Nine members contested the medal for the Intermediate Points yesterday evening (13 March). Seven disciplines were completed, with Wick & Curl In being omitted. Craig Brown established a narrow lead from the early stages and managed to hold on to win the medal on 26 points. Barbara Gillespie emerged from the chasing pack to finish second on 23 Points, and Vic Ramage came in third on 21 points. Barbara, along with Janette Lambie and Jean Noble, scored at each of the disciplines played.
In the Thirds League games this evening (Monday 12 March) Team Beaton had a win over Team Carr and thereby established themselves as league winners with one game still to play.
Congratulations to Robert and his team of Christine Hope, Barbara Gillespie, and Jim Hume.
The Pairs competition was played out on Sunday 11 March. Teams Carr & Lambie, Hope & Moir, Hope & Ramage, and Lambie & Brown won through the preliminary skirmishes to go into the High Road.
In the Low Road, Hunter & Beaton beat Anderson & Ramsay, and Ramsay & Anderson beat Scott & Carr to reach the final. Hunter & Beaton stole successive singles in the first three ends of the final to lead 3-0. Ramsay & Anderson conceded when their fourth stone draw went through with Hunter & Beaton lying two at the front of the outer circle.
In the High Road, there was a tight tussle between Hope & Moir and Carr & Lambie with the advantage going to Hope & Moir in the fourth end. In the other semi-final Hope & Ramage pressurised Lambie & Brown in the early ends but ultimately lost out in the fourth end. Lambie & Brown took first blood in the final with a three in end one. Hope & Moir responded with a single in the second end, but yielded a two to their opponents in the third. Hope & Moir took another single in the fourth end, and followed it up with a steal of two in the fifth end to go into the final end 4-5 down. Lambie & Brown succeeded in setting up a strong position in the final end and prevailed to win the competition (7-4).
Three Kettle Leagues games were call off due to adverse weather conditions on Wednesday 28 February.
The game between Team Dunbar and Team Ramsay has been re-scheduled for Friday 9 March (5.30pm). The other two games (Lambie v Anderson, Hunter v Brown) will be played on part of the ice allocated for the Closing Bonspiel on Wednesday 28 March (5.30pm).
The Second Points competition was played on Tuesday 20 February, with five members contesting the medal. The ice was tricky but better than that for the Merchiston Team Points match, and probably than for the First Points. There was time to include the tenth disciple, Outwicking, which is normally used as a decider in the case of a tie. Ken Hunter established an early lead but was doggedly pursued by Dave Anderson. A very strong performance over disciplines 8 & 9 allowed Craig Brown to pip Dave for second place by a single point. Final scores Ken Hunter (48pts), Craig Brown (41pts), and Dave Anderson (40pts).
The Singles Competition was played out on Sunday evening (10 Dec) using a double knock-out format. Many of the individual ties were tightly contested; in the opening round, Hope beat Morris with a well-judged last stone, Jacobs beat Hunter on a measure, and Anderson beat Carr with a superior draw to the house after their game ended in a peel.
In the Low Road semi-finals, Brown beat Carr and Hunter beat Morris. Hunter then won the final (6-1). In the High Road semi-finals, Lambie won against Anderson with the final draw of the tie, and Jacobs won a close tie against Hope. Lambie got off to a good start in the final taking a three. He played a well-judged game and kept the pressure on his opponent so that Jacobs conceded after five ends (6-1). Congratulations to Andrew on his victory on a night that was enjoyed by all of the participants.
Following our final game in the International Gathering in March this year, some of us were having a chat over a beer with the guys from Curling Lausanne Olympique. Bernard, Alex, Dominic and Urs had competed in the Gathering seven times, and they suggested it was about time that the Scots reciprocated and made a visit to Switzerland. They explained that Lausanne held a competition in November each year, the “Memorial Charles Schenkel”, so after a few more beers, the Ramsays, Andersons, Carrs and Hopes were committed to the cause.
We flew from Edinburgh to Geneva very early on Friday 10th November and after a short delay, whilst we waited for Mrs Carr to be released from custody by Swiss Customs, we were met by Bernard, Dominic and Urs who very kindly drove us to our hotel in Lausanne. The remainder of Friday was spent site-seeing around the city and consuming a few libations, the standard procedure for honed athletes preparing for serious competition. (Note: G+T’s approx £14 a pop!).
The Lausanne Curling Hall is located in a fabulous position directly on the shore of Lake Geneva, one of the largest lakes in western Europe. The 5-sheet curling hall is on the second floor of the building and, incredibly, the walls on two sides are glazed from floor to ceiling, offering wonderful views over the harbour and the lake to the snow-capped Alps in the distance.
Twenty teams entered the competition, which was divided into two sections of ten teams in each. Penicuik 1, (Andersons and Hopes), kicked off in Section 1 at 8.00 a.m. on Saturday followed by Penicuik 2, (Ramsays and Carrs), in Section 2 at 10.00 a.m. The Lausanne President, Beatrice Meier, welcomed everyone to Lausanne and gave a special, warm welcome to the Penicuik Club members for making their way to Switzerland. She explained that the originator of the Schenkel system for curling was her grandfather, Charles Schenkel, and the competition was in his memory.
All teams played three games on Saturday and, following a Schenkel calculation of the results, two new sections were created for the Sunday session; unfortunately both Penicuik rinks ended up in Section 2. Sunday’s play involved two games and not surprisingly, having enjoyed a particularly ‘sociable’ Saturday evening, the Penicuik rinks played each other for bottom spot in the final game! No matter, our hosts were extremely good company and fun was the order of the day. Every rink we played were incredibly friendly and every rink won a prize! Our own president, Chris, thanked Beatrice and the curlers of Lausanne for their generous hospitality, and encouraged them to make the trip to Edinburgh for the International Curlers Gathering at some time in the future.
Following the presentation of prizes we spent an interesting half hour being hugely entertained by the jovial Lausanne iceman, Uli Sommer. Uli knows Scotland, it’s international curlers, and it’s characters well and, as well as being a very good curler and international referee, he enjoys a dram so he fitted well in to the Penicuik company.
On Sunday evening, the Penicuik party were picked up at their hotel by Bernard and his wife Elaine, Urs and his wife Sylvia, Alex, and Dominic, and transported to the Restaurant Le Chalet Suisse, where we had lots of fondue, cherries in kirsch, ice cream, and Swiss wine; a wonderful way to finish a great weekend with very good friends.
Over the years, rinks from Penicuik Curling Club have flown the flag in Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, and Switzerland (outdoors). We can now add Switzerland (indoors) to that list. Each time, new friendships are born and old friendships renewed. Each time, the brother and sisterhood of curling never ceases to amaze those involved. This time was no exception and we thank the members of Curling Lausanne Olympique for making us so welcome.
(A selection of photographs can be viewed on the Gallery page)