Monthly Archives: February 2014

News Catchup (last few months)

Swan Trophy

Penicuik lost the opening tie in this double rink knockout competition to Athelstaneford. Dave Anderson’s rink of Jim Ramsay, Jean Lennie, and Jim Cowper lost by one shot, and Ken Hunter’s rink of Dave Carr, Keith Morris, and Tom Alexander peeled.

Knock-out Competition

Team Lambie and Team Ramsay beat their opponents in the semi-final games to contest the final. The final was reported to be a relatively close game with one high scoring end ultimately giving Team Lambie victory. Congratulations to Andrew, David Ballantyne, Iain Scott, and Ian Neil.

First Points Competition

The medal was won by Keith Morris.

Away Day

The Away Day at Braehead was enjoyed by a small but merry group of curlers. The games proved to be very close with Walter’s team of Iain Scott and Elaine Lambie playing very well to win the competition. The “booby” prize was won by Reg’s team of John Jacobs, Alex Moir and Vic Ramage.

The generous prizes were donated by Dave and Liz Anderson. The staff at Braehead gave us a warm welcome and after “one or two drinks” following the competition we returned from Braehead to the Navaar. We were joined by a number of partners and had a very enjoyable evening.

Margaret Carr

Singles Competition

After the early exits, Walter Brown played Ken Hunter in the first semi-final in a tight game which ended up all square, and which was decided on ‘drawing the house’. Walter played to the back of the four foot but Ken followed up with a shot to the four foot to take the tie. In the second semi-final Andrew Lambie beat Jim Ramsay. Andrew, who had played well weighted shots throughout the evening, went on to win the medal decisively.

Hamish Tait Trophy

Penicuik won this four-cornered bonspiel competition for the second season in a row. Walter Brown with Ken Hunter, Jean Lennie, and Linda McKay ended on +7, and Dave Anderson, Jim Ramsay, Jim Cowper, and Tom Alexander ended on +5, to give Penicuik an aggregate score of +12. The highest individual scoring rink on the night was Keith Anderson’s Merchiston rink on +8. Players from Penicuik, Chartered Surveyors, Merchiston, and Watsonian Club enjoyed supper together in the Murrayfield Dining Room afterwards.

District Medal

Penicuik played two rinks from Kelso CC for a Royal Club medal in Early December. The President’s rink contested a tight game against their opponents and ended up with a peel, but the Vice-presidents rink lost by 8 shots to 3 to Jimmy Green’s strong rink, so Kelso gained the medal. It was a friendly occasion with a number of the Kelso players well know through their participation in the Gathering for many years as ‘Kelso Reivers’

Team Points

Disappointingly only 6 players elected to play in this season’s Team Points, but despite that those who did play enjoyed a great evening of excellent competition. The final outcome of the evening with all disciplines being played was that the team of Iain Scott, John Jacobs and Dave Anderson beat Alex Moir, Murray Hope and Keith Morris by 90 points to 82, with the top scorers being Dave Anderson (42), John Jacobs (32) and Murray Hope (30). Well done to all who turned up including Walter who kept us right but regrettably was unable play because his hip was too painful

Dave Anderson

Merchiston Team Points Match

This annual match was played on Sunday 12th January with 8 players aside as usual. Amazingly the match was tied for the second year in a row; 143 points each (138 aside last year). The Penicuik players were Dave Anderson, Walter Brown, Ronnie Hope, Ken Hunter, John Jacobs, Keith Morris, Iain Scott and Roger Scott. Dave Anderson was the higest scorer on the night on 23 points) followed by John Jacobs (22 points), and Keith Morris tied with John Addinall of Merchiston on 21 points.

Second Points

The competition was as close as it could be with Walter and Pres. Jim peeled as they headed into the final discipline. Walter was on the hack first to Raise and finished up with a commendable 4 points from his last four stones. The pressure was on Jim, but he secured the 5 points to win with his last stone. Our congratulations to the Pres. and our commiserations to the Hon. Pres. Ken and Dave Anderson shared third place. We should also note how well our less experienced members, including Alex Moir and Iain Scott, faired in the competition; particularly when compared with two of our Past Presidents who shall remain nameless (J.C. and yours truly!!). For those of you who have not experienced a Points Competition, we would urge you to give it a try next season. The only person you have to beat is yourself, and it’s great fun.

As we approach the end of the season, competition for the Kettle and the Quaich is as close as it has been for many years, with only 2 points separating the top four rinks in the Kettle, and 2 points separating the top four rinks in the Quaich. With only two games to go, the Hunter rink has a narrow l point lead in the principle Club competition following a couple of poor results from the Brown boys and girls, but Ken also stumbled at his last outing against Reg. Are the nerves beginning to show? Could the Hunter – Brown penultimate match give the Lambie rink, the dark horses, the chance to sneak up at the post? Or will the Anderson rink overcome a rejuvenated McCall outfit tonight to stay in the running?

The Quaich is also up for grabs, although Jean is in pole position. Her final game against the Ballantyne rink will be crucial, but Dave is well behind in shots and ends, and a win for Jean over Martin Hobbs’ rink on 5th March might be enough to secure the title.

It’s all very exciting!