David Fisher is angling to make a big splash in the national finals stage of the Bowls Scotland Scottish Championships at Ayr Northfield next month with the 39 year old Colinton star booking his passage after producing a strong winning performance to capture the Edinburgh District 15 Singles title in the qualifying climax at Slateford.Read More
Fisher is no stranger to the exciting and demanding challenges that face him at the sports Centre Of The Universe having paraded his skills in that theatre of dreams as the District’s Singles champion back in 2003. “ I am trying to forget that I made a first round exit on that occasion and also in 2012 as a member of the Colinton Triple however I reached the quarterfinals of the Fours in 2014 so I am taking that as a sign of encouraging progression”. Fisher – a stalwart figure and ex captain of Edinburgh & Leith – lined up against Mark Hewitt of Whitehouse & Grange at Slateford and quickly mastered the challenges of a damp cold night to open up an 11-5 lead. Hewitt arrested his slide with a double to seven but Fisher kept his opponent on the hook with a run of 1, 1, 2 to 15 then at 18-11 bagged his catch with a 3, 2 finish to win 21-11 in 18-ends.
The main focus of interest for the local Slateford support was the progress of ‘The Ramsay Brothers’ in the Triples and they were suffering nervous tensions at 8-7 up; but Ronnie, Andrew, and Gordon sparked the loudest cheer of the night as they conjured up a magic 2, 3, (1), 3 that clinched a 16-8 win over Parkside stars Willie Watson, Robert Donaldson, and Paul Veitch.
The head to head in the Junior Singles between Stephen Pringle of Carrick Knowe and Parkside challenger Steven Rennie developed into a cracking encounter with peels called at 10-10 before Pringle made excellent headway to 18-11. Pringle then conceded 4, 1 to come under pressure at 18-16 but answered the menace with a 2, 1 finish that clinched a 21-16 win in 22-ends.
Carrick Knowe went into the District Finals triple–handed and celebrated a second triumph with their high profile partnership of Graham Pringle – father of Stephen – and James Hogg showing their class in a 34-2 devastation of the luckless Paul Sinclair and Frank Gordon of Merchiston.
There was more to come from Carrick Knowe who were also contesting the Fours and their rink of Andy Beith, Keith Elder, Kevin Tennant, and Darren Hush exploded from the block to race into a 10-0 lead over Allan Buchan, Willie Hunter, Andy McCormick, and Paul Anderson of Currie.
Currie enjoyed a hot spell of 3, 3, 2, 2, to peel at 10-10 then a win was still on their menu at 15-14 down but Hush silenced their challenge with a powerful 1, 3, (2), 1 finish to win 20-16 and make it a night of Three Cheers for Carrick Knowe.