The week started poorly as Team 3 travelled to take on Division 2 league leaders West Lothian at Bathgate. As we have mentioned before about Team 3, their team spirit is great and it seems that they sometimes enjoy the car journey more than the actual TT – James Wighton, Hannah McDonell and Abby Wighton again combined against Keith McKay, Jamie Toner and Wojciech Wziatek – Hannah made the very confident statement en route to the match that it would be good if the team avoided a 10-0 whitewash – 9-1 would be OK for her – not exactly confidence building! Maybe Dad Greig should get her to select this week’s lottery numbers – her prediction was spot on unfortunately! James was the only winner on the night with a victory over Keith and he also went to deuce in the fifth against young Jamie. The girls played well in patches, but their consistency was lacking, although Abby did what no other player has apparently done thus far this season and took an end off the impressive Wojciech – Hannah should also have had an end against him – 9-5 up before he came back courtesy of some excellent serving. NPC Greig thinks he needs to reintroduce his Jaffa Cake treats for any wins – that seems to have worked in the past!
On Wednesday 17th November both Team 2 and Team 4 hosted Haddington opposition. Sonny Taylor, Charlie Brindley and Julian Taylor knew they were in for a tough match against Division 1 League leaders Haddington 1, led by Peter Lugton – back to playing regular league table tennis after an absence of…………. – goodness knows how many years. Irrespective of how many years it’s been, Pete hasn’t lost his skills and he strolled through his matches although did lose an end to Sonny. Haddington must be favourites to make it to the Premier League this time around (they’ve been so close in the past) – they now of course also have the premier experience of Carsten to call on – how did he end up at Haddington????? Hmm – let’s move on. Not wanting to rub our noses in it too much, Carsten stayed away! Russel Frith was also undefeated and Matt Munro (he was a good singer wasn’t he) lost out to Sonny and Charlie. An 8-2 win for Haddington as they march on undefeated.
In the other half of the hall, Team 4 of Craig Linton, Rachel Petrie and Jim Jack took on Haddington 3. After some positives from Week 8’s defeat at Fife, the Penicuik trio knew this would be a tough match, their opponents sitting pretty towards the top of Division 3 and so it proved. Two of the ten matches went the distance to be decided in fifth ends – the doubles pairing of Jim & Craig just losing out 11-7 in the fifth whilst the last match of the night saw Craig lose 11-8 in the fifth. A fairly one-sided contest as Team 4 suffered a 10-0 defeat – Division 3 is tough!
And so, to our player of the week award. Not much to choose from really this week! Across our 3 teams in action 3 players recorded 1 win each! Hmmm? Not really any standout performances by opposing players either – West Lothian’s Wojciech Wziatek deserves a mention – but there’s no way he should be playing in Division 2 – at the Vets tournament on Sunday past he defeated Dariusz from the Premier Division! Speaking of the Vets, we look there for our player of the week – he wasn’t in action for his Club Team, but in the Over 50’s last Sunday, after his toughest win of the day against Club President Greig got him into the top 4, he went on to claim top spot – well done to Colin Green – a great win to secure his place in the top few Over 50s in Scotland.
And finally, our controversy of the week section. 9 weeks in and we’re struggling this week for any controversy! Surely not? We’re too nice it appears – no dust ups, no internal issues (well not this week anyway), no refusal of postponements etc etc. So, this week we have to look at the Club’s nicest player and captain (apparently), James Wighton. He likes a bit of controversy does James! And he could not stop talking on the way back from West Lothian last week about the “ridiculous” player of the match awards that are given out each week! In our match against West Lothian, James got the only win of the night for Penicuik and also went to 5 sets in his other match – Abby & Hannah managed two ends between them! Picture James’ face when the scorecard was presented to him, and he saw that our West Lothian opponents had given player of the match to Abby!! Despite the girls chuckling away, he didn’t find it remotely amusing! Oh well – James isn’t a vindictive type though – both Jamie and Wojciech were undefeated on the night and also combined to win the doubles – one of them would get our award wouldn’t they?? Congratulations to Keith McKay for being the only player to lose for WL! He was very pleasant though and if this is a popularity contest then James liked him the best!! Oh dear!
Maybe the Edinburgh League should follow the Scottish National League when it comes to player of the match awards – they don’t let the teams decide – the computer decides on the basis of matches won, ends for and against and point difference if necessary! No such popularity contest there! Anyway, never mind James – despite that evil streak that you’ve hidden well up to now, you’re still at the top of our “nicest captains” league – mind you the bar isn’t a very high one – being ahead of Colin and Charlie is probably not a great achievement! And Craig for Team 4 is right on your heels – but he’s a hibee so you’re still safe!
Week 10 here we come…….