New Kids’ survival hopes boosted

Dave Goddard
Dave Goddard

St Andrews Table Tennis Club is now well into the throes of the second half of the winter season. 

It’s been a mixed bag so far for the local sides in the opening part of the campaign with all local now looking to kick-on in the second part of the year.

Postponements meant that neither Prefects nor Swots featured in league matches, but best news of the week was that New Kids gained five points in their fight to avoid relegation.

They were assisted in their task by the no show of one of the Chieftains players at Ward Road but all donations are very welcome at this critical time.

Clyde Johnston again proved his class by adding two wins against Fiona Kinloch and Jim Tawse and Ian Smith was narrowly pipped in a very close four-setter with Fiona.

Kong Wan also lost out in four to Fiona but Jim proved too sharp for both Ian Smith and Kong and combined well with Fiona in the doubles to give Chieftains a very creditable draw in the circumstances.

Prospects welcomed Lairds to the Victory Memorial Hall at the start of the week but agonisingly lost out in the first four match ups.

Greatest pain was for Dave Goddard who lost twice by a two point margin in the fifth set.

Fabio Sani was first to put a score on the sheet for the home team with victory over Winnie Stein.

Dave then teamed up with Emily Howat to score a famous doubles victory against Stewart Mason and Eddie Dougan, and followed this up with a singles win against Winnie to bring Prospects back into the match at 3-5.

The comeback was not to be when Emily lost in four to Stewart and Fabio finished the night sharing Dave’s earlier torture losing out to Eddie 13-15 in the fifth

The club welcomes anyone new to the area or interested in picking up a bat again to get in touch.

Those looking to take up the sport after a few years away from the game would also be welcome to join in the weekly practice sessions at Kilrymont Community Use on Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9.00p.m.

Further details are available on the club website