The Pate Trophy is contested annual between Midlothian Province and Borders Province.  This season the fixture was at Kelso on Saturday 17 January.  Penicuik were one of eight teams representing MIdlothian, and the team was;

Ken Hunter, Dave Anderson, Roger Scott, and Iain Scott

Fortunately despite a mixed weather forcast, conditions for our trip down to Kelso were good.  The ice at Kelso proved to be good, although a liitle heavy for the first end.  Drawn against Coldstream, our position at the culmination of the first end looked promising; we were lying 4 shots up with most the the approach to the head covered with short stones.  However, the opposing Skip played a great raise (nominated) to take shot.  Onwards, we were able to take a degree of control with a two in the second end and a further single in the third end.  After this we were able to maintain a lead, but poorer play saw us lose a two in the last end to finish up winning by 7 shots to 5.  MIdlothian ended the first session 4 shots down overall, and when we left were well down in the second session.

It was an enjoyable day, good curling played in the appropriate spirit, and an enjoyable opportunity to share a drink and chat with the curlers of Coldstream.