Our forces were marshaled for the annual campaign against our friends from Merchiston on Sunday evening (28 Jan). the troops making up our battalion were Craig Brown, Dave Carr, Reg Dunbar, Ken Hunter, John Jacobs, Alex Moir, Jim Ramsay, and Iain Scott.
After the smoke had cleared from the opening salvos (Striking), our artillerymen had failed to established their customary dominance. Worse was to come with the encounters on difficult terrain in trying to seize the initiative at Inwicking; our opponents had succeeded in establishing the forward area and a 6 point lead. Our men came back at them to recover some of the lost ground by gaining 4 points at the Draw, only to be thrust back by a counter attack at Guarding. Merchiston took the initiative at Chap & Lie, to increase their overall lead. A rally by the Penicuik men at Raising give some hope that the day could be saved, but alas it was not to be and our worthy opponents left the field of battle with a 121-114 victory.
The two teams joined together for a refreshment in the bar and to view the results of past encounters. The Merchiston President Avril Anderson was presented with the trophy and her team congratulated on their fine win.
Top scorers for Merchiston were John Addinall (22), David Cunningham (22), and Avril Anderson (19), the top scorers for Penicuik were Jim Ramsay (20), Ken Hunter (19), and John Jacobs (16).