Truants enjoy a rollercoaster ride

Graham Wood has led Truants to third place in Division 2
Graham Wood has led Truants to third place in Division 2

The best news for St Andrews Table Tennis Club this week was the 7-3 home victory by Truants against Rollercoasters which takes the team to the heady heights of third place in Division Two.

The win was especially pleasing after the tricky start made to the season by Truants until they achieved a settled squad of four players.

On Tuesday evening it was trebles from Graham Wood and Sascha Roschy plus a doubles victory which saw off the Hecklers’ team, with Alain Leger unlucky not to get his name on the scoreboard too after a five set loss to Paul Jackson.

Sadly, no such good news from the other two teams in the Second Division.

However, Swots did manage to pick up six points over two fixtures in their attempt to stave off relegation.

Collin Bleak scored good wins against Viscounts and Chieftains and the St Andrews team had a stroke of luck when Viscounts were a player short due to illness, giving them three ‘buckshee’ points.

The gods were not looking so kindly on fellow strugglers New Kids who took only three points in a tough week when they had to play the division’s top two teams.

Ian Smith put a point on the scorecard against Thumpers while he was joined by Ken Falconer in each scoring a win against Telstars at Telephone House.

Both Swots and New Kids are managing to stay above bottom team Kingsway but with only two fixtures remaining, the points situation is too close for a guess at the likely finishing positions.

The standard of play at the Dundee & District Championships at Ward Road last weekend was very high, but the St Andrews contingent fought hard throughout.

Sascha Roschy and Emma bissett were runners-up in the Mixed doubles, while Howard Lee battled through to the semi of the men’s vets and Keir Paterson reached the semi final of the minor boys singles.

Club members are also representing Dundee & District in thisweekend’s Scottish Inter League Championships.