WHEN the chips are down Selkirk sportsmen are renowned for raising their game and battering the opposition, writes Fiona Scott.
And that’s exactly what happened on Sunday when local fast food fryer Patrick Crolla came up against a two-time champion in last weekend’s Borders Under-25 Snooker Singles final at the home of tournament sponsors Selkirk Conservative Club.
Defending champion Aaron Hogg (Hawick Burns Club) looked to be on target for his third consecutive victory, but Patrick, who celebrated his 23rd birthday this week, had other ideas, beating his semi-final opponent Liam Wallace (Jed Legion) 3-1 before going on to bag his first title on the Borders circuit.
He told The Wee Paper: “Once I found out the finals were being played at my club it made a big difference. I just thought to myself, it’s my table, I know what I’m doing, and that helped my confidence a lot. It was pretty good.”
The former St Joseph’s and Selkirk High pupil works at the family business Tony’s Tower and since the age of 15 has been honing his snooker skills. “My dad bought me my first snooker cue and it’s been a hobby ever since,” he added.
In the final Patrick took the first frame fairly easily, but Aaron came back to take the second and a step closer to holding on to his title.
A nailbiting third frame saw the players respot the black ball to decide the outcome and when Patrick got his chance he didn’t need a second invitation.
Frame number four saw the Selkirk player move into a 16-point lead with only four balls left on the table, but a costly foul, which saw the white ball in the pocket, allowed Aaron back in.
With only one point separating the two, and only pink and black remaining, Patrick stepped up a gear, potting both to clinch the title.
“The last two games were really close and it certainly wasn’t easy,” said a delighted Patrick after the match.
Patrick was presented with his trophy by Conservative Club representative Jackson Cockburn after Border Snooker League chairman Ian Robson had thanked all those who helped make the tournament a success.