The sixth annual bonspiel to commorate the contribution of Hamish Tait to Chartered Surveyors, Merchiston, Penicuik, and Watsonian curling clubs was contested on Saturday 29th November. Each club fielded two rinks although Merchiston were augmented with two Penicuik players (Reg Dunbar & Iain Scott) and two of the Penicuik ‘Belles’ (Jean Lennie & Pam Ramsay) turned out to supplement the Surveyors. Penicuik ran out winners on an aggregate score of +19, followed by Merchiston on -2, Watsonian on -3, and Chartered Surveyors on -14. Penicuik was represented by Jim Ramsay, Keith Morris, Tom Alexander, and John Jacobs (+14); and by Walter Brown, Ken Hunter, Dave Carr, and Jim Cowper (+5).
Following the afternoon of sport, the participants ended an enjoyable occasion in a meal together in the club dining room at Murrayfield.
The 2014-15 Singles competition was played out on Thursday 27 November. The entry was limited to 12 players. In the top half of the draw there were wins for Walter Brown, Ronnie Hope, Ken Hunter, and David Ballantyne in the first round. In the bottom half of the draw there were wins for JIm Cowper and John Jacobs in the second round. In the other second round matches Ronnie beat Walter, and David beat Ken (draw to house). Into the semi-finals; Ronnie won through to the final after a very tight game with David; and Jim ran out of steam in the second semi to lose to John by a single shot. So Ronnie Hope and John Jacobs went back onto the ice to contest the final. By this stage the ice had changed and had become somewhat more difficult. Never-the-less John quickly seized the initiative with a three in the first end and despite some good play Ronnie was unable to turn the tide in his favour. Congratulations to John on winning the medal, and well done to all the participants for making it a good evening.
Penicuik (2) skipped by Dave Anderson with Andrew Lambie, Jim Ramsay and Reg Dunbar played their Rink Championship game against ‘Stray Dogs’ on Saturday 15th November. Penicuik matched the opposition in the first two ends but lost 4 shots in the 3rd end from which it was extremely difficult to recover. Penicuik won 4 ends in what was an enjoyable game but lost by 8 shots to 6.
Penicuik (1), skipped by Keith Morris, with John Glidden, Tom Griffin, and Alex Moir lost 9 shots to 1 against Oxenfoord on 1st November.