It was a busy week for Penicuik Table Tennis Club as the regular season drew to a close in the Edinburgh and Lothians League.
In the Premier Division, Penicuik 1 of Greig McDonell, Colin Green and Stuart Gow faced two matches to bring their season to an end.
They first faced North Merchiston 2 at home. Stuart was winless on the night but with Greig and Colin both winning two and combining for a win in the doubles the home side rescued a 5-5 draw. The next night saw the visit of Edinburgh University 1 and with Stuart missing for the last match of the season in stepped Abby Wighton who although winless on the night acquitted herself well in her first taste of Premier League action. The duo of Greig and Colin went one better than the previous night as they combined for an excellent 6-4 win. Seven points out of the last eight for Penicuik 1 has resulted in a fifth place finish for the season.
In Division 1, Penicuik 3 faced a somewhat meaningless match against West Lothian 2 with neither team really having anything to play for - a 7-3 defeat for team three resulted but worthy of note from the match was that Iain Johnstone defeated West Lothian’s Stan Stoodley who finished the season with the best individual record in Division 1.
A little bit of gloss was taken off Penicuik 4’s Division 2 season as their last two matches ended in defeats. Understrength in both games they first lost out to West Lothian 5 by a 6-4 scoreline and thereafter lost 7-3 to Police Scotland. Fortunately, for the team the games they secured in those losses still meant that at the end of the season they had ensured a second place finish and with it a play-off against the second bottom team from Division 1. The Penicuik side will know, however, that they will have to perform to a higher standard in that play-off match if they are to secure promotion.
In Division 3, Phil Daly and Gregory Leplatre called on Craig Johnson from Division 4 to step in for the absent John Bald in their last match of the season - a 9-1 defeat followed which summed up an inconsistent season for the side who finish the year in a mid table position.
In Division 4, Peniciuik 6 faced Penicuik 8 as youngsters Luke Hennessey and Louis Myatt took on Rachel Petrie and Martyn Levy. Youth triumphed over experience with both boys undefeated on the night as Team six recorded a good 7-2 victory. With one outstanding fixture still to play, a win in that match would secure a third place finish for the Club’s youngest side.
The performance of the week however came from Penicuik 7 who had great win against 3rd placed Fife 4 in Division 4. Two wins each from Stuart Bennett and Millie Bennett and an important win from Craig Johnson gave the visitors at least a draw. The doubles, saw the father and daughter duo of Stuart and Millie secure the win with a 4 end victory against their Fife opponents.