Pilrig star Darren McKenny is no stranger to the pathway that leads to the celebrations of national title glory and the 2012 winner of the Pairs crown will be back parading his skills at Ayr Northfield this year where his target is to reign supreme in the championships major discipline The Singles.Read More
McKenny will represent Edinburgh District 14 on the national stage at Ayr next month having served up a strong display in finals night at Tanfield to beat dark horse challenger Alfie King of Summerside, 21-9. King needed a good start as a big occasion confidence booster in front of a large crowd; but his vastly experienced opponent understood the value of dictating the pace and McKenny won that battle to lead 8-3. McKenny continued to force the pace by virtue of a high level of consistency and reaching a comfort zone of 18-8 he pushed on to clinch a commanding victory in 21-ends. The current form line of the District champion is an encouraging one as his semi final victim was 2009 national finalist Scott Mackintosh but he had to pull out all the stops in the shape of a 4, 2 grandstand style finish that swept him to a 21-19 victory.
The final of the Junior Singles was a cracking 21-end encounter won by Dean Macintosh of London Road Foundry at the 21-14 expense of host club star Liam McKay last years District champion. Mackintosh who had defeated his younger brother Craig in his semi final hit the lids to race into an 8-2 lead but was challenged by testing questions from a McKay fight back that crossed the local hope into a 14-12 lead. Tanfield cheers were well and truly stifled though by an LRF roar of approval as their man engaged a higher gear and accelerated to 21 with an unbroken run of 1, 2, 1, 3, 2.
Postal stamped their authority on these finals with two first class performances that saw them deliver five star wins in the Pairs and Triples. Their partnership of Keith Anderson and former Tait Trophy champion Derek McLean were shaping up well at 8-8 against Graeme Gow and Euan Craig of Pilrig; but the exit door loomed with a three-end slippage to stand 14-8 down. The immense pressure was answered in the spirited style of a 2, 1, 4 fight back to cross 15-14 then with sweat back on their brows at 15-15 they booked their passage to Ayr with a tension packed, 1, 1 finish to win a 17-15 thriller.
Postal basked in the limelight of a double triumph with Neal Rooney skipping Christian Berra and Craig Duffus to a runaway 19-4 win over a luckless Wardie trion in the Triples.
Craigentinny almost came a cropper from 11-0 up in the Fours with Andy Caldwell drawing a last end single to skip Darren Smith, Gary Nisbet, and Andy Jeffrey to a 19-18 win over a Brunstane rink skipped by Tom Gallagher.