That win came in the Premier Division as the 1st Team of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow continued their recent good form by comfortably defeating Edinburgh International 2 by 9 games to 1 (for purposes of making that look like a fantastic win, we'll ignore the fact that our opponents only had two players and one of them was playing up from Division 1). The best part of the night was after Colin's last match when Greig told him that he could have an early night - no need to hang around for the last two singles and the doubles - he said his goodbyes and off he went, only to return what seemed like half an hour later to point out that Greig had actually driven him to the match - We're still wondering how long he'd looked for his car before realising he didn't have it!!! Two matches to go for Team 1.
In Division 1, we pointed out last week that the fat lady was warming up her vocal chords and unfortunately for Team 2 she started belting out her song on Wednesday night as Fife put James Wighton, Gary McDougal and Abby Wighton out of their misery. Gary was replaced on the night by Mr Scrabble Man, but even had Gary played it's doubtful the result would have been any different, as Team 2 fell to their second consecutive 10-0 whitewash defeat. In a season which had promised much, last year's Division 2 Champions have found the going just too tough and we all know that when the confidence goes and loss follows loss it's difficult to get things back on track. It's sadly back down to Division 2 for next season.
Team 3 have had no such worries this season after their promotion to Division 1. The difference has been Iain Johnstone - the three individual averages for Team 2 added together don't better Iain's 82%. He, Clive Liddaird and Brian Bailey, however, were outplayed last week at home by Division 1 leaders West Lothian 3. Only Iain got his name on the scoresheet as the home side fell to a 9-1 defeat. Despite that Team 3 sit comfortably in equal 5th in the Division with one match remaining.
In Division 3, Team 5 hosted Murrayfield 7 - in the reverse fixture in November, the home side had fallen to their heaviest defeat of the season, going down to a 9-1 loss. Gregory Leplatre, John Bald and Phil Daly were in better form and after 8 matches on the night the scores were level at 4-4. The last two matches saw Phil lose out to his opposite number before John just failed to secure a draw as he lost out in the final match. Although bitterly disappointed with their 6-4 loss, the result was a vast improvement on their first half performance.
Team 6 have had an excellent season in Division 4 but their challenge has faded in the last couple of weeks and with regular third player, Louis McLeod still out through injury, their match against top of the table Edinburgh University 4 always looked like being extremely difficult. Luke Hennessey performed well as he won two out of his 3 singles matches but with both Louis Myatt and Rachel Petrie winless on the night, the University side ran out comfortable 8-2 winners. A third place finish in the Division remains a possibility for our youngest team if they can win their two remaining fixtures. Oh what might have been.......
Finally in Week 25, Team 7 were much changed for their match against Edinburgh University 5 as they called on the services of two Team 8 players, Martyn Levy and Kathryn McKenzie to join Millie Bennett. In a tight match, Millie won 2 whilst both Martyn and Kathryn won 1 as the team fell to a narrow 6-4 defeat.
And so to player of the Week - jings not many to choose from this week!! Only two players were undefeated - Colin and Stuart - well we know Colin's not going to win it for the second time this season - has Gow ever won the award?? No remains the answer (he's to blame for me still feeling knackered after his stag do!). So this week's winner is Phil - OK it's a bit of a left field choice having won only one game in his Team's 6-4 defeat, but surely he's due something for all the dedication and training he's put in this season to improve his game - so what if it's not worked out as he'd hoped - and if that's not enough he's also the most avid reader of this piece of Pulitzer winning journalism and our Facebook Page posts - Well done Mr Phil Daly.
Only one week left of the regular season - can we possibly find any more controversial topics to discuss?? Just a quick one this week on playing conditions - although Team 1 were victorious and without wanting to offend any of our Edinburgh International friends, the portaloo, sorry we mean Portakabin, that they use doesn't quite fit in with the spectacularly impressive and modern High School that surrounds it!! This was Team 1's first experience of the premises (we've played in coal mines with higher ceilings) and whilst we appreciate that it's a temporary measure for our opponents, lets just say we hope temporary doesn't extend to another season!!