Goldenacre is a new name etched on The Gifted of Stockbridge-sponsored Ladies Edinburgh Cup with the club from Warriston Gardens beating defending champions London Road Foundry in the final at Summerside.
The ladies version of the competition is a two-rink knockout affair and the final saw Goldenacre win one and lose one but capture the coveted title and silverware with a shot margin of plus five. It was LRF’s third final in a row having fallen at the last hurdle of the Edinburgh Bowling League’s showcase event in its inaugural year then celebrating a title triumph in 2014.
The climax to the 2015 confrontation was an exciting one as the master scoreboard reflected a 25-25 shot deadlock after 15 of the 17 ends played but the last-gasp swing of the pendulum was 6-1 in the direction of Goldenacre.
The hero rink for Goldenacre was the four of Margaret Elder, Wilma McDonald, Lorna McKay and Rita Reid, who took their game by the scruff of the neck early doors having refused to panic at the loss of three shots on the opening end.
Reid and Co came up with the perfect response in the shape of five-end run that produced 1, 1, 1, 3, 1, then answered the loss of a two with a four-shot reply to establish an 11-5 supremacy over Sheila McIntosh, Margaret Murray, Rosemary Macintosh and Nicola Barclay.
The melting-pot situation of the final at 15 ends saw Goldenacre’s high-flying rink still holding a strong position at 17-10 then their crowning glory came with a sizzling 3, 2 finish to triumph 22-10.
Meanwhile, the LRF rink of Eileen Mitchell, Alvis Dickson, Pat Turner and club champion Diane Bell were trying to keep the final in the balance but were hard-pressed to lead 10-6 after 11 ends against Marshall Hope, Sheila Judge, Kate Adams and Margaret Keenan. The LRF situation was brighter at 15 ends with Bell and Co leading 15-8 but strong resistance from Keenan and Co over the last two ends saw the scoring contained to one shot each resulting in a 16-9 win for LRF that fell short of a title-winning effort.
Ace skip Gillian Macintosh was an absentee from the LRF line-up with the Scotland cap bidding – unsuccessfully in the end – for national glory in the inaugural Bowls Scotland Super Pairs Series at Kelvingrove.