Prospects can’t end the term with pass marks in the cup

Sandy Pearson, Emily Howat and Neil Lea prior to doing battle in the Halliday Cup
Sandy Pearson, Emily Howat and Neil Lea prior to doing battle in the Halliday Cup

The curtain fell on another season in the Dundee & District Table Tennis League with teams from Division Three competing for the Halliday Trophy.

St Andrews TTC was represented by Prospects’ Emily Howat, Neil Lea and Sandy Pearson.

The threesome never quite got to grips with the tag format of the event but nevertheless it was a light-hearted note on which to end.

Overall, it has been a season of consolidation for the club.

Prefects finished in seventh place in Division One, with a comfortable margin between them and the teams in eigth and ninth places, who will face relegation.

Peter Bladen was the highest placed Prefect in the individual averages, agonisingly just missing the magic 50 per cent mark.

Howard Lee won more than a third of his matches - a very creditable performance in his first season at the top level.

The aim of keeping two teams in Division Two was achieved, albeit with a fair spillage of blood, sweat and tears.

Newly promoted Swots were pleased with their eigth place, with New Kids relieved to finish only one behind.

Clyde Johnson scored a magnificent 18 invaluable wins out of 21 and Ian Smith chipped in with an average of 46 per cent in the Kids’ battle to avoid relegation.

Emma Bissett had many fine victories to be the leading Swot of the regular team selection.

Prospects’ eigth position in Division Three was lower than they would have hoped for when the season started in September.

Injuries and work commitments depleted the team in seven matches, a situation which made a higher finish nigh on impossible.

Four of their players finished with averages of 50 per cent or higher - Sandy Pearson, Dave Goddard, Fabio Sani and Ian Brumwell, with a particularly noteworthy 63 per cent in his first season, - which begs the question of how high they may have finished had they managed to field a full side for every match.