Carrick Knowe have confirmed their reputation as the king pins of the Edinburgh & Leith Top Five Singles Championship having etched their name on the coveted Ian McFarlane Trophy for a record extending eighth time.Read More
Inaugural champions in 2000 the latest Carrick Knowe triumph was achieved at the 3-0 expense of Parkside having reeled off a hat trick of wins that left the remaining two games unfinished in the final played at Colinton. Wins for Paul ODonnell, James Hogg, and recently crowned club champion James Hogg triggered a victory salute that left Graham Pringle and icon figure Colin Mitchell with unfinished business.
Parkside have enjoyed the recent high of capturing the Scottish Triples title but in terms of Bowls In The Capital have played second fiddle to Craigentinny In Division 1 of the Edinburgh Bowling League and now Carrick Knowe in the E&L Top Five.
ODonnell set the Top Five Final alight with a scorching display that resulted in him giving the luckless Brian Salvona a 21-7 roasting in 14-ends the Parkside challenger in with a chance at 7-8; but the victim of a sizzling 3, 3, 4, 3 finish by the former City of Edinburgh Open Champion. Hogg showed why he is rated by his piers as being one of the best players in the sport by giving a master-class performance that dwarfed the undoubted talents of Neil Watson to beat his Hamilton Trophy colleague, 21-8 in 14-ends. Leading 9-0 from an opening run of 1, 1, 1, 3, 3 Hogg advanced to 16-2 and his ability to go on and land the killer punch was never in doubt. Hush revels in the roar of the crowd and has experienced many highs in a fine career so it wasnt out of place that he raised the loudest cheer of the final when clinching the title with a 21-6 win over Robert Donaldson.
Donaldson a former Tait Trophy and Scottish Junior Singles champion will be dismayed that he was restricted to six singles in a 19-end game that saw Hush bring silence to the opposition camp when adding 2, 3, 1, 1 to stand in clear sight of win number three at 18-4 up. The state of affairs when the Carrick Knowe camp erupted into title winning celebrations saw Graham Pringle subbing for the unavailable Richard Tough leading Craig Bryce, 16-7, and Colin Mitchell 11-10 down to Paul Veitch. Mitchell a former captain of Scotland and a legend of the Tait Trophy reflected; We were hungry to land this title as earlier in the season we had lost our grip of the Edinburgh Top Ten and as the reigning national champions as well that was a sore one.