Laurence Docherty is the first Scottish-born player to land a top coaching job abroad, he will take charge of leading Dutch side HC Bloemendaal for the rest of this season, writes Craig Madden.
Edinburgh-born Docherty, who played for MIM (now CALA Edinburgh), Scotland and Great Britain left to make a new life in the Netherlands following his omission from the GB squad for the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The 35-year-old, who has Dutch citizenship and represented his adopted country at Beijing 2008, played for Klein Zwitserland before moving to Bloemendaal. He takes over from English Olympian Russell Garcia, a former Scotland coach.
Stephen Gallacher will take renewed confidence and a clean bill of health into the Turkish Airlines Open as he looks to enjoy a strong end to the season.
Gallacher was forced to withdraw from the British Masters earlier this month due to illness and initially struggled to find top form after linking up with new coach Mike Walker.
However, the 40-year-old believes he has overcome the virus, which is still afflicting his wife Helen, and has rediscovered his verve after finishing 19th in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and ninth in the Portugal Masters.
“In Portugal, I played great for three days and still shot under par on the day I struggled a bit,” said Gallacher. “That’s the difference. I’m starting to see big differences in my game. I feel as though I’m hitting it longer probably than I ever have.”
Scotland’s former world champions John Higgins and Graeme Dott have battled through to the third round of the International Championship in Daqing, China yesterday, writes Lorin McDougall.
Higgins wrapped up a 6-3 win and he will now face Shaun Murphy in a rerun of the 2009 world final.
Dott joined Higgins in the last 16 after beating Peter Ebdon by the same scoreline in a battle of two former world champions. He meets Neil Robertson next.
Glasgow’s Anthony McGill was beaten 6-1 by the world No.1 Mark Selby.