Ten Pairs took part in a 9 end per match knockout looking to pick up the 2019 trophy.
At the top of the draw, there was a win for husband and wife duo, Jonathan & Carol Davidson as they swept aside Sandra Shackleton & Malcolm Cazaly. They would face Alex Weir and Mary Sked in the next round after they defeated the Clarke husband and wife outfit – Anne was still recovering from a good night celebrating her Ladies Championship win apparently!
Fresh from her win two nights before in the floodlit Pairs, Isabel MacRae joined forces with Greig McDonell as they defeated yet another husband and wife duo in Brian & Amanda Ogilvie. One of the best matches of the day saw Lee Wilson & Christine Elrick go into an extra end against Roddy McGeoch and Margaret Scott. In that final end, Margaret’s last bowl took an almighty Malcolm style wick, cannoned of another couple of bowls and rolled into the head just missing out on the shot to win the match by a matter of a few millimetres!
There had of course been the possibility of a mother and son pairing but there was no way Avril was playing with Lee – instead she went glory hunting with the man of the moment, Alan Gilchrist, fresh from his floodlit pairs win. They comfortably saw off the challenge of Dod Watson and Anne Rooney.
When Jonathan & Carol saw off the challenge of Alex and Mary in the last end of their match, the semi-final line-up was completed. They would face Isabel and Greig whilst Lee and Christine faced mum Avril and Alan. It wasn’t long in the first semi-final before Isabel started wishing she had her floodlit pairs partner back! Having clawed their way back into the match, end 6 saw Greig, one down, try and play his last bowl with some weight to trail the jack for a big count – oops! He only managed to remove Isabel’s bowl which was lying second and with the loss of a three the match got away from them.
In the other semi-final, mother v son rivalry was on show and it was Avril who emerged victorious after a high-quality match. Jonathan and Carol looked determined to pick up the trophy in the final but skip Al was in terrific form. He was consistent throughout and on too many occasions to remember turned losing or average positions into big winning ends – ultimately he made the difference as he and Avril comfortably put paid to Jonathan and Carol’s chances. Two pairs wins in the space of a weekend – we’ll never hear the end of it!