In the Premier Division, after two consecutive 8-2 defeats, the first team of Greig, Colin and Iain faced the newly promoted Edinburgh University in what, even at this early stage in the season, looked like a must win match. University’s Number 1 player this year is of course our former 1st team player, Ian Johnston. A strange decision taken by Ian however as he dropped himself from the match and the night turned out to be much more comfortable than had been expected as the 1st team ran away with the match 9-1. Greig and Colin won their 3 singles matches and combined for a good win in the doubles, whilst Iain picked up his first wins in the Premier Division by winning two of his three matches. The win sees the 1st Team climb four places in the Premier Division and leaves University in trouble at the foot of the table.
After their first loss in over a year, the second Team were hoping to bounce back immediately in their home tie against West Lothian 5 in Division 2. It turned out to be a somewhat controversial night as West Lothian failed to arrive on time and when they did arrive gave no real explanation or apology for not vein there until 7pm - not to mention only two players seemed to have arrived with their 3rd player "on his way"! The away team's attitude did them no favours and after a discussion with Team Captain Brian Bailey they ultimately conceded the match 10-0.
After two excellent wins had put the third Team joint top of Division 2, James, Gary and Abby faced a tricky away match in Bathgate to West Lothian 6. The trio started the night brilliantly as they raced into a 4-0 lead and looked in complete control. However, losses in the next 3 matches brought West Lothian back in to the tie. The final three games of the night, however were all won by Penicuik as they continued their great start to the season with a 7-3 win. Gary won all his 3 matches while James and Abby both won 2. The win keeps Penicuik at the top of the Division.
In the newly formed Division 4, Penicuik’s 5th Team had their second outing of the season as they faced one of the League’s new Clubs, Fife. The home side completely rejigged their team from their opening fixture with Rachel Petrie, Kathryn McKenzie and Louis McLeod all making their debuts in the League. After an excellent win in their first match this tie proved more difficult as they went down to an 8-2 defeat. Both Kathryn and Louis however can take positives from the night as they both won 1 game against their far more experienced opponents.