I didn’t expect to pocket this title!

KIRKCALDY;'Kirkcaldy pool player Chris Corcaran with Scottish 8 Ball Championship trophy'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'Kirkcaldy pool player Chris Corcaran with Scottish 8 Ball Championship trophy'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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A POOL player from Kirkcaldy has won a Scottish title for the second time.

Chris Corcoran beat competition from 90 other entrants to become the Scottish Eightball Pool Federation champion at the event held in Styx recently.

The 27-year-old previously won the title in 2008 - but admitted his latest victory came as a surprise.

“I didn’t expect to win it because I hadn’t really prepared for it,” he said.“I’ve not been practicing much, just playing in the local Kirkcaldy and Leven leagues.

“To be honest I’d lost a bit of interest and become a bit bored with it, but now I’m now starting to get the bug back.”

Chris made his way through several nail-biting rounds to reach the final, where he met Ryan Davie, the current U21 world champion, from Kirkintilloch.

A tense match played in front of a large crowd went all the way to the deciding frame, with Chris eventually emerging 8-7 winner.

“It’s always nervy when it goes to the last frame but you just have to go for it,” Chris said.

“I got a wee bit lucky because after the break, all my balls were open.

“It was great to win it, especially when I hadn’t expected to.”

Chris, a former St Andrews High pupil, has now qualified for the Scotland team that will compete at next year’s World and European Championships, while he also pocketed a winners cheque for £1000.

“It’s alright for a weekend’s work!” he beamed. “I’m now looking at booking a holiday.”

Chris is the third member of the Styx pool team to win the SEPF title in the last four years, following on from team mates Shaun Wishart and Mike Keddie.

The team competes in the Kirkcaldy Pool League.