Triumph for Denny man Gary Scott

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Pool king Gary Scott added another award to his creaking trophy shelf this weekend when he became the SPA Seniors Champion.

Gary, 43, from Denny can add the championship to a massive list of awards and achievements earned throughout his lengthy pool career.

His latest accolade came on Saturday as he saw off Keith Robertson 8-5 in the final played at Dumbarton’s Dumbuck Hotel.

It’s yet another gong for the former professional to feel immensely proud of - though he kept celebrations reserved at the time out of respect for his opponent - as he managed to come out on top playing against a host of players he has played against for the majority of his career.

He said: “I don’t like to punch the air or anything like that in fromt of my opponent. I like to take my delight elsewhere. At the same time I’m not the greatest of losers but I can hide that as well. I won’t rub it into someone’s face. I was ecstatic and I was very proud of my achievement, it’s not an easy thing to do.

“It’s only been running for three years and I’m 43 now so I’ve been trying very hard to win it. I’ve been close to it a few times but didn’t quite get there.

“The players I’ve been brought up with, we’ve all been that close through the tournaments and I’ve only been edged out by a frame or two. This time I’ve managed to get the better of them.”

Gary, who’s expecting a baby with his girlfriend in January, thanked his supporters for turning out for him as well as mentioning his sponsor Iain Smillie of the Haggs Tavern.

He also said that the door to a national return is now open following his latest success.

Gary added: “My sponsor is Iain Smillie of the Haggs Tavern, he was up supporting me as well. I had a very good support up there.

“I’ve been away from the Scottish international scene for some time but apparently when you win an SPA event, you go straight into that category at international level. I could very well be given the opportunity to play for the Scottish senior team which has never happened to me before.”