Monthly Archives: April 2019

The season’s legacy

New Kids had the honour of playing the very final league match in the 2018/19 Dundee & District League season away against high flying Chieftains in Division 2. The latter stormed to a 6-0 commanding position. Fed up with this negative sequence, the Kids showed what they are truly made of in the doubles, slaughtering their opponents by the narrowest of margins in the final game. Howard Lee completed his strong season with a victory in the singles against Fiona Kinloch. But the Chieftans were doubtless happy to confirm their runner’s up spot in the division with a splendid 8-2 win.

New Kids had the chance to leapfrog Truants for fifth place, but they would have needed 6 points from the last fixture and only managed 2. Overall, the three St Andrews teams dominated the middle of the table, with Swots earning a commendable fourth place, followed by Truants, while New Kids finished on the seventh rung of the ladder. Swots had already established that they were the stronger team reaching the final of the Secondary Shield cup, narrowly losing in the final. In individual averages, Nick Shepherd finished fifth with a win ratio of 76%.

Division 1 was dominated by four teams who created a chasm with the rest of the league. Prefects, on the wrong side of the gap, still secured fifth place, partly thanks to the laudable performances of Michael Hahn, winning 39/45 matches (87%), finishing joint fifth in the individual averages.

In Division 3, Prospects had to settle for fifth place overall, led by Chris Wroniecki with a 77% win percentage.

Chris Wroniecki (right), winner of the 2019 Legacy Shield, is congratulated by tournament organiser Howard Lee

The club rounded up the season with a local “hard bat” tournament, the Legacy Shield, which saw Chris take on the mighty Michael in a thrilling finale. Before revealing the winner, it is worth clarifying that the hard bat is a great leveller as everybody plays identical bats, without rubbers. The modern game is heavily affected by the spin and speed of various rubbers, none of which could be used at the tournament. The final last year had already opposed Michael to Chris, the former emerging victorious. However, this year Chris was more determined than ever to reverse the result. It started off well for him as he took the first game 15-11. And the second game was won on sudden death at 14-14, by … Chris, earning the right to have his name engraved below Michael’s on the trophy.

The club would like to honour Michael, who will be leaving the area and therefore the club, as he will be completing his PhD (we hope) in the coming months. We wish him well in his future endeavours.

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Another league season concludes

It was a busy week for the St Andrews teams as the 2018/19 league season drew to a close.

In Division 1, the Prefects finished on a high by defeating Telstars 7-3 with two hat tricks by Michael Hahn and reserve Elaine Forbes. Playing up from Division 3, Sandy Pearson almost claimed his first Division 1 scalp but ultimately lost to David Monteith in five sets. Sandy did however receive a consolation prize in helping Michael win the doubles match.

Swots had the pleasure of ending the season with two derbies, against New Kids and then against Truants. With both New Kids and Swots playing on their home turf, the rivalry between the two second division teams reached its pinnacle when Nick Shepherd and Howard Lee faced each other in the last deciding match. Nick’s perfect record against Howard over the past six years motivated both players. Beating the odds, Howard came out on top to secure a 5-5 draw in the fixture and a personal hat-trick.

From the left, Swots with Dave Beveridge, Collin Bleak and Nick Shepherd, and from the right, Truants with Graham Wood, Alain Léger and Knut Radmer.

Swots were also in a strong position against Truants going 5-4 ahead into the final match of the last derby of the season. Dave Beveridge was hoping to repeat a strong performance against Alain Léger to avenge his team, after Truants defeated Swots 6-4 in their previous encounter. The Frenchman took the first game by the smallest of margins, but Dave reacted well and levelled the match in the second set. However, the latter was very slightly worse for wear in what turned into a war of attrition. Alain saved Truants from defeat to complement Graham Wood’s man of the match performance and end the night with a 5-5 score line. Truants had a less fortunate night the week before against top of the league Villa, losing 8-2 at home.

In Division 3, Prospects could only field two players in Broughty Ferry against Duffers. The home team were dominant all night, only yielding Sandy Pearson and Ian Brumwell one win each as well as the doubles match, although Prospects could have drawn as they lost two matches at the end of two very long five setters.

In their final week, Prospects faced Division 3 runaway champions Tass, who were undefeated all season. Whilst Tass were able to preserve their unblemished record, Prospects gave them a fright, and managed to draw 5-5 thanks to man of the match Chris Wroniecki with a hat-trick.