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First ever draughts win for county
Wednesday, 5th June, 2013 11:16am

The Ashbourne draughts team, which took the gold medal at the Community Games national finals.
The Ashbourne Under 10 Draughts team did their county proud when they took home Meath’s first ever gold medal in the category during the national finals of the Community Games in Athlone.
The team was formed three years ago and had struggled to beat local team Duleek to progress outside the area. Team members include Tomas Cooney, Cianan Finn, Darragh Finn, Maire Gallagher, Scott Johnston, Aine Logan and Ciara O’Sullivan.
Team managers Harriet Thynne-Cooney and Brenda Logan upped the training this year and a board was out at every opportunity. Under the instruction of Brid Carr, the team went into intense training, meeting up to three times per week.
Brid hails from a strong draughts family from Carlow. Armed with the wealth of knowledge of years of training as a child and spurred on by the drive to beat her sisters’ and father’s teams, she soon had the team sacrificing pawns for multiple jumps, focusing on protecting the back line, creating bridges, and developing new vocabulary such as “touch move” and “fixing”.
The training paid off and a victory against Duleek was followed by victory against Broadsmill to become the Meath champions. The Lenisters quickly ensued and the team travelled around the province to win against the Longford and Westmeath teams.
The final match for the Leinster title became very personal as the team Brid was training was pitched against her sister’s team from Carlow. Carlow were multiple past National Champions and the win put the Ashbourne team firmly on the Draughts map.
The final challenge came last weekend when the four provinces met in Athlone for the semi-finals and finals. They were drawn against Monaghan representing Ulster and in a closely drawn challenge, became one up in the final game and thus winners.
The final was against Kerry ended in a draw after two games. Ashbourne held their nerve and won a decisive victory in the third to become the first Draughts team from Meath to win the cup.
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Success for Laois at Community Games Finals

The Heath Gold medal winning U-12 Draughts team with Director Margaret Carroll, Portlaoise at the National Community Games finals in Athlone. Picture: Alf Harvey/

Published on 12/06/2013 14:43

The weekend from May 24 to May 26 saw a wonderful weekend of activities and sport at the National Community Games Finals held in Athlone IT.

A total of 165 Laois contestants competed in a wide and varying programme of events with our county representatives achieving both individual and team success.

The first medals of the games came from Handwriting with Sarah Touhy from Stradbally securing gold in the
U-10 girls competition,swiftly following were gold medals for Sean Scannell and Conor McMahon Emo/Rath. Bronze went to Jordan Overton also Emo/Rath, Matthew Doyle from St Marys and St Pauls U-16 Medley team. Well done to all the swimmers ,coaches and managers on the day.
Gold medals were also secured for the Heath in U-12 Draughts plus silver for the U-14 team under the dedicated coaching from Miss Anita. Congratulations to the entire team involved.
Portarlington once again proved themselves as gold medal winners in the U-14 Tag Rugby competition taking the national title home once again under the guidance of Mary Bennett and the coaching team.
Stradbally also reaped gold in Contmp Irish Dance with a choreographed piece from Thumbelina by Brid Ann and Grainne Buggy giving Orla Sheridan, Sinead and Sarah Larkin,Grainne MCaul, Bronagh Scully and
Grace Scully a well deserved victory.

Silver also went to another Stradbally girl Magaret Oxley in U-14 Art.
Emo/Rath competitors brought home well deserved bronze medals in Solo Singing from Clodagh Dunne ,Eddie Allen in cycling on grass and Emma Lawlor in Solo Dance .Well done to all the mentors and supporters over
the weekend.

To all the Laois competitors over the course of the weekend, thank you for your participation over the past months whether national winners or otherwise. To parents for supporting your children and turning them out
to represent our county in the best manner possible the committee of Laois Community Games would like to thank you for your dedication and continued support.
To Aall our managers of the week end thank you for volunteering your time to the competitors from Laois ,without your support and effort the games as a whole could not be held. Continued success to all as we
look for ward to our Laois Area finals to be held on June 22. Entries to same to be with County Secretary Jane Walsh before June 10.

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