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 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.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Aces v Knights

Div 1

18/09/2017

Not Known

Telstars v Rockets

Div 1

25/09/2017

Not Known

Princes v Missiles

Div 3

21/11/2017

06/02/2018

Star v Aces

Div 1

28/11/2017

Not Known

Tigers v Lundin Lasers

Div 2

29/11/2017

15/02/2018

Kingsway v Prospects

Div 3

04/12/2017

Not Known

Saints v Thumpers

Div 1

12/12/2017

06/02/2018

Lairds v Princes

Div 3

12/12/2017

Not Known

Viscounts v Rollercoasters

Div 2

19/12/2017

Not Known

Duffers v Rollercoasters

Handicap

11/01/2018

22/01/2018

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Aces v Knights

Div 1

18/09/2017

Not Known

Telstars v Rockets

Div 1

25/09/2017

Not Known

Princes v Missiles

Div 3

21/11/2017

Not Known

Star v Aces

Div 1

28/11/2017

Not Known

Tigers v Lundin Lasers

Div 2

29/11/2017

Not Known

Kingsway v Prospects

Div 3

04/12/2017

Not Known

Saints v Thumpers

Div 1

12/12/2017

06/02/2018

Lairds v Princes

Div 3

12/12/2017

Not Known

Viscounts v Rollercoasters

Div 2

19/12/2017

Not Known

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Aces v Knights

Div 1

18/09/2017

19/12/2017

Telstars v Rockets

Div 1

25/09/2017

Not Known

Missiles v Duffers

Div 3

13/11/2017

19/12/2017

Princes v Missiles

Div 3

21/11/2017

Not Known

Star v Aces

Div 1

28/11/2017

Not Known

Tigers v Lundin Lasers

Div 2

29/11/2017

Not Known

Kingsway v Prospects

Div 3

04/12/2017

Not Known

Saints v Thumpers

Div 1

12/12/2017

06/02/2018

Lairds v Princes

Div 3

12/12/2017

Not Known

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.

 

Postponements

Fixture

Div or cup

Original date

New date*

Aces v Knights

Div 1

18/09/2017

19/12/2017

Telstars v Rockets

Div 1

25/09/2017

Not Known

Missiles v Duffers

Div 3

13/11/2017

28/12/2017

Princes v Missiles

Div 3

21/11/2017

19/12/2017

Star v Aces

Div 1

28/11/2017

Not Known

Tigers v Lundin Lasers

Div 2

29/11/2017

Not Known

Kingsway v Prospects

Div 3

04/12/2017

Not Known

Saints v Thumpers

Div 1

12/12/2017

06/02/2018

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

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.