LAST week saw the first major pool competition in the Borders taking place at a revamped Reivers Sports Bar in Galashiels.
The Scottish Masters Singles and Doubles proved a great success with local players producing some brilliant performances. Scott Simpson reached the semi-finals in both events. In the doubles, Simpson partnered Scott Bowers. Their contrasting styles saw them progress steadily until going down in a tremendous safety battle to Scottish manager Mike McDonald and Matt Brannan.
Stan Thomson and Kev Mackay played well before falling in the quarters, along with Hawick pair Stuart Schofield and Colin Drummond.
The singles proved a tough draw for the locals with only Simpson reaching the last eight. Consistency was the key word as Simpson stuck in and potted his way to the semi, only to fall in a nip-and-tuck match, which could have gone either way, to top Fife internationalist Chris Corcoran. In the other semi, Alan McLeod won a last-frame thriller against top-ranked Scott Kennedy, also from Fife.
The final was exciting, although the score proved rather one-sided with McLeod lifting the title. Borders Pool League secretary Scott Bowers told TheSouthern: “It was tough going running our first big competition, especially one lasting two days, but it was good to see Scott Simpson getting just reward for all his practice. All the local lads played well against top-notch opposition while Reivers proved a great venue and did the Borders proud.”