Sin­gles crown had eluded him

East Kilbride News - - READER TRAVEL - Paul Thom­son

Ian Liv­ing­stone ended years of heartache to lift his first-ever East Kil­bride Pool League sin­gles ti­tle.

The sin­gles crown was the only ti­tle to elude ‘Livvy’ dur­ing an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer in the EKPL, but Ian – who is also the league chair­man – fi­nally com­pleted his col­lec­tion last week with an 8-5 vic­tory over Gra­ham Borth­wick in the fi­nal.

Played over the week­end of Septem­ber 8-9 in the Green­hills Bar, the early rounds also saw some crack­ing ties.

The the pick of the re­sults in­cluded Jim McKenna beat­ing former cham­pion Iain Wil­son 8-5 and an im­pres­sive 8-2 win for Ross Steven against in­form player Jack Ste­wart.

The lat­ter stages of the tour­na­ment saw Borth­wick and Graeme Wal­lace, who both rep­re­sent the ‘Jok­ers’ team in the EKPL, as well as James Han­ney and Lee Miller, from the As­sas­sins, reach the quar­ter-fi­nals. One­frame cham­pion Davie ‘Bomber’ MacKin­non and the Robert­son broth­ers, Lind­say and Stu, rep­re­sent­ing Club 72, com­pleted the line-up along­side Liv­ing­stone.

Stu de­feated Lee Miller 8-5 and Livvy beat Graeme by the same score to set up an ex­cel­lent semi fi­nal, which Livvy won 8-7.

The bot­tom half saw Borth­wick em­phat­i­cally de­feat Han­ney and then MacKin­non to clinch his place in the fi­nal.

But it was the ex­pe­ri­enced former Scot­land In­ter­na­tional, Livvy, who pre­vailed. Borth­wick can be proud of his run though, hav­ing quickly pro­gressed from chal­lenger event to su­per­league teams and the lat­ter stages of big tour­na­ments.

Club spokesman Lind­say Robert­son said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Ian and Gra­ham on a great fi­nal.

“Thanks go to our spon­sors Green­hills Bar for su­perb support as ever, and to the hard work of David Pickup and Lee Miller in run­ning the event.”

Prize guy A de­lighted Ian Liv­ing­stone with the sin­gles tro­phy

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