Penicuik suffered a respectable but comprehensive 9-4 defeat to a very strong Currie and Balerno team, led by former World Junior Champion Kerry Barr, in the latest fixture. The first, and hopefully last, loss of the season.
Without much room for error, Currie and Balerno were quick to punish any stray shots or seek openings in the game. Whilst this was our toughest test in the last two seasons, playing at this level is excellent experience for all of the team and lets us see where we can individually improve. Despite the late evening and facing a 6 shot deficit, we showed great spirit in fighting on for two shots in an eighth end (albeit via a slightly unconventional delivery of a dirty stone!). The PCC team continues to play competitively but with warm friendship – embodying the values of our club and enjoying the respect of all those we play. Of course, it’s even nicer to be on the victorious end of these historic friendly rivalries!
A cold and icy early Saturday morning saw curlers making their way to the Navaar Hotel to board a coach bound for Greenacres. A smooth trip across to the west bathed in the morning sun. On arrival, the much anticipated bacon rolls were quickly produced to fuel the throng ready for battle.
The morning session was completed on ice that was good, and slightly different to that of our home rink. The ice hall was filled with noise and raucous laughter as the teams competed to gain advantage. Then a welcome lunch interval with the opportunity for a refreshment or two. The afternoon session was restricted to 3 ends for each half game, with a refreshment break between. In the end it was team Ramsay that prevailed to take the day on +12 shots; Team Hunter was in second place on +9, and Team Anderson was in third place on +5; wooden spoons went to Team Dunbar. Congratulations to Jim, Liz, David, and Anne on their win. We received a great welcome from the staff at Greenacres, and our thanks go to them for helping to make the day.
Most of the participants and other members enjoyed supper together at the Navaar after our return to Penicuik. The Social-subcommittee deserve our thanks for the success of the occasion, dealing with all of the detailed arrangements, organising the raffle, and running a quiz on the return journey. Well done Jan, Barbara, Elaine, and John.
The semi-finals of the 2015-16 Knock-out Competition were played out last night (19 Nov). In the top half of the draw Team Ramsay eventually prevailed over Team Morris (7 – 4); whilst in the lower half of the draw Team Hope enjoyed a comfortable victory over Team Anderson.
The Final is scheduled for Monday 7 December at 7.30pm.
Penicuik met Helensburgh at Murrayfield, on Tuesday afternoon, to compete for a Royal Club District Medal. The format was a double rink game, decided on aggregate score. As usual, our President and Vice President were responsible for organising a rink each for the fixture.
The President’s rink was Dave Anderson (Skip), Jim Ramsay, Andrew Lambie, and Dave Carr; the Vice President’s rink was Ken Hunter (Skip), Ronnie Hope, Liz Anderson, and Christine Hope. The Helensburgh rinks were Adam Clark (Skip), Robert Cornwell, Bob Park and Ian McArthur, and J Laverty (Skip), C Howat, G Kerr, and D Morton.
Everyone was at the rink early so there was ample opportunity to meet and chat before the action commenced. The President’s team were quick out of the blocks and established a 6 – 0 lead after three ends. The Vice President’s team were slow to settle, and were 4 -1 down at this stage; a two and a steal of three in the next two ends took the VP’s team to a 6 – 4 lead whilst the President’s team had moved on to a handsome 10 – 1 lead. The President’s team ran out winners at 14 – 5, and the Vice President’s team hung on to win 8 – 7. Afterwards, the teams joined company in the bar to socialise, before the visitors began their journey home to Helensburgh.