London Road Foundry is a prominent force in the capital city’s large circle of ladies bowling and a major 2015 trophy is being celebrated following the success of Eileen Mitchell and Gillian Mackintosh capturing the Pairs title in The Edinburgh Women’s Championship Finals played at Colinton.
The LRF partnership proved too hot for Currie opposition Jean Smith and Joan Ballantine but it did take a sizzling middle match run of 2, 4, 1, 3, 1 to turn up the heat on a duo that saw there promising 8-6 lead transformed into a 17-8 deficit.
End nine was the game-changer with Currie holding four shots to go 12-6 up however Mackintosh killed the lot with a brilliantly judged spring on the jack that earned LRF a two shot reward and an 8-8 deadlock.
The adrenalin rush for LRF continued on end 10 with Currie again building up a promising head only to see it wrecked by a yard on runner from Macintosh that picked up the jack and trailed it for a four shot reward and a lead of 12-8. The LRF supremacy was never in much doubt after these two successive ends of drama and the final cheers from their support hailed an excellent 19-12 victory. Holding the trophy aloft was the second time for Eileen Mitchell who some 18 years previously had partnered LRF icon figure Marianne McGarrity to the Pairs title and her first excited mobile call was to the 1987 Edinburgh Open Singles finalist. Gillian Mackintosh has, to date, 12 full caps to her credit so it is surprising that her polished talents have had to wait until know to celebrate her first Edinburgh Women’s title. “This is the first season that Eileen and I have formed a Pairs partnership and I must saw we are both over the moon at our blend being an instant success”.
Meanwhile the final showdown in The Triples produced a fairy-tale triumph for the Leith trio of Mary Buchanan, Irene Wood, and Gina Smith who sparked a party time celebration with their 21-12 win over Eleanor Smith, Nicole Clifford, and Jeanette Hush of Carrick Knowe.
Buchanan was having her name etched on an Edinburgh Women’s trophy for the first time but only introduced to the sport three seasons ago and amazingly for two prominent long serving personalities it was also a first for Irene Wood and Gina Smith.
“Irene says we are the comeback kids and it may be that we have forgotten about some wins in the distant past but it is just great to be smiling at the camera as champions in 2015”, reflected Smith in the middle of Monday’s party time jigs at Leith BC.
The story of the final is a blitz run of 6, 1, 4 that powered Leith into an 11-1 lead then playing with smile and style to stay in command at 19-6 their dream of a first Edinburgh Women’s title came true – for all three.