In the Premier Division, Team 1 of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow faced two matches to bring their season to an end. First up was North Merchiston 2 with old team-mate David Melrose in the opposing ranks. Greig and Colin both won 2 and combined for a win in the doubles but Stuart had a bad night resulting in a 5-5 draw. In the end Team 1 were probably happy with a draw as David took Colin to deuce in the fifth of the final match of the night. The next night saw the visit of Edinburgh University 1 and yet another old team-mate in Ian Johnston. No Stuart for the last match of the season - in stepped Abby and although winless on the night, she had two five enders and a four ender and acquitted herself terrifically well. Colin was undefeated and Greig won 2 which left the doubles to be the important match on the night and when it went the way of the home duo, with it was an excellent 6-4 win. 7 points out of the last 8 for Team 1 means a 5th place finish for the season.
In Division 1, Team 3 had a somewhat meaningless match against West Lothian 2 with neither team really having anything to play for - a 7-3 defeat for Team 3 resulted but worthy of note from the match was that Iain Johnstone had 3 excellent 5 end tussles, losing out to Dave Fletcher but defeating both Amjad and Stan (the man at the top of the Division 1 individual averages). Also Ian Woodyer played his second match of the season - two expensive matches given that he’ll need to pay us his full membership fee now!! Clive, Iain and Brian finish a comfortable 6th in the Division.
A little bit of gloss was taken off Team 4’s season as they looked nervy against West Lothian 5 in Division 2. With a point needed to secure 2nd spot, the late withdrawal of Gavin Hunter led to Millie Bennett from Division 4 stepping in to join Tony Brentnall and Krzysztof Laszkiewicz. Mr Scrabble man summed up the night in typical style by commenting that he played like a donkey as they fell to a 6-4 loss (only their 2nd defeat of the season). Tony won 2, Krys 1 and they combined for a win in the doubles. But hold on, never mind the loss, the 4 games they secured still meant that at the end of the night they had mathematically ensured a 2nd place finish with one match left to play. Well done Team 4.
In Division 3, Phil Daly and Gregory Leplatre called on Craig Johnson from Division 4 to step in for the absent John Bald in their last match of the season - a 9-1 defeat followed but the story of the night was not that our Player of Week 25 (Phil) won the only match for the visitors but that the award for performance of the night went to Craig - I’m sure Phil didn’t mind not getting the player of the match - he had his glory last week!!. A mid table finish for Team 5.
In Division 4, a 2 Player Team 6 took on a 2 player Team 8 as Luke and Louis gave away about a hundred years to Rachel and Martyn. Youth triumphed over experience with both boys undefeated on the night, however, Martyn came closest to upsetting the form guide as he just lost out in five ends to Louis - others in the hall (and indeed outside the hall throughout the midlothian area) didn’t have to watch the match to know it wasn’t plain sailing for Louis - his screams of despair gave that away!! A win in their final match against Team 7 and a 3rd place finish is on the cards for Team 6.
Performance of the week though is left to last as Team 7 had great win against 3rd placed Fife 4 in Division 4. 2 wins from Stuart, 2 from Millie and an important win from Craig gave the visitors at least a draw. The doubles, as so often the case, is a huge match when the scores are tight and the father and daughter duo secured the win with a 4 end victory against their Fife opponents - who knows on that form maybe they can cause Team 6 some problems in their last match of the season.
And so to our Player of the Week - it has to go to someone from Team 7 - a 9-1 loss in the first half turned into a 6-4 victory this time around - For her two wins and seemingly nurturing old dad over the line in the doubles the award goes to Millie - well done.
Controversies of the week - wow there's not enough space to fit it all in so we'll just give a brief version - anyone who wants a more detailed look at the issue can request a copy of the Club's email on the subject. Edinburgh International tried to call an SGM with support from other clubs to be told not enough time to fit it in before play-offs. It transpires that Edinburgh Uni have not paid a penny in fees to the League this year and despite the Committee ignoring the rules and giving them until 8th March as deadline date for payment, they still haven't paid - well the League won't stand for that will they??? Eh yes they will it appears - We feel a cash flow problem coming on for Penicuik TTC next season - can we pay our fees up at £5 per month please - how can they say no!
On the table there was more umpiring controversy in team 1's match - added to perhaps by the simmering underlying tension of playing an old team-mate. And finally it's always controversial when an intra club fixture takes place - add in to the mix some family rivalry and fireworks normally follow!! Oh how we'll miss it when the season ends!!