Pool players make mark in Blackpool

Team Brandanes - Gavin Wilson, Richard Reid, Robbie Docherty and Mike McHardy - at the Golden 8 Ball team event at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool.

Team Brandanes - Gavin Wilson, Richard Reid, Robbie Docherty and Mike McHardy - at the Golden 8 Ball team event at the Norbreck Castle Hotel in Blackpool.

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Five Bute pool players descended on Blackpool to represent the island at the Golden 8-Ball four-person team event at the Norbreck Castle Hotel.

Gavin Wilson, Richard Reid, Robbie Docherty and Mike McHardy - together known as Team Brandanes - qualified for the top-level Golden tier of the competition, while scorekeeper Carol McHardy also pitted her skills against one of the top English players in the field.

The popularity of the tournament was illustrated by a substantial increase in the number of entries, rising from 64 last year to 97 this time.

The competition format featured three levels of competition, the Golden, Silver and Bronze 8-Ball.

Team Brandanes came second in their group on the Friday, which put them through to the main event, commencing on Saturday morning.

* Full report in this week’s Buteman - on sale on Thursday.