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King George 1V Trophy

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!

Ronnie Hope , November 7th 2019

Hurley League Final Result

Conclusion of Hurley League 2019-20

Teams Lambie and Anderson had each prevailed in their respective sections of the Hurley, both winning all of their section games.  Team Lambie then overcame semi-finalist opponents Team Hope, to reach the final whilst Team Anderson overcame their semi-finalist opponents Team Carr (M) to reach the final.   Alex Moir feature at Second in the final for Team Lambie as a Sub for David Gillespie.

The first end was fairly tight with Team Anderson getting a nice roll from a strike on an opposition stone to go into the side of the four foot, and behind a short stone of their own.  Team Lambie countered with a heavy draw round the front stone to tap the Anderson stone towards the back of the four foot circle.  This position was subsequently guarded.  An exchange of shots on the other side of the four foot resulting in neither side gaining any further advantage, and the end was decided by a measure which went in favour of Team Lambie.  In the second end Team Lambie worked a tap back on a single counter to get a roll behind front stones.  Team Anderson drew around front stones to the other side of the house, but Team Lambie responded with a second draw to lie two shots and went on to protect this position to go three shots up overall.  Team Lambie then took a single in the third end to go four shots up.  The fourth end was pivotal to the outcome of the match, Team Lambie got in two counters on the left hand side of house, another stone was played up to the first counting stone and then it was guarded with a stone in the first circle.  Andrew drew his first stone to the centre of the house just in front of the four foot circle, in a position partly covered by a short stone; Dave clipped the short stone with an attempted strike, and Andrew was able to guard his stone.  Dave was then in a very difficult position facing four counters, and elected to draw down the left hand side to at least reduce the count.  His final stone was a good tee weight but it did not draw at all (where other stones had drawn) and it raised the front guard sufficiently to give Team Lambie a Five.

Team Lambie played conservatively in the fifth end, heavily guarding a single stone in the centre of the house.  In what looked like a desperate position for his final shot, Dave somehow produced a very fine raised take out to get a Three.  Team Anderson lifted their game in the sixth end and worked a fine Three against the hammer to make the score 9-6.  In the final end, Team Lambie kept stones at the front of the house covering a single opposition stone in the centre of the house.  A Liz Anderson draw resulted in Team Anderson lying with a further shot.  Andrew countered with a gentle raise on one of his front stones to reduce the count to one.  Dave’s only remaining resort was to attempt an extremely difficult raised take out which he did not make.  The final result was a 9-7 win for Team Lambie. 

Congratulations to my team mates on their victory, commiserations to our opponents who despite a poor start to the game came back strongly against us.

Ken Hunter

EICG 2019

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


Mid-bonspiel Saturday 16 February 2019

We had a full complement of 24 for the mid-bonspiel. As with tradition, the ladies skipped. There were an ideal number of 12 women and 12 men.
This was a fun afternoon and was enjoyed by all who took part. Ends 1 and 2 were skipped by each selected skip. Ends 3 and 4 were skipped by the lady selected at number 2. Ends 5 and 6 were again skipped by nominated skip but the gentleman playing at number 3 changed with the gentleman playing at lead. A final twist came in end 6 when a secret envelope was opened and extra points were awarded to stones in the chosen ring.Congratulations to Liz Anderson and her rink, Reg Dunbar, Linda McKay and David
Gillespie. Liz won with a convincing +10.
Thanks again to sponsors Jim and Margaret Cowper and to Carol Fleming for sorting
out the prizes.

Penicuik Win King George IV Trophy

Penicuik contested the final of the King George knock-out competition (Midlothian Province) against RBS last night (1 Mar), and came away victors.  Congratulations and well done to our team of John Jacobs, Robert Beaton, Ronnie Hope, and Liz Anderson.

Final end

Penicuik beat RBS in an exciting final of the King George IV Trophy Competition on Friday 1 March. First competed for in 1965-66, originally for curlers who could not take part in “daytime competitions”, (when the majority of them were held), the definition has changed slightly over the years. It now excludes curlers who play in The RCCC organised Rink Championship and the Midlothian Province League Division 1.

This is the first time that Penicuik has won this knock-out competition, and followed wins against Stewart’s Melville FP, Holyrood, DAFS, and Sweepers in previous rounds. For the third consecutive game the Penicuik rink remained unchanged: John Jacobs (skip), Robert Beaton (third), Ronnie Hope (second), and Liz Anderson (lead). Ken Hunter played as skip in the first round, but was debarred from playing in later rounds after entering the Rink Championship as a substitute. Keith Morris stepped up to the plate as Skip in the second round and played a great last stone against Holyrood to secure victory, with Craig Brown playing in place of Liz Anderson. 

Whilst the 9-3 score in the final would indicate a comfortable victory, in reality this was a “Close Encounter of the Squeaky-Bum Kind”! 

Following a single to RBS in the first end, Penicuik responded well with a two at the second and a single against the head at the third. 3-1 up, and looking good, slight nerves crept into the Penicuik rink and RBS struck back with a single at the fourth and another, very fortunate, single at the fifth. 3-3, and for a moment Penicuik looked in trouble.

However, the game was won and lost in the penultimate, roller coaster, sixth end. Robert, faced with a single RBS stone lying shot at the back of the tee in a packed house, played a beautiful stone through a narrow port to chap and lie. RBS came back to tap back and lie one. John played his first stone through the same port to regain the lead and the RBS skip failed to do any damage with his last stone. John now had a dilemma; Penicuik’s stone was virtually jammed against a single RBS stone so there was no way to take a two by drawing through the port. However, the RBS stone was surrounded by a number of Penicuik stones in the eight foot. Taking a single shot lead into the last end did not appeal; if we lost by a shot and the game was peeled, we would forfeit the trophy on ends. After a lengthy discussion, John & Robert elected to take the high risk option and plant one of the

Penicuik guards on to the RBS stone. John played a perfectly weighted stone to push the RBS stone back without touching his own and take a four!

Penicuik held their nerves in a tense final end, and stole a two to end the game 9-3 up.

Every game in this competition has been played in the best of curling spirit, and RBS proved to be great fun to play with and generous in defeat. Following a friendly drink in the bar, the Midlothian Province president, Basil Baird, introduced Shadi Darvish, MD of the sponsors, Bridge Investments, who presented the trophy and prizes.

Ronnie Hope

Waldie Griffith Inter-Province Match

Midlothian met Dundee & District Province on Sunday afternoon (24 Feb) at Murrayfield in the Waldie Griffith.  The four rinks representing Midlothian were Carrington, Clydesdale Bank, Midcalder, and Penicuik.  Penicuik skipped by Andrew Lambie, with Dave Anderson, Jim Ramsay, and Ken Hunter, was drawn against Dundee University.

Penicuik took first blood with a four in the opening end.  A slightly heavy final draw in the second end from our opposition caught a front stone and deflected to just beat three Penicuik counters.  Penicuik took a single in the third end, and followed it up with another four in the fourth end.  Dundee came back in the latter stages of the game to reduce their deficit from 8 shots to 3 shots (final score 9-6).

Overall Midlothian ran out winners by 50 shots to 16 shots, an average of +8.5 shots up.  It remains to be seen if this will be sufficient for MIdlothian to retain the trophy won in 2017-18. 

King George IV Semi-final

Penicuik will play RBS in the final of the King George IV Trophy Competition on Friday 1 March, following a great semi-final win the week previous against Sweepers C.C. For the first time in the competition, the Penicuik rink remained unchanged and was the one that knocked out DAFS in the quarter-final: John Jacobs (skip), Robert Beaton (third), Ronnie Hope (second), and Liz Anderson (lead).

Penicuik got out of the blocks quickly, taking a two then a three, to be 5-0 up after two ends. As in all previous rounds, Liz at lead put the opposition lead under pressure from the start, playing with pinpoint accuracy to set up the head, and forcing her opponent into making tricky shots and slight, but significant errors. Ronnie and Robert built on this foundation with some steady shots into the front of the house which gave John the opportunity to raise or guard and rack up the points.

Sweepers clawed back with a two at the third end, but Penicuik played their best curling at the fourth, and following a full team effort notched up a five. 10-2 after five ends! The sixth could have been dangerous, with a single Penicuik stone lying shot but vulnerable to a tap-back, and with a clutch of Sweepers’ stones lying invitingly at the front of the house. However, John played a magnificent draw through a narrow port to cuddle up to the Penicuik stone and remove the tap-back danger. The Sweepers skip was short with his last stone raise and Penicuik stole another point. 11-2 after five ends and the Sweepers skip called a halt to proceedings.

The Sweepers rink were magnanimous in defeat and following a particularly friendly drink in the bar wished us well in the final. RBS have had solid wins over Bruntsfield, SIAE and Edinburgh Rotary to reach the final, but Penicuik’s record is equally impressive against Stewart’s Melville, Holyrood, DAFS and Sweepers. Should be a good game!     

Ronnie Hope