For the second time this season the current holders Andrew Keith Robert and Martin were challenged, this time by a rink skipped by Iain Scott supported by Ken Craig and Roger.
This very close match took place on Tuesday 14th with good play all round and at the end of the 2nd end it was all square at 2 stones each. In the 3rd end Craig managed a perfectly angled raise to take shot before Andrew twice found the gaps allowing Iain to come in and take a 3. The tables were turned in the 4th end when Iain’s last shot to try and cut down Andrew’s three lying stones was swept perfectly through the gap. So 5 stones each after 4 ends. In the next end, Andrew scored a 2 before Iain rounded off the match with a single in each of the last two ends resulting overall in a peel at 7 stones each.
It had been discussed and agreed before the match that in the event of a peel, the current holders would retain the title. So commiserations to Iain’s rink for a very valliant effort, and congratulations to Andrew’s rink who will march onwards into next season as Club Challenge title holders.
Chris presenting Trophy to Iain after Penicuik win West Linton Challenge
This long standing friendly fixture involving two rinks from each Club was held on Friday 10th January.
Jim Ramsay skipped a team of Margaret Carr, Kirsty McWilliam and Jean Noble who played against Alister Lambie, Alison Cockburn, Derek Hall and Anne Lambie. In the first end, West Linton were counting 5 in the head before Jim played a wonderful last stone to limit the deficit to 1. Penicuik lost another 2 at the 2nd end before returning with a 4 at the 3rd. West Linton came back winning with a 3 at the 4th end before Penicuik pulled away in the last three ends with a 4, a 1, and a further 4 to win their match 13-6.
Andrew Lambie’s rink of Iain Scott, Elaine Lambie and Frank Duffy played against Chris and Mairi McDonald, Eric Leslie and Lesley Glidden. This match looked to be heading in West Linton’s favour when they were leading 5-1 after 4 ends. However, Penicuik rallied in the last three ends when they took a 1, then a 2 then a further single thus peeling the match.
The competition was played in the best of spirits with the combined scores resulting in a win for Penicuik. The teams retired to the Clubroom for the traditional post match drinks and chats, before Chris presented Iain with the Trophy. A very sociable and pleasant evening’s curling.
Having progressed to the second round of the Rink Championship by default, due to the failure of our opposition to appear for the first round, a rink of Jim Ramsay, Andrew Lambie, Iain Scott and Margaret Carr stepped up to play against Corstorphine on 9th November. They came out very creditable winners with a score of 8-4 to progress to the semi-finals to play against Gogar Park on Saturday 4th January.
The rink of Jim Ramsay, Andrew Lambie, Dave Anderson and Margaret Carr played well to be ahead by 4 shots to 3 at the 4th end. Unfortunately we gave away a 5 at the 5th end to make life difficult for ourselves. We gained a single in the 6th and stole a 2 in the final end to finish up losing by a single shot 7-8. Very frustrating considering that we won 5 ends to 2.
Report by Dave Anderson
This annual trophy, a double rink competition, is sponsored by auctioneers John Swan & Sons and was played this season on the 12th December.
Rinks of Andrew Lambie, Keith Morris, Roger Scott and Alex Moir and of Dave Anderson, Jim Ramsay, Ken Hunter and Ronnie Hope were pitted against our old adversaries of Oxenfoord. Andrew’s rink got off to a steady start then scored a five to settle down to win their game strongly by 12 shots to 6. Dave’s rink lost a single in the first end and were lying shot in the second with last stone for a potential two but unfortunately the last shot did not draw as expected and raised an opposition stone to gift them a single. This was the way that the game continued and we were outplayed by a strong rink. Although we managed two consolation shots we lost the game by 14 shots to 2, thereby losing the match overall by 20 shots to 14.
Report from Dave Anderson
Saturday 14th December saw the end to the first half of the curling season and this was celebrated with the Saturday League Christmas Bonspiel where festive jumpers and hats were the order of the day. We were joined by two new players -Stuart Blackwood a potential new member who attended our opening Beginners session and who has since been getting some coaching from David Gillespie, and also an amazing new talent in Maisie Beaton who was filling in for her dad Robert who unfortunately had to work.
Each team played two ends against each other team rotating positions as the games progressed and, in a change to the Saturday League, scoring points to ensure we had a winner. Much fun was had and it’s fair to say the curling was not taken too seriously. The star of the show was Maisie who in the final end delivered an amazing stone unassisted which ended up right on the pot lid. An excellent achievement for a slight nine year old playing in her first adult competition. (She also really enjoyed acting as Skip and telling her grandad Ronnie where to play as well as berating him when he missed the shot). After six ends we had a clear winning team of David and Barbara Gillespie, Jean Noble and Stuart Blackwood.
With curling over we retired to the Club Room where the Prize Giving took place before we enjoyed a festive fare of Soup and Mince Pies. Many thanks to Christine for organising the food and prizes and to all who took part in this fun event as well as the other family members who joined us for lunch. The prize for best Christmas jumper, chosen by Rebecca, was won by Elaine Lambie. Photos of the event can be seen in the Gallery.
We especially hope to see Stuart and maybe even Maisie along to our Saturday sessions in 2020. Merry Christmas everyone.
1st Club Points – 11th December 2019
Six Club members started in the competition for the 1st Points of the season but unfortunately Keith Morris was unable to continue after 3 disciplines because of his continuing Achilles tendon problem. It was a tightly fought competition which included all ten Points disciplines and, using the excuse of the combination of the new ice and the new stones for the scoring being slightly less than would normally be expected, the eventual overall winner on a score of 33 points was Jim Ramsay. On equal scores of 31 points, the runners-up were Ronnie Hope and Dave Anderson. Alex Moir and Dave Carr finished on 27 and 24 points respectively.
It was a very enjoyable competition and our thanks go to Jean Noble for her sponsorship of this event.