Making kitties out of the Tigers

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It was an unusual week in the life of St Andrews Table Tennis Club but it saw all three of the teams who were in action strengthen their league positions.

New Kids had another free week which meant that, on Monday, Victory Memorial Hall was the sole prerogative of Swots.

The opposition were Topspin from Monifieth High School who have struggled all season to field a team and struggled to win matches when they did.

Even with a full complement of players, the youngsters were not in the same league as Robert Brown, Dave Beveridge and Emma Bissett who each, as expected, won all the matches on offer.

The 10-0 win gave Swots the honour of being the first team in any of the three divisions to pass 100 points and it put them back on top of Division 3.

However, that was only expected to last until the following night, when fellow title chasers, Tigers, were due to play Prospects.

But Tigers turned up a man short and Prospects took sufficient advantage to help their stable-mates stay at the top of Division 3 and keep themselves in the top half.

Dave Goddard and Emily Howat both played terrifically well and put both Tigers players under severe pressure.

But it was Collin Bleak who starred by beating the division’s top player, Kenny McLaren, in straight games and repeating the feat against Charlie Ross.

Although Prospects were unable to secure another win, including from the doubles, Collin’s two points were enough to grab a priceless 5-5 draw from the fixture.

Also on Tuesday, Prefects snatched an equally valuable away win over fellow promotion hopefuls, Defibrillators.

The Gauldry team weren’t helped by the absence of Graham Wood through injury and this may yet be a turning point in the destiny of the Division 2 title.

It was nip and tuck the whole night with Prefects taking an early lead and then going behind after James Shaw and Knut Radmer beat Howard Lee and Ian Smith in the doubles.

However, this was the signal for Prefects to shift up a gear and they impressively won the last three singles matches to secure a hard fought 6-4 win.