With fixtures in the Dundee and District Table Tennis League reaching the half way point, players in Prefects and New Kids from the St Andrews Club will have slightly different views of the season so far.
Peter Bladen has been joined by top division debutants Howard Lee and Robert Brown and they are currently sitting in seventh position.
While this is only one place above a relegation spot, Prefects have the comfort of some daylight between themselves and the bottom two teams.
An excellent, not to mention invaluable, win against Rifle Club a couple of weeks back showed great spirit with Peter taking the notable scalps of Ryan Docherty and Paul Monteith.
In the latest fixture, Howard had an impressive win against Earl’s Patrick Cao and it is these useful points against higher placed clubs which are helping to keep Prefects above Defibrillators from Gauldry and Hecklers’ Rollercoasters.
Howard and Peter will be looking to push their personal averages up towards the 50 per cent mark in the second half and with the fighting support of Robert, who will be able to draw on the experience gained in the first round of matches.
The team can go into the second half of the season with optimism of keeping First Division status.
In Division Two, New Kids trio of Ian Smith, Ken Falconer and Kong Wan may not have such a cheery view as they sit in bottom spot.
The team is battling for all it is worth but self belief is often hard to find in this position–the last match against Attackers epitomised this: of eleven sets which were won at 11-9 or deuce, only two were won by New Kids.
A wee change in luck will hopefully make for a happier 2016 and they are by no means adrift from closest rivals Tigers and Comets.
The good news that Clyde Johnston is going to join the squad from January may just be the fillip required.
Junior coaching and league play will resume for local players at the Victory Memorial Hall on Monday, January 4, with Kilrymont community play kicking in again from Thursday 7.
Next week we will review the fortunes of Swots and Prospects.