Rink Championship (Second Round)

Penicuik met Corstorphine on Sunday (6 Jan) afternoon.  The Penicuik team was again Andrew Lambie, Dave Anderson, Jim Ramsay, and Ken Hunter.

The ice was particularly dour in the first end; Corstorphine adjusted better,protected two early counters and went on to draw two additional shots for a four.  They then managed to steal a single in the second end to go 5-0 up.  Penicuik responded in the third end, getting the better of drawing around corner guards.  Andrew drew to the centre front of the house with his first shot to protect three shots whilst Corstorphine failed with an attempted raise.  Andrew then raised his own first shot to get a four.  Corstorphine played well to take a single in the next end to go two up, but Penicuik came back with a two in the fifth end to reduce the deficit to one shot.  Corstorphine were held to a single in the sixth end and led 7-6.  In the seventh end, Dave Anderson played a fine raised take out through a fairly narrow port to leave Penicuik lying shot.  Andrew was able to get a good draw into it with his first shot, and subsequently made an excellent draw to freeze on his first shot leaving the opposition with no choice but to attempt a draw to the pot lid;  the weight or sweeping was just off and Penicuik took a two to go into the lead (8-7) for the first time in the match.  Penicuik took the early initiative in the eighth end and were lying quite well, but Paul Davis (Third) got a great result from a take out, not only removing the target stone but also removing two other Penicuik counters.  Andrew drew in with his first shot for Penicuik to lie with two shots one of which was then removed.  Andrew drew in again with his second shot but keen sweeping took the stone perhaps just too far to leave Corstorphine the chance of a slight tap back to tie the match.  The final shot may have been slightly wide, limiting the options for sweeping and it just moved the Penicuik counter slightly without gaining shot.  So Penicuik progressed (9-7) to the semi-finals on Saturday 19 January to play Gogar Park.