Early on a cold and frosty Saturday morning a group of 23 members assembled to board a coach bound for Kinross Curling Rink. On arrival we were presented with hot rolls and coffee/tea. Suitable refreshed, the morning session commenced and two 4-end games were completed. After a quick drink, a soup and sandwich lunch provided the sustenance required for the afternoon. The Ladies took the opportunity for a little retail therapy, whilst the Gentlemen partook of further refreshment. Onward to the afternoon session where two 3-end games were completed with a refreshment break between the games.
The Foundation Team on the day comprised Iain Scott, Liz Anderson, Pam Ramsay, and Aileen Beaton. The Winning team was John Jacobs, Robert Beaton, David Gillespie, and Jean Noble, who managed to win all four of their games and played well as a unit throughout the day.
Thanks go to the Social Sub-committee for organising the event, to Barbara and David Gillespie for their sponsorship, and to Stuart Carnegie for helping out in the afternoon session. Lastly we are grateful to Kinross Curling for their part in making this a great day out.
Photographs will be presented on the Social pages.
The semi-finals of the Knockout competition were played in the late shift on Thursday evening. Team Ramsay had a comfortable victory over Team Brown (12-2), and Team Anderson ran out as winners over Team Alexander (6-5).
So Team Ramsay will meet Team Anderson in the final on Monday 5 December (7.30pm).
Penicuik met Haddington in the first round of the Swan double rink knock-out competition on Thursday afternoon. The Penicuik rinks were Jim Ramsay, Ken Hunter, Liz Anderson, and Ronnie Hope; and Dave Anderson, Andrew Lambie, Jean Lennie, and John Glidden.
Both Penicuik rinks lost the opening end of their respective games and struggled thereafter to gain a foothold against opponents who were playing well. Both games concluded in 8-3 defeats. So it only remained to enjoy a refreshment with our opponents and to wish them well in the next round.
At around 11:30 Tom Alexander, Jim Cowper, Ronnie Hope and John Jacobs set off for Kelso to play against the Borders Province in the Pate Trophy. Heading up Lowries Den and onto the bypass comments from the back of the car came thick and fast. Where are ye goin Tom, this isnae how you get tae Kelso. We duly pressed on and after some slight confusion due to a broken road sign on the A697 we pulled into the car park at Kelso just after 12:30 where Jim Cowper sheepishly conceded perhaps this was the best way to get to Kelso after all.
We found we would be playing the Borders Province President’s select which would be skipped by the Vice President as the President was on holiday, and after some welcome nourishment we ambled on to the ice at 1:30. At the first end on very dour ice we miraculously took the end to be 1 up. As the ice keened up it became nip and tuck and after 7 ends the Borders were leading 7-6, but there were still a few seconds to the bell and an 8th end was played. Unfortunately this didn’t go well and we gave up 3 shots to end the game 6-10. As is always the case in these games it was played with friendly banter throughout. Overall after this first session Borders Province were leading Midlothian Province by 8 shots.
We then retired to the bar where the banter continued and the usual tales were flowing. As we prepared to leave around 5:00 it didn’t look too promising for Midlothian Province but there was still time to turn it around. After a very enjoyable, albeit unsuccessful day we finally rolled back into Penicuik around 6:00
Borders Province 66 Midlothian Province 54