Mark PcPeak determined to defend AIIB Specsavers national singles title

Mark McPeak
Mark McPeak

Belfast’s Mark McPeak will attempt to write himself into the record books by retaining the AIIB Specsavers National singles title at Parkgate over the weekend.

The Irish international is only two games away from equalling his former club mate, Johnny Ross’ feat, of lifting the title on successive years, back in 2002-03.

In fact, Ross, who defected to Scotland and is now a regular in a blue shirt, went one better on each occasion by lifting the British Isles crown.

McPeak followed up his first Irish title win, by also claiming the British trophy at Swansea last March . . . he is now bang on course of matching Ross’s achievement.

In fact, McPeak has appeared in the last two Irish singles, bouncing back from a defeat by David Corkill in 2011 to beat Rod Coleman in last season’s decider.

However, he’ll be looking no further than his semi final outing against his Belfast colleague Simon Martin.

“It will be another difficult match... just like last month’s qualifier,” insists McPeak. “You simply can’t afford to look ahead. It’s a matter of taking one game at a time and hoping for a little bit of luck along the way.”

McPeak will also be involved in the pairs championship. He teams up with Stuart Bennett, who is scheduled to make in Ireland debut in the Home Internationals at Stanley in March, for what will be a testing semi final tie against County Antrim’s Trevor Robinson and Andy Kyle.