Carrick Knowe’s dark horse rink gallop away with title

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THE dark horse rink of George Wallace, Trevor Mathieson, Keith Bennett and William Kirkpatrick served up a headline performance under the Carrick Knowe banner in last night’s finals of the Edinburgh & Leith Championship at Corstorphine.

Kirkpatrick and company etched their name on the Coronation Fours trophy with a formbook upset to eclipse Craigentinny stars Craig McCall, Scott Duncan, Gordon Bold and Andy Jeffrey 15-10.

Drama started to ­unfold in the early stages, with Carrick Knowe stealing a march from 2-4 to 9-4 with a purple patch of 2, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1 but Craigentinny edged their way back into a menacing position at just 12-10 down entering the last end.

A knife-edge climax saw Jeffrey and company build the better position to hold a title-snatching 3 shots but Craigentinny were denied by a brilliant last-bowl conversion from Kirkpatrick who trailed the jack through the head for a 3 to clinch the title.

Carrick Knowe celebrated a title double but their success in the David Kyle Triples was less surprising as it was delivered by three of their stars: John Mitchell, Ian McKenna and internationalist James Hogg.

Hogg and company powered into a 12-1 lead and, helped by a 5,1 finish, they went on to score a crushing 19-5 victory over talented Parkside trio Craig Bryce, Brian Salvona and Derek Smith.

The sparks were expected to fly in the final of the Coronation Pairs with the big guns of Pilrig: Gavin Smith and Darren McKenny, clashing with Sighthill sharp shooters Stuart Smith and John McDermott.

Peels were called at 5,6 and 8 as the battle for supremacy raged then, at 10-9 in favour of Sighthill, the game-changing moment came as the result of a piece of McDermott magic.

The Sighthill skip produced a brilliant ‘chap and lie’ conversion followed by two skilful draws that yielded a mighty 5 to 15 and the partnership went on to clinch a commanding 20-10 victory.

The final of the Under 25 Singles for the James S Fleming Trophy was dominated by highly rated Northern ace Jamie Reid, who turned up trumps at the 21-8 expense of emerging Craigentinny star, David 

Torrance – having a good campaign – was giving a good account of himself to lead 8-7 but Reid found a higher gear and, playing well to a three-quarters length jack, accelerated to 21 with a devastating run of 2, 3, 1, 1, 4, 3.