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DOMINOES: Swain off the mark after a dozen years.

Byline: DEREK BROWN

LUCKLESS shuffler Craig Swain has played in the Jack Pickard Dominoes tournament every year since the event started more than a dozen years ago and he finally broke his duck and won his first match last weekend.

A member of Howell's Seven from the Bucksford, Swain has finished on the losing side many times but he pegged a long awaited win in his team's 5-2 defeat of Goddard's Seven at Abbey Social.

However, misfortune struck again in the next match as the Stockingford outfit lost out 5-2, Swain not figuring among the winners, to Deano's Seven and end any hopes of going all the way and banking the pounds 400 top prize.

As the competition moves into finals day this Sunday, the favourites have come through with Abbey's own Schoolboy Champions and Beeday's in the reckoning alongwith former winners Baggy's, Bermuda and Attleborough Libs. Our tip for the title is Boot Inn.

TOP shufflers from around the town converge on Fife Street WMC this Saturday for the Worthington Nuneaton Friday Night Games League's Individual Old Game Dominoes Championship.

Holder John Bailey will be looking to retain the title he won last season in brilliant style and with home advantage he'll be a tough man to overcome.

More than 40 players will pit their wits against each other to in an effort to take the prize although Bailey has high hopes of a Valentine's Day Massacre of his rivals and be crowned the top shuffler in the town.

All players to report to Fred Waters in the concert room at Fife Street WMC by 7.15pm. Games will commence at 7.30pm. The normal raffle will take place, with a buffet provided for the players and supporters.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Feb 20, 2004
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