Sighthill will represent the capital city in next seasons Scottish Inter County Top Ten Championship having been crowned the 2017 Virgin Trains Champions of Edinburgh at the expense of Tanfield in an epic final played at Postal BC.Read More
Wins in the Singles and Fours for Sighthill and for Tanfield in the Pairs and Triples produced a 4-4 deadlock on points but the scales of title victory were tipped by a 72-63 shot aggregate in favour of Sighthill. Sighthill’s fourth capture of The Edinburgh Top Ten crown follows previous reigns in 1983, 1992, and 2007 while Tanfield triumphed in 2005 before losing the 2007 final to Sighthill.
The pre-match talk of the town was the clash of Liam McKay and John McDermott in the Singles, the 21 year old recently crowned Tait Trophy Champion from Tanfield against a vastly experienced 30 year old Sighthill opponent famous for skipping His Granny to the Scottish Mixed Pairs title in 2014. The crowded banking at Postal was treated to a 24-end spectacular as an epic battle went right down to the wire with McDermott escaping from the gaping jaws of defeat by serving up a sizzling run of 2, 2, 1 to snatch a dramatic 21-20 victory. First blood to Sighthill and the adrenalin uplift in their camp was evidenced by the excited on-green rush of McDermotts fellow team mates to congratulate him on his victory. n a thrilling confrontation that saw peels called at 8-8, 10-10, and 14-14 it was McKay that broke the deadlock with a brilliant conversation that yielded him 3 shots and a lead of 18-16 then two singles to 20 set the pulse rates racing in the Tanfield camp. McDermott saved game against him twice with his nerve tingling conversions of the head bringing him a 2, 2 reward to stand 20-20 then did enough on a tension effected do or die end to card the winning single. The influence on the destination of the title was immense given that Tanfield battled their way to wins in the Pairs and Triples.
Stuart McKean and Stuart Campbell powering through with a four end run of 3, 1, 2, 1 that transformed a 12-8 deficit into a 15-12 win over Adam Melrose and Graeme Eddington. Robert White finished like a virgin express train and carding 1, 4, 2, 3 to skip Graeme Swan and Charlie McLaren from 5-14 to a 15-14 win over Aaron Donald, Scott Lyell, and Stuart Isbister. But Sighthill held the upper hand in the Fours where a substantial 14-5 lead for Ross Moodie, David Connelly, Ross Noble, and Gary Connelly withstood the later loss of a 6 to deliver a 25-15 win over Calum Munro, Marshall Shearer, David Snodgrass, and Andy McNab. Our camp is over the moon at landing one of The Majors, reflected McDermott.