Our first finals day saw two competitions decided, the Ladies Championship Final between Anne Clarke and Chevonne Ainslie and the Cant Medal Final between Jonathan Davidson & Greig McDonell.
Defending Champion Chevonne started as favourite, despite having played very little over the summer, and when she led 4-1 after 4 ends it looked like being a long afternoon for Anne. Three singles over the next three ends, however, saw Anne pull the match level at 4-4 before a 3 on the next end saw her take the lead for the first time. The loss of a single on end 9 was the only end Anne lost between ends 5 and 11. At 10-5 up the match had swung firmly in her favour. But Chevonne wasn’t going to give up her title that easily – 4 shots across the next two ends and the match was back in the balance again at 10-9. The turning point in this match turned out to be three 2’s and a 3 in the space of five ends for Anne. Suddenly she led 19-13 and the title was within her grasp. Two singles in the next three ends and she was over the line with a terrific 21-14 win. Well done to Anne.
Jonathan, buoyed by his Gents Championship win, was out to prove that he was the man to beat in the other final. The way the match started it looked as if it was going to be over in a flash – 10-9 to Greig after 7 ends and it seemed that neither player could stop the other from scoring heavily. When Jonathan picked up a three on the 8thend he took the lead for the first time in the match. The game then became cagey - Jonathan was never behind until end 14 when Greig took a 16-14 advantage and when that was followed up by a single on the next, Greig was within 4 shots of victory. Back came Jonathan, however, with a 2 to reduce the deficit to 17-16. Greig picked up a crucial single with his last bowl on the next end when Jonathan had been lying a pair and a 2 on end 18 put him one shot away from victory. Jonathan gave himself a chance with a single to get him within a full house of victory but on end 20, Greig picked up the shot he required for a 21-17 win.