A record entry of 50 draughts players are competing for this year’s Donegal Open Draughts Tournament at Biddy Friel’s of Drumoghill. In the masters section, all games ended in draws, as is quite customary for the opening night of a tournament of this magnitude, so it’s going to take the second night, before a league table begins to formulate.
Twenty players are contesting the senior section and from these matches only two players came away with maximum returns – Julian McGuinness from Carndonagh and David Corrigan from Donegal Town – their respective victims being Billy Grant from Buncrana and Charlie Devlin from Letterkenny. Bobby Love, Brian Lafferty, John Joe McGee and the ever improving Paddy Barr all picked up three points from their respective opponents Neil McLaughlin senior, Neil McLaughlin junior, Cathal McCafferty and Barney Mailey. The remaining four matches all ended in 2 – 2 draws. This is a very strong field this year and points will definitely be at a premium every week.
Once again 20 players are contesting this year’s Intermediate section with a great entry from the Inishowen Draughts Club. It was delightful to see the Mountcharles octogenarian Liam Harkin back taking part after spending a lengthy time in hospital. The only pace setters in this section are Gabriel Gallagher, Paddy McSheffrey, Willie John McLaughlin and Joe Collins who looks to be the player of real promise. Cathal McFadden picked up three valuable points from Fahan’s David Walker, a feat that will not be done by many, considering David’s prize-winning run of late. The remaining four matches all ended in 2–2 draws.
Play continues every Tuesday night at Biddy Friel’s of Drumoghill for the next 5 weeks.