Closing Bonspiel 2021-22

What a terrific end to the Season on Wednesday 30th March, with four sheets of ice filled with jovial members of Penicuik Curling Club, all up for a great night’s curling.

The Social Committee team had prepared everything impeccably, including teams; order of play; which sheet to play on; score cards clearly showing who had the hammer; and most importantly clear rules on being ready on the hack to ensure swift play, with ‘Thirds only’ decisions in disputes on winning stones, – all with the clear intention of getting 7 ends completed – and that we did. Amazing!

Play flowed freely and an exciting two hours curling flew past with only the occasional shriek of disbelief at a stone well played.  All credit to a Magnificent Seven of our newest members for taking part on the night – Jean and Graeme Cassie, Paul and Louise Clapperton, Saho Arakawa, Karen Black and Neil Lackie a great way to introduce them to fellow Club members, and well deserving of the Club Badge they were presented with in the hope that they will take part in many more Club Competitions next season.

With play complete, the group retired upstairs where the Curlers Grace was said before players enjoyed a terrific meal prepared by Paul and his catering staff. 31 hungry curlers very quickly demolished the dishes provided and then it was time for the customary presentation of prizes. Ronnie took to the floor, reading a passage from the Club’s Bi-Centenary Book describing traditional matches on the Low Pond of Penicuik Estate, and how it was only in the last 50 years or so that that ‘Wives and Sweethearts’ had been admitted to the traditional men-only sport including, in 1969 Christine Brown and, in the early 70s, Margaret Cowper who sadly died just recently.  

It’s fair to say that checking the scorecards still proved to be a little challenging (shame on those who can’t count).  However, the final results were declared, and the Club’s President stepped forward to present the prizes.

On the positive scoring side, it was a very close-run thing, but the Mary McConnell Winners Trophy went to the rink of Jim Ramsay, Margaret Carr, Alicia Neil and Paul Clapperton. (This Trophy is named in honour of ‘Wee Mary’ McConnell, another well respected former member of Penicuik Curling Club, again sadly no longer with us.)

The ‘Bonspiel Booby’ Trophy went to David Gillespie, David Ballantyne, Jim Hume and Karen Black.

The President then closed the event by proposing the traditional vote of thanks to the organisers, the ice men and the catering staff. Special thanks go to Jean Lennie who sponsored the competition and provided the prizes.

What a fantastic end to the season, thanks to all who took part.

Report by Jean Noble  

Winning rink of Jim, Margaret, Alicia and Paul
The Bonspiel Booby Winners – David G, David B, Jim and Karen
The Mary McConnell Award