Last night saw the end of season playoffs for the divisional titles in the Province League. Penicuik, having topped the Division III league, played second placed team, Stewarts Melville. Your Web Master was given the opportunity to join the Penicuik ‘Young Guns’, substituting for team captain Dave Anderson. The ice was very keen for a 5.30pm start, and this led to a lot of play at the back of the house in the initial ends. Stewarts Melville took the early initiative with a two in the first end, followed by a steal of a single in the second end. A well controlled strike with his final stone by skip Murray Hope gave Penicuik a single at the third end. This proved to be the turning point in the game; Penicuik went on to take threes in both of the next two ends, and a two in the sixth end. The game was concluded when Penicuik took a four at the seventh end. Iain at lead, and John at second, both played well to set up each end and when necessary deal with threatening early shots by the opposition. Murray led the team well and restricted any opportunities for the opposition to regain a foothold in the game. Final score 13-3.
For my part it was a good opportunity to play with the guys and to see how they worked as a unit. They may face harder opposition in Division II next season, but they can build on the experience gained this season to do well.