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.