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Conclusion of Thirds League

Wow! What a finish to the Thirds League. Team Carr just either needed a point against Team Hobbs, or for Team Occleston to drop a point to Team Gillespie, in order to win the League. If they lost and Team Occleston won, then it would go to Ends then Shots Up. Team Carr just had the edge on both.

Team Carr started a bit nervy, and Team Hobbs built up a well-deserved 4-1 lead after four ends. Meanwhile on the adjacent sheet, Team Occleston were even more impressive leading 6-0. The large crowd (Ronnie Hope and Dave Carr) were getting excited and checking the total ends and shots up. Team Occleston looked as if they were now ahead on both.  Then Team Gillespie started a comeback, with a 4 at the 5th end.  The sixth ends went to Teams Occleston and Hobbs.  It looked grim for Team Carr, unless there could be a game changing final end.

At last, Team Carr found their weight and built up 4 stones in the house with 2 stones left. Team Hobbs tried to reduce the numbers with a big hit but it was a bit wide and sailed through the back.  Provided Team Carr didn’t do anything silly with the last stone, they had pulled a draw out of the bag. The attempt at a draw to win the game pulled up well short for a final score of 6-6.  On the other sheet, Team Gillespie had also found their weight and were piling in the shots, a nice draw to the front of the house with the last stone gave them a 4 and for a 8-7 win. 

What a finish!  Big turnarounds in the last ends of both games, and victory in the Thirds League to Team Carr.  Team Carr finished on 9 points, with Teams Occleston and Gillespie both on 6 points. Whilst this looks comfortable, it was anything but on the night. 

Well done to all 4 teams for an excellent night’s entertainment, and congratulations to Team Carr (Margaret Carr, Christine Hope Mike Mauchline and Vic Ramage) on their success in winning the Hope Quaich.  I’m sure that the nerves of the players and the crowd will settle down in a few days!

Dave Carr

Pairs 2018-19

The Club Pairs Competition was played on Sunday 10 March.  In the opening encounters Ramsay & Hunter beat Morris & Brown, Anderson & Carr (M) beat Carr & Ramsay (P), Jacobs & Lambie  (J) beat Hope & Gillespie, and Lambie & Scott (R) beat Scott & Noble.

On to the Low Road semi-finals; Carr & Ramsay (P) beat Morris & Brown, and Scott & Noble beat Hope & Gillespie.  In the latter game, Ronnie astounded the ‘Gallery’ of onlookers with a reversed angle, raised shot using an opposition stone to just nudge one of his own stones on the edge of the four foot to take shot, it was perhaps the best fluke of the day.

Carr & Ramsay (P) met Scott & Noble in the Low Road final.  Carr & Ramsay got off to a great start gaining a 4, largely as a result of a fine double by Dave Carr with his first/second shot (poor memory of the detail here).  Iain made a good draw with his final stone in the second end to add to the one shot that he and Jean were already lying to make it 4-2 to the Carr Ramsay combo.  Scott & Noble managed to steal a single in the third end to go into the final end one down.  With two stones to go things were not looking to good for Scott & Noble, but Iain managed to get a good draw in on a difficultly straight out-turn to take shot,  Having to move this stone, Dave came up a little too wide and got no draw.  Iain then attempted to repeat the same draw, was slightly heavier and although he lay two shots it appeared to give the opposition a reasonable chance.  However, Dave was again slightly wide of where he would have liked to have been and wrecked on a front stone.  So Iain and Jean were winners 5 shots to 4.

In the High Road semi-finals Anderson & Carr (M) had a comfortable win over Ramsay & Hunter, with Margaret making an excellent out-turn tap back through a port in the second end.  Jacobs & Lambie (J) beat Lambie & Scott.

Anderson & Carr (M) met Jacobs & Lambie (J) in the six end final.  The latter stages of the first end were dominated by shots on a tricky straight in-turn.  Dave found a good line past front stones to take shot just to the left of the four foot.  John managed to get a tap back on this shot and took a single when Dave failed to repeat his earlier shot.  Anderson & Carr exerted pressure in the second end only for John to get a wick in off a stone in the outer part of the house to lie shot.  In trying to deal with this Dave somehow manged to contrive to remove his own stones and, instead of losing a single, gave away a four. Anderson & Carr came back well in the third end and took a three to go 5-3 down.  They had much of the better of things in the fourth end; lying with four shots diagonal across the front of the house from, Dave played his final shot a little too heavy and came to rest past the tee line.  John made a good draw to that stone to take a single and go 6-3 up.  Anderson & Carr again pressed hard in the fifth end and John was only able to keep them to two counters.  His final shot on the swingeing out-turn was quite good giving him shot, but it was marginally too heavy and gave Dave an opportunity to respond.  Dave made the most of the opportunity and was able to move John’ s stone;  the outcome, after a measure, was a three to Anderson & Carr.  So all level after five ends.  Margaret manged to get two decisive stones in in the early part of the final end.  Janette get a freeze on the better of these on the tee line at the right hand side of the pot lid, but did not lie shot.  With the left side reasonably covered, Dave opted for an out-turn draw, he may have been a little tight for his nominated shot but a slight wicked off a front stone provided an excellent guard.  John was now left with little option but to try a very difficult raise on the very swingeing in-turn.  His first attempt looked slightly light but was compromised by a pick up.  Dave attempted a guard on the same hand but did not get the result he was seeking.  John then tried the raise again without success, only for Dave to get the guard on with his final stone.  John was left with a difficult raise on the tricky out turn which was unsuccessful.  So Dave and Margaret ran out winners 7 shots to 6.

Again the Pairs Competition was a successful and enjoyable day.  Thank you to everyone who entered. 

District Medal 2018-19

Helensburgh v Penicuik

The President’s rink of Jim Ramsay, Robert Beaton, Murray Hope and Ronnie Hope along with the Vice –President’s rink of Dave Anderson, Dave Carr, Iain Scott and Margaret Carr took to the ice at Braehead on Saturday 2 March  to play for a District Medal against Helensburgh.

Both games were hotly contested on what was quite tricky ice with the President’s rink gaining the advantage to go 3 shots up in the first two ends. Helensburgh had a difficult last stone draw against 7 shots which the skip executed to perfection to take a single. This seemed to shift the momentum in their direction and they took the next three ends to go into the final end 5-3 ahead but Jim managed to get a single to finish the game Helensburgh 5 shots and 4 ends – 4 shots and 3 ends Penicuik.

The Vice President’s rink in the meantime had a last stone draw against 4 in the first end to only lose a single. The second end went Penicuik’s way with an angled plant to remove the opposition stones to gain 4 shots. The next end needed a last stone draw to cover the button with some frantic sweeping to gain us a single then two shots in the 4th end gave us a good advantage but Helensburgh came back with 2 shots in the 5th. The last two ends went with the hammer with 3 shots to Penicuik then 2 to the opposition with the game finishing Helensburgh 5 shots and 3 ends – 10 shots and 4 ends Penicuik.

So the overall result was a win to Penicuik 2 points, 7 ends, and 14 shots against Helensburgh 2 points, 7 ends and 10 shots.

Dave Anderson

Second Points 2018-19

The Second Points Competition was held on Tuesday evening (19 Feb).  Nine members  entered the contest for the medal and another opportunity to test their skills against the current ice.  In starting order of play, the participants were Iain Scott, Dave Anderson, Ronnie Hope, Ken Hunter, Craig Brown, Keith Morris, Jim Cowper, David Gillespie, and John Jacobs.

The ice was somewhat different in that we were on sheets 3 & 4, with Oxenfoord also playing Points alongside us on sheets 1 & 2.   At the close of play Keith Morris emerged as the winner on 36 points,  narrowly beating Ken Hunter in second place (35 pts), followed then by a chasing pack of Craig Brown, Ronnie Hope, and John Jacobs all on 32 pts.  It was a very enjoyable evening, and afterwards we adjourned to the bar to take refreshments and engage in a good old natter.

As to the details of the event, 6 members managed to score at all eight of the disciples played, these were Craig Brown, Jim Cowper, Ronnie Hope, Ken Hunter, John Jacobs, and Keith Morris.   The top scorers in each discipline were as follows;

Striking                           Dave Anderson, Craig Brown, & Ronnie Hope,  (8)

Inwicking                        Iain Scott (5)

Drawing                          Dave Anderson & Ken Hunter (5)

Guarding                       Keith Morris (6)

Chap & Lie                     Ronnie Hope & Ken Hunter (5)

Wick & Curl In                Jim Cowper (5)

Raising                            Ronnie Hope (6)

Chipping the Winner    Dave Anderson (7)

Points is a great way to learn and to gain more experience about how to play the ice we have.  The Intermediate Points Competition is on Wednesday 27 February.  

King George Quarter-Final

Penicuik played DAFS on Friday 1st February in the quarter final of the King George IV Trophy Competition, having beaten Stewart’s Melville FP and Holyrood in previous rounds. Our rink on this occasion comprised John Jacobs (skip), Robert Beaton (third), Ronnie Hope (second), and Liz Anderson (lead). DAFS put out a strong rink with Alistair Henry (skip), Michael Young (third), David Lindsay (second), and Neil Sinclair (lead). Once again, we were allocated sheet 7, which is proving to be less and less reliable as the season progresses, and both rinks found it very tricky to read.

DAFS took the first end with a single and Penicuik respond with a single at the second, when John’s draw avoided a big end for DAFS. The next three ends were also won in singles, but all of them for DAFS.  Liz up front played well, but the midfield of Ronnie and Robert found conditions frustratingly variable, so Penicuik went into the penultimate end 4-1 down and needing four to win the game, (a peel would give DAFS the win on ends). Lying one at the sixth end, John’s final draw was marginally long. A disappointing single, so Penicuik went into the final end 4-2 down, needing three to win and last-stone advantage to DAFS.  DAFS looking confident and odds-on to win; oh dear! 

A cluttered head in the seventh end, DAFS lying shot, just short of the button, with only three Penicuik stones left. Robert’s very difficult in-turn around the front guards on straight ice just misses – blast!  Only John’s two stones to go and Penicuik still needing three to win!  DAFS put in another guard.  John was forced to the swingy out-turn to try a difficult angled raise. Well played but slightly light, it pushed back the DAFS stone to second shot.  DAFS put in another guard but there was still a narrow route in to the head from the wing. John plays a cracking wide-angled raise with his final stone on to an outlying Penicuik stone, through the port, and pushes the DAFS stone back to lie three!!

However, one Penicuik stone lies open, if DAFS can take this out they win the game!  It’s guarded for the out-turn, so Alistair is forced to take an unplayed line down the centre on the in-turn. Penicuik players can hardly look! Will it pass the guard?
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NO, it catches and we’ve won by a shot, 5-4!  Both teams in shock at the result!  A win is a win however, and although we genuinely commiserated with our friends in DAFS in the bar afterwards, we are delighted to enter the semi-final against Sweepers on Friday 22 February. The other semi is between Edinburgh Rotary and RBS.

Ronnie Hope

Outdoor Curling 2019

After a long interval of eight years, the Club at last had the opportunity to return to our spiritual home, the Low Pond.  The surprising cold snap at the end of January had resulted in a good ice cover on the pond.  Our Surveyor (J Cowper) journeyed to the pond on Friday 1 February to assess the likelihood of play, accompanied by his Trainee (R Hope).  Two inches of ice! The call to members went on Friday afternoon.  

A work party of Messrs. Anderson, Carr, Cowper, Hope, Hunter, Ramsay, and Scott (Snr) made their way to the pond on Saturday morning to begin preparations.  First an overnight fall of snow had to be cleared, then it was down to marking two rinks and sweeping them clear. 

Once members had gathered, Skips for the day were appointed (D Anderson, D Carr, J Cowper, and J Ramsay) and teams drawn.  Then after opening stones by Jim Cowper and President Christine Hope, play commenced.  The event started with the intention of playing three rounds of 4 end games.  However after the first games, the rising temperatur necessitated a decision to make the second two rounds only 2 ends.  As it turned out this was a little optimistic, part way through the final games play had to be abandoned for safety reasons when the ice was penetrated on one of the rinks. 

Team Carr had won both of their first two games and were well up in shots scored, so they won the Outdoor Medal.  Well done Dave, Keith Morris, Martin Hobbs, and David Gillespie.

A reminder from Jim Cowper that 40 years ago on 3 February we had 18 rinks playing on the Low Pond. We had 4 Penicuik rinks entered and won three of them. It was a great day, only to be outdone with the Grand Match that week on the 7 February 1979.

Midlothian Province Bonspiel 2018-19

The annual Province bonspiel was played across Monday 28 January.  As usually Penicuik fielded three teams.  Dave Anderson skipped the first game at 10.00 am against MIdcalder.  His team included Liz Anderson, Dave Carr, and Ronnie Hope.  They came away with a 9-5 win.

The second rink played at 2.00 pm against the Bank of Scotland.  Jim Ramsay skipped a team of Ken Hunter, Roger Scott, and John Glidden.  The outcome was an 11-3 win; it could easily have been 12-1 but for a very fortunate (and somewhat undeserved) result from the opposition Skip’s final stone.

Our final game was against Corstorphine at 6.00pm, when Addrew Lambie skipped a team including John Jacobs, Iain Scott, and Margaret Carr.  Corstorphine probably represented the toughest opposition in our draw this year, and Penicuik went down to a 2-7 loss.

We finished the tournament on an average of 2.33 points.  The competition was won by Currie & Balerno with an average score of 11.67.  The Colin Black trophy for the highest up rink on the day went to Royal Bank of Scotland with a score of +14.