King George Quarter-Final

Penicuik played DAFS on Friday 1st February in the quarter final of the King George IV Trophy Competition, having beaten Stewart’s Melville FP and Holyrood in previous rounds. Our rink on this occasion comprised John Jacobs (skip), Robert Beaton (third), Ronnie Hope (second), and Liz Anderson (lead). DAFS put out a strong rink with Alistair Henry (skip), Michael Young (third), David Lindsay (second), and Neil Sinclair (lead). Once again, we were allocated sheet 7, which is proving to be less and less reliable as the season progresses, and both rinks found it very tricky to read.

DAFS took the first end with a single and Penicuik respond with a single at the second, when John’s draw avoided a big end for DAFS. The next three ends were also won in singles, but all of them for DAFS.  Liz up front played well, but the midfield of Ronnie and Robert found conditions frustratingly variable, so Penicuik went into the penultimate end 4-1 down and needing four to win the game, (a peel would give DAFS the win on ends). Lying one at the sixth end, John’s final draw was marginally long. A disappointing single, so Penicuik went into the final end 4-2 down, needing three to win and last-stone advantage to DAFS.  DAFS looking confident and odds-on to win; oh dear! 

A cluttered head in the seventh end, DAFS lying shot, just short of the button, with only three Penicuik stones left. Robert’s very difficult in-turn around the front guards on straight ice just misses – blast!  Only John’s two stones to go and Penicuik still needing three to win!  DAFS put in another guard.  John was forced to the swingy out-turn to try a difficult angled raise. Well played but slightly light, it pushed back the DAFS stone to second shot.  DAFS put in another guard but there was still a narrow route in to the head from the wing. John plays a cracking wide-angled raise with his final stone on to an outlying Penicuik stone, through the port, and pushes the DAFS stone back to lie three!!

However, one Penicuik stone lies open, if DAFS can take this out they win the game!  It’s guarded for the out-turn, so Alistair is forced to take an unplayed line down the centre on the in-turn. Penicuik players can hardly look! Will it pass the guard?
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NO, it catches and we’ve won by a shot, 5-4!  Both teams in shock at the result!  A win is a win however, and although we genuinely commiserated with our friends in DAFS in the bar afterwards, we are delighted to enter the semi-final against Sweepers on Friday 22 February. The other semi is between Edinburgh Rotary and RBS.

Ronnie Hope