Penicuik’s 1st Team of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Iain Johnstone hosted last season's surprise package Edinburgh Sports Club desperate for change of fortune after a disappointing start to this season's Premier Division campaign. After a narrow loss in their last outing against the reigning Champions, North Merchiston, the 1st Team were hopeful that a good performance could kick start their season. Unfortunately, however, the 1st Team could only convert 1 out of 5 five enders into a win and that came in the doubles where Greig and Colin overturned a 2-0 deficit to beat two of the Leagues top players, Graeme Sutherland and John Hannah. If the 1st Team only played doubles matches they would be atop of the League but unfortunately none of the home team could win a singles match as they went down to a heavy 9-1 defeat. The scoreline doesn't reflect how tight the match was, however, with Greig being particularly unlucky losing all 3 of his matches in tight deciding ends. The loss leaves the 1st Team in a precarious position, 3rd bottom of the Division and with a big week coming up in Week 9 as they play two matches against teams also struggling to put points on the board.
There is much better news in Division 2 for the Club. Penicuik 2 now top the Division after an impressive 7-3 away win against Corstorphine 3. The 2nd Team called on the services of Tony Brentnall again and Tony turned out to be the player of the night winning all 3 of his singles matches. Clive Liddiard maintained his remarkable form, remaining undefeated this season and all of last, winning his 3 singles matches whilst Brian Bailey was no doubt disappointed to only pick up 1 win.
Penicuik 3 of James Wighton, Gary McDougal and Abby Wighton then strived to maintain their 100% record in the Division as they hosted Corstorphine 4. Gary was on top form winning his 3 singles, whilst James added 2 and Abby contributed 1 win. James and Abby teamed up to win the crucial doubles as the 3rd Team matched the 2nd Team with a 7-3 victory. With League Leaders Edinburgh International not in action both teams leapfrogged into 1st and 2nd place in the Division. The 3rd Team still hold the upper hand, however, as although currently in second place on the same points as Penicuik 2 they have a game in hand on their Clubmates and a point ahead of Edinburgh International.
A good week for the Club was rounded off by Penicuik 4’s biggest win of the season as they ran out 9-1 winners against Edinburgh International 7 in Division 3. A new look 4th Team of Phil Daly, Tony Brentnall and Gavin Hunter (made his first appearance of the season) were far too strong for their hosts as Tony and Phil both won 3 and Gavin won 2 of his 3 singles matches. Tony and Gavin combined for a win in the doubles. The victory moves the 4th Team to mid table safety and they can now relax and look upwards, the win leaving Penicuik 4 only 2 points below 3rd place in what is looking like a very tight and hard fought Division.
Away from the League, a number of the Club's youngsters competed in the Borders Table Tennis Challenge Event held at Kelso High School on Saturday 8th November. The main prize went to Luke Hennessey who defeated clubmate, Louis Myatt in a tight final. Well done to all who took part.