King George IV Semi-final

Penicuik will play RBS in the final of the King George IV Trophy Competition on Friday 1 March, following a great semi-final win the week previous against Sweepers C.C. For the first time in the competition, the Penicuik rink remained unchanged and was the one that knocked out DAFS in the quarter-final: John Jacobs (skip), Robert Beaton (third), Ronnie Hope (second), and Liz Anderson (lead).

Penicuik got out of the blocks quickly, taking a two then a three, to be 5-0 up after two ends. As in all previous rounds, Liz at lead put the opposition lead under pressure from the start, playing with pinpoint accuracy to set up the head, and forcing her opponent into making tricky shots and slight, but significant errors. Ronnie and Robert built on this foundation with some steady shots into the front of the house which gave John the opportunity to raise or guard and rack up the points.

Sweepers clawed back with a two at the third end, but Penicuik played their best curling at the fourth, and following a full team effort notched up a five. 10-2 after five ends! The sixth could have been dangerous, with a single Penicuik stone lying shot but vulnerable to a tap-back, and with a clutch of Sweepers’ stones lying invitingly at the front of the house. However, John played a magnificent draw through a narrow port to cuddle up to the Penicuik stone and remove the tap-back danger. The Sweepers skip was short with his last stone raise and Penicuik stole another point. 11-2 after five ends and the Sweepers skip called a halt to proceedings.

The Sweepers rink were magnanimous in defeat and following a particularly friendly drink in the bar wished us well in the final. RBS have had solid wins over Bruntsfield, SIAE and Edinburgh Rotary to reach the final, but Penicuik’s record is equally impressive against Stewart’s Melville, Holyrood, DAFS and Sweepers. Should be a good game!     

Ronnie Hope