After a long summer of competition for the 32 players involved in the Summer Pool League there was one last day of pool.
The first round draw of the Premier Event threw up a few tasty matches with the pick of the bunch being Ram’s Heid (2) team-mates Garry Mitchell and Graham Dunbar. The draw Garry had previously mentioned he would likely receive! Garry dug deep and won through by a 5-3 scoreline.
The quarter-finals saw Tam Walkingshaw establish himself a good lead versus Steve Reid, only for Steve to claw it back and a deciding frame was required, Tam winning it to win through 5-4.
Greg Alexander showed he meant business by defeating Kevin Brown by a 5-0 margin.
Meanwhile, matches against team-mates was the order of the day for Garry Mitchell when he faced Steve Hamilton. Garry went through with a 5-1 win. Josh Longmuir was showing he was not there just to make up the numbers either and led Martin Cherry by a 4-0 scoreline. However, Martin reeled off the next three and looked set to mount a great comeback but it wasn’t to be and Josh won 5-3 to book a semi-final place.
In the first semi-final, Greg Alexander took on Tam Walkingshaw. Greg was leading 3-0 when Tam retired and Greg was awarded the match. The second semi saw Garry Mitchell edge out Josh Longmuir by a 6-3 scoreline. A tremendous effort by Josh during the course of the summer league and he can be proud of his achievements.
The final was a race to 7 and both players gave their all. Unfortunately for Garry he couldn’t prevent Greg going the entire tournament undefeated and he became champion with a 7-3 win.
After a few players being unable to complete during the summer and unavailability there were a number of first round byes in the Plate Even.
This left only two first round matches which saw young Keir Hamilton take on Michael Bastow and Craig Fairweather started the defence of his Plate title against Pamela Twaddle.
Keir led Michael 3-1 but let his lead slip, only to regain it by 4-3, Michael won the next frame to take the match to a decider and won through by a 5-4 scoreline. Craig got off to a flying start and defeated Pam 5-1.
The quarter-finals saw Josh Davies crash out by a 5-2 scoreline to Wayne Green, while Conor Warren knocked out Colin Smith with a fine 5-1 win.
Craig Fairweather had to play his fellow Railway team-mate Liam Buchan and won through 5-3 win. Meanwhile, Kris Cameron had opened up a 4-1 lead on Michael Bastow. Unfortunately, Kris couldn’t get over the line and Michael dug in well to win 5-4.
In the first semi-final, Craig took on Conor. A tight match saw Craig win through 6-4 and Conor was bitterly disappointed to have lost out. The second semi saw Wayne Green play Michael Bastow. Michael opened up a 3-0 lead and finally closed out the match with a 6-2 win.
The final got under way and again Michael established a 3-0 lead but Craig failed to give up and it was soon 3-2. Michael opened up his lead to 5-2 only to see Craig claw it back to 5-4. Michael finally got over the line and clinched it 6-4.
Team Registration for the 2013/14 season will be held on Sunday (August 18) in the Royal British Legion Scotland clubrooms, starting at 7.30 p.m. Registration forms are available in the download section of the pool website or alternatively contact Michael Bastow for a hard copy.