Alister Tetsill title win for Willie

Willie Scott
Willie Scott

TWENTY years ago Willie Scott won the first ever Red Triangle Ten Week League and this year he has done it again.

In memory of the former manager the tournament is now called the Alister Tetsill Ten Week League Championship.

Over ten weeks 52 players took to the green baize to try to win one of the most illustrious titles in the calendar.

At the end of week nine the top eight ranked players qualified and progressed to the knockout phase.

The league stages finished: 1, Colin Allen, 85 points; 2, Davie Hutchison, 83; 3, Ross Higgins, 75; 4,Pat Killen, 66; 5, Martyn Shields, 65; 6, Willie Scott, 65; 7, Jordan Gallacher, 63; 8, Andy Jackson, 61.

In the quarter-final knockout stages Colin Allen lost out to his bogey player Andy Jackson 2-1, Pat Killen beat Martyn Shields 2-0, Willie Scott beat last years winner Ross Higgins 2-1 and the ever improving Jordan Gallacher beat the in form Davie Hutchison.

The semi-final scorelines never reflected how close the games were but Pat Killen ran out a 3-0 winner over Andy Jackson and Willie Scott beat Jordan Gallacher 3-1.

Into the final and Willie Scott got off to a flier. A 37 break helped him to a 1-0 lead. His lead was short lived though as Pat soon pulled it back to 1-1 with some clinical safety. In the third Willie ground Pat down and a few small breaks later was back ahead at 2-1. In the fourth Willie had a great chance to take victory but missed a sitter to the corner bag. Pat pounced and the game was now level at 2-2.

As both shook hands at the start of the fifth the tension in the hall was unbearable. Both had chances and as the frame approached its conclusion it looked like Pat was going to take victory. With three reds remaining Pat was 20 up and on a red. He missed, the red stayed over the bag and Willie pounced. Willie potted it, landed perfectly on the pink and proceeded to make a 50 clearance and take the title!

The highest break of the event was a magnificent 123 by former professional Mark Boyle.

Well done to Mark on the high break and to Willie for winning the event.