News challenge at Red Triangle

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Billiards took centre stage on Sunday night at Cumbernauld’s Red Triangle Snooker Club.

Fifteen players turned out to test their angles on the table. Most of the players are unfamiliar with the rules, but it seemed most of them enjoyed playing a different ball game on the baize.

Club champion Martin Cook and Davie Hutchison was the pick of the draw in the first round. Cook struggled early in the match while the Carbrain cueman took control taking a 40 point lead. The club champion rallied to peg back his deficit and after a nail-biting end it was Hutchison who potted his opponents ball to clinch the two points to win the match by 151-149.

Hutchison went on to win his next two matches against Stephen Kelly and Darren Ellis to reach his third final in ten years.

Kevin Glen was a surprise finalist in the bottom half of the draw with victories over Scott Davidson, Gus Stewart and former champion Colin Blair.

The final on paper looked a one-sided affair with two times champion Hutchison favourite to pick up his third title but Glenny was having none of it as a fantastic display of single ball potting took him out of sight against the tired looking cueman.

Hutchison had plenty of chances in the match but couldn’t get the rhythm going as Kevin looked more confident as the match neared the end. A fine 24 break by Glenn more or less took him over the winning line to run out a 201-186 winner to lift his first billiards championship.

Well done to all the players taking part in this event which was sponsored by gentleman Pat Devine in years gone by. Congratulations to Martin Cook, John Malcolm and Davie Hutchison who qualified for the last 32 finals of the Scottish main tour finals earlier in the day.