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Ladies Championship, Gents Pairs & Ladies Pairs Finals

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

The Ladies Championship Final saw defending Champion from 2019, Anne Clarke face the multi-time Champion, Gwenda Ainslie in the final played on 11th September. The two players have had good seasons and the final was a terrific affair which swung one way then the other.

It was Anne who got off to the better start and after 6 ends she led by 6 shots to 3. Gwenda, however, then won four ends in a row picking up a single and three 2’s as she took a 10-6 lead. In this topsy turvy battle, Anne then picked up a single and her second three of the contest as the scores were tied at 10-10 after 12 ends.

Gwenda appeared to then take control and it looked as if she was going to stroll to victory as she picked up 5 of the next 6 ends to lead 17-11 after 18 ends played.  But Anne was not ready to surrender her title quite yet. Over the course of the next six ends played, she won five of them and suddenly the match was back in the balance with Gwenda holding a slim 18-17 advantage after 24 ends played. Gwenda had not scored more than a pair in any of those 24 ends – what a time to put that stat to bed – End 25 and she picked up a 3 to get over the line by 21 shots to 17. Congratulations to Gwenda and commiserations to Anne who made a real fight of it.

The Second Final of the Day was the Gents Pairs which saw Robert Clarke & Lee Wilson take on Greig McDonell & Alex Weir in a 15-end contest. At 8-0 up after 4 ends this looked like it was going to be extremely one sided in favour of Lee & Robert. Four of the next 5 ends, however, went the way of Greig & Alex as they cut the deficit to 9-5. Lee was, by far, player of the match. On several occasions, he changed the course of the end, either cutting down a big score or doing enough to overturn a losing position. They regained their 8 shot advantage after 11 ends with a single and a 3 and although Greig & Alex fought hard, picking up 4 shots themselves over the next two ends, they could never quite recover from their awful start. Needing a five on the last end, a 3 made the score respectable but in truth, Lee & Robert were always in control, winning the match by 14 shots to 12.

In the Ladies Pairs Final, the two singles finalists combined to take on Isabel MacRae and Carol Davidson. The sensible money was on Anne & Gwenda to steamroller their way to victory, but when Carol & Isabel picked up a five on end 4 to take a 7-1 lead the favourites looked in trouble. They responded remarkably in the very next end and picked up a 6!! 7-7 after 5 ends and this looked like it was going to be a high scoring affair. The favourites picked up two 2’s on ends 6 and 9 but ends 8 and 10 saw the underdogs pick up a 4 and a 3 and after 10 ends they led by 15 shots to 11. A shock was most definitely on the cards and 3 singles over the course of the next 4 ends meant that Gwenda & Anne trailed 18-13 going down the last – just like the Gents pairs final they needed a 5 to force an extra end. Carol & Isabel held their nerve and despite the loss of a pair they were over the moon to have secured a terrific 18-15 win. Well done to them.

     

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