Recall that last season thee club was decorated with Triumph, and many of our squads were promoted into higher divisions. Much of the season so far has been about acclimating to the new conditions… This match report continues to report on that acclimation
These last two weeks have seen quite a few events, with both league play under the Dundee and District Table Tennis Association (DDTTA), and also multiple Cup Ties (also arranged by the DDTTA, but not affecting league standings).
This week, we have the pleasure of highlighting a few dramatic positive performances. Indeed, one feels hope for humanity, and other grand emotions, whilst contemplating our heroes’ performances.
The highlight of this report has to be discussion of two excellent results for the Prefects. In their Oct 13th match, as mentioned before, they won an incredible match 6-4 versus the Defibrillators, who appeared to lose heart at the end. Peter Bladen stood tall there, overcoming Jack Cockin in the last game of the match, in a close five-setter. While this last week, the Prefects upped-ante with a thorough 8-2 drubbing of the Rollercoasters; Erstwhile Div II player Howard Lee scored 3, with Peter Bladen and Robert Brown scoring two each and finding a further win in the doubles. Robert’s victories in particular should be highlighted; breaking his duck, as it were, in Div I play (recall he was previously in Div III)!
Another bright spot though, was the New Kids first win of the season, against Tigers in Div II play. Kong Wang, Ken Falconer, and Ian Smith all posted excellent performances, with two wins each. Congratulations are in order!
Overall results elsewhere were solid enough, but not spectacular. The Prospects and Swots lost their respective matches 4-6, versus the dangerous Lundin SC and the Thumpers. While not great performances overall, these are still adequate enough in terms of league standings. Currently, no St Andrews team is placed in the last two spots of their divisions’ league tables; the dreaded “Relegation Zone.’’ Unfortunately, at the time of this writing, Tigers, Comets and Viscounts have a game in hand in Div II, so the Swots and the New Kids are not quite sitting comfortably.
Special mention should also be made of Elaine Forbes’ brilliant play versus the Thumpers; Elaine played in each of the four games where the Swots earned points!! Sparky Beveridge (Elaine’s partner in the doubles) and Brash Bleak did their best though against fine opponents. Indeed, no excuses can be made, and we have to recognise the excellent play of our opponents.
In the Cup Ties, Swots lost to Attackers while the New Kids lost to Chieftains in the Stanley Doubles event, which sees our squads out of all of the Stanley Doubles’ later rounds.
Next Week, we will have the quarter final in the Secondary Shield, seeing a re-match of Swots versus Thumpers. There are also upcoming ties in the Consolation Cup, with New Kids scheduled to play the Rockets, and Prospects to play the Telsports.
A Social Moment vs the University Squad
Finally, along with Howard Lee and Dave Beveridge’s regular coaching on Monday nights for children, and the Adult Beginners/Returners coaching offered by Elaine on Thursday nights, we should also mention various social events the club conducts, as above. Indeed, on November 27th the club will be hosting a BBC “Get Inspired’’ Table Tennis activity event at Victory Memorial Hall. Details can be found on the BBC website at http://www.bbc.co.uk/thingstodo/activity/table-tennis-taster-session.