London Road Foundry win the ladies’ Edinburgh Cup

London Road Foundry celebrate their success
London Road Foundry celebrate their success
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London Road Foundry have regained the ladies’ Edinburgh Cup sponsored by Gifted of Stockbridge but the 2014 champions had to battle hard, only regaining their title by one shot against defending champions Goldenacre.

The two-rink format made for a compelling attraction and the outcome hung in the balance before LRF clinched a 43-42 victory after an extra–end tiebreak.

The unfolding drama reached fever pitch as LRF battled back from a 31-38 deficit after 14 ends with counts across the green of 4-1 and 4-0 to level the score at 39-39 with one end to play.

Goldenace steadied their ship with a 1-1 share that took the final into an extra end where, in a nailbiting climax, LRF triggered the victory salute with a 3-2 edge.

The hero was Nicola Barclay who had included high counts of 5 and 4 to skip Ann McCaskell, Sheila McIntosh and Rosie Mackintosh to a 14-14 peel after 14 ends against Wilma MacDonald, Jean Summers, Margaret Thomson and Margaret Keenan.

What happened next was a spectacular game-changer with Barclay engaging a much higher gear and inspiring her rink to a run of 4, 1, 1, 3 that accelerated them to a 23-14 victory.

The other LRF rink, comprising of Eileen Mitchell, Alvis Dickson, Pat Turner and Diane Bell, had started like an express train and were 13-4 ahead against Margaret Elder, Lorna MacKay, Zandra Kinnear and Rita Reid.

Their next count was a welcome 4 but it came between a sensational revival from the opposition that saw Reid and Co card 4, 2, 5, 5, 4, 1 to cross into a 25-17 lead that set the scene for a 28-20 win.

Carrick Knowe continued their title-laden season with the capture of The EBL Plate and it was achieved at the 57-37 expense of Bainfield – both clubs migrants and former giants of The Water of Leith League.

It was a three-rink affair and the most significant result was Chris Crawford skipping Colin Tough, Trever Matheson and Cameron Tennant to a 28-5 win over Colin Gilchrist. The other rink outcomes were: Stephen Pringle 17, John Milne 15; Graham Pringle 12, Adam Brock 17.

Parkside beat Colinton, 19-12, in the final of The Seniors Fours.