On a clear spring morning on 4th March, two carloads of Penicuik lady curlers with a guest from West Linton made their way through to Greenacres for a Social game against Duntocher Ladies. The views from the Curling Rink across Glasgow to the snow-clad Lomond Hills made the journey well worthwhile, and there was even time for a cup of hot soup before the serious business of curling started. Penicuik were joined for the day by their final team member Jane Hunter, an ex Penicuik player in her 81st years and now with Duntocher Ladies as her home club.
The format was that the two Duntocher rinks would play 4 ends each against their first Penicuik opposition then swap over to play another 4 ends against the other rink, so that everyone became acquainted.
Margaret Carr’s rink of Christine Hope Janette Lambie and Jean Noble were all square at 1 stone each after two ends before Duntocher took a 3 in the third, then Penicuik finished the first half with another single ending up 4-2 down. Liz Anderson’s rink of Pam Ramsay, Anne Lambie and Jane Hunter had a tougher starting match ending up 5-0 down after 4 ends.
However, both Penicuik rinks rallied against the different opposition in the second half with Margaret’s team reading the ice well and sweeping their stones into the head. They took 4 stones in the first, then a 3 then a 2 before conceding a single at the last end, finishing the day on a win 11-5. Liz’s team conceded another single in the fifth end against the second team then, to Pam and Liz’s great excitement, rallied to take a 3 then another two singles ending up losing narrowly by 5-6.
Curling over, we retired to the Club room for some chit-chat over tea/coffee and cream scones and the presentation of cream eggs for our win. Liz then thanked President Jean Leach, Beverly, Jane and the other players from Duntocher Ladies for their hospitality before we left for the long journey home. Overall this had been a very enjoyable days curling against some very friendly opposition and we will look forward to welcoming them to Murrayfield next season for the return match.
Report by Jean Noble