Penicuik table tennis reports

Penicuik Table tennis club's Luke Hennessey in action
Penicuik Table tennis club's Luke Hennessey in action

Week 19 of the Edinburgh and Lothians Table Tennis League saw six of Penicuik’s eight teams in action.

Following a victory against Murrayfield 3 in Week 18 Penicuik’s 1st Team of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow were hoping to repeat their performance against Murrayfield 2 at Ladywood. In an extremely tight affair, Greig and Colin both won two singles and combined for an important win in the doubles fixture as the points were shared in the resultant 5-5 draw.

In Division 1, Penicuik 2 have continued to struggle to come to terms with the standard of play following their promotion from Division 2 last season. At 4-1 up it looked like the Midlothian trio of James Wighton, Gary McDougal and Abby Wighton were well on their way to victory against Edinburgh International. Unfortunately for the home side they managed only one further win in the final five matches of the night and were ultimately extremely disappointed with their 5-5 draw. Gary and Abby both won two whilst James won one.

Also in Division 1 Penicuik 3 were looking to do their Club mates a favour as they visited bottom of the table Edinburgh University 2. Iain Johnstone maintained his excellent form by winning all three of his singles and combining with Clive Liddiard to win the doubles. Unfortunately he had no support on the night in singles play from Clive or Ian Woodyer (making his debut appearance this season) as the University side ran out 6-4 winners.

In Division 2 Penicuik 4 maintained their excellent form as they comfortably ran out 8-2 winners away to West Lothian. Both Chris Markey and Krzysztof Lazkiewicz were undefeated in singles play on the night whilst Tony Brentnall won two of his three matches.

In Division 3, Penicuik 5 hosted Edinburgh University 3 without regular Gregory Leplatre. Louis Myatt stepped up from Division 4 as his replacement and did well to win the only singles match of the night for the home side. John Bald and Phil Daly were winless in singles but combined to win the doubles fixture in what was an extremely disappointing 8-2 defeat.

Finally, Penicuik’s sixth team also faced University opposition at Ladywood but with much more success. With Louis McLeod out for the rest of the season with a broken ankle there was pressure on Louis Myatt and Luke Hennessey to perform well and both played brilliantly and were undefeated on the night in wining their three singles matches and combining for a win in the doubles fixture as the home side recorded an excellent 7-3 victory.