Hectic weekend in Community Games

It was a hectic week for competitions in the Community Games with the Chess, Draughts, and Table Tennis taking place throughout the county. With nearly 200 competitors across the 3 disciplines, the rivalry was seen in very close contests which were keenly played in the best of spirits throughout. Chess: The chess tournament got underway on Monday evening at Ballinameen with teams travelling in adverse weather conditions to take part. There were two categories, with the Under 16 and Under 12 mixed teams playing on the same evening.     The under 12s had some good games in the preliminary rounds and the semi finals were hard fought for a place in the finals.   Semi finals: U12s Boyle beat Douglas Hyde and Ballaghaderreen beat Kilronan.   The final, between Boyle and Ballaghaderreen, was won by Boyle 3-2, with some excellent games being played.   The Under 16 competition was so close that the semi-finals took longer than expected.  Ballinameen/Breedogue beat Ardcarne to go through to the final and Ballaghaderreen joined them after beating Boyle.     The final had to be played on Saturday evening at Kilbride, as there was insufficient time on Monday to give the teams the opportunity to play their games without having to rush.   The final finished with Ballaghaderreen beating Ballinameen/Breedogue 4-1 to take the trophy.   Both the Under 12 and the Under 16 winners will go forward to play in the Connaught finals on April 5th in Leitrim. We wish them well. Draughts: The draughts competition took place at Kilbride on Saturday afternoon. With more than 15 teams taking part in three age categories the competitors and the supporters had a wonderful afternoon of competitions.  Under 10 Semis: Kiltoom/Cam beat Elphin and Ballinameen/Breedogue beat Croghan/Drumlion Final: Ballinameen/Breedogue beat Kiltoom/Cam after some thrilling, keenly fought games. Under 12: Semis: Elphin beat Kiltoom/Cam and Ballinameen/Breedogue beat Ardcarne. Final: Ballinameen/Bredogue beat Elphin in another hard fought battle of wits and skills. Under 14: Semis: Castlerea beat Ardcarne and Ballinameen/Breedogue beat Kilronan to set up another final with players from the Ballinameen area in the contest. Final: Castlerea beat Ballinameen in the final which put paid to a clean sweep by Ballinameen in all age ranges.   All winning teams now go forward to the Connacht finals in Leitrim on April 5th. We wish them well. Table Tennis: The table tennis competition was played between 9 teams in two age groups, at Ballinameen on Sunday afternoon.  Under 16 Boys: With three teams entered in the under 16 boys, Kilronan were pulled out of the hat and gained a bye into the final. Ballintubber/Ballymoe beat Ballinameen to then meet the Kilronan team. There was some excellent play throughout the afternoon culminating with the best, hard-fought final seen in the competition for many years, between the two teams. Ballintubber/Ballymoe; Kilronan; Ballinameen/Breedogue Ross Timothy, Stephen McTiernan, Leuan Weston, Adrian Collins, Kevin Grimes, Finbar McDermott, Phillip Leetch, Shane Guihen, Gerard McDermottroe, Alfie Groves Boys Under 16 Final: Ballintubber/Ballymoe beat Kilronan 4-0. Under 16 Girls Two teams entered this age group, Kilronan and Ballinameen/Breedogue and the girls made up for the lack of other competitors with some excellent games which were keenly played and hard fought.   Ballinameen came out winners in this match beating Kironan 4-2 to take this title. Ballinameen/Breedogue  Kilronan   Amy Leydon; Ceara Noone; Maria Kelly; Ailish Barry; Saffron Cull; Martina Burke; Bronagh Weston; Rachel Noone; Michelle Grimes Under 13 Boys: Once again two teams were entered for this competition which was very competitive and closely fought and was decided in the end by the doubles game. Ballinameen/Breedogue and AFK were on top form throughout all the games making it a nail-biting match to watch.  Ballinameen/Breedogue finally beat AFK 4-3 to be presented with the medals and become title holders. Ballinameen/Breedogue AFK James Tansy; Dylon Keaveney; Alan Carlos; Adam White; Andrew Beirne; Cian Farrell; Shane Comer; James Coyle; George Groves Under 13 Girls The two teams in this competition played a good competitive match in which AFK beat Ballinameen/Breedogue 4-2 to take the title. AFK; Ballinameen/Breedogue Sarah Fitzmaurice; Sheila Kelly; Amy White; Nicola Harrington; Niamh Farrell; Rhiannon Weston;  Lisa Cuddy; Emma McDermottroe; Rachel Fitzmaurice. All winning teams go forward to the Connaught finals in Leitrim on April 5th. We wish them well. Community Games events  Talent Competition: The talent competition is taking place on Friday 14th March at Kilbride starting at 7 pm.