Magic at the Masters

BORDERS pool players received a boost at the Scottish Masters, held at Galashiels.

Ian McCombe and Scott Bowers both made the quarter-finals in the singles, with McCombe going out to the eventual runner-up Wullie Anderson from Kent.

Unfortunately, Bowers was forced to concede his tie, having committed himself to refereeing at the Cameron Gunn junior football tournament on the same day.

Stuart Schofield, Scott Simpson and Craig Reid also showed up well before going down to classy opponents in the last 16.

In the doubles, Bowers and Simpson reached the quarters again before going down narrowly to winners Alan Scott and Nick Crawford from Fife.

Stu Harkness and his partner Dave Dishington surpassed all expectations to reach the final and despite a tremendous fighting performance, just failed at the death.

Now all roads lead to Blackpool for the World Championships, with three Reivers players representing the region.

Bowers, Simpson and Reid are all entered in the singles with Bowers playing for the Scottish Senior team for the third year in a row.

Bowers told TheSouthern: “It’s a great achievement for all three of us to be selected. I only scraped into the Scotland team due to a good week at the Euros while Scott (Simpson) deserves a break after an unfortunate family bereavement earlier in the year and Craig has been showing top-class form recently.”

Although only the Reivers trio are playing in the Worlds, several others are going to the World Masters, starting on the second weekend and played to a finish over two days at the same venue. Entries from the Borders include Stan Thomson, Kev Mackay, Ian McCombe and Stuart Schofield, with possibly a few others yet to confirm.

“With the rest coming down for the Masters, it could be a successful time for Borders pool,” added Bowers.