Team 2 gained a great point in Week 26 against Murrayfield 4. That point enabled them to leapfrog Murrayfield into 2nd bottom place in Division 1 – that might be vital depending on the make-up of the Divisions for next year – could they avoid relegation? We certainly hope so! They could have finished the season with a flurry with their trip to Edinburgh International and when we see the makeup of their team what a chance for another win – only one regular player and two players playing up from Division 2 – oh hold on a minute – the Penicuik team seem to be made up of triplets called Mr Walkover! What a disappointing way to end the season. We await an explanation as to why the concession had to be given.
Team 4 have been moaning at our roving reporter for a few weeks now about a terrible oversight on his part in that he failed to report on their match v Corstorphine 3 from late March. Well, when we say Team 4 have been moaning, that’s not entirely accurate – one of their players has raised the matter on several occasions! We knew there would come a time when we had nothing to report on so allegedly it wasn’t an oversight but a deliberate failure to report the match! And here’s the chance for the players involved to relive all the glory of the night.
Matchday started badly with news of Covid hitting! A positive test for Rachel, and a positive test in the household of Jim (though not for Jim himself). Paul had an eye infection and couldn’t drive so he couldn’t get Jay to Penicuik either – a six person team decimated! Jim offered to play (he was negative after all) but was quickly told to come nowhere near Ladywood! So, in the end Craig Linton and Ian Hislop played together. 3-0 down before the start of the night and it got even worse as our Club President forgot to tell Ian & Craig that although Ian isn’t ordinarily allowed to play doubles, he is if there’s only two players – Oops!! 4-0 down before the night got started! The first two matches saw Ian take on Aidan Clark and Craig take on Jim Lee. A 12-10 first end win for Ian did not exactly give the pair confidence that this was going to be a good night, but young Aidan must have then become a bit more bamboozled by Ian’s dodgy rubber losing in three straight ends. Craig had a tight match but with his even dodgier bat managed to win 11-6, 11-9, 11-8. Craig then played Aidan and Ian took on Aneta Wallace as she entered the match. Aidan was unlucky again, losing in four ends 11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10 and when Ian won his match 3-0 suddenly the scores on the night were tied at 4-4. Could the Penicuik duo pull of a great comeback? They certainly could – two further 3-0 wins saw the Penicuik side over the line by a 6-4 scoreline. If only they could have played like that in the reverse fixture when with a team of three the Penicuik side lost 7-3!! Oh well – a good finish to the season but ultimately Team 4 got off to such a bad start to the season that the writing was on the wall from just after Christmas. They never quite recovered but good to see improved performances as the season drew to a conclusion.
And so to our player of the week award. Mr Walkover is probably out of the running so that leaves Ian and Craig! Our Week 24 award was a combined one with Week 25 and went to the undefeated David Simpson – maybe we need to take it back! In fact, he can win it for Week 25 and it would surely be unfair to split the Team 4 players after a great night – a joint award (as promised before the start of the match – and we have the text to prove it!) – well done to Craig and Ian.
A week without a controversy? Surely not? Apart from Team 2’s concession nothing happened! There might be plenty of controversy next week though after the Penicuik v Penicuik Handicap Cup Semi-Final – one team got there after a quarter final walk-over v Murrayfield (OK let’s move on) whilst one team battled to a good win over Corstorphine. An intra club fixture is always good for a bit of animosity and bitterness – we know who Murrayfield will be rooting for!!