The semi finals action of the Edinburgh Women’s Bowling Association produced two thrilling encounters in the Singles with Sylvia McAnna of Juniper Green and Sandra Slater of Colinton emerging as the challengers for the Champion of Champions title and the much-coveted Steel Trophy.
The semi final play at Corstorphine saw McAnna tackling Alison Greenan of Wardie and it was a battle royal up to 12-12 after 14-ends but helped by a mat up the green tactic the deadlock was broken by the Juniper Green champion storming to 21 with a smashing run of 2, 2, 2, 2, 1.
Meanwhile the semi final play at Carrick Knowe pitched Slater against Jackie McFarlane of Craigentinny and one way traffic saw the 10 times Colinton champion lead 17-6; but come under pressure as her opponent closed menacingly to 18-15. “I did mange to clinch victory with a hat trick of singles but Jackie was unfortunate with some bold efforts and all in all it was great game to play in”, said Slater later.
There was major drama in the Triples played at Corstorphine with Eleanor Smith Nicole Clifford and Jeanette Hush of Carrick Knowe seemingly sitting pretty at 13-8 up but hugely relieved to make the final with a 14-13 win over Sheena Lennie, Alison Keegan, and Linda McWilliam of Juniper Green.
Meanwhile at Carrick Knowe, Gina Smith was a hero figure for Leith as at 14-11 up playing the penultimate end she killed six shots against with a brilliant last bowl delivery, and she skipped Mary Buchanan, and Irene Wood to a 17-11 win over Jackie Donaldson, Margaret Smith, and Ann Matthew of Colinton.
Currie were too hot for Merchiston at Carrick Knowe in the Pairs with Joan Ballantyne skipping Jean Smith to an 18-9 win over Betty Simpson and Janet Darling having pressed on from 5-4 to 14-5 with counts of 1, 3, (1), 4, 1.
The action in the Pairs at Corstorphine saw Scotland Cap Gillian Mackintosh skip Eileen Mitchell to a strong performance and crush Celia Spence and Margaret Paton of Carrick Knowe, 30-3. Better fortune for Carrick Knowe in the Fours saw Margaret Kilpatrick skip her rink to a 15-8 win over Goldenacre while a strong break from 10-13 saw Mary Hogg skip her Parkside rink to a 17-13 win over Currie.