St Andrews club asks ‘anyone for (table) tennis?’

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The Victory Memorial Hall is the place to be this Friday evening for any budding, or past, players to give table tennis a go.

From 6.00pm to 7.15pm, all ages and standards will be welcome to take part in a very informal session as part of the local club’s involvement in St Andrews Week celebrations.

From 7.30pm the evening takes on a slightly more serious tone with the four tables being devoted to tournament play with Clyde Johnston attempting to defend the title he won last year in an entertaining final against Howard Lee.

It’s also a busy weekend on the road for three club players.

Michael Hahn is travelling to Nottingham to compete in the British Universities Championships, while Keir Paterson and Campbell Snodgrass make the journey to Bathgate Academy for the Scottish Primary Schools tournament.

The past week saw the second derby match of the season with Truants and New Kids clashing in a Division Two fixture.

New Kids had the better of the first two sets, with Ken Falconer edging out Alain Leger 18-16 in a marathon final set and Ian Smith victorious in a long tussle with Knut Radmer.

With the match score at 3-3 Sascha Roschy and Alain came back from 1-2 down to win in five in the doubles. Ian levelled the match  score but then Knut put Truants into an unbeatable position with a five-set win against Kong Wan and Sascha followed this up with his third straight sets singles win to inflict a 6-4 defeat on New Kids.

Prospects were at home against Villa.

Sandy Pearson had a 15-13 fifth set win against Jim Fleming.

Emily Howat followed Sandy’s example in digging in to beat Daniel Russell, coming back from 1-2 down to win the fourth 14-12 and the fifth 11-9. Fabio Sani chipped in two wins and Sandy added another for a good team effort to achieve a 5-5 draw.

Prefects faced top class opposition when meetingcurrent leaders, Knights.

Michael Hahn won against Callum Riddoch, but lost to Robert Toth.

Michael also enjoyed  a tight victory against Stuart Halliday, but neither Clyde nor Howard Lee could add to the points.