The Ramsay brothers of Slateford, namely Ronnie (48), Andrew (51), and Gordon (55) – nose-dived at Ayr in their recent challenge in the national championships to land the Scottish Triples title; but the high profile trio have shrugged off that major disappointment to capture the Water of Leith title in the same discipline.Read More
The victory salute in the finals showdown at Juniper Green was triggered by a ‘sweat on the brow’ title clinching single on end 15 that dramatically and finally tipped the scales in the 12-11 favour of the now jubilant Slateford trio. Host club trio, Roger Gow, Ian Sutherland, and Ally Barrett had set up the nail biting last end drama by carding a double to 11-11 then casting a full length jack they failed to cash in, being beaten to the build up punch by the opposition front-two. Danger still lurked for Slateford; but a brilliantly judged early blocking bowl by the skip effectively protected the target from the running bowl efforts of Barrett. It was the crowning moment in an outcome that had looked most unlikely when Slateford found themselves in the toils at 9-3 down after seven ends.
Daunting mountains have been scaled and conquered in the past by four times club champion Gordon and his younger brothers who became club legends at an early stage of their careers; thrust into the limelight as part of the Slateford Four that captured the Scottish then British Isles titles of 1986. Their skip on that occasion was one Robert Marshall and, for historians, the other rink-mate of an Edinburgh legend of the future was Robert K Wright.
Marshall was also part of the bill at Juniper Green and having captured The Tait Trophy for a super sixth time the previous night the 52 year old was back to parade his skills against Colin Anderson of Currie in the Singles. An afternoon of intermitted drizzle caused the Singles final to be stopped at 8-8 after eight ends and when play was resumed it was on a different rink that proved to be a much biggest test for Anderson than his more experience opponent. Singles were exchanged to 9-9; but any prospects of there being a tit for tat battle to the line were demolished by an explosive run of 3, 1, 3, 4, 1 that fired Marshall to a 21-9 win in 18-ends.
Sighthill added to the drama of the occasion in The Pairs with their duo of Gordon and Ewan MacIntosh conjuring up a magic run of 1, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1 that transformed a 10-4 deficit into a 12-10 win over Brian Davies and Cameron Cairns.
Beechwood dealt Juniper Green a second title blow with their Four of Andy McKellar, Mark Wayne, Brian Canney, and Robert Swan adding 3, 2, 1 to lead 17-9 en route to a 19-12 win over Walter Borthwick, Jimmy Douglas, Arthur Hill , and Brian Blyth.