Promotion dreams are shattered

Dave Beveridge, Prospects captain.
Dave Beveridge, Prospects captain.

After the Dundee open championships at the weekend, Monday saw a return to league business for the St Andrews table tennis teams.

With the New Kids match called off, Victory Memorial Hall was left to host the much anticipated Division Four promotion decider between Prospects and Sputniks.

Realistically, Dave Beveridge, Neil Lea and Maxi Strobl had to secure at least a draw to keep their team’s promotion hopes alive.

The trio all scored a win against Sputniks’ Germain Julien but none could overturn David Hunter or Jim Fleming.

Dave came closest with a narrow five set defeat to David, and along with Neil, suffered another agonising five set loss in the doubles game.

The 3-7 defeat extinguishes Prospects’ promotion chances.

After the match Dave had no complaints, saying: “Although we did well against all the other teams in the league we lost all four of our matches to the top two, and that’s what cost us.”

It was also a disappointing end to the season for Swots who lost narrowly to Viscounts.

Emma Bisset did best for Swots, winning two games against Eddie Dougan and Graham Hamilton.

Captain Collin Bleak and Dave Goddard also beat Eddie but, playing together, they lost the doubles to Eddie and Graham’s son Scott.

After saving a match point in the fourth set of his match against Graham, Collin agonisingly lost 17-19 in the fifth set. Final score Viscounts 6, Swots 4.

Prefects took on two Thumpers, rather than three, at Fort Hill, Broughty Ferry but could still only manage a draw.

That was mainly thanks to Howard Lee, who assisted Ken Falconer in securing a fine doubles win, and who made the overall score 5-5 with a terrific five set win in the last game against Carol McLean. Ian Smith had failed to beat Carol in another five set thriller earlier in the night.

The outcomes of the 2013/14 league competition for our four teams are now decided: New Kids – Division Two champions; Prefects – mid-table finish in Division Two; Swots – relegated from Division Three; Prospects – third place in Division Four.