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West Linton Challenge

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.

Jean Noble

SIAE Friendly Match

Report by David Cunningham, Secretary of SIAE

“Following an idea at our AGM, SIAE invited DAFS and Penicuik to take part in social games on Sunday 17th November.  They are two of our closest competitors and friends, with our origins at the Bush Estate, near Penicuik, and the links within agriculture.  We often play them in the Province League, Bonspiel and King George IV Trophy – but not this particular season!

DAFS was represented by David Lindsay, Graham Thomson, Jill Gillard and Catriona Graham.  Dave Anderson, Keith Morris, Liz Anderson and Elaine Lambie played for Penicuik.  SIAE put together two rinks (Steven Thomson, Mike Veitch, Graeme Muir and Morna Findlay; David Cunningham, Chris Parry, Maureen McCulloch and John Elcock), with the former starting against Penicuik and the latter against DAFS.  After four ends, our teams swapped sheets, so that we could play our other guests.  Good fun, good banter and even some good curling!

We kept score for the sake of it and it’s fair to say that Penicuik scored the most (and conceded the fewest) shots over the seven ends.  Nobody cared too much about that as we retired to the bar.  Many thanks to all the curlers who represented their clubs – long may the social side of our sport continue.”

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

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.

Social Fixtures

Penicuik hosted games with DAFS CC and Partick CC on Friday evening (18 Jan).

PARTICK CC v PENICUIK CC

Friday 18th of February was the third challenge between our two clubs.  This year it was a home game for us.  A friendly game, Iain Scott, Liz Anderson, Pam and Jim Ramsay rotated position every two ends as did our new friends  Robbie, Duncan, Geoff and May from Partick.

End 1 was taken against ‘The Hammer’ with a single.  End 2, we were on the board with a two.  End 3 with Iain in the head, we thought we were on for a 4 or 5 until Duncan drew in to cut us to a one.  End 4 saw us gain a further 2  after our Skip guarded well.  Liz took over as Skip in the 5th end where we lost a 2.  We still don’t know what Liz was up to half way through the 6th end.  She and Geoff decided to inspect the base of one of the stones in play, in the house.  When play resumed, we were able to claim a three.  End 7 and the last end, Pamela was able to claim a 3 after Partick managed to clear their stones from the house.

Despite the 2 – 11 score, we are sure that the Partick team enjoyed their time with us.

Jim Ramsay

Penicuik V DAFS

Jim Cowper, Roger Scott, Ronnie Hope and Dave Anderson stepped up to the hack for a social game against the DAFS rink of Graham Thomson, Alan McDonald, Jill Gillard and Catriona Graham

Penicuik started well with a creditable 3 in the first end and were looking good to steal a good score in the second until, having failed to provide a good guard, DAFS skip Graham played a good hit and roll for a single.  Penicuik increased their lead with a 2 in the third but with DAFS front end now finding their weight, the 4th end went their way with an excellent 3 and a steal of a single in the 5th brought the scores level. The 6th end saw Penicuik finding their way again with a single and we managed to protect a single in the last end to secure a 7 -5 shot victory.

Shot of the game was and angled take out by Roger which he played superbly well despite being told by his team mates that it might be above his capability.  It was noted that Penicuik front end had a combined age of around 160 years. There’s life in the old dogs yet.

Our thanks to Graham and his team for joining us in a game played in the best of spirits. All involved enjoyed the evening.

Dave Anderson

Merchiston 1816 Fixture

The Annual “Merchiston 1816” match to celebrate the first match between Merchiston and Penicuik took place on Friday 11th January.

Penicuik were represented by Keith Morris, Iain Scott, Dave Carr and Reg Dunbar, and Merchiston by Chris, Morrison, Jon Addinall, John Wood and David Miller.

The ice was fast and very swingy, making calling on strikes very tricky.  Penicuik got the pace of the ice sooner, and built up a steady lead. Chris Morrison was repeatedly asked to play tricky saving shots which didn’t quite come off.  So, Penicuik went into the last end with a comfortable 7-2 lead. Merchiston’s early stones were all taken away but they managed to score with their last 3 stones.  An ambitious double take out by Keith just drew too much, allowing Chris to draw with the last stone for a three to make the final score 7-5.

After the game, we went upstairs for the usual pleasant chat and refreshments.

Dave Carr