King George IV Trophy 2019-20
Penicuik’s battle-hardened, victorious rink from season 2018-19 entered the fray again on Friday 1st November to defend the trophy they won last season for the ﬁrst time in the Club’s history. This year we avoided the preliminary round and were drawn against Dalkeith in the ﬁrst round proper. The core of the successful rink remained intact, but last year’s third Robert Beaton moved to skip, Ronnie was upgraded to third, and Liz Anderson remained in the key position at lead. Craig Brown, a sub in last year’s contest, was introduced as second.
Dalkeith ﬁelded an experienced rink, but on the night they failed to read the ice. Penicuik, contrastingly, caught their weight and line from the outset. Liz dropped shot after shot to the front edge of the house, Craig consolidated and picked oﬀ any potentially dangerous Dalkeith stones, and by the time Ronnie came to the hack the head was generally secure. Robert rightly played a cautious game, building end on end, and taking no risk until, with the score at 8-1, his third foolishly suggested a dodgy and completely unnecessary take-out. This failed, and Dalkeith picked up a two. Robert reverted to his original game plan for the remainder of the tie and Penicuik ran out winners 11-3.
So we march on to the second round, which will be an entirely diﬀerent proposition. We meet Stewart’s Melville FP, who had a 6-3 win against Edinburgh Rotary on the adjoining ice. Stewart’s Melville were our opponents in the ﬁrst round last season and we sneaked through on ends!