All five teams were engaged in league fixtures last week. In the top division, Prefects faced a difficult match against “Up4it”. Although the former are only two places behind the latter, there is a large gap in points between the teams. Star player Michael Hahn (Prefects) still managed to win two matches and lose one against Paul Montieth in the decider. In the process he defeated Gillian Edwards, an impressive achievement given she is currently the third best player in the league. Unfortunately, Up4it were up for it and comfortably took the remaining 8 points.
New Kids were up against Division 2 leaders Villa at home. Ian McLagan won his first two singles for Villa but Howard Lee and Ian Smith kept New Kids in the race with fine victories against James Pickles and Sandy Bertie. For the Kids, Ken Falconer was discombobulated when his rubber detached itself from the blade during a rally. Thankfully Ian McLagan provided some glue to patch up the bat. Villa strolled into a 5-2 lead before Howard reduced the arrears but that was too little too late as Villa seized the last two points to claim a 7-3 victory.
Calling on reserve Chris Wroniecki, Swots were away at the Forthill Club to play Sputniks. The Swots immediately took control of the fixture with a strong 3-0 lead. Sputniks fought back for the rest of the night but couldn’t quite recover from the early surge from Swots. In the end they reduced the deficit to two points, but Swots secured a 6-4 victory, with strong performances from Collin Bleak with a singles hat trick and from Chris with two wins.
The last match in second division was played at Lundin Links were the Lasers were hoping to ambush Truants. The guests had other ideas, thanks to a strong display by Graham Wood, undefeated in singles and the doubles (aided by Alain Léger) and an additional point scored by Knut Radmer. Truants held the draw amidst controversy, after one player from the hosting team forfeited the match due to unsporting behaviour. In fairness Lasers were embarrassed by their own player and the teams parted in good spirit.
Last but not least, Prospects had a great night at home against Squires in Division 3. Charlie Ross was undefeated on the night, while John Carlton and Ian Brumwell both recorded two solid wins each. Squires narrowly avoided a whitewash as the Dundee side earned two points in thrilling five setters which could have easily gone the other way.