Team 1 look in big trouble in the Premier Division now 4 points from safety – only 1 match was played during this period - David Melrose and Abby Wighton were joined by James Wighton as they fell to an 8-2 defeat to League Leaders Edinburgh University. Team 1’s quest for survival was assisted by Fife agreeing to a postponement – rearranged for a date after El Presidente’s return and approved by all concerned – oh hang on – all rearranged and it turns out that David is on holiday - Terrific!
In Division 1, Teams 2 and 3 have suffered a torrid time over the last few weeks. Team 2 of James Wighton, Clive Liddiard and Charlie Brindley fell to a 7-3 defeat at the hands of Haddington which was followed by a very disappointing 6-4 defeat away to Murrayfield 5. Never mind though, a game against Edinburgh University awaited – a team who started the night a point behind the Penicuik trio. An opportunity for Team 2 to put some distance between them and their student opponents – Eh……… a 10-0 concession was not what the doctor ordered. Suddenly, Team 2 are precariously placed only 2 points clear of the drop zone.
Team 3’s results in the last month have been even worse! Krzysztof Laszkiewicz, Gary McDougal and Chris Markey now find themselves potentially fighting it out with Team 2 to avoid 2nd bottom in the Division. An 8-2 defeat at the hands of Murrayfield 3 was probably not unexpected but that was followed by a desperate 6-4 loss at the hands of Corstorphine who themselves are in the relegation battle, then a terrible 8-2 defeat against West Lothian – not that the result itself was terrible – West Lothian 2 are a terrific team, but this was a rearranged match – rearranged and we could only field a team of 2! And to round off a shocking 4 weeks, Team 3 then succumbed to a 9-1 defeat at the hands of Murrayfield 4 which leaves them 2 points behind Team 2 in 2nd bottom position. What’s the chances of a relegation decider with Penicuik 2 in the last week of the season??
In Division 3, it’s a good job Team 4 got the season off to a good start – at one point they were in the running for promotion but with one issue after another in recent weeks they’ll be happy if they can finish the season in the top half of the table. A 7-3 win in the first half against Murrayfield 8 was reversed to a 6-4 loss before they suffered a 10-0 thumping at home to Fife, followed by Craig Johnson coming to the rescue playing up from team 5 to secure a 5-5 draw away to University. Wow – the 11th match we’ve reported on is the first to produce a point!!
Team 5 also started their Division 3 campaign in blistering form with a 10-0 win in Week 1 of the season. Since then they’ve only picked up a further 5 points and they too suffered 3 defeats over the last month – a 7-3 loss to Edinburgh International was followed by a 6-4 loss at the hands of Edinburgh University before an 8-2 defeat at home to Corstorphine. 3 points from safety and bizarrely the team they are chasing, Edinburgh Sports Club, have been Team 5’s victims twice! Big matches to come against West Lothian 7 and another last week intra club fixture against Team 4!
So 14 matches played – 13 defeats and one solitary draw!!
Never mind though Division 4 will surely bring us some good news - Team 6 have been playing a blinder this year. A match against 2nd bottom Merchiston 7 was surely a banker. Oh no – a 6-4 defeat for our highest placed team across all the divisions! Fife next up – they lost to them in the first half of the season – playing his first ever league match, youngster Adam Woodhouse did himself proud securing a terrific victory as Julian & Sonny Taylor picked up 2 each in a 5-5 draw. Oh well only league leaders Haddington left – a whitewash defeat in the first half of the season for an understrength Team 6 – did Haddington underestimate their Midlothian opponents – a 6-4 win for Team 6 brings our first win of this report (at long last). What a result. Haddington 3 then lost to their own 4th team before drawing with the then league leaders KLOS! El Presidente’s bet with George that Haddington 3 are going to win the Division seems to have gone up in smoke – if Club Secretary Mr Bailey can ever find the money that he was given to hold early in the season it looks like the drinks will be on George after all!!
And finally, to Team 7 of George Wilson, Phil Daly and Kristian Skotzen. Only Team 1 had a worse record in the League with 2 wins all season – Team 7 had two wins and a draw. They faced Haddington 5 in a bottom of the table battle and came out terrific 9-1 winners. Next up, Corstorphine 5, a team they had lost to 7-3 in the first half of the season. Wow – a 6-4 win for Team 7, George and Phil holding their nerve for a 12-10 in the fifth doubles win which secured the victory. Edinburgh Uni 6 next – they’d lost to them 9-1 in the first half of the season. Oh come on – we don’t believe it – another 6-4 win for Team 7, 3 for Phil, 2 for George and the important 6th win from Kristian! Three victories on the spin have seen Team 7 launch themselves up the table into 8th place. El Presidente has been inundated with messages from Team Captain George about how they are now a mile ahead of Team 1 in the competition no one wants to win (lowest number of points in the season!) George has also suggested that our esteemed Press Officer should extend his break to the end of the year – they lose when he’s around - how cruel!! Who would have believed it though – in the last 4 weeks a possible 40 points were up for grabs by the Club – only 10 were won and 6 of them have come from Team 7! Well done guys.
Our Player of the Week Awards have been missed over the last couple of weeks. Rachel picks up the Week 16 award for her crucial win against then league Leaders Haddington; someone seems to have given a joint award to Phil and George for Week 17 – that’s not allowed – Phil wins it for his undefeated performance (sorry George!) but not to worry, the Week 18 award has to go to George – a win in the Haddington Banded Event and a league performance of note – well done to him. And our final award for Week 19 goes to another Division 4 player – for his crucial win against Edinburgh University which secured the terrific overall victory for Team 7, Kristian wins the award. (Hopefully George will stop complaining now that our Press Officer never spends enough time on Team 7!!!)
Anything controversial over the last few weeks?? Some weren’t happy about our comments about postponements in our last report – let’s make one thing clear – if you read these reports you need to have a sense of humour – life’s too short to get wound up by insignificant, tongue in cheek comments.
Fortunately, most still do have a sense of humour – especially our Treasurer and our friends from Edinburgh International – did anyone really think we were paying them up at a £1 per week for the “transfer” of one of their players? After an email from Ed International last week suggesting that we may have overlooked the payment to them, our Treasurer sent them a copy of the Standing Order Mandate he had set up pointing out that they had obviously not noticed the constant stream of money going into their account - £1 per week really has been put in place!!
Ah it’s good to be back…..