Snooker: Kinnear bags Hawick title

Hawick snookers singles champion Gary Kinnear
Hawick snookers singles champion Gary Kinnear

Gary Kinnear turned on the style to win the coveted Hawick snooker singles championship title played at the town’s Conservative Club.

The Burns Club cueman was in top form throughout and emerged a worthy champion in the Saffron Restaurant, Bellhaven Breweries and So Simply Silver.925 192-sponsored event.

Following victories over Alex Caldwell (Burns Club) and Steven Bell (Conservative Club), Kinnear defeated Mark Riddell (Conservative Club) by two frames to one in a semi-final clash.

This win earning him a final spot with the Conservative Club’s Davie Amos, who had toppled Robin Bell (Burns Club) in the other semi-final meeting.

And it was Kinnear who lifted the crown with a sweeping three frames to nil triumph in the best of five last showdown.

He was thrilled no end with his win.

“I won the championship in 2010 and I’ve been trying hard to win it again ever since and I’m chuffed to bits to have been able to do this,” he said.

“I had to dig deep to win, though, as I was up against some good players.

“Recently I’ve been practising a lot with last year’s winner Lee McAllister who is playing in the Scottish Masters today. Lee is a quality player and practising with him has helped improve my game and this has helped me win the championship.”

Beaten finalist Davie Amos said: “I’ve been in a few singles and doubles finals but I’ve yet to win one. However, I keep on trying and was just happy to reach the final today. Gary was the better man in the final and I’ve no complaints.”

Dougie Rae, the Conservative Club president, concluded: “It was a good day as there was some good snooker played and I’d like to thank the sponsors for making it all possible.”