Edinburgh University 3 – 10 Penicuik

Linlithgow League

Murrayfield Curling, 30th September 2012

H 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Total
Edinburgh University * 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 x 3
Penicuik 3 2 0 2 2 1 0 x 10

Edinburgh University came into this match against former winners and last year’s runners up, Penicuik, knowing that they would have to improve on the start they made against 37 Club a fortnight ago. However, conceding 5 in the first two ends was not what the team had in mind. With the free guard zone full of stones Edinburgh were unable to put any pressure on Penicuik.

However in the third end the students were able to find their feet with the lovely guards of McCrossan followed up by some nice draws by Ward. Stockton’s stone successfully sneaked behind one of Ward’s earlier stones to claim the university team’s first point by the narrowest of margins.

Edinburgh University, however, were unable to generate any momentum in the fourth and fifth ends, conceding another four points. This was due to Penicuik’s superior skill, though Edinburgh’s debutant Dun challenged them with some very impressive draws.

In the sixth end McCrossan and Ward re-found the form that had won the third end to allow Dun to keep the central house clear for Stockton to draw in to take a point. However he was heavy by the slightest of margins and the point went to Penicuik.

In the final end, the University team were determined to keep the score line respectable and were completely dominant in the final end. Stockton was unlucky that his take out did not stay in the house however it did allow the team to take a well deserved 2.

Penicuik have always been a very strong team, and in the past Edinburgh University have conceded some very heavy scorelines, so to keep the scoreline respectable is a very important achievement. Their dominance in the final end only goes to prove the potential in the team and that things can’t be too far away from coming together.

Fraser Stockton