The ladies of London Road Foundry -champions in 2014 and runners up in 2013- have made it three finals in a row and defend their Gifted sponsored Edinburgh Cup title against Goldenacre in today’s climax to the EBL showcase event at Summerside.
The recent semi finals action saw LRF win on one rink and lose on the other to squeeze though to the final with five shots to spare against first season challengers Bainfield while in a similar situation Goldenacre saw off the challenge from Liberton.
Scotland cap Gillian Mackintosh emerged the LRF hero figure as she skipped Eileen Mitchell, Alvis Dickson, and Diane Bell to a 19-9 win over Ann McKenzie, Davina Crawford, Cathie Falconer and Marion Dickson. Mackintosh and Co made a blitz start to lead 12-2 after nine ends but were rocked by a 1, 5, 1 fight back to 12-9 but regained their composure to stamp their supremacy with a finishing run of 1, 2, 1, 1, 2.
The margin of their victory assumed great value as it more than covered the 17-12 setback suffered by Sheila Mcintosh, Cathy Mcintosh, Rosemary Mackintosh, and Nicola Barclay at the hands of Karen Tumbltey, Maureen Docherty, Diane Craig, and Susan Allan.
Meanwhile the saving grace for Goldenacre came in the shape of 21-7 victory for the rink of Margaret Elder, Wilma MacDonald, Lorna Mackay, and Rita Reid who had whizzed into a 15-1 lead over Margo Crawford, Sheena Barrett, Frank Kelly, and Liz Lang. Liberton did make a menacing impression with Pat Geddes, Shirley Dawson, Wilma Lunn, and Linda Johnston leading from start to finish in their 18-8 win over Marshall Hope, Sheila Judge, Jean Summers, and Margaret Keenan.
The final of the inaugural gents EBL Plate sponsored by Penplaid Ltd is also down for decision with the three-rink confrontation featuring London Road Foundry against first season members Carrick Knowe. The spearhead figures at skip for LRF are, David Kyle, Jim McCaskell, and Graeme Todd Snr while the Carrick Knowe three are big guns Darren Hush, James Hogg, and Colin Mitchell, however the Division 5 champions are also blooding several of their younger talents.
Kirkliston star Gordon Logan saw his defence of The Weslo Housing sponsored WLBA Seniors Open title ended in this week’s third round action with the former Scotland Team Manager piped in a 21-20 thriller by Gordon Kain of Buchan Park. Kain captured the Weslo in 2011 and now faces a quarterfinal challenge from another ex champion in the shape of his 2012 successor Gordon Scott of Armadale who progressed at the 21-15 expense of Bathgate’s Ritchie Templeton.