The second leg of the autumn league took place in Templemore yesterday and as usual the points tables are released with impressive rapidity.
Inishowen have the primary grade tied up, with all three contestants at this grade hailing from the eastern-most club in the area. Nicola Coxford is rapidly opening up an unassailable lead here with consecutive wins resulting in 14points on the league table.
The advanced primary grade is more competitive, with all four clubs represented. Once again Inishowen hold the driving reins with Ellen Mackey and Lynne Thompson both in strong positions. Best of the Letterkenny competitors is Kerri Chambers, who had a great day yesterday on her new mount Sasha, bagging six points for second place. With Three legs still to play for Kerri is very much in contention.
Traditionally the most competitive grade the Intermediate is typically well supported. Mark Ward of Tir Conaill and Veronica Lafferty of Inishowen have shared the top two spaces for the first two legs of the league and are joint leaders on 13 points apiece. This puts them well ahead of the pack but with riders able to drop their lowest score from the five legs of the league everything can change as the weeks go by.
Not until we reach the Advanced Intermediate/Open grade do we see our own riders to the fore, with Cormac stealing the lead here as both Inishowen and Donegal Gaelteacht are not fielding riders at this level to date. Courtney Greene is leading the charge behind Cormac but no doubt all will change over the coming legs.
The next leg of the league is next sunday, the 19th, and is being run by our own club. All help is needed to cover the various chores on the day and it really is a case of ‘many hands make light work’ so do please contact Hazel or Marina to let them know when you’re available to lend a hand.