The third week of the new year saw a welcome respite from the rigours of league action as all four St Andrews teams competed in the first round of the DDTTA Handicap Cup.
Players are handicapped according to their division and win percentage in the season so far.
The three man teams plays two sets against each of their opponents - no doubles games.
The winning post is the first to ten sets.
The action in Victory Memorial Hall, St Andrews on the Monday night was simply nail-biting.
New Kids faced up to Prefects in a local derby re-run of the Secondary Shield final.
However, this time Prefects took their revenge, inflicting New Kids’ first defeat of season.
The match was on a knife-edge at 7-7 before Howard Lee blasted Prefects into a two set lead against Pete Bladen.
Kong Wan then took to the table against Elaine Forbes and sealed the match for Prefects winning the first set 21-14.
Final score 10-7 for Prefects.
On the adjacent table, Swots were hoping to set aside their league woes with a cup win against fellow third division strugglers Tass.
This match was even tighter than the local derby.
Swots were on the brink of defeat at 7-9 when big Dave Goddard faced up to Brian Hamill in the last game.
Dave seemed to have Brian’s measure, winning both sets to take the match into an overtime deciding set.
After a disappointing start to the deciding set, on top of Brian’s handicap advantage, Dave and Swots narrowly failed to bring off the win they so desperately needed to lift morale.
On Thursday, fourth division Prospects,fielding the soon departing Freddi Beinke, Vuksan Mijovic and debutant Federico di Pace, travelled to Fort Hill, Broughty Ferry to see if their handicaps and high-riding league form would be enough to unsettle first division Aces.
And so it proved. Vuksan’s unorthodox style saw him comfortably win all of the four sets he played, with Freddi and Federico each winning three out of four.
Final score 10-2 for Prospects. Next week sees teams back in action in the leagues.