So another season draws to an end and given some of the beautiful weather we've had over the summer, it was fitting that Finals Day was played in lovely sunny conditions.
The Ladies Championship Final was contested between Chevonne Ainslie and Isabel MacRae. Isabel got off to a cracking start picking up 6 shots in the first four ends for a 6-1 lead. Chevonne, however, scored on five of the next six ends including a four and a three to give her an 11-7 advantage after 10 ends. In a match which swung one way then the other it was then Isabel's turn to fight back winning five of the next seven ends to take the lead again at 14-13 after 17 ends. The match looked like it was destined to go all the way but Chevonne then ran off 6 of the last 8 ends to storm home to a 21-16 victory. Well done to both players for a fantastic match.
In the Cant Medal Final, Sandra Shackleton started with a 7 shot advantage over Gwenda Ainslie. Sandra didn't like having a start though and proceeded to lose the seven shots in the first 3 ends to bring the scores level. She then seemed to relax and played some excellent bowls winning eight of the next ten ends to storm into an 18-6 lead. Gwenda looked down and out and despite winning three of the next four ends after 17 ends she found herself 20-12 down. This one-sided match was over - but hang on a minute three 2's and two singles later and we were suddenly tied at 20-20 after 22 ends. A remarkable comeback and the momentum was all with Gwenda. Sandra claimed after the match that she was still relaxed (we don't believe her!) but she certianly remained calm as she won the last end for a terrifically tense 21-20 victory.
Could the Gents Senior Championship Final between Billy Nisbet and Alan Gilchrist match up to the ladies close matches - it certainly could! Alan was only once behind in the first 16 ends (11-10 down after 9 ends). A 2 for Billy on end 16 brought him level at 17-17 and that was followed by another 2 on end 17 to give Billy a 2 shot lead (19-17). The writing was on the wall for Alan but he clawed his way back with two singles to have 19s across the board, 19-19 after 19 ends! Billy was close in the Gents Championship final losing 21-18 to Chris and this wasn't to prove to be his day either as another single on end 20 put Alan on the brink and he finished the job off with yet another single for an excellent 21-19 victory. Another cracking match and well done to both players.
And finally the last match off the green was the Gents Pairs final played over 15 ends between Greig McDonell & Alex Weir and Roddy McGeoch & Lee Wilson. Lee's driving (when it's wayward it's really wayward) was definitely on in the final. He saved a possible four by burning end 12 and picking up a shot in the replayed end. He & Roddy were never behind but could never quite draw away from their opponents. After 12 ends Greig & Alex found themselves 9-7 down but two singles later and the match was tied going into the last end at 9-9. In that final end, with Greig & Alex lying the match Lee drove again and the jack flew into the ditch. Two bowls left for Lee to draw the winning shot and he put them both in the ditch. What a fool - surely that was it all over but hold on - a measure was suddenly called for! It's the taking part that counts so we don't really need to know who won that measure! Well done to Roddy & Lee on their lucky, eh we mean excellent, victory!
All in all a cracking day of bowls at the Club with four excellent and hotly contested finals. Well done to all who took part in a super season ending finale (that's Italian by the way)!
The presentations saw the three singles winners pick up their prizes and there was also some consolation for Isabel who picked up the Rosebowl Trophy.
Closing Day on Saturday 29th September from 2pm - get along for our last game before the winter really kicks in.