Juniper Green star Sylvia McAnna is over the moon at capturing the Edinburgh Women’s coveted Champion of Champions title having produced a strong display to dominate the Singles final in the showcase climax at Colinton to the Association’s individual Championships.
McAnna’s 21-14 win over host club champion Sandra Slater was accomplished in 22-end’s and the result of a game-changing purple patch spell that saw her card 1, 2, 2, 1, to bring her opponent under pressure at 15-7.
“I am thrilled to bits at etching my name on the famous Steel Trophy and feel it is absolutely fabulous that Juniper Green has a major trophy to celebrate as occasions like this are great-spirit raisers.”
McAnna is a seven times champion at Juniper but probably entered the final as the underdog against a greatly experienced opponent whose CV includes 10 championship wins, an Edinburgh Open title, and Steel Trophy winner in 2003.
There was gradual surprise on a heavily populated banking that Slater was struggling to find a consistency of line and weight on her own green but McAnna seized upon that opportunity to open up a 9-5 lead then answer the loss of a double with her purple patch run to 15. “I was feeling good at that stage as I was comfortable with the pace of the rink but knew the danger that Sandra represented so was determined to stay focused and I did face a growing menace at 17-12 but fended it off with a couple of singles to 19” reflected McAnna. Slater’s take at failing to trigger a host club title frenzy was one of frustration at struggling to catch the weight of her own green but her praise of McAnna was fulsome in that she played much the best and richly deserved the acclamation of Champion.
Meanwhile the final of The Fours saw the title winning smiles beaming on the faces of Parkside’rs Betty Rogers, Maureen Hall, Helen Creamer, and Mary Hogg who always had the measure of their Carrick Knowe opposition.
Hogg skipping her rink into a 9-1 lead after five ends then making strong headway to gain a 21-5 supremacy that culminated in a 22-8 win over Molly Cairncross, Margaret Mack, Liz Aitken, and Margaret Kilpatrick.
End 12 was a particular highlight moment for Hogg as she faced 4 shots against but a magic conversion saw her conjure up 4 shots from a trail on the jack. “Our men have enjoyed a great season of success so it’s a grand feeling that the ladies section have made a title winning contribution and I must say we were all on song in the final”, said Hogg.