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Postby liam stephens on Sat Sep 22, 2007 4:28 pm

[b:a10bd8a1dd]Inishowen Draughts[/b:a10bd8a1dd]

[u:a10bd8a1dd]McCosker in pole position[/u:a10bd8a1dd]

It was all systems go at the “Foot Inn”, Burnfoot, last Tuesday night when the Sion Mills’s youth, Shane McCosker, proved once again that he is the player to beat following his defeat of Ireland’s number one “Go As You Please “ champion, Hugh Devlin, from Letterkenny. McCosker, who recently won the British and Irish eliminator for the “Go as You Please” title, will now play Hugh Devlin for that coveted crown.

Buncrana’s Sean Bradley has now moved into second place following his 4 – 0 defeat of Pierce Caldwell while Gerald Callaghan is in 4th. spot on 6 points following his two drawn games with John Joe McGee. Our President is now on 5 points with Strabane’s Tommy Canning who shared the spoils with Buncrana’s Colm O’Connor. Redcastle’s Brian Lafferty, who is on 4 points, had a “Bye” last week.

It was typical early season fare in the senior division, where no less than five of the matches ended in draws. With three series of matches played, it is still Buncrana’s Danny Doherty, Carndonagh’s Julian McGuinness, and Derry’s Jim McGowan, who top the leader board on 10 points apiece. Clonmany’s Neil McLaughlin junior has now moved up to joint second place when he came away with 2 points in his match with our Chairman. As mentioned last week, Alex McLaughlin has suddenly burst on to the scene when he took 4 points from John Martin – so warning bells are ringing from the Swilly Print chairman. Patrick Henderson is also in joint second place when he played the best draughts of his career to share the spoils with Redcastle’s Paddy Barr. The Clonmany derby match between Neil McLaughlin senior and Paddy Devlin was played in the usual derby atmosphere. Statistics have proved that both players are of equal quality but Devlin’s small lapse in concentration during the second game allowed McLaughlin to capitalize and win by a 3 – 1 margin.

It has been noted that Buncrana’s Joe Fullerton has drawn all his matches to date and now sits in mid-table position. His encounter last week with Moville’s Sean McCauley had the ingredients of a high caliber event which also ended in 2 points apiece. Fahan’s Hugh McCarron is starting to move up the leader board once again when he defeated Paddy Kerr. The Derry bookie was not at the races in this encounter. The most exciting game of the night was between Buncrana’s Liam Kelly senior and Moville’s Tony McAleer. The first game ended in a long drawn out draw while the second was a “see-saw” event from start to finish. Kelly over-looked a simple draw in the later stages of this game which allowed the Moville man to won by a 3 - 1 margin. Cathal McFadden is also on 6 points when he defeated Kieran McCallion who had a very good start to this tournament. Buncrana’s Billy Grant and Culdaff’s Tony Gibbons had a long two and a half hour struggle in their match, which proved that these two players are inseparable in their theoretical knowledge and practical skills on the draughts board. Buncrana’s Sean McGonagle is also sitting in mid-table position on 6 points. He got the fright of his life on Tuesday night when young David Walker from Fahan pulled out all the stoppers to almost clinch a dramatic win, but McGonagle held his cool and shared the spoils, which was a fare result on the night.

This competition has another four rounds to contest, therefore, the leader board will see many changes in the next few weeks.
Play continues this week at “The Trawlerman’s Inn”, Moville.



Gerald Callaghan,
Secretary, Inishowen Draughts Club and P.R.O. Irish Draughts Association.
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