The women’s final was a repeat of the 2018 final with holders Blackhall against Newlands. Blackhall led 2-1 after the first round – its second pair of Katie Miles and Sonia Vickers beating the Newlands second pair of the experienced Heather Lockhart and Junior Eilidh McLaughlin 7-5 3-6 [11-9].
The Glasgow club levelled at 3-3 after round 2 winning two close rubbers in three sets. Tied at 4-4, the title would be decided by the outcome of the match between each team’s third pairs. In front of an enthralled crowd, Newlands’ Emma Gibson and 14 year old junior Heather Barlow fought off the challenge of Melanie Lau and Shannon Tuckett 7-6 6-7 [10-7] for a 5-4 victory.
In the men’s final, 2018 runners-up Newlands were challenged by Whitecraigs a club which had never won the men’s title. Newlands led 2-1 after the first round and then 4-2 after two rounds. The title, last won by Newlands in 2005, was won in the third round when captain Scott MacAulay, partnered by Reuben Henry, beat the Whitecraigs third couple of Colin Taylor and Ruaridh Fraser in straight sets to earn an unassailable lead.
Newlands beat Whitecraigs 6-3
Newlands players: Scott Duncan; Robert Dalgetty; Scott MacAulay [Captain]; Reuben Henry; Calum McKnight; Robert Leck
Newlands beat Blackhall 5-4
Newlands players: Jennifer Steel [Captain]; Caitlin Steel; Heather Lockhart; Eilidh McLaughlin; Emma Gibson; Heather Barlow.
80 teams took part in this season’s event, Scotland’s premier inter-club competition.
Full draws can be found here.