Prefects were missing their best player to receive Knights, riding high in second place in Division 1, but then again Knights were also without their star. Victory was never in doubt for the visitors as the hosts fielded two reserves. There were some very high-level rallies, and Elaine Forbes even managed to save Prefects from a whitewash by beating Andrew Nimmo in five sets. Final score 1-9.
Prefects were sharing the Victory Memorial Hall with Swots, who were hosting the firemen from Kingsway in a Division 2 encounter. The teams shared the first four points equally, but it was all downhill from then for the firefighters who couldn’t put out the flames of “on-fire” Nick with another man-of-the-match performance. He was well supported by Collin in the doubles and two single wins, and Dave Beveridge with one win. Swots ended the night 7-3 up against the firemen.
Meanwhile in Broughty Ferry, New Kids had a difficult night against Sputniks. Although the teams were neck and neck all evening, at 4-4, Sputniks took off with the last two points available to win 6-4 at home.
Truants were at home against the second-best team in Division 2, the Chieftains, who showed no mercy in the opening four matches before Alain Léger managed to beat Jim Tawse in five games. The latter also lost to Graham Wood in five games just before Knut Radmer very nearly caused an upset and only just lost in the deciding game against young rising star Jacob Munro from Chieftains. Jacob was undefeated on the night, as was Fiona Kinloch. Truants salvaged two precious points from the fixture.
Finally, Prospects were playing away against another space-themed team, Astronauts, in Broughty Ferry. Prospects were pleased to welcome round-the-world-traveller Sandy Pearson back to the team. If it wasn’t for Euan Steel for Astronauts, Prospects would have sent them into orbit as they won all of the singles and the doubles match to claim a solid 7-3 victory at Forthill.
Prospects were delighted to collect 10 free points last week as their opponents forfeited the match due to not being able to field a team and rescheduling was not possible before the official end of the season.
Meanwhile, Truants and Swots clashed in a second division derby in Gauldry. Swots started strong with Dave Beveridge and Nick Shepherd overcoming Knut Radmer and Alain Léger. Graham Wood then put Truants on the score sheet with a straight games win over Collin Bleak. Dave returned to the table against Alain for a great performance. Alain had three match points in the deciding game, but Dave held his nerve to win the next five points for a 12-10 win, including a superb return from a strong attacking shot. Knut then created the first upset of the night as he beat Collin in the fifth game before the headline match of the night: Graham versus Nick. It was a tense battle but Graham came out on top, as he did in the thrilling doubles match aided by Alain, against Nick and Dave. Collin then easily defeated Alain in style, as Graham also beat Dave in three games. Nick was hoping to save Swots from defeat against Knut in the final match of the night, but Knut pulled out an extraordinary performance to give Truants the winning point. Man of the match performance for Graham, undefeated all night, but Dave and Knut with two wins each went home with plenty to be happy with. The two teams will meet again in four weeks to play a re-arranged match from the first half of the season, Swots will be hungry for revenge then.
New Kids were up against the Lundin Links Lasers at home last week. Arthur Duncan and Robert Brown from Lasers were both undefeated except when they lost the doubles match against Howard Lee and Ian Smith, who both beat Nat Forno in the singles. Final result 7-3 for the visitors.
Finally, in the first division, Prefects were away to Forthill to play Defenders last week. The former had no choice but to field two reserve players for the fixture: Graham Wood and Howard Lee. Howard narrowly lost two matches against Kenny McLaren and Ken Head but Graham was able to comfortably beat the same players, as did Bonifac Legrady. However, none even came close to causing problems for Jos Berkhout, who was head and shoulders above the rest. Defenders defended their home ground well with a 6-4 victory.