Handbook, scorecards, postponements and claims

  

Click here for the handbook.  Please note that in the Tournament Regulations (centre green pages) the qualifying age for juniors should read 'born after 31.12.99' (not 31.12.00).

An electronic scorecard must be input within 48 hours of a fixture.  Click here for league scorecard or click here for cup scorecard. Cards input after Saturday will miss the weekly match report.  A report covering two fixtures and results is sent to the Evening Telegraph. Paper scorecards for the league can be downloaded here or, for Cups, from the Cups page.  These should be kept safe by the home team until the end of the season, in case there is any dispute over the details entered on the e-scorecard. Do not deposit scorecards at the old collection points (such as the box pinned to notice board in the balcony at Ward Road).

The Match Secretary must be notified in advance about a postponement and informed promptly about the new date.

Claims mostly arise when teams confuse home nights. Home teams should contact away teams before each fixture to confirm they are aware of it. Claims may not be accepted if this is not done. Claim A is where opponents fail to appear without proper notice. Claim B is where opponents give notice of being unable to fulfil the fixture and concede the match. The claiming team inputs the scorecard, recording the reasons and whether contact was made before the fixture.

 

MATCH REPORTS

This page is reserved for DDTTA league and cup reports (most recent first). Other competitions are reported on the News page.

 

Season 2017/18

 

Week 29 – commencing 09 April 2018

It was finals night at Ward Road gym on Tuesday with second Division Brechin facing first Division Knights in the Stanley Doubles and in the Handicap Cup first Division Rockets faced second Division Swots. The third Division players were there also contesting the Gillis Trophy singles completion.

In the Stanley Doubles Final Brechin gave Knights a scare early on, but Knights came through fairly comfortably in the end to take the trophy and In the Handicap Cup Final Rockets got off to a great start and although Swots rallied for a while, Rockets secured the Cup with a couple of matches to spare.

The Gillis Trophy was contested by fourteen players in four groups and the four group winners were Stewart Clark, Dave Axton, Rich McLaren and Eric Brown. In the first semi-final Stewart beat Dave 3-0 and next Rich defeated Eric 3-1 to book a place in the final. Dave then came from behind to defeat Eric 3-1, 11-9 in the fourth, to claim third place and in the final Rich dominated from the off to defeat Stewart 3-0 and claim the winners’ trophy.

In the final Division One fixture, Up4it comfortably defeated Thumpers. However, the result did not affect the final league placings as Up4it had already finished third and Thumpers eighth.

 

Stanley Doubles Final

Brechin 1 (John Anderson ½, Aaron Robertson 0, Derek Mitchell ½)

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 2, Robert Toth 1½, Callum Riddoch 1½)

Knights opened the scoring when Stuart Halliday and Robert Toth beat John Anderson and Aaron Robertson 3-0. However, John then partnered Derek Mitchell to get Brechin level with a 3-0 triumph over Callum Riddoch and Robert. Aaron and Derek got Brechin in front when they took the first game of match three, but Stuart and Callum recovered well to win three straight games and take the match for Knights. Next Stuart and Robert comfortably went 2-0 up in match four, but Derek and John levelled after a 13-11 fourth game win. However a strong fifth game took the match for the Knights pairing. This was the last wobble from the Division One Champions as two comfortable 3-0 wins followed to secure the trophy for Knights. First Stuart and Callum beat John and Aaron and finally Callum and Robert defeated Aaron and Derek to complete the scoring for Knights.

 

Handicap Cup Final

Rockets 10 (Peter Dixon 1, Gary Lowson 6, Pete Yearworth 3)

Swots 4 (Emma Bissett 1, Dave Beveridge 1, Collin Bleak 2)

Emma Bissett got Swots in front with a 26-23 game win over Peter Dixon, but Peter levelled after he won their second game 26-24. Rockets then went on a great run and won the next three matches to lead 7-1. First Gary Lowson defeated Dave Beveridge 2-0, 26-24 in the second; then Pete Yearworth beat Collin Bleak 2-0, 26-22 in the second and finally Gary defeated Emma 2-0, 26-24 in the first. Collin then defeated Peter 2-0, 26-25 in the first to get Swots back in the tie but Pete won the next game against Dave to make it 8-3 to Rockets. However, a 26-25 win for Dave in their second game gave Swots a chance. But in match seven Gary, who won all his matches, defeated Collin to seal the trophy for Rockets. 

 

Division 1

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 2)

Thumpers 1 (Jordan Ednie 0, David Sim 1, Tony O'Shea 0)

Up4it raced into a 5-0 lead for the loss of just one game, Gillian Edwards in her 3-1 win over David Sim, although Tony O’Shea was unlucky to lose 11-13 twice to Paul Monteith. Thumpers got one back after David defeated Ryan Docherty 3-0 in match six but it was close as 11-9, 13-11 and 11-9 game scores show. In match nine Jordan Ednie went 2-0 up, but Ryan fought back and won the match with a 14-12 fifth game triumph. Up4it won all the other matches 3-0.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

None

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 28 – commencing 02 April 2018

In Division One Knights are the Champions after they comfortably defeated Defenders who are unfortunately now relegated, nine points behind Telstars who are safe. Aces are the runners up, but finished three points adrift of Knights.

In Division Two the fixtures were completed last week and Villa are the Champions. Villa finished two points ahead of Viscounts who overtook third placed Brechin in the last week of the season. Swots beat Comets to secure their place in Division Two, but Comets were relegated as a result of their defeat.

In Division Three Tass drew with Prospects and also with Princes, but they ended up one point short of Duffers who are now confirmed as finishing in fourth place. Princes had already finished third and could not catch the Division Three winners Kingsway or runners-up Sputniks. Prospects draw means they move above Missiles and Buccaneers to finish in eighth place.

 

Division 1

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Robert Toth 3)

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Knights raced into a 4-0 lead against Defenders without dropping a game. In match three Arthur Pritchard came close to winning a game after he lost the first two to Robert Toth by just 13-15 and then 10-12. In match five Arthur managed to win the third game against Stuart Halliday, but Stuart won the fourth comfortably to take the match 3-1. Then in match eight, Arthur won the third 12-10, but Callum Riddoch then won the fourth also by 12-10 to take the match 3-1.  Ken Head and Richard Tough kept battling all night for Defenders without any reward.

 

Division 3

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 2, Rob Fotheringham (reserve) 1, Jim Wotherspoon 2)

Prospects 5 (Chris Wroniecki 3½, Dave Goddard 1½, Neil Lea 0)

Prospects went 2-0 up on Tass after winning the first two matches in five games. First Chris Wroniecki defeated Stewart Clark after winning the first, third and fifth games fairly comfortably and then Dave Goddard came from 2-0 down to defeat Rob Fotheringham 3-2, although 13-11 in the fifth was very hard on Rob. Next Jim Wotherspoon beat Neil Lea 3-0 to get Tass on the scoreboard, but a good 3-0 win for Chris over Rob made it 3-1 to Prospects. Tass got the gap back to one again after Stewart defeated Neil 3-0 and Jim got Tass level when he defeated Dave 11-9 in the fifth after Dave had come back from 2-0 down. The opening game in the doubles match reached 15-all before Dave and Chris won it 17-15 against Stewart and Jim. This seemed to give the Prospects pairing the platform they needed as they then went on to comfortably win the match 3-0. However, Tass fought back again to level when Rob beat Neil 3-0, 12-10 in the third. Prospects then retook the lead after Chris completed an unbeaten night with a 3-1 victory over Jim, but Tass then levelled for the third and final time when Stewart beat Dave 3-1.

 

Princes 5 (Blair Duncan 1½, Eddie Dougan ½, Ryan Connor (reserve) 3)

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 2, David Axton (reserve) 1, Jim Wotherspoon 2)

Princes managed to secure a late draw against Tass thanks mainly to a fine hat-trick of singles wins by Ryan Connor. First Ryan beat Jim Wotherspoon 3-1, then he had a great 3-2 comeback victory over David Axton after David had led 2-0 and finally Ryan defeated Stewart Clark 3-1 after Stewart took the first 11-3. Blair Duncan and Eddie Dougan won the doubles match for Princes and then at the death Blair secured the draw for Princes with a 3-0 triumph over David. For Tass, early on they did very well; initially Stewart had a fine 3-1 win over Blair and then added a 3-0 victory over Eddie in match four. David defeated Eddie 3-1 with three 11-9 victories in a row after Eddie had went in front to make it 2-0 and finally Jim Wotherspoon had a very good 3-0 victory over Blair to make it 4-1 to Tass at the half-way point. Sadly for Tass Jim’s 3-1 triumph over Eddie was their only success in the second half of the contest meaning they had to settle for the draw.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Brechin v Knights

Stanley Doubles Cup Final

Was TBD

10/04/2018, 7pm at Ward Road

Rockets v Swots

Handicap Cup Final

Was TBD

10/04/2018, 7pm at Ward Road

Up4it v Thumpers

Div 1

27/02/2018

12/04/2018

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 27 – commencing 26 March 2018

In Division One Aces moved seven points clear of Knights at the top after they heavily defeated Rockets. Knights still have their final fixture against second bottom Defenders to try to overtake Aces. Star narrowly defeated Up4it, but it was not enough as Up4it will now finish above them in third place. Rockets, Prefects, Kings and Thumpers occupy places five to eight and Telstars are still ninth after they narrowly defeated Kings. Defenders are nine points behind in tenth, well clear of relegated Saints, but they will have to win very big in their last fixture against Knights to get back above Telstars.

Villa are the Division Two Champions after they had a good victory over New Kids. Viscounts had a very busy week with three fixtures in 48 hours. However, a great return of 25 points from three big wins saw them overtake Brechin into second place, just two points behind Villa. Brechin won both of their fixtures, but fell five points short of the promotion slot. At least Brechin have the consolation of one cup win already and a Stanley doubles final to look forward too also. Truants heavily defeated Tigers to secure fourth place and Tigers second big loss of the week to Viscounts cost them fifth place as they fell two points short of the Chieftains final total. Lundin Lasers were seventh and New Kids finished eighth. With Rollercoasters already finishing bottom, Swots and Comets played in St Andrews to determine the other relegation place. A great start by Swots saw them home and although Comets fought back to nearly get a draw it was not enough and Swots were safe.

In Division Three the long-time leaders Sputniks had two big wins against Telsports and Squires, but they finished just one point short of Champions Kingsway who narrowly defeated Squires. Princes defeated Lairds to secure third place, but their final fixture is now irrelevant as they are twelve points behind Sputniks. Duffers are fourth but have played all their fixtures. This means that Tass must get at least twelve points from their last two fixtures next week to claim fourth place. Lairds finished sixth, just above club-mates Squires. Buccaneers move up to eighth place above Missiles who conceded their scheduled fixture against them in Brechin.

Knights went through to the Stanley Doubles final after a high quality tie against Star who were unlucky not to win more matches.

 

Division 1

Aces 9 (Mark Lundberg 3½, Grant Williams 3½, Tony O’Shea (reserve) 2)

Rockets 1 (Pete Yearworth 1, Ian McLagan (reserve) 0)

Aces were too strong for short-handed Rockets in the end. Mark Lundberg got Aces in front after he defeated Pete Yearworth 3-1 and Grant Williams doubled their lead when he beat Ian McLagan 3-0. Pete got Rockets on the scoreboard after he defeated Tony O’Shea 3-0, but Mark made it 3-1 to Aces when he overcame Ian in four games. Next Grant defeated Pete 12-10 in the fourth and then Tony beat Ian 3-0, 12-10 in the first. In the doubles match Pete and Ian were 1-0 up and levelled at two-all, but Mark and Grant eventually won it in the fifth to complete the scoring for Aces.

 

Thumpers 10 Saints 0

Saints could not field a team and thus conceded the fixture to Thumpers.

 

Telstars 6 (Graeme Elrick 1, Ian Farquhar 2½, David Monteith 2½)

Kings 4 (Andrew Nimmo (reserve) 2, Plamen Kostadinov 2)

Short-handed Kings put up a spirited performance, but still narrowly lost to Telstars. Reserve Andrew Nimmo opened for Kings and started with a 3-1 victory over Graeme Elrick. Andrew also defeated David Monteith 3-1, 12-10 in the second and he seemed on course for a third triumph when he went 2-1 ahead of Ian Farquhar, but Ian fought back to level and then won the fifth. Plamen Kostadinov initially lost 3-2 to David, 12-10 in the second but then went on to defeat first Ian 3-1, 13-11 in the first and then Graeme 3-0. Telstars other triumph came in the doubles match when Ian and David won 12-10 in the fifth after taking the third 13-11.

 

Up4it 4 (Paul Monteith 0, Gillian Edwards 2, Ryan Docherty 2)

Star 6 (Calum Ross 1½, Iain Martin 1, John Hannah 3½)

Paul Monteith of Up4it took the opening game but three straight game wins for Calum Ross won the match for Star. Gillian Edwards then drew Up4it level, but it took until the fifth game for her to see off Iain Martin. Three comfortable 3-0 wins then ensued; first John Hannah beat Ryan Docherty, then Gillian defeated Calum and finally John again beat Paul to make it 3-2 to Star. However, another 3-0 win, 14-12 in the first saw Ryan home against Iain and it was all-square again.  The doubles match seemed crucial and it was John and Calum that won it 3-1 against Paul and Gillian. John then doubled the Star lead after he defeated Gillian 3-0, 12-10 in the third, but Ryan got one back after an incredible comeback against Calum. Calum led 2-0 after 11-7 and 11-9 game wins, but 13-11 in the third got Ryan back into it. A mammoth 18-16 fourth game win got Ryan level and he then won it 11-7 in the fifth. Paul had the chance to get Up4it the draw and at 2-1 up he was the favourite, however 11-8 and 11-9 wins in the fourth and fifth saw Iain home to secure the overall victory for Star.

 

Defenders 1 (Ken Head 0, Logie Anderson (reserve) 1, Kenny McLaren (reserve) 0)

Star 9 (Calum Ross 3½, Andy Ferguson 2, John Hannah 3½)

Calum Ross defeated Ken Head 3-0, 13-11 in the first, to put Star ahead but a fine 3-0 victory for Logie Anderson against Andy Ferguson, 12-10 in the second, got Defenders level. John Hannah then beat Kenny McLaren 3-0 to get Star in front again but match four was much closer. Two 12-10 wins got Calum ahead but Logie levelled at two-all for the loss of just eleven points. However, Calum just edged the fifth 11-8 to make it 3-1 to Star. Another 3-0 win for John, this time against Ken, was added to a come from behind 3-1 triumph for Andy over Kenny to make it 5-1 to Star. Calum and John comfortably won the doubles 3-0 versus Ken and Kenny and next John added another 3-0 victory against Logie. Calum then beat Kenny 3-1 but in the final match Ken and Andy got into a four game marathon. Ken took the first 12-10 and must have had chances in the second, but Andy won it 20-18. An 11-8 win in the third got Andy ahead and he more comfortably won the fourth 11-6 to take the match and complete the scoring for Star.

 

Rockets 10 Kings 0

Kings could not field a team and thus conceded the fixture to Rockets.

 

Division 2

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 1½, David Hay 3½, Sandy Bertie 2)

New Kids 3 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 1, Ian Smith 2)

 

Tigers 2 (Kenny McLaren 0, Scott Thomson 2, Logie Anderson 0)

Viscounts 8 (Andy Hughes 3½, Filip Jovanovic 2, Andrew Nimmo 2½)

Due to the very heavy snow in February, the rescheduling of Viscounts last fixture meant the final two matches to decide the Division Two title were played simultaneously on side-by side tables at Forthill. Villa faced seventh placed New Kids and started with a three point lead over Viscounts who were playing fifth placed Tigers. Villa and Viscounts opened with their two most experienced players and Ian McLagan and Andy Hughes.  Both delivered comfortable 3-0 victories over Kong Wan and Kenny McLaren respectively to keep the status quo at the top. For the second match Villa’s David Hay won 3-0 versus Howard Lee but Tigers Scott Thomson defeated Filip Jovanovic 3-0 to make the overall Villa lead four points. Viscounts Andrew Nimmo had a quick 3-0 victory over Logie Anderson but Villa’s Sandy Bertie lost a 2-1 lead to New Kids Ian Smith, 10-12 in the fourth and both Villa and Viscounts were 2-1 up. Villa went 3-1 up after David comfortably won 3-0 against New Kids Kong and simultaneously Scott was dominating against Andy and Viscounts seemed done. However, from 2-0 down Andy fought back and got to 10-6 ahead in the fifth, Scott saved six match points in all, but Andy eventually won it 16-14 to get Viscounts 3-1 up on Tigers. Viscounts Andrew then quickly defeated Logie 3-0 to make it 4-1 and Ian Smith of New Kids defeated Ian McLagan in the fourth to make it 3-2 to Villa, but significantly reduce the gap at the top to two points. A quick comeback from 1-0 down by Filip over Logie reduced the Villa lead at the top to one point but Sandy kept his nerve to beat Howard 12-10 in the fifth make it 4-2 to Villa, and also give Villa a two point lead again at the top.  Villa and Viscounts both comfortably won their doubles match 3-0 to keep the gap at the top to two points but David then beat Ian Smith 3-0 and Andrew lost a very close five game match to Scott and Villa were the champions. Viscounts still kept going and two 3-0 wins for Andy over Logie and Filip versus Kenny saw them guarantee promotion. Sandy defeated Kong 3-0 to make it 7-2 to Villa, but Howard and Ian McLagan fought out a great five-game match and after levelling at two-all with a 15-13 game win Howard dominated the final game to have the last say of the night for New Kids.

 

Brechin 6 (Aaron Robertson 2½, John Anderson 3½, Stewart Ferguson (reserve) 0)

Lundin Lasers 4 (Arthur Duncan 2, Nat Forno 1, Ron Filsell 1)

A big Brechin victory whilst Villa and Viscounts were playing at Forthill could have saw them end up as champions, but Lundin Lasers managed to secure a narrow defeat and thus dash the Brechin hopes. Arthur Duncan got Lundin in front after he beat Aaron Robertson 3-1, but a 3-0 triumph, 12-10 in the third, for John Anderson against Nat Forno got Brechin level. A 3-0 win for Ron Filsell versus Stewart Ferguson got Lundin in front again, but John then beat Arthur 3-0 to level again. A 3-1 victory for Aaron over Ron got Brechin ahead, but another 3-1 win for Nat over Stewart levelled it at three-all. Aaron and John won the doubles against Arthur and Ron, but they did not secure the win until the fifth game. John then got Brechin 5-3 ahead after he defeated Ron 3-0, but a 3-0 win for Arthur versus Stewart got Lundin back to one behind. In match ten Aaron played a steady match to defeat Nat 3-0 and secure the overall narrow victory for Brechin.

 

Chieftains 3 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 0, Jacob Munro 1)

Viscounts 7 (Blair Duncan (reserve) 1, Andy Hughes 2½, Andrew Nimmo 3½)

Viscounts secured a good win at Chieftains after Andrew Nimmo won all his matches, including the doubles match with Andy Hughes. Andy beat Jim Tawse 3-1 and Jacob Munro 3-0 but in both cases the Chieftains players were unlucky not to have taken the matches further. Reserve Blair Duncan beat Jim 3-2, but lost 3-1 to Jacob and 3-0 to Fiona Kinloch. Fiona also got Chieftains other win when she deservedly defeated a tiring Andy 3-0 in a late night finish.

 

Truants 8 (Alain Leger 2, Graham Wood 2½, Sascha Roschy 3½)

Tigers 2 (Scott Thomson 2, Kenny McLaren 0, Marion Davidson 0)

Tigers went ahead after Scott Thomson defeated Alain Leger 3-1, but Truants went 2-1 up after 3-0 victories for Graham Wood versus Kenny McLaren and then Sascha Roschy against Marion Davidson, 12-10 in the second. However, a 3-1 victory for Scott over Graham made it two-all although three 11-9 wins for Scott were hard on Graham. Alain beat Marion 3-1, 13-11 in the first, to get Truants in front again and Sascha doubled their lead when he defeated Kenny 3-0. Scott and Kenny won the first game of the doubles match 12-10, but three straight games for Graham and Sascha, 12-10 in the fourth, won it for Truants. A 3-0 win for Graham against Marion, 12-10 in the third made it 6-2 to Truants and Sascha then beat Scott 3-1 to get another for Truants, although 12-14 and then 11-9 in the third and fourth shows it was a close match. In the final match, Alain defeated Kenny 3-0, 12-10 in the second to complete the scoring for Truants.

 

Swots 6 (Nick Shepherd 2, Collin Bleak 2½, David Beveridge 1½)

Comets 4 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Glenn Christie 2, Fraser Smith 1)

Swots dominated the first half of the match and although Comets fought back it was too little, too late for them. The opening match was close after 13-11, 12-10 and 9-11 game scores put Nick Shepherd 2-1 up on Dougal Ogilvie, but Nick then won the fourth more comfortably to put Swots ahead. Collin Bleak doubled their lead after he defeated Glenn Christie 3-0, 11-9 in the first and second. Match three went to the fifth game and Dave Beveridge came back from 2-1 down to win the fifth 11-9. Match four was even closer and after scores of 12-10, 10-12, 11-9 and 11-13 Collin controlled the fifth to beat Dougal and make it 4-0 Swots overall. This then became 5-0 after Nick recovered from an 11-13 loss to Fraser in the first to win it 3-1, although 13-11 in the third was crucial for Nick. In match six Dave won the first 15-13, but Glenn won the next three to get Comets on the scoreboard. In the doubles match Collin and Dave came back from losing the first game to defeat Glenn and Fraser 3-1, but again 13-11 in the second was vital for the Swots pairing. A 15-13 game win put Collin ahead in match eight, but he then needed an 11-9 win in the fourth to level. A final twist saw Fraser win the fifth 11-9 and take the match. Next a 15-13 win got Dave back into the match after 14-12 and 11-8 wins had put Dougal ahead, but Dougal then dominated the fourth to get another back for Comets. In the final match Nick took the lead but two 11-7 wins got Glenn in front. Nick then levelled with an 11-6 win, but Glenn dominated the fifth to take the match for Comets

 

Viscounts 10 (Andy Hughes 3½, Filip Jovanovic 3, Andrew Nimmo 3½)

Rollercoasters 0 (Dave Lane 0, Tony Cook 0)

A late call off due to an accident meant Rollercoasters were a player down. Dave Lane won a game in his 3-1 defeats by Filip Jovanovic and Andy Hughes but was beaten 3-0 by Andrew Nimmo. Tony Cook lost all his matches 3-0, but some good spells almost got him a game. Andrew and Andy comfortably won the doubles match 3-0 to complete the scoring.

 

Brechin 7 (Aaron Robertson 1, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 2½)

New Kids 3 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 1, Ian Smith 2)

Brechin’s promotion challenge was made harder despite them getting a good win over New Kids as two big victories for Viscounts had dropped them out of the top two with only one fixture to go. Two 3-0 wins got Brechin ahead: Aaron Robertson versus Kong Wan, 12-10 in the third; and then John Anderson against Howard Lee. A brilliant 3-1 win for Ian Smith against Derek Mitchell, 11-9 in the third and fourth, got New Kids on the scoreboard, but John then defeated Kong 3-0 to make it 3-1 to Brechin overall. The fifth match went the distance, but Ian eventually won it 14-12 in the fifth against Aaron to get one back for New Kids. Next Derek came from 1-0 down to beat Howard 3-1 and then Derek teamed up with John to win the doubles match 3-0 versus Howard and Ian, although 13-11 in the second was vital for them. John then came from 1-0 down to beat Ian 3-1 and Derek defeated Kong 3-0 to make it 7-2 to Brechin. However, in the final match Howard had the final say for New Kids when he defeated Aaron 3-2 after Aaron had levelled with a 13-11 fourth game win.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 9 (Jack Oughton 3½, Eric Brown 2½, Carol McLean 3)

Telsports 1 (Anthony Keeling 0, Rob Fotheringham 0, Dave Axton 1)

Telsports Anthony Keeling had to leave early and so played the first three matches. Sputniks were too strong for Anthony and they all won 3-0. Next a 15-13 fourth game win got Rob Fotheringham level at two-all, but Eric Brown won the fifth to make it 4-0 to Sputniks. In the fifth match David Axton levelled twice, but Carol McLean won the fifth 11-8 to win the match. Jack Oughton then defeated Dave 3-0, 12-10 in the first to make it 6-0 to Sputniks. Carol then beat Rob 3-1 after Rob had levelled and Eric and David then fought out a close five game match. Eric took the first 13-11, but an 11-9 win from Dave levelled it. Dave dominated the third but Eric won the fourth to level. However, Dave held his nerve to win the fifth 11-7 and take the match and thus get Telsports on the scoreboard. The singles matches were then completed when Jack defeated Rob 3-0, 13-11 in the second. In the doubles match Jack and Eric comfortably won 3-0 versus Dave and Rob to complete the scoring for Sputniks.

 

Kingsway 6 (Stephen Caird 2½, Alan Carrie 1, Derek Thomson 2½)

Squires 4 (Winnie Stein 0, Tanya Kapelyukh 3, Steve Wilson 1)

Kingsway went in front against Squires after Stephen Caird defeated Winnie Stein 3-0, 13-11 in the second, but a comfortable 3-0 triumph for Tanya Kapelyukh over Alan Carrie levelled the scores. Next Derek Thomson came from behind to defeat Steve Wilson 15-13 in the fourth and get Kingsway ahead again and another 3-1 victory, this time for Alan over Winnie made it 3-1 to Kingsway, but 13-11 in the fourth shows Winnie was unlucky to not force a fifth game. In match six Derek and Tanya shared two comfortable game wins each, but Tanya just edged the fifth 13-11 to get one back for Squires. In the doubles match Derek and Stephen won 3-0 against Winnie and Tanya, although 14-12 in the second was crucial. Steve then defeated Alan 3-0 to get another for Squires, but next Derek defeated Winnie 3-0, 11-9 in the second and third and although he could not know it at the time, won the point that secured the Division three title for Kingsway. However, Tanya had the last say for Squires when she had a great 3-2 victory over Stephen after Stephen had been 1-0 up and had levelled at 2-all.

 

Princes 7 (Chris Riddoch 3½, Blair Duncan 3½)

Lairds 3 (Ewan MacDonald 1, Bill Beattie 1, Ryan Connor 1)

Short-handed Princes won all of the matches played against Lairds, but only one match was won 3-0. Chris Riddoch won all of his matches 3-1 and Blair Duncan beat Bill Beattie 11-9 in the fifth; Ewan MacDonald 11-8 in the fifth after Ewan had led 2-0 and finally Ryan Connor 3-0. In the doubles match Ewan and Bill took the lead, but three game wins in a row won it for Chris and Blair.

 

Buccaneers 10 Missiles 0

Missiles could not field a team and thus conceded the fixture to Buccaneers.

 

Squires 1 (Winnie Stein 0, Tanya Kapelyukh 0, Steve Wilson 1)

Sputniks 9 (Eric Brown 3½, Jack Oughton 2, Carol McLean 3½)

It looks like an easy victory for Sputniks but Squires lost four of five matches that went to the fifth game. Initially 3-0 wins for Eric Brown versus Winnie Stein, 13-11 in the first; and then Jack Oughton against Tanya Kapelyukh, 14-12 in the second put Sputniks 2-0 up. Two fifth game wins then followed: 12-10 for Carol McLean versus Steve Wilson and then 11-9 for Eric against Tanya. Carol made it 5-0 to Sputniks when she defeated Winnie 3-0, but Steve got one back for Squires when he defeated Jack 11-8 in the fifth after Jack had levelled from 2-0 down. Eric and Carol won the doubles match 11-8 in the fifth after Steve and Tanya had levelled from 2-0 behind. Carol then defeated Tanya 3-1 to make it 7-1 and next Eric came from 2-1 down to defeat Steve 3-2. Finally Jack beat Winnie 3-0 to complete the scoring for Sputniks.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 4 - Semi-Final

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 2, Callum Riddoch 1, Robert Toth 2)

Star 2 (Iain Martin ½, Calum Ross ½, John Hannah 1)

Both Knights and Star won a game in every single match, but Knights winning both of the two five-game matches made the difference. Stuart Halliday and Callum Riddoch won the opening match 3-1 versus Iain Martin and Calum Ross to put Knights ahead. Knights also won the second match 3-1 but it was very close. John Hannah and Iain won the opener 15-13, but another 15-13 win for Robert Toth and Stuart levelled it and Stuart and Robert went on to win the next two games 11-6 and 12-10 to take the match. Yet another 3-1 triumph then put Knights 3-0 ahead when Callum and Robert defeated John and Calum. Match four went the distance when Iain and Calum levelled at 2-all after an 11-9 fourth game win but a 12-10 win for Stuart and Robert in the fifth made it 4-0 to Knights. Next John and Calum got Star on the scoreboard against Stuart and Callum. The sides shared 12-10 victories but John and Calum won it 3-1 after 11-8 and 11-9 game wins. Star then got another one back after Iain and John came from 1-0 down to defeat Callum and Robert 3-1. A third straight Star triumph seemed likely after John and Calum went 2-0 up on Stuart and Robert. However, a brilliant comeback saw the Knights boys win three games in a row for the loss of just fifteen points which won them the match and consequently took Knights through to the final.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Up4it v Thumpers

Div 1

27/02/2018

12/04/2018

Princes v Tass

Div 3

27/02/2018

03/04/2018

Tass v Prospects

Div 3

26/03/2018

02/04/2018

Knights v Defenders

Div 1

27/03/2018

03/04/2018

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 26 – commencing 19 March 2018

In Division One Knights, with talisman Robert Toth out of the country, lost narrowly to fourth placed Star. Knights are now just two points ahead of Aces who had a perfect win over Defenders, but Knights will guarantee the title if they can get at least eight points from their final fixture over Defenders. Up4it defeated a young Kings team to consolidate third place. Sixth placed Rockets narrowly defeated fifth placed Prefects, but Rockets still have two fixtures left to secure fifth place as Prefects season is now over. At the bottom Telstars defeated relegated Saints to move above Defenders who now face a difficult task to avoid relegation.

In Division Two Villa remain on top after they won at Comets. Brechin had a great win at Tigers to cut the Villa lead to thirteen points with a fixture less played, but Villa will secure the title if they gain at least seven points in their last fixture at home to New Kids. Viscounts remain third after they drew at home to fourth placed Truants and with two fixtures in hand Viscounts can still arithmetically win the title but this outcome seems unlikely now. New Kids narrowly defeated Rollercoasters to secure their place in next seasons Division two, but unfortunately Rollercoasters are now relegated. Swots lifted themselves out of the relegation spots after they drew at Lundin Lasers and lost narrowly to Chieftains, who moved above Tigers into fifth spot. Swots will now be safe if they can win four points or more in their last fixture against nearest rivals Comets.

In Division Three the long-time leaders Sputniks were idle and nearest rivals Kingsway took full advantage with two good away wins at first Prospects and then later at Buccaneers. Kingsway are now thirteen points clear and seven more in their final fixture at home to Squires will guarantee them the title. Princes also won twice against Lairds and Squires to move up to third and they are now just two points behind Sputniks. Duffers remain fourth after they won at Lairds, but Tass had a big win at Missiles to narrow the gap with two fixtures less played. Bottom side Telsports got their first league win of the season when they defeated Buccaneers, but despite this win they will now finish bottom.

In the Handicap Cup Rockets narrowly defeated Telsports to make it through to the final and Brechin went through to the Stanley Doubles final after Aces got their dates mixed up and couldn’t supply a team.

 

Division 1

Rockets 6 (Gary Lowson 1, Peter Dixon 2½, Jim Dyson 2½)

Prefects 4 (Michael Hahn 3, Clyde Johnson 0, Sascha Roschy (reserve) 1)

Despite a fine hat-trick of singles wins by Michael Hahn Prefects still lost narrowly to Rockets. Michael started with a 3-1 victory over Gary Lowson, then he beat Peter Dixon 3-0, although two 11-9 wins and a 13-11 win were close and finally Michael defeated Jim Dyson 3-1, 12-10 in the fourth. Prefects other point came when Sascha Roschy defeated Gary 11-9 in the fifth. For Rockets, Peter defeated Clyde Johnston and Sascha 3-2; Jim also beat Sascha 3-2, but Clyde 3-1 and Gary defeated Clyde 3-0. Peter and Jim also combined to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Michael and Clyde.

 

Defenders 0 (Arthur Pritchard 0, Ken Head 0, Paul Jackson (reserve) 0)

Aces 10 (Pete Yearworth (reserve) 3, Grant Williams 3½, Mark Lundberg 3½)

The opening match went to the fifth game, but Pete Yearworth just got the better of Arthur Pritchard to put Aces ahead. Sadly for Defenders, Aces then went on to win all of the other matches for the loss of just one game, Grant Williams in his 3-1 defeat of Paul Jackson. Ken Head and Arthur put up a strong fight in the doubles match before losing it 15-13 in the third to Mark Lundberg and Grant.

 

Star 6 (Calum Ross 2, John Hannah 3, Andy Ferguson 1)

Knights 4 (Fiona Kinloch (reserve) 0, Stuart Halliday 2½, Callum Riddoch 1½)

Star raced into a 2-0 after Calum Ross beat Fiona Kinloch 3-0 and then John Hannah defeated Stuart Halliday 3-0, 12-10 in the third. Knights got on the scoreboard after Callum Riddoch beat Andy Ferguson 3-0, but John then came from behind to defeat Fiona 3-1. It was soon 4-1 to Star after Calum Ross defeated Callum Riddoch 3-0; however a 3-0 victory for Stuart over Andy then reduced the deficit. In the doubles match Stuart and Callum had a fine 3-0 win over John and Calum, 12-10 in the third and Knights were right back in it just one behind. However, Star then fought back and secured the overall victory with a 3-0 win for John over Callum and then a 3-1 triumph for Andy versus Fiona. In the final match Stuart won the first two 16-14 and then 12-10, but Calum fought back with a strong 11-4 third game. Yet the match turned again and Stuart eventually won it for Knights with a 14-12 fourth game win.

 

Kings 0 (Jacob Munro (reserve) 0, Filip Jovanovic (reserve) 0, Andrew Nimmo (reserve) 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3½, Gillian Edwards 3)

Kings fielded a team of Division two reserves against Up4it and although they lost all of the matches they put in a spirited performance. Jacob Munro battled hard without winning a game, but took Gillian Edwards to 10-12 in the third. Filip Jovanovic lost 3-1 to Ryan Docherty, 13-15 in the fourth, but it was Andrew Nimmo that came closest to winning a match. Andrew lost 3-1 to Paul Monteith and Gillian, but fought out a great match against Ryan. Andrew went 2-0 up after a 13-11 second game win, but Ryan fought back to win it 3-2.

 

Saints 2 (Chan Tsz Huen 1, Joe Klein 1)

Telstars 8 (Stewart Clark (reserve) 1, Ian Farquhar 3½, David Monteith 3½)

Telstars were too strong for short-handed Saints in the end. Chan Tsz Huen got Saints off to a good start when she defeated Stewart Clark 3-1, 14-12 in the first. Telstars then levelled when Ian Farquhar beat Joe Klein 3-0 and a come from behind 3-2 win for David Monteith over Chan Tsz Huen got Telstars in front. Another twist then saw Joe come from 2-0 down to defeat Stewart 3-2 and get Saints level at two all. However, Telstars then powered ahead and won the remaining matches for the loss of just one game, Joe in his 3-1 defeat by David.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 5 (Arthur Duncan 2, Roman Nydza 1, Ron Filsell 2)

Swots 5 (Collin Bleak 1½, David Beveridge 0, Nick Shepherd 3½)

Lundin Lasers were ahead early on, but eventually had to fight to get a late draw against Swots. A 3-0 victory for Arthur Duncan over Collin Bleak put Lundin ahead and the Lasers doubled their lead when Roman Nydza defeated Dave Beveridge 3-1, 12-10 in the fourth. Nick Shepherd then came from behind to beat Ron Filsell 3-1 to get Swots on the scoreboard and Collin then got them level after he came from 2-1 down to defeat Roman 13-11 in the fifth. Nick then got Swots in front with a 3-0 win over Arthur, but 12-10 and 13-11 in the second and third confirms it was close. However, Ron got the Lasers level again when he defeated Dave 3-1. Swots went in front again after Nick partnered Collin to win the doubles match 3-1 against Ron and Arthur. A 14-12 fourth game win for Nick versus Roman got Swots 5-3 ahead but Lundin then fought back. First Ron defeated Collin 3-0 and in the final match Arthur beat Dave 12-10 in the fourth to secure an overall draw for Lundin.

 

Tigers 2 (Logie Anderson 1, Scott Thomson 1, Kenny McLaren 0)

Brechin 8 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Aaron Robertson 1, John Anderson 3½)

Brechin took the lead after Derek Mitchell beat Logie Anderson 3-0, 12-10 in the first, but Tigers equalised when Scott Thomson defeated Aaron Robertson 3-1. John Anderson got Brechin ahead again with a 3-0 triumph over Kenny McLaren and another 3-0 win for Derek over Scott made it 3-1, although 17-15 in the third was very close. Two 3-1 wins in a row made it 5-1 to Brechin, John against Logie and then Aaron versus Kenny, although again game wins of 12-10 and 15-13 were crucial for John and Aaron respectively. Three comfortable 3-0 wins then followed for Brechin to make it 8-1, before Logie had the last say for Tigers after he defeated Aaron 3-1.

 

Viscounts 5 (Andrew Nimmo 3, Jacob Munro (reserve) 1, Filip Jovanovic 1)

Truants 5 (Sascha Roschy 2½, Knut Radmer 0, Graham Wood 2½)

Viscounts secured a draw against Truants thanks mainly to a brilliant hat-trick of wins by Andrew Nimmo. In the opening match Andrew came from behind to beat Sascha Roschy 3-1, although 12-10 and 13-11 in the third and fourth were hard on Sascha. Next Andrew beat Graham Wood 3-0, but again it was close throughout, 12-10, 13-11 and 11-9. Finally Andrew secured the draw for Viscounts when he defeated Knut Radmer 3-0 in match ten. In the doubles match Andrew partnered Jacob Munro and they came from 2-0 down to level but Sascha and Graham eventually won it 11-7 in the fifth. Viscounts other wins came when Jacob and later Filip Jovanovic beat Knut 3-1, although several close game losses were hard on Knut. For Truants, Sascha came from behind to beat Jacob 3-1 and also he defeated Filip 3-0; and Graham came from behind to defeat Filip 3-1 and beat Jacob 3-0, although 15-13 in the first was crucial for Graham.

 

New Kids 6 (Kong Wan 1, Howard Lee 2½, Ian Smith 2½)

Rollercoasters 4 (Tony Cook 0, Paul Jackson 2, Dave Lane 2)

A 3-0 victory, 14-12 in the first, for Kong Wan over Tony Cook got New Kids in front but Rollercoasters roared back with two 3-1wins in a row to take the lead. First Paul Jackson defeated Howard Lee and next Dave Lane beat Ian Smith. A 3-0 win for Howard over Tony got New Kids level, but Dave then beat Kong 3-0 to put Rollercoasters in front again. Ian then defeated Paul 3-0 to get New Kids level at three-all and New Kids then took the lead when Ian teamed up with Howard to win the doubles match 3-1 against Paul and Dave. Two further 3-1 wins secured the win for New Kids with first Howard beating Dave and then Ian defeating Tony. However, Rollercoasters had the last say when Paul beat Kong 3-1, but 15-13 in the first was crucial for Paul.

 

Comets 3 (Fraser Smith 1, Glenn Christie 1, Carol McLean (reserve) 1)

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan ½, David Hay 3½, Sandy Bertie 3)

Comets took the lead after Fraser Smith defeated Ian McLagan 3-1, but 15-13 in the third was vital for Fraser. However, two 3-1 triumphs put Villa ahead with David Hay beating Glenn Christie and then Sandy Bertie defeating Carol McLean, although 12-10 in the opening game twice was crucial for the Villa players. A 3-0 win for Glenn against Ian drew Comets level, but again 12-10 and 11-9 twice show it was close. Villa then surged ahead with four wins in a row. First Sandy beat Fraser 3-0, 12-10 in the first; next David defeated Carol 3-0; then in the doubles match David teamed up with Ian to beat Fraser and Glenn 3-1 and finally Sandy beat Glenn 3-1. Comets got one back after Carol defeated Ian 3-1 but David had the final say for Villa when he beat Fraser 3-0.

 

Swots 4 (Emma Bissett 1½, Collin Bleak 1½, David Beveridge 1)

Chieftains 6 (Jacob Munro 2, Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 1)

Chieftains raced into a big lead, but a late Swots fightback almost got them a draw. Jacob Munro beat Emma 3-2 to get Chieftains ahead and then Fiona Kinloch came from 2-1 down to beat Collin Bleak 3-2 and thus double the Chieftains lead. Two further wins then made it 4-0, with first Jim Tawse defeating Dave Beveridge 3-0, and then Jacob beating Collin 3-1, 12-10 and 11-9 in the third and fourth. Swots then got on the scoreboard when Emma came from 2-1 down to defeat Jim 3-2, but it was very close as 12-10, 14-12 ad 11-9 game wins for Emma confirm. However, Fiona made it 5-1 when she defeated Dave 3-1. Emma then partnered Collin to win the doubles match 3-0 versus Fiona and Jacob and Swots added another win after Collin beat Jim 3-2. Dave then got Swots to within one when he defeated Jacob 3-1, but a 3-0 victory for Fiona over Emma sealed the overall win for Chieftains although 16-14 in the first was vital for Fiona.

 

Division 3

Telsports 7 (Rob Fotheringham 2, Dave Axton 3, Sandy Elrick 2)

Buccaneers 3 (Dale McLeish 0, Stewart Ferguson 2½, Murray Johnstone ½)

Telsports got their first league win of the season after a fine performance against Buccaneers. Telsports found a rich vein of form from the off and raced into a 5-0 lead. Rob Fotheringham got Telsports ahead thanks to a hard fought first match against Dale McLeish with Rob just edging it in the fifth after Dale had fought back from 2-0 down. Three comfortable 3-0 victories then followed for Telsports to make it 4-0; first Dave Axton beat Stewart Ferguson, then Sandy Elrick defeated Murray Johnstone and finally Dave overcame Dale. Rob was then involved in another five game match and he came from 2-1 down to defeat Murray. Stewart then got Buccaneers on the scoreboard with a good 3-0 win over Sandy, and he then teamed up with Murray for an even better 3-2 doubles win from 2-0 down against Dave and Rob. Buccaneers mini-comeback was then stopped in its tracks by Telsports when first Dave beat Murray 3-0, 14-12 in the third and then Sandy defeated Dale also 3-0, but it was close as 13-11, 11-9 and 11-8 game scores confirm. Buccaneers had the final say though after Stewart defeated Rob 3-1 although 12-10 in the first and 11-9 in the fourth show Rob was unlucky not to take it to a fifth game.

 

Lairds 4 (Deklyn McKenzie 1, Ryan Connor 2, Bill Beattie 1)

Duffers 6 (Billy Liddle 0, Rich McLaren 2½, Andy Reid 3½)

Lairds took the lead against Duffers when Deklyn McKenzie beat Billy Liddle 3-0, but it was close as 15-13, 11-8 and 18-16 game scores confirm. Ryan Connor doubled the Lairds lead when he defeated Rich McLaren 3-1, but 12-10 and 16-14 was hard on Rich. Duffers got into the contest when Andy Reid beat Bill Beattie 3-0, but a 3-0 win for Ryan over Billy made it 3-1 to Lairds. It looked like 4-1 when Deklyn went 2-1 up on Andy, but two 11-9 wins saw Andy home. Buoyed by this comeback win, Duffers then surged ahead with three 3-0 wins in a row. First Rich beat Bill; then Rich and Andy defeated Ryan and Deklyn in the doubles match and finally Andy beat Ryan, but 14-12 in the first was crucial. Bill then defeated Billy 3-0 to get Lairds back to one behind, but in the final match Rich sealed the overall victory for Duffers when he beat Deklyn 3-0, 12-10 in the third.

 

Squires 3 (Steve Wilson 1, Winnie Stein 0, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Princes 7 (Blair Duncan 3, Chris Riddoch 2½, Eddie Dougan 1½)

Princes took the lead against Squires with two 3-0 wins, Blair Duncan versus Steve Wilson and then Chris Riddoch against Winnie Stein. Squires got one back when Tanya Kapelyukh defeated Eddie Dougan 3-1, but a 3-1 victory for Blair over Winnie made it 3-1 to Princes. Match five went the distance with Steve coming from 2-1 down to defeat Eddie 3-2 and Tanya then got Squires back level at three-all when she defeated Chris 3-1, 12-10 in the fourth. The doubles match was almost won 3-0, but with Chris and Eddie 2-0 up they lost the third 21-19 and then Winnie and Tanya levelled with an 11-8 fourth game win. However, the Princes pairing eventually won it 11-8 in the fifth. Eddie got Princes ahead again when he defeated Winnie 3-1 and then Blair came from 2-1 down to beat Tanya 3-2, 12-10 in the fifth. In match ten Steve took the lead, but three game wins in a row by Chris sealed the match for Princes.

 

Prospects 1 (Dave Goddard 0, Neil Lea 0, Ian Brumwell 1

Kingsway 9 (Stephen Caird 3½, Derek Thomson 3½, Alan Carrie 2)

Kingsway raced into the lead with two 3-0 wins for first Stephen Caird against Dave Goddard and then Derek Thomson versus Neil Lea. However, Prospects quickly replied with another 3-0 triumph for Ian Brumwell against Alan Carrie. Yet that was as good as it got for Prospects as Kingsway then won the remaining seven matches for the loss of just four single games: Dave against Alan and Derek and Ian versus Derek and Stephen. Also, in Kingsway’s seven match winning sequence only one game reached 10-all and Kingsway won that too.

 

Missiles 2 (David Hunter 1, Daniel Russell 1, Lee Nixon 0)

Tass 8 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Wotherspoon 1½, Jim Houghton 3½)

Tass got a big win at Missiles and it could have been bigger as both of their defeats were in the fifth game. The opening match went the distance and when David Hunter won the third 15-13 he seemed on course to win, but 18-16 in the fifth eventually saw Stewart Clark home. A 3-2 win for Daniel Russell against Jim Wotherspoon got Missiles level but Jim Houghton got Tass in front again after he defeated Lee Nixon 3-0. Sadly for Missiles, Tass then went on a great run of six match wins in a row for the loss of just three games; David in his 3-1 defeat by Jim Houghton and Lee twice in 3-1 losses to Jim Wotherspoon and Stewart. However, match ten broke the pattern and again David went the distance as in the opening match. This time David came from 2-0 down to defeat Jim Wotherspoon 3-2 and have the final say for Missiles.

 

Lairds 2 (Bill Beattie 0, Ewan MacDonald 2, Ryan Connor 0)

Princes 8 (Blair Duncan 2½, Chris Riddoch 3, Eddie Dougan 2½)

It looks like an easy victory for Princes, but five matches going the distance shows Lairds were unlucky not to get more wins. In the opening match Bill Beattie raced into a 2-0 lead but Blair Duncan found his form in time and recovered to win 3-2 and put Princes ahead. Next 12-10 and 14-12 wins put Ewan MacDonald 2-1 up, but again Chris Riddoch found his form in time to win it 3-2 and make it 2-0 to Princes. A 3-1 victory for Eddie Dougan against Ryan Connor increased the Princes lead, but 12-10 and 11-9 in the third and fourth show it was close. In match four three 12-10 wins were enough to get Ewan the match 3-2 after Blair had levelled twice. However, Princes made it 5-1after Eddie beat Bill 3-0, 12-10 in the first and then Chris defeated Ryan 3-1, 12-10 in the fourth. Blair and Eddie won the doubles match versus Bill and Ryan, but it took a 15-13 fifth game triumph to secure the victory. Ewan then played his third five-game match of the night and this time he came from 2-1 down to beat Eddie 3-2 to get another back for Lairds. However, Princes saw out the fixture with two 3-0 wins. First Blair comfortably defeated Ryan and next Chris overcame Bill, but scores of 11-9, 12-10 and 13-11 show it was close throughout.

 

Buccaneers 4 (Stewart Ferguson 2, Gregor O'Neill 2, Murray Johnstone 0)

Kingsway 6 (Stephen Caird 2½, Derek Thomson 2½, Alan Carrie 1)

Kingsway got the victory which puts them well clear at the top, but Buccaneers run them close in the end. Stephen Caird got Kingsway ahead when he defeated Stewart Ferguson 3-0, but 13-11 and 11-9 in the second and third shows it was close. Derek Thomson then doubled their lead with an 11-8 fifth game win over Gregor O’Neill, but 14-12 in the third was vital for Derek to get the victory. Alan Carrie made it 3-0 with a comfortable win over Murray Johnstone, but a great 3-0 triumph for Gregor over Stephen got Buccaneers on the scoreboard. It got even better for them when Stewart beat Alan 3-1, but Derek eased Kingsway’s nerves with a 3-0 victory over Murray. Derek and Stephen then teamed up to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Stewart and Gregor. Gregor then got one back after he defeated Alan 3-0, but a 3-0 reply by Stephen over Murray, 13-11 in the first, ensured the overall win for Kingsway. However, Buccaneers got the last say after Stewart had a good 3-1 victory over Derek, although 12-10 in the first was vital to get Stewart off to a good start.

 

Handicap Cup Round 4 – Semi Final

Rockets 10 (Gary Lowson 3, Pete Yearworth 3, Tony O’Shea (reserve) 4)

Telsports 8 (Robert Fotheringham 5, David Axton 1, Paul McDade 2)

Rockets did not seal the victory over Telsports until the final game of the tie. Telsports took the lead after Robert Fotheringham defeated Gary Lowson, but victories for Pete Yearworth and Tony O’Shea against David Axton and Paul McDade respectively put Rockets ahead. However, another fine win for Robert, this time over Pete, got Telsports level again. The next two matches were drawn and both were very close. First Gary won 31-29 before Paul replied with a 31-30 triumph; then David won 31-29 before Tony levelled with a 31-30 victory. Matches seven and eight were also drawn but this time all the games were won with a little to spare. In the deciding match Gary beat David, 31-27 in their second game, to get Rockets ahead for the fifth time in the tie and this time over the line and into the final.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 4- Semi-Final

Aces v Brechin W/O

Due to a mix up with dates Aces did not get a team for the tie and thus the tie was awarded to Brechin.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Viscounts v Rollercoasters

Div 2

19/12/2017

26/03/2018

Up4it v Thumpers

Div 1

27/02/2018

12/04/2018

Princes v Tass

Div 3

27/02/2018

03/04/2018

Defenders v Star

Div 1

28/02/2018

30/03/2018

Tigers v Viscounts

Div 2

28/02/2018

28/03/2018

Brechin v New Kids

Div 2

28/02/2018

27/03/2018

Rockets v Kings

Div 1

01/03/2018

Not Known

Squires v Sputniks

Div 3

06/03/2018

27/03/2018

Tass v Prospects

Div 3

26/03/2018

02/04/2018

Knights v Defenders

Div 1

27/03/2018

03/04/2018

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 25 – commencing 12 March 2018

In Division One Knights remain at the top of the table; eight points clear with two fixtures to play. Nearest rivals Aces defeated fourth placed Star at home and later away to end the Star title challenge and third placed Up4it had a perfect win over Saints to consolidate their position, although the top spot now seems out of their reach. Prefects and Rockets had big wins over Thumpers and Defenders respectively to remain fifth and sixth respectively although Rockets have two fixtures in hand. Kings remain seventh and now cannot be overtaken by any of the teams below them.

In Division Two Villa remain on top after they won well in St Andrews against Swots and they have only two fixtures left to play. Nearest rivals Brechin are now fourteen points behind Villa, with three fixtures left, after they came from behind to narrowly defeat third placed Viscounts. Viscounts are four points behind Brechin but they have a fixture in hand on them. Fourth placed Truants had a good victory over Comets to narrow the gap to Viscounts to three points but they have played two fixtures more than them. Fifth placed Tigers suffered a setback when they were soundly beaten by a resurgent Lundin Lasers who remain seventh. Sixth placed Chieftains narrowly defeated New Kids who remain eighth. At the bottom, Comets narrowly defeated Rollercoasters and as a result move ten points above Rollercoasters and two points ahead of Swots, although Swots have a fixture in hand.

In Division Three the leaders Sputniks narrowly defeated Lairds and they remain on top with two fixtures left to play after nearest rivals Kingsway came from behind to draw at home to Missiles. Kingsway are two points off the top spot, but have a fixture in hand so the title destiny is still in their own hands. Duffers remain third after they drew with Squires, but they will now almost certainly not finish any higher than third place. Fourth placed Princes had a big win over Prospects to narrow the gap to all of the top three. They are now only 16 points behind Sputniks, but with four fixtures left promotion is not beyond them yet. Squires won well at Telsports but remain in seventh just behind Lairds.

In the Handicap Cup, at Forthill Rockets had an excellent comeback victory over Sputniks and simultaneously on an adjacent table Swots overcame Aces to qualify for the semi-finals. Later in the week Swots completed a busy schedule to defeat Chieftains and make it through to the final.

 

Division 1

Aces 7 (Grant Williams 2, Mark Lundberg 2½, Jason Fleming 2½)

Star 3 (John Hannah 3, Calum Ross 0)

Sadly a sudden family bereavement meant Star played the fixture shorthanded. John Hannah was on top form for Star and won his three matches 3-0 and was only taken to 10-all once in the sequence. For Aces, Jason Fleming defeated Calum Ross 3-0, Mark Lundberg beat Calum 3-0, 12-10 in the second, and Grant Williams defeated Callum 3-2 after Callum had been 2-1 up. In the doubles Mark and Jason eventually triumphed in the fifth game. John and Callum had won the first two games 15-13 and 11-8, but three 11-9 game wins in a row won it for the Aces pairing.

 

Rockets 10 (Gary Lowson 3, Jim Dyson 3½, Pete Yearworth 3½)

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Rockets started with two fairly comfortable 3-0 victories against Defenders. Initially Gary Lowson beat Ken Head and next Jim Dyson defeated Richard Tough. The third match was evenly poised at 1-all when a 14-12 win got Pete Yearworth ahead of Arthur Pritchard and Pete then went on to comfortably seal the match. Next Ken went in front but Jim refocused and won three games in a row to win the match, although 12-10 in the second was vital to stop Ken going 2-0 up. Two further 3-0 wins followed for Rockets; first Gary defeated Arthur and then Pete beat Richard, 12-10 in the second. In the doubles match Ken and Richard won the first 11-9, but Jim and Pete levelled with another 11-9 win. A good third game got the Rockets pairing ahead and they saw out the match with a 14-12 victory. Rockets then went on to win the remaining three matches 3-0, but the Defenders players all got close to taking another game.

 

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 3)

Saints 0 (Jeremy Tang Hoi Chung 0, Pierre Van Houtte 0)

Up4it won all the matches against short-handed Saints, but there were a couple of scares along the way. Paul Monteith and Gillian Edwards comfortably won all their matches, including the doubles match as a pairing, 3-0 but Ryan Docherty was taken to the fifth game twice. Against Jeremy Tang Hoi Chung Ryan went 2-1 down after a 14-12 third game defeat, but Ryan refocussed and comfortably saw out the match. Ryan went 2-1 up on Pierre Van Houtte, but a 12-10 fourth game win saw Pierre level it. The final game was also close, but Ryan got home with an 11-9 triumph.

 

Knights 10 Kings 0

Kings were unable to field a team and thus conceded the points to Knights.

 

Prefects 9 (Michael Hahn 3½, Clyde Johnson 2½, Justin Yang 3)

Thumpers 1 (Ian Hunter 0, Jordan Ednie 1, Tony O’Shea 0)

Prefects went ahead after Michael Hahn defeated Ian Hunter 3-0, but Thumpers soon levelled after Jordan Ednie defeated Clyde Johnston 3-1. Justin Yang then beat Tony O’Shea 3-0, 13-11 in the first, to get Prefects ahead again and unfortunately for Thumpers, Prefects then went on a winning run of seven matches in a row to complete the scoring. Five times in a row Prefects won 3-1 and fourth game scores of 13-11 twice and 11-9 once show Thumpers could easily have forced a fifth game in this sequence.

 

Star 4 (John Hannah 3½, Calum Ross ½, Iain Martin 0)

Aces 6 (Grant Williams 2, Mark Lundberg 2, Jason Fleming 2)

Star took the lead when John Hannah comfortably defeated Grant Williams, but Aces quickly levelled after Mark Lundberg beat Calum Ross. The third match went the distance with Iain Martin winning games one and three 11-9 against an 11-7 win for Jason Fleming in game two. A very close 15-13 victory in the fourth game got Jason level for the second time and a dominant fifth game won Jason the match. Thereafter all of the matches were won 3-0, with John completing his hat-trick for Star and teaming up with Calum to win the doubles match against Mark and Jason. However, Aces still got the overall victory after wins for Grant against Calum and Iain; Mark versus Iain and finally Jason against Calum. In only three games in the seven match sequence was 10-all reached and in all three cases Iain went on to lose the game 11-13.

 

Defenders 10 Saints 0

Saints were unable to field a team and thus conceded the points to Defenders.

 

Division 2

Brechin 6 (Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 2½)

Viscounts 4 (Filip Jovanovic 1, Andy Hughes 1, Andrew Nimmo 2)

Viscounts took the lead when Filip Jovanovic defeated Aaron Robertson 3-1, but Brechin levelled after John Anderson beat Andy Hughes 3-1. Andrew Nimmo the got Viscounts ahead again after he beat Derek Mitchell 3-1, although 13-11 in the fourth could easily have went Derek’s way as both players played an excellent match. Next John beat Filip 3-0 to level again but Viscounts went ahead for the third time after Andrew defeated Aaron 3-0. A 3-0 win for Derek over Andy got Brechin level for the third time and Derek then teamed up with John to win the doubles match 3-0 against Filip and Andrew and thus get Brechin ahead for the first time. In match eight Andrew and John shared 11-8 wins and in the third game it reached 14-all before John won it 16-14 and then then powered ahead to see out the match 3-1. Derek then beat Filip 3-0 to seal the overall victory for Brechin, but Andy then had the final say for Viscounts when he defeated Aaron 3-0.

 

Lundin Lasers 7 (Arthur Duncan 3½, Nat Forno 2, Ron Filsell 1½)

Tigers 3 (Kenny McLaren 1, Marion Davidson 0, Scott Thomson 2)

An excellent return to form for Lundin Lasers saw them record a fine victory over Tigers. Arthur Duncan got the Lasers ahead when he came from 2-1 down to defeat Kenny McLaren 3-2, although 13-11 in the fourth was absolutely vital for Arthur. Nat Forno defeated Marion Davidson 3-0 to double the Lundin lead, but Scott Thomson halved the deficit after he defeated Ron Filsell 3-0. Nat then had a good 3-1 win over Kenny to make it 3-1 to Lundin but match five could have went either way. Arthur raced into a 2-0 lead, but Scott levelled with an equally comfortable two games. The fifth went the distance before Arthur just got home 12-10. A 3-0 win for Ron versus Marion made it 5-1 to Lundin, but 15-13 in the first was vital for Ron. In the doubles match Ron partnered Arthur and they came from behind to defeat Scott and Kenny 3-1 and put the Lasers a comfortable 6-1 up. Tigers then staged a mini fightback, but it was not easy for them. First Nat came from behind to lead Scott 2-1 and 10-9 in the fourth, but Scott saved the match point, won the fourth 12-10 and comfortably took the fifth and thus the match. Then in match nine Ron raced into a 2-0 lead but Kenny levelled thanks to a hugely important 16-14 fourth game win. Like Scott in the match before after coming back from the brink, Kenny then dominated the fifth to take the match for Tigers. However, Arthur stopped the Tigers fightback after he defeated Marion 3-0 and seal the fine overall win for Lundin.

 

Rollercoasters 4 (Paul Jackson 1½, Tony Cook 0, Dave Lane 2½)

Comets 6 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Fraser Smith 3, Jill Milne 2)

Comets moved out of the relegation spots with a narrow win against Rollercoasters. Fraser Smith starred for Comets with a fine hat-trick of singles wins. Fraser defeated Dave Lane 3-1, Paul Jackson 3-2 and Tony Cook 3-1. Jill Milne added a couple of fine 3-0 victories for Comets, beating Paul and Tony and Dougal Ogilvie beat Tony 3-1 for Comets final point. For Rollercoasters Dave defeated Jill 3-2 and Dougal 3-1 and Paul beat Dougal 3-0. Dave and Paul also teamed up to win the doubles match 3-1 against Jill and Fraser.

 

Chieftains 6 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 1, Jacob Munro 2)

New Kids 4 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 2½, Ian Smith 1½)

Chieftains did not seal the victory against New Kids until the final match. Fiona Kinloch got them ahead after she defeated Kong Wan 3-0. New Kids were soon level though after Howard Lee beat Jim Tawse 3-0. However, three further 3-0 wins put Chieftains in command. First Jacob Munro defeated Ian Smith, next Jim beat Kong and finally Fiona defeated Ian in the closest of the three with 13-11 and 12-10 wins required to see her home. It looked like 5-1 Chieftains when 13-11 and 11-8 game wins put Jacob 2-0 up. But Howard got back into it with a fine third game and a very close 16-14 win levelled it at two-all. In the final game Howard dominated to win the match and get New Kids back in the contest. Howard then partnered Ian in the doubles match but it was Jim and Fiona that took the lead after they won the first 11-7. The match turned though and 14-12 and 13-11 game wins put the New Kids pairing ahead. There were further twists though as first Jim and Fiona dominated the fourth to level before Howard and Ian were equally dominant in the fifth to take the match. A good 3-1 win for Ian over Jim got New Kids level, but Jacob then defeated Kong 3-0 to get Chieftains ahead again. In the final match Fiona dominated from the off to win 3-0 and seal the overall victory for Chieftains, although 11-9 in the third shows Howard nearly took the match further.

 

Swots 2 (David Beveridge 0, Emma Bissett 0, Nick Shepherd 2)

Villa 8 (Ian McLagan 2½, Sandy Bertie 2, David Hay 3½)

The opening match saw Dave Beveridge take the lead and then level at 2-all, but it was Ian McLagan that got over the line with an 11-7 fifth game triumph to put Villa ahead. Sadly for Swots Villa comfortably won the next four matches 3-0, with Dave’s two 9-11 defeats to David Hay the closest they got to a game. In match six Nick Shepherd defeated Sandy Bertie 3-1 to get Swots on the scoreboard, but next in the doubles match 12-14 in the first was the closest they got as David and Ian won it for Villa 3-0. David then defeated Emma Bissett 3-0, 12-10 in the second, to make it 7-1 to Villa. However, Nick then got his second win with a fine 3-0 performance against Ian. In the final match Sandy beat Dave 3-0 to complete the scoring for Villa, but 16-14 in the second was vital for Sandy.

 

Truants 8 (Alain Leger 3½, Sascha Roschy 3½, Knut Radmer 1)

Comets 2 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Jill Milne 0, Glenn Christie 1)

Truants started well against Comets after Alain Leger overcame Dougal Ogilvie in four games although 12-10 and then 13-11 in the third and fourth shows it was close. Next Sascha Roschy quickly got back up to speed playing his first match back since late January when he defeated Jill Milne 3-0, but Glenn Christie then got one back for Comets with a 3-0 win over Knut Radmer. Sascha then made it 3-1 to Truants after he beat Dougal 3-0 and two further 3-0 wins made it 5-1. First Alain beat Glenn and then Knut defeated Jill although 12-10 and 13-11 in the first respectively was crucial for the Truants players. A comfortable 3-0 win it the doubles match for Alain and Sascha over Dougal and Jill made it 6-1 and Sascha then made it 7-1 with a 3-0 win over Glenn although 11-9 three times was hard on Glenn. Comets then got one back after a marathon ninth match. Knut won the first 15-13, but Dougal soon levelled after a dominant second game, A 14-12 win got Knut in front again, but two 12-10 wins got Dougal the victory for Comets. In the final match Jill won the first 11-8, but Alain levelled with a 12-10 triumph. Alain then took the match for Truants with 11-8 and 11-7 game wins.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 6 (Jack Oughton 3½, Carol McLean 1, Eric Brown 1½)

Lairds 4 (Ewan MacDonald 1, Bill Beattie 1, Ryan Connor 2)

Sputniks did not confirm the victory over Lairds until ‘extra time’ in the fifth game of the tenth match. Sputniks went in front after Jack Oughton comfortably defeated Ewan MacDonald 3-0. However, match two was anything but comfortable. Bill Beattie took the lead after an 11-7 game win, but Carol McLean went 2-1 up after 11-8 and 12-10 scores. At 10-7 in the fourth Carol had three match points, but Bill saved them all and then won it 13-11. Bill then got Lairds level as he took the match with an 11-8 triumph in the fifth. Lairds then took the lead after Ryan Connor beat Eric Brown 3-0, but Carol then levelled after she came from 2-1 down to defeat Ewan 3-2. Sputniks then went ahead after two 3-1 victories. First Jack beat Ryan and then Eric defeated Bill, although scores of 11-9, 9-11, 14-12 and 12-10 show Bill was very unlucky not to have at least taken the match to the fifth game. Sputniks then went 5-2 ahead after Jack and Eric won the doubles match 3-0 against Ewan and Bill, with 12-10 in the first being crucial for them. Ryan then got one back for Lairds when he defeated Carol 3-0, but 12-10 and 16-14 in the first two games were hard on Carol. Ewan then had a fine 3-1 win over Eric to get the deficit to one and in the final match Bill came from 2-0 down to level and then go 10-7 up in the fifth meaning he had three match points to win the match and earn Lairds an overall draw. Incredibly, Jack saved all three match points and then won the next two to take the match and secure the narrow victory for Sputniks.

 

Kingsway 5 (Stephen Caird 1½, Willie Cooper 2½, Alan Carrie 1)

Missiles 5 (Daniel Russell 3, Lee Nixon 0, Ian Roberts 2)

Kingsway and Missiles settled for a draw, but Missiles will be disappointed after leading for most of the contest, including 4-1 at one stage. Daniel Russell got Missiles ahead after he had a brilliant 3-0 win over Stephen Caird, but Kingsway were soon level after Willie Cooper defeated Lee Nixon 3-0. In match three Alan Carrie got back into it with a 12-10 third game win, but Ian Roberts got home with a 13-11 triumph to get Missiles ahead again. Next Willie took the lead 2-1 with a 12-10 third game win, but Daniel replied with 11-9 and 11-6 wins to take the match. In match five Stephen levelled twice, but a stunning fifth game saw Ian secure the win 3-2. Then Lee took the first game 12-10 against Alan and Kingsway needing a win to go top of the table were in disarray. However, the fixture then dramatically turned as Kingsway comfortably won nine games in a row to level. First Alan recovered to beat Lee 3-1; then Stephen and Willie defeated Daniel and Ian 3-0 in the doubles match and finally Willie beat Ian 3-0. The top of the table beckoned for Kingsway when his second 11-8 win put Alan 2-1 up, but yet another twist saw Daniel win it after 11-9 and 11-8 game wins. The final match saw Stephen comfortably defeat Lee 3-0 to get Kingsway the overall draw and their title-chase is still very much in their own hands with three fixtures to go.

 

Princes 8 (Blair Duncan 3, Chris Riddoch 3, Eddie Dougan 2)

Prospects 2 (Chris Wroniecki 1½, Neil Lea 0, Ian Brumwell ½)

Princes went 2-0 up on Prospects with two 3-0 wins: Blair Duncan against Chris Wroniecki and then Chris Riddoch versus Neil Lea. Next Eddie Dougan defeated Ian Brumwell 3-2 to make it 3-0 after two 13-11 wins in a row had put Ian 2-1 up. A comfortable 3-0 win for Chris Riddoch against Chris Wroniecki made it 4-0 and a 3-1 triumph for Blair versus Ian got Princes 5-0 ahead. Eddie Dougan completed Princes purple patch when he defeated Neil Lea 3-0, but Chris and Ian got Prospects on the scoreboard with a comeback 3-2 doubles match victory over Blair and Chris. Ian seemed on course to get Prospects another win when he went 2-1 up on Chris, but the Princes man recovered to win it 3-2. Match nine did see Prospects get one back after Chris defeated Eddie 3-0, but 14-12 in the second was vital for Chris. However, Blair defeated Neil 3-0 in the final match to complete the scoring for Princes.

 

Duffers 5 (Rich McLaren 1½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 0)

Squires 5 (Winnie Stein 1, Tanya Kapelyukh 2, Bill Beattie (reserve) 2)

A come from behind 3-1 win for Rich McLaren over Winnie Stein got Duffers ahead of Squires and Andy Reid doubled their lead when he beat Tanya Kapelyukh 3-2, 11-9 in the fifth after Tanya had levelled from 2-0 down. Bill Beattie defeated Billy Liddle 3-0 to get one back for Squires, but Andy then beat Winnie 3-0 to put Duffers 3-1 up. Bill then beat Rich 3-2 after Rich had come from 2-0 behind and next Tanya defeated Billy 3-0 to make the overall score three-all. Duffers edged ahead again when Rich and Andy won the doubles match 3-0 against Winnie and Tanya 3-0, 12-10 in the first and second. Andy came from behind to beat Bill 3-1 and make it 5-3 to Duffers, but Squires got back into it after Winnie defeated Billy 11-9 in the fifth. In match ten, Tanya played a fine match to defeat Rich 3-0 and get Squires the overall draw.

 

Telsports 3 (Robert Fotheringham 1, Paul McDade 1, Sandy Elrick 1)

Squires 7 (Winnie Stein ½, Tanya Kapelyukh 3½, Bill Beattie (reserve) 3)

Telsports took the lead against Squires after Robert Fotheringham defeated Winnie Stein 3-0, but it was close throughout as 12-10, 11-9 and 12-10 game scores confirm. Next Tanya Kapelyukh beat Paul McDade 3-0 to level and Bill Beattie got Squires ahead after he beat Sandy Elrick 3-0, but 15-17, 8-11 and then 12-14 games scores were hard on Sandy. Telsports then levelled after Paul beat Winnie 3-1, but 13-11 in the first was vital for Paul. However, two comfortable 3-0 wins got Squires ahead, first Bill against Robert and then Tanya versus Sandy. Three 11-9 wins in a row saw Tanya and Winnie win the doubles match against Paul and Sandy and then Bill made it 6-2 to Squires when he defeated Paul 3-0, 11-9 in the third. Sandy got one back for Telsports with a 3-0 victory over Winnie, but two 11-9 wins were close. However, Tanya had the final say for Squires when she defeated Robert 3-1 after Robert had gone ahead.

 

Handicap Cup

Round 3

Rockets 10 (Ian Mclagan (reserve) 3, Sandy Bertie (reserve) 3, Pete Yearworth 4)

Sputniks 8 (Jim Fleming 1, Billy Liddle (reserve) 2, Carol McLean 5)

A brilliant comeback saw Rockets progress after Sputniks had dominated the tie early on. Ian McLagan got Rockets in front with a 31-30 win over Jim Fleming, but Jim recovered well to level with a 31-26 win in their second game. Sputniks took the lead after Billy Liddle had a fine win over Sandy Bertie, 31-27 and 31-30 and Carol McLean made it 5-1 when she comfortably defeated Pete Yearworth. A close 31-28, 31-30 victory for Sandy over Jim got Rockets back into it but Sputniks responded with a 31-25, 31-30 triumph for Carol over Ian. A good win for Pete over Billy got Rockets back into it again and Sandy defeated Carol 31-27 to narrow the gap to one, but Carol recovered well to comfortably win their second game and make it 8-6 to Sputniks. Another good win for Pete, 31-27 and 31-29, this time against Jim got Rockets level for the first time since the opening match and in the final match Ian won the tie for Rockets when he defeated Billy 31-26 and 31-29.

 

Aces 7 (Grant Williams 0, David Hay (reserve) 2, Jason Fleming 5)

Swots 10 (Emma Bissett 4, Dave Beveridge 2, Nick Shepherd 4)

Swots took the lead against Aces when Emma Bissett defeated Grant Williams, although 26-24 in the first game was close. Dave Beveridge made it 3-0, but David Hay won their second game 26-23 to get Aces on the scorecard. A great performance from Jason Fleming against Nick Shepherd then got Aces level. Jason won the first 26-24, but the second was even closer with Jason saving seven game points before winning it 26-25. David and Emma shared two close games to make it four-all, but a good win for Nick over Grant, 26-22 and 26-23 made it 6-4 to Swots. Another great win for Jason then levelled it up again, with Jason beating Dave 26-25 and 26-24 this time. A good win for Nick versus David edged Swots in front again, but a 26-23 win for Jason against Emma made it 8-7 to Swots. However, Emma responded with a great 26-20 win, Jason‘s first game loss of the night, to open up a two point gap again. In the final match Dave comfortably won his first game against Grant to seal the tie for Swots.

 

Round 4- Semi-Final

Chieftains 7 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 3, Jacob Munro 2)

Swots 10 (Emma Bissett 3, Dave Beveridge 2, Chris Wroniecki 5)

Chieftains took the lead when Fiona Kinloch took the opening game 21-18, but Emma Bissett levelled for Swots with a 21-20 win in their second game. Jim Tawse then defeated Dave Beveridge 21-16 twice to get Chieftains ahead again. However, a comfortable victory for Chris Wroniecki over Jacob Munro levelled it again. Three draws then followed to make it six-all, the closest game being Jim’s 21-20 triumph over Emma. Swots too the lead after match seven after Chris defeated Jim and a further draw between Jacob and Emma made it 9-7 to Swots. A 21-19 win for Dave over Fiona in their first game got Swots over the line and into the final.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Lairds v Princes

Div 3

12/12/2017

19/03/2018

Viscounts v Rollercoasters

Div 2

19/12/2017

26/03/2018

Swots v Chieftains

Div 2

12/02/2018

19/03/2018

Up4it v Thumpers

Div 1

27/02/2018

Not Known

Princes v Tass

Div 3

27/02/2018

03/04/2018

Defenders v Star

Div 1

28/02/2018

Not Known

Tigers v Viscounts

Div 2

28/02/2018

28/03/2018

Brechin v New Kids

Div 2

28/02/2018

27/03/2018

Rockets v Kings

Div 1

01/03/2018

Not Known

Buccaneers v Kingsway

Div 3

01/03/2018

22/03/2018

Squires v Sputniks

Div 3

06/03/2018

27/03/2018

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 24 – commencing 05 March 2018

After last week’s weather disruption there was a full program of fixtures including some rescheduled ones too. The Division One title race remained as before with Knights and Aces having perfect results against Saints and Kings respectively. Fourth placed Star had a good win over Rockets, but they are now 35 points behind Knights, albeit with two fixtures in hand on the leaders. Prefects had two good victories at first Defenders and then Saints to move above Rockets into fifth place, but Rockets have played two fixtures less. Thumpers defeated Telstars and as a result have all but secured their place in Division One for next season.

In Division Two Villa remained on top after they had a great week. On Wednesday they travelled to main rivals Brechin and fought back to secure a late draw and then 24 hours later they had a perfect victory over the bottom side Rollercoasters. These results mean Villa are twelve points ahead of Brechin, who have a fixture in hand. Viscounts had a good win over Lundin Lasers to move to two points behind Brechin and they have played one fixture less than them. Truants remain fourth after they won in St Andrews against New Kids, but even second place now seems unlikely for them. Tigers had a good win over Swots to move to seven points behind Truants with a fixture in hand. Chieftains won well at Comets and are still only four points behind Tigers. At the bottom Rollercoasters are now ten points from safety and have played a fixture more than nearest rivals Swots and Comets.

In Division Three the leaders Sputniks had their fixture postponed and second placed Kingsway took advantage with two victories. First Kingsway had a narrow win at Tass and they then followed this up with a big win over Prospects. These results mean Kingsway are just one point behind Sputniks and they still have a fixture in hand on the leaders. Third placed Duffers also had a good week with comfortable wins over first Prospects and then later against Missiles. Duffers are only ten points behind Kingsway but have played two fixtures more so a top two finish is unlikely for them. Princes won well at Missiles to consolidate fourth place and with two fixtures in hand on Sputniks they are by no means out of the promotion race. Tass won well at Buccaneers and although they are level on points with Princes they have played two fixtures more. Lairds had a big win over Telsports but remain sixth and they are a huge sixteen points behind Princes and Tass.

In the Handicap Cup, Chieftains had a fine victory over Brechin to reach the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Defenders 3 (Ken Head 1, Arthur Pritchard 1, Richard Tough 1)

Prefects 7 (Michael Hahn 3½, Clyde Johnson 3½, Bonifac Legrady 0)

Prefects raced into a 2-0 lead over Defenders after Michael Hahn defeated Ken Head 3-0 and then Clyde Johnson came from behind to beat Arthur Pritchard 3-1. Defenders pulled one back when Richard Tough defeated Bonifac Legrady 3-1, with 12-10 in the third being the turning point for Richard. Another 3-0 win for Michael, this time against Arthur, made 3-1 to Prefects but Ken got another back for Defenders when he beat Bonifac also 3-0. Clyde then beat Richard 3-1, 12-10 in the second, to make it 4-2 and he then teamed up with Michael to win a very close doubles match 3-2 against Ken and Arthur. Defenders then got another win after Arthur defeated Bonifac 3-1, but Michael replied with his third 3-0 triumph of the night against Richard. In match ten, Clyde had the final say for Prefects when he defeated Ken 3-1, although game scores of 11-8, 11-8, 13-15 and 14-12 confirm it was close throughout the match.

 

Star 8 (Andy Ferguson 1, John Hannah 3½, Calum Ross 3½)

Rockets 2 (Tony O’Shea (reserve) 1, Pete Yearworth 1)

Shorthanded Rockets were ultimately outshone by Star although there were a lot of close games. Tony O’Shea started with a 12-10 fourth game win over Andy Ferguson; then he lost 3-0 to John Hannah, 10-12 in the first, and finally Tony lost 3-0 to Calum Ross. Pete Yearworth opened with a 3-0 loss to John Hannah, 12-14 in the third; he then lost 3-0 to Calum Ross, 11-13 in the first and finally Pete defeated Andy 3-1, 12-10 in the third. In the doubles match John and Calum won it for Star 3-1 but 12-10 in the first and 15-13 in the fourth show Tony and Pete were unlucky not to take it to the final game.

 

Kings 0 Aces 10

Kings were unable to field a team and thus conceded the points to Aces.

 

Saints 0 (Chan Tsz Huen 0, Raqib Valli 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Callum Riddoch 3, Robert Toth 3½)

Knights won all the matches played 3-0, with the closest matches both being against top player Robert Toth. First Chan Tsz Huen lost 10-12 and 12-14 in the first and second games and later Raqib Valli lost 9-11 twice to Robert. Stuart Halliday and Callum Riddoch won their matches a little more comfortably than Robert, but Chan Tsz Huen came fairly close to a game win against both of them.

 

Thumpers 7 (Jordan Ednie 2½, Ian Hunter 1½, David Sim 3)

Telstars 3 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 2)

Short-handed Telstars put up a good fight against Thumpers, winning three of the seven matches actually played. David Monteith lost 3-1 to Jordan Ednie, beat Ian Hunter 11-9 in the fifth but lost 3-0 to David Sim, 13-15 in the first. Ian Farquhar also lost 3-0 to David Sim, but came from 2-1 down to defeat Ian Hunter and Ian then went one better against Jordan coming from 2-0 down to win it in the fifth. The doubles match also went to the fifth game, but this time Jordan and Ian won it for Thumpers, despite the Telstars pairing winning the first 15-13.

 

Saints 0 (Chan Tsz Huen 0, Joe Klein 0, Andi Afezolli 0)

Prefects 10 (Michael Hahn 3½, Clyde Johnson 3½, Justin Yang 3)

Prefects comfortably won the first six matches 3-0, but Saints came closer thereafter. In the doubles match Chan Tsz Huen and Joe Klein won the third game 13-11, but Michael Hahn and Clyde Johnson refocussed to win the fourth and take the match. In match eight, Joe levelled against Justin Yang with a 12-10 game win, but again Justin re-found his form to win it 3-1. Michael then defeated Andi Afezolli 3-0 and then in match ten Chan Tsz Huen opened with an 11-9 win, but Clyde then won three in a row to take the match and complete the scoring for Prefects.

 

Division 2

Tigers 8 (Logie Anderson 3, Kenny McLaren 2, Scott Thomson 3)

Swots 2 (Emma Bissett 0, Nick Shepherd ½, Collin Bleak 1½)

Tigers raced into a 6-0 lead against Swots, although two five-game defeats were hard on Swots. In match four Emma Bissett came from 2-0 down to level, but Kenny McLaren edged over the line with a 12-10 fifth game win. Then in match six Nick Shepherd also levelled from 2-0 behind before Scott Thomson comfortably won the fifth game to take the match. In the doubles match Collin Bleak and Nick won the third five-game match of the fixture against Logie Anderson and Scott and coming from 2-1 down probably made the win even sweeter for the Swots pairing. Collin continued his good form into the next match when he defeated Kenny 3-2, 11-9 in the fifth, after Kenny had levelled from 2-0 down. Scott then came from behind to beat Emma 3-1, but 13-11 in the second was vital to prevent Emma going 2-0 up. In the final match Logie won the fourth singles match of the fixture to reach the fifth game, and unusually, like the other three he won after his opponent, Nick in this case, had levelled from 2-0 down.

 

Viscounts 9 (Andy Hughes 3½, Andrew Nimmo 3½, Filip Jovanovic 2)

Lundin Lasers 1 (Arthur Duncan 0, Nat Forno 0, Ron Filsell 1)

Viscounts took the lead when Andy Hughes comfortably won the fifth game against Lundin Lasers’ Arthur Duncan in a match where both players dominated for two games in a row. In match two however, Andrew Nimmo dominated throughout to beat Nat Forno 3-0 and double the Viscounts lead. Likewise, Ron Filsell dominated match three to defeat Filip Jovanovic 3-0 and get Lundin back into the contest. However, Viscounts then took command and won all of the remaining seven matches for the loss of just two games, Nat in his 3-1 defeat by Filip, and Ron and Arthur in their doubles match defeat by Andrew and Andy. Although losing ten games by the minimum two points showed that the Lasers kept Viscounts working hard right to the end.

 

New Kids 3 (Dave Beveridge (reserve) 1½, Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 1½)

Truants 7 (Graham Wood 3, Knut Radmer 2, Alain Leger 2)

Truants started well with two 3-1 victories, but in both cases New Kids had went in front. First Graham Wood beat Dave Beveridge and then Knut Radmer defeated Kong Wan. Howard Lee halved the lead when he beat Alain Leger 3-0, 12-10 in the third, but Truants then powered ahead with three wins in a row. First Graham beat Kong 3-0, then Alain defeated Dave 3-1 and finally Knut beat Howard 3-1. In the doubles match Howard and Dave had a good 3-2 comeback win over Graham and Alain, 11-9 in the fifth was the closest game. Thoughts of a New Kids fightback didn’t last long though as first Alain came from behind to defeat King 3-1 and then Graham defeated Howard 3-2 to make it 7-2 to Truants. However, Dave had the final say for New Kids after he defeated Knut 3-0.

 

Comets 3 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Glenn Christie 1, Jill Milne 1)

Chieftains 7 (Jacob Munro 3½, Fiona Kinloch 3½, Jim Tawse 0)

A good win for Chieftains in the end, but losing three five-game matches did not help the Comets cause. The first of these was in the opening match where Dougal Ogilvie led 2-1 before losing it 3-2 to Jacob Munro. Fiona Kinloch then made it 2-0 to Chieftains when she defeated Glenn Christie 3-1, although 14-12 in the second was vital for Fiona. Jill Milne then got one back when she beat Jim Tawse 3-0, 12-10 in the third. Match four again went the distance with Jacob winning the fifth 11-9 after Glenn had levelled at 2-all with an epic 17-15 win in the fourth. Dougal then beat Jim 3-1 to get Comets another win, but Fiona then came from behind to defeat Jill 3-1, 14-12 in the second, and make it 4-2 to Chieftains. Fiona then partnered Jacob to defeat Jill and Dougal 3-1 in the doubles match, but an 11-9 win each plus two 12-10 wins for Chieftains shows it was close throughout. Glenn then got Comets only 5-game triumph of the night when he beat Jim 3-2 after Jim had levelled from 2-0 down. However Chieftains finished strongly with first Jacob beating Jill 3-0, 12-10 in the second, and then in the final match Fiona defeated Dougal 3-2, although 13-11 wins in the second and fifth games were crucial for Fiona.

 

Villa 10 (Ian McLagan 3½, David Hay 3½, Sandy Bertie 3)

Rollercoasters 0 (Paul Jackson 0, Tony Cook 0, Dave Lane 0)

Villa got the perfect win in the end, but Rollercoasters came close on several occasions. Ian McLagan beat Paul Jackson 3-0 in the opening match, but 18-16 and 13-11 game wins show Paul was unlucky not to take it further. David Hay then more comfortably defeated Tony Cook 3-0, before Sandy Bertie overcame Dave Lane in four games, 15-13 and 11-9 in the second and fourth. David made it 4-0 with a 3-1 victory over Paul and Ian added another with a 3-0 triumph over Dave, again 12-10 and 13-11 games wins were vital for Ian. Two fairly comfortable 3-0 wins then followed: Sandy versus Tony and Ian and David against Paul and David in the doubles match. In match eight David Hay comfortably went into a 2-0 lead, but a great fightback by Dave saw it reach two-all. Somehow David found a way in the fifth game to win it 11-8 and secure the match. Villa then refocused after this huge scare and Sandy and then Ian comfortably won 3-0 against Paul and Tony respectively.

 

Brechin 5 (Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 2½, Derek Mitchell 2½)

Villa 5 (David Hay 3, Sandy Bertie 1, Ian McLagan 1)

The league leaders Villa salvaged a late draw at second placed Brechin to stay on top. A 13-11 fourth game victory by David Hay against Aaron Robertson got Villa in front, but two comfortable 3-0 wins for John Anderson against Sandy Bertie and then Derek Mitchell versus Ian McLagan put Brechin ahead. A brilliant 3-0 win, 14-12 in the second, for David over John levelled the contest again and a fine 3-0 win for Ian over Aaron got Villa in front for the second time. Another twist then saw Brechin retake the lead. First Derek beat Sandy 3-0 to level and he then teamed up with John to win the doubles match 3-0 against David and Ian. Brechin increased their lead to 5-3 after John defeated Ian 3-1, but another excellent 3-0 win for David over Derek got the margin down to one. In the final match, Sandy defeated Aaron 3-0 to earn Villa the overall draw.

 

Division 3

Lairds 9 (Bill Beattie 3½, Ewan MacDonald 3, Ryan Connor 2½)

Telsports 1 (Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 1, Sandy Elrick 0)

Lairds went in front against Telsports when Bill Beattie defeated Robert Fotheringham 3-1 and a brilliant 3-2 comeback win for Ewan MacDonald against David Axton made it 2-0. Two 3-0 triumphs then doubled the Lairds lead with first Ryan Connor defeating Sandy Elrick and next Ewan beating Robert. Bill then defeated Sandy 3-1 to make it 5-0, but 14-12 in the second was vital for him. Match six saw David lose a 2-0 lead to Ryan before triumphing 11-8 in the fifth to get Telsports a victory. However, Lairds then refocussed to win remaining four matches for the loss of just two games, Ryan in his 3-1 defeat of Robert and then Bill in his 3-1 victory over David.

 

Prospects 3 (Chris Wroniecki 1, Neil Lea 1, Dave Goddard 1)

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 3½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 0)

Duffers went into a 2-0 lead at Prospects after two 3-1 victories, Rich McLaren against Chris Wroniecki and then Andy Reid versus Neil Lea. Dave Goddard got one back for Prospects after he defeated Billy Liddle 3-0, but another 3-0 win, this time for Rich against Neil made it 3-1 to Duffers. Chris then beat Billy 3-1 to get Prospects back into it, but Andy then came from behind to defeat Dave 3-1 and make it 4-2 to Duffers. This became 5-2 after the doubles match where Andy and Rich came from behind to defeat Chris and Neil 3-1. Prospects got another back when Neil defeated Billy 3-0, but 12-10 and 11-9 in the second and third confirms it was close. Rich then beat Dave 3-0 to make it 6-3 to Duffers, but in the final match Chris seemed on course to get Prefects a win when he went 2-1 up. However, a great recovery from Andy saw him win the match 3-2 and complete the scoring for Duffers.

 

Missiles 3 (David Hunter 1, Daniel Russell ½, Ian Roberts 1½)

Princes 7 (Blair Duncan 3, Bill Beattie (reserve) 2, Ryan Connor (reserve) 2)

Princes got the victory in the end, but there were many close matches throughout and Missiles could easily have got more wins. Blair Duncan opened for Princes and he won 3-1 against David Hunter, although 13-11 in the first was vital. Bill Beattie made it 2-0 with another 3-1 triumph versus Daniel Russell, but Ian Roberts then had a close 3-2 win over Ryan Connor to half the deficit. Blair then came from behind to beat Daniel 3-1 and then David and Ryan fought out a long five-game match. David led 2-1 after three 12-10 games in a row, but Ryan fought back to win the match after 11-9 and 11-8 triumphs. Bill then beat Ian 3-0 to make it 5-1 to Princes. Blair and Bill seemed in control of the doubles match when an 11-7 win put them 2-1 up. However, two 13-11 wins in a row got the match win for Ian and Daniel. Princes then went further ahead after Ryan defeated Daniel 3-2 in a match that went one way then the other and next Blair beat Ian 3-0, although 13-11 twice was hard on Ian. David then had the final say for Missiles when he defeated Bill 3-0, although 14-12 in the first was vital for him.

 

Tass 4 (Stewart Clark 1, Jim Wotherspoon 0, Jim Houghton 3)

Kingsway 6 (Stephen Caird 2½, Derek Thomson 2½, Willie Cooper 1)

Kingsway got the narrow win at Tass although the victory was not confirmed until the fifth game of the final match. Jim Houghton starred for Tass with three wins but Tass lost all three five-game matches, which ultimately cost them. Kingsway started very strongly with two 3-0 wins; Stephen Caird versus Stewart Clark, 14-12 and 12-10 in the first and third, and then Derek Thomson over Jim Wotherspoon. Jim Houghton got one back after he beat Willie Cooper 3-1, but Stephen then beat Jim Wotherspoon 3-2 after he had been 2-1 behind to make it 3-1 to Kingsway. However, Tass fought back to level with two 3-1 victories, first Stewart against Willie and then Jim Houghton versus Derek. In the doubles match Derek partnered Stephen to get a little revenge with a strong 3-0 win over the two Jims. Willie then beat Jim Wotherspoon 3-2 after Jim had come back from 2-0 down to make it 5-3, but Jim Houghton secured his hat-trick with a 3-1 win over Stephen, although 13-11 in the second and fourth was hard on Stephen. The final match was the closest of the fixture. An 11-9 win put Derek in front, but Stewart levelled with an 11-7 triumph. Another 11-9 win put Derek in front again but Stewart levelled for the second time with a 12-10 win. The final game was also close, but Derek just won it 11-9 to secure the match and the overall victory for Kingsway.

 

Kingsway 9 (Stephen Caird 3½, Derek Thomson 3½, Willie Cooper 2)

Prospects 1 (Dave Goddard 0, Chris Wroniecki 1)

Two player Prospects lost heavily at Kingsway, but a closer look at the match scores shows they fought very well throughout. Dave Goddard lost 3-1 to Stephen Caird after he had led; Dave then lost 3-2 to Derek Thomson after he had been 2-0 up and 12-14 in the third shows he may have won 3-0. Finally Dave lost 3-2 to Willie Cooper, 12-14 in the fifth, after he had been 2-1 up. Chris Wroniecki lost 11-13 in the third to Derek; he was defeated 3-0 by Stephen, 12-14 and 11-13 in the second and third and finally Chris defeated Willie 3-1 after he had been behind. Even in the doubles match the Prospects’ boys were unlucky. They led 2-1 after a 12-10 third game win, but Derek and Stephen recovered to win it 11-9 in the fifth game.

 

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 3, Andy Reid 3, Billy Liddle 1)

Missiles 3 (Lee Nixon 1½, David Hunter 1½)

Short-handed Missiles won three of the seven matches played, but couldn’t prevent Duffers from completing the overall victory. For Duffers, Rich McLaren started with a 3-0 win over Lee Nixon, 12-10 and 11-9 in the second and third show it was close, and later Rich came from 2-1 down to beat David Hunter 3-2. Two comfortable 3-0 wins for Andy Reid over David and then Lee were Duffers other triumphs. For Missiles, David defeated Billy Liddle 3-0 and Lee came from behind to beat Billy 3-1, 13-11 in the fourth. In the doubles match David and Lee eventually won it in the fifth game, after Andy and Billy had twice levelled, to get Missiles their third win.

 

Buccaneers 2 (David Clark 1½, Gregor O'Neill ½, Dale McLeish 0)

Tass 8 (Jim Houghton 3, David Axton (reserve) 2, Stewart Clark 3)

Jim Houghton opened for Tass against Buccaneers’ David Clark and Jim came away with a comfortable 3-0 win. Match two was much closer, but David Axton won it 11-9 in the fifth, although Gregor O’Neill was unlucky losing the third 13-15. Stewart Clark made it 3-0 to Tass when he beat Dale McLeish 3-1. However match four was a marathon. Gregor went into a 2-1 lead with 22-20 and 12-10 game wins against an 11-9 win for Jim, but Jim recovered to win games four and five, 11-8 and 11-7, and take the match. Stewart then defeated David Clark to make it 5-0 and David Axton beat Dale 3-1 to make it 6-0 to Tass, although 13-11 and 12-10 in the first and fourth was vital for David. In the doubles match Buccaneers got on the scoreboard after a fine 3-0 victory for David Clark and Gregor against David Axton and Jim. Gregor was then involved in another marathon match, this time against Stewart. Stewart won the first two 11-9 and 12-10, but Gregor won the next two 15-13 and 11-8. The final game made to 11-all, but it was Stewart that got over the line 13-11. A comfortable 3-0 win for Jim over Dale made it 8-1 to Tass, but Buccaneers had the final say when David Clark also had a comfortable 3-0 win over David Axton.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Chieftains 10 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jim Tawse 3, Jacob Munro 4)

Brechin 5 (Aaron Robertson 1, Bill Balfour 2, John Anderson 2)

Chieftains started well against Brechin when Fiona Kinloch beat Aaron Robertson and Jim Tawse made it 3-0 with a 21-19 game win over Bill Balfour. However, Bill fought back to narrowly win their second game 21-20 and get Brechin on the scoreboard. Jacob Munro then had an excellent victory over John Anderson to make it 5-1 to Chieftains. Jim made it 6-1 before Aaron got one back in their second game. A 21-20 triumph for Fiona made it 7-2, but John won their second game 21-15 to get one back for Brechin. A 21-19 victory for Bill over Jacob made it 7-4, but Jacob recovered his composure to win their second game 21-18. Another draw, this time between Jim and John put Brechin on the brink at 9-5 and Jacob drove in the final nail when he defeated Aaron 21-14 and secure the tie win for Chieftains.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Star v Aces

Div 1

28/11/2017

16/03/2018

Lairds v Princes

Div 3

12/12/2017

19/03/2018

Viscounts v Rollercoasters

Div 2

19/12/2017

Not Known

Swots v Chieftains

Div 2

12/02/2018

19/03/2018

Defenders v Saints

Div 1

14/02/2018

14/03/2018

Up4it v Thumpers

Div 1

27/02/2018

Not Known

Truants v Comets

Div 2

27/02/2018

13/03/2018

Princes v Tass

Div 3

27/02/2018

03/04/2018

Defenders v Star

Div 1

28/02/2018

13/03/2018

Tigers v Viscounts

Div 2

28/02/2018

28/03/2018

Brechin v New Kids

Div 2

28/02/2018

27/03/2018

Telsports v Squires

Div 3

28/02/2018

Not Known

Rockets v Kings

Div 1

01/03/2018

Not Known

Buccaneers v Kingsway

Div 3

01/03/2018

Not Known

Squires v Sputniks

Div 3

06/03/2018

Not Known

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 23 – commencing 26 February 2018

The DDTTA fixture list was decimated by the bad weather, but fixtures played early in the week before the snow hit still had significant outcomes for all three divisions.

In Division One Aces had a perfect win over Saints to narrow the gap to leaders Knights to eleven points and Aces also have a fixture in hand on the leaders. Prefects had a big win over Telstars and Kings defeated Saints and both of the victors have now guaranteed their place in Division One for next season.

In Division Two Villa had a brilliant comeback win against Chieftains to move two points clear of previous leaders Brechin, with both teams having five fixtures left, including a match-up against each other in Brechin. At the other end of the division Swots defeated bottom side Rollercoasters to move above Comets and out of the relegation spots. Swots are now five points clear of Comets, with Rollercoasters a further three points behind and by no means out of it, although Rollercoasters have played a fixture more than their two nearest rivals.

In Division Three the leaders Sputniks played in the only fixture to beat the weather and they made it a good night with a big win over Prospects. This means Sputniks are now sixteen points clear at the top, although second placed Kingsway still have three fixtures in hand.

 

Division 1

Aces 10 (Grant Williams 3½, David Hay (reserve) 3½, Mark Lundberg 3)

Saints 0 (Raqib Valli 0, Andi Afezolli 0, Pierre Van Houtte 0)

Aces were in a dominant mood against Saints with Grant Williams, David Hay and Mark Lundberg winning all their matches without dropping a single game. For Saints, Andi Afezolli and newcomers Raqib Valli and Pierre Van Houtte came close on a few occasions without any reward.

 

Prefects 8 (Michael Hahn 3½, Clyde Johnson 3½, Bonifac Legrady 1)

Telstars 2 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 1, Stewart Clark (reserve) 0)

Prefects went 2-0 up on Telstars after 3-0 wins for first Michael Hahn against David Monteith and then Clyde Johnson versus Ian Farquhar, 13-11 in the first. The third match was much closer but Bonifac Legrady eventually won a see-sawing five-game contest for Prefects against Stewart Clark to make it 3-0. Clyde then beat David 3-1 but it was very close as the game scores of 10-12, 11-7, 15-13 and 12-10 indicate. Michael then made it 5-0 after he beat Stewart 3-0, but Ian then defeated Bonifac 3-0 to get one back for Telstars. Michael and Clyde then won the doubles match 3-1 against David and Ian but two 12-10 wins in games two and four were crucial for them. Clyde then completed his night with a 3-0 win over Stewart to make it 7-1 overall, but the next match was very much closer. David went ahead after winning the first 14-12 win, but an 11-8 game win for Bonifac levelled it. David won the third comfortably but another 11-8 game win for Bonifac levelled things for the second time. The final game went beyond 10-all but it was David who won it for Telstars after a 13-11 triumph. Ian then won the first game of match ten 12-10. But Michael recovered well to win the match 3-1 and complete the scoring for Prefects.

 

Kings 10 (Plamen Kostadinov 3½, Adeola Fabola 3½, Andrew Nimmo (reserve) 3)

Saints 0 (Pierre Van Houtte 0, Olivia Dovernor 0, Raqib Valli 0)

Kings were in control from the off against Saints with Plamen Kostadinov, Ade Fabola and Andrew Nimmo winning all their matches without dropping a single game. For Saints, Pierre Van Houtte, Olivia Dovernor and Raqib Valli again came close on a few occasions without any reward.

 

Division 2

Chieftains 4 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jim Tawse 1, Jacob Munro 2)

Villa 6 (David Hay 3½, Ian McLagan 1½, Sandy Bertie 1)

Villa went to the top of the league after an amazing comeback against Chieftains. It started well for Villa when David Hay defeated Fiona Kinloch 3-0, but Chieftains then went ahead after two good victories against higher ranked players. First Jim Tawse defeated Ian McLagan in a long five-game match. Ian took the first 12-10, but 11-8 and 13-11 victories put Jim in front. Ian then levelled with an11-7 fourth game win but Jim eventually got over the line with a 13-11 final game win. Next Chieftains took the lead after Jacob Munro beat Sandy Bertie 3-1, with 14-12 in the third being vital for Jacob. Villa then levelled after David beat Jim 3-0, but two 11-9 wins were close. However, two excellent victories for Fiona over Sandy and then Jacob over Ian put Chieftains in a very strong positon 4-2 ahead. In the doubles match it got even better for Chieftains when Jim and Fiona went 2-0 up after a 14-12 triumph. But somehow the match, and subsequently the whole fixture, turned. David and Ian won the third game 11-9 and then dominated to take the match 3-2. Villas tails were up and three 3-1 match victories then followed to turn the contest completely around and get Villa to the top of the table. First Sandy beat Jim from 1-all; next David beat Jacob from 1-0 down and finally Ian beat Fiona to complete the turnaround and get Villa the overall victory.

 

Swots 6 (Dave Beveridge 2½, Collin Bleak 1, Emma Bissett 2½)

Rollercoasters 4 (David Lane 0, Paul Jackson 1, Scott Thomson (reserve) 3)

Swots went into the lead after Dave Beveridge defeated David Lane 3-0, 12-10 in the third. However, Rollercoasters responded with two five-game match wins in a row. First Paul Jackson beat Collin Bleak 11-9 in the fifth after Collin had levelled from 2-0 down and next Scott Thomson defeated Emma Bissett 11-8 in the fifth after Emma had levelled twice. In the fourth match Collin raced into a 2-0 lead but 13-11 and 11-5 games for David levelled it. Collin then got his form back and an 11-5 win of his own in the fifth got him the win. A 3-0 win for Scott over Dave got Rollercoasters in front again, but Emma then defeated Paul 3-1, 11-9 in the fourth to level it again. Emma then teamed up with Dave to win 3-0 against Paul and Scott in an excellent doubles performance. However, Scott immediately replied with a 3-0 victory over Collin, 12-10 in the first to level it again at four-all. Emma then got Swots in front again after she beat David 3-1 and next Dave sealed an excellent win for Swots when he defeated Paul 3-1.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 9 (Jack Oughton 3, Carol McLean 2½, Eric Brown 3½)

Prospects 1 (Dave Goddard 0, Neil Lea 0, Ian Brumwell 1)

Sputniks raced into a 5-0 lead against Prospects without dropping a game. The closest Prospects came to winning a game in this sequence was when Ian Brumwell lost 13-11 to Jack Oughton in their first game. In match six Neil Lea won a game against Eric Brown, but still lost 3-1. Similarly in the doubles match Dave Goddard and Ian won a game in their 3-1 defeat from Carol McLean and Eric. However, match eight went the distance. Carol went 2-1 up on Ian with an 11-8 win, but Ian fought back to level with an 11-9 fourth game victory and he then took the match with an excellent fifth game triumph. Sputniks then found their form again and two comfortable 3-0 wins for Eric against Dave and then Jack versus Neil completed the scoring.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Star v Aces

Div 1

28/11/2017

Not Known

Kingsway v Prospects

Div 3

04/12/2017

Not Known

Lairds v Princes

Div 3

12/12/2017

19/03/2018

Viscounts v Rollercoasters

Div 2

19/12/2017

Not Known

Saints v Prefects

Div 1

16/01/2018

Not Known

Swots v Chieftains

Div 2

12/02/2018

Not Known

Brechin v Villa

Div 2

14/02/2018

07/03/2018

Defenders v Saints

Div 1

14/02/2018

14/03/2018

Up4it v Thumpers

Div 1

27/02/2018

Not Known

Truants v Comets

Div 2

27/02/2018

13/03/2018

Princes v Tass

Div 3

27/02/2018

03/04/2018

Defenders v Star

Div 1

28/02/2018

13/03/2018

Tigers v Viscounts

Div 2

28/02/2018

28/03/2018

Brechin v New Kids

Div 2

28/02/2018

Not Known

Telsports v Squires

Div 3

28/02/2018

Not Known

Rockets v Kings

Div 1

01/03/2018

Not Known

Duffers v Missiles

Div 3

01/03/2018

Not Known

Buccaneers v Kingsway

Div 3

01/03/2018

Not Known

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.

 

 

Week 22 – commencing 19 February 2018

The Division One leaders Knights strengthened their position at the top with a perfect victory over Thumpers. With second placed Aces not playing, Up4it won well at Telstars to jump into second place, 13 points behind the leaders. Aces are a further eight points behind, but have two fixtures in hand on the top two. Fourth placed Star and sixth placed Prefects drew and fifth placed Rockets won well at Saints to narrow the gap to Star and move well clear of Prefects. Seventh placed Kings had a big win over Defenders to narrow the gap to Prefects to two points with a fixture less played.

In Division Two Brechin won well at Comets to remain on top. Second placed Truants visited third placed Villa, but a huge home win meant Villa are now just four points behind Brechin with a fixture in hand. Truants drop to fourth after Viscounts had a perfect win over Swots to leapfrog them, just two points behind Villa. Chieftains won well at Rollercoasters to move up to sixth and New Kids drew with Lundin Lasers to mean both teams are now well clear of the bottom three, Comets, Swots and Rollercoasters who all lost heavily.

In Division Three the leaders Sputniks won well at Missiles and they increased their lead at the top to seven points after their nearest rivals Kingsway could only draw at home to fourth placed Princes, although both Kingsway and Princes have two fixtures in hand. Duffers remain third, eight points adrift of second, despite losing narrowly to fifth placed Tass but both are now only outside bets to finish in the top two. Lairds had a big win over Buccaneers to move up to sixth and Prospects had a good victory over Telsports to move above Missiles into eighth place.

In the Stanley doubles, Aces had a relatively comfortable win over Rockets to reach the semi-finals and in the Handicap cup two-player Telsports had a remarkable victory over Duffers to also reach the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Star 5 (Andy Ferguson 0, John Hannah 3½, Iain Martin 1½)

Prefects 5 (Justin Yang 2, Clyde Johnson 1, Michael Hahn 2)

The first eight singles matches of Star against Prefects were all won 3-0. First Justin Yang beat Andy Ferguson to put Prefects ahead and then John Hannah replied for Star versus Clyde Johnson. Next Prefects’ Michael Hahn defeated Iain Martin, but 14-12 in the second was close and then John levelled when he beat Justin, 12-10 in the first being the closest game. Two comfortable wins then followed to make it three-all: Michael versus Andy for Prefects with Iain replying for Star against Clyde. John and Iain then beat Clyde and Michael in the doubles match, 11-9 being the closest that Prefects got to a game. Finally in match eight, John defeated Michael surprisingly comfortably as only a few places separate them in the rankings, and Star were now 5-3 ahead. The ninth match bucked the trend when Justin won the first 11-9, but Iain replied with 11-5 and 11-9 wins to go ahead. Game four was won by Justin 13-11 and a 12-10 triumph in the final game got Justin a great win to narrow the gap to one. In the final match Andy led after a 12-10 win but Clyde levelled after a 13-11 victory. Games three and four were won 11-7 and 11-8 respectively by Clyde to get Prefects the overall draw.

 

Kings 10 (Adeola Fabola 3½, Aleksandar Jovanovic 3½, Andrew Nimmo (reserve) 3)

Defenders 0 (Paul Jackson (reserve) 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Richard Tough 0)

Kings dominated against Defenders and only lost three games all night after Arthur Pritchard lost 3-1 three times to Aleksandar Jovanovic, Andrew Nimmo and Ade Fabola respectively. Paul Jackson and Richard Tough fought hard for Defenders all night but could not get a game win. The doubles match was a close affair with Ade and Aleksandar beating Arthur and Richard 11-8, 12-10 and 12-10. Andrew remained unbeaten playing in his first ever Division One fixture and amazingly overall he had seven match victories in 2 hours as he had also won all his matches for his own team, Viscounts, playing at the other end of the gym.

 

Saints 1 (Chan Tsz Huen 1, Olivia Dovernor 0)

Rockets 9 (Tony O’Shea (reserve) 2, Peter Dixon 3½, Jim Dyson 3½)

The opening match was between Saints’ Chan Tsz Huen and Tony O’Shea of Rockets and it went all the way before they could be separated. Chan Tsz Huen won the first 13-11, but Tony fought back with 11-7 and 13-11 wins to make it 2-1. However, Chan Tsz Huen fought back to take the match after 11-8 and 14-12 wins. Sadly for two-player Saints, Rockets then dominated the remaining matches and only dropped one further game, Chan Tsz Huen in her 3-1 defeat to Jim Dyson with Olivia Dovernor coming close to winning a game a couple of times without success.  Rockets Peter Dixon won his three singles matches and the doubles match partnering Jim Dyson without dropping a single game.

 

Thumpers 0 (Tony O'Shea 0, Jordan Ednie 0, Ian Hunter 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Robert Toth 3½, Callum Riddoch 3)

Knights started very well and comfortably won the first three singles matches, although Jordan Ednie was unlucky to lose 14-12 to Robert Toth in their first game. In match four Jordan did manage to win a game versus Stuart Halliday, but Stuart won the other three fairly comfortably to make it 4-0 Knights. After Callum Riddoch beat Tony O’Shea 3-0, Ian Hunter went 1-0 up on Robert, but again Robert fought back well to win it 3-1. Robert then partnered Stuart to comfortably win the doubles match 3-0 against Jordan and Tony and next Callum won his third 3-0 match of the night against Jordan, although 12-10 in the first was close. Ian then got 2-0 up after two fine 11-8 wins, but Stuart then won three tight games 11-8, 12-10 and finally 11-9 to get Knights another win. In the final match Robert beat Tony 3-0 to complete the scoring for Knights.

 

Telstars 1 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Graeme Elrick 1)

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 2, Gillian Edwards 3½)

Up4it won well in the end but Telstars pushed them hard till the end with Up4it winning three five game and three four game matches. Paul Monteith opened for Up4it and he defeated David Monteith 3-1. Next Ian Farquhar went 2-0 up with an 11-9 win, but 12-10 and 11-9 wins for Ryan levelled. In game five Ryan played well to win it and put Up4it 2-0 ahead. A 3-0 win for Gillian Edwards against Graeme Elrick made it 3-0 to Up4it before Ian then had his second five game match in a row. A 14-12 win put Paul ahead but three 11-6 games in a row then made it 2-all, but sadly for Ian Paul powered ahead in the final game to get Up4it another win. Gillian then beat David 3-0, although 12-10 in the first was vital and Graeme repeated this against Ryan to get Telsports on the scoreboard. The doubles match was won 3-1 by Paul and Gillian versus David and Ian, but 13-11 in the second was crucial for the Up4it pairing. Another 3-1 win for Gillian against Ian then made it 7-1 and Paul then defeated Graeme 3-0 to increase the Up4it lead. In the final match David started brilliantly and two 11-5 wins put him in command. A 12-10 win got Ryan back in it and he followed this up with two 11-9 wins to take the match and get the final win for Up4it.

 

Division 2

Viscounts 10 (Andy Hughes 3, Andrew Nimmo 3½, Filip Jovanovic 3½)

Swots 0 (Dave Beveridge 0, Emma Bissett 0, Chris Wroniecki (reserve) 0)

Dave Beveridge won the first game for Swots 14-12, but Viscounts’ Andy Hughes replied with three game wins, 13-11 in the fourth, to win it. Andrew Nimmo made it 2-0 with a 3-1 victory over Emma Bissett and Filip Jovanovic then beat Chris Wroniecki 12-10 in the fifth after Chris had led 1-0 and 2-1 to make it 3-0 to Viscounts. Next Andrew beat Dave 3-1 and then Andy defeated Chris 3-0 before Filip and Emma fought out another five game match. Filip led after a 12-10 win but a great response from Emma made it 2-1. An 11-9 win just got Filip level at 2-all and an 11-8 fifth game triumph saw Filip get Viscounts another win. Filip then joined Andrew to win the doubles match 3-0 against Emma and Dave. Andrew then completed his unbeaten night with a 3-0 triumph over Chris. Next Filip went 1-0 up but Dave fought back strongly to go 2-1 up. However, the match turned again and Filip got home in the fifth game. Finally, Emma and Andy were level after an 11-8 win each, but Andy then got ahead to win it 3-1 for Viscounts.

 

New Kids 5 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 2½, Ian Smith 2½)

Lundin Lasers 5 (Ron Filsell 1, Arthur Duncan 1, Roman Nydza 3)

New Kids and Lundin Lasers fought out a draw in St Andrews after both sides had led at one point, but Roman Nydza of Lundin was the star player with a trio of singles wins. First Roman beat Ian Smith 3-1, then he defeated Kong Wan 3-0, 14-12 in the third, and finally Roman beat Howard Lee 3-1 after they had shared 13-11 successes in games two and three. Lundin’s other wins came in matches one and ten when first Ron Filsell defeated Kong 3-0 and later Arthur Duncan beat Kong 3-0, 12-10 in the second. For New Kids Howard Lee and Ian Smith both won a couple of singles matches 3-1 and in the doubles match they also won 3-1 against Ron and Roman.

 

Comets 1 (Dougal Ogilvie 0, Fraser Smith 0, Jill Milne 1)

Brechin 9 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Aaron Robertson 2, John Anderson 3½)

Brechin went 2-0 up on Comets after two 3-0 successes; Derek Mitchell against Dougal Ogilvie and then Aaron Robertson versus Fraser Smith. In match three Jill Milne went 2-1 up on John Anderson with her second 11-8 game win in a row, but John fought back with 11-6 and 11-9 wins to make it 3-0 to Brechin overall. A 3-0 win for Derek over Fraser, 12-10 in the second, was followed by a 3-1 victory for John over Dougal to make it 5-0 Brechin. A fine 3-1 win for Jill over Aaron then got Comets on the scoreboard, but sadly for Comets four 3-0 defeats in a row followed to make it 8-1. In the final match Dougal went 1-0 up, but Aaron fought back with three straight games to take the match for Brechin.

 

Villa 9 (Ian McLagan 3½, David Hay 3½, Sandy Bertie 2)

Truants 1 (Alain Leger 0, Graham Wood 1, Knut Radmer 0)

Villa jumped above Truants into second place after an emphatic performance. The first five matches were won 3-0 with Ian McLagan starting the proceedings against Alain Leger. Further Villa wins followed for David Hay over Graham Wood; Sandy Bertie versus Knut Radmer, 12-10 in the first; David against Alain and finally Ian versus Knut, 14-12 in the third. Graham then got Truants on the scoreboard when he defeated Sandy 3-1 and he almost got another win for Truants in the doubles match with Alain against Ian and David. The Truants pairing led 1-0 after a 12-10 triumph but two game wins saw Villa ahead. At 10-6 in the fourth Graham and Alain saved four match points and then won it 13-11. It reached 10-all in the fifth game, but David and Ian eventually won it for Villa 13-11. Two further 3-0 wins for Villa then ensued: David against Knut and Sandy versus Alain, 14-12 in the first. In the final match Graham went 2-1 up with a 12-10 victory, but Ian then recovered to win it 11-8 in the fifth and complete the night for Villa.

 

Rollercoasters 1 (Tony Cook 0, Dave Lane 0, Paul Jackson 1)

Chieftains 9 (Jacob Munro 2, Fiona Kinloch 3½, Jim Tawse 3½)

Chieftains won well in the end, but Rollercoasters fought hard and won games in eight matches. Chieftains started with two 3-1 wins: Jacob Munro versus Tony Cook and then Fiona Kinloch against Dave Lane and next Jim Tawse beat Paul Jackson 13-11 in the third to make it 3-0 overall. Match four was the closest of the night. Two 13-11 wins were shared before a 11-7 win put Dave in the driving seat. However, Jacob soon levelled and then he won it 11-8 in the fifth. Two further 3-1 triumphs for Chieftains then followed: Jim versus Tony and then Fiona against Paul. In the doubles match Jim and Fiona again won it 3-1 against Tony and Dave and Jim then got his third 3-1 win in a row when he beat Dave. A fine 3-0 win for Paul against Jacob got Rollercoasters on the scoreboard, but their joy was short-lived as Fiona comfortably defeated Tony 3-0 to complete the scoring for Chieftains.

 

Division 3

Lairds 9 (Deklyn McKenzie 2, Bill Beattie 3½, Ryan Connor 3½)

Buccaneers 1 (David Clark 0, Stewart Ferguson 1, Murray Johnstone 0)

Lairds won after an excellent performance over Buccaneers. Deklyn McKenzie started the ball rolling when he beat David Clark 3-0, 13-11 in the first. The next match was closer though, but Bill Beattie eventually won it 11-8 in the fifth against Stewart Ferguson after they had fought out three 13-11 games earlier. Ryan Connor then made it 3-0 to Lairds when he comfortably defeated Murray Johnstone 3-0. Further 3-0 wins then followed for Bill against Dave and then Deklyn versus Murray, both 12-10 in the first. Ryan then beat Stewart 3-1, 11-9 in the fourth to make it 6-0 and Ryan then joined Bill to win the doubles match 3-1 against David and Murray after they had been behind early on. Bill then defeated Murray 3-0 and Ryan overcame David in four games to make it 9-0 to Lairds. In the final match Stewart got a consolation 3-0 win over Deklyn to ensure that Buccaneers got something for their efforts.

 

Prospects 7 (Chris Wroniecki 2½, Ken Falconer 3, Neil Lea 1½)

Telsports 3 (Paul McDade 1, David Axton 2, Anthony Keeling 0)

Prospects raced into a 5-0 lead but Telsports then did better and won the second half of the fixture 3-2. Chris Wroniecki opened for Prospects and he defeated Paul McDade 3-0, 14-12 in the third. David Axton then went 2-1 up with a 12-10 triumph, but Ken Falconer fought back for Prospects to win it 3-2. Three fairly comfortable 3-0 wins then made it 5-0 to Prospects; first Neil Lea against Anthony Keeling; then Ken over Paul and finally Chris versus Anthony. David then beat Neil 3-0 to get Telsports off and running but they were quickly stopped in their tracks in the doubles match when Chris and Neil defeated Paul and Anthony 3-1. It then became 7-1 when Ken beat Anthony 3-0. A mini Telsports fight back then ensued with first Paul beating Neil 3-1, but 15-13, 11-13, 11-9 and 11-7 shows it was close. David then beat Chris 3-0, 12-10 in the first to have the final say for Telsports, with Prefects glad they got off to a great start.

 

Missiles 2 (Lee Nixon 0, David Hunter ½, Ian Roberts 1½)

Sputniks 8 (Eric Brown 2, Jim Fleming 3, Carol McLean 3)

A big win for Sputniks in the end, but losing 3-2 three times in the first six matches did not help Missiles cause. After a comfortable 3-0 win for Eric Brown over Lee Nixon, Jim Fleming then had a great comeback win over David Hunter to double the Sputniks lead, although 9-11 twice and 11-13 in the fifth was hard on David. In match three Carol McLean came from 2-1 down to defeat Ian Roberts 3-2 and Sputniks went 5-0 up after a 3-1 win for Eric over David was followed by a 3-0 triumph for Carol over Lee. Missiles then lost another nail-biter when Jim came from 2-1 down to beat Ian 3-2, 14-12 in the fifth. In the doubles match Missiles finally got a win when David and Ian came from behind to beat Eric and Jim 3-1, but 12-10, 11-8 and 11-9 wins for them shows it was close. A comfortable 3-0 win for Carol over David made it 7-1 Sputniks, but Ian then got one back with a very close 3-0 win over Eric, as 16-14 and 11-9 twice confirms. The final match was evenly poised at one-all after an 11-9 win for Lee and Jim, but Jim then pulled away in the third and fourth games to get the final win for Sputniks.

 

Tass 6 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Houghton 3, Sandy Elrick (reserve) 0)

Duffers 4 (Rich McLaren 1½, Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 1½)

Stewart Clark got Tass ahead with a 13-11 fifth game win over Rich McLaren and Jim Houghton doubled their lead with a 3-1 victory over Billy Liddle. Next Duffers got one back after Andy Reid beat Sandy Elrick 3-0, but two 3-1 wins, for Jim against Rich and then Stewart versus Andy made it 4-1 to Tass. Another 3-1 victory, this time for Billy over Sandy, got Duffers back to 2-4 down and the doubles match brought another win for Duffers with Rich and Andy defeating Stewart and Jim 3-1. Jim then beat Andy 3-1 to get Tass two ahead again, but Rich then defeated Sandy 3-1 to make it a one-point deficit again. Billy had the chance to get Duffers the draw, but Stewart kept his nerve to win 3-0 win to secure the overall victory for Tass.

 

Kingsway 5 (Stephen Caird 2½, Derek Thomson 2½, Willie Cooper 0)

Princes 5 (Blair Duncan 3, Chris Riddoch 1, Eddie Dougan 1)

Princes took the lead when Blair Duncan had an excellent 3-0 win over Stephen Caird, but Kingsway levelled after Derek Thomson got the better of Chris Riddoch in five games, 11-9 in the fifth. It looked like another win for Kingsway when a 12-10 win put Willie Cooper 2-0 up, but a great comeback from Eddie Dougan saw him take the match 3-2. A fine 3-1 win from Blair, after Derek had taken the lead, made it 3-1 to Princes, but 12-10 and 11-9 twice shows Derek was unlucky to not take the match further. Stephen then beat Eddie 3-1, but 14-12 in the third was crucial for Stephen. Chris then defeated Willie 3-0 to get Princes two ahead again, but in the doubles match Kingsway fought back with a 3-1 win for Stephen and Derek against Blair and Eddie, however two 12-10 wins shows it was again a close match. A 3-0 win for Derek over Eddie got Kingsway level, but Blair then completed his third singles win with a come from behind 3-1 triumph over Willie. In match ten Stephen had to win to get Kingsway level for the third and final time and he delivered with a 3-1 victory over Chris.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 3

Aces 5 (Grant Williams 2, Mark Lundberg 1½, Jason Fleming 1½)

Rockets 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Gary Lowson 0, Peter Dixon 0)

This tie was much harder for Aces than the final result suggests with only one match won 3-0 and three of them were not decided until a fifth game was played. The closest matches were Mark Lundberg and Jason Fleming against Peter Dixon and Pete Yearworth which ended 8-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6 and 14-12 and Grant Williams and Mark versus Peter and Pete  which was even closer at 13-11, 14-12, 10-12, 5-11 and 11-9. Peter Dixon and Gary Lowson also came close to a Rockets win when they led Jason and Grant 2-0, but the Aces boys recovered strongly to win it 3-2.

 

Handicap Cup Round 3

Telsports 10 (David Axton 5, Sandy Elrick 5)

Duffers 8 (Rich McLaren 2, Andy Reid 3, Billy Liddle 3)

Due to a dates mix up Telsports were a man short so started from 0-6 down. David Axton started well by beating Rich McLaren 2-0, 21-20 in their second game. With Telsports second player Sandy Elrick still delayed David played again this time against Andy Reid. Andy took the first game, but David responded brilliantly to take the second game. Sandy then arrived and initially got a draw against Billy Liddle, and he then played Rich and dominated to win 2-0 and make the overall score 8-6 to Duffers. David then played Billy and 21-18 and 21-17 wins for David got Telsports level at eight-all, going into the final match between Sandy and Andy. Amazingly Sandy rolled back the years with a brilliant performance and with his backhand working like a magic wand he got Telsports over the finishing line and into the semi-finals with 21-16 and 21-18 game wins.

 

 

Week 21 – commencing 12 February 2018

The Division One the leaders Knights had a big win over Telstars to remain at the top. Aces matched Knights result against Thumpers to edge just into second above Up4it who had a good win in St Andrews against Prefects. Star narrowly defeated Kings however both teams remain in fourth and seventh places respectively.

In Division Two Truants narrowly defeated Rollercoasters and thus took advantage of the top three sides not playing to leapfrog Villa and Viscounts into second place, three points behind leaders Brechin. Tigers had a great week after they crushed New Kids and then narrowly defeated Lundin Lasers in a re-scheduled fixture. Tigers are now comfortably in fifth place, just off fourth spot. Lundin defeated Comets in their scheduled fixture and as a result move up to sixth just above Chieftains. After their heavy defeat New Kids will be looking down the table as Comets and Rollercoasters both made good ground despite losing and their third rival Swots have a fixture in hand.

In Division Three the leaders Sputniks drew at fifth placed Tass, but second placed Kingsway lost ground after they were narrowly defeated by third placed Duffers. Fourth placed Princes won at Buccaneers to edge closer to the top three. Squires and Lairds also drew and as result both remain in mid-table, but Missiles won well at bottom team Telsports to narrow the gap to them.

In the Stanley doubles, Brechin had a relatively comfortable win over Villa to reach the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Aces 10 (Grant Williams 3½, Mark Lundberg 3½, Jason Fleming 3)

Thumpers 0 (Jordan Ednie 0, David Sim 0, Tony O'Shea 0)

Aces won the Forthill derby against Thumpers after a devastating display. Jordan Ednie won the first game of the night for Thumpers 14-12 but Grant Williams recovered to win the match 3-1. Overall Aces won thirty out of thirty-three games played, with only two of them reaching 10-all. The other exceptions were that Jordan also took a game off of Mark Lundberg in his second 3-1 defeat of the night and David Sim did likewise against Jason Fleming. Tony O’Shea nearly won a game against Jason, losing 13-11 in the third.

 

Star 6 (John Hannah 3½, Calum Ross 2½, Andy Ferguson 0)

Kings 4 (Jacob Munro (reserve) 1, Plamen Kostadinov 1, Adeola Fabola 2)

Star started well and went 2-0 ahead, without dropping a game, after John Hannah beat Jacob Munro and then Calum Ross defeated Plamen Kostadinov. Kings then got one back when Ade Fabola beat Andy Ferguson 3-0, but 14-12 in the second was crucial for Ade. However, Star then forged further ahead after first Calum beat Jacob 3-0 and then John came from behind to defeat Ade 3-1. Plamen then beat Andy 3-0 to make it 4-2 to Star and their lead was increased further after the doubles match when John and Calum beat Plamen and Ade 3-0. However, Kings then fought back. First Ade had an excellent 3-0 win over Calum although 13-11 and 12-10 in the first and third was tough on Calum. Next Jacob had a brilliant comeback victory over Andy. Two 11-9 wins had put Andy in command but a 17-15 win in the third got Jacob back into the match and he then saw out the match with 11-7 and 11-8 wins in the fourth and fifth. Plamen then had the chance to get Kings a draw, but John started very well to dominate the first and then two further 11-8 wins sealed the match 3-0 and the overall victory for Star.

 

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Callum Riddoch 3, Robert Toth 3½)

Telstars 0 (Ian Farquhar 0, David Monteith 0, Graeme Elrick 0)

Knights started strongly against Telstars and won the first five matches without dropping a game. David Monteith stopped the rot for Telstars in match six when he took the opening game, but Robert Toth recovered well to win three straight games. In the doubles matches Stuart Halliday and Robert played Ian Farquhar and Graeme Elrick and the match was evenly poised after 13-11 and 10-12 scores in the first two games. However, Stuart and Robert then played good third and fourth games to win it for Knights. In match eight Callum Riddoch won his third 3-0 singles match of the night against Graeme and then a major shock seemed on the cards when Ian comfortably went 2-0 ahead of Robert. But Robert recovered well to win three games in a row and take the match. In match ten Stuart also won his third 3-0 singles match of the night when he defeated David, but 13-11 twice shows that David came close to taking it further.

 

Prefects 2 (Michael Hahn 2, Howard Lee (reserve) 0, Clyde Johnson 0)

Up4it 8 (Paul Monteith 2, Ryan Docherty 2½, Gillian Edwards 3½)

Prefects started and finished well with Michael Hahn winning 3-1 against Paul Monteith and Ryan Docherty in matches one and ten respectively. Sadly for Prefects, Up4it won all eight matches played between Michael’s triumphs. Five of Up4it’s wins were 3-0, but Prefects players reached 10-all five times and lost the lot. Clyde Johnston was the unluckiest, losing the second game 17-15 twice, first to Gillian Edwards and later to Paul. Clyde also lost 11-9 in the fourth to Ryan and then 16-14 in the fourth game when partnering Michael in the doubles match in their 3-1 defeat by Gillian and Ryan. Howard Lee also won a game for Prefects in his 3-1 defeat by Paul.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 2, Nat Forno 1, Ron Filsell 3)

Comets 4 (Dougal Ogilvie 2½, Fraser Smith 1, Jill Milne ½)

Lundin Lasers and Comets fought out a marathon contest where six of the matches went to the fifth game and in the end both sides won three each. Comets got off to a strong start and won the first two matches. Initially Dougal Ogilvie came from 2-0 down to defeat Arthur Duncan 3-2 and then Fraser Smith came from 2-1 down to beat Nat Forno 3-2. In match three Jill Milne made a brilliant start going 2-0 up for the loss of just seven points. However, an 11-7 win for Ron Fillsell was followed by two 11-9 wins to get Lundin on the scoreboard.  A 3-0 win for Dougal over Nat made it 3-1 to Comets, but another 3-0 win, 12-10 in the third, for Arthur over Jill made it 3-2. Ron then got the Lasers level when he came from behind for the second time to beat Fraser 3-1. In the doubles match Arthur and Ron went 2-0 up with a 12-10 second game win, but another big turnaround saw Jill and Dougal win the match 3-2 and edge Comets in front again. Amazingly, Jill then suffered some déjà vu when she went 2-0 up on Nat for the loss of just seven points, and as before when she faced Ron, she then proceeded to lose the next three games and consequently the match. The wheels then fell off for Comets as they lost another five games in a row. First Dougal, going for his fourth win of the night lost 3-0 to Ron, which completed Ron’s hat-trick, and then Fraser went 2-0 down to Arthur. Somehow things turned for Fraser and a 12-10 triumph was then followed by an 11-8 win to level at 2-all. However, in a final twist Arthur re-found his form to take the final game and secure the overall win for Lundin.

 

Tigers 10 (Scott Thomson 3½, Logie Anderson 3½, Kenny McLaren 3)

New Kids 0 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 0, Ian Smith 0)

Tigers had a big win over New Kids, but only two matches were won 3-0, firstly when Scott Thomson beat Kong Wan in the opening match and then in match four when Logie Anderson defeated Kong. In match three Kenny McLaren and Ian Smith fought out a close five-game match that Kenny won 11-8 in the fifth after Ian had come back from 2-0 down. In the final match Howard Lee and Scott also took five games to find a winner and Scott won it 11-9 in the fifth – the same score as three of the other games they played. All the other six matches were won 3-1 and in each case Tigers won the opening game to get on the front foot and subsequently win the match.

 

Truants 6 (Alain Leger 1½, Graham Wood 3½, Knut Radmer 1)

Rollercoasters 4 (Tony Cook 1, Paul Jackson 2, Dave Lane 1)

Truants raced into a 4-0 lead against Rollercoasters for the loss of just two games.  First Alain Leger beat Tony Cook 3-1, although 14-12 in the third was vital for Alain. Next, Graham Wood defeated Paul Jackson 3-0 and then Knut Radmer came from behind to beat Dave Lane 3-1, 13-11 in the fourth. Finally Graham beat Tony 3-0 to complete Truants good start. Rollercoasters then rallied with two wins of their own. First Dave defeated Alain 3-2 in a see-sawing match and then Paul beat Knut 3-1. Alain and Graham then won the doubles match 3-1 versus Paul and Dave, but again 14-12 in the third was vital for the Truants pairing. In match eight Dave played well to go 2-1 ahead of Graham but a strong recovery by Graham followed by a close 11-9 win in the fifth was enough to get Truants another win. However, the contest then turned again and Rollercoasters won the two remaining matches. Tony defeated Knut 3-0 and this was followed by a 3-1 triumph for Paul over Alain.

 

Tigers 6 (Logie Anderson 2½, Marion Davidson 0, Scott Thomson 3½)

Lundin Lasers 4 (Arthur Duncan 2, Nat Forno 1, Ron Filsell 1)

Lundin Lasers got off to a great start at Tigers and won the opening two matches. First Arthur Duncan got the better of Logie Anderson in a close five game match, when he came back from 2-1 down. Next Nat Forno had a 3-0 victory over Marion Davidson, but 12-10 and 11-9 in the first two were vital for Nat. Tigers got on the scoreboard when Scott Thomson defeated Ron Filsell 3-0, but Lundin went 3-1 up when Arthur had another five game triumph, this time against Marion. Marion had fought back bravely from 2-0 down, but in the final game the wheels fell off for her and Arthur dominated to take the match. After the Lasers great start, Tigers then awoke and three straight match wins put them ahead 4-3. First Logie beat Ron 3-1, 11-9 in the fourth and then Scott came from behind to defeat Nat 3-1. Finally, in the doubles match Scott and Logie beat Arthur and Ron 3-0, but all the games were close. It looked like Marion would get Tigers another win when she went 2-1 up after a 14-12 triumph, but Ron recovered well to take the match 3-2. In match nine Arthur went 2-0 up with two comfortable 11-6 wins. However, Scott got back into the match with a 12-10 win and he then won the next two 11-9 and 11-8 for a great comeback victory which put Tigers 5-4 up. Sadly for Lundin, Logie dominated the final match to defeat Nat 3-0 and seal a great overall comeback victory for Tigers.

 

Division 3

Spuniks 5 (Jack Oughton 2, Carol McLean 2, Eric Brown 1)

Tass 5 (Jim Houghton 1½, Stewart Clark 3½, Jim Wotherspoon 0)

Sputniks and Tass had to settle for a draw after a closely fought contest where only two of the matches were won 3-0. Stewart Clark of Tass was the star player winning all four matches he played – three times after the fifth game and once after four games. Jack Oughton opened the scoring for Sputniks when he defeated Jim Houghton 3-1, but Stewart then started his night with a 3-2 win over Carol McLean after both players had been ahead. Sputniks retook the lead when Eric Brown defeated Jim Wotherspoon 3-2 after Jim had led 2-1, but defeat was hard on Jim as he lost 13-11 and 11-9 in the final two games. Sputniks then powered ahead after Carol beat Jim Houghton 3-1 and then Jack defeated Jim Wotherspoon 3-0 to make it 4-1 overall. Stewart then fought back for Tass, first defeating Eric 3-1 and then partnering Jim Houghton in the doubles match to defeat Jack and Carol 3-2. A 3-0 win for Carol against Jim Wotherspoon got Sputniks two ahead again, but Jim Houghton reduced the gap when he came from behind to beat Eric 3-1. In the final match Jack completely dominated early on to lead 2-0, but Stewart fought back level with two fairly comfortable game wins. The final game was close, but Stewart won it 11-9 to take the match and earn Tass the overall draw.

 

Telsports 3 (David Axton 3, Sandy Elrick 0, Anthony Keeling 0)

Missiles 7 (Daniel Russell 2½, Ian Roberts 2½, Lee Nixon 2)

Missiles won well at Telsports despite home player David Axton staying unbeaten in the singles. David started with a 3-2 win over Daniel Russell, with all his wins being 11-9. He then beat Lee Nixon 3-0, 12-10 in the third and David completed his hat-trick when he beat Ian Roberts 3-0, although 12-10 and 11-9 in the second and third were close. For Missiles, Ian Roberts beat Sandy Elrick 3-1, 12-10 in the third and fourth and Ian defeated Anthony Keeling 3-0, 12-10 in the second; Daniel beat Sandy 3-1 and Anthony 3-0 and finally Lee defeated Anthony 3-2 and Sandy 3-1. In the doubles match Ian and Daniel won it for Missiles with a 3-0 triumph over David and Anthony, but 12-10 in the second was vital for them.

 

Lairds 5 (Deklyn McKenzie 1, Ewan MacDonald 1, Bill Beattie 3)

Squires 5 (Winnie Stein 0, Steve Wilson 2½, Tanya Kapelyukh 2½)

Lairds went ahead after Deklyn McKenzie beat Winnie Stein 3-1, but Squires quickly levelled when Steve Wilson defeated Ewan MacDonald 3-0. Lairds then regained the lead but only after Bill Beattie came from 2-1 down to beat Tanya Kapelyukh 3-2. Ewan then beat Winnie 3-1 but Tanya got one back for Squires when she defeated Deklyn 3-0. Bill then won his second match 3-2 against Steve after he had lost a 2-0 lead to put Lairds 4-2 up. The doubles match also went to the fifth game but this time Steve and Tanya won it for Squires against Ewan and Deklyn. Squires then levelled when Tanya beat Ewan 3-1 but a 3-1 win for Bill over Winnie got Lairds in front again, although 14-12 and 12-10 in the first two games was hard on Winnie. In the final match Deklyn got ahead with a 13-11 win, but Steve fought back to win 3-1 and get Squires the overall draw.

 

Duffers 6 (Rich McLaren 3½, Andy Reid 2½, Billy Liddle 0)

Kingsway 4 (Derek Thomson 1, Willie Cooper 1, Alan Carrie 2)

Duffers got a great victory over Kingsway after Rich McLaren starred with an unbeaten performance. Duffers got off to a brilliant start with two 3-0 victories. First Rich beat Derek Thomson, but 11-9, 11-9 & 12-10 shows it was very close, and next Andy Reid defeated Willie Cooper, but again 12-10 in the first was vital for Andy. Alan Carrie then got one back for Kingsway when he overcome Billy Liddle in four games, but 16-14 and 13-11 in the first and fourth suggests it could easily have went Billy’s way. However, two 3-1 triumphs for Andy over Derek and then Rich over Alan put Duffers in command at 4-1. Willie then beat Billy 3-1 to get one back for Kingsway, but another 3-1 victory in the doubles match for Rich and Andy over Derek and Alan put Duffers 5-2 ahead. However, the contest then turned in Kingsway’s favour. First Alan had a brilliant 3-0 win over Andy and then Derek defeated Billy 3-0 to make it 5-4. In the final match it seemed Willie would get Kingsway a draw when he went 2-1 up on Rich, but Rich fought back with an 11-9 win in the fourth to level. In the final game Rich had a comfortable win to secure the match and get Duffers the overall victory.

 

Buccaneers 3 (Stewart Ferguson 0, Gregor O'Neill 3, Dale McLeish 0)

Princes 7 (Blair Duncan 2½, Bill Beattie (reserve) 2, Eddie Dougan 2½)

Princes got the win over Buccaneers, but Gregor O’Neill starred for Buccaneers with a trio of singles wins. Blair Duncan started well for Princes with a 3-0 win over Stewart Ferguson. It seemed likely it would become 2-0 when Bill Beattie went 2-1 up, but a good comeback saw Gregor win it 3-2 and get Buccaneers level. Eddie Dougan then defeated Dale McLeish 3-0 to put Princes ahead again but next Gregor levelled for the second time when he beat Blair 3-0. Eddie then defeated Stewart 3-1 to put Princes ahead again, but 14-12 in the first was vital for him. Princes then increased their lead when Bill beat Dale 3-0 and it became 5-2 after the doubles match with Blair and Eddie defeating Stewart and Gregor 3-0. Gregor then completed his hat-trick but it was close. Two 12-10 wins put Gregor 2-0 up but Eddie fought back with 11-9 and 12-10 wins to level, however Gregor won the fifth 11-8 to take the match. The final two matches were fairly tame affairs with Blair beating Dale 3-0 and then Bill defeating Stewart also 3-0 to complete the scoring for Princes.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 3

Villa 1 (Ian McLagan ½, Eric Brown 0, Sandy Bertie ½)

Brechin 5 (Derek Mitchell 2, Aaron Robertson 1½, John Anderson 1½)

The opening match was won 3-1 by the Brechin pairing of Derek Mitchell and Aaron Robertson against Ian McLagan and Eric Brown after Villa had led 1-0. Villa fared better in the second match and levelled the tie after Sandy Bertie and Ian defeated John Anderson and Aaron in the fifth game. However, Brechin then powered ahead and won four matches in a row 3-0 to win the tie. Sadly for Villa, the only resistance of note in this spell was when Ian and Sandy took Derek and Aaron to 12-14 in their opening game.

 

 

Week 20 – commencing 5 February 2018

The Excelsior Cup was won after an excellent Star performance against Aces. Star won the opening match and then staying in front until the districts premier cup was won.

The second round of the Handicap Cup took place and Rockets, Sputniks, Telsports, Duffers, Chieftains, Brechin, Aces and Swots qualified for the third round. Surprisingly after the closeness of many of the ties in the first round, this time the majority of the ties were won with a bit to spare with only Duffers v Squires requiring the last match to be played.

In Division One Thumpers defeated short-handed Saints, but despite winning they remain in eighth place.

Villa had an excellent win at home to Lundin Lasers and as a result move up to second place in Division Two. They are now just four points behind the leaders Brechin and also have a fixture in hand on them.

In Division Three Princes had a good win at home against Missiles to move up to fourth place. Princes are now fifteen points behind the leaders Sputniks, but have two fixtures in hand.

Despite a wobble early on, Star progressed fairly comfortably to the third round of the Stanley Doubles at the expense of Truants.

 

Excelsior Cup Final

Star 5 (Calum Ross 2, John Hannah 3, Iain Martin 0)

Aces 2 (Grant Williams 0, Mark Lundberg 1, Jason Fleming 1)

Star got off to a great start and in the opening match Calum Ross defeated Grant Williams 3-1 with all four games ending 11-9. A powerful 3-0 performance by John Hannah against Mark Lundberg made it 2-0 to Star, but Jason Fleming replied with a good 3-0 win over Iain Martin to get Aces back into the tie. Another excellent 3-0 win for John, this time against Grant, made it 3-1 to Star. Match five seemed a crucial match for both teams and it turned out to be a cracker that went the distance. Jason stared strongly and won the first game comfortably, but Calum replied with an 11-9 win to level. A 11-7 win then put Jason in command, however Calum fought back with a strong fourth game to level at two-all. The final game was the best of them all, but it was Calum who delivered in the end to win it 14-12 and take the match for Star. Mark then fought back for Aces to beat Iain 3-0 and make it 4-2 to Star overall. In match six it was Jason that started better and he took the opening game 13-11 to give Aces hope. However, John fought back with two strong game wins to get in front by 2-1. In the fourth game, John made it to 10-7 ahead and thus had three match points to win the trophy. Brilliant play under pressure saw Jason save them all and then a further one at 10-11. However, after saving a set point against at 11-12, John eventually got over the line 14-12, to win the match and get Star the trophy.

 

Handicap Cup Round 2

Rockets 10 (Gary Lowson 3, Pete Yearworth 4, Jim Dyson 3)

Knights 2 (Stuart Halliday 1, Robert Toth 1, Callum Riddoch 0)

Stuart Halliday opened for Knights and won the first game of the tie 21-20. However, Gary Lowson recovered well to win their second game 21-17 and thus get Rockets level. Next Pete Yearworth beat Robert Toth to put Rockets in front, although Robert must have been disappointed to catch Pete at 20-all in their first game and then lose the deciding point. Things got even better for Rockets when Jim Dyson defeated Callum Riddoch 21-16 twice to make it 5-1 overall.  A great win for Pete over Stuart was followed by an equally good win for Gary over Callum and Knights were on the brink at 1-9 down. In match six Robert fought hard to win his first game against Jim 21-20, but Jim recovered to win their second game 21-13 and thus secure the tie for Rockets.

 

Thumpers 1 (Tony O'Shea 0, Ian Hunter 0, Jordan Ednie 1)

Sputniks 10 (Eric Brown 4, Jim Fleming 3, Carol McLean 3)

Sputniks dominated from start to finish against their club-mates Thumpers. The first two matches were comfortably won with first Eric Brown defeating Tony O’Shea and next Jim Fleming beating Ian Hunter. In the first game of match three, Jordan Ednie won 25 points to level at 30-all and then lost the next point and thus the game to Carol McLean. Nevertheless, Jordan recovered to take their second game 31-25. In match four Eric defeated Ian, but 31-29 in the second game was close. Next Carol comfortably beat Ian to put Thumpers on the brink at 9-1 and Jim then drove in the final nail against Jordan, 31-25 to take Sputniks through to the next round.

 

Telsports 11 (David Axton 3, Robert Fotheringham 4, Paul McDade 4)

Lairds 7 (Bill Beattie 3, Ryan Connor 2, Ewan MacDonald 2)

Lairds took the lead after Bill Beattie defeated David Axton, but it was close as 20-21 and 18-21 game scores confirm. Ryan Connor made it 3-0 with another 21-20 victory but Robert Fotheringham recovered to win their second game and get Telsports on the scoreboard. In match three Ewan MacDonald got Lairds 4-1 up with a 21-19 win but Paul McDade narrowed the gap after a good recovery in their second game. However, the tie then turned and Telsports won three matches in a row to lead 8-4 with the closest games being 21-17. First Robert beat Bill and then David defeated Ewan and finally Paul overcame Ryan. Robert and Ewan then won a game each to make it 9-5 and Paul sealed the tie for Telsports with a 21-14 game win over Bill. The tie was won, but the teams decided to play out the remaining three games and Lairds won two of them with Ryan’s 21-20 win over David being the closest.

 

Duffers 10 (Rich McLaren 3, Andy Reid 4, Billy Liddle 3)

Squires 8 (Steve Wilson 3, Bill Beattie (reserve) 3, Winnie Stein 2)

Squires got off to a great start when Steve Wilson beat Rich McLaren and Bill Beattie made it 3-0 when he won his first game against Andy Reid. However, Andy fought back with a strong second game to get Duffers on the scoreboard. Billy Liddle then levelled at three-all after he defeated Winnie Stein and Andy then beat Steve to get Duffers ahead at 5-3. Winnie then got one back for Squires against Rich and she almost got another but Rich won it 21-20 to make it 6-4 to Duffers. A fine win for Bill over Billy got Squires level, and the status quo was kept after match seven where Andy and Winnie shared the spoils. Billy then edged Duffers ahead with a 21-17 win, but Steve levelled for Squires with a 21-18 triumph. In the decider Rich edged the first game 21-18 against Bill, but a stronger second game from Rich snuffed out the Squires resistance and took Duffers through to the next round.

 

Chieftains W/O v Prospects

Due to a dates mix up Prospects did not turn up and thus their tie was awarded to Chieftains.

 

Brechin 10 (Bill Balfour 2, John Anderson 5, Aaron Robertson 3)

Viscounts 3 (Andy Hughes 1, Aleksandar Jovanovic (reserve) 1, Filip Jovanovic 1)

A fairly comfortable win for Brechin over Viscounts in the end started with a draw between Bill Balfour and Andy Hughes. Bill won the first 21-17 and Andy won an even closer second 21-20. Brechin then took over with three wins in a row to make it 7-1 overall. First John Anderson beat Aleksandar Jovanovic with a few points to spare in both games and then Aaron Robertson did the same against Filip Jovanovic, finally John beat Andy, although 21-20 in the first was close for him. Match five was drawn, when Bill and Filip shared the points with a win each, but it was close with scores of 21-19 and 20-21. In match six Aaron and Aleksandar won a game each although Aleksandar’s win was the closer at 26-25. John then defeated Filip 21-18 in their first game to get Brechin over the winning line and take them through to the next round.

 

Aces 10 (Grant Williams 3, Jason Fleming 3, Mark Lundberg 4)

Buccaneers 5 (Stewart Ferguson 1, Murray Johnstone 0, Gregor O'Neill 4)

Aces started strongly and won the first two matches, with Grant Williams beating Stewart Ferguson and then Jason Fleming defeating Murray Johnstone, although Murray came within one point of a game victory. In match three Gregor O'Neill stopped the rot for Buccaneers with a strong first game win but Mark Lundberg recovered well to take their second game. The next two matches were drawn with Jason and Stewart and then Grant and Gregor all winning a game with a bit to spare. Murray then came close twice to winning a game but both times Mark just caught him to win 31-29 and make it 9-3 for Aces. Gregor had to win against Jason to keep Buccaneers in the tie and he delivered to make it 9-5. Sadly for Buccaneers that was their last success, as Mark beat Stewart 31-27 in their first game to win the tie for Aces.

 

Tigers 3 (Scott Thomson 0, Marion Davidson 3, Kenny McLaren 0)

Swots 11 (Emma Bissett 2, David Beveridge 3, Collin Bleak 6)

An unbeaten performance from Collin Bleak saw Swots fairly comfortably through against Tigers. Collin defeated Kenny McLaren 21-18 twice, Scott Thomson 21-19 and 21-15 and finally Marion Davidson 21-15 and 21-14. Dave Beveridge shared the points with Marion but had two good 21-17 wins against Kenny. Finally Emma Bissett started with an excellent win over Scott, but later on she lost to Marion, but 20-21 in their second game was close.

 

Division 1

Saints 3 (Sarah Matthew 2½, Jeremy Tang Hoi Chung ½)

Thumpers 7 (Tony O'Shea 3, Ian Hunter 2, Jordan Ednie 2)

Short-handed Saints lost at home to Thumpers, but managed to win three of the seven matches that were actually played. Sarah Matthew started with a 3-1 loss against Tony O’Shea, but she then defeated Ian Hunter 11-9 in the final game of a very close five-game match and finally Sarah had a great 3-1 win over Jordan Ednie. Sarah also won the doubles match when she partnered Jeremy Tang Hoi Chung to beat Tony and Jordan 3-1. In his singles matches Jeremy was in contention three times but in the end lost to all three Thumpers players by 3-1.

 

Division 2

Villa 9 (Sandy Bertie 3, Ian McLagan 2½, David Hay 3½)

Lundin Lasers 1 (Arthur Duncan 0, Nat Forno 0, Roman Nydza 1)

Villa started strongly against Lundin Lasers and raced into a 4-0 lead for the loss of just one game. First Ian McLagan beat Arthur Duncan 3-0 and then David Hay repeated the feat against Nat Forno. Next Sandy Bertie defeated Roman Nydza 3-1 and finally David beat Arthur 3-0, although 13-11 in the third was vital for David. In match five Ian started well and took the first game 11-9, but Roman replied with three 11-8 game wins in a row to take the match and get the Lasers on the scoreboard. Match six looked like another Lundin win when Nat raced into a 2-0 lead, but a great recovery from Sandy saw him home 3-2. The doubles match also went the distance, but Ian and David eventually won it for Villa after Nat and Roman had levelled from 2-0 down. David then beat Roman 3-0 to make it 7-1 overall, but Arthur got very close in the next match before Sandy came from 2-1 down to win it 3-2. In the final match Nat started well and won the first game, but Ian recovered well to win three straight games and take the match and complete a very good win for Villa.

 

Division 3

Princes 7 (Blair Duncan 3, Chris Riddoch 3, Eddie Dougan 1)

Missiles 3 (David Hunter 1½, Ian Roberts ½, Daniel Russell 1)

The first six matches of the Princes versus Missiles fixture were all won 3-1, but sadly for Missiles, Princes won five of them. Blair Duncan got Princes ahead after he defeated David Hunter, but 12-10 and 13-11 in the third and fourth was tough on David. Chris Riddoch then beat Ian Roberts to double the Princes lead, but Daniel Russell then defeated Eddie Dougan to get one back for Missiles. Princes then won the next trio of singles matches with Chris beating David, then Blair defeating Daniel and finally Eddie overcoming Ian, although 17-15 in the third was hard to take for Ian. The doubles match went all the way but it was Ian and David that eventually won it 3-2 for Missiles against Blair and Eddie. Match eight was comfortably won 3-0 by Chris against Daniel, but David then beat Eddie 3-2 after being 2-1 down to get another back for Missiles. However, Blair had the final say for Princes when he defeated Ian 3-0.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Star 5 (John Hannah 2, Iain Martin 1½, Andy Ferguson 1½)

Truants 1 (Graham Wood ½, Alain Leger 0, Sascha Roschy ½)

In the opening match Iain Martin and John Hannah defeated Graham Wood and Alain Leger 3-0 to get Star ahead. However, Sascha Roschy and Graham replied for Truants with a close 12-10, 11-9, 13-15, 4-11, 11-2 triumph against Andy Ferguson and Iain. John and Andy then beat Alain and Sascha 3-1 to get Star in front again, but sadly for Truants Star then powered ahead and won the remaining three matches 3-0, although Graham and Sascha lost 13-11 twice to John and Andy in the final match played.

 

 

Week 19 – commencing 29 January 2018

In Division One the leaders Knights played their two nearest rivals and emerged unbeaten. First they drew with Aces and then they narrowly beat U4it. Knights are now ten points clear of Up4it with Aces one point further behind after they had a big win at Telstars, although they do have a fixture in hand on the top two. Star had a big win at Saints but they are still thirteen points off third although they have played two fixtures less than the top two. Rockets had a good victory over Thumpers to consolidate fifth place and Prefects beat Kings to increase the gap between them to nine points.

In Division Two the top two teams, Brechin and Truants, both narrowly won by the same score against Rollercoasters and Chieftains respectively. However, this allowed third placed Viscounts, after they won well at New Kids, to leapfrog Truants into second place and move seven points behind Brechin and two ahead of Truants with a fixture less played. Villa had an even better win at Tigers and they are just two points behind Truants with two fixtures in hand. Tigers managed a good win over Comets to move level on points with Chieftains into fifth place and with a fixture in hand.

The top two sides in Division Three met, with second placed Kingsway winning well against the leaders Sputniks to narrow the gap at the top to three points, although Kingsway have played two fixtures less. Third placed Duffers narrowly lost at Princes and are now just seven points ahead of Tass who won well against Telsports.  Princes are just three points behind Tass but have played two fixtures lees than Tass and three less than Duffers. Squires and Lairds won by the same score against Buccaneers and Prospects respectively to consolidate sixth and seventh places.

 

Division 1

Kings 2 (Ade Fabola 2, Aleksandar Jovanovic 0)

Prefects 8 (Michael Hahn 3½, Clyde Johnson 2½, Justin Yang 2)

A late call off due to illness meant that Kings played shorthanded, but Prefects won five of the seven matches played to win comprehensively. For Kings, Ade Fabola got both their wins, defeating Justin Yang 15-13 in the fourth and Clyde Johnston 3-0, 11-9 in the third. Michael Hann starred for Prefects winning all his matches. First Michael beat Ade 3-1 with all the games ending 11-9; then he defeated Aleksandar Jovanovic also 3-1, but 12-10 in the fourth and finally he teamed up with Clyde to win the doubles match 3-2 after the Kings pairing had levelled from 2-0 down. Prefects other wins came when Clyde beat Aleksandar 3-1, 11-9 in the fourth and then Justin defeated Aleksandar 3-0, but 12-10 twice was hard on Aleksandar.

 

Saints 0 (Jeremy Tang Hoi Chung 0, Chan Tsz Huen 0, Joe Klein 0)

Star 10 (John Hannah 3½, Andy Ferguson 3, Iain Martin 3½)

A comprehensive win for Star in the end but Saints caused them a few problems along the way. In his first match of the season Jeremy Tang Hoi Chung took a game off of the current DDTTA Division One number one ranked player John Hannah. Later Jeremy also lost 3-1 to Iain Martin. Joe Klein took the first game versus Andy Ferguson, but Andy recovered to win 3-1 and Chan Tsz Huen came close to winning a game losing 13-11 and 11-9 in her three defeats. All of the other matches were won 3-0.

 

Thumpers 1 (David Sim 1, David Hay (reserve) 0; Tony O'Shea 0)

Rockets 9 (Gary Lowson 2, Jim Dyson 3½, Pete Yearworth 3½)

Thumpers took the lead after David Sim defeated Gary Lowson 3-0. However, Rockets responded with an unbeaten run to the end of the contest, although only four of their wins were by 3-0. David Hay performed very well despite not winning a match. He lost 3-1 to Jim Dyson, 13-11 in the fifth game to Gary and 8-11, 9-11 and 9-11 to Pete Yearworth. Pete also defeated Tony O’Shea and David Sim 3-0 and in the doubles match he joined up with Jim to beat them again but this time by 3-1, 13-11 in the fourth. Jim also won his other two singles matches 3-1 against David Sim and Tony 12-10 and 11-9 in the fourth respectively. Gary saved his best till last when he comfortably defeated Tony 3-0.

                                                                                                                                   

Telstars 0 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0)

Aces 10 (Jason Fleming 3½, Grant Williams 3½, Mark Lundberg 3)

Aces defeated short-handed Telstars for the loss of just two games. First Ian Farquhar won a game in his 3-1 defeat to Mark Lundberg and then David Monteith and Ian won a game in their 3-1 doubles defeat by Jason Fleming and Grant Williams.

 

Up4it 4 (Paul Monteith 1, Gillian Edwards 3, Ryan Docherty 0)

Knights 6 (Stuart Halliday 2½, Callum Riddoch 1, Robert Toth 2½)

A brilliant hat-trick from Gillian Edwards was not enough to prevent Knights from narrowly defeating Up4it. Gillian started with 3-0 wins over Callum Riddoch and then Stuart Halliday and finished with a great 3-2 win over Robert Toth, 12-10 in the final game. Up4it’s other win came when Paul Monteith defeated Callum 3-1 in match ten. For Knights, Stuart and also Robert defeated both Ryan Docherty and Paul 3-1 and Callum beat Ryan 3-0. In the doubles match, Stuart and Robert defeated Gillian and Paul 3-1. 

 

Aces 5 (Grant Williams 1, Mark Lundberg 2, Jason Fleming 2)

Knights 5 (Robert Toth 3½, Stuart Halliday ½, Callum Riddoch 1)

The first match looked like a comfortable win for Robert Toth after he raced into a 2-0 lead, but a 16-14 third game win for Grant Williams, followed by a 12-10 win in the fourth levelled things up. However, Robert recovered to win the fifth game 12-10 and put Knights ahead. Another 12-10 fifth game win for Mark Lundberg over Stuart Halliday drew Aces level and a 3-0 win for Jason Fleming against Callum Riddoch put them ahead. Knights replied with two wins of their own to take the lead again. First Robert beat Mark 3-0 and next Callum defeated Grant 3-1. A 3-1 win for Jason over Stuart levelled the scores again but Stuart immediately got some revenge when he teamed up with Robert to defeat Jason and Grant 3-0 in the doubles match. Another 3-0 win, this time for Mark over Callum made it four-all but yet another 3-0 triumph for Robert versus Jason got Knights in front again. It seemed Stuart would make it 6-4 when a 13-11 win in the second game put him 2-0 up, but an excellent three game recovery from Grant won him the match and got Aces the overall draw.

 

Division 2

New Kids 2 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 0)

Viscounts 8 (Andy Hughes 2½, Andrew Nimmo 3½, Filip Jovanovic 2)

Viscounts went ahead when Filip Jovanovic defeated Kong Wan 3-2 after Kong had come back from 2-0 down. Next a 3-0 win, 12-10 in the third, for Howard Lee against Andy Hughes got New Kids level. But Andrew Nimmo then beat Ian Smith 3-0 to get Viscounts ahead again, before Howard levelled for the second time after he defeated Filip 3-0. With the contest evenly poised, Viscounts then powered ahead and won the remaining six matches without dropping a game, although several times the score went beyond 10-all.

 

Comets 3 (Fraser Smith 1, Jill Milne 0, Dougal Ogilvie 2)

Tigers 7 (Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 2½, Logie Anderson 1)

Fraser Smith started well for Comets by winning the first two games, but a big turnaround saw Scott Thomsom win three games in a row and win the match for Tigers. A 3-0 win for Kenny McLaren against Jill Milne made it 2-0 Tigers, but a 3-1 triumph for Dougal Ogilvie over Logie Anderson got one back for Comets. Scott then came from behind for the second time to eventually defeat Jill 3-1 but Fraser responded well for Comets when he beat Logie 3-1. Dougal then had a great 3-0 win over Kenny to tie things up. Sadly for Comets, the wheels then fell off and they lost three matches in a row without winning a game. In the final match, Fraser fought hard to get the final point for Comets but Kenny won it in the fifth game to complete the victory for Tigers.

 

Rollercoasters 4 (Paul Jackson 2, Tony Cook 1, Dave Lane 1)

Brechin 6 (Aaron Robertson 2½, Dale McLeish 0, John Anderson 3½)

Paul Jackson got Rollercoasters ahead when he defeated Aaron Robertson 3-1, 18-16 in the fourth. Tony Cook continued Rollercoasters great start after he beat Dale McLeish 3-0, 12-10 in the third. However, three wins in a row without dropping a game got Brechin in front. First, John Anderson beat Dave Lane; then Aaron defeated Tony and finally John got the better of Paul. Rollercoasters then levelled when Dave beat Dale 3-0 and in the doubles match Paul and Dave took the opening game 12-10, but John and Aaron recovered well to win it 3-1. John then defeated Tony 3-0, 13-11 in the third to get Brechin two ahead and Aaron secured the overall victory for Brechin when he defeated Dave 3-1 after losing the first game. Paul then had the final say for Rollercoasters defeating Dale 3-0.

 

Chieftains 4 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jim Tawse 1, Jacob Munro 2)

Truants 6 (Sascha Roschy 3½, Graham Wood 2½, Alain Leger 0)

Sascha Roschy narrowly won the opening game 12-10 against Fiona Kinloch, but then went on to comfortably see out the match and put Truants ahead. A 3-1 win for Graham Wood over Jim Tawse, with all the games ending 11-8, made it 2-0 to Truants but a fine 3-0 win for Jacob Munro over Alain Leger got a point back for Chieftains. Sascha then beat Jim 3-1 but Fiona replied with a 3-2 triumph over Alain, coming from 2-1 down. Jacob then levelled for Chieftains after he had a great 3-0 win over Graham, but 12-10 in the first was vital for him. Truants got back into the lead after the doubles match when Sascha and Graham defeated Fiona and Jim 3-1. But Jim levelled again for Chieftains after he beat Alain 3-0. However, Sascha got Truants ahead again when he defeated Jacob 3-0. Fiona had the chance to get Chieftains the draw in match ten, but Graham won it 3-1 to get Truants the overall victory.

 

Tigers 1 (Scott Thomson 0, Marion Davidson 0, Kenny McLaren 1)

Villa 9 (Sandy Bertie 2, Ian McLagan 3½, David Hay 3½)

Villa raced into an 8-0 lead against Tigers for the loss of just two games, both Marion Davidson and Kenny McLaren in their 3-1 defeats to Ian McLagan. Tigers were a bit unlucky to lose games 15-13, 13-11 and 12-10 twice but otherwise Villa just seemed to be in great form with David Hay and Sandy Bertie not dropping a game. In match nine Kenny defeated Sandy 3-1 to get Tigers on the scoreboard and in the final match it seemed likely Scott would get them another win when he went 2-1 up, but two 11-8 game wins for Ian meant Villa got the final win.

 

Division 3

Squires 7 (Tanya Kapelyukh 2½, Steve Wilson 2, Ewan MacDonald (reserve) 2½)

Buccaneers 3 (David Clark 0, Gregor O'Neill 3, Murray Johnstone 0)

Squires took the lead when Tanya Kapelyukh beat David Clark 3-0, but Gregor O’Neil levelled for Buccaneers when he defeated Steve Wilson 3-2 after Steve had come back from 2-0 down. Squires then powered ahead with three wins in a row. First Ewan MacDonald beat Murray Johnstone 3-0; next Steve defeated David 3-1 and finally Tanya beat Murray 3-0. Gregor then got his second win when he overcame Ewan in four games to get Buccaneers back into the contest. In the doubles match Ewan and Tanya got the win, 3-1 versus Gregor and Murray. Match eight seemed crucial in terms of the final outcome and it was Steve that won it for Squires in the fifth game against Murray after Murray had levelled at 2-all with a 13-11 game win. Ewan then made it 7-2 to Squires when he defeated David 3-1, but Gregor had the last say for Buccaneers after he beat Tanya 11-9 in the fifth game.

 

Prospects 3 (Fabio Sani 2½, Dave Goddard 0, Ian Brumwell ½)

Lairds 7 (Ewan MacDonald 3, Bill Beattie 2, Ryan Connor 2)

A fantastic hat-trick by Ewan MacDonald helped Lairds get a great win at Prospects. Ewan set the ball rolling when he beat Fabio Sani 3-0 and Bill Beattie then defeated Dave Goddard 3-1 to double the Lairds lead. Match three was a great contest but Ryan Connor eventually defeated Ian Brumwell in the fifth game to make it 3-0, although game scores of 11-8, 10-12, 12-14, 11-5 and 13-11 show how close it was. Ewan then beat Dave 3-1 to make it 4-0, but Fabio got Prospects on the scoreboard after he defeated Ryan 3-0, 13-11 in the third. Bill then defeated Ian 3-1 to get Lairds back on track, but Fabio and Ian fought back to defeat Ewan and Bill 3-2 in a doubles match that swung one way then the other. A 3-0 win for Ryan over Dave was followed by a 3-1 ‘come from behind’ victory for Ewan over Ian to get Lairds 7-2 up. However, Fabio had the last say for Prospects when he beat Bill 3-0.

 

Tass 9 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Houghton 3½, Jim Wotherspoon 2½)

Telsports 1 (Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 1, Paul McDade 0)

A comfortable win for Tass in the end, but club-mates Telsports made them work hard for their win. Two 3-1 wins for first Stewart Clark against Robert Fotheringham and then Jim Houghton over David Axton got Tass off to a good start. Jim Wotherspoon then beat Paul McDade 15-13 in the third to make it 3-0 to Tass. This became 5-0 after Jim Houghton beat Robert 3-0 and then Stewart defeated Paul 3-1. David then got Telsports on the scoreboard when he defeated Jim Wotherspoon 3-0. However, Tass then took control and won the remaining four matches for the loss of just two games.

 

Kingsway 7 (Stephen Caird 3, Derek Thomson 2, Willie Cooper 2)

Sputniks 3 (Eric Brown ½, Carol McLean 2½, Jim Fleming 0)

Kingsway took the lead after Stephen Caird defeated Eric Brown 3-1, but Sputniks levelled when Carol McLean beat Derek Thomson also by a score of 3-1. A 3-0 win for Willie Cooper, 12-10 in the third, against Jim Fleming put Kingsway in the lead again. Match four seemed like a comfortable win for Derek when he eased 2-0 up, but 11-9 and 18-16 game wins for Eric tied it. However, Derek recovered to win the final game 11-8. A 3-0 win for Stephen over Jim made it 4-1 to Kingsway, but Carol replied with another 3-0 win versus Willie to get one back for Sputniks. Carol then partnered Eric in the doubles match and a 3-1 triumph against Stephen and Willie made it a one point deficit at 3-4. However, Kingsway then turned the screw and won the last three matches for the loss of just one game, in Stephen’s 3-1 victory over Carol after Carol had been ahead.

 

Princes 6 (Blair Duncan 3½, Chris Riddoch 1, Eddie Dougan 1½)

Duffers 4 (Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 2, Rich McLaren 2)

Princes took the lead when Blair Duncan defeated Billy Liddle 3-0 and it looked like 2-0 with Chris Riddoch 2-1 ahead, but Andy Reid fought back to win it 3-2 and get Duffers level. Rich McLaren then defeated Eddie Dougan 3-2 to get Duffers in front, but Chris immediately levelled with a 3-1 defeat of Billy. In match five Rich went 2-0 up with two 11-6 game wins but Blair somehow got back into the match with a 17-15 win in game three. Blair then won 11-8 and 11-7 to take the match and put Princes ahead again. A 3-0 triumph for Andy over Eddie levelled things up again, but Princes took the lead again after the doubles match when Blair and Eddie beat Andy and Rich, although 11-9, 12-10 and 11-9 shows it was close. Rich got Duffers level for the third time when he defeated Chris 3-1 but Eddie bet Billy 3-0 to make it four times Princes had taken the lead. In the final match Andy had the chance to get Duffers the draw, but Blair played a great match to win 3-0, 12-10 in the third, and get Princes the narrow overall victory.

 

 

Week 18 – commencing 22 January 2018

In Division One the new leaders Knights won at Prefects to move three points clear of Up4it with a fixture in-hand. Aces did not play, but with fixtures in hand they are still well in contention. Rockets defeated Telstars home and away by the same score and as a result moved well clear of the teams below them to fifth place, just behind Star. Thumpers won at Defenders to further distance themselves from the lower reaches of the division.

Brechin increased their lead at the top of Division Two to nine points after they had a better victory over Chieftains than second placed Truants did at Swots. With third placed Villa not playing, Viscounts joined Truants in second place after they won well over Comets. Lundin Lasers also had a good win against Rollercoasters to move up to seventh place.

Kingsway, with two fixtures in hand, narrowed the gap on Division Three leaders Sputniks to seven points after they defeated Telsports and Sputniks were held at home by Princes. Lairds and Squires had narrow wins over Missiles and Prospects respectively, but remain in the same places in midtable. Duffers drew at Buccaneers to remain third and the Buccaneers move above Missiles to third bottom.

Knights had an epic win over Up4it in the Stanley Doubles and Duffers progressed to Round 2 of the Handicap cup after they narrowly defeated Rollercoasters.

 

Division 1

Rockets 8 (Gary Lowson 3½, Jim Dyson 1½, Pete Yearworth 3)

Telstars 2 (Ian Farquhar 1, David Monteith 1)

Rockets defeated short-handed Telstars by the same result as the fixture at Telecoms earlier in the week. Gary Lowson won his matches for the loss of just one game versus Ian Farquhar and Pete Yearworth did exactly the same. For Telstars both David Monteith and Ian defeated Jim Dyson in the fifth game. First David came from 2-1 down to win and his game wins of 13-11, 11-9 and 12-10 show it was very close. Ian also defeated Jim in five games but he won it after being 2-0 up and then pegged back to 2-all by Jim. In the doubles match, Jim got a bit of revenge on the Telstars’ pairing when he partnered Gary Lowson to win the match 3-1.

 

Defenders 3 (Ken Head ½, Arthur Pritchard 2½, Kenny McLaren (reserve) 0)

Thumpers 7 (Tony O'Shea 3, David Sim 2, Jordan Ednie 2)

Defenders and Thumpers fought out an excellent contest with four matches reaching the fifth game. Ken Head took the opening game, but three in a row for Tony O’Shea put Thumpers in front. Defenders levelled when Arthur Pritchard had a fine fifth game win over David Sim, but a straightforward 3-0 win for Jordan Ednie over Kenny McLaren got Thumpers ahead again. The next two matches both went to the fifth game, but unfortunately for Defenders both were won by Thumpers to make it 4-1 overall. First Tony beat Arthur and then Jordan defeated Ken. A 3-0 win for David over Kenny made it 5-1, but the doubles match gave Defenders some hope when Ken and Arthur defeated Tony and Jordan 3-1. A fine 3-2 triumph for Arthur over Jordan got the score back to 5-3, but Thumpers then dominated to win the last two matches 3-0, Tony versus Kenny and then David against Ken.

                                                                                                                                   

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 2, Justin Yang 1, Howard Lee (reserve) 0)

Knights 7 (Stuart Halliday 1½, Callum Riddoch 2, Robert Toth 3½)

Prefects went in front after a comfortable 3-0 win for Michael Hahn over Stuart Halliday. It seemed Callum Riddoch would level after he raced into a 2-0 lead, but a great comeback by Justin Yang took him 10-6 ahead in the fifth game. However, Callum saved four match points and then went on to win it 15-13. Knights went ahead after Robert Toth defeated Howard Lee 3-0 but Justin then beat Stuart 3-2 to level things up. Knights went ahead again after match five when Robert defeated Michael 3-1, but 12-10 in the second and fourth games was hard on Michael. Knights then found some good form and won the next four matches 3-0 to lead 7-2 overall. But Michael had the final say for Prefects when he defeated Callum 3-2 after Callum had led 1-0 and then levelled with another 12-10 game win in the fourth.

 

Telstars 2 (Ian Farquhar ½, Graeme Elrick 0, David Monteith 1½)

Rockets 8 (Gary Lowson 3, Pete Yearworth 2, Peter Dixon 3)

The opening match was very close with Ian Farquhar levelling at 2-all before Gary Lowson won the fifth game 13-11 to put Rockets ahead. However, Rockets then won the next four matches for the loss of just one game, Peter Dixon in his 3-1 victory over David Monteith, to make it 5-0. In match six David had a good 3-2 win over Pete Yearworth, but 13-11 in the third was crucial for him. Telstars then won their second match in a row when David and Ian beat Gary and Peter in the doubles match, although 11-9 and 13-11 in the fourth and fifth show it was very close. Peter then got Rockets back on track after he beat Graeme Elrick 3-0. It looked like another win for David after he led 2-0 against Gary, but a great recovery saw Gary win it 11-9 in the fifth. In the final match Pete defeated Ian 3-0 to complete the Rockets victory, but 12-10 in the first and third games shows that Ian was unlucky not to take the match further.

 

Division 2

Brechin 7 (Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Chieftains 3 (Jacob Munro 1, Fiona Kinloch 1, Jim Tawse 1)

Chieftains took the lead against Brechin when Jacob Munro defeated Aaron Robertson in a very close four-game match as game scores of: 9-11, 15-13, 11-9 and 12-10 confirm. John Anderson levelled with a 3-0 win over Fiona Kinloch, 13-11 in the third and Derek Mitchell put Brechin in front after he defeated Jim Tawse 3-0. John made it 3-1 with a 3-0 defeat of Jacob but Jim got one back after he beat Aaron 3-0. In match six Derek crucially won the first game against Fiona 12-10 and then proceeded to close out the match 3-0. The doubles match was a straightforward 3-0 win for Derek and John against Jim and Fiona, but in match eight Jim took the lead with a 13-11 game win. However, John recovered well to win three straight games and make it 6-2 to Brechin overall. Derek then comfortably won the next match 3-0 versus Jacob, but the final match was closer when Aaron won the second 12-10 to level with Fiona. But a good finish by Fiona saw the final win go to Chieftains.

 

Lundin Lasers 9 (Arthur Duncan 3½, Roman Nydza 3, Ron Filsell 2½)

Rollercoasters 1 (Paul Jackson 1, Dave Lane 0, Tony Cook 0)

Lundin Lasers raced into an 8-0 lead against Rollercoasters, but crucially for them they won three matches that went to the fifth game. The opening trio of matches were all comfortably won 3-0, but match four went the distance. Roman Nydza won it in the end, but Paul Jackson came close. After another comfortable 3-0 win for Arthur Duncan versus Tony Cook, match six was a tight affair. Dave Lane won the fourth 12-10 to level, but Ron Filsell fought back to win the fifth game 11-7 and win the match for Lundin. The doubles match was a see-sawing contest, but wins in games 1, 3 and 5 saw Arthur and Ron get the victory over Paul and Dave. Roman then defeated Tony 3-0, but Paul got Rollercoasters on the scoreboard after he beat Ron 3-0, but 14-12 in the opening game was vital for Paul. Arthur then got the final win for Lundin after he defeated Dave 3-1.

 

Viscounts 9 (Andy Hughes 3½, Andrew Nimmo 3½, Filip Jovanovic 2)

Comets 1 (Jill Milne 0, Dougal Ogilvie 0, Glenn Christie 1)

Andy Hughes beat Jill Milne 3-0 to put Viscounts ahead of Comets, but in match two Andrew Nimmo and Dougal Ogilvie matched each other point for point until the middle of the fifth game where Andrew pulled away to make it 2-0 overall. Next Glenn Christie went 2-0 up on Filip Jovanovic but a gutsy 14-12 game win got Filip back into it. However, 11-9 in the fourth made it 3-1 Glenn. Andrew then beat Jill 3-0, but Glenn then came agonisingly close to getting another win. Andy won the first, but two inspired game wins saw Glenn lead. In the fourth Glenn reached 10-7 and the brink of victory, but Andy won five points in a row to win it 12-10 and after he started well in the fifth he hung on for 11-7 and an undeserved victory. In match six, Dougal won the first game 14-12 but Filip recovered well to win it 3-1. In the doubles match Dougal, this time partnered by Glenn, again took the lead with a 13-11 win, but Andrew and Andy recovered to win 3-1. Viscounts then won the final three matches for the loss of just one game, Dougal in his 3-1 loss to Andy, although Jill was very unlucky when she lost 15-13 to Filip in their second game.

 

Swots 4 (Emma Bissett 1, Collin Bleak 1½, Nick Shepherd 1½)

Truants 6 (Knut Radmer 0, Graham Wood 3, Alain Leger 3)

Emma Bissett got Swots in front after she defeated Knut Radmar 3-2, although her 16-14 third game win was vital. However, Truants then went in front after first Graham Wood beat Collin Bleak 3-1 and then Alain Leger defeated Nick Shepherd 3-2 after he had been 2-1 down. A 3-0 win for Collin over Knut tied the scores, but a 3-1 win for Alain over Emma put Truants in front again, although 13-11 and 11-9 in the third and fourth was hard on Emma. A fine 3-0 win for Graham over Nick made it 4-2, but Nick then teamed up with Collin to get some revenge against Graham and partner Alain in the doubles match after a 3-1 triumph. Alain then defeated Collin 3-1, but again 15-13 in the second was crucial for him. Swots then got back to 5-4 after Nick defeated Knut 3-1 after he had been behind. However, Graham had the final say for Truants when he defeated Emma 3-2 after Emma had won the first game.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 5 (Jack Oughton 3, Jim Fleming 1, Eric Brown 1)

Princes 5 (Blair Duncan 2½, Derek Johnston 2, Eddie Dougan ½)

Princes earned a draw at the league leaders Sputniks, and it could have been better as they lost three matches out of four that went to five games. Jack Oughton got Sputniks ahead after he defeated Blair Duncan 3-0, but a 3-1 win for Derek Johnston over Jim Fleming levelled the scores. Eric Brown beat Eddie Dougan 3-0 to get Sputniks in front again, but another 3-1 win this time for Blair over Jim tied it again. Sputniks took the lead for the third time when Jack beat Eddie 3-2 after he had been 2-1 down. Derek then beat Eric 3-0 to get Princes level for the third time and they went ahead after the doubles match when Eddie and Blair beat Jack and Eric 3-2 after they had been 2-0 down. In match eight the tables were turned on Eddie when he lost 3-2 to Jim after he had been 2-0 up, although 11-9, 11-9 and 14-12 in the final three games show that it was very close. A 20-18 win in the third game got Blair the victory over Eric to put Princes ahead again, but in the final match Jack beat Derek 3-2 after Derek had come back from 2-0 down to get Sputniks the overall draw.

 

Telsports 2 (Sandy Elrick 0, Robert Fotheringham 1, David Axton 1)

Kingsway 8 (Stephen Caird 3, Willie Cooper 3½, Alan Carrie 1½)

Kingsway took the lead against Telsports after Stephen Caird beat Sandy Elrick 3-0. It looked like Robert Fotheringham would level when he went 2-0 up, but a great recovery by Willie Cooper saw him win the match 3-2. David Axton then got Telsports on the scoreboard after he defeated Alan Carrie 3-0, 13-11 in the third. However, the next trio of singles matches were all won 3-0 by Kingsway to make it 5-1. Kingsway also won the doubles match 3-0, when Alan and Willie beat Robert and David. The next two matches both went to the fifth game. First Robert beat Alan 11-8 in the fifth, but 14-12 in the first proved crucial for Robert. Next, David and Stephen fought out a great match and, as the 11-13, 11-7, 12-10, 11-13 and 12-10 game scores show, it couldn’t have been much closer before Stephen won it. Willie then defeated Sandy 3-0 to get Kingsway’s final win.

 

Lairds 6 (Bill Beattie 2, Ewan MacDonald 2, Deklyn McKenzie 2)

Missiles 4 (Daniel Russell 3½, Ian Roberts 0, Lee Nixon ½)

Lairds got the overall win against Missiles after a steady performance by their three players. However, it was Daniel Russell of Missiles who was the star player as he won all his singles matches for 3-0 and in the doubles match, Daniel was joined by Lee Nixon to defeat Bill Beattie and Deklyn McKenzie 3-1. For Lairds, Bill and Deklyn both beat Lee 3-0 and Ian Roberts 3-1, and Ewan MacDonald defeated Ian 3-2 and Lee 3-1.

 

Squires 6 (Winnie Stein 1, Steve Wilson 3, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Prospects 4 (Jonathan Fraser 2½, Christian Wroniecki 1½, Neil Lea 0)

Prospects took the lead versus Squires after Jonathan Fraser defeated Winnie Stein 3-0, however five match wins in a row put Squires in command. First Steve Wilson beat Christian Wroniecki 3-1 and then Tanya Kapelyukh defeated Neil Lea 3-0. Another 3-0 win, this time for Steve over Jonathan made it 3-1 and Winnie then beat Neil 3-1 to make it 4-1. Match six was very close but Tanya won it in the fifth game after Christian had led 2-1, but 12-10 and 11-9 in the fourth and fifth games was very hard on Christian. The doubles match also went to the fifth game, but this time Christian got some revenge when he partnered Jonathan to beat Tanya and Steve after the Squires pairing had levelled from 2-0 down. Steve then defeated Neil 3-1, 12-10 in the fourth to make it 6-2 Squires, but Prospects finished strongly. First, Jonathon beat Tanya 3-1 from 1-0 down and then Christian comfortably defeated Winnie 3-0 to have the final say for Prospects.

 

Buccaneers 5 (David Clark 2, Gregor O'Neill 2, Dale McLeish 1)

Duffers 5 (Rich McLaren 1½, Andy Reid 3½, Billy Liddle 0)

Duffers fought back to earn a draw at Buccaneers, despite losing three five game matches and being 4-1 down. The opening match was a cracker with David Clark defeating Rich McLaren in five games to put Buccaneers ahead. Andy Reid then defeated Gregor O’Neill 3-0 to level, but three great match wins in a row then put Buccaneers in command. First Dale McLeish beat Billy Liddle in the fifth game, then Gregor defeated Rich 3-0 and finally David came from 2-0 down to defeat Billy 3-2. Andy then got one back when he beat Dale 3-0 and Andy then got another after the doubles match where he partnered Rich to defeat Gregor and Dale 12-10 in the fourth game. A 3-1 triumph for Gregor over Billy made it 5-3 to Buccaneers but Duffers responded well to level with first Rich beating Dale 3-0 and finally Andy defeated Dave 3-1, 13-11 in the fourth game.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 3

Up4it 1 (Paul Monteith ½, Ryan Docherty ½, Gillian Edwards 0)

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 1½, Callum Riddoch 1½, Robert Toth 2)

This was an amazing tie where Up4it took the lead with a 3-1 triumph, 11-9 in the fourth, for Paul Monteith and Ryan Docherty over Stuart Halliday and Callum Riddoch and they then proceeded to lose the next five matches all in the fifth game. There were nine games won 11-9 and another ten that went beyond 10-all. Another strange statistic was that Up4it won the fourth game in all six matches played. Knights wins came as follows: Stuart and Robert Toth beat Gillian Edwards and Ryan (11-8 in the fifth game) and then Gillian and Paul (12-10 in fifth); Stuart and Callum defeated Gillian and Ryan (14-12 in fifth) and finally, Robert and Callum beat Gillian and Paul (11-6 in fifth), and then Ryan and Paul (12-10 in fifth).

 

Handicap Cup Round 1

Duffers 10 (Rich McLaren 3, Andy Reid 4, Billy Liddle 3)

Rollercoasters 7 (Paul Jackson 2, Dave Lane 2, Tony Cook 3)

Seven of the nine matches played between Duffers and Rollercoasters were drawn and all of the players contributed to a very good tie. The difference between the sides was Andy Reid’s 2-0 win over Paul Jackson and in the final match Rich McLaren beat Dave Lane 26-24 in their first game to seal the tie for Duffers. Closest games were 26-25 for Rich over Tony Cook and Dave against Billy Liddle and also 26-24 for Rich versus Paul.

 

 

Week 17 – commencing 15 January 2018

In Division one Up4it are still the leaders. However they had a mixed week, losing to Aces and then narrowly defeating Rockets. After their fine win over Up4it, Aces lost by the same score to Knights who are now just four points off the top position with two fixtures in hand. Aces are twelve points behind Up4it but they too have played two fixtures less. Star stay in fourth place after they narrowly beat Thumpers, but they will need to get some big wins against their rivals to re-join the title race. Telstars and Defenders drew and this leaves Telstars two points above Defenders in third bottom place.

Brechin are still the leaders in Division two after they had a thumping win over second placed Truants in Gauldry. Villa defeated Viscounts to leapfrog them into third place, just one point behind Truants. Viscounts are two points further back in fourth, although both they and Villa have a fixture in hand on the top two. Chieftains are up to fifth after they had a big win over Lundin and Tigers move up to sixth after they matched Chieftains result against Rollercoasters. Swots had a great victory over New Kids and move four points clear of Comets who are now second bottom, although they do have a fixture in hand.

Sputniks are still the leaders in Division three after the won well at Duffers who remain in third place. Princes and Squires had big wins over Telsports and Missiles respectively to move up to fifth and sixth place respectively.

 

Division 1

Thumpers 4 (David Sim 2, Ian Hunter 1, Tony O'Shea 1)

Star 6 (Calum Ross 2½, Andy Ferguson 0, Iain Martin 3½)

Thumpers made an excellent start and raced into a 2-0 lead after first David Sim beat Calum Ross 3-1 and then Ian Hunter defeated Andy Ferguson 3-0, 13-11 in the third. It was nearly 3-0, but Iain Martin edged a 3-2 win over Tony O’Shea and another five-game win, this time for Calum over Ian made it two-all although 9-11 and 12-14 in games four and five was very tough on Ian. Iain then made it 3-2 to Star after he defeated David 3-0, although 15-13 in the first was vital for him. In match six, Tony got Thumpers back level after he defeated Andy 3-1. The doubles match was very close but Calum and Iain just won it in the fifth game against Tony and Ian, where the 13-11 win for the Star pairing in the third was the difference. Two 3-1 victories then put Star in command after first Iain beat Ian and then Calum defeated Tony. David got the last say for Thumpers though after he defeated Andy 3-0.

 

Telstars 5 (David Monteith 1 Graeme Elrick 1, Ian Farquhar 3)

Defenders 5 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 2½, Arthur Pritchard 2½)

Telstars and Defenders fought out a close draw. It was Telstars who took the lead after David Monteith beat Ken Head 3-2 after Ken had levelled at 2-all. Richard Tough then levelled with a 3-0 win over Graeme Elrick, but another 3-0 win this time for Ian Farquhar over Arthur Pritchard put Telstars ahead again. Graeme then extended their lead when he beat Ken 3-0, although 14-12 in the second was vital for him. In match five, Arthur went 2-0 up, but two 12-10 game wins for David tied it. However, Arthur regrouped and won it with an 11-8 fifth game triumph. Ian got his second 3-0 win, this time against Richard to make it 4-2 to Telstars. The doubles match was won surprisingly by a comfortable 3-0 for Arthur and Richard versus Ian and Graeme and Arthur then tied things after he beat Graeme 3-0. Ian’s third 3-0 win of the night this time versus Ken, restored the Telstars lead, but a 3-2 win for Richard against David secured the overall draw for Defenders.

                                                                                                                                   

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 2½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 0)

Rockets 4 (Pete Yearworth 1, Gary Lowson 2, Peter Dixon 1)

Up4it were ahead from matches one to ten, but in the end had to settle for a narrow win over Rockets. Gillian Edwards was the star player for Up4it as she won her three singles and the doubles match. Gillian beat Gary Lowson 3-1, including 13-11 and 12-10 game wins; she had a great comeback win over Pete Yearworth after being 2-0 down; she defeated Peter Dixon 3-0 and in the doubles match she teamed up with Paul Monteith to defeat Pete and Peter 3-2 after they had been 2-1 down. Up4it’s other wins came when Paul beat Pete 3-2 in a see-sawing match and later he defeated Peter 3-1, 13-11 in the fourth. For Rockets Gary had excellent 3-1 wins over Ryan (16-14 in the fourth) and Paul, from 1-0 behind; and Pete and Peter both defeated Ryan in very close matches. Peter won 18-16 in the fourth and Pete won it 3-2 after another see-sawing match that went to the final game.

 

Knights 7 (Stuart Halliday 2½, Callum Riddoch 1, Robert Toth 3½)

Aces 3 (Grant Williams 0, Mark Lundberg 1, Jason Fleming 2)

Stuart Halliday opened for Knights and he beat Grant Williams 3-1 to give them a good start. Aces levelled after Mark Lundberg defeated Callum Riddoch 3-1, although 14-12 in the second was vital. Knights retook the lead when Robert Toth comfortably beat Jason Fleming 3-0 and Callum then extended their lead when he defeated Grant 3-0, but 17-15 in the second was very hard on Grant. Jason got back on track with a strong 3-0 win versus Stuart to narrow the gap before two of the leagues’ top performers met in match six, with the divisions only unbeaten player Mark facing Robert, last seasons’ highest ranked player. It was Robert that eventually triumphed in the fifth game after Mark had led 1-0 and then levelled at 2-all. The doubles match was another cracker that went the distance. Mark and Jason led 2-1 after 13-11 and 12-10 game wins, but Robert and Stuart came good in the end to win it 3-2 and put Knights 5-2 up. Jason then had another good 3-0 win this time against Callum to leave Aces two behind with two to play. In match nine, Robert went 2-1 down after some inspired play by Grant, but Robert got back in to it and finished strongly to secure the overall win for Knights. In the final match Stuart put the cherry on top when he defeated Mark 3-2 after Mark had led 2-0.

 

Aces 7 (Mark Lundberg 3½, Grant Williams 1, Jason Fleming 2½)

Up4it 3 (Ryan Docherty 1, Paul Monteith 0, Gillian Edwards 2)

Aces went ahead when Mark Lundberg defeated Ryan Docherty 15-13 in the third. Next Grant Williams made it 2-0 after he won a very close five-game match against Paul Monteith. Paul won the first 11-8, but Grant replied with 14-12 and 16-14 wins. Paul levelled with an 11-9 win but Grant won it with a dominant final game. Gillian Edwards got Up4it on the scoreboard after she beat Jason Fleming, but it was only after she came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2. Ryan then levelled after yet another five-game match against Grant, with 12-10 wins for him in the first and last games showing how close it was. The fourth match in a row to go the distance was between Mark and Gillian and Mark won it 12-10 in the final game to put Aces ahead again. A 3-0 win for Jason over Paul made it 4-2 and Jason then teamed up with Mark to repeat the score against Paul and Gillian in the doubles match although 12-10 in the second and third was hard on the Up4it pairing. Gillian then beat Grant 3-1 to reduce the deficit, but Aces then saw out the victory after Jason beat Ryan 3-0 and Mark defeated Paul 3-1 after Paul had won the first game 13-11.

 

Division 2

New Kids 3 (Ken Falconer (reserve) 1, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 0)

Swots 7 (Dave Beveridge 2½, Emma Bissett 2½, Collin Bleak 2)

A great team performance got Swots the win over New Kids. Swots started on the front foot and raced into the lead with two 3-0 wins. First Dave Beveridge beat Ken Falconer 12-10 in the third and then Emma Bissett defeated Howard Lee. The third match seemed like a win for New Kids when Ian Smith went 2-0 up, but Collin Bleak replied with three straight game wins to make it 3-0 to Swots. Howard then beat Dave 3-1 to get one back for New Kids, but Swots powered ahead with another three wins in a row. First Collin beat Ken 3-1, then Emma defeated Ian 3-0, including 15-13 in the third and finally Emma and Dave comfortably won the doubles match 3-0 versus Ian and Howard. Match eight was a see-sawing affair but Howard won the first, third and fifth games to eventually overcome Collin. Dave then got Swots another win when he beat Ian 3-0, although 14-12 in the first must have been crucial. In the final match Ken had a good 3-0 win over Emma to get New Kids the final win.

 

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 3, David Hay 3, Sandy Bertie 1)

Viscounts 3 (Filip Jovanovic0, Andy Hughes 1½, Andrew Nimmo 1½)

Villa defeated Viscounts thanks to fine hat-tricks from Ian McLagan and David Hay. Ian started with a 3-1 win over Filip Jovanovic, repeated that scoreline against Andrew Nimmo and then came from 2-1 down against Andy Hughes to win 3-2. David started by beating Andy 3-1 after he had been 1-0 down; he then beat Filip 3-0 and finally he defeated Andrew 3-1, 13-11 in the fourth. Villa’s other win came when Sandy Bertie defeated Filip 3-1. For Viscounts Andrew beat Sandy 3-2 after Sandy had levelled from 2-0 down and Andy beat Sandy 3-1. The doubles match was a tight affair, but Andrew and Andy surprisingly won it 10-12, 11-7, 14-12 and 11-9 against the unbeaten Ian and David.

 

Rollercoasters 1 (Paul Jackson 0, Tony Cook 0, David Lane 1)

Tigers 9 (Scott Thomson 2, Logie Anderson 3½, Kenny McLaren 3½)

A big win for Tigers, but only two matches were won 3-0 and Rollercoasters lost all three matches that went to the fifth game. Scott Thomson opened for Tigers with a 3-1 victory over Paul Jackson. The next two matches were both won 3-2 by Tigers, Logie Anderson against Tony Cook and Kenny McLaren versus Dave Lane. Rollercoasters were unlucky not to take one as Tony led 2-1 and Dave lost the second 13-11 when he could have went 2-0 ahead. It soon became 5-0 after two 3-0 wins for Tigers and a 12-10 fourth game win for Logie versus Dave made it six. Paul and Dave looked like winning the doubles match when they led 2-0, but two 12-10 and an 11-8 game wins got Logie and Kenny over the line to make it 7-0. Kenny won the eighth match 3-1 against Tony after coming from 1-0 down. Dave then got Rollercoasters a win after he defeated Scott 3-1, 12-10 in the fourth; however Logie then drove in the final nail for Tigers 3-1 against Paul. But surely on another day Rollercoasters would have won a few more matches.

 

Chieftains 9 (Fiona Kinloch 2½, Jacob Munro 3, Jim Tawse 3½)

Lundin Lasers 1 (Arthur Duncan 1, Nat Forno 0, Ron Filsell 0)

Chieftains had a big win over Lundin Lasers after Arthur Duncan had defeated Fiona Kinloch 3-0 in the opening match to put the Lasers ahead. Superb hat-tricks by Jim Tawse and Jacob Munro plus a couple of wins for Fiona made it a great night for Chieftains. Jim won all of his singles 3-1 after he had been 1-0 down; Jacob beat Ron Filsell 3-0, Nat Forno 3-2 and finally Arthur 3-1, which included a couple of 12-10 game wins. After her bad start, Fiona defeated Ron 3-0, including 18-16 in the first and Nat 3-1 after Nat had led 1-0. Fiona also teamed up with Jim to win the doubles match 3-1 against Arthur and Ron, again after Chieftains had been behind, the seventh time that Lundin had won the opening game.

 

Truants 2 (Knut Radmer 0, Sascha Roschy 2, Alain Leger 0)

Brechin 8 (Aaron Robertson 2, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 2½)

This was a great victory for Brechin which opens up an eight point lead over Truants at the top of the division. The first three matches were won 3-0, with Derek Mitchell and John Anderson beating Knut Radmer and Alain Leger respectively for Brechin and Sascha Roschy defeating Aaron Robertson for Truants, including 12-10 in the first. In match four Truants levelled when Sascha defeated Derek 3-1 after Derek had taken the lead, but 13-11 and 11-9 in the third and fourth show it was very close. This was Derek’s first loss in the league this season. However, Brechin then surged ahead and won all the remaining matches. First John beat Knut 3-0 and then Aaron defeated Alain 3-1 after Alain had taken the lead. The doubles match was very close, but Derek and John won it 3-2 after Sascha and Alain had led 2-1. Match eight was a cracker with John taking the opening game 16-14 however, Sascha replied with two game wins to lead 2-1. Another turnaround then occurred and John took the final two games 11-8 to win it 3-2 and inflict Sascha’s first Division 2 defeat of the season. Brechin then finished with another two comfortable 3-0 wins for first Derek over Alain and then Aaron versus Knut.

 

Division 3

Missiles 2 (Jim Hodson 0, Daniel Russell 1, Ian Roberts 1)

Squires 8 (Winnie Stein 1½, Tanya Kapelyukh 3½, Steve Wilson 3)

Squires started well and won the first three matches against Missiles. First Winnie Stein beat Jim Hodson 3-0, including 12-10 in the first; then Tanya Kapelyukh defeated Daniel Russell 3-1 and finally Steve Wilson also beat Ian Roberts 3-1. Daniel then beat Winnie 3-0 to get Missiles on the scoreboard, but 14-12 and 12-10 in the second and third show that it was close. However, two comfortable 3-0 wins then put Squires back on track with Steve and Tanya defeating Jim and Ian respectively. Another two 3-1 wins then put Squires 7-1 ahead. In the doubles match Tanya and Winnie defeated Daniel and Ian and next Steve beat Daniel. A 3-0 win for Ian over Winnie made it 7-2 but Tanya had the final say for Squires when she beat Jim 3-0.

 

Princes 8 (Derek Johnston 3½, Blair Duncan 3, Eddie Dougan 1½)

Telsports 2 (Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 1, Paul McDade 1)

Princes won six of the ten matches 3-0 without reaching 10-all once. The other two wins for Princes came when Blair Duncan beat David Axton 3-1 after David had taken the lead and after Derek Johnston defeated Paul McDade 3-1 after Paul had taken the lead. For Telsports, Paul defeated Eddie Dougan 3-1 and David beat Eddie 3-2 with all of the games won fairly comfortably.

 

Duffers 3 (Billy Liddle 1, Rich McLaren 1, Andy Reid 1)

Sputniks 7 (Eric Brown 3½, Jack Oughton 3½, Jim Fleming 0)

The league leaders Sputniks went into a 2-0 lead after comfortable 3-0 wins for Eric Brown against Billy Liddle and then Jack Oughton versos Rich McLaren. However, Andy Reid replied for Duffers with a 3-0 triumph over Jim Fleming. Match four was very close. But Eric won it 3-2 versus Rich to put Sputniks 3-1 up. Billy then defeated Jim 3-1 to make it 3-2 overall, but Jack then won another very close match 3-2 versus Andy to increase the Sputniks lead once again. The doubles match also went to the fifth game and Eric and Jack came from 2-1 down to beat Andy and Rich 3-2. Rich then defeated Jim 3-1 to get one back for Duffers, but in match nine Duffers lost their fourth five game match when Eric beat Andy 3-2. In the final match Jack completed the scoring for Sputniks when he beat Billy 3-0.

 

Prospects 0 Buccaneers 10

Prospects could not field a team and thus conceded the fixture to Buccaneers.

 

 

Week 16 – commencing 8 January 2018

The semi-finals of the Excelsior Cup were played simultaneously at Ward Road Gym. Star had a fairly comfortable win over Rockets, but Aces fought out a late-night epic with Up4it before eventually knocking out the 2017 winners.

In the Handicap Cup there were wins for Knights, Thumpers, Sputniks, Telsports, Lairds, Squires, Chieftains, Prospects, Brechin, Viscounts, Aces, Buccaneers, Tigers and Swots, although both Brechin and Chieftains required a ‘extra’ game before they won through. Also, Knights, Thumpers, Telsports and Tigers did not secure their place in the second round until the final match of their ties.

In the Stanley Doubles there were fairly comfortable wins for Aces over Thumpers and Rockets against Swots.

In a re-scheduled Division Three fixture, Tass had a good win over Lairds to consolidate fourth place in the table and despite losing, Lairds moved just above club-mates Squires into seventh place.

 

Excelsior Cup Semi-Finals

Star 5 (Iain Martin 2, John Hannah 2, Calum Ross 1)

Rockets 1 (Peter Dixon 0, Gary Lowson 1, Pete Yearworth 0)

Star raced into a 2-0 lead with two 3-0 victories. First Iain Martin beat Peter Dixon and then John Hannah defeated Gary Lowson, although 13-11 in the second was hard on Gary. Pete Yearworth seemed on course to get one back for Rockets when he went 2-1 up, but Calum Ross responded with two game wins to make it 3-0 overall to Star. John then had a comfortable win over Peter to make it 4-0 and Iain secured the victory for Star with a 3-1 triumph over Pete although 11-8, 11-13, 11-9 and 11-9 game scores confirm it was close throughout. Gary then got Rockets a consolation win when he defeated Calum 3-0.

 

Up4it 4 (Ryan Docherty 0, Gillian Edwards 3, Paul Monteith 1)

Aces 5 (Grant Williams 1, Mark Lundberg 2, Jason Fleming 2)

Up4it seemed destined to take the lead when Ryan Docherty raced into a 2-0 lead against Grant Williams for the loss of just eight points. Ryan then took an early lead in the third and Grant looked doomed, but a brilliant turnaround saw him win the match 11-7, 11-9 and 11-7 and put Aces ahead. Mark Lundberg, the only unbeaten player in Division One this season, then won the first game of the second match, but Gillian Edwards responded with a powerful three games in a row to level. A comfortable 3-0 win for Jason Fleming against Paul Monteith put Aces in front again, but Gillian levelled again with a 3-1 win over Grant. Jason then beat Ryan 3-1 to put Aces ahead and Mark then extended their lead when he beat Paul 3-0, although 14-12 in the first was tough on Paul. Gillian gave Up4it some hope when she beat Jason 3-0, but Paul had to beat Grant to keep the tie alive. A sew-sawing match ensued with Grant 1-0 up then Paul 2-1 up, but it was Paul who triumphed in the fifth game to level the match at four-all. The deciding match was between Ryan and Mark and it was Mark who started better going into a 2-0 lead. Ryan then fought back in the third and he had chances to make it 2-1, but Mark eventually won it 13-11 to keep Aces on course for their second trophy of the season.

 

Handicap Cup Round 1

Villa 8 (Ian McLagan 2, David Hay 3, Sandy Bertie 3)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 2, Robert Toth 5, Callum Riddoch 3)

The Villa versus Knights tie went all the way to the final game before being decided. After Ian McLagan and Stuart Halliday had drawn, Robert Toth drew first blood for Knights when he beat David Hay 2-0. Callum Riddoch then beat Sandy Bertie 26-25 to make it 4-1, but Sandy recovered to win their second game. David then defeated Stuart 2-0, including a 26-25 game win, to make it four-all. The next four matches were all drawn, although 26-25 for Ian against Callum and 26-24 for Sandy versus Robert were vital for Villa. In the final match Ian faced Robert in a winner takes all match. In both games Robert levelled with a couple of points to spare and went on to win 26-24 and secure Knights’ place in the next round.

 

Thumpers 10 (Tony O'Shea 4, Jordan Ednie 2, Ian Hunter 4)

Tass 8 (Jim Houghton 3, Stuart Farquharson 0, Stewart Clark 5)

Thumpers raced into a 4-0 lead after Tony O’Shea beat Jim Houghton and Jordan Ednie defeated Stuart Farquharson, including 31-30 in their second game. Stewart Clark then got one back, but Ian Hunter replied to make it 5-1 to Thumpers. Tass then fought back to level with Jim defeating Jordan and Stewart beating Tony, both victories included a 31-29 game win. Thumpers retook the lead when Ian beat Stuart, but a good victory for Stewart against Jordan levelled things at seven-all. Tass then took the lead for the first time when Jim beat Ian 31-26, but Ian battled back to level at eight-all with a 31-25 game victory. Both games of the final match were close but it was Tony who triumphed in both against Stuart, winning 31-28 and 31-27 to secure the tie for Thumpers.

 

Star 4 (Calum Ross 2, Iain Martin 2, Andy Ferguson 0)

Sputniks 10 (Eric Brown 3, Jim Fleming 3, Carol McLean 4)

The first two matches were drawn but Sputniks then powered ahead of Star with two wins in a row for Carol McLean over Andy Ferguson and then Eric Brown over Iain Martin. Carol then drew with Calum Ross to consolidate the Sputniks lead and Jim Fleming increased the lead after he defeated Andy. Iain kept Star in the contest with a 31-29 win over Carol, but Carol comfortably won their second game to take Sputniks through to the next round.

 

Defenders 8 (Ken Head 3, Arthur Pritchard 2, Richard Tough 3)

Telsports 10 (Paul McDade 3, David Axton 4, Robert Fotheringham 3)

Defenders got off to a terrible start losing the first three matches, although twice losing games after they had fought all the way to 30-all did not help. In match four Arthur Pritchard got Defenders on the scoreboard, but Paul McDade won their second match to make it 7-1 overall to Telsports. Ken Head then started the fightback with 31-30 and 31-29 game wins over Robert Fotheringham. In match six David Axton defeated Richard Tough in their first game but another 31-30 win for Richard in game two made it 8-4. Arthur and Robert then drew to put Telsports one game win from victory, but in match eight Richard had a great win against Paul to make it 9-7. Sadly for Defenders, David dominated against Ken in their first game to take Telsports through 10-7, although Ken had the final say for Defenders when he won their second game 31-29.

                                                                                                                                   

Lairds 13 (Ewan MacDonald 4, Ryan Connor 4, Deklyn McKenzie 5)

Lundin Lasers 3 (Ron Filsell 0, Roman Nydza 1, Nat Forno 2)

Lairds defeated Lundin Lasers after a powerful performance. Ewan MacDonald got them off to a good start when he beat Ron Filsell and Ryan Connor consolidated the lead after he drew with Roman Nydza, with Roman’s win a close 26-25. Deklyn McKenzie beat Nat Forno in their first game, but Nat replied with another 26-25 win to make it 4-2 to Lairds. However, Lairds then powered ahead with three wins in a row to take the tie. First, Ryan beat Ron, then Ewan defeated Nat and finally Deklyn won against Roman. The teams played out two further matches with Ryan and Nat taking a win each and then Deklyn defeating Ron 2-0.

 

Squires 10 (Winnie Stein 2, Steve Wilson 4, Tanya Kapelyukh 4)

Telstars 6 (Stewart Clark (reserve) 2, David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 3)

Winnie Stein got Squires off to a good start against Telstars when she defeated Stewart Clark 2-0, including 31-30 in the opening game. The next three matches were drawn before Ian Farquhar levelled at five-all when he beat Winnie 31-30 and 31-28. However, two wins in a row for Tanya Kapelyukh over David Monteith and then Steve Wilson over Ian put Squires in command. In match eight Tanya got the game win she required to take Squires through to round two in her draw with Stewart.

 

Chieftains 10 (Fiona Kinloch 3, Jacob Munro 3, Ewan MacDonald (reserve) 4)

Kingsway 9 (Stephen Caird 4, Derek Thomson 2, Willie Cooper 3)

The Chieftains versus Kingsway tie required an extra game before it was determined who progressed. Early on it was Kingsway who took the lead with Stephen Caird defeating Fiona Kinloch. The next four matches were then drawn with both sides having 26-24 game wins and Jacob Munro having a 26-25 game win against Stephen. In match six Chieftains drew level for the first time when Ewan MacDonald had a great win over Derek Thomson, and in the next match they drew level again when Jacob beat Willie Cooper in their second game after Willie had taken the first. Chieftains then took the lead for the first time when Ewan beat Stephen in their first game, but a 26-25 cliff-hanger win for Stephen in the second game levelled the scores at eight-all. In the final match Derek beat Fiona 26-22 to put Kingsway into the lead again but a 26-22 reply from Fiona made it nine-all with an extra game then required to determine the winner. Fiona caught Derek at 24-all and then she won the next two points to win the tie for Chieftains.

 

Prospects 11 (Jonathan Fraser 2, Neil Lea 5, Ian Brumwell 4)

Princes 7 (Derek Johnston 1, Chris Riddoch 4, Eddie Dougan 2)

The first seven matches between Prospects and Princes resulted in five draws, but the difference between the teams was that Neil Lea defeated first Derek Johnston and then later Eddie Dougan to give Prospects a 9-5 lead. Ian Brumwell then got Prospects over the line when he beat Derek. Although the outcome of the tie had already been decided, Jonathan Fraser and Chris Riddoch decided to play out the final match and Chris won it to improve the final score line for Princes.

 

Missiles 9 (David Hunter 4, Daniel Russell 2, Ian Roberts 3)

Brechin 10 (Aaron Robertson 1, Gregor O'Neill (reserve) 4, John Anderson 5)

David Hunter opened and he beat Aaron Robertson to put Missiles ahead. However, Gregor O’Neill levelled with a fine 2-0 win over Daniel Russell and John Anderson put Brechin ahead when he defeated Ian Roberts 26-24 twice. Daniel then beat Aaron in their first game, but Aaron crucially beat Daniel 26-25 in their second game to keep Brechin ahead. John then beat David 2-0 to put Brechin in a very strong position, and next Gregor shared his games with Ian to consolidate the lead. Daniel then got an impressive 26-25 win over John, but John comfortably won their second game to take Brechin one game from victory at 9-5. However, Missiles then fought back strongly with first Ian defeating Aaron 26-18 twice and David beating Gregor 26-21 and 26-17 to level the scores at nine-all. In the extra deciding game Gregor found some form at the right time and he defeated David 26-23 to take Brechin through to the next round.

 

Viscounts 10 (Andy Hughes 2, Andrew Nimmo 4, Filip Jovanovic 4)

Prefects 6 (Howard Lee (reserve) 3, Michael Hahn 3, Clyde Johnson 0)

Six of the eight matches were drawn, with wins for Andrew Nimmo and then Filip Jovanovic over Clyde Johnston being the difference between the sides. Michael Hahn was involved in four 26-25 games and he won three against Andy Hughes, Filip and Andrew, although they all managed to beat Michael in their other game against him. Howard Lee also managed to draw with all of his opponents.

 

Aces 10 (Mark Lundberg 3, Jason Fleming 4, Grant Williams 3)

Comets 5 (Fraser Smith 0, Dougal Ogilvie 2, Glenn Christie 3)

Mark Lundberg got Aces off to a good start against Comets when he beat Fraser Smith 2-0. The next two matches were shared one-all to make it 4-2 to Aces overall and in match four Jason Fleming beat Fraser 2-0 to strengthen the Aces position, although 26-25 in the second game was hard on Fraser. Mark then made it 7-2, but Comets then rallied. First Glenn Christie beat Mark in their second game and then Dougal Ogilvie defeated Grant Williams to make it 7-4. However Grant refocused and beat Dougal 26-24 in their second game. Glenn then had a good game win over Jason to make it 8-5, but Jason won their second game to make it 9-5 to Aces.  Grant then sealed the tie for Aces when he defeated Fraser 26-24.

 

Buccaneers 12 (Stewart Ferguson 4, Gregor O'Neill 5, Murray Johnstone 3)

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 2, Ryan Docherty 4)

Two-player Up4it put up a good fight against Buccaneers winning half the actual games played. Gregor O’Neil beat Paul Monteith in the opening match to effectively make it 8-0, but Ryan Docherty replied for Up4it by defeating Murray Johnstone 31-28 twice. The next two matches were drawn with all the games being close. First, Stewart Ferguson beat Ryan 31-29 after Ryan had won their first game 31-30 and next Murray beat Paul 31-29 and then lost to Paul 31-28 in their second game. The final two matches were also drawn, with Gregor beating Ryan 31-24 before losing 31-30 and finally Stewart defeating Paul 31-24 before losing 31-29 in their second game.

 

Tigers 10 (Marion Davidson 3, Scott Thomson 3, Kenny McLaren 4)

New Kids 7 (Howard Lee 2, Ken Falconer (reserve) 3, Ian Smith 2)

The first match was very close, with both Marion Davidson and Howard Lee each winning a game 21-20. Scott Thomson then won the third 21-20 match in a row against Ken Falconer to put Tigers ahead, but Ken responded with a dominant second game to make it two-all. A strong performance by Kenny McLaren against Ian Smith then put Tigers in front again, but another 21-20 win for Howard against Scott halved the lead. However, Scott responded with a strong win in their second game to put Tigers 5-3 ahead. Marion then got yet another 21-20 win against Ian, but again Ian recovered well to take their second game. An excellent performance by Ken against Kenny then levelled the scores at six-all and Scott and Ian shared 21-16 wins to make it seven-all. With the whole tie evenly balanced Kenny put in another strong performance against Howard to get Tigers back in front and Marion got them home when she defeated Ken 21-19.

 

Kings 6 (Plamen Kostadinov 0, Aleksandar Jovanovic 3, Ade Fabola 3)

Swots 10 (Dave Beveridge 3, Emma Bissett 2, Collin Bleak 5)

A strong performance by Collin Bleak helped Swots to victory over Kings. Collin defeated Plamen Kostadinov and Ade Fabola 2-0 and drew with Aleksandar Jovanovic to top score for Swots and Dave Beveridge also defeated Plamen in Swots other win. For Kings, Ade Fabola beat Dave 2-0, including a 26-25 game win, and he also drew with Emma Bissett and Aleksandar drew with Dave and Emma.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Thumpers 0 (Ian Hunter 0, Jordan Ednie 0, David Sim 0)

Aces 5 (Mark Lundberg 2, Grant Williams 1½, Jason Fleming 1½)

Aces only lost one game in the tie, when Ian Hunter and Jordan Ednie won the opening game of the night against Mark Lundberg and Grant Williams. However, Aces were made to work for it in many of the other games winning by 18-16, 14-12, 13-11 twice, 12-10 and 11-9 four times before they secured the overall victory.

 

Rockets 6 (Pete Yearworth 2, Gary Lowson 2, Jim Dyson 2)

Swots 0 (Collin Bleak 0, Dave Beveridge 0, Emma Bissett 0)

Swots were unlucky not to get a match win as they lost three times in the final set, twice after being 2-1 up.  Emma Bissett and Dave Beveridge and then Collin Bleak and Dave led Jim Dyson and Gary Lowson before the Rockets pairing triumphed 3-2.  Emma and Dave also levelled at 2-all against Pete Yearworth and Jim before losing the fifth game. Rockets comfortably won the other three matches 3-0.

 

Division 3

Tass 7 (Stewart Clark 3½, Jim Houghton 3½, Stuart Farquharson 0)

Lairds 3 (Deklyn McKenzie 1, Ewan MacDonald 1, Ryan Connor 1)

Deklyn McKenzie won the opening game but Stewart Clark replied with three straight games to put Tass ahead. The next five matches were won 3-0. For Tass Jim Houghton defeated Ewan MacDonald and Deklyn and Stewart beat Ryan Connor and for Lairds Ewan and Ryan defeated Stuart Farquharson who was returning from long term injury. The doubles match was very close with three 11-9 games and a 12-10, but it was Stewart and Jim who triumphed by 12-10 in the fourth leaving Ewan and Ryan the unlucky losers. Jim then beat Ryan 3-1 to make it 6-2 to Tass but match nine was the closest of the night. Deklyn won the first 20-18 and 11-9 in the second put him in charge. But Stuart fought back to level with 11-8 and 13-11 wins. In the fifth game Deklyn played very well and won it to get Lairds another win. In the final match Ewan led Stewart 1-0 and 2-1 before Stewart levelled twice. In the final game it went all the way to 10-all before Stewart triumphed 13-11 and thus get the final point for Tass.

 

 

Week 15 – commencing 18 December 2017

In Division one Up4it are the new leaders after they had a big win at Defenders. Knights drop to second, two points behind, despite also impressively beating Rockets, although they do have a fixture in hand on the leaders. Aces had a big win over Prefects and as a result they move up to third place, but they are still eleven points behind Knights, although they do have a fixture in hand on them. Fourth placed Star heavily defeated shorthanded Telstars but they are seventeen points behind the leaders. Kings narrowly defeated Thumpers and are now level with Prefects in joint fifth place, but both of these are fifteen points behind Star with a fixture more played.

Brechin are the new leaders in Division two after they comfortably defeated Swots. Previous leaders Truants narrowly lost their first league fixture of the season at Lundin Lasers, but they are still second despite losing after their other rivals Villa and Viscounts did not play.  New Kids had a good win over Comets to move up to fifth place and Tigers defeated Chieftains to move to one point behind them with a fixture in hand against Lundin Lasers, who themselves are only two points behind Tigers.

Sputniks are the new leaders in Division three after they comfortably defeated Buccaneers. Kingsway drop to second after they were held to a draw by a spirited Lairds performance, although the gap is only three points and Kingsway have a fixture in hand on Sputniks. Duffers won narrowly at Missiles and won comfortably at Telsports but remain third. Tass had a strong win over Squires but they are now eleven points behind Duffers with both now having played eleven fixtures. Princes drop to fifth after they did not play and Prospects are just behind after they drew at home to Missiles.

In the Excelsior Cup Up4it progressed to the semi-finals after a fairly comfortable victory over Defenders.

 

Division 1

Aces 10 (Grant Williams 3½, Jason Fleming 3, Mark Lundberg 3½)

Prefects 0 (Clyde Johnson 0, Bonifac Legrady 0, Emma Bissett (reserve) 0)

Aces were in great form against Prefects and they only dropped four games all night. Clyde Johnston led against both Grant Williams and then Jason Fleming before losing to both 3-1. Against Mark Lundberg Clyde levelled at one-all before Mark won it 3-1 and Emma Bissett also won a game against Grant. Bonifac Legrady was unlucky not to win a game as he lost 12-10 and 13-11 to Grant.

 

Rockets 2 (Gary Lowson 0, Peter Dixon ½, Jim Dyson 1½)

Knights 8 (Stuart Halliday 2, Callum Riddoch 3, Ade Fabola (reserve) 3)

Knights made a strong start against Rockets and won the first six matches played, although they had to work very hard in several of them. In the opening match Gary Lowson went 2-0 up on Stuart Halliday, including 14-12 in the opening game. However, a very strong recovery by Stuart won him the match 3-2. Callum Riddoch then defeated Peter Dixon 3-0 and Ade Fabola continued Knights good run when he beat Jim Dyson 11-9 in the fourth. Stuart then beat Peter 3-1 to make it four in a row and it became five after Ade beat Gary 3-0. In match six, Jim seemed on course to get Rockets their first win when he comfortably went 2-0 up on Callum. But Callum somehow changed the flow of the contest and won three games in a row to win the match. In the doubles match Callum and Stuart started strongly winning the first game. However, two 12-10 wins put Peter and Jim in front and they finished the job in the fourth with an 11-7 win. Next, Peter fought out a close battle with Ade and he levelled twice, but it was Ade who got there in the fifth with an 11-8 triumph. In match nine Jim played a very good match and defeated Stuart 3-0 to get Rockets their second win. In the final match Gary levelled at two-all with a pair of 11-9 wins and it reached 10-all in the final game before Ade triumphed 12-10 to give Knights the final say.

 

Defenders 0 (Arthur Pritchard 0, Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3, Gillian Edwards 3½)

Up4it were in great form right from the off and they won the first nine matches for the loss of just one game, Ryan Docherty in his 3-1 victory over Ken Head. In the final match Arthur Pritchard went 2-1 up on Ryan, but Ryan recovered to win it 3-2. Paul Monteith and Gillian Edwards won all of their matches, including the doubles as a pairing, without losing a single game.

                                                                                                                                   

Star 9 (Calum Ross 3, Andy Ferguson 2½, Iain Martin 3½)

Telstars 1 (Ian Farquhar 0, David Monteith 1)

There was a strong performance by Star against short-handed Telstars. Calum Ross and Iain Martin both won both of their singles matches 3-0, although David Monteith only lost 13-15 to Iain in the third. Andy Ferguson played out two very close matches. First, against Ian Farquhar, Andy raced into a 2-0 lead only for Ian to level. However, an 11-8 fifth game triumph for Andy sealed the win. Then against David, Andy lost the first two games 11-8 and 12-10 but he won the third 13-11. The fourth game was also close but it was David who prevailed 13-11 to get Telstars their consolation point. Andy also teamed up with Iain to win the doubles match surprisingly comfortably.

 

Kings 6 (Aleksandar Jovanovic 1, Plamen Kostadinov 1½, Ade Fabola 3½)

Thumpers 4 (Ian Hunter 0, David Sim 2, Jordan Ednie 2)

Thumpers Ian Hunter won the opening game of the night, but a trio of game wins for Aleksandar Jovanovic won Kings the match. A 3-0 win for David Sim over Plamen Kostadinov levelled the score, but another 3-0 victory, this time for Ade Fabola against Jordan Ednie put Kings back in front. The lead was increased when Plamen defeated Ian 3-0, but 13-11 in the second was vital for Plamen. It looked like 4-1 when Aleksandar raced into a 2-0 lead over Jordan for the loss of only five points, but a brilliant recovery by Jordan saw him win 11-9 twice and 11-8 to take the match. In match six a 3-0 win for Ade over David was followed by another 3-0 win for Ade partnering Plamen in the doubles match over Jordan and Ian to make it 5-2 to Kings overall. A fine 3-0 win for Jordan over Plamen got Thumpers another point, but Ade then completed his perfect night with a 3-0 win over Ian, which secured the overall victory for Kings. Thumpers had the final say though when David came from 2-1 down to beat Aleksandar in the fifth game. 

 

Division 2

Brechin 8 (Aaron Robertson 1, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Swots 2 (Dave Beveridge 0, Emma Bissett 1, Collin Bleak 1)

Brechin went to the top of the table after a strong home win over Swots. The opening match could have gone either way, but it was Aaron Robertson who eventually triumphed 11-9 in the fifth game against Dave Beveridge to put Brechin ahead. Three 3-0 wins made it 4-0 after John Anderson beat Emma Bissett, Derek Mitchell defeated Collin Bleak and finally John beat Dave. Swots got on the scorecard after match five, but it took until the final game for Collin to get the better of Aaron. However, another 3-0 win for Derek, this time against Emma, put Brechin back on track. Derek then teamed up with John to win the doubles match, again 3-0, versus Dave and Emma. John then defeated Collin 3-0 to increase the Brechin lead further, but 14-12 in the first was very important for John. In match nine Derek defeated Dave 3-1, but in the final match Emma had a good 3-1 win over Aaron to get Swots their second win.

 

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 2½, Roman Nydza 2, Ron Filsell 1½)

Truants 4 (Knut Radmer 1, Graham Wood 3, Alain Leger 0

Graham Wood of Truants won all his singles matches, but steady performances by the Lundin Lasers players in the other matches secured the overall victory for Lundin. Graham defeated both Roman Nydza and Ron Filsell 13-11 in the fourth and he had an excellent 3-0 triumph over Arthur Duncan, although 12-10 in the second was vital. Truants other win came when Knut Radmer defeated Ron Filsell 3-1 after he had lost the first game. For the Lasers, Arthur defeated Knut 3-1 and Alain Leger 3-0; Roman beat Knut and Alain 3-0, but his 14-12 and 12-10 game wins against Knut and Alain respectively were vital. Ron defeated Alain 14-12 in the third and in the doubles match he teamed up with Arthur to get a crucial 3-2 win over Knut and Graham after they had been 2-1 down.

 

Tigers 7 (Kenny McLaren 2, Scott Thomson 2½, Logie Anderson 2½)

Chieftains 3 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jacob Munro 2, Jim Tawse 0)

Kenny McLaren got Tigers off to a good start when he defeated Fiona Kinloch 3-1 and it looked like 2-0 when Scott Thomson won his first two games, however a brilliant comeback by Jacob Munro won it 3-2 for Chieftains and levelled the scores. In match three, 15-13 and 11-9 wins helped Logie Anderson get a 3-0 win over Jim Tawse to put Tigers in front again. A fine 3-0 win for Scott over Fiona made it 3-1 overall and a final game win for Kenny over Jim made it 4-1 although losing 12-10 twice was hard on Jim. Logie then made it 5-1 after a 12-10 third game win over Jacob and the doubles match brought Tigers more joy when Kenny and Scott defeated Fiona and Jacob 3-1 in a very close match that included two 12-10 games and an 11-9. Tigers’ sixth win in a row was secured when Scott defeated Jim 13-11 in the fourth and it looked like a seventh when Logie went 2-1 up after a 13-11 third game win. However, Fiona recovered to win it in the final game. In the final match Jacob had another good win, this time 3-1 against Kenny, to get Chieftains the final point.

 

New Kids 7 (Kong Wan 1, Howard Lee 2½, Ian Smith 3½)

Comets 3 (Fraser Smith 1, Glenn Christie 2, Jill Milne 0)

Comets got off to a great start against New Kids and two final-game victories put them in front. First, Fraser Smith beat Kong Wan and then Glenn Christie defeated Howard Lee after Howard had levelled from 2-0 down. However, seven victories in a row for New Kids secured them the overall victory. First Ian Smith beat Jill Milne 3-0 and then Howard had a 14-12 fifth game triumph over Fraser. Next Kong had a 15-13 final game victory over Jill after she had led 2-1 and New Kids fourth win in a row came courtesy of Ian coming from 1-0 down to beat Glenn 3-1. The fifth was in the doubles match where Howard and Ian beat Glenn and Fraser 3-1. Finally two 3-0 wins for Howard over Jill and then Ian over Fraser completed the New Kids winning sequence. In the final match Comets had the last say when Glenn defeated Kong 3-1.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 8 (Jack Oughton 3½, Jim Fleming 2, Eric Brown 2½)

Buccaneers 2 (Murray Johnstone 0, Gregor O'Neill 1, Stewart Ferguson 1)

Sputniks raced into a 5-0 lead against Buccaneers for the loss of just two games in Jim Fleming’s 3-2 triumph over Gregor O’Neill. Buccaneers first win was when Gregor defeated Eric Brown 3-1, but right away Eric got revenge as he teamed up with Jack Oughton to win the doubles match 3-0 against Gregor and Stewart Ferguson. In the next match after the doubles Stewart seemed on course for more heartache when he faced a match point against Jim in the fourth. But a 12-10 recovery was followed by an 11-9 final game triumph to get Buccaneers another win and make it 6-2 overall. However, Sputniks saw out the contest with two 3-0 wins for Eric against Murray Johnstone and then Jack versus Gregor.

 

Telsports 2 (David Axton 1, Paul McDade 1, Robert Fotheringham 0)

Duffers 8 (Rich McLaren 3½, Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 3½)

The opening match went to the final game after Rich McLaren came from 2-1 down to beat David Axton and put Duffers in front. Telsports equalised after another five-game match when league rookie Paul McDade also came from 2-1 down to beat Billy Liddle 3-2 and secure his first league win of the season. However, Duffers then took control and won seven matches in a row for the loss of only four games. First, Andy Reid beat Robert Fotheringham 3-1 and then Rich defeated Paul 3-0. Andy then got another 3-1 win, this time over David after David took the lead and Billy did the same against Robert to make it 5-1. Three 3-0 wins for Duffers then followed, with Andy and Rich beating David and Paul in the doubles match, Andy defeating Paul and finally Rich defeating Robert. Telsports had the final say though when David defeated Billy, also by 3-0.

 

Lairds 5 (Deklyn McKenzie 1½, Ewan MacDonald 1, Ryan Connor 2½)

Kingsway 5 (Derek Thomson 3, Alan Carrie 1, Willie Cooper 1)

Kingsway raced into a 4-1 lead, but a second half recovery saw Lairds achieve the overall draw. A 3-0 win for Derek Thomson over Deklyn McKenzie got Kingsway in front and their lead was doubled when Alan Carrie defeated Ewan MacDonald 3-2. A come-from-behind 3-2 win for Ryan Connor over Willie Cooper halved the deficit but two 3-0 wins for Derek over Ewan and Willie over Deklyn put Kingsway in command. A 3-0 win for Ryan over Alan gave Lairds some hope and then in the doubles match Ryan partnered Deklyn to beat Derek and Willie 3-2 after they had been 2-1 down. A fine 12-10 fourth game victory for Ewan over Willie made it 4-all, but Derek defeated Ryan 3-1 to edge Kingsway in front again. The final match was a great contest with Deklyn going in front twice only to be pegged back by Alan twice, 15-13 and 11-9. The final game was close, but Deklyn won it 11-9 to secure the match and get Lairds an overall draw.

 

Squires 2 (Winnie Stein 0, Steve Wilson 1, Tanya Kapelyukh 1)

Tass 8 (Jim Wotherspoon 1½, Jim Houghton 3, Stewart Clark 3½)

Tass won the first trio of singles matches against Squires but all of the matches were close. First Jim Wotherspoon defeated Winnie Stein 12-10 in the fourth, and then Jim Houghton beat Steve Wilson in the fifth after they had earlier shared 12-10 game wins and finally Stewart Clark defeated Tanya Kapelyukh 3-1 after Tanya had led 1-0. Steve got Squires on the scoreboard when he beat Jim Wotherspoon 3-1, but a 3-2 triumph for Stewart over Winnie made it 4-1 to Tass. This quickly became 5-1 after Jim Houghton beat Tanya 3-0 and then Stewart and Jim Wotherspoon made it 6-1 after a 3-1 doubles match triumph over Winnie and Tanya. The final trio of singles matches were all comfortably won 3-0 with Stewart defeating Steve, Tanya beating Jim Wotherspoon and finally Jim Houghton winning against Winnie to complete the contest.

 

Prospects 5 (Fabio Sani 3, Sandy Pearson 2, Dave Goddard 0)

Missiles 5 (David Hunter 1, Jim Hodson 1½, Daniel Russell 2½)

Prospects raced into a 2-0 lead after Fabio Sani beat David Hunter 3-0 and then Sandy Pearson defeated Jim Hodson, also 3-0. It looked like a third win for Prospects when Dave Goddard went 2-0 up on Daniel Russell, but a great fightback by Daniel got Missiles on the scoreboard. Another 3-0 win for Sandy, this time against David, made it 3-1 to Prospects and it became 4-1 after Fabio defeated Daniel in the fifth game. However, an amazing turnaround saw Missiles win four matches in a row to take the lead. First Jim beat Dave 3-2; then Jim partnered Daniel to win the doubles match 3-0 against Sandy and Dave; next Daniel came from behind to beat Sandy 3-1 and finally David beat Dave 3-2 to put Missiles ahead. In the final match Fabio kept his composure to beat Jim 3-0 and secure the draw for Prospects.

 

Missiles 4 (Jim Hodson 0, Daniel Russell 3, David Hunter 1)

Duffers 6 (Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 2½, Richard McLaren 2½)

Billy Liddle got Duffers off to a good start when he beat Jim Hodson 3-0, although a 15-13 first game win was vital. Daniel Russell levelled for Missiles when he came from 2-1 down to beat Andy Reid in the fifth game. The sides then shared 3-0 wins to make it two-all, first Rich McLaren beat David Hunter and then Daniel beat Billy. However, two 3-1 triumphs then put Duffers in command, with first Rich beating Jim and next Andy defeating David. Rich and Andy then teamed up to win the doubles match 3-0 against Jim and Daniel and put Duffers further in front. Match eight was a see-sawing affair but Daniel won in for Missiles in the fifth after Rich had levelled twice. David then defeated Billy 3-1 to get Missiles back to within one, but in the final match Andy put in a strong performance to defeat Jim 3-0 and secure the overall win for Duffers.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 3, Ryan Docherty 2)

Defenders 0 (Richard Tough 0, Ken Head 0, Arthur Pritchard 0)

Up4it won all the matches but they were made to work for it in several of them. Arthur Pritchard was 2-0 up on Ryan Docherty before a strong recovery from Ryan won him the match. Ken Head levelled twice against Ryan but also lost in the fifth, but by an agonising 14-12. Arthur also won a game in his 3-1 defeat by Paul Monteith. Gillian Edwards was in top form and won the nine games she played in for the loss of only 40 points in total.

 

 

Week 14 – commencing 11 December 2017

Knights are top of the first division after they had a comprehensive victory at Defenders. Up4it narrowly defeated Star and are level on points with Knights but have played a fixture more. Aces moved above Star into third place after they beat club-mates Rockets at Forthill and they have a fixture in hand on the leaders. Kings had a good win over Telstars and are level on points with Rockets who have a fixture in hand.

The second division title race is now even closer. All four of the top four teams reached the half-way point of the league season by recording victories. However, Truants are the new leaders due to a better head-to-head with Viscounts. Two points behind are Villa who are ahead of Brechin also due to a better head-to-head. Chieftains are in fifth place but are now 18 points behind the leaders. New Kids are one point behind Chieftains with Lundin Lasers and Tigers just behind with a fixture in hand against each other. The bottom of the table places took another twist when Comets had an excellent win over Swots to jump from bottom to ninth place. Swots are two points behind and Rollercoasters are now four points adrift at the bottom as they had a free week.

The Division three leaders Kingsway had a narrow win at Squires and Sputniks, Duffers and Princes did not play but remain second, third and fourth respectively. Tass drew with Prospects in St Andrews to remain in fifth place with Prospects just behind them. Missiles had a good win over Buccaneers to move above them into ninth place.

In the Stanley Doubles Knights had a fairly comfortable victory over Prefects to progress to the next round.

 

Division 1

Rockets 3 (Pete Yearworth 1, David Hay (reserve) 1, Jim Dyson 1)

Aces 7 (Mark Lundberg 3½, David Sim (reserve) 0, Jason Fleming 3½)

Mark Lundberg started the ball rolling for Aces when he defeated Pete Yearworth 3-1 in the opening match. In match two it looked like 2-0 when David Sim comfortably led David Hay 2-0, but 12-10 in the third turned the match and David Hay eventually won 11-9 in the fifth to level for Rockets. Aces then powered ahead with three wins in a row; Jason Fleming 3-1 versus Jim Dyson, Mark 3-0 against David Hay and Jason 3-0 versus Pete. In match six Jim got another win for Rockets defeating David Sim 3-1. The doubles match was also won 3-1, but this time it was Aces Mark and Jason who triumphed against Pete and Jim, although all the games were close. Next David Hay got off to a good start winning the first game 11-9, but Jason recovered to win 3-1, although 13-11 in the third was crucial. In match nine 12-10 in the second put Mark 2-0 up and although Jim won the third Mark won it in the fourth to make it 7-2 to Aces. In the final match David Sim won the first game, but a strong recovery from Pete got Rockets the final victory.

 

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0, Paul Jackson (reserve) 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Ade Fabola (reserve) 3, Callum Riddoch 3½)

Knights were in blistering form against Defenders and did not lose a game all night. Defenders reached 10-all four times but unfortunately lost them all.

 

Star 4 (Andy Ferguson 0, Iain Martin ½, John Hannah 3½)

Up4it 6 (Ryan Docherty 2, Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 2)

Up4it narrowly defeated Star, but it was Star’s John Hannah who won all of the matches he played in 3-2. Initially, John beat Gillian Edwards; then he defeated Ryan Docherty after he had been 2-0 down, and finally he beat Paul Monteith, also after he had been 2-0 behind. In the doubles match John partnered Iain Martin to beat Ryan and Gillian in the final set after Ryan and Gillian had levelled from 2-0 down. For Up4it, Ryan beat Iain 3-0 and Andy 3-1; Paul defeated Andy 3-1 and Iain 3-2 after Iain had led 2-0 and finally Gillian beat Andy 3-0 and Iain 3-1 after Iain had won the first game 12-10.

                                                                                                                                   

Kings 10 (Aleksandar Jovanovic 3, Ade Fabola 3½, Plamen Kostadinov 3½)

Telstars 0 (Graeme Elrick 0, Ian Farquhar 0, David Monteith 0)

Kings may have won all of the matches in their fixture against Telstars but there were many very close games throughout the contest. In the opening match Aleksandar Jovanovic won the first game 13-11 and then went on to defeat Graeme Elrick 3-1. Next, Ade Fabola beat Ian Farquhar 18-16 in the third and then Plamen Kostadinov defeated David Monteith 3-1, after game wins of 15-13, 12-10 and 16-14. Matches four and five were comfortably won 3-0 by Ade and Aleksandar over Graeme and David respectively. But in match six Plamen beat Ian 3-1 after game wins of 16-14, 12-10 and 11-8. After this Telstars resistance must have been broken as Kings won the final four matches 3-0 without 10-all being reached even once.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 1 (Arthur Duncan 0, Nat Forno 0, Roman Nydza 1)

Brechin 9 (Aaron Robertson 2, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Brechin had a big win at Lundin, inflicting their biggest home league defeat since Lundin joined the district three years ago. After Derek Mitchell had beaten Arthur Duncan 3-0, Nat Forno got ahead of Aaron Robertson, but then lost 3-1. Then John Anderson beat Roman Nydza 3-0 and Derek beat Nat 3-1 with 14-12 to Nat in game three the highlight for Lundin so far. John defeated Arthur 3-0 before Roman got Lundin on the scoreboard after he defeated Aaron 3-0. Derek and John won the doubles comfortably 3-0, but in match eight Nat took the lead against John. However, three straight games for John made it 7-1 overall to Brechin. Derek comfortably beat Roman 3-0, but the closest match of the night then followed. Aaron took the opening game 12-10, but Arthur replied with 11-8 and 14-12 game wins to go ahead. The match turned again though and Aaron completed a fine win in the final game.

 

Tigers 1 (Marion Davidson 0, Kenny McLaren 0, Scott Thomson 1)

Truants 9 (Alain Leger 2½, Graham Wood 3, Sascha Roschy 3½)

Eight of the ten matches in the Tigers versus Truants fixture were won 3-0, with only one of the 24 games won reaching 10-all. The exceptions were in match one when Alain Leger came from 2-1 down to defeat Marion Davidson 3-2. Then in match four Alain beat Kenny McLaren 3-2 after Kenny had led 1-0, although Alain’s 15-13 third game win was vital. Sascha Roschy was top scorer for Truants winning all four of his matches 3-0, including the doubles match with Alain. Graeme Wood also won three singles, but the closest was against Scott Thomson where 14-12 and 11-9 in the second and third confirm it was close. Scott comfortably beat Alain in match nine to save Tigers from being whitewashed.

 

Viscounts 7 (Andy Hughes 3½, Andrew Nimmo 3½, Derek Johnston (reserve) 0)

Chieftains 3 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jacob Munro 1, Jim Tawse 1)

Viscounts went 2-0 ahead after 3-0 wins for Andy Hughes over Fiona Kinloch and Andrew Nimmo over Jacob Munro, although 15-13 and 13-11 wins for Andy and Andrew respectively were vital. Jim Tawse then beat Derek Johnston 3-0 to get Chieftains off the mark, but another 3-0 win for Andrew against Fiona made it 3-1 overall. Match five was evenly poised at one-all when Jim saved four game points and then won the third 12-10. In game four Jim had three match points but Andy won five points in a row to make it two-all. In the final game Andy narrowly won it 11-9, but Jim was very unlucky to have not at least reached 10-all. In match six 16-14 and 12-10 wins put Jacob 2-1 ahead but Derek levelled, but a powerful final game won it for Jacob. The doubles match swung one way then the other, with Andrew and Andy leading 2-0 before Jim and Fiona easily levelled losing only five points. But the match turned again in the final game with Andrew and Andy winning it 11-4. In match eight Jim went 2-1 ahead with a 12-10 win but Andrew levelled and then won it 11-9 in the final game. Fiona then beat Derek 3-0, including 12-10 in the second before Andy comfortably defeated Jacob 3-0 to complete the scoring for Viscounts.

 

New Kids 4 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 1½, Ian Smith 2½)

Villa 6 (David Hay 3, Sandy Bertie 2, Carol McLean (reserve) 1)

Villa took until the fifth game of the final match to secure the overall win at New Kids. It started well for Villa as they won four of the first five matches. Initially David Hay beat Kong Wan 3-0 and then Sandy Bertie had a great 3-2 fight back win against Howard Lee after he had been 2-0 down. However, an equally good 3-2 comeback win for Ian Smith against Carol McLean got New Kids on the scoreboard, although 13-11 in the third must have been nerve-racking for Ian. Howard went 1-0 ahead in the next match but David recovered to win it 3-1 and then Carol comfortably beat Kong 3-1 to put Villa 4-1 up. It looked like 5-1 when Sandy won the first two games 12-10 and 13-11, but Ian had another great comeback to win 3-2 again. Ian and Howard then won a see-sawing doubles match 3-2 versus David and Sandy to make it 3-4 overall and then Howard levelled with a 3-1 triumph over Carol. David got Villa in front again when he beat Ian 3-0. In the final match Sandy comfortably won the first game but 12-10 and 11-8 wins for Kong put New Kids on course for a draw. In game four at least 10 game/match points were saved before Sandy won it 20-18 and in the final game Sandy secured the victory for Villa with an 11-9 win.

 

Comets 7 (Dougal Ogilvie 2, Fraser Smith 2, Glenn Christie 3)

Swots 3 (Emma Bissett ½, Dave Beveridge 0, Collin Bleak 2½)

Comets got a hugely important victory over Swots to move out of the relegation places. A comfortable win for Dougal Ogilvie over Emma Bissett got Comets off to a good start and it got better when Fraser Smith beat Dave Beveridge 3-2. Another 3-0 triumph for Glenn Christie over Collin Bleak made it 3-0 and a 3-2 win for Fraser over Emma after he had been 2-1 behind made it 4-0. Collin got Swots off the mark with a 3-0 victory over Dougal but another 3-0 win for Glenn against Dave made it 5-1 to Comets. Swots then staged a mini fightback. First Emma and Collin beat Dougal and Fraser 3-1 in the doubles match then Collin beat Fraser 3-1 to make it 5-3 to Comets. It looked like 5-4 when strong second and third games put Emma 2-1 ahead, but Glenn recovered well to win the match 3-2 and stop the Swots fightback in its tracks. Dougal then drove in the final nail for Comets when he comfortably defeated Dave 3-0 to end a bad night for Swots.

 

Division 3

Squires 4 (Steve Wilson 2, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Kingsway 6 (Derek Thomson 2½, Alan Carrie 1, Willie Cooper 2½)

Squires were dealt a blow when Winnie Stein called off sick just before the start of their fixture with Kingsway. However, her two team-mates put up a very good fight winning four of the seven matches actually played against the league leaders. Steve Wilson beat Willie Cooper 12-10 in the fourth and Alan Carrie 3-0, including 15-13 in the second. Tanya Kapelyukh beat Alan 3-0 and Derek Thomson 3-1. Indeed Steve and Tanya looked on course for another point in the doubles match when they led 2-1, but Derek and Willie recovered to win it 3-2. Kingsway’s other wins came from Derek 3-0 against Steve and Willie 3-1 over Tanya including 12-10 in the third.

 

Prospects 5 (Sandy Pearson 1½, Fabio Sani 3, Neil Lee ½)

Tass 5 (Jim Houghton 2, Stewart Clark 2, Jim Wotherspoon 1)

Tass were 1-0 and 2-1 ahead at Prospects but in the end only secured a 5-all draw after the final match. Sandy Pearson opened strongly and won the first game, but Jim Houghton recovered to win 3-1, but 13-11 in the third was vital for Jim. Fabio Sani levelled for Prospects when he beat Stewart Clark 3-1 also after losing the first game. Fabio’s 16-14 second game win must have been crucial. Next Jim Wotherspoon also lost the first game to Neil Lee but he also then recovered to win 3-1. For the fourth match running the loser of the opening game eventually lost the match in this case though Fabio also lost the second game to Jim Houghton. However, Fabio then staged a great recovery to win it 3-2. The pattern then changed when Sandy won the first game and then the next two against Jim Wotherspoon to make it 3-2 to Prospects. Next Stewart defeated Neil 3-0 to level the score again, but Sandy and Neil then had an excellent 3-0 win in the doubles match against Stewart and Jim Houghton to put Prospects in front again. A 3-0 triumph for Fabio versus Jim Wotherspoon increased the lead but another 3-0 victory for Jim Houghton against Neil made it 5-4. In the final match Stewart seemed in control and led 2-0. However, a strong third game from Sandy halved his lead. In the fourth game though Stewart eventually won it 14-12 to win the match and secure the overall draw for Tass.

 

Missiles 6 (Jim Hodson 1, Daniel Russell 3, David Hunter 2)

Buccaneers 4 (Gregor O'Neill 1½, Stewart Ferguson 2½, Dale McLeish 0)

Buccaneers took the lead when Gregor O’Neill defeated Jim Hodson 3-1. However, four victories in a row put Missiles in command. First Daniel Russell defeated Stewart Ferguson 3-2 after he had been 2-1 down; then David Hunter beat Dale McLeish 12-10 in the third game; Daniel then got another 3-2 victory this time over Gregor after Gregor had levelled from 2-0 down and finally Jim beat Dale 3-0. Buccaneers got one back in match six when Stewart defeated David 3-0 and Stewart then teamed up with Gregor to defeat Daniel and Jim 3-0 in the doubles match. In match eight, Daniel halted the Buccaneers recovery when he beat Dale 3-0, including 12-10 in the first and David then secured the overall win for Missiles when he beat Gregor 3-1, again after a 12-10 opening game. Stewart had the final say for Buccaneers though when he defeated Jim 3-0.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Prefects 0 (Michael Hahn 0, Sascha Roschy 0, Clyde Johnson 0)

Knights 5 (Stuart Halliday 1½, Callum Riddoch 2, Robert Toth 1½)

Knights won all the matches but Prefects managed to win a game in three of the matches. The closest was match five where Michael Hahn and Sascha Roschy were one game and 9-7 up in the second. However, Robert Toth and Callum Riddoch recovered to win 12-10 and then the next two games and secure the overall victory.

 

 

Cup Finals – Ward Road Gym – Saturday 9th December 2017

The semi-finals and finals of the Chairman’s Challenge, Secondary Shield and Consolation Cup trophies were played out at Ward Road Gym on Saturday 9th December 2017.

In the Chairman’s Challenge semi-finals, Knights beat Prefects in a final match decider and Aces did the same against Up4it in the other tie. In the final Aces were 2-0 up on Knights and were then pegged back at 2-2 before triumphing 4-2.

In the Secondary Shield semi-finals, Viscounts recovered from a 2-1 deficit against Tigers to win their tie 5-2 and Brechin came from 1-0 down to New Kids to recover and win their tie 5-2. In the final Viscounts and Brechin shared the opening two matches, but four match wins in a row won the trophy for Brechin.

In the Consolation Cup semi-final, Sputniks came from 2-3 down against Lairds to win 5-3. In the final Princes, who had qualified for the final due to a walk-over in their semi-final, shared the first two matches with Sputniks. However, Sputniks then won all the remaining matches to take the trophy.

 

Chairman’s Challenge

Semi-Finals

Knights 4 (Ade Fabola (reserve) 1½, Callum Riddoch 1, Stuart Halliday, 1½)

Prefects 3 (Clyde Johnson ½, Bonifac Legrady 0, Michael Hahn 2½)

Knights raced into a 2-0 lead against Prefects, but the matches were very different. First Ade Fabola and Clyde Johnson fought out a close five-game match that Ade eventually won but in the next match Stuart Halliday comfortably beat Bonifac Legrady 3-0. However, Michael Hahn then led a fightback by Prefects. Firstly Michael defeated Callum Riddoch 3-1 and then he teamed up with Clyde to beat Callum and Ade 3-2 in the first doubles match. Stuart and Ade got Knights ahead again when they defeated Clyde and Bonifac 3-0 in the second doubles match, but Michael levelled again when he beat Stuart 3-1. In the deciding match between Callum and Bonifac the first two games were shared, but Callum then pulled away to win it 3-1 and take Knights into the final.

 

Up4it 3 (Paul Monteith ½, Gillian Edwards 1½, Ryan Docherty 1)

Aces 4 (Grant Williams 1½, Mark Lundberg (reserve) 2, Jason Fleming ½)

The opening match was very close. Aces Grant Williams led 2-0 after 12-10 and 11-8 wins, but Paul Monteith levelled after 13-11 and 11-9 wins. The final game was won 11-5 by Grant to put Aces in front. Mark Lundberg made it 2-0 when he beat Gillian Edwards 3-0 but Ryan Docherty got Up4it back into the tie when he defeated Jason Fleming 11-8 in the fifth game. However, Jason got a bit of revenge in the first doubles match when he teamed up with Grant to beat Ryan and Paul 3-0. Up4it had to win the second doubles and Gillian and Paul delivered a fine performance to beat Mark and Grant 3-1. Gillian then levelled the overall score when she defeated Jason 3-0 although it took a marathon 19-17 win in the third game to see her home. The deciding match was a great contest. Ryan led 1-0 and 2-1 but twice Mark levelled. In the deciding game the scores reached 10-all after Ryan saved two match points, but Mark then won the next match point he had to win the match and take Aces through to the final.

 

Final

Knights 2 (Ade Fabola (reserve) ½, Callum Riddoch 0, Stuart Halliday, 1½)

Aces 4 (Jason Fleming 1½, Mark Lundberg (reserve) 1½, Grant Williams 1)

Aces raced into a 2-0 lead after Jason Fleming beat Ade Fabola 3-0 and then Mark Lundberg defeated Callum Riddoch 3-1. Stuart Halliday got Knights back into the tie when he beat Grant Williams 3-1 and Stuart then teamed up with Ade to defeat Jason and Grant in the first doubles match and thus level the overall score at two all. The second doubles match was won by Aces pairing Jason and Mark 13-11 in the fourth against Callum and Ade. In match six Grant put in a very strong performance to defeat Callum 3-0 and secure the trophy for Aces.

 

Secondary Shield

Semi-Finals

Viscounts 5 (Andy Hughes 2, Andrew Nimmo 2, Jacob Munro (reserve) 1)

Tigers 2 (Scott Thomson 0, Logie Anderson 1, Kenny McLaren 1)

Viscounts took the lead when Andy Hughes beat Scott Thomson 3-0. But two wins in a row put Tigers in front. First Logie Anderson beat Andrew Nimmo 3-1 and then Kenny McLaren defeated Jacob Munro 3-0. Andrew then levelled the tie after he beat Scott 3-0 and Andy put Viscounts back in front when he beat Kenny 3-1. Jacob made it 4-2 to Viscounts when he came from behind to defeat Logie 3-1 and Andrew sealed the tie after he defeated Kenny 3-0.

 

Brechin 5 (Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 3, Derek Mitchell 2)

New Kids 2 (Howard Lee 1, Kong Wan 0, Ian Smith 1)

Howard Lee got New Kids in front after he defeated Aaron Robertson 3-1, but John Anderson beat Kong Wan 3-1 to level the scores. Derek Mitchell then defeated Ian Smith 3-0 to put Brechin in front and John Anderson got his second win after he beat Howard 3-0. Ian then beat Aaron 12-10 in the third to get New Kids back in the tie. But a strong 3-0 win for Derek over Kong made it 4-2 and John sealed Brechin’s place in the final after he defeated Ian 3-0.

 

Final

Viscounts 1 (Andy Hughes 0, Andrew Nimmo 1, Jacob Munro (reserve) 0)

Brechin 5 (Derek Mitchell 2, Aaron Robertson 1, John Anderson 2)

Derek Mitchell got Brechin in front when he beat Andy Hughes 3-1, but Andrew Nimmo levelled for Viscounts after he defeated Aaron Robertson 3-0. John Anderson then put Brechin ahead again after he defeated Jacob Munro 3-0 and Derek overcame Andrew 3-1 to make it 3-1 to Brechin. This became 4-1 after John beat Andy 3-0. Viscounts were on the brink and had to win the next match. Jacob and Aaron shared the first four games and it reached 13-all in the final game before Aaron won the next two points to win the match and secure the trophy for Brechin.

 

Consolation Cup

Semi-Final

Sputniks 5 (Jim Fleming 0, Carol McLean 3, Eric Brown 2)

Lairds 3 (Ewan MacDonald 1, Deklyn McKenzie 0, Ryan Connor 2)

Ewan MacDonald got Lairds off to a great start after he defeated Jim Fleming 3-0, but a 12-10 third game victory for Carol McLean over Deklyn McKenzie made it one-all. Another 12-10 third game triumph then put Lairds ahead again after Ryan Connor beat Eric Brown. Carol then levelled for the second time after she defeated Ewan 3-1 but Ryan put Lairds ahead for the third time following a 3-2 victory over Jim, 11-8 in the final game. However, a 3-0 win for Eric over Deklyn was followed by another for Carol over Ryan, 14-12 in the third, to put Sputniks ahead. Eric then defeated Ewan 3-0 to put Sputniks into the final, but 14-12 and 12-10 game wins show that Ewan was unlucky to not take the match further.

 

Final

Princes 1 (Eddie Dougan 0, Derek Johnston 1)

Sputniks 8 (Eric Brown 3, Jim Fleming 2, Carol McLean 3)

Sadly, Princes were short-handed due to illness and this made the score 3-0 Sputniks before a ball was hit. Initially Eric Brown beat Eddie Dougan 3-1, coming from 1-0 down to put Sputniks further ahead. But Derek Johnston replied with a 3-0 victory over Jim Fleming to get Princes on the scoreboard. Carol McLean then won the trophy for Sputniks after she defeated Eddie 3-0. The final three ‘dead-rubber’ matches were played out, but aside from a game each for Eddie and Derek, Sputniks won the others to complete the scoring.

 

 

Week 13 - commencing 05 December 2017

Up4it leapfrogged Knights to the top of division one after they had a good victory over Kings and Knights lost to third placed Star. Knights and Star have a fixture in hand on Up4it, but Aces have two fixtures in hand on Star and they also had a good win over Defenders to join Star in third place on the same points as them. Prefects had a narrow win over Rockets and they are just behind Aces but have played three fixtures more. Rockets also played a rescheduled fixture against Thumpers and a big win moves them nine points behind Prefects with two fixtures in hand.

In the second division there are now just four points separating the top four teams. Viscounts are still at the top despite narrowly losing to third placed Truants, Villa are second after they defeated Comets and Brechin remain in fourth after the narrowly beat Tigers. Chieftains move up to fifth after they drew with Rollercoasters. New Kids narrowly won at Rollercoasters and they move up to sixth, although Tigers and Lundin Lasers are just below with a fixture in hand against each other. At the bottom of the table Swots had a great win over Lundin to move up to third bottom with Rollercoasters just one point behind them and Comets a further point behind in last place.

With previous Division three leader Sputniks not playing, Kingsway had a big win over Telsports to jump to the top of the table. Duffers are third after they beat Lairds and Princes are just behind after they defeated Squires. Tass are fifth after they overcame Missiles. At the bottom end of the table, league rookies Buccaneers got their first win of the season after they beat Telsports and this moves them up to third bottom.

The Excelsior Cup saw Star progress to the semi-finals after a comfortable victory over Buccaneers. In the Stanley Doubles Villa defeated Viscounts after a marathon battle and Kings overcame Comets fairly comfortably.

 

Division 1

Aces 9 (Grant Williams 2½, Jason Fleming 3, Mark Lundberg (reserve) 3½)

Defenders 1 (Ken Head 0, Richard Tough 0, Arthur Pritchard 1)

Aces won six matches against Defenders 3-0, only twice reaching 10-all. Three of the others were won 3-1, with Mark Lundberg and Jason Fleming beating Arthur Pritchard and Grant Williams defeating Richard Tough. Defenders sole triumph took five games with Arthur beating Grant 13-11 in the final game after Grant had levelled from 2-0 down.

 

Telstars 10 (David Monteith 3½, Graeme Elrick 3, Ian Farquhar 3½)

Saints 0 (Chan Tsz Huen 0, Andi Afezolli 0)

Telstars comfortably overcame a short-handed Saints side that battled to the end and won a game in three of the seven games actually played.

                       

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 2)

Kings 1 (Aleksandar Jovanovic 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0, Ade Fabola 1)

In the Up4it versus Kings fixture, seven of the ten matches were won 3-0. The exceptions were when Aleksandar Jovanovic won the first game in his 3-1 defeat by Paul Monteith, 17-15 in the fourth; Ade Fabola did the same also against Paul and in the doubles match Plamen Kostadinov and Ade won a game against Gillian Edwards and Paul. Ryan Docherty of Up4it was involved in two very close 3-0 matches; Ryan beat Aleksandar 15-13, 11-8 and 12-10, but lost to Ade 10-12, 8-11 and 10-12. Gillian was in fine form and won her three singles matches comfortably 3-0.

 

Knights 4 (Callum Riddoch 0, Stuart Halliday 1½, Robert Toth 2½)

Star 6 (John Hannah 3, Calum Ross 2, Iain Martin 1)

The former league leaders Knights were defeated after an excellent performance by Star. Callum Riddoch started strongly for Knights winning the opening game, but John Hannah replied with three straight games to put Star in front. Calum Ross made it 2-0 when he defeated Stuart Halliday 12-10 in the fifth game after Stuart had levelled twice. Robert Toth then got Knights on the scoreboard with a 3-0 victory over Ian Martin. However, another 3-1 win for John, this time against Stuart, made it 3-1 to Star and it became 4-1 when Iain came from 2-1 down to beat Callum 3-2. Robert got his second win for Knights 3-1 against Calum, but three 12-10 games and an 11-9 show it was very close. In the doubles match Robert teamed up with Stuart and an 11-9 fifth game triumph against John and Calum made it 3-4 overall. It then became four-all when Stuart beat Iain 3-0. Having lost a three match lead Star seemed in trouble but John got them back on track with a great 3-2 win over Robert that included 15-13 and 14-12 wins for him. In the final match it seemed Knights would get a draw when Callum Riddoch went 2-1 ahead, despite losing the second 13-11. However, Calum Ross had other ideas and a strong finish saw him win it 3-2 and get Star the overall victory.

                                                                                                                                   

Prefects 6 (Michael Hahn 3, Justin Yang 3, Bonifac Legrady 0)

Rockets 4 (Pete Yearworth 1½, Gary Lowson 1, Peter Dixon 1½)

Fine hat-tricks by Michael Hahn and Justin Yang got Prefects the victory over Rockets. Michael, one game to Peter Dixon, and Justin, one game to Gary Lowson, were the only setbacks for the Prefects men. The three Rockets all defeated Bonifac Legrady who won a game versus Peter and Gary. Pete Yearworth and Peter also got a little bit of revenge when they beat Michael and Justin 3-2 in the doubles match.

 

Rockets 9 (Pete Yearworth 3½, Gary Lowson 2, Jim Dyson 3½)

Thumpers 1 (Ian Hunter 0, David Sim 0, Jordan Ednie 1)

Rockets victory against Thumpers ended up comprehensive, but there were many tight matches along the way. In the opening match Ian Hunter took Pete Yearworth all the way to the final game before Pete finally triumphed. A 3-0 win for Gary Lowson over David Sim made it 2-0 and a come-from-behind 3-1 victory for Jim Dyson over Jordan Ednie made it 3-0. Another 3-0 victory for Gary, this time over Ian was followed by a close 3-0 win for Pete over Jordan but game scores of 13-11 and 12-10 twice show that Jordan came close. Match six resulted in another Rockets win, but an 11-8 fifth game triumph, after being 2-1 down, shows that Jim was run very close by David. The doubles match was another close one, with Pete and Jim defeating Ian and Jordan again in the final game. Match eight was the third in a row to reach the fifth game, but this time it was Jordan who triumphed against Gary to get Thumpers on the scoreboard. However, this was as good as it got for them as Jim then beat Ian 3-1 and in the final match yet another game five victory, this time for Jim over David, completed the scoring for Rockets.

 

Division 2

Brechin 6 (Aaron Robertson 0, John Anderson 2½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Tigers 4 (Kenny McLaren 1, Logie Anderson 1, Scott Thomson 2)

Derek Mitchell was back from injury for Brechin and he had a good night winning all four matches in which he competed, dropping only one game to Logie Anderson. John Anderson picked up a couple of 3-0 singles wins for Brechin versus Logie Anderson and Kenny McLaren, although 17-15 in the second against Logie was vital. Derek and John also won the doubles match 3-0 against Logie and Scott Thomson. For Tigers Scott Thomson defeated Aaron Robertson 3-0 and had a great win versus John 11-8 in the fifth game. Kenny beat Aaron 3-0, but Logie had to come from 2-1 down to defeat Aaron in the final game.

 

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 1, David Hay 3, Sandy Bertie 3)

Comets 3 (Jill Milne ½, Dougal Ogilvie 1½, Carol McLean (reserve) 1)

Villa raced into a 4-0 lead against Comets without losing a game. Closest games in this sequence were 12-14 for Dougal Ogilvie against David Hay and 10-12 for Jill Milne versus Iain McLagan. Match five saw Carol McLean get Comets onto the scoreboard with a 3-1 victory over Ian, but another 3-1 win, this time from Sandy Bertie over Dougal, made it 5-1. The doubles match went to the wire, but Jill and Dougal made it home 11-8 in the fifth against David and Ian. A 3-0 win for David over Carol put Villa 6-2 in front and this became 7-2 when Sandy defeated Jill in the fifth game after Jill had levelled twice. However, a fine 3-0 triumph for Dougal against Ian got Comets the final point of the night.

 

Rollercoasters 4 (Paul Jackson 1, Marion Davidson (reserve) 1, Tony Cook 2)

New Kids 6 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 3½, Ian Smith 2½)

New Kids narrowly defeated Rollercoasters, but winning three out of five matches that went to the fifth game was crucial to the final result. Paul Jackson put Rollercoasters ahead when he defeated Kong Wan 3-1. New Kids levelled when Howard Lee beat Marion Davidson 3-0, but Tony Cook won 3-1 against Ian Smith to put Rollercoasters ahead again. Marion then made it 3-1 when she came from 2-0 down to beat Kong 3-2. The New Kids fight back started when Ian beat Paul 3-1 and Howard levelled after he defeated Tony in the fifth game. The doubles match also went to the fifth game and it was Howard and Ian who triumphed against Paul and Tony to put New Kids ahead for the first time. Ian made it 5-3 with a 3-0 victory over Marion, but a 13-11 fifth game victory for Tony over Kong reduced the deficit to one. In the final match, Paul came from 2-0 down, but Howard won it for New Kids with a 12-10 fifth game victory.

 

Truants 6 (Graham Wood 2½, Sascha Roschy 3½, Knut Radmer 0)

Viscounts 4 (Filip Jovanovic 1, Andy Hughes 1, Andrew Nimmo 2)

A come from behind 3-1 victory, including 12-10 twice, for Graham Wood against Filip Jovanovic was followed by a comfortable 3-0 win for Sascha Roschy against Andy Hughes to put Truants ahead of Viscounts. Andrew Nimmo got one back when he beat Knut Radmer 3-0, but another 3-0 win for Sascha, this time against Filip got Truants 3-1 up, although Filip was unlucky to lose 13-11 and 11-9. Andrew then had a great 3-1 victory over Graham to make it 3-2 and Andy defeated Knut 3-0 to level the overall score at three-all.  The doubles match was won 12-10 in the third by Graham and Sascha against Andrew and Filip to put Truants ahead again and Sascha’s third 3-0 singles win against Andrew made it 5-3 overall. Filip then beat Knut 3-1 to get the deficit to one. In the final match Andy started strongly to go 1-0 up. However, a good comeback from Graham got him in front and he finally secured the victory for Truants 14-12 in the fourth.

 

Swots 7 (Dave Beveridge 2½, Collin Bleak 1½, Sandy Pearson (reserve) 3)

Lundin Lasers 3 (Arthur Duncan 2, Nat Forno 1, Jamie Douglas 0)

Swots got their second league win of the season when they came from 3-1 down to defeat Lundin Lasers. A 3-0 win from Arthur Duncan over Dave Beveridge was followed by a 3-2 triumph for Nat Forno against Collin Bleak, after Collin had led 2-1, to put the Lasers 2-0 up. Sandy Pearson beat Jamie Douglas 3-1 to get Swots on the scoreboard, but another 3-2 defeat for Collin, this time from Arthur made it 3-1 to Lundin overall. A 3-0 victory for Dave over Jamie was followed by a 12-10 fourth game triumph for Sandy over Nat to level the overall scores. The doubles match seemed crucial and Dave and Collin won it for Swots with 12-10 and 13-11 wins in the third and fourth against Nat and Arthur. A 3-0 win for Collin over Jamie increased the Swots lead and it got better when Sandy beat Arthur 3-2. In the final match Dave completed the perfect second half for Swots by defeating Nat 3-1, again by 12-10 and 13-11 victories in the third and fourth.

 

Chieftains 5 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 2, Jacob Munro 1)

Rollercoasters 5 (Scott Thomson 2½, Tony Cook 1, Dave Lane ½)

The opening match was a cracker with Scott Thomson putting Rollercoasters ahead after he beat Chieftains Fiona Kinloch in the fifth game. However, two 3-0 victories for Jim Tawse against Tony Cook and Jacob Munro versus Dave Lane put Chieftains ahead. Scott then beat Jim 3-1 to level the score although his 13-11 second game win was vital. A 12-10 fifth game win for Fiona over Dave put Chieftains ahead again, but another 12-10 final game victory, this time for Tony over Jacob levelled things again. The doubles match was even closer, but a 13-11 fifth game triumph for Scott and Dave against Fiona and Jim got Rollercoasters in front for the first time. A 3-1 victory for Jim over Dave levelled the score again but Scott got Rollercoasters in front again when he beat Jacob 3-0.  But another 3-0 win, this time for Fiona against Tony got Chieftains the draw.

 

Division 3

Tass 7 (Stewart Clark 2½, Jim Wotherspoon 1, Jim Houghton 3½)

Missiles 3 (Daniel Russell 2, David Hunter 1, Moira Brown 0)

Missiles got off to a great start against Tass winning the opening two matches in the fifth game. Initially, Daniel Russell beat Stewart Clark 11-7 in the final game and then David Hunter came from 2-0 down to defeat Jim Wotherspoon 3-2. Jim Houghton then got Tass on the scoreboard with a 3-0 triumph over Moira Brown, but Daniel extended the Missiles lead when he beat Jim Wotherspoon 3-1. However, somehow the fixture turned and Tass then went on to win the remaining six matches for the loss of just one game. First Stewart beat Moira 3-0 then Jim Houghton won against David also by 3-0. Stewart and Jim Houghton then won the doubles match 3-1 versus David and Daniel. The final trio of matches were all won 3-0 by Tass to complete the scoring.

 

Princes 6 (Derek Johnston 3½, Eddie Dougan 2½)

Squires 4 (Winnie Stein 1, Steve Wilson 1, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Princes were a player down against club-mates Squires due to the hospitalisation of experienced player Stewart Mason. Everyone in the DDTTA family will wish Stewart a speedy recovery. Despite being short-handed, Princes recorded a fine win after an unbeaten performance by Derek Johnston. Derek started with a 3-2 win over Steve Wilson; then he defeated Winnie Stein 3-0 and finally he beat Tanya Kapelyukh 13-11 in the fifth game to complete an excellent hat-trick. Derek also teamed up with Eddie Dougan to win the doubles match 3-0 versus Winnie and Steve. Eddie added a couple of singles wins to the Princes total. First Eddie beat Steve 3-2 and then he defeated Winnie 14-12 in the third to complete the Princes’ scoring. Squires win came when Tanya beat Eddie 3-0 early in the fixture.

 

Duffers 8 (Rich McLaren 3½, Billy Liddle 1, Andy Reid 3½)

Lairds 2 (Ewan MacDonald 1, Ryan Connor 1)

Lairds were short-handed for their fixture against Duffers. However, as well as getting two victories they came close in four others losing them all in the fifth game. Rich McLaren started the ball rolling for Duffers with a 3-0 win over Ewan MacDonald, but Ryan Connor levelled with a 3-0 victory over Billy Liddle. After this Ewan also beat Billy 3-0, but the other four matches were all won by Duffers 3-2. Andy Reid won two of them and Rich won one another against Ryan. The doubles match was also won by Andy and Rich, 11-9 in the final game after they had been 2-1 down.

 

Kingsway 10 (Stephen Caird 3, Willie Cooper 3½, Derek Thomson 3½)

Telsports 0 (Robert Fotheringham 0, Sandy Elrick 0, Anthony Keeling 0)

The league leaders Kingsway won nine of the ten matches played 3-0 against Telsports. The exception was when Willie Cooper came from 2-1 down to defeat Robert Fotheringham 12-10 in the fifth game. Stephen Caird and Derek Thomson were in great form all night and did not drop a game.

 

Buccaneers 7 (Gregor O'Neill 3 David Clark 2, Murray Johnstone 2)

Telsports 3 (David Axton 2½, Robert Fotheringham ½, Sandy Elrick 0)

The opening match was a cracker in the Buccaneers versus Telsports fixture. George O’Neil came from 2-1 down to beat David Axton 12-10 and 11-9 in the final two games. Two 3-0 wins followed to make it 3-0 Buccaneers overall. First David Clark beat Robert Fotheringham and then Murray Johnstone defeated Sandy Elrick, although 16-14 in the second was very close. David Axton then had his second five-game match of the night, but this time he came from 2-0 down against David Clark to win 3-2. However, Buccaneers then got two further wins to stretch their lead, with Gregor beating Sandy 3-0 then Murray defeating Robert 3-1 after Robert had led 1-0. Telsports played a good doubles match with Robert and David defeating Gregor and David 3-1. David Clark then got Buccaneers another win when he defeated Sandy 3-0, but David Axton replied for Telsports with a 3-0 victory over Murray. Gregor had the final say for Buccaneers though when he came from 2-1 down to beat Robert 3-2.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Buccaneers 0 (Dale McLeish 0, Gregor O'Neill 0, David Clark 0)

Star 6 (Andy Ferguson 2, Calum Ross 2, Iain Martin 2)

Star progressed to the semi-final after a comfortable victory in Brechin over league rookies Buccaneers.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Kings 5 (Plamen Kostadinov 2, Aleksandar Jovanovic 1½, Adeola Fabola 1½)

Comets 0 (Fraser Smith 0, Dougal Ogilvie 0, Jill Milne 0)

Kings won all the matches but Comets run them close in a couple, losing 3-1 and 3-2. They also lost a couple of very close games 17-15 and 16-14.

 

Viscounts 4 (Andy Hughes 2, Filip Jovanovic ½, Andrew Nimmo 1½)

Villa 5 (Sandy Bertie 2, David Hay 1½, Ian McLagan 1½)

Villa won a marathon tie against Viscounts that could not have been much closer. There were four five-game matches of which Viscounts won three and five four-game matches of which Villa won four. Top scorers, with four wins each, were Sandy Bertie of Villa partnering David Hay and Ian McLagan and Andy Hughes of Viscounts partnering Andrew Nimmo three times and Filip Jovanovic once.  The longest match took 120 points to be decided and there were sixteen games won by the minimum two points, including 18-16, 16-14, 15-13 games and numerous 13-11’s and 12-10’s.

 

 

Week 12 - commencing 27 November 2017

Knights and Up4it had perfect wins over Kings and Saints respectively to remain in first and second place in Division one, separated by just one point. Despite not playing, Star remain third but they are now eleven points off second. Prefects moved to fourth after they won well at Thumpers, but fifth place Aces have fixtures in hand. Rockets also had a perfect score at Defenders and with fixtures in hand they still have time to move into the top half of the table.

The second division has Viscounts still at the top after they beat a weakened Brechin side. Villa had a good win over Swots to move up to second ahead of Truants on a better head-to-head record. Truants also beat a weakened Brechin in a rearranged match. Despite their losses, Brechin are only two points off second and six off the top and they will be hoping that club Captain Derek Mitchell recovers from injury soon. At the bottom New Kids moved well clear of the relegation spots after they narrowly defeated Chieftains and Comets had a hugely important victory over bottom side Rollercoasters and as a result they jump over Swots into third bottom place.

Sputniks remain top of the third division after they won well at Lairds. Kingsway had an even better win at Missiles and are second, but with two fixtures in hand. Duffers are third after a victory at Squires and Princes are fourth after a good win at Prospects. The only home win in the division was Tass against Buccaneers, which moves Tass up to sixth place, just behind Prospects.

The Chairmans Challenge Trophy saw Knights progress to the semi-finals at the expense of Kings and in the Stanley Doubles Up4it defeated Telstars.

 

Division 1

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Richard Tough 0)

Rockets 10 (Peter Dixon 3½, Pete Yearworth 3, Gary Lowson 3½)

Rockets were in dominant form against Defenders winning the majority of the matches comfortably. Gary Lowson was the Star player as he won all his matches 3-0. Defenders Arthur Pritchard and Richard Tough won a game against Pete Yearworth and Richard also won a game versus Peter Dixon. In the doubles match Ken Head and Arthur got closer to a win after going 2-1 ahead of Gary and Peter, but the Rockets pairing recovered to win 3-2. All of the other games were won by Rockets with only one, Arthur against Peter, reaching 10-all.

 

Kings 0 (Aleksandar Jovanovic 0; Plamen Kostadinov 0)

Knights 10 (Callum Riddoch 3; Stuart Halliday 3½, Robert Toth 3½)

Unfortunately Kings player Ade Fabola was delayed at a conference and after completing all the other matches Kings had to concede the matches Ade was due to play in. In the matches that were played Plamen Kostadinov lost very narrowly to Callum Riddoch (12-10 in the fifth game), 3-1 to Robert Toth and 3-0 to Stuart Halliday. Aleksandar Jovanovic lost 3-0 to Robert and Callum and 3-1 to Stuart. The doubles match was won by Stuart and Robert 3-0 but 12-10 and 11-9 games show that it wasn’t an easy win.

                       

Saints 0 (Joe Klein 0, Chan Tsz Huen 0, Olivia Dovernor 0)

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 3½, Gillian Edwards 3)

From the off Up4it were unstoppable in St Andrews against Saints. Chan Tsz Huen won a game against Ryan Docherty and on four occasions 10-all was reached, but in the end Up4it went on to win all of the other games played.

 

Thumpers 2 (Tony O'Shea 1, Jordan Ednie 1, Ian Hunter 0)

Prefects 8 (Michael Hahn 3½, Justin Yang 3½, Howard Lee (reserve) 1)

Prefects started with two 3-0 wins against Thumpers. First Michael Hahn beat Tony O’Shea and then Justin Yang defeated Jordan Ednie. In match three, 14-12 and 16-14 game wins put Ian Hunter 2-1 up on Howard Lee, but two 11-8 wins for Howard made it 3-0 to Prefects. A 3-1 win for Michael against Jordan made it 4-0, but Thumpers then got on the scoreboard after Tony beat Howard 3-2. However, two 3-1 triumphs for Prefects then increased the gap further. First Justin came from behind to beat Ian and then Michael and Justin defeated Tony and Jordan in the doubles match. Another five game matched then ensued with Jordan getting the better of Howard to make the score 6-2 to Prefects. Sadly for Thumpers the contest ended as it had started with two 3-0 wins for Prefects: Michael against Ian and Justin versus Tony.

 

Division 2

Brechin 3 (Bill Balfour 0, John Anderson 2, Aaron Robertson 1)

Truants 7 (Graham Wood 2½, Knut Radmer 1, Sascha Roschy 3½)

Bill Balfour took the opening game for Brechin but Graham Wood won the match for Truants with three straight games. John Anderson levelled with a 3-0 win over Knut Radmer but Sascha Roschy then put Truants in front again after he beat Aaron Robertson 3-0. John made it 2-all when he beat Graham 3-1, but another 3-0 triumph for Sascha, this time versus Bill, made it 3-2 overall. It looked like 4-2 when Knut led Aaron 2-0, but a great fightback from Aaron made it 3-all. The doubles match seemed crucial, and it went all the way to the final game before Sascha and Graham won it against John and Aaron. After this Truants dominated and won the final three matches for the loss of just one game, Aaron against Graham.

 

Viscounts 7 (Andy Hughes 2½, Andrew Nimmo 2½, Filip Jovanovic 2)

Brechin 3 (Bill Balfour 0, Stewart Ferguson (reserve) 0, John Anderson 3)

Nine of the ten matches played were won 3-0 in the Viscounts against Brechin fixture. The exception was when Bill Balfour came from 1-0 down to lead Filip Jovanovic 2-1. However, Filip recovered to win it 3-2. Brechin’s John Anderson was in fine form and won the nine singles games he played, although the Viscounts all managed to get to 9-11 in one set and Andy Hughes got closer at 13-15 in another. In the doubles match Andy and Andrew Nimmo got a bit of revenge on John when they beat him and partner Stewart Ferguson.

 

New Kids 6 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 3½, Collin Bleak (reserve) 2½)

Chieftains 4 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jacob Munro 1, Jim Tawse 1)

Howard Lee had a great night for New Kids as they narrowly defeated Chieftains. Howard started with a 13-11 win in the third against Jacob Munro and then had a great 3-2 comeback victory over Fiona Kinloch and finally Howard beat Jim Tawse 12-10 in the fourth game. In the doubles match Howard teamed up with Collin Bleak to defeat Fiona and Jim 3-1, but game wins of 13-11, 14-12 and 11-9 show that it was very close. Collin also had a couple of singles wins: 13-11 in the fourth against Jim; and 12-10 in the fourth and fifth games against Jacob after he had been 2-0 down. Although Colin lost to Fiona, 14-12 in the fourth game again shows it was close. The Chieftains all defeated Kong Wan 3-0 but several 12-10 and 11-9 losses were hard on Kong.

 

Comets 6 (Jill Milne 1½, Glenn Christie 1, Fraser Smith 3½)

Rollercoasters 4 (Tony Cook 2, Paul Jackson 1, Dave Lane 1)

Inspired by the unbeaten Fraser Smith, Comets had a hugely important victory over Rollercoasters to move out of the relegation spots and even more impressive was that they came from 4-1 down to eventually triumph. Rollercoasters went into a 2-0 lead when Tony Cook beat Jill Milne 13-11 in the fourth game and then Paul Jackson defeated Glenn Christie 12-10 in the fifth game. In match three Fraser Smith came from behind to beat Dave Lane 13-11 in the fourth game. However, two further wins put Rollercoasters in a very strong position. First Tony beat Glenn 16-14 in the fourth game and then Dave came from 1-0 down to defeat Jill 3-1. Fraser then got his second victory, 13-11, 15-13, 8-11 and 11-9 versus Paul. The doubles match games were all won 11-9 or 12-10, but it was Comets pairing Fraser and Jill that won three of them to make it 3-4 overall. Match eight went one way then the other before Glenn won it 11-8 in the fifth game against Dave. The Comets fight back seemed over when Tony went 2-0 ahead of Fraser, but 16-14, 14-12 and 12-10 game wins for Fraser took the match. Jill then applied the ‘cherry on top’ for Comets when she beat Paul 12-10 in the third game and get Comets the overall victory.

 

Villa 8 (Ian McLagan 3½, David Hay 3½, Sandy Bertie 1)

Swots 2 (Emma Bissett 1, Dave Beveridge 1, Collin Bleak 0)

This was a big win in the end for Villa and moves them up to second, but four final game defeats and numerous lost match points for Swots must have been heart-breaking on them. In the opening match Swots’ Emma Bissett completely dominated for the first two games, but Ian McLagan won third to get back in the match. The fourth game saw Emma get to match point, but Ian recovered and went on the win 3-2. David Hay then beat Dave Beveridge to make it 2-0 to Villa. In match three Collin Bleak came from 2-0 down to Sandy Bertie and got to match point in the final game, but he could not convert and Sandy won it 12-10. A 3-1 triumph for David over Emma made it 4-0 to Villa but their match five defeat was the hardest of the lot for Swots to take. Collin went 2-1 ahead of Ian and although Ian made it two-all a 10-6 lead for Collin had him on the brink of a Swots win. However, Ian won six points in a row to win it 12-10. It looked like 6-0 when Sandy went 2-0 up on Dave, but a fine fightback saw Dave win it 12-10 in the fifth game. Villa extended their lead when David and Ian won the doubles match 3-2 versus Emma and Dave. After all the five game matches, surprisingly the final trio of matches were won 3-0. First David beat Collin, including two 11-9 games; then Emma defeated Sandy, including 13-11 in the first and finally Ian overcame Dave 12-10 in the third game.

 

Division 3

Lairds 1 (Deklyn McKenzie 0, Ewan MacDonald 0, Ryan Connor 1)

Sputniks 9 (Eric Brown 2½, Jack Oughton 3½, Carol McLean 3)

The final result was hard on Lairds as there were several tight matches against Sputniks which they ultimately lost. It started in the opening match where Deklyn McKenzie lost 3-2 to Eric Brown after he had been 2-0 up. Next, Jack Oughton beat Ewan MacDonald 3-2 and then Carol McLean defeated Ryan Connor 3-1, including a mammoth 22-20 game win. Eric then beat Ewan 3-1 after three 11-9 successes to Ewan’s 15-13 game win. Carol then made it 5-0 to Sputniks when she defeated Deklyn 3-1, but 12-10 and 15-13 in the third and fourth shows it was close. Jack then beat Ryan 3-0 and this was followed by a 3-1 win in the doubles for Jack and Eric against Deklyn and Ewan. Match eight was a 3-0 win for Carol over Ewan, but it was not easy as the 13-11, 12-10 and 16-14 game scores confirm. In match nine Lairds finally got on the scoreboard when Ryan defeated Eric 3-0, but Sputniks had the final say when Jack defeated Deklyn 3-0 to complete the scoring.

 

Squires 3 (Winnie Stein 1, Steve Wilson 1, Tanya Kapelyukh 1)

Duffers 7 (Rich McLaren 3½, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 3½)

The Squires versus Duffers match was closer than the final score indicates with only two matches ending 3-0. Duffers winning three out of four five-game matches was the main difference. Two 3-1 matches were shared when first Rich McLaren put Duffers ahead when he beat Winnie Stein, but Steve Wilson beat Billy Liddle to equalise. Two five-game victories then put Duffers in charge; first Andy Reid beat Tanya Kapelyukh and then Rich defeated Steve, 12-10 and 11-9 in the final two games. Andy then beat Winnie 3-1 to make it 4-1 Duffers, but a 3-0 victory for Tanya over Billy got Squires back into the contest. Squires had to win the doubles and Winnie and Tanya started well winning the first game comfortably. However, Rich and Andy then took control and won three straight games to take the match. Andy then beat Steve 3-0 and Rich won his second five-game match when he came from 2-1 down to beat Tanya 3-2. The final match was a see-saw affair but first, third and fifth game wins was enough to see Winnie triumph against Billy.

 

Prospects 2 (Sandy Pearson 1, Dave Goddard 1, Neil Lea 0)

Princes 8 (Stewart Mason 3½, Derek Johnston 1, Eddie Dougan 3½)

Princes opened the scoring after Stewart Mason defeated Prospects’ Sandy Pearson 12-10 in the fourth after Sandy had led. Prospects drew level when Dave Goddard came from 2-0 down to defeat Derek Johnston 3-2. However, Princes then dominated proceedings to win seven matches in a row. First Eddie Dougan beat Neil Lee 3-0 and then Stewart won 3-0 against Dave. Next, Eddie defeated Sandy 3-1 including a couple of 12-10 game wins and then Derek beat Neil 3-2. The doubles match was next and Stewart and Eddie triumphed 3-0 versus Sandy and Dave and Stewart and Eddie completed perfect nights when they defeated Dave and Neil 3-1 and 3-0 respectively. In the final match, Derek went 2-1 ahead of Sandy but a strong finish by Sandy turned it round and he won it 3-2 to get Prospects a second point.

 

Missiles 0 (David Hunter 0, Daniel Russell 0, Lee Nixon 0)

Kingsway 10 (Stephen Caird 3½, Derek Thomson 3½, Alan Carrie 3)

Kingsway started strongly and won the first four matches of their fixture against Missiles 3-0. Stephen Caird beat David Hunter and then Daniel Russell, Derek Thomson also defeated Daniel and Alan Carrie beat Lee Nixon. Match five seemed likely to end in a Missiles victory after a 14-12 game win put David 2-0 ahead of Alan. However, Alan recovered to win 3-2. It became 6-0 after Derek beat Lee 3-0 and Derek then teamed up with Stephen to triumph 3-1 in the doubles match against David and Daniel. Alan then won another close fifth game match against Daniel and Stephen beat Lee 3-0 and then Derek defeated David 3-1 to complete the scoring.

 

Tass 7 (Stewart Clark 3, Jim Wotherspoon 1, Jim Houghton 3)

Buccaneers 3 (Murray Johnstone ½, Stewart Ferguson 1½, Dale McLeish 1)

Jim Houghton returned to action for Tass after over a year out injured and he delivered a trio of 3-0 wins against the Buccaneers on his comeback. Stewart Clark also won his three singles matches, 12-10 in the fourth against Murray Johnstone and 3-0 versus Stewart Ferguson and Dale McLeish. Jim Wotherspoon of Tass played out three five game matches; first he lost to Stewart Ferguson after being 2-1 up, then he beat Murray 11-9 in the final game and finally he lost 11-9 in the fifth to Dale after he had won 12-10 twice. Buccaneers picked up another point when Murray and Stewart Ferguson comfortably beat Stewart Clark and Jim Wotherspoon 3-0.

 

Chairmans Challenge Round 2

Knights 4 (Robert Toth 1½, Callum Riddoch 1, Stuart Halliday 1½)

Kings 0 (Adeola Fabola 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0, Aleksandar Jovanovic 0)

Knights progressed to the semi-final after a comfortable victory over club mates Kings.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 2

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 1½, Ryan Docherty 1½)

Rockets 0 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Graeme Elrick 0)

On paper it looks like an easy victory for Up4it, but the reality was they had to work hard for every single win. Twice Up4it won in the final game and three times 3-1. They also won four of the five games that reached 10-all including a 16-14 victory.

 

 

Week 11 - commencing 20 November 2017

Knights are now top of Division one after their home fixture against Saints was conceded. Despite not playing Up4it are second just one point behind and Star are third, a further point behind, after they won narrowly at Rockets. Aces had a big win against Kings to move to three points behind Star, but crucially they have a fixture in hand on the two teams just above them. Prefects and Kings had identical wins over Defenders to remain in fourth and fifth spots. Despite losing this week, Rockets are still sixth and have fixtures in hand on all the sides above them. Thumpers win at Telstars mean they leapfrog Defenders into eighth spot.

With former joint leaders Brechin not playing, Viscounts moved to the top of Division two after they scraped a last gasp draw away to Lundin Lasers. Truants moved up to second place just four points behind after they defeated New Kids. However, Brechin have fixtures against the two teams above them next week and will be hoping to return to the summit then. Villa are now fourth after they had a big win at Rollercoasters and they are on the same points as Brechin but with a fixture more played. Tigers joined Lundin in fifth place after they won well in St Andrews against Swots. Chieftains are just two points behind in seventh after they had a good victory over Comets. There was no change at the bottom, with Swots just two points ahead of Comets, who themselves are three points above Rollercoasters in eleventh place.

The third division is still headed by Sputniks who defeated Squires. Kingsway are now in second place eight points behind after they had an emphatic win over a very experienced Tass team and crucially they have two fixtures in hand on the leaders. Duffers and Prospects drew and as a result they are now third and fifth respectively, either side of Princes whose fixture was postponed. Lairds won well at Telsports to move up to sixth place just three points ahead of Tass and Squires in joint seventh.

The Consolation Cup saw Sputniks win at Tass and Lairds defeat Telsports to reach the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Aces 8 (Grant Williams 2½, Jason Fleming 3, Pete Yearworth (reserve) 2½)

Kings 2 (Ade Fabola 2, Plamen Kostadinov 0)

Aces defeated short-handed Kings with Jason Fleming winning both his matches. Initially Jason defeated Plamen Kostadinov 3-0 and he then beat Ade Fabola 12-10 in the fifth game after Ade had been 2-1 ahead. Ade got both of Kings victories; 3-0 against Grant Williams and 3-1 versus Pete Yearworth. Plamen lost 3-1 to Grant and 3-0 to Pete. Grant and Pete comfortably won the doubles match 3-0.

 

Rockets 4 (Pete Yearworth 2½, Peter Dixon 1½, Gary Lowson 1)

Star 6 (John Hannah 3½, Calum Ross 1½, Iain Martin 1)

Three wins out of four final-game matches was the key to Star’s win at Rockets. John Hannah opened the scoring for Star with a 3-0 victory over Pete Yearworth, but an 11-9 final game win for Peter Dixon over Calum Ross followed by a 3-0 triumph for Gary Lowson over Iain Martin put Rockets ahead. John’s second win, this time 3-1 over Peter, got Star level but a 13-11 third game win for Pete against Iain put Rockets in front again. The next three matches were all decided in the final game and Star won all of them. Initially Calum beat Gary 11-9 in the fifth; then John and Calum defeated Pete and Peter in the doubles match after they had been 2-1 down and finally Iain beat Peter to make it 5-3 to Star. In match nine John secured the overall victory for Star when he beat Gary 3-1 after he lost the first game. In match ten Pete got Rockets the final point after a fine 3-1 win over Calum, again after Calum had won the first game.

 

Telstars 3 (Graeme Elrick 1, David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 1)

Thumpers 7 (Jordan Ednie 3½, David Sim 2½, Tony O'Shea 1)

Three out of four final game wins helped Thumpers to victory over Telstars. In match one Graeme Elrick took the first game, but Jordan Ednie replied with 6-11, 10-12 and 13-15 game wins to take the match and put Thumpers in front. David Monteith then had a great final game win over David Sim to level and Ian Farquharson then beat Tony O’Shea 11-9 in the fourth to put Telstars in front. It looked like 3-1 when David lead Jordan 2-0, but a great comeback by Jordan made it two-all. A 15-13 fourth game win for Graeme against Tony put Telstars ahead again but Thumpers soon levelled after David Sim beat Ian 3-0. The doubles match seemed crucial and Jordan and David Sim won it surprisingly comfortably. The closest match on the night then ensued with Tony eventually beating David Monteith after a very close contest 12-10, 15-13, 6-11, 9-11 and 11-8. In match nine it seemed Ian would get Telstars back into the fixture after his second 11-3 win put him 2-1 up on Jordan. However, another great comeback won games four and five for Jordan and put Thumpers 6-3 ahead. David Sim then comfortably beat Graeme 3-0 to complete the scoring for Thumpers.

                       

Prefects 9 (Michael Hahn 3½, Clyde Johnson 3½, Sascha Roschy (reserve) 2)

Defenders 1 (Ken Head 0, Arthur Pritchard 1, Richard Tough 0)

Prefects were in dominant form against Defenders. Six of their nine victories were 3-0, the exceptions being Michael Hahn 3-1 and then Sascha Roschy 3-2 both against Ken Head; and finally Michael and Clyde Johnson 13-11 in the fourth, after a 17-15 first game win, versus Ken and Richard Tough in the doubles match. Defenders sole win came from a fine 3-0 win for Arthur Pritchard against Sascha.

 

Defenders 1 (Ken Head 1, Arthur Pritchard 0, Richard Tough 0)

Kings 9 (Plamen Kostadinov 3½, Aleksandar Jovanovic 2, Ade Fabola 3½)

Kings were in great form from the start and they won the first nine matches for the loss of just one game, Aleksandar Jovanovic in his 3-1 defeat of Arthur Pritchard.  Plamen Kostadinov and Ade Fabola won all of their matches, including the doubles 3-0. In match ten Ken Head won the first two games 12-10 and 14-12, but Aleksandar levelled with 11-4 and 11-9 game wins. In the final game, Ken managed to re-focus and won it 11-8 to get Defenders a consolation point.

 

Knights 10 Saints 0

Unfortunately Saints could not field a team and conceded the fixture.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 5 (Arthur Duncan 2½, Nat Forno 0, Ron Filsell 2½)

Viscounts 5 (Filip Jovanovic 1, Andy Hughes 3, Andrew Nimmo 1)

Lundin were ahead for half the fixture but had to settle for a draw after Viscounts levelled five times. A 3-0 win for Arthur Duncan versus Filip Jovanovic put Lundin ahead, but Andy Hughes made it one-all after a 3-1 win over Nat Forno. Ron Filsell put Lundin ahead again after he won 3-1 over Andrew Nimmo, but 12-10 and 13-11 in the third and fourth was hard on Andrew. Viscounts levelled again when Filip defeated Nat 3-2 but Lundin took the lead yet again when Arthur beat Andrew 3-2 from 2-1 down. In match six Andy led 1-0 but Ron then dominated to go 2-1 up. However the match turned again and Andy won it 3-2. The doubles match was then won 3-1 by Arthur and Ron versus Filip and Andrew to put Lundin 4-3 up. A fine 3-0 win for Andrew over Nat meant that the scores were tied again. Match nine ebbed and flowed, but Ron eventually beat Filip 16-14 in the fifth game to put Lundin in front for the fifth time. The final match seemed destined for Lundin when Arthur won the first game and led early in the second. However, Andy recovered to win 16-14 and eventually won the match 15-13 in the fourth to get Viscounts the draw.

 

Rollercoasters 1 (Dave Lane 0, Tony Cook 0, Paul Jackson 1)

Villa 9 (Ian McLagan 3½, Sandy Bertie 2, David Hay 3½)

A big win in the end for Villa, but losing three game five deciders in a row did not help Rollercoasters cause. Five wins for the loss of just one game, Ian McLagan in his 3-1 defeat of Tony Cook, put Villa in the driving seat right from the off. Villa’s other wins were David Hay against Paul Jackson and then Dave Lane; Sandy Bertie beat Tony and finally Ian beat Dave. Match six saw a good 3-1 victory for Paul against Sandy to get Rollercoasters on the scoreboard, but the next three matches were all lost in the final game. Firstly, Ian and David beat Paul and Dave 13-11 in game five of the doubles match; then David beat Tony and finally Ian defeated Paul from 2-1 behind. In match ten, Sandy beat Dave 3-0 to complete the scoring for Villa.

 

Chieftains 7 (Fiona Kinloch 2½, Jim Tawse 2½, Jacob Munro 2)

Comets 3 (Fraser Smith 0, Jill Milne 1, David Hay (reserve) 2)

Chieftains against Comets was a strange contest where there were six 3-0 victories and four five game matches. Chieftains winning five of the 3-0 matches was crucial to their overall victory. Three of the 3-0 wins went to Chieftains in the first four matches; Fiona Kinloch versus Fraser Smith and Jim Tawse against Jill Milne and then Fraser. Chieftains also won the other early match to go 4-0 up, but this time it was a great 3-2 comeback triumph for Jacob Munro against David Hay after David was 2-0 up.  Comets then staged a mini comeback with two fifth game victories. First David beat Fiona in a match that went one way then the other. Then Jacob lost a 2-0 lead to Jill to make it 4-2 overall. The doubles match was also decided in the final game, but this time an 11-9 triumph for Jim and Fiona defeated Fraser and David. The final trio of singles matches were all won fairly comfortably. First David beat Jim, then Jacob beat Fraser and finally Fiona defeated Jill to complete Chieftains victory.

 

Truants 7 (Alain Leger 1, Sascha Roschy 3½, Graham Wood 2½)

New Kids 3 (Kong Wan 0, Howard Lee 2, Ian Smith 1)

The Truants versus New Kids fixture was dominated by eight 3-0 wins. Crucially for Truants the two five game triumphs belonged to them. The first was in the opening match where Alain Leger defeated Kong Wan and the second was in match three after Graham Wood beat Ian Smith. Sascha Roschy got three singles win for Truants and he won the doubles match partnering Graham Wood versus Howard Lee and Ian. Truants final win was Graham against Kong. For New Kids, Howard had two good wins versus Graham and Alain and Ian also defeated Alain.

 

Swots 2 (David Beveridge 0, Collin Bleak 1, Emma Bissett 1)

Tigers 8 (Scott Thomson 3½, Kenny McLaren 1½, Logie Anderson 3)

Losing three out of four five-game matches meant Swots ultimately suffered a big defeat at home to Tigers. After Scott Thomson had beat Dave Beveridge 3-0 in the opening match, Swots tied the scores when Collin Bleak beat Kenny McLaren 3-2. Match three was also going Swots way when Emma Bissett went 2-1 ahead of Logie Anderson, but Logie recovered to win it 3-2. A 3-1 victory for Scott over Collin was followed by a 3-0 win for Logie over Dave to make it 4-1 to Tigers. However, Swots got one back when Emma beat Kenny 3-0, although 11-9 twice and 14-12 show it was close throughout. Scott and Kenny dominated the doubles match for Tigers but Swots came agonisingly close in the next two matches, with first Collin losing 14-12 to Logie in the final game and then Emma lost 12-10 to Scott also in the fifth game. In match ten Kenny defeated Dave 3-1 to complete the scoring for Tigers.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 7 (Eric Brown 2½, Jim Fleming 1, Carol McLean 3½)

Squires 3 (Winnie Stein 0, Tanya Kapelyukh 1, Steve Wilson 2)

Sputniks triumphed in three out of four final game matches to eventually overcome Squires. The first was in the opening match when Eric Brown beat Winnie Stein 3-2 although Tanya Kapelyukh then levelled after a close 3-0 win over Jim Fleming. Carol McLean then got Sputniks ahead again after she defeated Steve Wilson 3-0. Two fifth game wins were then traded to make it 3-2 to Sputniks overall. First Jim beat Winnie 11-8 in the fifth and then Steve defeated Eric 12-10 in the final game. A 15-13 fourth game win for Carol against Tanya put some daylight between the sides and the gap increased further after the doubles match when Eric and Carol came from 2-0 down to beat Tanya and Steve. However, Steve put aside that disappointment to defeat Jim 3-0 in match eight and get Squires back into the fixture. The comeback was short lived as first Carol and then Eric had 3-0 wins over Winnie and Tanya respectively to complete the scoring for Sputniks.

 

Telsports 3 (Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 3, Sandy Elrick 0)

Lairds 7 (Bill Beattie 2, Ryan Connor 2½, Ewan MacDonald 2½)

A fine hat-trick by David Axton for Telsports was not enough to prevent Lairds from getting a comfortable win in the end. David defeated the three Lairds for the loss of just two single games to Bill Beattie and Ryan Connor. Lairds won six of the other matches by 3-0, the exception was between Sandy Elrick and Bill Beattie where Sandy went 2-1 up, but Bill recovered to win it 3-2.

 

Kingsway 10 (Stephen Caird 3½, Willie Cooper 3, Derek Thomson 3½)

Tass 0 (Jim Wotherspoon 0, Stewart Clark 0, Stuart Farquharson 0)

Kingsway were in devastating form against Tass and only dropped four games throughout the fixture. Stuart Farquharson and Stewart Clark both won a game versus Stephen Caird and Derek Thomson but that was as good as it got for Tass on the night. Willie Cooper had a great night for Kingsway winning all nine games he played without reaching 10-all once.

 

Duffers 5 (Rich McLaren 2½, Andy Reid 2½, Billy Liddle 0)

Prospects 5 (Sandy Pearson 3, Neil Lea 1, Dave Goddard 1)

Prospects were ahead for most of the fixture but in the end had to settle for a draw as Duffers fought back late on. Duffers lost two of the first three singles matches in the fifth game after they had been 2-1 ahead; Rich McLaren to Sandy Pearson and then Billy Liddle to Neil Lea. Between these two setbacks Andy Reid defeated Dave Goddard 3-1 to get Duffers on the scoreboard. The next trio of singles matches were all won 3-0, but Prospects won two of them to make it 4-2 overall; Sandy beat Andy and Dave defeated Billy and Rich overcame Neil. Duffers had to win the doubles and Rich and Andy delivered with a 3-1 triumph over Sandy and Dave and they drew level after Andy beat Neil 3-0. However, Prospects took the lead again when Sandy defeated Billy 3-0. Duffers had the final say when Rich beat Dave 3-0, to make it an overall draw.

 

Consolation Cup Round 2

Telsports 4 (Paul McDade 1, David Axton 3, Sandy Elrick 0)

Lairds 5 (Bill Beattie 2, Deklyn McKenzie 1, Ryan Connor 2)

Lairds were never behind and won the tie with a match to spare. Bill Beattie put Lairds in front with a 3-0 win over Paul McDade, but Telsports levelled when David Axton beat Deklyn McKenzie 12-10 in the fifth game. Ryan Connor then defeated Sandy Elrick 15-13 in the third to make it 2-1 to Lairds. Another final game win for David, this time 11-9 against Bill, tied the scores again. But two wins in a row, Ryan 3-1 against Paul and Deklyn 3-0 versus Sandy put Lairds 4-2 up. Yet another final game win for David, this time 11-9 versus Ryan, got Telsports back to 3-4, but Bill then beat Sandy 3-2 to secure the overall victory for Lairds. Paul then defeated Deklyn 3-1 to reduce the final margin to one.

 

Tass 3 (Jim Wotherspoon 0, Stewart Clark 1, David Axton (reserve) 2)

Sputniks 5 (Jack Oughton 2, Eric Brown 0, Carol McLean 3)

The first five matches were won 3-0, with Sputniks triumphing in four of them. Initially Jack Oughton beat Jim Wotherspoon and then Stewart Clark won for Tass versus Eric Brown to make it one-all. Carol McLean defeated David Axton and then Jack beat Stewart. Finally Carol beat Jim to make it 4-1 overall. Match six was a very close affair between David and Eric, but David eventually won it for Tass 11-9 in the final game. However, Carol then beat Stewart 3-1 after going behind to get Sputniks over the line and into the semi-finals. David and Jack then played out another match and it was David who triumphed 3-2, but it was too late to make a difference to the tie.

 

 

Week 10 - commencing 13 November 2017

Up4it are the new leaders in Division One after they won well at Thumpers. Star had a good win over Defenders and are now in second place and, despite not playing, Knights are third with a fixture in hand.  Aces had a big win at Saints to move up to fourth and Prefects narrowly won at Telstars and are now fifth. Finally, Rockets had a good win over Kings to move just behind them in seventh place.

There are still joint leaders of Division two after Brechin and Viscounts both had identical victories against New Kids and Tigers respectively. The next nearest challengers are Truants and Villa and they both also won by the same score line versus Comets and Chieftains respectively. In the basement battle Swots won narrowly at Rollercoasters to move three points above Comets and out of the relegation spots. Their narrow lost meant that Rollercoasters have closed the gap on Comets to one point at the bottom.

Sputniks are still at the top of Division three after they won well in St Andrews against fifth placed Prospects. Princes won narrowly at sixth place Tass to move up to second and Duffers are now third after their fixture at Missiles was postponed. Kingsway moved up to fourth after they handsomely defeated Buccaneers, but with fixtures in hand they are well placed to challenge for first place. Squires defeated Telsports and consequently moved above their club mates Lairds and also Missiles into seventh place.

The Excelsior Cup saw Aces defeat Kings to reach the semi-finals.

 

Division 1

Star 8 (John Hannah 3½, Iain Martin 3½, Andy Ferguson 1)

Defenders 2 (Arthur Pritchard 1, Richard Tough 0, Ken Head 1)

Arthur Pritchard of Defenders won the opening game, but Star’s John Hannah recovered to win the match 3-1. Iain Martin won 3-0 against Richard Tough to double the Star lead, but a 3-1 victory for Ken Head over Andy Ferguson halved the deficit. However, Star won the next trio of matches for the loss of just one game, Andy against Richard. In the doubles match Defenders also won a game but John and Iain won three to make it 6-1 to Star. A 3-0 win for Iain over Ken increased the lead and in match nine it seemed Andy would add another Star win when he lead 2-0, but a great comeback by Arthur saw him win the match 11-8 in the final game. In match ten, John beat Richard 3-0 to complete the scoring.

 

Kings 3 (Aleksandar Jovanovic 0, Adeola Fabola 2, Plamen Kostadinov 1)

Rockets 7 (Mark Lundberg 3½, Peter Dixon 2½, Jim Dyson 1)

A fine hat-trick of singles wins by Mark Lundberg helped Rockets overcome Kings. Mark initially beat Aleksandar Jovanovic 3-1, including a couple of 13-11 game wins; he then defeated Ade Fabola in a tight match that went to the fifth game and finally he overcame Plamen Kostadinov 3-1. Mark also won the doubles match when he partnered Peter Dixon to a 3-0 win over Ade and Plamen. Peter also got a couple of 3-1 singles wins versus Plamen and Aleksandar and Rockets final point was from a 3-2 win for Jim Dyson against Aleksandar. For Kings, Ade defeated Peter and Jim 3-0 and Plamen got the better of Jim 11-9 in the fifth game after Jim had been 2-1 ahead.

 

Saints 0 (Chan Tsz Huen 0, Olivia Dovernor 0)

Aces 10 (Mark Lundberg (reserve) 3, Grant Williams 3½, Jason Fleming 3½)

Aces were always in command and did not lose a game against the shorthanded Saints, although the Saints battled away right to the end and nearly won a couple of games.

 

Thumpers 1 (Tony O'Shea 1, Jordan Ednie 0, Ian Hunter 0)

Up4it 9 (Paul Monteith 3½, Ryan Docherty 2, Gillian Edwards 3½)

Up4it went top of the league after a good win at Thumpers where the final score line does not reflect how tough the fixture was for them. After a comfortable 3-0 victory for Paul Monteith over Tony O’Shea in the opening match, Thumpers players proceeded to win games in each of the next six matches. Tony took a game off of Gillian Edwards; Jordan Ednie won a game versus Paul and Ryan Docherty and Ian Hunter won a game against Gillian and Ryan, and the games Ian lost versus Ryan were very close: 17-19, 9-11 and 9-11. In the doubles match Tony and Jordan staged a big comeback from 2-0 down but Gillian and Paul ultimately triumphed with an 11-7 fifth game victory. A comfortable 3-0 win for Gillian over Jordan was followed by a very much closer 3-0 victory for Paul over Ian. Game scores of 9-11, 10-12 and 12-14 confirm that Ian was unlucky not to win at least one game. In match ten, the whitewash seemed on when Ryan went 2-0 ahead of Tony. However, a 13-11 fifth game victory completed the turnaround and got Tony a great victory and ensured Thumpers of at least a small reward for the ten games they won throughout the fixture.

 

Telstars 4 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 2, Graeme Elrick 1)

Prefects 6 (Michael Hahn 3½, Justin Yang 2½, Howard Lee (reserve) 0)

Prefects did not secure the win at Telstars until the final match of the night. After losing the first game to David Monteith, Michael Hahn won three in a row to put Prefects ahead. However, two 3-0 victories for Ian Farquhar and Graeme Elrick over Justin Yang and Howard Lee respectively put Telstars ahead. Another 3-1 win for Michael, this time over Ian, levelled the score but an 11-8 fifth game win for David over Howard edged Telstars ahead again. The lead changed hands after Justin beat Graeme 3-0 and then Justin and Michael won the doubles match 3-1 versus Ian and Graeme. Telstars levelled when Ian beat Howard 3-0, but yet another 3-1 win for Michael over Graeme made it 5-4 to Prefects. David had the chance to get Telstars a draw and he started well winning the opening game. However, Justin then won three in a row to take the match and secure the victory for Prefects.

 

Division 2

Viscounts 8 (Andy Hughes 3, Andrew Nimmo 3, Filip Jovanovic 2)

Tigers 2 (Kenny McLaren ½, Scott Thomson 1½, Marion Davidson 0)

Viscounts raced into a 5-0 lead against Tigers, dropping only two games along the way; Andrew Nimmo against first Scott Thomson and then Kenny McLaren. In match six Scott went 2-0 ahead, but Filip Jovanovic levelled before Scott won the fifth to get Tigers on the score board. In the doubles match, Andrew and Filip lead 2-1 but Scott and Kenny won it in the final game to get Tigers back to 5-2 overall. However, a comfortable 3-0 win for Andrew over Marion Davidson followed by a 3-1 triumph for Filip over Kenny secured the victory for Viscounts. In the final match it seemed Scott would get Tigers the final point when a 16-14 victory put him 2-0 up over Andy Hughes. However Andy fought back to level and then took the final game 12-10 to complete the scoring for Viscounts.

 

New Kids 2 (Howard Lee 1, Kong Wan 0, Ian Smith 1)

Brechin 8 (Bill Derek Mitchell 3½, Aaron Robertson 1, John Anderson 3½)

Eight of the ten matches were won 3-0 in Brechin’s win at New Kids. The exceptions were Aaron Robertson’s 11-8 final game win over Kong Wan and Aaron’s 3-1 defeat by Howard Lee. Ian Smith beat Aaron to get New Kids other win. Derek Mitchell and John Anderson won all of their games, including the doubles match, without reaching 10-all even once.

 

Comets 2 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Fraser Smith 1, Jill Milne 0)

Truants 8 (Sascha Roschy 3, Graham Wood 3½, Alain Leger 1½)

Sascha Roschy won his three singles matches 3-0 for Truants against Comets, but all of the other seven matches contested were won 3-1 or 3-2. In the first of them, a 13-11 win helped Truants Graham Wood to a 3-1 win over Fraser Smith and then Truants Alain Leger came from 2-1 down to beat Jill Milne. Alain was then involved in a very strange match against Dougal Ogilvie. Alain totally dominated the first and third games 11-0, but lost the other three to give Dougal the victory. Next Jill went one up on Graham but three straight games won it for Graham. In the doubles match, Graham and Alain won games one, three and five to beat Dougal and Fraser 3-2 and then Fraser came from 2-1 down to beat Alain 3-2 and win Comets second point. In match ten, Dougal was 2-0 ahead but Graham recovered to win it 3-2 for Truants.

 

Villa 8 (Ian McLagan 2½, David Hay 3½, Sandy Bertie 2)

Chieftains 2 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jacob Munro 0, Jim Tawse 1)

This was another fixture with several close matches. Villa raced into a 3-0 lead after 3-1 wins for Ian McLagan and David Hay over Fiona Kinloch and Jacob Munro respectively were added to by a 3-0 victory for Sandy Bertie over Jim Tawse. Then Villa went 4-0 ahead when David beat Fiona 12-10 in the final game after Fiona had levelled at two-all with a 13-11 fourth game win. Jim then got Chieftains on the scoreboard after he beat Ian 3-1, but a 3-1 win for Sandy over Jacob made it 5-1 to Villa. The doubles match was very close, but a 12-10 fifth game triumph finally won it for Ian and David against Jim and Fiona. In the final trio of matches David and Ian had 3-0 wins for Villa over Jim and Jacob respectively. In between these wins Fiona got the better of Sandy in five games to get Chieftains a second victory.

 

Rollercoasters 4 (David Lane ½, Paul Jackson 0, Tony Cook 3½)

Swots 6 (Emma Bissett 2 Dave Beveridge 2, Collin Bleak 2)

Swots secured their first league win of the season at Rollercoasters to move clear of the relegation spots although the victory was not confirmed until the final match. Rollercoasters’ Tony Cook was the top scorer winning all four matches in which he competed. Initially Tony beat Collin Bleak 3-1 and then he defeated Emma Bissett 3-0. In the doubles match Tony partnered David Lane to a 14-12 final game win over Emma and her partner Dave Beveridge. Finally Tony overcame Dave also in five games. For Swots, Dave started with a 3-2 win over David Lane and then he beat Paul Jackson 3-1 and Collin had two fine 3-0 wins over Paul and David. Emma’s first triumph was a 3-1 win over Paul and she beat David 3-0 in match ten to confirm the overall victory for Swots.

 

Division 3

Squires 7 (Winnie Stein 2½, Steve Wilson 2½, Tanya Kapelyukh 2)

Telsports 3 (David Axton 3, Robert Fotheringham 0, Paul McDade 0)

Squires might have been the overall winners but the top player on the night was Telsports’ David Axton after he won his three singles matches. Initially David beat Winnie Stein 3-2 after he had been 2-1 down; then he defeated Steve Wilson 12-10 in the fourth game and finally David overcame Tanya Kapelyukh 11-8 in the fifth game after Tanya had levelled from 2-0 down. For Squires, Steve and Tanya won both of their singles matches 3-0, but Robert Fotheringham and Paul McDade both managed to take a game off of Winnie in their 3-1 defeats.

 

Prospects 3 (Sandy Pearson 1, Fabio Sani 2, Dave Goddard 0)

Sputniks 7 (Eric Brown 1½, Jack Oughton 2½, Carol McLean 3)

It started very well for Prospects and after four matches they were 3-1 ahead of Sputniks. A 3-1 win for Sandy Pearson over Eric Brown was added to by a 3-0 victory for Fabio Sani over Jack Oughton. Carol McLean then got Sputniks on the scoreboard when she beat Dave Goddard 3-2, but another final set victory, this time for Fabio over Eric put Prospects 3-1 ahead. Carol then got her second victory after a very strong 3-0 performance against Sandy and after this somehow the wheels fell off for Prospects and they lost the remaining five matches. Sputniks victories were then for Jack, 3-0 and 3-1 against Dave and Sandy respectively, including a 16-14 win in each match; Eric beat Dave 3-0 and Carol triumphed 15-13 in the fourth game against Fabio. Eric and Jack won the doubles match 3-1 versus Fabio and Dave to complete the Sputniks scoring.

 

Tass 4 (Stuart Farquharson 0, Jim Wotherspoon 1, Stewart Clark 3)

Princes 6 (Stewart Mason 1, Derek Johnston 2½, Eddie Dougan 2½)

Princes went into a 2-0 lead after Stewart Mason beat Stuart Farquharson 3-0 and Derek Johnston overcame Jim Wotherspoon in four games. However, Tass soon levelled after Stewart Clark defeated Eddie Dougan 3-0 and then Jim came from 2-1 down to beat Stewart Mason 3-2. An 11-8 fifth game triumph for Eddie over Stuart put Princes ahead again but a 3-1 victory for Stewart Clark over Derek made it 3-all. The doubles match seemed crucial and it went all the way to the final game before Derek and Eddie won it 11-9 after Stuart and Stewart had been 2-1 up. A 12-10 fourth game win for Eddie over Jim then put Princes 5-3 ahead but Stewart Clark then beat Stewart Mason 3-0, including a 15-13 game win, to get Tass just one behind at 4-5. Stuart Farquharson could get Tass the draw with a victory in the tenth match and he started well with a 12-10 opening game success. However, Derek quickly got back into the match and he eventually triumphed 11-9 in the fourth to secure the overall victory for Princes.

 

Kingsway 8 (Stephen Caird 3½, Willie Cooper 1½, Derek Thomson 3)

Buccaneers 2 (Dale McLeish 0, David Clark 1, Gregor O'Neill 1)

Kingsway had to work hard for their victory over Buccaneers, with only three of their game wins ending 3-0. The opening two matches were shared with first Stephen Caird beating Dale McLeish 3-0 to put Kingsway ahead and then David Clark then beating Willie Cooper 3-1 to level it at one match all. However, Kingsway then powered ahead with five match wins in a row. Initially Derek Thomson beat Gregor O’Neill 12-10 in the fourth game; then Willie beat Dale 3-0 and Stephen defeated Gregor 3-1. Next, Derek beat David 3-0 and finally in the doubles match Stephen and Willie overcame David and Gregor after four games. In match eight, Gregor had a fine 3-1 win over Willie to get the Buccaneers a second win, but Derek immediately replied for Kingsway with a 3-1 triumph over Dale. In match ten Stephen went 2-0 up, but David levelled after 12-10 and 11-9 game wins. However, in the final game Stephen comfortably won it to get the last point for Kingsway.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Aces 5 (Grant Williams 2, Mark Lundberg (reserve) 2, Pete Yearworth (reserve) 1)

Kings 1 (Aleksandar Jovanovic 0, Plamen Kostadinov 0, Ade Fabola 1)

Match one was a tight affair but Mark Lundberg won it 13-11 in the fifth game after Plamen Kostadinov had lead 2-1, to put Rockets ahead. A 3-0 win for Grant Williams versus Aleksandar Jovanovic doubled the Aces lead, but an 11-8 final game win for Ade Fabola against Pete Yearworth got Kings back into the tie. In match four another come from behind victory saw Mark triumph 3-2 versus Aleksandar to make it 3-1 overall to Rockets. Two 3-1 victories then sealed the tie for Rockets, with Grant defeating Ade 12-10 in the fourth and then Pete beating Plamen 11-8 in the fourth.

 

 

Week 9 - commencing 06 November 2017

In Division One, Up4it and Knights are at the top of the division after they both won handsomely against Telstars and Thumpers respectively. Star won in St Andrews against Prefects to remain third.

There are now joint leaders of Division two after Brechin defeated Comets and Viscounts won well at Swots. Lundin Lasers had a narrow win over New Kids and are in third place. Truants and Villa drew, but both teams remain within one win of the leaders.

Sputniks had a big win over Forthill clubmates Missiles to move to the top of Division three. Duffers drew with Tass but remain in second and despite losing at home to Kingsway, Princes are in third place. Prospects won at Telsports and are fourth and finally Lairds had a good win against Buccaneers to move up to fifth.

The Excelsior Cup saw Rockets win comfortably at Tigers to reach the semi-finals and in the Stanley Doubles, Brechin had a comfortable win over Sputniks.

 

Division 1

Prefects 3 (Clyde Johnson 2, Bonifac Legrady 0, Justin Yang 1)

Star 7 (Andy Ferguson 1, Calum Ross 3½, Iain Martin 2½)

Calum Ross of Star was the top performer by winning all of the matches he played, including the doubles when partnering Iain Martin, for the loss of just one game to Clyde Johnson. Iain also won two singles matches and a single win for Andy Ferguson 3-1 against Bonifac Legrady completed the scoring for Star. For Prefects, Clyde got two wins and Justin Yang beat Andy for their other point.

 

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 3)

Telstars 0 (Ian Farquhar 0, Graeme Elrick 0, David Monteith 0)

Up4it were in devastating form early on and won the first eight matches without losing a game. In match nine, Ian Farquhar went 2-1 up on Ryan Docherty, but could not get over the line and Ryan won it 3-2. In match ten, Graeme Elrick levelled at two games all but Paul Monteith then won the final game.

 

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Ade Fabola (reserve) 3, Callum Riddoch 3½)

Thumpers 0 (Tony O'Shea 0, David Sim 0, Ian Hunter 0)

Knights put in a very strong performance against Thumpers, losing only three games in the process. David Sim won a game against Ade Fabola and Stuart Halliday and Ian Hunter won a game versus Stuart. Callum Riddoch played twelve games, including three in the doubles partnering Stuart, and won them all.

 

Rockets 10 Saints 0

Unfortunately Saints could not raise a team and conceded their fixture at Rockets.

 

Division 2

Swots 1 (Emma Bissett ½, David Beveridge 0, Collin Bleak ½)

Viscounts 9 (Andy Hughes 3, Filip Jovanovic 3, Andrew Nimmo 3)

Viscounts won all of the singles matches against Swots, but could easily have lost a couple of them. One was in the opening match when Dave Beveridge took Filip Jovanovic to the final game before he lost out and Filip was also severely tested when Emma Bissett levelled at two-all before losing out. Dave was also 1-0 up on Andrew Nimmo, but Andrew recovered to win 3-1. Collin Bleak won a set against Filip and Andrew. Andy Hughes won his three singles 3-0, but five times the winning margin was only two points. The doubles match was also very close but Emma and Collin triumphed against Filip and Andrew in the fifth game.

 

Truants 5 (Alain Leger 1½, Sascha Roschy 3½, Knut Radmer 0)

Villa 5 (Ian McLagan 1, Sandy Bertie 2, David Hay 2)

Truants started strongly and went 3-1 ahead after an excellent 14-12 fourth game win for Alain Leger over Ian McLagan was added to by two wins for Sascha Roschy, 3-0 versus Sandy Bertie and 3-2 against Ian. David Hay had replied for Villa with a 3-0 victory over Knut Radmer. Villa then fought back and levelled after two 3-0 wins for David against Alain and Sandy versus Knut. The doubles match was surprisingly one-sided with Sascha and Alain beating David and Ian for the loss of only fifteen points. Sascha then completed his perfect night when he overcame David in four games. But Ian replied for Villa with a 3-0 win over Knut. Sandy had to win the final match to get Villa the overall draw and he seemed well on course when he went 2-0 ahead of Alain in quick fashion. However, 12-10 and 11-9 game wins for Alain levelled the score. Sandy then regrouped and an 11-7 final game victory got Villa the draw.

 

Brechin 7 (Bill Balfour 0, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Comets 3 (Fraser Smith 1, Glenn Christie 1, Dougal Ogilvie 1)

Nine of the ten matches were won 3-0, with Bill Balfour’s 3-1 defeat by Fraser Smith of Comets in the opening match being the exception. Glenn Christie and Dougal Ogilvie also defeated Bill for Comets other points. Brechin’s John Anderson and Derek Mitchell were in great form and won all of their matches 3-0.

 

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 3½, Nat Forno 2, Ron Filsell ½)

New Kids 4 (Kong Wan 1, Dave Beveridge (reserve) 2, Ian Smith 1)

Arthur Duncan had a great night for Lundin Lasers as he won four matches, including the doubles with Ron Filsell, without dropping a game. Nat Forno completed the scoring for Lundin with a 3-0 win over Kong Wan and a 3-1 victory over Ian Smith. For New Kids, Dave Beveridge got two wins, 3-1 against Nan and 3-2 versus Ron and Kong and Ian both beat Ron, 3-1 and 3-0 respectively.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 9 (Eric Brown 2½, Carol McLean 3½, Jim Fleming 3)

Missiles 1 (David Hunter 0, Jim Hodson 0, Daniel Russell 1)

Sputniks raced into a 4-0 lead without dropping a game before Daniel Russell replied for Missiles with a 3-1 victory over Eric Brown. Jim Hodson nearly got another win for Missiles in the next match, but Jim Fleming held on in the final set to make it 5-1 to Sputniks. However, despite another couple of game wins for Missiles, Carol McLean, Eric and Jim Fleming won the remaining four matches to take Sputniks to the top of the division.

 

Telsports 3 (Robert Fotheringham 0, David Axton 3, Sandy Elrick 0)

Prospects 7 (Neil Lea 2½, Dave Goddard 2, Ian Brumwell 2½)

Despite a fine hat-trick by Telsports’ David Axton, Prospects won all the other matches in the fixture. David started with a 3-2 win over Dave Goddard after he had been 2-0 down; he then beat Neil Lea 3-0 and finally David defeated Ian Brumwell 3-1. For Prospects, Neil started with a 3-2 win over Robert Fotheringham and later had a 3-1 win over Sandy Elrick. After losing from 2-0 up against David Axton, Dave Goddard then came from 2-0 down to beat Sandy 3-2 and in match ten Dave beat Robert 3-0. Ian Brumwell overcame Sandy in the fifth game and then defeated Robert 3-1. Neil and Ian also triumphed in the doubles match 3-1 over Robert and Sandy.

 

Princes 3 (Stewart Mason 1, Derek Johnston 1, Eddie Dougan 1)

Kingsway 7 (Stephen Caird 3½, Willie Cooper 3½, Alan Carrie 0)

Two of the first three matches went to the final game. Initially Stephen Caird of Kingsway defeated Stewart Mason after he had been 2-1 down and secondly Princes Eddie Dougan got the better of Alan Carrie after Alan had been 2-1 up. In between these, Kingsway’s Willie Cooper had a fine 3-0 win over Derek Johnston. Stephen then got the better of Derek in four games to make 3-1 to Kingsway. Princes got one back when Stewart beat Alan, but a 3-0 win for Willie over Eddie increased the gap again. A 3-1 win in the doubles match for Stephen and Willie against Stewart and Derek made it 5-2, but Derek beat Alan to give Princes a slight chance of a draw. Stephen and Willie were not fazed though and 3-0 wins over Eddie and Stewart respectively completed the emphatic win for the visitors.

 

Duffers 5 (Richard McLaren 3½, Billy Liddle 1½, Jim Hodson (reserve) 0)

Tass 5 (Stewart Clark 2, Jim Wotherspoon 1, Stuart Farquharson 2)

A fine performance by captain Rich McLaren ensured Duffers achieved a draw against Tass. Rich opened the fixture with a 3-0 win over Stewart Clark, in the middle of the fixture he beat Stuart Farquharson, also 3-0, and in match ten he completed a hat-trick of 3-0 triumphs when he beat Jim Wotherspoon. Rich also found time to partner Billy Liddle to victory in the doubles match against Jim and Stuart where 12-10, 14-12 and 11-9 game wins saw them through in five games. Billy had a good win over Jim to get Duffers other point. For Tass Stewart and Stuart got two wins each and Jim got a win after he came from 2-1 down to beat Jim Hodson in the final game.

 

Buccaneers 3 (Murray Johnstone 0, David Clark 0, Stewart Ferguson 3)

Lairds 7 (Ewan MacDonald 2½, Ryan Connor 2½, Bill Beattie 2)

Stewart Ferguson had a fine hat-trick of wins against Lairds. Firstly, he defeated Bill Beattie 3-0, then he beat Ryan Connor 12-10 in the fourth and finally he overcame Ewan MacDonald 11-9 in the final game after he had been 2-1 down. However, Ewan, Ryan and Bill managed to win all the other matches to get Lairds the victory. Although David Clark was unlucky to lose 11-9 in the fifth to Bill Beattie and in match ten the 16-14 final game win for Ryan must have been even harder on Murray Johnstone.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 2

Tigers 0 (Kenny McLaren 0, Scott Thomson 0, Marion Davidson 0)

Rockets 6 (Pete Yearworth 2, Jim Dyson 2, Gary Lowson 2)

This was a fairly straightforward win for Rockets with Pete Yearworth and Gary Lowson winning both of their matches 3-0. However, Jim Dyson defeated Scott Thomson 3-1 and then came from 2-0 down to beat Kenny McLaren 3-2 in the other two.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Sputniks 0 (Carol McLean 0, Jack Oughton 0, Eric Brown 0)

Brechin 5 (Derek Mitchell 2, John Anderson 1½, Bill Balfour 1½)

Brechin went through to the next round without losing a match. However, Sputniks won a game in three of the matches played and came close to winning another game on several occasions.

 

 

Week 8 - commencing 30 October 2017

In the Chairman’s Challenge Trophy Prefects had a good win against Rockets, Up4it progressed comfortably versus Defenders and Aces triumphed with a final game victory over Star.

In the secondary Shield, Viscounts narrowly beat Villa, Brechin triumphed at Truants and in St Andrews Tigers overcome Swots and New Kids defeated short-handed Chieftains.

The Consolation Cup saw two Mylnefield sides progress, with Lairds winning at Missiles and Princes beating club-mates Squires. Prospects won in Brechin against the Buccaneers to also make it through.

In the Stanley Doubles, Rockets had a comfortable win over Defenders.

There were two rescheduled league matches played. In Division two, Tigers had a big win over Comets to move up to second place and Princes also had a big win over Telsports to move up to third place in division three.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Trophy Round 2

Prefects 4 (Clyde Johnson ½, Michael Hahn 2½, Justin Yang 1)

Rockets 2 (Peter Yearworth 1½, Peter Dixon 0, Jim Dyson ½)

Rockets took the lead when Pete Yearworth defeated Clyde Johnson 3-1, but Prefects responded with a 3-1 victory for Michael Hahn against Peter Dixon and a 3-2 win for Justin Yang against Jim Dyson, that included 13-11 and 12-10 game wins. The first doubles match was comfortably won by the Rockets pairing of Pete Yearworth and Jim Dyson, but the second doubles match was crucially won 3-2 by Prefects Michael Hahn and Clyde Johnson. Michael then had a comfortable 3-0 win over Jim to take Prefects through to the next round.

 

Up4it 5 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 1½, Ryan Docherty 1½)

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Richard Tough 0)

Up4it progressed without too much trouble as Defenders won just two games in the tie, both of which were in the doubles matches.

 

Aces 4 (Grant Williams 1½, Mark Lundberg (reserve) 1, Jason Fleming 1½)

Star 3 (Calum Ross ½, Iain Martin ½, John Hannah 2)

Aces started strongly and went 2-0 ahead after an 11-9 fifth game win for Grant Williams against Calum Ross and then a 3-0 victory for Mark Lundberg against Iain Martin. Star got one back when John Hannah defeated Jason Fleming 3-0, but the first doubles match was again won by Aces pairing Grant and Jason against Calum and John. However, Star fought back winning the second doubles match after a 3-1 victory for Calum and Iain against Mark and Grant. Star then levelled when John beat Mark 3-0. The final match was a ‘winner takes all’ encounter between Jason and Iain and it was Jason who triumphed 3-0 to take Aces through.

 

Secondary Shield Round 2

Viscounts 5 (Andy Hughes 2, Andrew Nimmo 1, Filip Jovanovic 2)

Villa 4 (Ian McLagan 1, Carol McLean (reserve) 0, David Hay 3)

Despite a fine hat-trick by David Hay, this was not enough for Villa as Viscounts won the tie in the final game of the final match. Viscounts went into an early 2-0 lead following 3-2 wins for Andy Hughes over Ian McLagan after Ian had levelled from 2-0 down and then Andrew Nimmo over Carol McLean after Carol had lead 2-0. Three wins in a row, two for David and one for Ian, then put Villa in front, with Viscounts only winning one game during this period. Filip Jovanovic then made it three-all after he beat Carol 3-1, but David defeated Andrew 3-2 to put Villa ahead again. Filip then levelled the tie again after a 3-0 win over Ian by 12-10 twice and 11-9. In the final match Carol was never behind as she lead Andy 1-0 and 2-1 and she had a match point at 10-9 in the final game, but Andy saved it and won the next two points to put Viscounts into the semi-finals.

 

Swots 0 (Emma Bissett 0, David Beveridge 0, Collin Bleak 0)

Tigers 5 (Scott Thomson 2, Kenny McLaren 1, Logie Anderson 2)

Swots were very unlucky to be 3-0 down to Tigers after the first three matches. Initially Emma Bissett lost 13-11 in the fourth to Scott Thomson; then Kenny McLaren beat Dave Beveridge 3-2, 11-9 in the fifth and finally Logie Anderson defeated Collin Bleak also 11-9 in the fifth after Collin had been 2-1 ahead. This loss seemed to break Swots spirit as two 3-0 wins for Scott over Dave and Logie over Emma won the tie for Tigers.

 

Truants 3 (Graham Wood 0, Sascha Roschy 3, Alain Leger 0)

Brechin 5 (Derek Mitchell 2, Aaron Robertson (reserve) 1, John Anderson 2)

Seven of the eight matches were won 3-0, with Truants Sascha Roschy’s 11-9, 12-10, 14-12 victory over Brechin’s Derek Mitchell the closest match of the seven. Sascha also won his other two matches with Derek and John Anderson replying with pairs of wins for Brechin. The crucial match for Brechin was Aaron Robertson’s 3-1 victory over Alain Leger, which denied captain Graham Wood the chance to win the tie for Truants in what would have been the final match also against Aaron.

 

New Kids 7 (Sandy Pearson (reserve) 2, Howard Lee 3, Kong Wan 2)

Chieftains 2 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 0)

New Kids overcame two-player Chieftains to progress. For Chieftains, Fiona Kinloch defeated Sandy Pearson 3-0 and Kong Wan 3-1 but Fiona lost to Howard Lee 3-2. Jim Tawse lost a very close match to Sandy by 12-10, 11-9, 9-11 and 17-15 and he was defeated 3-0 by Howard which won New Kids the tie.

 

Consolation Cup Round 1

Buccaneers 3 (Gregor O'Neill 1, Stewart Ferguson 1, David Clark 1)

Prospects 6 (Jonathan Fraser 3, Neil Lea 0, Sandy Pearson 3)

Hat-tricks by Jonathan Fraser and Sandy Pearson won it for Prospects against Buccaneers. Jonathan was in fine form dropping only one game to David Clark, but Sandy had to work harder against David winning 11-9 in the fifth after he had been 2-0 down. Stewart Ferguson also took Sandy to the final game but he lost 11-9 twice after he had been 2-1 up. Stewart, David and Gregor O’Neill all beat Prospects Neil Lea, but Gregor’s 11-9 victory in the fifth game was the closest match of the three.

 

Missiles 2 (Jim Hodson 1, Daniel Russell 1, Lee Nixon 0)

Lairds 5 (Ryan Connor 2, Deklyn McKenzie 1, Bill Beattie 2)

Lairds got off to a good start with two 3-0 wins for Ryan Connor and Bill Beattie over Jim Hodson and Lee Nixon respectively sandwiching a 3-1 triumph for Missiles’ Daniel Russell over Deklyn McKenzie. An excellent 3-2 win for Ryan over Daniel made it 3-1 to Lairds, but Jim defeated Bill 3-0 to make it 3-2 overall. Deklyn then beat Lee 3-0 and finally Bill had a very close 3-2 victory over Daniel to win the tie for Lairds, but scores of 11-13, 12-10, 6-11, 11-9 and 9-11 show how close it was.

 

Consolation Cup Round 2

Princes 5 (Stewart Mason 2, Derek Johnston 2, Eddie Dougan 1)

Squires 1 (Tanya Kapelyukh 0, Winnie Stein 0, Steve Wilson 1)

Princes started well with two 3-0 victories, Stewart Mason over Tanya Kapelyukkh and Derek Johnston against Winnie Stein. Squires then pulled one back when Steve Wilson beat Eddie Dougan 3-2. However, Princes then won the tie with three victories in a row; Derek 3-0 against Tanya, Stewart 3-2 versus Steve and finally Eddie 3-1 against Winnie after she had been in front early on.

 

Division 2

Tigers 10 (Logie Anderson 3, Kenny McLaren 3½, Scott Thomson 3½)

Comets 0 (Glenn Christie 0, Dougal Ogilvie 0, Jill Milne 0)

At first glance it looks like an easy win for Tigers. However, Comets were very unlucky to not get some wins as they lost 3-2 three times and 3-1 twice. Firstly, Kenny McLaren beat Dougal Ogilvie 11-7 in the fifth then Scott Thomson defeated Jill Milne 12-10 in the final game. Kenny beat Glenn Christie 13-11 in the fourth and Scott also beat Dougal 3-1 and finally Kenny beat Jill 3-2 after she had been 2-1 up. Logie Anderson was in great form for Tigers and he won his three singles matches without dropping a game.

 

Division 3

Telsports 0 (David Axton 0, Paul McDade 0, Robert Fotheringham 0)

Princes 10 (Stewart Mason 3½, Derek Johnston 3, Eddie Dougan 3½)

Princes were in devastating form against Telsports and they only lost three games on the night. Stewart Mason won his three singles and the doubles match with Eddie Dougan without dropping a game. Telsports David Axton won a game in his defeat by Eddie early on, including two 12-10 losses. However, in the final match David got 2-1 up on Derek Johnston before Derek re-focused to take the match 3-2.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Rockets 5 (Peter Yearworth 1½, Gary Lowson 2, Mark Lundberg 1½)

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Richard Tough 0)

Defenders kept battling away and they won a game in three of the matches. However, Rockets won every other game, with Gary Lowson top scoring after winning the four matches in which he participated.

 

 

Week 7 - commencing 23 October 2017

The Excelsior Cup first round was played out simultaneously at Ward Road on Friday night. Knights were knocked out by Star after an epic tie that lasted nearly four hours. Cup holders Up4it also triumphed against Prefects in another marathon tie that finished just a short time before the Star v Knights tie. Two player Telstars almost got the better of Tigers, but lost by the narrowest of margins. Defenders were just too strong for Brechin and finally Aces comfortably defeated Rollercoasters with only a slight hiccup along the way.

Knights moved back to the top of Division One after they had a big win at Telstars. Up4it joined them at the top after they defeated Prefects, but they have played a fixture more than all three of their nearest rivals. Star drop to third, three points off the top, after they drew with fifth placed Kings and they are joined there by Aces who also won big at Thumpers. Newcomers Saints got their first points of the season but Defenders still won handsomely.

In Division two, after 14 months of undefeated league results, Brechin finally lost at Villa. Despite the loss, Brechin still move to the top. One point behind are Chieftains, who defeated Swots, and they were joined by Lundin Lasers who drew at Comets. Viscounts, on a free week, drop to fourth place two points off top and Truants move up to fifth after they won at Rollercoasters. Finally New Kids had a big win at home to Tigers and they move up to sixth.

Duffers are the new Division three leaders despite losing at Kingsway. Sputniks did not play and are now second and Missiles had a big win over Telsports to move up to third. Squires narrowly defeated Lairds to leapfrog them by one point in mid-table. Finally Princes had a big win against Buccaneers and join Kingsway in third bottom place. However, both these teams have two fixtures in hand and even two draws would see them both join Sputniks in second place.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 1

Star 5 (John Hannah 3, Calum Ross 1, Iain Martin 1)

Knights 4 (Callum Riddoch 0, Robert Toth 2, Stuart Halliday 2)

The lead changed hands four times before Star finally knocked out Knights in the last scheduled match. John Hannah opened for Star with a 3-0 win over Callum Riddoch, but Robert Toth replied for Knights with another 3-0 victory over Calum Ross. Knights then took the lead when Stuart Halliday beat Iain Martin 3-1. But Star levelled when Calum Ross defeated Callum Riddoch 3-1, although 14-12 and 15-13 losses for the Knights player were tough for him to take. Match five saw another comfortable 3-0 triumph for John against Stuart to put Star ahead again. However, Knights fought back straight away and Robert levelled with a 3-1 win over Iain. Knights took the lead for the second time when Stuart defeated Calum 3-2 in a match that went one way then the other. Iain then levelled again for Star when he beat Calum 3-1. The two unbeaten players John and Robert met in the final match to determine the winner of the tie. Robert started well and took the first game. However, John fought back brilliantly to make it 2-1. Robert seemed destined to make it 2-all when he lead in the fourth game, but a great comeback by John took the game 12-10, the match 3-1 and Star through to the next round.

 

Tigers 5 (Kenny McLaren 1, Logie Anderson 2, Scott Thomson 2)

Telstars 3 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 3)

A fine trio of 3-0 wins by Ian Farquhar was not enough for two-player Telstars. The turning point for Tigers came when Scott Thomson rallied from 2-0 down against David Monteith to win their match 3-2. This, added to a fine 3-1 win for Logie Anderson against David, was enough to see Tigers through.

 

Prefects 3 (Sascha Roschy (reserve) 0, Michael Hahn 2, Clyde Johnson 1)

Up4it 5 (Ryan Docherty 2, Paul Monteith 0, Gillian Edwards 3)

The outcome of the tie between Up4it and Prefects was not decided until the penultimate match, when 13-11 and 15-13 game wins for Ryan Docherty over Clyde Johnson sealed the victory for Up4it. Earlier two fine wins for Michael Hahn and a great 3-2 come from behind win for Clyde over Paul Monteith had kept Prefects in with a chance. Gillian Edwards won her first two matches comfortably, but her match seven encounter with Michael went the distance. In the final game both players had match-point chances before Gillian sealed it by 15-13.

 

Defenders 5 (Ken Head 1, Arthur Pritchard 2, Richard Tough 2)

Brechin 3 (Aaron Robertson (reserve) 0, Bill Balfour 0, John Anderson 3)

Three excellent wins by John Anderson was all that Brechin could muster as Defenders won every other game played except one for Aaron Robertson in his 3-1 defeat by Arthur Pritchard. Arthur, Ken Head and Richard Tough were rarely in trouble in the matches they won to see Defenders through to the second round.

 

Rollercoasters 1 (Paul Jackson 0, Tony Cook 0, Dave Lane 1)

Aces 8 (Mark Lundberg (reserve) 3, Jason Fleming 3, Grant Williams 2)

This was a fairly straightforward win for Aces with a couple of exceptions. Rollercoasters’ Dave Lane had a great win over Grant Williams as he recovered from a 2-0 deficit to win their match in the final game. Dave also caused Jason Fleming some problems as he won 12-10 in the opening game of his 3-1 defeat to Jason, and then he only lost 13-11 in the fourth game. Mark Lundberg won his three matches 3-0 and was never in trouble.

 

Division 1

Kings 5 (Plamen Kostadinov 1½, Adeola Fabola 3½, Stewart Mason (reserve) 0)

Star 5 (John Hannah 2, Andy Ferguson 1, Iain Martin 2)

Kings levelled four times against Star, and achieved a draw after the final match. Ade Fabola starred for them winning all his matches, including the doubles match with Plamen Kostadinov, who also defeated Andy Ferguson 3-1. Ade’s closest match was against John Hannah when he came from 2-1 down to win it in the final game. John won his other two matches 3-0 and Iain Martin also won two for Star for the loss of just one game to Plamen.

 

Saints 2 (Chan Tsz Huen 1, Joe Klein 1)

Defenders 8 (Ken Head 2½, Arthur Pritchard 2, Kenny McLaren (reserve) 3½)

Short-handed Saints got off to a great start when Chan Tze Huen and Joe Klein triumphed in the final game of the first two matches against Ken Head and Arthur Pritchard respectively. However, Defenders then rallied and won all of the remaining matches for the loss of just two games, Ken against Joe and Kenny McLaren against Chan Tze Huen.

 

Thumpers 0 (David Sim 0, Jordan Ednie 0, Tony O’Shea 0)

Aces 10 (Mark Lundberg (reserve) 3½, Grant Williams 3½, Jason Fleming 3)

Aces were in devastating form against Thumpers winning all the matches. Tony O’Shea did best for the home side winning two games against Grant Williams and one game versus Jason Fleming and he lost 13-11 in another. Also for Thumpers, David Sim won a single game against Mark Lundberg and Jason, but the dominant Aces won every other game played.

 

Telstars 0 (David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0, Graeme Elrick 0)

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Callum Riddoch 3½, Robert Toth 3)

Knights won all of the matches against Telstars, but only four out of ten were won 3-0. Ian Farquhar was the unluckiest player for Telstars losing 3-2 to Stuart Halliday after being 2-0 up, 3-2 to Robert Toth after being 2-1 up and 3-1 twice in his other matches.  Firstly Ian lost 3-1 to Callum Riddoch and finally he lost in the doubles match partnering David Monteith to Stuart and Callum. David also lost 13-11 in the fourth game to Stuart after he had taken an early lead.

 

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 3, Ryan Docherty 2)

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 2½, Clyde Johnson (reserve) ½, Sascha Roschy (reserve) 0)

Up4it’s Gillian Edwards won two of her singles matches comfortably. However, her match against Prefects’ Michael Hahn was an epic encounter. Michael raced into a 2-0 lead with some exceptional play before Gillian fought back to take the third game. Gillian then proceeded to save a number of match points before taking the fourth game 17-15. The final game was also close, with both players having match points before Gillian eventually won it 13-11. Michael at least got some revenge later when he teamed up with Clyde Johnson to defeat Gillian and her partner Ryan Docherty 3-0 in the doubles match and he also won his other two singles matches fairly comfortably. Prefects were unlucky to not get another point as Sascha Roschy lost 11-7 to Ryan in the final game after he had led 7-3 and Sascha also lost 13-11 in the fourth to Paul Monteith. Finally, Clyde lost 12-10 three times in his 3-1 defeat by Ryan and also Clyde lost 3-2 to Paul.

 

Division 2

New Kids 8 (Howard Lee 2½, Emma Bissett (reserve) 2, Clyde Johnson (reserve) 3½)

Tigers 2 (Marion Davidson 0, Kenny McLaren 0, Logie Anderson 2)

Clyde Johnston starred in New Kids victory over Tigers, winning all four matches which he contested. Howard Lee and Emma Bissett also got a couple of wins for the home team. For Tigers, Logie Anderson beat both Emma and Howard, but Kenny McLaren was unlucky to lose in three matches where he had led. Kenny firstly lead Emma before losing the third and fourth games 15-13 and 12-10; he also lost to Clyde 3-1 and finally he was 2-0 up on Howard before losing 3-2.

 

Comets 5 (Dougal Ogilvie 1, Glenn Christie 1½, Jill Milne 2½)

Lundin Lasers 5 (Arthur Duncan 3, Nat Forno 1, Jamie Douglas 1)

Comets were 4-1 down to Lundin Lasers thanks to two Arthur Duncan wins and singles from Jamie Douglas and Nat Forno against a single from Jill Milne. However, a spirited comeback eventually earned Comets a draw. Indeed it could have been 5-1 when Nat led Jill 2-0 in match six; however 11-9, 11-9 and 12-10 game wins for Jill took that match. The doubles match was also a cracker with Jill and partner Glenn Christie defeating Arthur and Nat 11-8, 8-11, 15-13, 10-12 and 11-8. Glenn then levelled with a fine 3-0 win over Jamie, but a 3-0 win for Arthur over Jill put Lundin ahead again. It was then left to Dougal Ogilvie to complete the Comets comeback with an excellent 3-0 triumph over Nat, although his 12-10 and 17-5 game wins were crucial to the victory.

 

Villa 6 (Sandy Bertie 2, Carol McLean (reserve) 2, David Hay 2)

Brechin 4 (Aaron Robertson (reserve) ½, Dave Clark (reserve) 0, John Anderson 3½)

Brechin suffered their first league defeat since re-joining the leagues in 2016. Steady performances from Sandy Bertie, Carol McLean and David Hay all with two singles wins each got Villa the victory. John Anderson was in great form for Brechin winning his four matches, including the doubles with partner Aaron Robertson, for the loss of just one game to David Hay. Aaron lost his three singles matches by 3-1 and reserve Dave Clark nearly one a couple of games, but lost 12-10 twice.

 

Rollercoasters 3 (David Lane 2, Tony Cook 1)

Truants 7 (Sascha Roschy 3½, Knut Radmer 1, Graham Wood 2½)

Rollercoasters’ were short-handed but put in a very spirited performance against Truants and only one of the seven matches played was won 3-0. Dave Lane had an excellent fifth game win over Graham Wood and Dave and Tony Cook both managed to defeat Knut Radmer 3-1. The Rollercoasters pairing nearly pulled off a shock doubles win as they led 5-4 in the final game, but Sascha Roschy and Graham Wood found form at the final change of ends to win it 11-6. Sascha also won his two singles games for the loss of just one game to Dave.

 

Chieftains 7 (Fiona Kinloch 3½, Jim Tawse 2½, Jacob Munro 1)

Swots 3 (David Beveridge 2, Emma Bissett 1, Collin Bleak 0)

The Chieftains against Swots fixture was very competitive with only one of the matches played being won by 3-0 and that was for Swots’ Dave Beveridge against Jacob Munro. Dave’s other three matches all went to the final game. Firstly, he lost 11-8 to Fiona Kinloch after he had led 2-1; then he defeated Jim Tawse 12-10 after Jim had levelled with a 14-12 win in game four and finally in the doubles match Dave partnered Emma Bissett and they lost 13-11 to Fiona and Jim. Emma got Swots only other point when she defeated Jacob 13-11, also in the fifth game, although Collin Bleak came close to another point for Swots but he lost 11-9 to Jim in the fifth game. Four 3-1 victories for Chieftains, a double from Fiona and singles from Jim and Jacob completed the scoring.

 

Division 3

Squires 6 (Winnie Stein 1½, Steve Wilson 2, Tanya Kapelyukh 2½)

Lairds 4 (Ewan MacDonald 1, Deklyn McKenzie 0, William Beattie 3)

Ewan MacDonald put Lairds ahead with a 3-1 victory over Winnie Stein. However, despite a fine hat-trick by Lairds’ rookie Bill Beattie, with only one game lost to Tanya Kapelyukh, this was still not enough to prevent Squires from achieving the overall victory. Tanya recovered to win her other two singles 3-1 and Steve Wilson also won two singles for the loss of just one game to Ewan. The doubles match was crucial and it was Tanya and Winnie who took the match 3-1 against Bill and Ewan. Lairds needed to win match ten to get a draw, but Winnie triumphed 13-11 in the fourth against another league rookie, Deklyn McKenzie, who also achieved a fine 12-10 game win over much higher ranked Tanya.

 

Missiles 10 (David Hunter 3, Daniel Russell 3½, Jim Hodson 3½)

Telsports 0 (Robert Fotheringham 0, Paul McDade 0, David Axton 0)

Missiles were in great form against Telsports with David Hunter, Daniel Russell and Jim Hodson winning all their matches. Telsports never gave up though and David Axton was unlucky to win five games for no overall reward.

 

Kingsway 6 (Stephen Caird 2½, Derek Thomson 2½, Alan Carrie 1)

Duffers 4 (Rich McLaren 3, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 1)

An excellent trio of singles wins by Duffers Rich McLaren was not enough to prevent the League leaders losing at Kingsway.  Rich started with a great 3-1 win over Stephen Caird, although 13-11 and 12-10 game wins were crucial. Rich then defeated Derek Thomson 3-1 and Alan Carrie 11-8 in the final game after Alan had levelled from 2-0 down. Alan was also unlucky to lose to Andy Reid in the fifth game, although Andy did not fare as well against Stephen and Derek and lost both of these 3-1. The doubles match proved crucial to the overall victory for Kingsway, with Stephen and Derek eventually triumphing in the fifth game against Rich and Andy after they had shared 13-11 game wins early on.  The final victory was not secured until match ten, when Stephen edged Billy Liddle in three close games, 12-10, 11-8 and 13-11.

 

Princes 9 (Stewart Mason 3, Derek Johnston 3, Eddie Dougan 3)

Buccaneers 1 (Stewart Ferguson ½, Gregor O'Neill ½, Dale McLeish 0)

Princes won all of their singles matches against Buccaneers for the loss of just three single games; Stewart Mason to Stewart Ferguson and Gregor O’Neill and Derek Johnston to Gregor. However, Eddie Dougan won his three singles matches 3-0. The doubles match was a different matter though with Stewart and Gregor defeating Derek and Eddie 13-11 in the fourth game.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Buccaneers 0 (Dale McLeish 0, Gregor O'Neill 0, Stewart Ferguson 0)

Telstars 6 (Ian Farquhar 2, Graeme Elrick 2, David Monteith 2)

Telstars did not lose a match, but Buccaneers won games in half of the matches played. Gregor O'Neill and Stewart Ferguson came closest to a victory for Buccaneers when they lost 3-2 to Ian Farquhar and David Monteith and Dale McLeish twice lost 3-1 when partnering Gregor. Telstars top performer was Graeme Elrick who was involved in four matches for the loss of just two games.

 

Duffers 0 (Rich McLaren 0, Billy Liddle 0, Andy Reid 0)

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 2, Gillian Edwards 2, Ryan Docherty 2)

Duffers did not win a game but four 11-9 defeats and a 12-10 defeat show that they worked Up4it to the end.

 

 

Week 6 - commencing 16 October 2017

There were three rearranged league fixtures played this week: in Division one Kings narrowly won at Thumpers to move into mid-table; in division two Brechin jumped up to second place after a strong home win over Rollercoasters and in division three Sputniks had a great win at Tass to move to the top of their division.

Kings comfortably defeated Telstars to progress to the second round of the Chairman’s Challenge Trophy.

In round two of the secondary Shield the favourites all progressed to the quarter-finals but there were some spirited performances by the underdogs along the way.

In the first round of the Stanley Doubles, Truants and Swots both had comfortable wins against Prospects and Princes respectively. But again, the lower league sides put in battling performances despite ultimately losing.

 

Division 1

Thumpers 4 (Ian Hunter 1, Jordan Ednie 2, Tony O’Shea 1)

Kings 6 (Plamen Kostadinov ½, Aleksandar Jovanovic 2, Adeola Fabola 3½)

Kings narrowly won at Thumpers thanks to a trio of 3-0 singles wins by Ade Fabola backed up by a couple for Aleksandar Jovanovic. For Thumpers, Ian Hunter, Jordan Ednie and Tony O’Shea all defeated Plamen Kostadinov 3-1 and Jordan added another when he defeated Aleksandar in the final game after Aleksandar had drawn level from 2-0 down. Plamen got some revenge on Ian and Jordan when he teamed up with Ade to win the doubles match in the final game. Surprising statistic of the fixture was that not one of the 37 games played went beyond 10-all!

 

Division 2

Brechin 8 (Aaron Robertson (reserve) 1, John Anderson 3½, Derek Mitchell 3½)

Rollercoasters 2 (Paul Jackson 1, Tony Cook 1)

Rollercoasters’ Paul Jackson put the short-handed visitors ahead with a come-from-behind fifth game win over Brechin’s Aaron Robertson. However, John Anderson and Derek Mitchell then won all their matches, including the doubles match, for the loss of just one game, Derek to Tony Cook. In the final match of the night Tony defeated Aaron 3-1 to get Rollercoasters a second point.

 

Division 3

Tass 3 (Stewart Clark 2, Jim Wotherspoon 0, Stuart Farquharson 1)

Sputniks 7 (Jim Fleming 1, Eric Brown 3½, Carol McLean 2½)

Eric Brown was the star player for Sputniks winning all four matches he played in. He defeated Stewart Clark and Jim Wotherspoon 3-0 and Stuart Farquharson 3-1. Eric also teamed up with Carol McLean to beat Stewart and Jim 3-1 in the doubles match. Carol also had a couple of 3-1 singles wins against Stuart and Jim, but Stewart Clark defeated her 3-1, including a couple of 13-11 game wins. Stuart and Stewart both defeated Jim Fleming 3-1 and Jim Wotherspoon seemed likely to get Tass another point in the closest match of the night when he led Jim Fleming 2-1. However, a strong recovery by Jim resulted in a 3-2 victory for the Sputniks man.

 

Chairman’s Challenge Round 1

Kings 4 (Plamen Kostadinov 1½, Adeola Fabola 1, Aleksandar Jovanovic 1½)

Telstars 0 (Graeme Elrick 0, Ian Farquhar 0, David Monteith 0)

Kings progressed at the expense of Telstars for the loss of just two games, firstly Plamen Kostadinov to Graeme Elrick and secondly Ade Fabola to Ian Farquhar. Aleksandar Jovanovic won his two matches, including partnering Plamen in the doubles, without dropping a game.

 

Secondary Shield Round 1

Squires 0 (Tanya Kapelyukh 0, Winnie Stein 0, Ryan Connor (reserve) 0)

Viscounts 5 (Filip Jovanovic 2, Andy Hughes 1, Andrew Nimmo 2)

Two fine 3-0 wins for Andrew Nimmo was the highlight for Viscounts in their victory over Squires. Winnie Stein was very unlucky not to take something, as she firstly drew level twice against Andy Hughes before losing the final game and then secondly led Filip Jovanovic 2-0 in games and 5-3 in the third, before a spectacular turnaround by Filip won the match in the final game.

 

Villa 5 (Ian McLagan 1, David Hay 2, Sandy Bertie 2)

Kingsway 1 (Stephen Caird 1, Derek Thompson 0, Alan Carrie 0)

Stephen Caird got Kingsway off to a great start when he defeated Ian McLagan in the final game after he had been 2-1 down. However, Villa then recovered quickly and rattled off five straight match wins to take the tie. David Hay won his two matches for the loss of a single game to Stephen and Sandy Bertie did likewise for the loss of a single game to Derek Thompson. Ian McLagan recovered from his early loss to defeat Alan Carrie 3-0.

 

Duffers 1 (William Liddle 0, Richard McLaren 0, Andy Reid 1)

Swots 5 (Dave Beveridge 2, Emma Bissett 2, Collin Bleak 1)

This was a very competitive tie with half the matches played going to the final game. Duffers Captain Rich McLaren was the unlucky loser as both of his defeats to Emma Bissett and Dave Beveridge were in the final game – losing all four games that reached 10-all was Rich’s downfall, but he surely could not have come closer. Andy Reid was more successful in the fifth game as he defeated Collin Bleak for Duffers only victory after he was 2-0 down. Andy also won a game against Emma, but Emma closed out the match to take Swots through the next round.

 

Tigers 5 (Scott Thomson 2, Kenny McLaren 2, Marion Davidson 1)

Lairds 1 (Deklyn McKenzie 0, Bill Beattie 1, Ryan Connor 0)

Scott Thomson and Kenny McLaren both won their two matches for the loss of just one set; Scott against Ryan Connor and Kenny versus Bill Beattie. Bill won his second match against Marion Davidson, but the tie was already won by then. Earlier, Marion had had a fine 3-1 win over Ryan.

 

Prospects 2 (Sandy Pearson 1, Jonathan Fraser 1, Neil Lea 0)

Truants 5 (Alain Leger 0, Graham Wood 2, Sascha Roschy 3)

Prospects Sandy Pearson and Jonathan Fraser both defeated Alain Leger in the final game, 15-13 and 12-10 respectively, to keep them in the tie early on. However, Truants progressed after five victories for Sascha Roschy and Graham Wood for the loss of just one game, Graham to Jonathan. Jonathan might have taken it to the fifth game but a 16-14 defeat was as close as he got in the three games he lost.

 

Brechin 6 (John Anderson 3, Aaron Robertson (reserve) 1, Derek Mitchell 2)

Rollercoasters 1 (Paul Jackson 1, Tony Cook 0)

Paul Jackson won the opening match against Aaron Robertson for Rollercoasters up in Brechin, but an unbeaten run saw the home side through to the next round.

 

Telsports 0 (David Axton 0, Robert Fotheringham 0, Sandy Elrick 0)

New Kids 6 (Howard Lee 2, Kong Wan 2, Ian Smith 2)

New Kids may have won all the matches in the end, but Telsports made them work hard for their victory, with only one match won being won 3-0. David Axton took a game off of Howard Lee and Ian Smith, and Robert Fotheringham also won a game versus Howard. However, Sandy Eltick got closest when he went to the fifth game with Kong Wan before losing it. Sandy also won a game against Ian.

 

Chieftains 5 (Jacob Munro 2, Jim Tawse 2, Tanya Kapelyukh 1)

Comets 0 (Jill Milne 0, Fraser Smith 0, Carol McLean (reserve) 0)

Chieftains won the first three matches of their tie with Comets by 3-1. However they then got stronger as the tie went on and Jim Tawse and Jacob Munro won the last two matches 3-0 against Jill Milne and Carol McLean respectively, to progress to the next round.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Prospects 0 (Jonathan Fraser 0, Sandy Pearson 0, Neil Lea 0)

Truants 5 (Graham Wood 1½, Sascha Roschy 2, Alain Leger 1½)

Truants did not lose a match, but Prospects performed well and only lost 3-0 once. Indeed Neil Lea and Sandy Pearson nearly got a match win when they lost to Graham Wood and Alain Leger in the fifth game. Sascha Roschy was Truants top points scorer as he won his four matches for the loss of just three games.

 

Princes 1 (Eddie Dougan ½, Stewart Mason ½, Derek Johnston 0)

Swots 5 (Emma Bissett 1½, Sandy Pearson (reserve) 1½, Dave Beveridge 2)

Princes got off to a good start when Eddie Dougan and Stewart Mason defeated Swots Emma Bissett and Sandy Pearson in the final game. Emma and Sandy got revenge on Stewart when they defeated him and his partner in the final game of their contest. Dave Beveridge was the top performer for Swots winning all four matches in which he played for the loss of just three games, all after 3-1 victories.

 

 

Week 5 - commencing 09 October 2017

Division one leaders Up4it narrowly lost to Knights, the reigning champions. However, they remain at the top by one point after Star, the 2016 champions, comfortably beat Saints to move two points above Knights. Prefects had a narrow win against Kings and Aces comfortably defeated Telstars and they are now in joint fourth place.

Viscounts remain top of Division two after they defeated New Kids and Lundin Lasers had a fantastic win over Villa to move up to second place. Truants and Chieftains drew to remain just outside the top two.

In division three Duffers drew at home to Princes, but they remain top as nearest challengers, Prospects, lost to Lairds. Sputniks had a great win against Kingsway to move up to joint second place with Prospects. Tass moved up to fourth place with a good win over Telsports and they have a fixture in hand on all three of the teams above them. Buccaneers and Squires shared the points, but both remain further down the table.

In the Excelsior Cup, Rockets defeated their Forthill club-mates Thumpers to progress to the second round.

In the secondary Shield, the ‘Brechin’ derby was comfortably won by their division two side, although third division Buccaneers did get a couple a game wins.

There was one Stanley Doubles tie played, with Villa defeating Missiles without losing a match.

 

Division 1

Aces 10 (Mark Lundberg (reserve) 3½, Jason Fleming 3½, Grant Williams 3)

Telstars 0 (Graeme Elrick 0, David Monteith 0, Ian Farquhar 0)

This was a straightforward victory for Aces with only one game dropped during the contest.

 

Star 10 (John Hannah 3, Iain Martin 3½, Calum Ross 3½)

Saints 0 (Sarah Matthew 0, Andi Afezolli 0, Chan Tsz Huen 0)

Star were in great form and did not drop a game throughout the fixture. Two 16-14 defeats were the closest Saints got to a game.

 

Knights 6 (Adeola Fabola (reserve) 2, Robert Toth 3, Stuart Halliday 1)

Up4it 4 (Ryan Docherty ½, Paul Monteith 1, Gillian Edwards 2½)

The victory for Knights was only secured in the fifth game of the final match when Ade Fabola defeated Paul Monteith 11-8. Robert Toth won his three singles matches for Knights for the loss of just two sets. Best for Up4it was Gillian Edwards who defeated both Ade and Stuart Halliday 3-1. Gillian got a bit of revenge on Robert when she teamed up with Ryan Docherty to win the doubles 3-0 against Robert and Stuart, which at the time put Up4it 4-3 ahead. The closest match of the night was Paul’s 12-10 final game win over Stuart.

 

Prefects 6 (Michael Hahn 3½, Bonifac Legrady 0, Clyde Johnson (reserve) 2½)

Kings 4 (Filip Jovanovic (reserve) 1, Aleksandar Jovanovic 1, Adeola Fabola 2)

This fixture was also not won until the final match when Prefects Michael Hahn defeated Kings Aleksandar Jovanovic. Michael was in great form, winning all twelve games he played, including the doubles match when he partnered Clyde Johnston, who also won two of his three singles matches. For Kings, Ade Fabola got a couple of wins and father and son Aleksandar and Filip Jovanovic got one win each.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 8 (Arthur Duncan 3½, Ron Filsell 1½, Roman Nydza 3)

Villa 2 (Ian McLagan 1, David Hunter (reserve) 0, Sandy Bertie 1)

Arthur Duncan was the top scorer for Lundin by winning all four matches he contested for the loss of just two games, although winning all five games he had that went beyond 10-all shows that he had to work hard. Roman Nydza also won three matches for the loss of just one game. For Villa, Ian McLagan defeated Ron Filsell in the fifth game after being 2-1 down and Sandy Bertie beat Ron 14-12 in the fourth.

 

Viscounts 7 (Andy Hughes 3, Andrew Nimmo 1, Filip Jovanovic 3)

New Kids 3 (Kong Wan 0, Ian Smith 1½, Howard Lee 1½)

Viscounts remain top of the division after fine hat-tricks from Filip Jovanovic and Andy Hughes, were backed up with a single victory from Andrew Nimmo. For New Kids, Ian Smith and Howard Lee both defeated Andrew and they also teamed up to win the doubles match against Filip and Andrew.

 

Truants 5 (Alain Leger 1½, Sascha Roschy 3½, Knut Radmer 0)

Chieftains 5 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jacob Munro 1, Jim Tawse 2)

Sascha Roschy starred in Truants draw with Chieftains after he won the four matches he played in for the loss of just one game to Jim Tawse, who won his other two matches. Fiona Kinloch also won two singles matches for Chieftains but Jim’s 11-9 final game victory over Alain Leger was the closest match of the fixture and Alain did not secure the draw for Truants until he defeated Jacob Munro 3-1 in the final match.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 6 (Daniel Russell (reserve) 2, Carol McLean 3½, Eric Brown 1½)

Kingsway 4 (Willie Cooper 1, Stephen Caird 3, Alan Carrie 0)

Sputniks edged to victory against Kingsway and two final game wins for Daniel Russell against Willie Cooper and Alan Carrie were crucial. Carol McLean also got two victories for Sputniks, but both were secured with 3-0 results. Stephen Caird won his three singles for Kingsway, and a fourth point looked on in the doubles match when he partnered Willie to go 2-0 ahead. However, a spirited fight back from Carol and Eric Brown won the match for Sputniks 3-2. Willie got a bit of revenge on Eric when he came from 2-1 down to win 3-2 in their singles contest.

 

Telsports 2 (David Axton 1, Robert Fotheringham 1, Sandy Elrick 0)

Tass 8 (Stewart Clark 3, Stuart Farquharson 3½, Jim Wotherspoon 1½)

Tass won the Telecoms derby against Telsports with Stewart Clark and Stuart Farquharson in great form wining all their matches for the loss of just one game, Stuart to Sandy Elrick. The highlight for Telsports was rookie Robert Fotheringham winning 13-11 in the fifth game against Jim Wotherspoon for his first victory in the league.

 

Lairds 7 (Ryan Connor 2½, Ewan MacDonald 3½, Bill Beattie 1)

Prospects 3 (Sandy Pearson 2, Neil Lea 0, Ian Brumwell 1)

Lairds excellent win over Prospects was secured by a fine hat-trick from captain Ewan MacDonald. Also for Lairds, Ryan Connor won two singles and he partnered Ewan to win the doubles match against Sandy Pearson and Ian Brumwell. Sandy starred for Prospects with two victories, but Ian was involved in the only two five-game matches; defeating Bill Beattie in one from 2-0 down and losing to Ryan in the other after being ahead.

 

Duffers 5 (William Liddle 0, Richard McLaren 2, Andy Reid 3)

Princes 5 (Derek Johnston 2½, Eddie Dougan 1, Stewart Mason 1½)

The league leaders Duffers had to settle for a draw despite a fine hat-trick by Andy Reid backed-up by a Rich McLaren double. Princes top points scorer was Derek Johnston with two singles wins and a doubles win with Stewart Mason versus Andy and Rich. The only match to reach the fifth game was Derek’s win over Rich.

 

Buccaneers 5 (Gregor O'Neill 2, David Clark 3, Dale McLeish 0)

Squires 5 (Steve Wilson 1½, Tanya Kapelyukh 2½, Winie Stein 1)

Buccaneers came agonisingly close to their first league victory after being 4-1 and 5-3 ahead of Squires in a fixture that had seven matches ending in the fifth game. Squires refused to give up though and two fifth game wins in matches nine and ten for Steve Wilson and Tanya Kapelyukh, both after being 2-1 down, secured the overall draw. David Clark was the top home player winning his three singles games and Gregor O’Neil had three five-game matches, winning two and losing one to Tanya in the final match after he had been 2-1 up.

 

Excelsior Cup Round 1

Rockets 5 (Gary Lowson 1, Mark Lundberg 2, Pete Yearworth 2)

Thumpers 1 (Tony O’Shea 0, Jordan Ednie 1, Ian Hunter 0)

Two 3-0 wins for Pete Yearworth helped Rockets to victory over Thumpers. Mark Lundberg also won two for Rockets, but had to win the final game against Jordan Ednie to achieve this. Jordan had a fine 3-1 win over Gary Lowson for the Thumpers consolation point.

 

Secondary Shield Round 1

Brechin 7 (John Anderson 3, Aaron Robertson (reserve) 3, Bill Balfour 1)

Buccaneers 2 (David Clark 1, Gregor O'Neill 1, Murray Johnstone 0)

Brechin comfortably progressed against their club-mates, but not without a scare or two. John Anderson won his three 3-0, but Aaron Robertson won 3-2 versus Gregor O’Neil and beat David Clark 14-12 and 15-13 in games two and three of his win. Bill Balfour was involved in two matches that went to the final game, beating Murray Johnstone after being 2-0 down; then losing to Gregor O’Neil after coming back from 2-0 down. Bill conceded his final match with the tie already won due to illness.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Missiles 0 (David Hunter 0, Moira Brown 0, Lee Nixon 0)

Villa 9 (Ian McLagan 3, Carol McLean (reserve) 3, Sandy Bertie 3)

Villa won this Forthill derby against Missiles for the loss of just one game although Missiles kept battling right to the end.

 

 

Week 4 - commencing 02 October 2017

After a rearranged division one fixture against Defenders, Up4it moved back to the top after a strong performance. However, both Knights and Star can move back above Up4it if they win their fixture in hand.

A single Chairmans Challenge tie was played and it was Prefects who comfortably triumphed against Thumpers to move to the second round.

In the secondary Shield, all four second division sides progressed to the second round, but not without a few scares along the way.

There were two Stanley Doubles ties played, and the two first division teams, Star and Prefects, both progressed without losing a match to Squires and Chieftains respectively.

 

Division 1

Up4it 10 (Paul Monteith 3½, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 3)

Defenders 0 (Ken Head 0, Arthur Pritchard 0, Richard Tough 0)

Up4it were in ruthless form against Defenders as they moved to the top of the division. Gillian Edwards was untouchable winning all twelve games she played on the night. Defenders Ken Head, Arthur Pritchard and Richard Tough all managed a single game win in their defeats to Paul Monteith and Ryan Docherty.

 

Chairmans Challenge Trophy Round 1

Thumpers 0 (Ian Hunter 0, David Sim 0, Jordan Ednie 0)

Prefects 4 (Clyde Johnson (reserve) 1½, Justin Yang 1, Michael Hahn 1½)

Prefects went ahead when Clyde Johnston beat Ian Hunter 3-0. In match two it seemed that David Sim was about to level for Thumpers when he went 2-0 up. However, a great 4-11, 11-13 and 10-12 comeback sealed the match for Justin Yang. Jordan Ednie got off to a great start by winning the opening game against Michael Hahn, but three straight game wins for Michael made it 3-0 to Prefects. Michael and Clyde then sealed the tie with a 3-0 win in their doubles match against Ian and Jordan.

 

Secondary Shield Round 1

Sputniks 2 (Jim Hodson (reserve) 0, Carol McLean 2, Eric Brown 0)

Rollercoasters 7 (Dave Lane 2, Paul Jackson 2, Tony Cook 3)

Sputniks performed a bit better than the final score-line against Rollercoasters suggests. Carol McLean performed best for Sputniks, defeating Paul Jackson 3-2 and Dave Lane 3-1, although she lost 3-1 to Tony Cook. Eric Brown was unlucky to lose 14-12 in the final game to Dave after he was 2-1 up and he lost 3-1 to Paul. Reserve Jim Hodson was playing his first competitive match for several years and he battled away without any reward.

 

Princes 3 (Stewart Mason 1, Derek Johnston 1, Eddie Dougan 1)

New Kids 6 (Howard Lee 2, Kong Wan 1, Ian Smith 3)

Princes shocked their second division opponents New Kids, when they went into a 2-0 lead. Firstly, Stewart Mason defeated Howard Lee 3-1 and then Derek Johnston had an excellent 3-0 win over Kong Wan. A 3-0 win for Ian Smith over Eddie Dougan steadied the ship and New Kids then comfortably won the next two matches to go 3-2 ahead. However, a great 3-2 comeback win for Eddie against Kong put Princes back in the tie. New Kids upped their game and then proceeded to win the final three matches, and consequently the tie, for the loss of just one more game.

 

Chieftains 5 (Fiona Kinloch 2, Jim Tawse 2, Jacob Munro 1)

Tass 1 (Jim Wotherspoon 0, Stewart Clark 0, Stuart Farquharson 1)

Tass won games in five of the six matches played against Chieftains. Stuart Farquharson got the sole Tass point with a fine 3-0 victory over Jacob Munro, but he also lost 3-0 to Jim Tawse. Jim Wotherspoon lost 3-2 to Jacob and 3-1 to Fiona Kinloch and Stewart Clark lost 3-1 to both Jim Tawse and Fiona to complete the scoring.

 

Missiles 0 (David Hunter 0, Daniel Russell 0, Lee Nixon 0)

Comets 6 (Fraser Smith 2, Glenn Christie 2, Jill Milne 2)

Overall Comets were too strong for Missiles. However, Daniel Russell was unlucky to not win a match as he lost 3-2 after being up 2-1 to both Glen Christie and Fraser Smith. David Hunter also won a couple of games before losing 3-1 to both Jill Milne and Fraser.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Prefects 5 (Michael Hahn 2, Clyde Johnson (reserve) 1½, Howard Lee (reserve) 1½)

Chieftains 0 (Fiona Kinloch 0, Jacob Munro 0, Jim Tawse 0)

Prefects comfortably progressed after losing just one game in the five matches played.

 

Star 6 (Iain Martin 2, Andy Ferguson 2, Calum Ross 2)

Squires 0 (Steve Wilson 0, Winnie Stein 0, Tanya Kapelyukh 0)

Squires managed a couple of excellent game wins, but otherwise this was a straightforward victory for Star.

 

 

Week 3 - commencing 25 September 2017

In division one Knights moved back to the top after a strong win over Prefects. Star are now second, despite having a free week and Up4it moved up to third after a narrow win over fourth placed Aces . Missiles moved up to fifth after they defeated Defenders.

Viscounts are the new division two leaders after they had a good win at Comets. However, both Brechin and Villa had very impressive wins over the previous joint league leaders, Chieftains and Tigers respectively, and they both will move above Viscounts if they win their fixture in-hand. Truants beat Swots and Lundin narrowly defeated Rollercoasters to remain in mid-table.

Duffers are still the leaders in division three after they defeated Buccaneers and Prospects are just behind them after their third win in a row. Princes got their league season off to a winning start against Sputniks who remain in third place despite losing. Missiles are up to fourth after they drew with Lairds.

 

Division 1

Thumpers 9 (Tony O'Shea 2½, Jordan Ednie 3½, David Sim 3)

Defenders 1 (Ken Head 1, Arthur Pritchard 0, Richard Tough 0)

Defenders got off to a good start when Ken Head defeated Tony O’Shea 3-1. However thereafter Thumpers won all the other matches. Jordan Ednie won two of them in five games beating Arthur Pritchard and Ken Head. David Sim won all of his matches without dropping a game and Tony beat Richard Tough 3-1. Unfortunately for Defenders Arthur had to concede his final match to Tony due to illness.

 

Up4it 6 (Paul Monteith 1, Gillian Edwards 3½, Ryan Docherty 1½)

Aces 4 (Grant Williams 1, Matthew Craig 1, Jason Fleming 2)

Gillian Edwards won all of her matches 3-1 in Up4it’s narrow victory over Aces. Grant Williams came closest to defeating her, losing 15-13 in the fourth game. Jason Fleming won his other two matches for Aces, beating Ryan Docherty 3-2 and then Paul Monteith 3-1, including two 12-10 game wins. Paul’s 13-11 final game victory early-on over Grant ended  up being crucial to getting Up4it the overall victory as Grant and Matthew Craig won the last two matches of the night.

 

Knights 8 (Stuart Halliday 2½, Callum Riddoch 2, Robert Toth 3½)

Prefects 2 (Justin Yang 0, Michael Hahn 2, Clyde Johnson (reserve) 0)

The Knights players defeated Prefects Justin Yang and Clyde Johnson for the loss of just two sets to Clyde, but Michael Hahn was a different proposition. Michael beat Callum Riddoch 3-1 after being behind and he also defeated Stuart Halliday in the final game after being 2-1 down. Michael’s match against the district number one, Robert Toth, was an epic encounter. With the match evenly balanced at one game all, Robert won the next two games 16-14 and 14-12 to take the match but Michael have several game points before he lost.

 

Division 2

Comets 3 (Glenn Christie 1, Fraser Smith 2, Dougal Ogilvie 0)

Viscounts 7 (Filip Jovanovic 2½, Andy Hughes 3, Andrew Nimmo 1½)

The Comets versus Viscounts fixture was very competitive with half of the matches played reaching the final game and only two ending 3-0. Viscounts Filip Jovanovic had two very close matches, defeating Dougal Ogilvie and losing to Fraser Smith both 12-10 in the final game. Similarly, Comets Glenn Christie beat Andrew Nimmo and lost to Andy Hughes both 11-7 in the final game. The doubles match also went to the fifth game with Filip and Andrew eventually triumphing over Fraser and Dougal.

 

Villa 7 (Ian McLagan 1½, David Hay 3½, Sandy Bertie 2)

Tigers 3 (Kenny McLaren 1, Logie Anderson 1, Scott Thomson 1)

Another very impressive performance by David Hay helped Villa to a great win over Tigers. David beat both Logie Anderson and Scott Thomson 3-1 after losing the first set and in the match against Scott he held his nerve to win the third and fourth games 17-15 and 12-10. David also teamed up with Ian McLagan to triumph 3-1 in the doubles match against Logie and Kenny McLaren. Tigers won the final two matches to improve the final score line, with first Kenny beating Sandy Bertie and finally Logie defeated Ian 12-10 in the fifth game of their match to end the night.

 

Rollercoasters 4 (Paul Jackson 0, Joe Bell 2, Dave Lane 2)

Lundin Lasers 6 (Arthur Duncan 2½, Nat Forno 1, Ron Filsell 2½).

Arthur Duncan and Ron Filsell got two singles wins and combined to win the doubles match in Lundin’s narrow win at Rollercoasters. For Rollercoasters, Joe Bell and Dave Lane both won two games. Rollercoasters’ Paul Jackson was the unluckiest player of the night losing 11-9 in the final game twice to Ron Filsell and then Nat Forno. Dave’s victory over Nat was the only 3-0 score in a very competitive fixture.

 

Chieftains 2 (Fiona Kinloch 1, Jacob Munro 1, Jim Tawse 0)

Brechin 8 (Derek Mitchell 3½, John Anderson 3½, Aaron Robertson 1)

Another great victory for Brechin at Chieftains puts them just off top spot with a fixture in hand. Derek Mitchell won all of his matches for the loss of just one game, 14-12 to Jim Tawse.  John Anderson also won all of his matches, but Jacob Munro took him all the way in the final game before John won it 11-9. Jacob was involved in the only other match to reach the fifth game, but this time he defeated Aaron Robertson 11-6 to win their match. Ominously for the division Derek and John comfortably won the doubles match against Jim Tawse and Fiona Kinloch who generally are one of the best pairings.

 

Truants 7 (Knut Radmer 0, Graham Wood 3½, Alain Leger 3½)

Swots 3 (Collin Bleak 1, David Beveridge 1, Emma Bissett 1)

Graham Wood and Alain Leger starred for Truants in their victory over Swots, as they both won all the matches they played. Their doubles match against Dave Beveridge and Emma Bissett was won 11-9 in the final game. However, the closest singles match of the night was between Alain and Emma. At 2-0 Emma was in control, but 11-7, 13-11 and 11-9 game wins turned the match on its head for Alain. Knut Radmer narrowly lost to all three Swots, 3-2 to Emma, after being 2-1 up, was the closest.

 

Division 3

Prospects 7 (Sandy Pearson 3, Fabio Sani 3, Emily Howat 1)

Squires 3 (Derek (reserve) 1, Steve Wilson 1½, Winnie Stein ½)

This was another good win for league leaders Prospects where Sandy Pearson and Fabio Sani both won three singles matches for the loss of just two sets each. The closest match of the fixture was Emily Howat’s 3-2 victory over Winnie Stein. In the doubles match Sandy and Fabio slipped up as they lost 3-1 to Winnie and partner Steve Wilson.

 

Missiles 5 (David Hunter 2, Daniel Russell 3, Lee Nixon 0)

Lairds 5 (Ewan MacDonald 1½, William Beattie 2, Ryan Connor 1½)

Missiles and Lairds fought out a draw, but losing all three matches that went to the fifth game did not help the Lairds cause. Daniel Russell beat Bill Beattie after being 2-1 down and then Daniel bettered that comeback when he defeated Ryan Connor after being 2-0 down. Ryan also lost 3-2 to David Hunter in another close match. Ryan gained a bit of revenge, when he teamed up with Ewan MacDonald to comfortably beat Daniel and David in the doubles match. After being behind for the whole fixture, Lairds achieved the draw thanks to Bill’s great 3-0 win over David in the final match.

 

Princes 6 (Stewart Mason 2½, Derek Johnston 2, Eddie Dougan 1½)

Sputniks 4 (Jim Fleming 1, Ian Roberts (reserve) 0, Carol McLean 3,)

Princes got the overall victory but Sputniks Carol McLean was the star player, winning her three singles matches 3-0. Stewart Mason, Derek Johnston and Eddie Dougan won all the other points apart from Jim Fleming’s 3-0 victory over Eddie. The doubles match was the closest of the fixture, with Stuart and Eddie winning 12-10, 13-11 and 13-11 after Carol and Ian Roberts had won the first game 11-6.

 

Duffers 8 (William Liddle 1, Andy Reid 3½, Richard McLaren 3½)

Buccaneers 2 (Gregor O'Neill 1, David Clark 1, Murray Johnstone 0)

League leaders Duffers won comfortably against Buccaneers despite an early ankle injury to captain Rich McLaren. Rich played on and won all of his singles matches, and a later visit to A & E was also favourable for him! Andy Reid was the top points scorer for Duffers, winning his three singles 3-0 and teaming up with Billy Liddle to win the doubles match 3-1 versus Gregor O'Neill and David Clark. However, Gregor and David both managed to get the better of Billy winning 3-1 and 3-0 respectively for Buccaneers only wins, although Gregor nearly managed to beat the hobbling Rich, before losing 3-2.

 

 

Week 2 - commencing 18 September 2017

With previous leaders Knights not playing, Star moved to the top of division one with their second 8-2 victory in a row, this week at home to Thumpers. Prefects moved up to second place after a comfortable win over St Andrews University newcomers Saints. Defenders defeated Telstars for their first win of the season and last seasons’ runners-up, Up4it, got their campaign off to a good start when they beat Rockets 7-3.

In division two, the leaders Brechin were not playing and they were overtaken at the top jointly by Chieftains, who won 7-3 down at Lundin and Tigers who had a big win over club mates Rollercoasters. Villa started with a narrow win at Viscounts and the St Andrews’ derby between Swots and New Kids ended in a draw.

With Kingsway not playing, Duffers are the new leaders in division three despite narrowly losing to Forthill club mates Sputniks who are one point behind in joint second place with Prospects who had a good win up in Brechin against Buccaneers. Tass drew with Lairds and are now fourth and finally Squires and Missiles also drew and both teams are now in mid-table.

 

Division 1

Rockets 3 (Pete Yearworth 2, Jim Dyson 0, Peter Dixon 1)

Up4it 7 (Paul Monteith 1, Ryan Docherty 2½, Gillian Edwards 3½)

Rockets got off to a great start when Pete Yearworth beat Paul Monteith 3-1. However, Up4it replied in style winning seven matches in a row, although Jim Dyson was unlucky to lose 12-10 to Paul in the final game and in the doubles match Pete Yearworth and Peter Dixon lost 3-2 to Gillian Edwards and Ryan Docherty after being 2-0 up. In the final two matches Rockets got a couple of good final-game wins with Peter and Pete defeating Paul and Ryan respectively. Gillian was the top player winning all the matches she played.

 

Prefects 10 (Michael Hahn 3, Clyde Johnson (reserve) 3½, Justin Yang 3½)

Saints 0 (Chan Tsz Huen 0, Olivia Dovernor 0, Andi Afezolli 0)

This was a tough introduction to division one for the St Andrews student newcomers with Prefects winning all ten matches 3-0.

 

Defenders 7 (Ken Head 2, Arthur Pritchard 2½, Richard Tough 2½)

Telstars 3 (David Monteith 1, Ian Farquhar 2, Stewart Clark (reserve) 0)

Telstars got off to a great start with first David Monteith beating Ken Head 3-2 after being 2-0 down and then Ian Farquhar defeating Arthur Pritchard 3-1, also coming from behind. Defenders then fought back to win three in a row, with both Richard Tough and Ken Head defeating Stewart Clark 3-0 and Arthur beating David 3-2. Ian then beat Richard 3-0 to level, but Defenders then won the next four matches to complete the scoring, with David coming closest to another point for Telstars when he lost to Richard 3-2 after being 2-1 ahead.

 

Star 8 (Calum Ross 3½, John Hannah 3½, Andy Ferguson 1)

Thumpers 2 (Tony O'Shea 0, David Sim 1, Ian Hunter 1)

Calum Ross and John Hannah dominated for Stars, winning all of their matches for the loss of just one game, Calum to David Sim. Star’s Andy Ferguson had three very close matches: firstly he lost to Ian Hunter 13-11 in the fourth (after a 15-13 first game defeat); then he lost to David Sim 3-1 and finally he defeated Tony O’Shea 14-12 in the final game.

 

Division 2

Lundin Lasers 3 (Arthur Duncan 2, Nat Forno 0, Roman Nydza 1)

Chieftains 7 (Fiona Kinloch 2½, Jacob Munro 1, Jim Tawse 3½)

A great win for Chieftains down in Lundin Links, although winning all four five-game matches played very much aided their cause. Jim Tawse was the best performer for Chieftains, firstly he beat Roman Nydza 3-2 after being 2-1 down; then he defeated the Lundin top player, Arthur Duncan, a very good 3-0 and finally Jim beat Nat Forno 12-10 in the final game after Nat had come back from 2-0 down. Jim also partnered Fiona Kinloch to win the doubles 3-2 after Nat and Roman had comfortably won the first two games. Jacob Munro got his first win in division two for Chieftains when he beat Nat 3-2.

 

Tigers 9 (Logie Anderson 2½, Kenny McLaren 3½, Scott Thomson 3)

Rollercoasters 1 (Joe Bell 0, Tony Cook 0, Paul Jackson 1)

The Hecklers derby ended in a big win for Tigers against Rollercoasters. Kenny McLaren won all of his matches, including the doubles match partnering Logie Anderson, for the loss of just one set to Paul Jackson. Scott Thomson only dropped single games to Paul and Tony Cook to move top of the Division two rankings. The closest match of the fixture was Logie’s 3-2 victory over Joe Bell in the opening match and Paul got Rollercoasters sole point with a 3-1 win over Logie.

 

Swots 5 (David Beveridge 1, Collin Bleak 2½, Emma Bissett 1½)

New Kids 5 (Howard Lee 2, Kong Wan 0, Ian Smith 3)

The first three matches all went to the final game, with initially New Kids Howard Lee beating Dave Beveridge, secondly, Collin Bleak equalised for Swots when he defeated Kong Wan and finally Ian Smith beat Emma Bissett from 2-1 down to put New Kids back in front. Thereafter, all the matches bar Howards’ 3-1 win over Emma were won 3-0. The closest match was the doubles, where Collin and Emma beat Howard and Ian 12-10, 17-15 and 11-7 which ultimately got Swots the overall draw.

 

Viscounts 4 (Andy Hughes 2, Andrew Nimmo ½, Filip Jovanovic 1½)

Villa 6 (Sandy Bertie 2, Ian McLagan 1, David Hay 3)

A very impressive trio of 3-2 victories for David Hay added to by two strong 3-0 wins by Sandy Bertie and a single from Ian McLagan ensured the win for Villa over Viscounts. Showing strong mental toughness, David saved match points against both Filip Jovanovic and Andy Hughes before triumphing in a great second division debut for the Forthill teenager. Filip and Andrew Nimmo gained a little bit of revenge over David when they teamed up to beat him and partner Ian 3-2 in the doubles match. Sandy, also on his division two debut, nearly matched David’s hat-trick but lost to Andy 3-2.

 

Division 3

Sputniks 6 (Jim Fleming 1, Carol McLean 3½, Eric Brown 1½)

Duffers 4 (Andy Reid 2, Richard McLaren 2, William Liddle 0)

Sputinks defeated the League leaders after a fine hat-trick by Carol McLean, backed up by single wins by Jim Fleming and Eric Brown. Andy Reid and Rich McLaren got a couple of wins each for Duffers, although it took a great 11-9 final game victory against Eric, after he was losing 6-2, to win one of them. The doubles match was crucial and Carol and Eric secured the overall victory for Sputniks when they defeated Andy and Rich 3-2.

 

Lairds 5 (Deklyn McKenzie 1, William Beattie 3, Ryan Conner 1)

Tass 5 (Jim Wotherspoon 2½, Sandy Elrick (reserve) 0, Stewart Clark 2½)

An excellent trio of singles wins by Bill Beattie helped Lairds get the overall draw versus Tass. The fixture was close throughout, but Tass were never behind. Two wins each by Stewart Clark and Jim Wotherspoon plus a doubles a doubles victory by the same pairing over Bill and Deklyn McKenzie got Tass’s points. Deklyn got his first victory of the season against Sandy Elrick to achieve the draw for Lairds. Ryan Connor nearly got Lairds the victory, but he lost 3-2 to Jim after he had been 2-1 up.

 

Squires 5 (Tanya Kapelyukh 2½, Steve Wilson 1½, Eddie Dougan (reserve) 1)

Missiles 5 (Daniel Russell 3, Lee Nixon 0, David Hunter 2)

Squires fought back from 3-1 down to earn a draw against Missiles. For Missiles, Daniel Russell starred with three wins and David Hunter got two. Best for Squires was Tanya Kapelyukh with two wins and Steve Wilson and Eddie Dougan got a victory each. Both Steve and Eddie nearly got a second win, but Steve lost 3-2 to David after being 2-1 up and Eddie lost to Daniel after being 2-0 up. Daniel saved three match points in the fourth game and came back from 7-2 down in the final game to spoil Eddie’s night. On the other hand Missiles pairing of Daniel and Lee Nixon could have claimed the win for Missiles in the doubles match against Steve and Tanya, but they too lost after being 2-1 up.

 

Buccaneers 3 (David Clark 1, Gregor O'Neill 1, Dale McLeish 1)

Prospects 7 (Dave Goddard 3½, Emily Howat 0, Sandy Pearson 3½)

Prospects won against Buccaneers thanks to unbeaten performances by Dave Goddard and Sandy Pearson, including a doubles win as a pairing against David Clark and Gregor O’Neil. Dave never dropped a set, but Sandy lost one set to Dale McLeish and in the closest match of the night he beat Gregor 14-12 in the final game after being 2-1 down. Emily Howat nearly got Prospects another point but she lost 3-2 to Dale after being 2-1 ahead.

 

Stanley Doubles Round 1

Comets 8 Lairds 1

Lairds only had two players so had to concede the tie. The teams played out three matches and Lairds managed to win one of them.

 

 

Week 1 - commencing 11 September 2017

The new season started with some strong performances by some of the potential title winners. In division one, last season’s champions, Knights, began with a perfect result over a very experienced Rockets side and the 2016 champions, Star, started with a good 8-2 win away to last season’s division two champions, Telstars. Aces also had a good away win in St Andrews against Prefects.

In division two, Brechin began very strongly with an away win against Swots as they continue the form that made them unbeatable in division three last season. They were joined, perhaps rather surprisingly, at the top of the division by Viscounts who equalled the Brechin result away to a very experienced Rollercoasters side. All three of the other fixtures played were close and could have gone either way.

Last season Kingsway were demoted from division two by a single point and their division three season started perfectly against a Lairds side that had two league debutants. Duffers join Kingsway at the top after their fixture against Telsports was conceded due to the visitors not being able to field a team. Tass will also be looking to get back up to division two after a couple of years down and they too started well with a good win over a strong looking Squires side. Prospects narrowly won away to Missiles and league newcomers, Buccaneers, got some points on the board but lost to Sputniks.

 

Division 1

Knights 10 (Stuart Halliday 3½, Robert Toth 3½, Callum Riddoch 3)

Rockets 0 (Pete Yearworth 0, Peter Dixon 0, Gary Lowson 0)

Knights stormed ahead with fifteen straight games from the off. However, Rockets were unlucky not to pick up a point or two thereafter as Pete Yearworth was 2-0 up on Callum Riddoch and then Peter Dixon was 2-1 up on Stuart Halliday before they both lost 3-2.

 

Prefects 3 (Michael Hahn 3, Justin Yang 0, Bonifac Legrady 0)

Aces 7 (Matthew Craig 2½, Jim Dyson (reserve) 2, Jason Fleming 2½)

Michael Hahn was the star player as he won all his singles matches, although he had to come from behind to defeat Jason Fleming 13-11 in the fourth. Newcomers Justin Yang and Bonifac Legrady had tough league debuts, but it is likely that they will play against only a few teams that are better than Aces this year.

 

Telstars 2 (Ian Farquhar 1, Stewart Clark (reserve) 0, David Monteith 1)

Star 8 (Calum Ross 3½, Andy Ferguson 1, John Hannah 3½)

Ian Farquhar, playing back in division one after a couple of years away, nearly got the home side off to the perfect start, but eventually he lost in the final game to Calum Ross after being 2-0 up. Ian also took a game off of John Hannah, who was otherwise unstoppable and in the final match of the night Ian defeated Andy Ferguson 3-2 after being 2-1 down. Andy also lost to David Monteith, but this time it was in four games to give Telstars their opening point of the season.

 

Division 2

Comets 4 (Dougal Ogilvie 2, Fraser Smith 2, Jill Milne 0)

New Kids 6 (Howard Lee 2½, Kong Wan 1, Ian Smith 2½)

In the opening match, Dougal Ogilvie defeated Howard Lee 13-11 in the final game to put Comets in front and Fraser Smith doubled the lead when he beat Kong Wan. Next, Jill Milne almost made it 3-0, but she lost 16-14 in the final game to Ian Smith. The visitors then won the next four matches to lead 5-2, with Jill again unlucky to lose 3-2 to Kong after she had led 2-1. Comets luck turned in the next match when Fraser came back from 2-0 down to defeat Ian 3-2, but Howard secured the overall victory for New Kids when he beat Jill 3-1. Dougal had the final say though when he defeated Kong 3-1.

 

Swots 2 (Peter Bladen 0, Emma Bissett 1, Collin Bleak 1)

Brechin 8 (Derek Mitchell 3½, Aaron Robertson (reserve) 1, John Anderson 3½)

Brechin started in division two as they had finished last season in the third, with a big away win. Yet in the opening match Peter Bladen was 2-0 up on Derek Mitchell before Derek turned it around to win 3-2. Unfortunately for Peter, he had to retire at one-all against John Anderson and subsequently conceded his final match to Aaron Robertson. Derek and John comfortably won all their other matches, although both Emma Bisset and Collin Bleak took a game off of them and they also defeated the Brechin reserve, Aaron.

 

Truants 5 (Sascha Roschy 3½, Knut Radmer 1, Alain Leger ½)

Lundin Lasers 5 (Arthur Duncan 2, Nat Forno 1, Ron Filsell 2)

Sascha Roschy starred for the home team winning all of his matches, including the doubles, for the loss of just two games. Arthur Duncan and Ron Filsell both won a couple of matches for the visitors for the loss of just three games in total. Both of Nat Forno’s other two matches went to the final game, initially he lost to Knut Radmer, but against Alain Leger he came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 and get the Laser’s the overall draw.

 

Chieftains 6 (Fiona Kinloch 2½, Jim Tawse 2½, Jacob Munro 1)

Tigers 4 (Kenny McLaren 1, Scott Thomson 3)

The first match was the closest of the night with Fiona Kinloch and Kenny McLaren battling till the final game which Fiona won to give the home team a 4-0 lead due to Tigers being a player short. Thereafter Scott Thomson replied Tigers with three excellent wins for the loss of only two games. However, Jim Tawse defeated Kenny 3-0 to increase the Chieftains lead, but Kenny got one back, beating Jacob Munro 3-1. Fiona and Jim dominated the doubles match to take the final point.

 

Rollercoasters 2 (Joe Bell 1, Dave Lane ½, Tony Cook ½)

Viscounts 8 (Filip Jovanovic 3, Andy Hughes 3, Andrew Nimmo 2)

This was perhaps the surprise result of the week, but this was partly due to the home side losing the game nine times after 10-all was reached. Filip Jovanovic was in great form for Viscounts, winning three singles for the loss of just two games to Joe Bell, Andy Hughes won all his singles 3-1 and Andrew Nimmo, making his division two debut, won two matches and only lost to Joe in the final game, after Joe had saved match points in the fourth. In the doubles match Dave Lane and Tony Cook dominated Filip and Andrew to get Rollercoasters their second point.

 

Division 3

Buccaneers 3 (David Clark 1, Stewart Ferguson 1, Murray Johnstone 1)

Sputniks 7 (Jim Fleming 0, David Hunter (reserve) 3½, Carol McLean 3½)

League newcomers, Buccaneers, all won a singles match against an experienced Sputniks side. For Sputniks, David Hunter and Carol McLean won all of their singles matches and combined to win the doubles match in the final game against David Clark and Stewart Ferguson after they had been 2-1 down. Murray Johnstone won the closest match of the night in the final game against Jim Fleming, 10-12, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9 and 11-9.

 

Missiles 4 (David Hunter 1, Daniel Russell 2, Lee Nixon 1)

Prospects 6 (Sandy Pearson 2½, Dave Goddard 3½, Neil Lea 0)

A fine hat-trick by Dave Goddard, backed up by a Sandy Pearson double helped Prospects to get the win over Missiles. Daniel Russell picked up a couple of wins, including a great comeback victory over Sandy after he had been 2-0 down (12-10, 14-12 & 11-9). The doubles match was crucial in this fixture and it was Dave and Sandy who triumphed 3-2 against Daniel and David Hunter after they had been 2-1 down.

 

Tass 7 (Stewart Clark 2½, Jim Wotherspoon 1, Stuart Farquharson 3½)

Squires 3 (Steve Wilson 1, Tanya Kapelyukh 2, Winnie Stein 0)

Tass won all four matches that went to the final game to ensure victory over Squires. Best performer for Tass was Stuart Farquharson who initially lost his first two games against Winnie Stein, but he then recovered to win that match and to win his other two matches 3-0. Unluckily for Winnie she also lost in five games to Stewart Clark after being 2-1 up and Stewart also defeated Steve Wilson in the final game. Best for Squires was Tanya Kapelyukh who picked up two good wins, but in the doubles match partnering Steve, they could not convert a 2-1 lead into a victory as Stewart and Stuart recovered to win it 3-2.

 

Kingsway 10 (Stephen Caird 3½, Willie Cooper 3, Derek Thomson 3½)

Lairds 0 (Deklyn McKenzie 0, Ewan MacDonald 0, William Beattie 0)

Kingsway dominated throughout against a Lairds team containing two league rookies. For Lairds, Deklyn McKenzie took a game off of Stephen Caird and Ewan MacDonald won games against Willie Cooper and Stephen but the home side won all the other games. Derek Thomson won all of his matches 3-0, including the doubles match partnering Stephen.

 

Duffers 10 Telsports 0

This fixture was conceded by Telsports after they could not field a team.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Up4it v Defenders

Div 1

12/09/2017

Not Known

Thumpers v Kings

Div 1

14/09/2017

Not Known

Aces v Knights

Div 1

18/09/2017

Not Known

Telsports v Princes

Div 3

21/09/2017

Not Known

 

 

 

 

* Note:  please confirm the ‘New dates’ with the relevant team secretaries as these may change without the Match Secretary knowing.