Northern Ireland National Championships
Sat 3rd Sept 2005, Dunmurry Map | Directions
Registration 9am; Flick-off 9:45am (U-15 2pm). Entry Fees: Senior £5, Junior (U-15) £2.50
Email: Barry Spence or Kenny Beggs
is Northern Ireland Champion
Donal Convery was the surprise package, reaching the Semi-Final before losing to a solitary goal by Simon Stewart. Among the 16 competitors was Bangor Subbuteo League organiser, Brian Moore, who did well to reach the Quarter-Finals in his first tournament. Full Results
Belfast Barbarians Kenny Beggs and Simon Stewart won their groups as expected, according to seeding, with Stephen Rodgers and Brian Moore going through as group runners-up. Group B turned out to be the 'Group of Death' - No.2 seed, Barry Spence was was pipped to top spot by Donal Convery, whose game has improved since playing in the 2005 World Cup. Trevor Cummings, unseeded, due to having played only two Northern Ireland Ranking events, topped his group ahead of No.4 seed, Davy Clegg.
Convery continued to surprise in the Quarter-Finals, beating Davy Clegg 1-0. Simon Stewart beat Stephen Rodgers by the same scoreline and Cummings beat Spence 3-0 to set up a semi-final clash with defending Champion, Kenny Beggs, who beat Brian Moore.
The pair had met earlier this year in the North Down Open Final, which Cummings won 1-0. This time he had a more emphatic 3-0 victory to end Beggs' reign as Northern Ireland Champion. In the other semi, Simon Stewart beat Donal Convery to reach his first National Championships Final.
Cummings, however, continued to impress. He took the lead and, despite a quick equaliser by Stewart, went on to win 4-1 and claim the title for a third time.
He has now won 5 events since making his comeback this season, after a 10-year absence, his other triumphs being the Yorkshire National Open, Yorkshire Phoenix League, International Satellite of Leeds & North Down Open.