Our second finals day saw three competitions decided, the Senior Championship Final between Anne Clarke and Alan Gilchrist, the Presidents Final between Greig McDonell & Lee Wilson and the Gents Pairs Final between Roddy McGeoch & Lee Wilson and Alan Gilchrist & Jimmy Gillie.
The Senior Championship match looked extremely one-sided as Alan raced into a commanding 12-2 lead against Anne as he won 7 of the first 9 ends of the match. Anne then had a good spell of 3 consecutive ends where she picked up two 2’s and a single cutting the deficit in half as she trailed 12-7. Another 3 shots for the man in form, however, and at 15-7 down it looked like curtains for Anne. But hold on a minute, Anne hasn’t picked up the nickname of the comeback Queen for no reason! 9 of the next 11 shots went her way as she fought back to trail by only 17 shots to 16. After the match, Al claimed he was always in control – yeah right!! A 3 put him on the brink but a 2 from Anne and the match was in the balance again at 20-18, On the 23rdend of the day, however, Al picked up the single he needed to creep over the line for a 21-18 win.
In the Presidents Final, Lee started on -4 whilst Greig started on +4. When Greig picked up a 3 and a single in the first two ends he effectively held a 12-shot lead. Lee, however, fought hard and when he won the next 7 ends without interruption, the pressure looked like it might get to Greig who saw the margin cut to just 3 as he led 8-5. He didn’t panic though and when he then matched Lee by winning the next 7 ends the match was effectively over as a contest – 9 unanswered shots and the lead stretched out again to 17-5. Although Lee then won the next 4 ends, Greig managed to avoid losing any big scores and when 3 of the last 4 ends went his way, he secured the win by 21 shots to 11.
The closest match of the day was left for last as the Gents Pairs final went all the way to a deciding final end. At 6-3 up, Alan and Jimmy looked like they had the match under control, but they then lost two 3s and a 2 over the next three ends to suddenly see a three shot advantage turn into a 5 shot deficit at 11-6 down with 4 ends left to play. It was in the bag for the Defending Pairs Champions. End 12 made the match interesting - a 5 for Jimmy and Al and suddenly the scores were tied at 11-11. Roddy and Lee recovered, however with a 2 on the 13thend and they lay at least one and a measure for 2 as Al faced his last bowl in the penultimate end. He knew that going up the last needing 3 or 4 to tie was improbable so had a go at burning the end – and lo and behold that’s exactly what he did. With confidence at a high, Al & jimmy picked up a 2 on the replayed end to level the scores at 13-13 going into the last end. Jimmy got in near the jack first and despite their best efforts, Lee & Roddy were unable to displace it as they fell to a 14-13 defeat. A cracking match to end the day. Well done to all who took part on a gorgeous afternoon.