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Province League

Midlothian Province League 2019-20

With our wounds still raw following relegation from league 2 to league 3 last season, Penicuik approached their first game against Edinburgh Rotary in September fully determined to leap back to league 2 in one season; and proceeded to get thumped 10-2! We started the game well, but the wheels came off as early as the second end, and there was nobody in the team able to put them back on again!

This season’s pool of players was similar to last: Murray Hope, Iain Scott, Jim Ramsay, Dave Anderson, Robert Beaton and Ronnie Hope. As it turned out Robert was unable to play until the latter part of the season, and Murray and Jim were unable to play in the latter part of the season!

Despite this reduction in selection choice, the team bounced back from the early setback and put in a solid performance for the remainder of the games: November, a 5-3 win against Bank of Scotland; December, a 7-4 win against Holyrood; February, a 6-4 win against Watsonians; and March, a 7-2 win against Merchiston.

At the end of the season we ended up on equal points with Bank of Scotland at the top of the league, their only defeat coming against us, but our heavy defeat against Edinburgh Rotary put us well behind them on ends and shots. No matter, two teams are promoted and the winners of the three Province Leagues are finally decided by play-offs between the two top teams in each league. Traditionally, these games take place on the same night and are followed by a dinner. The grand play-off was due to be played on 26th March but sadly, for obvious reasons, this was cancelled.

So back to league 2 next season. Possibly something to look forward to in these difficult days?

Report by Ronnie Hope






District Medal

District Medal 29th February 2020

Traditionally the Club President and Vice President field teams to play in this double rink competition. This year we were challenged by Reform Curling Club to travel to Greenacres Curling Rink (a challenge in itself) to compete for a District Medal in this competition which dates back to the mid-19th century.

Double rink competitions, where aggregate scores win out, are very interesting and great fun but sometimes nerve wracking to play in, with players having an eye on the progress or otherwise of their compatriots on the adjacent sheet.

President Liz’s rink, represented by skip Dave Anderson, Dave Carr, Ken Hunter and Margaret Carr, found their weight quickly and following a last stone draw gained 2 shots in the first end. Against the hammer Penicuik A then gained singles in ends 2 and 3. Meanwhile Vice-President Iain Scott (skip) with Andrew Lambie, Ronnie Hope and Roger Scott were less fortunate, losing singles in the first two ends; however Penicuik B got 2 shots in the third and stole a single in the fourth to go 3 shots to 2 ahead. Reform B came back with 2 shots in the fifth and in the sixth to lead by 6 shots to 3. On the other sheet in the meantime Reform A scored singles in the 4th, 5th and 6th ends to reduce the Penicuik A advantage to 1 shot. At this stage Penicuik were down by 2 shots overall.

And so to the final ends with Penicuik rinks having the hammer, Reform A drew a shot to lie guarded in the centre of the house but Penicuik A replied with a well-managed angled raise to remove the opposition stone and lie 4. The Reform skip attempted a plant but caught the object stone at the wrong angle only succeeding in reducing our advantage to 2 shots. A final draw through a port gained us another shot so that Penicuik A won by 7 shots to 3. Penicuik B were lying 4 shots but were reduced to a 2 shot advantage. Unable to take out the opposition stone, that game finished Reform B 6, Penicuik B 5.

In consequence the aggregate score was Reform Club 9 (7 ends), Penicuk 12 (7 ends) thereby a win to Penicuik by 3 shots and another District Medal for the Club.

Both games were played in excellent spirits with some very good curling from all sides and thanks are due to our hosts who helped to make this a very enjoyable day.

Report by Dave Anderson

Province Bonspiel

As in previous years, Penicuik Curling Club fielded three teams in the Brewers Dolphin Province Bonspiel on Monday 3rd February.

First on the ice at 10am against Ford Ladies was a rink skipped by Ronnie Hope with Dave Anderson, Roger Scott and Liz Anderson supporting. Ford Ladies found their weight straight off scoring a single in the first end. Penicuik had an opportunity to gain 5 shots in the next end but missed the take-out to lose another single in this and then the  next so three shots down after third end. However Penicuik then got their game together to score 7 in next 4 ends. So a positive result for Ronnie’s rink  winning 7-3.   Penicuik  score  +4.

Next on the ice at 2pm was Andrew Lambie’s rink of Margaret and Dave Carr, and David Gillespie. The teams were level at 5 stones each after 4 ends but Mid Calder were strong opposition and pulled away in the next three ends resulting in a win for Mid Calder 15-5.  Penicuik score  -10.

At 6pm Iain Scott skipped a rink of ‘youth and enthusiasm’ including Robert Beaton, Elaine Lambie and Kirsty McWilliam against Oxenfoord. This was a good match according to Iain but Oxenfoord were strong and scored a 5 at one end which killed off the game resulting in another loss 3-11 and  Penicuik scoring  -8.   The overall average score for Penicuik was therefore -4.6.

The Brewers Dolphin Bonspiel Competition winners were DAFS with an overall average score of +6.77, closely followed by the runners-up Pentland Ladies on +6.50.

Finally, the winners of the Colin Black Trophy for the biggest margin in one game were Currie and Balerno on +13.

Many thanks to everyone who represented Penicuik CC in this annual Province competition.

Jean Noble

Rink Championship

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

The Swan Trophy

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

Henderson Bishop

Penicuik played in the Henderson Bishop against Pentland Ladies on Tuesday 3rd December.

The Team was made up of Janette Lambie as lead, Barbara Gillespie playing second, Pam Ramsay playing third, with Margaret Carr as Skip. Everyone played really well and Penicuik won 7-4.

The same team played against a very strong Currie and Balerno team the following day, and unfortunately we were soundly beaten 15-1.

Certainly we experienced the ups and downs of Curling over the two days were were involved.

Report from Margaret Carr 5th December 2019.


Rink Championship

Jim Ramsay skipped Penicuik’s  team for the first round match in the Rink Championship against Currie and Balerno on 26th October,  but disappointingly they failed to appear on the day so Penicuik progressed automatically to the next round.

This match against Corstorphine was on 9th November and Jim’s rink (comprising himself, Andrew Lambie, Iain Scott and Margaret Carr) had a great result winning 8-4. 

Penicuik will now play in the Semi Finals on 15th December at 10am.


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

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.