Table tennis club opens its doors

Clyde Johnston receives the St Andrews Day trophy from club chairman, Neil Lea.
Clyde Johnston receives the St Andrews Day trophy from club chairman, Neil Lea.

Accepting the challenge from the St Andrews Partnership to put on an event as part of the St Andrews Day celebrations, the local table tennis club hosted an evening which offered the chance to play to all standards.

When hallkeeper Roy Rintoul opened the doors of the Victory Memorial at 6pm, there was a stampede of ladies from the Kilrymont beginners/returners group eager for the extra opportunity to play and they were quickly joined by a number of newcomers keen to take part in the informal ‘give TT a try’ 90 minute session.

Following the session, the group was replaced at 7.30 by the street-wise tournament entrants.

Six regulars from the club’s league teams took to the tables – Howard Lee, Ian Smith, Emily Howat, Robert Brown, Dave Beveridge and Fabio Sani – all familiar with each other’s playing styles.

But into the mix was added a trio of unknowns – Clyde Johnston, John Carlton and Tim Woollins.

The nine were organised into three preliminary groups of three.

Howard emerged victorious in Group One against Fabio and Emily.

The interesting mix of Robert, Clyde and Tim saw Clyde come through with two wins.

The calculator had to come out to decide the winner of Group Three where Ian beat John, Dave beat Ian and John beat Dave.

Ian got the nod with the best games difference.

While the remaining six players were organised into two groups to play for positions 4 to 9, Ian joined Clyde and Howard in the the top group, but lost out to both.

The climax of the evening was Howard v Clyde in the final.

Clyde clinched a decider to become the first winner of the new trophy presented by club chairman Neil Lea.