All four St Andrews table tennis teams had league fixtures but it was the third and fourth divisions teams who played the matches that mattered most – and both ended up bitterly disappointed.
In Division Four, Prospects’ Dave Beveridge, Neil Lea and Vuksan Mijovic took on league leaders Blackness looking for a result that would at least consolidate their position in the second promotion spot.
Dave over-hit several serves in the fifth set of a terrific match against Derek Thomson.
Things went even further south after that.
It was game six before Neil won Prospects’ first point, beating Don Archibald.
Dave repeated the feat in game eight, but those were the only highlights.
Final score 8-2 for Blackness.
Swots, Collin Bleak, Dave Goddard and Emma Bisset, faced promotion contenders Attackers in Victory Memorial Hall, knowing that they badly needed a handful of points in their battle to avoid relegation.
Although a few games went the full distance they were all won by Attackers.
Emma won a consolation point for Swots in a 1-9 defeat.
Relegation isn’t quite a certainty, but the Swots have a mountain to climb.
Prefects’ Kong Wan, Ian Smith and Howard Lee took on the Kings in Division 2.
It was a tough battle with only one game settled in straight sets.
The game of the night was Ian’s encounter with Bruce Duncan.
Bruce was 2-1 up in sets and 10-5 ahead in the fourth, needing just one of the next five points to win.
However, Ian reeled off 13 points in a row, winning the fourth and fifth sets.
Unfortunately, Ian and Howard only managed to take one point each as well and Kong and Ian lost the doubles game.
Final score 3-7 in favour of Kings.
New Kids took to the table with regular, Pete Bladen, and reserves Ian Smith and Howard Lee, against the Rockets.
The reserves were up for it and Howard recorded three wins and Ian one which added to Pete’s customary hat-trick.
Pete and Howard also won the doubles to rack up a super 8-2 win for the Kids.