Slateford enjoy the reputation as kingpins of The Edinburgh Top Ten and further enhanced that standing with a record extending sixth title triumph having produced a strong performance to beat Colinton 6-2 in a final where they held most of the aces.
Colinton had done extremely well to reach the final but their task of making it to the winner’s rostrum did look to be mission impossible as Slateford was the host venue and in formbook terms the home team were hot favourites to capture the coveted silverware.
Wins in the Singles, Triples, and Fours triggered a victory salute that brings with it the reward of representing the capital city in the Scottish Inter County Top Ten Championship an event that Slateford won back to back in 1996 and 1997. “Carrying the Edinburgh Banner in the 2016 Inter County is a great honour and as the last club to bring that title back to our city the challenge is to bridge an 18 year gap that is too big by far”, said team captain Graham McAdam.
Colinton do retain an interest in the National Championship but in their role as hosts, in June, to the final days play that involves the last four from the countrywide knockout rounds.
The Singles discipline is the headline attraction in Top Ten play and the crowd were well entertained by the clash of two prominent spearhead figures in the shape of Robert Marshall for Slateford and David Fisher for Colinton.
Marshall being a five times Tait Trophy champion and record 19 times winner of the Slateford championship was favoured to see off the challenge form this seasons E&L team captain and he duly delivered the goods in a 24-end battle.
Fisher was always fighting against the collar with Marshall holding leads of 4-0, 14-7, and 16-10 but the Colinton challenger did represent a menace at 12-16 however the local icon emerged the hero figure with a 21-15 victory.
Marshall’s contribution of two points to the Slateford cause was timely as it put then 4-2 ahead as his game was third to finish following a home win in the Fours and a success for Colinton in the Pairs.
Andrew Ramsay made a blitz start in the Fours with past Edinburgh Open Champion skipping Louis Beaton, Grant McAdam, and Graham McAdam into a 14-2 lead then on to a 21-7 win over Garry MacDonald (skip).
Colinton gave the final an edge with Brian Davies and Cammy Cairns picking up from 10-9 down to score an 18-14 win over David Ross and Jamie Gracie in the Pairs.
The Triples points always looked to be in the bag for Slateford with Gordon Ramsay skipping Dougie Martin and Scott Brunton into a 9-2 lead then on to an 18-6 win over Halley Cockburn, Greg Smith, and Ross Byres.