The curling season ended with the Edinburgh International Curlers’ Gathering, very much a Penicuik event. This international weekend tournament was started fifteen years ago by former member Colin McCall. Currently it is run by an Organising Committee formed from club members.
The 2019 Gathering was very successful, attracting overseas teams from Canada (2), Norway, Sweden (3), Switzerland (4), and USA (4). Home based teams included Penicuik and Roaring Stones (aka Penicuik Too). Penicuik enjoyed victories in the preliminary group stage against Corriefisters and Electric Sliders (USA), and managed a peel against Apero (Switzerland), to qualify for Group B in the Final Rounds. A comfortable win on the Saturday afternoon against Team Barrdahl (Sweden) represented a good start. Penicuik then met Duddingston/Aegon on the Sunday morning, a close encounter with the teams lying peeled going into the last end, and unfortunately for us the opposition won the match with the final stone of the game. Still in contention, Penicuik finished with a re-match against Apero, who proved stronger and won the Group prize.
Roaring Stones lost a fairly tight first game against O’Neil (USA), peeled against Rocks & Roses (Perth), before gaining a narrow win over Slajding Bois (Sweden), to go into Group D for the Final Rounds. A win against DAFS got them off to a good start; this was followed by a peel against Kelso Reivers. Still in contention for the Group D prize, the team met old foes (and friends) The Rock Stars (Canada), and ran out to a 5-6 defeat to miss the Group Prize by one end.
The Penicuik squad included Dave Anderson, Andrew Lambie, Dave Carr, Ken Hunter, Roger Scott, Margaret Carr, Pam Ramsay, and Elaine Lambie. Players in The Roaring Stones team were Murray Hope, Jim Ramsay, Iain Scott, Ronnie Hope, and John Jacobs. Jim Cowper featured in the Corriefisters team, and Liz Anderson joined the Rocks & Roses team for the latter part of the weekend.
A really big thank you to everyone on the Organising Committee, and to other club members who helped across the weekend either at the Ice Rink or by assisting in transfers between the airport and hotel.
Photographs on the Social Page