Week nine of the Edinburgh and Lothians Table Tennis League saw five of Penicuik’s eight teams in action.
In Division 1, Penicuik 2 and 3 have both struggled following their good performances in Division 2 last year.
Team two (James Wighton, Gary Mcdougall and Abby Wighton) took on Edinburgh Sports Club 2 at Ladywood whilst team three (Clive Liddiard, Iain Johnstone and Brian Bailey) faced what looked on paper like the easier match away to Edinburgh International 3.
The pattern of near wins for Penicuik 2 unfortunately continued as games two, four and five of the night all went the way of ESC in the fifth and deciding ends and whilst the home side picked up ends in eight of the ten matches, only Gary won a singles and he also combined with Abby for a victory in the doubles as they fell to an 8-2 defeat. Last years Division 2 Champions now find themselves at the foot of the Division 1 table.
Penicuik 3 started their match level on points with their opponents and were hopeful of leapfrogging them with a victory. Not many saw the match as being as one sided as it turned out as only Iain managed a win on the night for the visitors as the Penicuik trio fell to an extremely disappointing 9-1 defeat.
There was better news for Penicuik 4 as they stayed at the top of the Division 2 table after an excellent 8-2 victory away to Corstorphine 3. The scoreline doesn’t do justice to how close some of the matches were as the Penicuik trio of Chris Markey, Krzysztof Lazkiewicz and Tony Brentnall won three out of the four five enders on the night.
Tony was player of the night for the visitors not dropping a single end The result puts team four a point clear of Murrayfield 5 at the top of the table.
Into Division 3 and Penicuik 5 of John Bald, Gregory Leplatre and Phil Daly faced a home tie against North Merchiston 4. There were two turning points on the night, firstly young David Hale of North Merchiston beating Phil in three straight ends and then in the very next match, the doubles, the North Merchiston duo came back from 2-1 down to defeat John and Gregory. In the end Gregory needed four ends to defeat young David in the final match of the night to secure a 5-5 draw - he and John won two whilst Phil won one.
Finally in Division 4 Penicuik 6 faced North Merchiston 5 who sat two places above them in the Division 4 table.
Team six came into the match high on confidence having won three of their last four matches and that good form continued, particularly for Luke Hennessey and Louis Myatt, as they both won three and combined for a good doubles win. Louis McLeod added one singles win as the home side were victorious by an 8-2 scoreline, a result which sees them leapfrog their opponents and jump into third place in the Division 4 table.