Monthly Archives: January 2018

Prefects put on good show against Knights

Michael Hahn who won two of his three games against league leaders Knights

Prefects had the tough task this week of facing league-leaders and reigning champions, Knights. Michael Hahn gave Prefects a perfect start when he comfortably beat Stuart Halliday. Justin Yang went 2-0 down against Callum Riddoch, but bounced back to win the next two sets, and things looked bright for Prefects as Justin fought to a 10-6 lead. However, Callum managed to win the game 15-13. Howard Lee played some good shots but lost comfortably to Robert Toth before Justin levelled the match with an excellent 3-2 win against Stuart. Michael then had a very close game with Robert, who is currently top of the averages and finished last season undefeated, but lost 3-1, having lost two sets at deuce. The next four games all went to Knights 3-0 as Justin lost to Robert, Howard lost to Stuart and Callum, and the doubles pairing of Michael and Justin lost to Robert and Stuart. Michael gained some consolation for Prefects in the final game by beating Callum.

Across the hall was a second consecutive match against another St Andrews’ team for Swots as they faced Truants, with the match ending up 6-4 to Truants. Alain Leger and Graham Wood were too strong, winning all three of their singles games, although Graham was taken to a deciding set against Emma Bissett and also lost a set to Collin Bleak, whilst Alain lost a set each to Emma and Collin and was taken to a deciding set by Nick Shepherd, who has recently returned to the club after work commitments had taken him away for a few seasons. The Swots trio all managed to defeat Knut Radmer, but Emma lost two sets in the process. They picked up another point when Collin and Nick secured a strong 3-1 doubles win against Graham and Alain.

Prospects also had a tough time in their match against Squires. Jon Fraser and new player, Christian Wroniecki, both defeated Winnie Stein 3-0 and Jon picked up another win as he beat Tanya Kapelyukh 3-1. Christian was unfortunate to not also beat Tanya, having led 2-1 and lost the last two sets 12-10 and 11-9. Squires’ Steve Wilson was too strong, winning his three singles games for the loss of only two sets. Neil Lea found the games tough, but was able to pick up a set against both Winnie and Steve. In the doubles, the new pairing of Jon and Christian edged a well-fought 3-2 victory over Steve and Tanya.

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Swots beat New Kids in all-St-Andrews game

There were only two fixtures involving St Andrews teams in the Dundee and District League this week. Unfortunately Prospects could not field a team and so forfeited their match, whilst Prefects’ match with Saints has been rescheduled to accommodate the student semesters. Due to some of the other top players facing each other, Michael Hahn, without playing, went up to third in the Division One averages.

Emma Bissett who had two strong wins against New Kids

On Monday, Swots and New Kids faced each other in an all-St-Andrews game. A great team effort saw Swots cause an upset to defeat New Kids 7-3 as the trio of Dave Beveridge, Emma Bissett, and Collin Bleak pulled together to get some great individual wins. Dave beat Ken Falconer in straight sets, before Emma caused a big upset by defeating Howard Lee 3-0. Ian Smith looked to be starting a come-back for New Kids as he raced to a 2-0 lead against Collin, but Collin won the next three games to make it 3-0 for Swots. Whilst Howard beat Dave 3-1, Swots then won the next three games in a row; Collin beat Ken 3-1, Emma beat Ian 3-0, and Emma and Dave beat Ian and Howard 3-0 in the doubles. Howard and Collin played out an excellent game. Howard won the first and third games, with Collin equalising both times to win the second and fourth, but Howard then won the fifth to seal the game. Dave defeated Ian 3-0 before Ken won some consolation for New Kids by beating Emma in the final game.

Truants had a night they may wish to forget as they lost 8-2 to Brechin. The match featured the three top players in Division Two, with Truant’s Sascha Roschy and Brechin’s Derek Mitchell being undefeated before the fixture, and Brechin’s John Anderson having the next best average. The night would end with both Sascha and Derek losing their 100% records as Sascha first defeated Derek 3-1 before John beat Sascha in a very close five-set game. Sascha also beat Aaron Robertson 3-0 to give Truant’s their two points from the fixture. John and Derek both beat Knut Radmer and Alain Leger comfortably, and Aaron’s wins against Knut and Alain were important for Brechin’s overall victory. The doubles game was close with Sascha and Alain leading Derek and John 2-1 before the pair from Brechin recovered to win the game. Some consolation is that Sascha still leads the Division Two averages thanks to his win over Derek.

Cup ties open 2018

The first week of play of 2018 in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League was filled with cup matches.

In the handicap cup, St Andrews teams experienced two wins and two losses. Last year’s runners-up, Prefects faced a tough opening-round match against Viscounts. Howard Lee and Michael Hahn each won three of their six sets—drawing each of their games 1-1—with Michael doing particularly well, starting off scratch and giving his opponents quite high starts. Michael was involved in four 26-25 games, winning three of them. However, this was not enough to win the fixture for Prefects as Viscounts won 10-6, Filip Jovanovic and Andrew Nimmo’s 2-0 wins against Clyde Johnson proving decisive.

Similarly, New Kids found their match against Tigers difficult. Although Howard Lee and Ian Smith won two sets each, and Ken Falconer won three, this was not enough to prevent Tigers winning the fixture 10-7. The first three sets were all won 21-20, with Howard Lee and Marion Davidson sharing the first two sets, and Scott Thomson winning the third set against Ken Falconer. Ken beat Scott in a dominant fourth set but a strong performance from Kenny McLaren against Ian Smith gave Tigers a 4-2 advantage. Howard and Scott shared their two sets, as did Ian and Marion, to give Tigers a 6-4 lead, before Ken levelled the score at 6-6 after two excellent sets against Kenny. Ian and Scott shared their two sets, both 21-16 to keep the fixture even. Unfortunately, Howard lost both sets against Kenny before Marion closed out the fixture with a 21-19 win against Ken.

Bearded Collin

Collin Bleak who was in impressive form this week and whose wins led Swots to victory

However, Swots were able to win their game against Kings. Collin Bleak was particularly impressive, beating Plamen Kostadinov and Adeola Fabola 2-0 and drawing with Aleksandar Jovanovic. Dave Beveridge also beat Plamen 2-0 and drew with Aleksandar, whilst Emma Bissett drew with Adeola and Aleksandar.

Likewise, Prospects—represented by Jon Fraser, Neil Lea, and Ian Brumwell—had success over Princes. Whilst five of the first seven games were draws, two excellent wins for Neil against Derek Johnston and Eddie Dougan gave Prospects a 9-5 lead. Ian Brumwell won the first set against Derek to close out the fixture, and then won the next ‘dead’ rubber before Jon suffered defeat to Chris Riddoch in a further two ‘dead’ rubbers to give a final score of 11-7.

Earlier in the week, Swots had lost to Division One team Rockets in the Stanley Doubles Cup. Even though the score was 6-0 in favour of Rockets, Swots put up a good fight, taking three of the games to a deciding set. Two of these games, both against the pair of Jim Dyson and Gary Lowson, saw the Swots pairings—first Emma Bissett and Dave Beveridge and then Dave and Collin Bleak— lead 2-1, whilst Emma and Dave recovered against Pete Yearworth and Jim to take the game to a fifth set.

At the weekend, Michael Hahn, Clyde Johnson, and Sascha Roschy benefited from two coaching sessions with Stephen Gertsen, who is coaching the Scottish national teams this year, at Ward Road, which saw many of the leading senior, veteran, and junior players in the district take part.