East Lothian IBC’s latest bid to celebrate title glory in the Headwell Team Championship tournament came to grief at the hands of Perth in the final played at the host club’s Dunfermline venue. Defeat for ‘the garden county’ was a crushing antic-climax to pre-match high expectations with Perth commanding 6-2 winners on points as the result of having the measure of East Lothian in the Ladies, Seniors, and Mixed, rinks.
East Lothian did manage to shine in the Gents rink with John McCrorie skipping John Carpenter Jnr, Matt Osborne, and Stewart Thomson to a 19-13 win over G Lennon having answered pressure at 11-10 with a space making spell of 2, 1, (1), 3 to 17-11. But dark clouds for East Lothian were forming all across the carpet and none more so than over the heads of the Ladies rink composed of Margaret Devine, Irene Come, Elicia Irvine, and Muriel Hamilton. Perth made a whirlwind start over the first nine ends to storm into a 15-5 lead then were kept on track by 27 times capped Maureen Morrison as the score accelerated from 17-9 with an unbroken eight end run to a final 31-9 result.
The Seniors rink of Lessel Middler, Gordon McCathie, John P Hamilton, and Brian (BJ) Smith were left gutted by a heavy 21-8 defeat from Jack Ewan as it wasn’t a fair reflection of the play however the loss of 3, 1, 1, 3, 1, 1 on the run in doesn’t read well. “We lay a 5 at end 12 that would have gotten us back to 11-11 but heavy artillery from Perth reduced us to a single and that shell-shock seemed to stun us over the remaining seven ends and we waved the white flag with two ends un-played” reflected a spokesman.
Scott Macintosh skipped a strongly formed Mixed rink with a front-three of Gillian Mackintosh (sister) Rosemary Mackintosh (mother) and Stuart Betts but found former outdoor cap Dougie Lambert too hot a handful in a 22-13 defeat. Macintosh and Co were making no great impression at 17-7 down after 15 ends having failed to count at 10 of them however a 3, 2, fight-back to 12 raised hopes of a rally; but it fizzled out. “We were well and truly hammered by a better team on the day it has to be said” was the view of JP Hamilton who went on to confirm that the etchings on the trophy highlighted East Lothian as winners in 1993, 2002, and 2007 and that Perth was capturing the silverware for a third time.
Meanwhile the start of finals week at the Meadowmill Stadium saw Scotland cap Emma Brown complete a treble in the ladies Junior Singles but pushed for most of the game before clinching a 21-15 win over Megan Kivlin. The partnership of Margaret Murray and Rosemary Mackintosh beat Cathy McLeod and Cathy Jones by 4 shots to capture the Seniors Pairs while Lessel Middler, Peter Laidlaw, and Tommy Young triumphed in the Gents Seniors Triples with an extra-end win over Willie Sincalir, Jim Neilson, and Alastair Russell.