International honours for Kingdom pool players

The Fifers representing Scotland (from left) Colin DeSwarte, Mark Thomson, James Jack, Aaron Daly, Liam Dunster and Graeme Jarrett.
The Fifers representing Scotland (from left) Colin DeSwarte, Mark Thomson, James Jack, Aaron Daly, Liam Dunster and Graeme Jarrett.
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Two local pool players will be gaining international honours next month.

Aaron Daly and Mark Thomson, who play for Styx Pool Bar and Woodside Inn respectively in the East of Fife Pool League, will represent Scotland at Bridlington in the forthcoming Under 23 European Championships.

Both players will feature for the Scotland B2 side in a 12-team tournament which includes the four home nations as well as France, Cyprus and Republic of Ireland among others.

Mark, a catering apprentice with Fife Council only took up the sport 18 months ago, was an automatic pick having just missed out on qualification for the B1 team.

Last year he represented both the Under 18 and the Under 23 side in Ireland.

Engineering student Aaron qualified through a play off system.

He emerged victorious from a six man event in which he had to see off two other East of Fife players Marc Taylor and David McIvor.

Aaron says he is “very proud to be representing my country and can’t wait to walk out to the national anthem.”

The three Scotland teams have several Fifers in them. Other players from the Kingdom are Dunfermline’s Colin DeSwarte, Crossgates’ Graeme Jarrett, Cowdenbeath’s James Jack and Inverkeithing’s World Under 23 Champion Liam Dunster.