Teenager Dean Mackintosh of London Road Foundry captured the Junior Singles in the national District 14 finals at Queensberry.
The 17-year-old – whose father Scott was runner-up in the 2009 national singles – booked his passage to Ayr Northfield in August at the 21-14 expense of Donald Forsyth, taking 19 ends to beat the 23-year-old challenger from Leith BC.
Mackintosh – twice a winner of the Edinburgh SYBA Under-18 singles – has settled admirably to the challenges of stepping up to the senior grade of bowls in the capital and his class was in evidence as he built up an 11-4 lead over Forsyth.
End six provided an exciting example as his 5-4 lead was under threat with three shots against him but he killed the lot with a spectacular driving trail conversion that gained him a two-shot reward and an extended advantage at 7-4.
Mackintosh followed up with counts of one and three to 11 then, when asked questions at 11-7, answered with a run of 3, 1, 2 to 17 and traded on that cushion to clinch a commanding victory.
“Donald (Forsyth) played a lot of good stuff but didn’t get the breaks when he needed them, but, over the piece, Dean had his measure on the night and deserved to win,” said an observer.
Northern captured the limelight in the Pairs thanks to a cracking performance from Stan Christie and Davy Scott that was reflected by a handsome 17-10 victory over Summerside top notches Andy Sneddon and David Snodgrass.
Summerside made a promising start to card five singles on the trot but it was Northern who made the greatest impact as they exploded into the match with a blitz run of 2, 1, 2, 4, 4, to lead 13-5 and they kept the opposition subdued over the remaining seven ends.
The major drama of the finals was produced by the Willowbrae rink of Richard Dall, Richard Dimelow, Gordon Taylor and Pat Dall who scored an extra-end victory over Gordon Clark, Ian Watson, Alan Flockhart and Brian Higgins of Maitland in the Fours.
Maitland had been the pacesetters with leads of 9-4 and 14-10 but Willowbrae produced a run of 1, 2, 1, 2 to cross 16-14 before conceding a double then edge the winner in a nail-biting climax.
Craigentinny were the paper favourites in the Triples and the trio of Darren Smith, Ian Paterson and Andy Caldwell produced scintillating form to lead 13-1 and reach Ayr with a 22-7 win over Alan McKenzie, Bruce Young and Jamie Gunn of Brunstane.
The final of the singles proper was a 19-end affair with Gavin Smith of Pilrig holding all the aces in a commanding 21-7 victory over Craig Duffus of Willowbrae.
Leith prevailed in the Seniors Fours with Adam Davidson skipping Bob Scott, Jim Gowans and Ian Ramsay to an 18-9 win over Ian Watson (skip) of Maitland.