Goldenacre is a new name etched on The Gifted of Stockbridge sponsored Ladies Edinburgh Cup with the club from Warriston Gardens flowering at the expense of defending champions London Road Foundry in the final played at Summerside.
The ladies version of The Edinburgh Cup is a two rink knockout affair and the 2015 final saw Goldenacre win one and lose one but capture the coveted title and silverware with a shot margin plus of five. It was LRF’s third final in a row having fallen at the last hurdle of The Edinburgh Bowling League’s showcase event for the women in its inaugural year then celebrating a title triumph in 2014. (Ace skip Gillian Macintosh was an absentee from the LRF line up with the Scotland Cap bidding – unsuccessfully as it turned out – for national glory in the inagural Bowls Scotland Super Pairs Series at Kelvingrove).
The climax to the 2015 confrontation was an exciting one as the master scoreboard reflected a 25-25 shot deadlock after 15 of the 17 ends played but the last gasp swing of the pendulum was 6-1 in the direct of Goldenacre. The hero rink for Goldenacre was the four of Margaret Elder, Wilma McDonald, Lorna McKay, and Rita Reid who took their game by the scruff of the neck early doors having refused to panic at the loss of three shots on the opening end. Reid and Co came up with the perfect response in the shape of five end run that produced 1, 1, 1, 3, 1 then answered the loss of a two with a four shot reply to establish an 11-5 supremacy over Sheila McIntosh, Margaret Murray, Rosemary Macintosh, and Nicola Barclay. The melting pot situation of the final at 15-ends saw Goldenacre’s high flying rink still holding a strong position at 17-10 then their crowning glory came with a sizzling 3, 2 finish to triumph 22-10.
Meanwhile the LRF rink of Eileen Mitchell, Alvis Dickson, Pat Turner, and club champion Diane Bell were trying to keep the final in balance but were hard pressed to lead 10-6 after 11 ends against Marshall hope, Sheila Judge, Kate Adams, and Margaret Keenan.
The LRF situation was brighter at 15 ends with Bell and Co leading 15-8 but strong resistance from Keenan and Co over the last two ends saw the scoring contained to one shot each resulting in a 16-9 win for LRF that fell short of a title wining effort.