Twelve members turned out on a cold and snowy night to contest the medal for the First Points competition on Thursday 11 December. The match was played out on sheets 6 & 7 which turned out to be a little trickier for some of the disciplines than on some occasions. As the competition moved to a conclusion, 5 players were in close contention, but 4 points with his last two stones at ‘Wick and Curl In’ ensured that Ken Hunter took the medal with a score of 32 points (6 disciplines). John Jacobs and Walter Brown were tied in second place on 28 points, followed by Dave Anderson and Keith Morris on 27 points. On his debut at Points, Ian Neil made a creditable 15 points. Well done to all of the members who turned out to test their skills.
At the half way point in the Kettle League, Team Lambie occupies the top slot on 14 points. Team Brown lies in second place on 12 points, with slightly more ends scored and a significant advantage when it comes to Shots Difference. Two teams are tied on 11 points; Team Dunbar taking third place in the league with superior Ends won and Shots Difference over Team Ramsay. Team Anderson is reasonably placed at fifth with 10 points, and the rest of the field need to do better to improve their standings.
The skips of the three highest teams in the Kettle League at the half way point, Andrew Lambie, Walter Brown, and Reg Dunbar, get the chance to lead the three Penicuik teams in the Midlothian Province Bonspiel in January (see Calendar).
Team Jacobs is top in the Thirds Quaich on 9 points, backed up with the higest Ends won and a significant Shots Difference advantage. After the most recent round of games, Team Hope moved up into second place on 6 points by their superior Ends won and Shots Difference over Team Hobbs. Team Carr recorded their first victory after a number of close matches, so well done to them.
Penicuik are playing in Division 3 of the Glenfarclas Province League in 2014-15, with a squad of players organised by Dave Anderson. Last night our team of Dave Anderson, Murray Hope, Dave Carr, and Iain Scott took on our rivals of old, Merchiston. Penicuik recorded a fine win by the margin of 7 shots to 1.
This result took Penicuik to the top of the table (by one end). In the two previous games a win was gained over 37 Club, but Penicuik went down to a defeat to Stewarts Melville (currently in second place).
The 2014-15 Knock-out competition was concluded on Monday 1 December with Team Hunter meeting Team Ramsay in the final. First blood went to Team Ramsay who defended two stones in and cutting the four foot circle. This was reduced to a single shot, and being denied the opportunity for a raised take out with the last stone Hunter opted for a difficult double through a port that would have yielded a big score. The target stone was struck but not on the inside, so no coconut. Team Ramsay applied pressure in the second end with most of the play but were not able to remove a lonely looking second shot by the opposition. Hunter was relieved when his final stone drew to the four foot for a single. The third end was perhaps the decisive end which feature quite a number of strikes. Ramsay was left facing three shots and was disappointed to see his last stone hit the target first shot but roll out without clearing the hit stone. Team Hunter consolidated by stealing a single at the fourth. Team Ramsay were under pressure in the fifth end but JIm delivered a fine out-turn draw to freeze on the first shot and take a single. Team Ramsay pressed the play in the sixth end on the right hand side of the house and were in a good position until Roger Scott put a in a draw to the four foot from the left. This stone was then defended for a single. Team Hunter went on to take another single in the seventh end and win the match by 7 shots to 2.
Congratulations to Ken, Roger, Iain, and Jan; commiserations to JIm, David, Pam, and Jean.