Super Sylvia is Edinburgh’s Champion of Champions

Sylvia McAnna shows off the Steel Trophy
Sylvia McAnna shows off the Steel Trophy
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JUNIPER GREEN’S Sylvia McAnna captured the Edinburgh Womens Bowls Association’s Champion of Champions title, producing a strong display to dominate the Singles final at Colinton.

McAnna’s 21-14 win over host club champion Sandra Slater was accomplished in 22 ends and came via a game-changing spell that saw her card 1, 2, 2, 1 to bring her opponent under pressure at 15-7.

Parkside's Fours champions Mary Hogg, Helen Creamer, Maureen Hall and Betty Rogers

Parkside's Fours champions Mary Hogg, Helen Creamer, Maureen Hall and Betty Rogers

McAnna is a seven-times champion at Juniper Green but probably entered the final as the underdog against a greatly-experienced opponent whose CV includes ten championship wins, an Edinburgh Open title, and this title in 2003.

Slater was struggling to find a consistency of line and weight on her own green but McAnna seized upon that opportunity to open up a 9-5 lead then answer the loss of a double with her purple-patch run to 15.

McAnna did face a growing menace at 17-12 but fended it off with a couple of singles to 19 before going on to clinch victory.

“I am thrilled,” said McAnna. “It is absolutely fabulous that Juniper Green has a major trophy to celebrate.”

Meanwhile, the final of the Fours saw Parkside’s Betty Rogers, Maureen Hall, Helen Creamer and Mary Hogg get the measure of their Carrick Knowe opposition.

Hogg skipped her rink into a 9-1 lead after five ends then made strong headway to gain a 21-5 supremacy that culminated in a 22-8 win over Molly Cairncross, Margaret Mack, Liz Aitken and Margaret Kilpatrick.

End 12 was a particular highlight moment for Hogg as she faced four shots against but a magic conversion saw her conjure up four shots from a trail on the jack.

“Our men have enjoyed a great season of success so it’s great that the ladies section have won a title,” said Hogg. “We were all on song in the final.”