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.
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.
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.
Jim Cowper, Dave Carr, Keith Morris and skip Dave Anderson stepped up for this social game against a DAFS rink of Jill Gillard, Margaret Miller, Alistair Henry and skip David Lindsay.
With last stone advantage DAFS took a single in the first end with Penicuik replying with two shots in the second. DAFS again scored a single in the third with Penicuik drawing their last stone to gain a further two shots in the fourth. Looking good for a steal in the fifth following a well judged hit and roll by Keith, Alistair replied with an unassailable draw to the four-foot resulting in another single for DAFS. They then went on to steal a single in the sixth meaning that we went to the last end peels where, following two excellent lead stones from octogenarian Jim, we gained the advantage coming out overall winners by 9 shots to 4.
There was some very good curling from both rinks throughout a very close game and we thank DAFS Curling Club for the invitation to play in this very enjoyable encounter.
The annual Team Points match against Merchiston Curling Club took place on Sunday 2nd February with Penicuik represented by Dave Anderson, Dave Carr, David Gillespie, Ronnie Hope, Ken Hunter, Alex Moir, Keith Morris and Iain Scott.
Penicuik got off to a good start by gaining 19 points and a 9 point advantage in the first discipline, but Merchiston rallied and by the third discipline the gap was reduced to 2 points. The stalwarts of Penicuik then focused on the task and the gap was increased at every further discipline except the penultimate one with the final result over eight disciplines being a win for Penicuik with a score of 105 – 85.
Iain accepts trophy from Archie
As in our Club Points the scores were lower than usual.
Top scorers on the night for Penicuik were Alex Moir (18), Dave Anderson (17) and Keith Morris (16) and for Merchiston, John Jacobs (16), Ruth Addinal (14), and Jim Cannon (13).
Following another excellent night of competition and fellowship we adjourned to the bar for well-earned refreshments courtesy of our Honorary President Jim Cowper, sporting his 50 year medal, who having overseen the competition gave us his frank assessment of the evening’s proceedings.
Socialising after the match
Many thanks to all those who took part and especially to Jim who has taken over the Hamish Tait mantle.
On 9th January at 6.00pm Penicuik played Merchiston in the Merchiston 1816 competition.
I have been trying to erase the game from my memory but, unfortunately, have been asked to provide a report on the game!!
The Penicuik Team (to their shame) was Keith Morris (skip), Dave Anderson, Dave Carr and Jim Hume, with Keith Anderson, John Jacobs (Turncoat!!), John Wood and David Miller playing for Merchiston.
Merchiston started with a SIX, followed by a two. For the next four ends, Penicuik hung on and prevented the difference getting any worse. So, 11-3 after 6 ends. At the 7th end, Merchiston were lying 4, with Keith to play last stone. For the first time in the game, a Penicuik player played a good shot, with a double take out and roll to just take shot.
Final score 11-4, which flattered Penicuik. Congratulations to Merchiston who all played very well.
I hope the above is correct but, fortunately, the score card has been lost and trying to remember the details has been a bit painful!! After the game we all retired upstairs for the usual very pleasant banter and drinks. Hopefully, we will get our revenge in the Points match on 2nd February.
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.