Monthly Archives: October 2018

King George IV Trophy 2018-19

Penicuik played in the first round of this competition on Friday evening (26 Oct).  Our rink of Ken Hunter, Robert Beaton, Liz Anderson, and Ronnie Hope faced a ‘battle hardened’  Stewart Melville FP rink captained by Vicki Gumley.

Penicuik stole a single in the first end based on a super draw round front stones to the heart of the four foot by Robert.  Another steal in the second came after our opponents failed to counter a tap-back near the centre from Ken.  Stewart Mel responded in the third end with two early stones to the four foot which we were unable to successfully attack.  In the fourth end, our team countered each stone that the opposition put up and prior to the last two stones we lay with a stone on either side in the outer circle.  Ken drew to the back of the four-foot , Vicki attempted a freeze but ended up off the centre line but counting. Three quarters of her stone was visible from the hack, so Ken opted for a half weight strike; powerful sweeping from Liz and Ronnie  got the running stone just by a stone lying at the front of the house to give us a four.  Onto the fifth end, where we started with a stone in the four foot which Stewart Mel drew to covering the pot lid.  We froze on that, but our opponents managed to move it and get a second shot in and then played in a third stone that  just short of it.  We guarded to counter the risk of losing our back stone to no avail, Vicki played a perfect long raise on our guard to hit their third stone moving our counter enough to get a three.  We got the better of things at the sixth end, and when a strike by Vicki’ s last stone caught a front stone, Ken was able to draw for a fourth shot.  Everything looked OK in the last end but, probably a combination of poor decision making on our part and several excellent shots by our opponents, resulted in a loss of five shots.  The game being drawn at ten all, Penicuik progressed by virtue of winning more ends.

The second round game is at 6.00pm on Friday 30 November against Holyrood.

Hurley Conclusion

The winners and runners-up from the two sections met in the semi-finals on Monday evening (8 Oct).  In the first game Team Jacobs had a narrow win (6-5) over Team Hope to reach the final.  In the second game Hunter & Co (aka Team Lambie) were fortunate to  gain a win (10-8) over Team Dunbar, having trailed for much of the game.

In the final on Thursday evening, Hunter & Co took a single in the first end against the hammer, with John J making a fine last shot to reduce the damage from two.  A poor first shot in the second end by Hunter gave John J an opportunity to remove the opposition counter which he did, and subsequently went on to get a four.  The response from Hunter & Co in the third end was immediate, taking back a four with four shots to the four-foot.  The fourth end was pivotal, John J was left facing five stones spread around the front half of the house; he opted for a back ring weighted inwick but just missed his target stone and ran out.  Hunter & Co applied significant pressure in the fifth end, but John J was able to take a single with a fine angled raise to the four-foot.  On to the sixth end, Hunter & Co played conservatively, not pressing too hard when lying with 3 second counting shots.  On to the final end; Jim Hume started things well for Team Jacobs lying with two touching stones in front of the four-foot.  Jean Noble played a nice tap back on these stones moving both of them to the outer circle at the back on either side of the house.  Shots were exchanged but Hunter & Co managed to keep a counter fairly central in the house.  John J converted this into a final position where he was lying two at the back of the four-foot; Hunter played a draw to these stones to take the game (11-6).

Congratulations to Ken, Craig Brown, Carol Fleming (Subbed on the night by Alex Moir), and Jean Noble.  Commiserations to Team Jacobs who had a good competition, playing well as a unit throughout.  They were also the only team that played all of their games without a substitute!