Pate Trophy

The annual match between Midlothian Province and Borders Province took place on Saturday 23 January at Murrayfield.   Penicuik were one of seven teams representing Midlothian and were drawn to play Duns; Ken Hunter skipped with Dave Anderson, Roger Scott, and Iain Scott.

The game was played on a some what tricky sheet 2; Penicuik took a single in the first end, our Skip was just too heavy with last stone to make it a brace.  In the second end Penicuik lay with a shot on either side both reasonably hidden and Duns left a draw to the open centre just inches short of taking shot.  However Duns then came back to take a good two at the third end.  Penicuik then took a strong grip on the game with a four, a two and a single, to establish a 10 – 2 lead.  Duns took a two in the last end to make the final score 10 – 4 in favour of Penicuik.  Afterwards we enjoyed the opportunity to socialise with Paul and his team from Duns, a really nice bunch of guys who will no doubt give any Midlothian rink a hard time in the return fixture at Kelso next year.

Overall Midlothian won the match by 55 shots to 43; home advantage is often a big factor in these matches.