Queensberry shrugged off the disappointment of missing out on the Division 1 title of the Edinburgh Bowling League by winning the Specsavers-sponsored Edinburgh Cup by defeating Bainfield at Summerside.
The 10-2 result in favour of 24-strong Queensberry team was a brilliant reward for the clubs best ever season in the EBL – but to achieve it they had to bounce straight off the canvas having been floored the previous night against Parkside in their bid to land the Division 1 crown.
“The nightmare scenario for us was to lose out on league and cup,” said Queensberry captain Brian Pollard, “but our squad found a positive response to our Division 1 disappointment at the hands of top dogs Parkside and served up a spirited display to beat a strongly fancied Bainfield opposition.”
It was Queensberry’s first final appearance in 18 seasons of the cup, while Bainfield were making it to the climax of the showcase team trophy knockout event at the first attempt, having joined the EBL at the start of the 2015 season.
“We took on board that Bainfield’s reputation as one of the top clubs in the Capital dwarfed our own, but one of the benefits of competing regularly in the top echelons of the EBL is that you learn to respect the best but never to fear them,” added Pollard.
“Our triumph looks commanding, but was in fact hard earned and a consequence of us hitting the ground running then coping with a strong Bainfield rally and, with our second 16s and third 16s both gaining promotion, this cup success is the icing on the cake”.
Wins on the rink skipped by Alan Watson, John Kidd, Frank O’Reilly, Scott Walker,and Brian Pollard delivered the history making occasion for a Queensberry club that has excelled in EBL events this season.
Watson lit the fuse and in explosive fashion as he skipped Jimmy Curran, Jamie Anderson and Peter Lynch into a 13-5 lead, then resisted late pressure to clinch a 17-13 win over Murray Brown, Peter Stewart, David Babtie and Paul Millar.
Kidd also made a seriously strong start to skip Sean Burrell, Paul Manson and Mick Imrie Jnr into a 13-2 lead, but it eventually took a single at the last to edge an 18-17 win over Graham Fergus, Jim Ross, Stewart Jenkin, and Craig Paterson. O’Reilly led 7-0 but trailed 11-9 before skipping Brian Larkin, Stephen Kirkland, and Jordan Davidson on a purple patch spell to cross 21-12 then on to a 23-14 win over Jim Cowan, Dick Wilson, Gary Neil and Adam Brock.
Bainfield got themselves onto the map with Brian Stoddart skipping Graham Angus, Mike Sutherland, and Stuart Wilson from 12-10 to a 220-10 win over Chris Conway Jnr, John Dickson, Jimmy McDougall, and Colin Jones.
Walker, however, kept Bainfield suppressed when kicking on from 11-10 to skip Ryan Gardiner, Mick Imrie Sr and Paul Dickson to an 18-13 win over Paul Stoddart, Willie Dyet, David McNair and Stuart Clark.
Pollard was the comeback king with the Queensberry captain answering questions at 12-4 down with great positivity to skip Colin McKenzie, Derek Jempson, and Paul Kirkland to an 18-12 win over David Carlisle, Ian Pilley, John Milne Jnr and Stephen Pilley.