Snooker: McGillivray set for team event

Craig McGillivray heads for Ireland on Monday
Craig McGillivray heads for Ireland on Monday
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Granton snooker ace Craig McGillivray believes Scotland have every chance of winning the World Team Masters Championships which get underway in the Republic of Ireland on Monday.

The former professional teams up with Stirling’s Jim Rushforth in the two-man event which has only ever been staged once, back in 2006. McGillivray, now a taxi driver, is also competing in the IBSF Six Reds event that it is open to players already entered into the Men’s, Masters or Ladies’ events of the Team Championship. However, it is in the team event that McGillivray is focused on.

He said: “I have been practisng in preparation for the event and I really think we have a chance.

“Myself and Jim were number one and two in the Scottish Masters rankings last season and between us have a lot of experience so we should be ready for it.”

McGillivray admits, though, that he doesn’t expect Scotland to get it all their own way. He added: “It will be tough. Darren Morgan is playing for Wales so they will be one of the teams to be beat and England 
and Ireland will be there or thereabouts.”

Scotland are sending two teams to the event with Corstorphine’s Colin McAlpine and Barry Campbell also pairing up in the event that runs until October 6 in Carlow.