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37 Club Match

After a two-year break, the traditional good-natured and competitive double headed friendly against 37 Club was upon us. This year, the mood was no different.

Jim Ramsay had managed to amass two strong Penicuik teams worthy of the task in hand. (It is worth noting that an unforeseen diary clash maybe helped Penicuik’s cause, with 4 curlers from 37 Club doing battle in the Province Final, thus reducing their available pool of players). 

Team 1: (Dave Anderson, Ronnie Hope, Iain Scott, David Gillespie) started evens, trading 2 in the opening ends but then set about building ‘steady’ run of scores, but in the 6th Dave’s front end deserted him allowing 37 Club to close the gap to just one! The 7th end again saw the front end misfire slightly, leaving precision tactical play from the 3rd and the skip to hold out for the victory (8-5)

Team 2: (Jim Ramsay, Craig Brown, Keith Morris, Dave Carr) having taken a single in the first, failed to capitalise with the last stone in the 2nd thus losing a 3. They looked to be in for a different game.  However, momentum began to build from the 3rd and Penicuik came powering back with two 3s and another single to secure the second victory. (9-3)

All teams retired to the bar afterwards, where Penicuik was awarded the Silver Salver provided by 37 Club to mark the special relationship between the Clubs. Penicuik then proposed a vote of thanks to both sides.

Report by Iain Scottphotos courtesy of 37 Club with action shots available in the Gallery

Robert Steeples presents the Silver Salver to Iain.
Match 1 Teams
Match 2 Teams

DAFS Social game

Friday the 18th of February brought an interesting weather forecast with snow expected for most of the day. Thankfully it didn’t fall heavily and we managed to meet at Murrayfield for the DAFS social match. The Penicuik team consisted of Craig Brown, Kirsty McWilliam, Ian Neil and Neil Lackie.

The first end Penicuik had a fairly open draw into the house to score a 5. The 2nd end didn’t go as well, with some well-placed stones in the house from DAFS and defensive guards. Routes into them throughout the end were limited which resulted in DAFS taking a 4 back. From there the scores were tighter but the experience and strength of the DAFS players showed, and in most ends this left Penicuik trying to raise stones back in for shot, or squeeze through tight ports in order to cut down some of the well built ends to get a score.

It was great for Penicuik to get a team involved that haven’t had as much experience in social matches compared to others in the club. There were excellent stones played from all positions of the team!

The match ended with a 12-6 win for DAFS, and afterwards both teams retired upstairs for a drink and a blether before the traditional thanks for the match. 

Report by Craig Brown

Merchiston Team Points

On a cold and blustery evening on 16th February, 8 members from Penicuik and 8 members from Merchiston gathered at Murrayfield to compete in the 2022 edition of the Merchiston Team Points.  Unfortunately, before any play could begin, Penicuik had an unavoidable last-minute call-off reducing their ranks to 7 players.  Several suggestions for a work-around were made; the one proposed by Merchiston (and arguably the simplest), was to apply a correction for the missing player, ie. divide Penicuik’s score by 7 and multiply by 8 (essentially adding the score of one ‘average’ Penicuik player). With this agreed, the match started…

Immediately, Merchiston took a commanding lead after the opening discipline (Striking) one where Penicuik is historically the stronger team – not tonight!  (15 v 24).  Over the next four disciplines (Inwicking, Drawing, Guarding, Chap & Lie) scores were close between the teams, seeing Merchiston retaining a 10 point lead (before any correction was applied)

The 6th discipline (Wick-in-and-Curl), was to become a decisive end where the momentum swung; Penicuik scored 9 vs Merchiston’s 1.  This saw Penicuik close the ‘un-corrected’ gap to just 2 points; (69 v 71).  Then came the close fought run to the finish (Raising, Chip the Winner, Draw thro’ the Port, and Outwicking). In the last two disciplines only one stone was played instead of two as the bell had technically gone.

Scores on the ice (before any correction applied) – Penicuik 105 v Merchiston 104. With post-match correction, Penicuik received another 15 points so Penicuik 120 v Merchiston 104

As ever the match, whilst competitive, was played in good spirits with every good shot being applauded by both sides.  

After the match, both teams retired to the Club Rooms where Chris Morrison of Merchiston gave a brief history of why we compete in this fixture, thanked everyone for giving it their all, and congratulated Penicuik for their latest win!  Iain Scott received the trophy, thanking Merchiston for their spirited efforts, thanked Penicuik for delivering another win and we all look forward to competing again in 2023.

Top scorers on the night –    Craig Brown (25), Iain Scott (20) & Ronnie Hope (17) for Penicuik, and Dave Cunningham (17), Mike Smith (16) and Archie Smith & Chris Morrison (15) for Merchiston.

Line graph denotes cumulative score
Iain receiving the Merchiston Team Points Trophy

Report by Iain Scott.

Social Match against New Stones

The evening of 11th February saw 2 teams from Penicuik playing against 2 teams from New Stones in a fun filled and good-natured social match.

Penicuik’s first team was skipped by Barbara, with Les, Alicia and David G supporting, whilst Kirsty skipped the second team of Jim Hume, David B and Jean. Four of our newest members, Jean and Graeme Cassie, Louise and Paul Clapperton played for New Stones along with Alan and Susan Gill, Saho Arakawa and Nicki Cassie.  

Penicuik’s rinks swapped ice half way, and although scores for each end didn’t really matter at the end of the day, teams did make a half-hearted attempt at keeping the cards updated. It’s fair to say that New Stones were understandably outplayed although there were some great shots from both sides, maybe a few wilder ones, but we all managed to come off the ice unscathed after a fun night’s curling.

As is customary, we retired upstairs to continue the socialising over a drink and chat. Hopefully, we have achieved our aim, made some new friends, and shown New Stones players what a friendly club we are, in the hope that those who haven’t already done so may seriously consider joining Penicuik in the future.

Report by Jean Noble

West Linton Challenge Match

The traditional challenge match against West Linton took place on the evening of Thursday 3rd February and it was great to meet up with old friends again after missing the event last season.

Penicuik’s first rink of Dave Carr, Roger Scott, Craig Brown and Margaret Carr were up against worthy opponents skipped by Chris McDonald, whilst Jim Ramsay lead his team of Liz Anderson, Jean Noble and Ronnie Hope against another strong rink skipped by John Dykes.

Competition was fierce, and after three ends both games were level at 5-5, and 2-2 respectively. Play continued to ebb and flow with some big end scores in Dave’s game, and the score once again level at 5-5 in Jim’s match with the last end left to play. The outcome was far from certain but Penicuik came out eventual winners with final scores of 9-7 for Dave’s rink and 7-5 for Jim’s.

As always, both matches were played in the best spirit of friendly rivalry, and after retiring to the club rooms for a drink and chat, Chris presented the West Linton Challenge Trophy to Dave who graciously accepted it on behalf of all the Penicuik players. Jean thanked Mairi McDonald, Secretary, and the West Linton players for their kind invitation and said how much we had enjoyed the game and would look forward to playing again next season.

Report by Jean Noble

Chris presenting Dave with Challenge Trophy

Merchiston 1816 Match

On Friday 14th January, Penicuik had another good friendly game against Merchiston to commemorate the first 1816 match.

The home team of Keith Morris, Iain Scott (President), Roger Scott & Liz Anderson were up against Jim Cannon, John Jacobs, Jon Wood & Mike Smith of Merchiston.

The game was played following ECC’s Covid regulations with only one sweeper allowed alternating between shots. This suited Roger as he has already played earlier in the day. There was some confusion regarding sweeping opposition stones behind the T line but this was amicably resolved.

Both teams were on form with some fine shots being played, however Penicuik triumphed at the end of the night with a score of 6-3. It must have been a game with a lot of discussion & deep concentration as we only managed to achieve 6 ends.

With the first day of the bar opening after the lifting of regulations, everyone retired upstairs for a refreshment & chat. Jim, the Merchiston skip, thanked Penicuik for the game and spoke about some of the history behind the competition. He also paid tribute to Walter Brown and his curling achievements at all levels of the game.

Penicuik thanked Merchiston for an enjoyable match and mentioned that they look forward to playing against them in the upcoming Team Points.

Report by Keith Morris

Presentation of 50 Year Medal

Margaret receiving her 50 Year Medal

On Sunday 19th September the opportunity was taken at the Annual Golf Outing Dinner to mark a very special occasion, namely the 50 year anniversary of Margaret Cowper joining Penicuik Curling Club.

After a short speech, President Iain invited a very surprised Margaret to come forward for the presentation which husband Jim had somehow succeeded in keeping a secret from his wife. The achievement was marked with a warm round of applause from the thirty plus members and guests attending the dinner.

Many congratulations to Margaret.

Try Curling Session

On Wednesday 6th October David Gillespie, ably assisted by Barbara, Jim and Craig, hosted a Try Curling session at Murrayfield Curling Rink for a group of nine friends and guests.

Following a brief introduction to the game and the ice, our participants learned how to deliver stones up the ice, as well as how and why to sweep, and were then able to play a short game which of course ended in a draw.

We hope that they will all want to come back to learn some more of the skills and strategies of the ‘roaring game’ and to ultimately curl with Penicuik Curling Club.

Annual Dinner & Toast

Many thanks to all those who took part in our ‘virtual’ Annual Dinner and Toast.This was an excellent idea to celebrate our Club, remember old friends and to bring some cheer in these  uncertain times.

Printed copies of this booklet will be available in the future.

Annual Dinner – remembering old friends

Club Toast


2019-20 Competition Winners


Social Game against Duntocher Ladies

On a clear spring morning on 4th March, two carloads of Penicuik lady curlers with a guest from West Linton made their way through to Greenacres for a Social game against Duntocher Ladies. The views from the Curling Rink across Glasgow to the snow-clad Lomond Hills made the journey well worthwhile, and there was even time for a cup of hot soup before the serious business of curling started. Penicuik were joined for the day by their final team member Jane Hunter, an ex Penicuik player in her 81st years and now with Duntocher Ladies as her home club.

The format was that the two Duntocher rinks would play 4 ends each against their first Penicuik opposition then swap over to play another 4 ends against the other rink, so that everyone became acquainted.

Margaret Carr’s rink of Christine Hope Janette Lambie and Jean Noble were all square at 1 stone each after two ends before Duntocher took a 3 in the third, then Penicuik finished the first half with another single ending up 4-2 down. Liz Anderson’s rink of Pam Ramsay, Anne Lambie and Jane Hunter had a tougher starting match ending up 5-0 down after 4 ends.

However, both Penicuik rinks rallied against the different opposition in the second half with Margaret’s team reading the ice well and sweeping their stones into the head. They took 4 stones in the first, then a 3 then a 2  before conceding a single at the last end, finishing the day on a win 11-5. Liz’s team conceded another single in the fifth end against the second team then, to Pam and Liz’s great excitement, rallied to take a 3 then another two singles ending up losing narrowly by 5-6.

Time for refreshments after the curling. Jean missing from photo.

Curling over, we retired to the Club room for some chit-chat over tea/coffee and cream scones and the presentation of cream eggs for our win.  Liz then thanked President Jean Leach, Beverly, Jane and the other players from Duntocher Ladies  for their hospitality before we left for the long journey home. Overall this had been a very enjoyable days curling against some very friendly opposition and we will look forward to welcoming them  to Murrayfield next season for the return match.

Cream scones and chat after the match.

Report by Jean Noble