Week 25 of the Edinburgh and Lothians Table Tennis League saw six of Penicuik’s eight teams in action.
In the Premier Division, Penicuik’s first team of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow continued their recent good form as they comfortably defeated Edinburgh International 2 by nine games to one.
Colin and Stuart were undefeated in singles play whilst Greig and Stuart combined for a win in the doubles fixture. With two matches remaining for team one, they sit comfortably in sixth position in the Premier League table. In Division 1, Penicuik 2 had all but sealed their own fate last week with a loss against second bottom Edinburgh University. Their mathematical chances of surviving in the division were based on other results going their way and the trio of James Wighton, Gary McDougal and Abby Wighton not losing any further matches. Their unfortunate relegation was therefore confirmed by another extremely disappointing defeat as they lost out 10-0 to Fife. Last year’s Division 2 Champions will be competing again in Division 2 next year.
Penicuik 3 have had no relegation worries this season but were outplayed last week at Ladywood by Division 1 leaders West Lothian. Only Iain Johnstone got his name on the scoresheet as the Midlothian side fell to a 9-1 defeat. In a solid season for the third team, however, they sit equal fifth in the division with one match remaining.
In Division 3, Penicuik 5 hosted Murrayfield 7 - in the reverse fixture in November, the Penicuik side had fallen to their heaviest defeat of the season, going down to a 9-1 loss. Gregory Leplatre, John Bald and Phil Daly were hoping to put that loss behind them and after eight matches on the night the scores were level at 4-4. The last two matches saw Phil lose out to his opposite number before John failed to secure a draw as he lost out to Murrayfiled’s number one in the final match. Although bitterly disappointed with their 6-4 loss, the result was a vast improvement on their first half performance.
Penicuik’s sixth team have had an excellent season in Division 4 but their challenge has faded in the last couple of weeks and with regular third player, Louis McLeod still out through injury, their match against top of the table Edinburgh University 4 always looked like being extremely difficult. Luke Hennessey performed well as he won two out of his three singles matches but with both Louis Myatt and Rachel Petrie winless on the night, the University side ran out comfortable 8-2 winners. A third place finish in the Division remains a possibility for Penicuik’s youngest side if they can win their two remaining fixtures.
Finally, Penicuik 7 were much changed for their match against Edinburgh University 5 and had to call upon two players from team eight, Martyn Levy and Kathryn McKenzie to join forces with Millie Bennett. In a very tight affair, Millie won two whilst both Martyn and Kathryn won one as the Ladywood side fell to a narrow 6-4 defeat.