Opening Bonspiel 2017-18

Members gathered at Murrayfield Curling Rink on Sunday 24 September to start the season with the traditional bonspiel.  Most were eager to get on to the ice to acclimatize once more to the demands of curling.  Six teams entered the fray, playing a series of one end games against other teams.  Mr Cowper (reserve) took up a generous offer from the Vice-President and played a couple of ends (no doubt very well) in her place.  Obviously everyone kept the games going to schedule despite the requirement to continually change sheet, so much so that seven ends were completed with ease.

Afterwards, participants and other members gathered in the ECC bar/dining room for a  refreshment, and to share a pleasant meal together.  Vice-President Liz thanked members for supporting this first event of the new season, and went on to thank the ice staff and the catering staff for their work.  She then called on the Secretary to announce the results of the afternoon’s play;  the Foundation team for the day was Team Jacobs, with John supported by Linda Hunter, Ian Neil, and Jan Stuart.  The winning team, by a good margin, was Team Anderson, with Pter Occleston, Kirsten Mauchline, and Vic Ramage providing support to Dave.

Photographs on Competition Page

Golf Outing 2017

The sun came out again for the second sporting outing of the summer, at Glencorse Golf Club. Four teams competed and appear to have enjoyed the sunshine, the golf and the banter.  The teams were skipped by members of the golf club. John Glidden with Alister Lambie, Mike Mauchline and Jim Hume, Dave Anderson with Ronnie Hope, Colin McCall and Liz Anderson, Reg Dunbar with Andrew Dalgleish, Ian Somerville and Anne Lambie, and Dave Carr with Jim Ramsay, and Les Dalgleish and Jean Noble.

The format was a Texas Mex, which reduces the impact of the teams best player (not necessarily the skip).  The eventual winners were Dave Anderson, Ronnie Hope, Liz Anderson and Colin McCall with 70.  However the ‘foundation’ team, Reg Dunbar alongside Ian Somerville, Anne Lambie and Andrew Dalgleish, were not far behind on 76.

Additional prizes were awarded for the longest drive at 16th (gentlemen) – Reg Dunbar, longest drive at 16th (ladies) – Jean Noble, and  nearest the pin at 8th – Jim Hume.  Congratulations to all who took part. 

A further 14 members joined the players for a very nice high tea – a good day all round.  Thanks to Jean Noble for sponsoring the event, and to Roger Scott for some additional prizes.

Barbara Gillespie

Photographs on Social Page

Edinburgh International Curlers’ Gathering 2017

The Gathering took place over the last weekend of March and fourteen local sides were joined by fourteen overseas teams for a 3-day fun curling tournament.  Eight of the visiting teams were new to the event and came from France, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the USA.

Penicuik fielded teams drawn from a squad of Dave Carr, Dave Anderson, Andrew Lambie, Jim Ramsay,Liz Anderson, Pam Ramsay, Barbara Gillespie, Jean Lennie, Roger Scott, and David Gillespie.  Wins against Alba and The Queens (Sweden), and a loss to Lyss City 1 (Switzerland) in the preliminary stage meant Penicuik played in Group C in the final stage.  Here they lost to O’Neil (USA), Curlingstones (Switzerland), and Lyss City 2 (Switzerland).

The Roaring Stones (aka Murray Hope, Iain Scott, John Jacobs, Robert Beaton, and Ronnie Hope) played in a very strong group in the preliminary stage losing to Paddy Power, The Maple Rocks (Canada), and Torsten Med Borsten (Sweden).  Happily they went on to gain a victory against Easy Curlers (Switzerland) in the final group stage. 

Some of the Organising Team

A number of members banded together to form the Organising Team for the Gathering.  Jim R was Transport Manager and MC, Linda Hunter is the Treasurer and Competition Score,  Janette Lambie and Barbara Gillespie manned the Registration Desk, and Christine Hope and Pam Ramsay ran the fund raising activities.  The whole team readily took on additional duties throughout the weekend.   A big than you to all of them, and to the volunteers who delivered Jim’s transport plan for airport transfers.

The Winning Teams this year were;

Group A         Paddy Power

Group B        All Mixed Up

Group C        O’Neil (USA)

Group D       Lyss City 1 (Switzerland)

Group E        Balfron Wolves

Group F        Kelso Reivers

Group G       Midcalder

The Friendship Quaich was awarded jointly to the two USA teams (O’Neil and Mulville) from St Paul, Minnesota, who made a great contribution to the event both on and off the ice.

Closing Bonspiel

The final ice of the season on Wednesday 29 March was devoted to the Closing Bonspiel.  Eight teams vied for supremacy and the last opportunity to claim a medal.  The format was six single ended games; and in the absence of visible scores it was difficult to understand how the event was progressing for those of us on the balcony.  Afterwards all was revealed; the ‘Foundation Team’ was Jim Ramsay, Janette Lambie, Linda Hunter, and Margaret Dalgleish on -12.  The winners were Iain Scott, Keith Morris, Barbara Gillespie, and Pauli Holmes on +10, so congratulations to them.

Members shared a meal and refreshments afterwards in the ECC Club Rooms.

A happy bunch of wooden spoonists.

Bonspiel winners, Iain Scott, Keith Morris, Barbara Gillespie, and Pauli Holmes







37 Club Challenge Match

At our dinner to celebrate our Bi-centenary, 37 Club presented Penicuik with a very nice silver salver to mark the occasion.  Subsequently, the clubs agreed that they would compete annually for the salver. Last season, we played a single rink game against them and managed to win the trophy 7-4.  Afterwards both clubs felt that they could raise two teams, so it was decided to make it a double rink sheet match for this season.
So, on Monday 20th March, Penicuik played against 37 Club.
Representing Penicuik were the President’s team, Jim Ramsay, Dave Carr, John Jacobs and Ronnie Hope, and the Vice President’s team, Murray Hope, Dave Anderson, Iain Scott and Robert Beaton.  The President’s team played Mike Wilkinson, Bryan Little, Mike Williamson, and Mel Stimpson, and the Vice-President’s team played Paul Davidson, David Lambie, Alastair Hay, and Harry Fairley.
The Vice President’s team got off to a great start and went 6 up after two ends. While the President’s game was more of a nip and tuck affair, with both sides striving to gain an advantage.  While the Vice President’s team were keeping a good lead in shots, they were dropping ends and the President’s team started to struggle.  So going into the last end, it looked like Penicuik would win the Vice President’s game but lose The President’s game. The Challenge Match would be decided on ends and Penicuik would win if they could gain an end in either of the games.
The President’s team lost a heavy (5) last end  and lost the game 4-10 but drew 3-3 on ends. In the Vice Presidents game, 37 Club had a well buried shot and Murray decided to go for a “David Murdoch” style triple lift at weight. It was looking good all the way down the ice. However, the last stone to be lifted missed the 37 stone by half an inch (see Mike Williamson’s photo). A great effort by Murray, whose team ran out winners 8-4.
Congratulations to 37 Club who won the match 14-12 (7 ends to 6).
We all retired to the bar after the match for the usual conviviality and all agreed that we should keep the double rink format for next season.
Dave Carr

District Medal

Two teams of our curlers traveled across to Braehead late on Wednesday evening to meet Cadder CC in a District Medal fixture.  Our teams were Dave Anderson. Dave Carr, John Jacobs, and Robert Beaton; and Andrew Lambie, Iain Scott, Roger Scott, and Ronnie Hope.

The President’s team (Anderson) won 7-4, and the Vice-president’s team (Lambie) lost 5-9.  Overall a victory for Cadder, so congratulations to them on their win.

Intermediate Points

The first Intermediate Points Competition was played out tonight, Tuesday 14 March, with 11 enthusiastic members vying to gain the medal.  Six disciplines were completed, with ‘Wick & Curl In’ being omitted in favor of ‘Raising’.   It was a closely contested evening with a tight finish; Andrew Dalgleish took the medal on 16 points, with Janette Lambie and Vic Ramage just one point behind in joint second place.  Congratulations to Andrew, and well done to all of the participants.

Everyone enjoyed themselves, so hopefully we can look to run the event on an annual basis. Finally your Secretary would like to thank Jim Cowper for going in to the curling rink to assist in making the event run smoothly for the players.