of the following two games as Collin lost 14-12 to Logie in the fifth set and Emma lost to Scott 12-10 in the fifth set. Kenny beat Dave 3-1 to complete the fixture.

Sandy Pearson who had a hat-trick of singles wins this week for Prospects.

Prospects drew in their away fixture with Duffers, despite leading for much of the night. Sandy Pearson and Neil Lea had two five-set wins early on against Rich McLaren and Billy Liddle, respectively, both having trailed 2-1. Dave Goddard also defeated Billy 3-0 whilst Sandy beat both Billy and Andy Reid 3-0 to give him a hat-trick of singles win on the night. The doubles would prove crucial as Rich and Andy won 3-1 against Sandy and Dave to prevent a Prospects’ victory overall.


Swots get first league victory

Emma Bissett, Dave Beveridge, and Collin Bleak, who all contributed two wins to Swots’ first win in over a year

Swots did well to win their first league victory in over a year as they defeated Rollercoasters in a close 6-4 match. The trio of Emma Bissett, Dave Beveridge, and Collin Bleak all won two games each, defeating Paul Jackson and David Lane, but found Tony Cook too hot to handle. Collin did particularly well to win his two games 3-0, with Emma winning her games 3-0 and 3-1, and Dave 3-1 and 3-2. Dave’s 3-2 victory over David Lane, by the smallest margin of 13-11 in the opening game of the night proved decisive to the overall result. Dave and Emma were unfortunate not to win the doubles game against Tony and David, losing out 14-12 in the deciding set. The result was not decided until the final game when Emma’s 3-0 victory over David gave Swots the victory.

Prefects’ win against Telstars in Division One was also not decided until the final game of the night. Michael Hahn won all three of his singles games 3-1, and combined with Justin Yang to take a 3-1 victory against Ian Farquhar and Graeme Elrick in the doubles. Howard Lee lost to both Ian and Graeme 3-0, and was unfortunate not to beat David Monteith, losing 11-8 in the deciding set. Justin Yang found Ian tough in the battle of the long pimples, losing in 3 close sets, before dispatching Graeme comfortably 3-0. With the match poised at 5-4 to Prefects, Justin lost the first set to David, but won the following three to close out a 6-4 win for Prefects.

Truants triumphed over Comets 8-2, but many of the games were very close. Sascha Roschy was dominant, winning his three singles games 3-0. Graham Wood was also successful in his three singles games, winning 3-1, 3-1, and 3-2 in a close game against Dougal Ogilvie. Alain Leger had an evening that can only be described as bizarre, being involved in three five-set games, and having no fewer than three 11-0 sets. Alain lost his first set of the night 11-0 to Jill Milne before recovering to win that game 3-2. His next game, against Dougal saw Alain win the first and third sets 11-0 but lost the other three sets. His third game saw Alain win two comfortable games but losing three very close ones against Fraser Smith. Alain and Graham teamed up and beat the pair of Dougal and Fraser 3-2.

New Kids had a tough fixture against leading Division Two team, Brechin, losing 8-2. The Brechin pair of John Anderson and Derek Mitchell did not lose a set throughout the night in their seven games against the trio of Howard Lee, Ian Smith, and Kong Wan. However, New Kids gained some consolation as Ian and Howard beat Aaron Robertson in three and four sets, respectively. Kong Wan was unfortunate not to add to the overall score as he lost 3-2 to Aaron, having narrowly lost the third set 13-11.

Prospects also had a difficult time at home against Sputniks, losing 7-3 despite some close games. Sandy Pearson and Fabio Sani started strongly, winning against Eric Brown and Jack Oughton, respectively, to give Prospects a 2-0 lead. Carol McLean squeezed past Swots’ Dave Goddard in five sets before Fabio responded with a 3-2 win against Eric to lead 3-1. However, Prospects were unable to win any further games. Fabio and Sandy were both unfortunate in their last games of the night; Fabio lost to Carol in four close sets, the last being 15-13, and Sandy losing out to Jack by the same score-line, with the last set being 16-14.

Mixed week for St Andrews teams

It was back to league action this week in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League, with St Andrews teams experiencing three losses, one draw, and one win.

Clyde Johnson who performed well for Prefects this week

Prefects suffered a 7-3 defeat to strong side, Star. Clyde Johnson had the best results for Prefects, comfortably dispatching Andy Ferguson, and having a strong 3-1 win against Iain Martin. Justin Yang was also able to defeat Andy but, after winning the first set against Iain, fell 3-1. Bonifac Legrady had a close game with Andy but was unable to pick up any wins on the night.  Callum Ross was the strongest player for Star, although Justin and Clyde had close games with him. Clyde and Justin paired up for the doubles, but were unable to defeat Callum and Iain, despite a close second set.

New Kids also experienced defeat at the hands of Lundin Lasers. Dave Beveridge, playing up as reserve, was the strongest player on the night for New Kids, defeating Nat Forno 3-1 and Ron Filsell in a particularly close 3-2 game. Ian Smith and Kong Wan were both able to also beat Ron, 3-0 and 3-1 respectively, but could not beat Nat. Arthur Duncan was in great form for Lundin Lasers, winning all three of his singles games without losing a single set. Arthur and Ron were too strong for Ian and Dave, closing out the doubles 3-0. Arthur’s singles win over Dave finished the match with a close 6-4 win for Lundin Lasers.

Swots had a tough fixture against a strong Viscounts team. The trio of Dave Beveridge, Collin Bleak, and Emma Bissett were unable to win any of their singles games. Viscounts’ Filip Jovanovic came through two five-set games against Dave and Emma, and also lost a set to Collin. Andy Hughes was impervious, not losing a set in his three singles games, whilst Andrew Nimmo had a tougher time, losing sets to both Dave and Collin. It is a rarity for a team who lose all nine singles games to win the doubles, however that is what Swots managed on this occasion. Collin and Emma led against Filip and Andrew Nimmo 2-1, and were edged into a fifth set as the Viscounts pair won the fourth set 13-11. However, Collin and Emma dominated proceedings from then on, winning the fifth set 11-3 to gain some consolation in a 9-1 loss.

Truants had a better result, drawing 5-5 with Villa. Sascha won his — now seemingly inevitable — three singles games, although was pushed to the full five sets by Ian McLagan. Alain Leger won an excellent 3-1 game against Ian, lost to David Hay 3-0, and was particularly unfortunate to lose to Sandy Bertie 3-2, having recovered from a 2-0 deficit in the final game of the night. Knut Radmer found this fixture tough, being unable to win a set throughout the night. Pivotal to the draw for Truants was Alain and Sascha’s 3-0 doubles win against Ian and David.

Prospects were the only St Andrews winners this week as they defeated Telsports 7-3 in Division Three. Telsports’ David Axton did well to win all three of his games, especially given that he found himself 2-0 down and match point down to Dave Goddard in his first game of the night, recovering to win that game 3-2 and to beat Neil Lea 3-0 and Ian Brumwell 3-1. However, all of the other games went to Prospects, despite some close affairs. Neil Lea and Ian Brumwell were involved in two very close matches early on. Neil won the first two games 12-10 against Robert Fotheringham and, having lost the third and fourth sets, recovered to win the fifth set 11-7. Ian had a particularly close game with David Axton, with every single set being won by the minimum two-point margin (15-13, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9). Dave Goddard found himself 2-0 down against Sandy Elrick, but was able to recover to take the game 3-2. Neil and Ian combined to win the doubles 3-1 against Robert and Sandy.

Prefects, New Kids, and Prospects march on with cup success

Five St Andrews teams were in action in cup matches in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League this week, with three coming out successful and advancing to the next rounds.

Monday was a busy night at the Victory Memorial Hall in St Andrews with three cup matches taking place. The most closely contested saw Prefects take on Rockets in the Chairman’s Challenge cup for Division One teams. Things started well for Rockets as Peter Yearworth beat Clyde Johnson 3-1, before Michael Hahn responded by beating Peter Dixon by the same score to level things at 1-1. Next was the strongest game of the night as Justin Yang took on Jim Dyson. After sharing the first four sets — with particularly close 12-10, 9-11 third and fourth sets — Justin recovered from a two-point deficit in the deciding fifth set to win 12-10, demonstrating a fantastic mix of attacking and defensive table tennis to give Prefects a 2-1 lead. However, Jim gained some revenge as he and Peter Yearworth comfortably defeated Justin and Clyde 3-0 in the first doubles game. Experienced doubles pair, Michael and Clyde, struggled against the two Peters, losing the first and fourth games, but gave a determined performance to take the game 3-2, giving Prefects a 3-2 lead. Michael closed out the win for Prefects with a comfortable 3-0 singles win against Jim to put Prefects into the semi-finals.

New Kids also had success on Monday in the Secondary Shield against Chieftains, who could only field two players. Howard Lee was the star player for New Kids, winning both of his games, including a 3-2 win against Fiona Kinloch. Kong Wan and Sandy Pearson both did well to beat Jim Tawse, with Sandy’s win being a particularly closely-fought 3-1 game (12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 17-15). Fiona was able to win two games for Chieftains against Kong and Sandy, 3-1 and 3-0 respectively, but it wasn’t enough to hold off New Kids who won the fixture 7-2.

Also on Monday, Swots faced Tigers in the Secondary Shield. Whilst Tigers were able to win the match 5-0, it was a close affair. Swots were particularly unfortunate to be 3-0 down after the first three matches given the competitiveness of each game. First, Emma Bissett was tied 1-1 with Scott Thomson before losing two very tight sets 11-9, 12-10. Dave Beveridge and Collin Bleak lost the next two games against Kenny McLaren and Logie Anderson, respectively, both by the minimum two-point margin in the deciding fifth set. Scott and Logie then delivered two comfortable 3-0 wins against Dave and Emma, respectively, to close out a 5-0 win for Tigers which was not an accurate representation of the margin of victory.

Truants also had a tough Secondary Shield fixture against Brechin. Sascha Roschy was in superb form to win his three singles games without dropping a set, despite many close scores against both John Anderson and Derek Mitchell. However, Alain Leger and Graham Wood were unable to add to the overall score-line, and Alain’s 3-1 loss to Aaron Robertson was the only set won by either on the night. Overall, Brechin won 5-3 and progressed to the next round.


Prospects’ Jonathan Fraser and Neil Lea who battled through both their opponents and the cold to win in the Consolation Cup

Prospects recorded an excellent win over Buccaneers in the Consolation Cup. Jonathan Fraser and Sandy Pearson played very strongly throughout the night, both being unbeaten. Jonathan was particularly strong, losing only a single set to David Clark, recording 3-0 wins over both Gregor O’Neill and Stewart Ferguson. Sandy defeated Gregor 3-0 but fought through two epic five-set encounters on his way to victory against David and Stewart; against the latter, Sandy was 2-1 down and came through with two 11-9 wins in the game which sealed the overall result of the fixture. Neil Lea was unfortunate not to add to the score-line, losing 11-9 in the deciding fifth set against Stewart, having won a tight fourth set, 12-10. However, Sandy and Jon’s three wins apiece were enough to give Prospects a great 6-3 victory, and to see them through to the next round.