Ronald “Suki” King is the new Masters champion in the annual Lodge Road Draughts Tournament.
The long-standing world champion played unbeaten and demonstrated the huge gap between himself and the vast majority of local players. But he did not have his nemesis and national champion John “Jack” Francis to contend with as Francis did not compete.
King defeated all-comers to harvest 28 points from his nine opponents. He finished eight points more than second-placed Anthony “Rat” Agard. Junior “Post” Waldron had another consistent tournament to finish on 18 points, the same as retired teacher and farmer Darwin Lorde, the “King of Cross”.
The very competitive ‘B’ class remains undecided with national ‘B’ class champion Oliver Whitford taking on Hallam Hope Thursday at Lodge Road at 6 p.m. Whitford and Hope finished with 29 pints apiece and then drew 0-0 in the first of two play-off matches last Sunday.
Prior to the first match-up, Whitford pulled off an unexpected 2-0 drubbing of Anderson Hunte, while defeating Mark Barnett 1-0 and a much-improved Everton Wiggins 1-0. These victories lifted the ‘B’ class champion from 22 points to 23.
Hope, who was tied on 23 points with Robert Taylor for joint leadership, qualified for the play-off by registering 1-0 wins against Michael Cheeseman, Everton Wiggins and Owen “Bamm” Forde.
Matthew Barnett, Mark’s brother, did well to finish on 29 points with Taylor, Andrew Harris and Owen Forde. Carl David, the “two love Kiddy”, completed the competition with 25 points followed by Kent Layne and Everton Wiggins on 24 apiece.