Carrick KNOWE celebrated their third major club success of the season as they powered their way to the Edinburgh Top Ten title with a scintillating 8-0 points victory over Postal in the final at Maitland BC.
Wins on all four disciplines – singles, pairs, triples and fours – confirmed the formbook superiority of Carrick Knowe, who had already won the E&L Top Five and the Water of Leith 1st Sixteens League.
“We had tasted defeat in five Top Ten finals including the last two seasons so we wanted to avoid that particular hat trick and to do so demanded focus, concentration, as well as skill,” said spokesman Colin Mitchell.
Mitchell was the spearhead figure in the singles and found himself being well held at 8-8 by Euan Murray before stamping his authority with a purple patch break of 1, 2, 2, (1), (2), 4 to stand 17-11 then win 21-14 in 23-ennds. Postal posed a real threat in the pairs with David McIntee and Neal Rooney leading Kevin Tennant and Paul O’Donnell, 17-14, but Carrick Knowe stole their thunder with a 4, 1 finish to snatch a 19-17 victory. The best performance of the final was delivered in the Triples by Carrick Knowe stars Graham Pringle, Johnny Priestley and James Hogg, who led 15-0 after seven ends.
Hogg and Co then stayed on strongly to win 21-5 against Elliot Young, Billy Sandilands, and Martin McVey.
Carrick Knowe were also relentless scorers in the fours with their rink of Steven Pringle, Andy Blair, Darren Hush and Richard Tough racing into a 17-2 lead then blitzing Colin Turnbull, Keith Anderson, Stuart Turnbull and Colin Bain, 27-10.
“Carrick Knowe treated us with a respect that we appreciated but their class did tell,” said Postal’s Neal Rooney.