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First ever Moray Snooker SuperLeague comes to dramatic conclusion

By Ewan Malcolm

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THE inaugural Moray Snooker SuperLeague came to a thrilling conclusion on Sunday as Moray locals took home both the Premier and Championship division titles.

Premier division winner Adam Macleod (right) and runner up Kenny MacPherson.
Premier division winner Adam Macleod (right) and runner up Kenny MacPherson.

The Ian Mackenzie sponsored competition pitted players from Inverness, Moray and Aberdeen against each other at the Elgin Ex Service Club.

In the Premier Division, Fochabers cue ace Adam Macleod sealed the title after edging out Aberdeen based Kenny MacPherson 6-5.

The back and forth affair went down to the final black of the match after Macleod had missed two chances to win the match on the brown.

In the deciding frame, MacPherson took a commanding lead and looked set to win. However, Macleod took the match down to the final black which he eventually potted to seal a dramatic victory.

Championship division winner Gary Pope (right) and Neil Owen.
Championship division winner Gary Pope (right) and Neil Owen.

The all Moray Championship final between Gary Pope of Mosstodloch and Neil Owen from Burghead could not have been more different.

Pope, who had dominated the league stage of the competition, had sailed through his knockout match - seeing off Alan Mair (Mosstodloch) 5-0 in the semi final.

In contrast, Owen edged past Ceiran Mclean 5-3 before knocking Elgin's Mark Bell out by the same scoreline in the semi final.

Any chance of an upset in the final was quickly squashed as Pope exhibited his ruthless consistency once more by delivering a devastating 6-0 rout in the final.

The victory will see Pope take a well merited place in the Premier division next season.

Anybody hoping to compete in next season's competition can do so by enquiring through Moray Snooker on Facebook.

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