Clean sweep of wins for local sides

Dave Beveridge.
Dave Beveridge.

Three of the St Andrews table tennis teams were in action and all delivered terrific performances.

In Division Three, Swots travelled to Broughty Ferry to meet Sputniks, who had pipped them twice in the league last season.

Without David Hunter, however, Sputniks had no answer to Swots’ controlled attacks.

Deepak Gopinath briefly postponed the inevitable with a fine straight games win over Emma Bissett in match six, but that was it.

Dave Beveridge, Robert Brown and the combined efforts of Emma and Robert in the doubles helped themselves to all of the other nine matches, with the loss of only one game.

Final score, Sputniks 1, Swots 9.

Meanwhile, in St Andrews, Prefects were handing out a similar thrashing to Kingsway in a Division Two league match.

Most of the matches were four game affairs, including Ken Falconer and Ian Smith’s victory in the doubles.

Ian and Howard Lee helped themselves to singles hat-tricks while Ken won his other two singles matches as Prefects dominated the night.

Alan Carrie won a consolation point for Kingsway in match five, impressively coming back from two games down against Ken.

The final score however was a sound 9-1.

On the adjacent table, in Division Three, Prefects had an altogether harder task of tackling the young Princes from the Mylnefield club in Dundee.

This fixture took until the ninth match to be decided.

Collin Bleak won all three of his singles for Prefects and helped new boy Sandy Pearson to a doubles win over Jack Mitchell and Becky Evans.

Sandy and Emily Howat also beat Becky in the singles, but both lost to Darren and Jack Mitchell, both of whom succumbed only to the battling Dr Bleak.

Final score 6-4 for Prefects.

New Kids were playing last year’s Division One champions, Earls, at Ward Road on Tuesday but sadly the fixture was abandoned after a medical emergency.

Sessions for adult beginners and returners will start in Victory Memorial Hall on Tuesday, October 14 – between 6.15pm and 8.30pm.