Great week for table tennis clubs

All four of the St Andrews table tennis teams were in league action this week and, overall, they fared very well indeed.

New Kids, Peter Bladen, Nick Shepherd and Michael Hahn, continued their Division 1 adventure with a tough home match against Missiles.

New Kids periodically had their noses in front but the doubles match (won in straight games by David Sim and Jim Dyson against Nick and Michael) switched the momentum in favour of Missiles who went into the last match a point in front.

New Kids would have none of it though, and Michael secured the 5-5 draw with a fine win in four games against David.

Prior to that the star of the night with three wins, Pete Bladen, had also beaten David in four games.

On the adjacent table, Swots took on Telsports knowing that a handsome win would put them at the top of Division 3 all on their own.

Emma Bissett and Robert Brown were magnificent on the night, with neither dropping a single game on the way to collecting singles hat-tricks.

Emma also partnered Dave Beveridge to a doubles win over Sandy Elrick and David Axton in four games.

The final score was Swots 9-1 Telsports.

In Division 3, Prospects were collecting a shed-load of welcome points against Sputniks up in Broughty Ferry.

Prospects line up this week comprised Captain Maxi Strobl, Dr Collin Bleak and Mr Sandy Pearson.

Strobl and Bleak collected a maximum seven points between then as Prospects largely over-ran the opposition – none of the matches needing more than four games to settle on their way to an 8-2 win.

The week’s action was concluded on Tuesday when Prefects, Howard Lee, Kong Wan and Ian Smith, travelled to Ward Road Gym in Dundee to face Viscounts from the Mylnefield Club in Division 2.

This one also swung back and forward all night until Prefects got themselves into a hard earned 5-3 lead.

However, both Howard and Kong will be disappointed that one of them couldn’t pick up the point from match nine or ten that would have sent them home as victors.

In the end the game finished 5-5.