Longford Community Games Draughts County Final sees record numbers take part

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Longford Community Games Draughts County Final sees record numbers

Longford Community Games Draughts Champions Dromard U-10 Winners

The Longford Community Games county chess has been postponed until March 12. Due to the numbers of team entries in chess and draughts, all the matches could not be played on the same day.

The large number of entrants for the first County Finals of 2018 is a good indication that this years Longford Community Games will be larger than ever.


The Draughts County final is one of a few activities where the room remains quiet throughout as the brains tick over. This is one of the great things about Community Games in that it allows children to demonstrate such a wide range of talents. It is a mind game, where your wits, brain power and game theory come to the fore.


There were 13 U-10 teams battling it out for trophies. After some hard won close matches, Cashel and Dromard reached the final. The last few games were close but Dromard prevailed taking the County title and are U-10 Champions.


We had a great turnout for U-14s with 8 teams. Dromard playing very well make the second final of the afternoon against the very impressive Ballymahon. The room remains quiet as players are given every opportunity to play their best game. Referees are doing a great job, officiating and ensuring move counts are correct.


With a very close match in the final, the county champions in draughts U14s are Dromard taking their second area title of the day.


We had 16 teams in U12 category, one of the largest numbers of teams ever. Semi-finalists Lanesboro were beaten by Ballymahon Forgney and Dromard were beaten by Killoe denying Dromard three straight finals. Eventually Ballymahon Forgney came out on top.


All winning teams move onto the Leinster Quarter finals in Trim, Co Meath on April 16.


Longford Community Games key dates

A reminder that the County Quiz final is coming up on February 2 in the Longford Arms Hotel at 7pm. Each area is encouraged to enter more than one team and include the younger ones to give them experience. Each has a €10 entry fee for a team of max 4.


Arts and Model making entries have to be finalised in the areas and entered before February 2. County Swimming Finals are on Monday, March 19.


A few big dates were announced at the county meeting in Abbeycartron last week. This years quarter finals against county rivals Meath are in Trim, scheduled for April 15 with a possible trip to Leinster finals in Meath on Sunday, April 29. (The Leinster finals date and venue are to be confirmed)


County Field and Athletics finals will be on Sunday, June 24 which will be a fantastic day of participation at all levels and will be hosted in Ballymahon GAA.

If you are interested in your children participating or yourself helping out, training, volunteering in the areas then please get in touch through our facebook page. facebook.com/LongfordCommunityGames or email pro@longfordcommunitygames.com.