On Thursday evening (17 Dec), ten members turned out for the last fixture before the festive break. The event was played out in a grand atmosphere of mutual support with participants eager to learn from the shots played by colleagues and to garner any information that could be passed on. Time passed quickly as our ranks were marshalled by orders from Ronnie Hope, taking on a sergeant-major’s roll (his next booking is as Goldilocks! at the ECC Christmas Bonspiel).
Eight disciplines were completed, and the contest remained pretty even until the seven discipline (Raising). Ken Hunter took the medal with 44 points, Walter Brown was in second place (37 pts), and Dave Anderson and Ronnie Hope tied for third place (33 pts). There was a good standard of play overall which was reflected in a relatively high average score of 28.5 on the night. David Gillespie made his debut and set a good opening benchmark for the future.
Saturday 12 December 2015
This bonspiel competition is played in memory of Hamish Tait. Hamish, a Penicuik Curling Club member, was a remarkable man who had been involved with three other clubs, namely Chartered Surveyors, Merchiston, and Watsonian. Each club field two rinks which play single ends against each of the rinks from the three other clubs. Regretably this season Chartered Surveyors only had four players so their rinks were augmented by Jim Cowper and Ken Hunter, and by John Jacobs and Jim Ramsay. The Penicuik teams were Walter Brown, Jean Lennie, Tom Alexander and Vic Ramage, and Dave Carr, Reg Dunbar, Andrew Lambie, and Peter Occleston.
At the end of the afternoon’s play Chartered Surveyors emerged as winners, with Penicuik in second place, Watsonian in third place, and Merchiston last.
The final of our KO competition was played on Monday 7th December. It turned out to be a very close and exciting game. The teams were Jim Ramsay, Roger Scott, Kirsten Mauchline and Alister McDonald, against Ronnie Hope, John Jacobs, Barbara Gillespie and Margaret Dalgleish.
It was very nice to see some of our newer members playing in the final.
The standard of play was excellent, although both teams had problems with wide, out-turn shots going away from the bar.
Ascendency swapped from side to side, with good strikes and raises to win ends.
Ronnie went into the last end 2 shots up. His first shot (on the difficult out-turn) was slightly over swept and then he was slightly heavy when he tried an in-turn draw onto Jim’s back stone. He hit the stone but rolled away from it, leaving Jim with 3 shots and not having to play his last stone.
Well done to both teams for a great game and congratulations to the new champions, Jim and his team.
Final Score: Team Ramsay 7 Team Hope 6
In some respects the 2015-16 Singles may well be remembered more for the weather conditions on the day than the competition itself. Road conditions were extremely bad, resulting in some late arrivals. Modern communications allowed some adjustment of the proposed programme to keep the event on track. After it was all over, participants faced a difficult and tedious journey home.
As to the curling, your web master was amongst the late comers and missed the preliminary round altogether. Those progressing to the quarter finals were David Ballantyne, Walter Brown, Keith Morris, and Ronnie Hope. In that round Keith, Ken Hunter, and Dave Anderson ran out winners. The closest tie was between David Ballantyne and Walter Brown. David took a single followed by a two to lead by 3 shots. Walter played a fine strike with his last stone in the third end, removing two opposition stones to take a four and lead 4 shots to 3. In the final end David’s attempts to tap back or rest on Walter’s stones failed, and Walter took the tie. On to the semi-finals; Walter proved too strong and eliminated Keith, and Ken overcame Dave A.
As you might expect, the final was a fairly tight affair. Ken led in the first end, and ended with a counter at the back right hand side of the house guarded by a biting stone at the front of the house and a shorter stone. Walter could see a fair proportion of the house and took a single with a finely judged draw. After a number of draws and strikes, the second end resulted in a single for Ken after a final strike. Ken then managed to keep two stones in play for most of each of the next two ends, and Walter was only able remove one without staying in the house with his final stones. So 3 shots to 1 for Ken after four ends. In the fifth end Walter’s first stone drew past ken’s stone on the outside, so Ken tried to remove it but only managed a fresh air hit (technically a horrible attempt) . Walter went on to extract the maximum penalty for this miss and took a two. So game even at 3 shots all after five ends. In the final end Walter opted to play just short of the house on the right hand side; Ken replied with a deep draw to the other side. Walter played a second stone just short of the house but nearer the centre, and Ken played a strike on the out turn to remove it. Walter then drew around his short stone into the house for second shot, his stone only gaining marginal cover from his short stone. Ken drove but only removed the guard leaving Walter to attempt a take out on his counting shot. Walter’s final stone only just touched the counter and Ken took the tie by 4 shots to 3.