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This was submitted on 3/12/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The busy start to the 2017/18 Clogher Valley Badminton season continued over the last few weeks with competition in the Men’s and Ladies Leagues, and Division 2.

Men’s League

Falcons 1 – 3 Ospreys
Ravens 2 – 2 Eagles

Roly Domer and his team of Ospreys got off to a flying start in the opening Men’s League match of the season with a 3-1 win over Nigel Booth’s Falcons. Adam Lowry’s Ravens and Richard Smyth’s Eagles had to settle for a 2-2 draw and joint second place on the leader board after their first meeting of the season.

The second round of Men’s League matches takes place this week (Tuesday 5th December) with Eagles v. Ospreys and Ravens v. Falcons.

Ladies League

Bluebells 5 – 1 Carnations
Tulips 2 – 4 Daffodils

Despite the cold temperatures outside, Mecaela McFarland’s Bluebells are starting to bloom on court inside with a 5-1 victory over last year’s winner Barbara Trimble, and her team of Carnations. Meanwhile, Sheena Hughes’ Tulips and Lorna Beattie’s Daffodils share third place on the leader board after their match finished 4-2 in favour of the Daffodils.

The last matches in the Ladies League before the Christmas break are arranged for Thursday 14th December when Tulips play Carnations and Bluebells meet Daffodils.

Division 2

Edenderry 5 – 3 Dromore
Centre 2 – 6 Fintona

In Division 2 there were wins for both Edenderry and Fintona. With two matches played, Edenderry are currently on top spot of the leader board with 10 points. Fintona follow in second place (6 points) after only one match played. Centre and Edenderry trail in third and fourth place with 5 and 3 points respectively following their second matches of the season.

Play continues in Division 2 on Tuesday 12th December when Dromore meet The Centre and Edenderry take on Fintona.

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2017/18 Clogher Valley Badminton Season Gets Underway
This was submitted on 19/11/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Players have been training hard and committee members have been hard at work behind the scenes as final arrangements are made for the 2017/18 competitive season.

This year sees the return of the two Mixed Divisions and the Ladies and Men’s leagues. Matches will be played on Tuesdays in Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh (Division 2 and Men’s League) and on Thursdays in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona (Division 1 and Ladies League).

Clogher Valley kicked off its 2017/18 season with action in both Division 2 and the Ladies League.

Division 2

The Centre 3 – 5 Edenderry

In Division 2, The Centre took on Edenderry in the opening match of the season. The Centre were first on the scoreboard with a win in first men’s doubles, but Edenderry were victorious in the remaining 3 doubles matches. In the mixed doubles, points were shared between both teams to leave the final score 5-3 in favour of Edenderry who edge in front at the top of the Division 2 leader board.

Ladies League

Daffodils 3 – 3 Carnations
Tulips 2 – 4 Bluebells

In the Ladies League, Mecaela Mcfarland’s Bluebells take the early lead with a victory over Sheena Hughes’ Tulips, with three of their matches going to 3 sets. Points were shared equally between Lorna Beattie’s Daffodils and Barbara Trimble’s Carnations as their match finished in a 3-3 draw and now share second place on the leader board.

Play continues this week with action in the Men’s league with Falcons up against Ospreys and Eagles taking on Ravens.

For latest news and up-to-date results visit our website at or find us on facebook: @cloghervalleybadminton

Clogher Valley Badminton League Annual Awards Dinner
This was submitted on 9/4/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The Clogher Valley Badminton League signed off on another successful season with its 51st Annual Awards Dinner held in Fintona Golf Club. An excellent meal was enjoyed by all followed by the presentation of awards and dancing into the small hours.

In his speech the league chairman, Derrick Jobb, welcomed everyone to this very special event and thanked all those who had contributed to its organisation. With a special mention to the current committee following another successful season, he thanked Arnold Gibson as assistant chairman, Leonard Knox as president, Lorna Beattie as treasurer, Sheena Hughes as secretary, Ruth Young as assistant secretary, Barbara Trimble and Jennifer Leonard for their work at the Tyrone Championships and Knock-out competition, Nigel Booth as Press Officer and the other committee members who had each made their individual contributions. He expressed his appreciation for their continued hard work and dedication during the season and congratulated them on another successful year.

Representatives from Lowry Building and Civil Engineering Ltd, Vision Care Opticians and Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Ltd. were also thanked for their continued sponsorship and support to the league and its tournaments.

Continuing with the awards, this year saw the return of the two mixed divisions and the ladies and men’s leagues, with the knockout competition providing the finale to the 2016/17 season. Fintona again dominated in the mixed leagues, picking up the trophy for both Division 1 and 2. Roly Domer and his team of ‘Ospreys’ were well deserved winners of the Men’s League competition with Barbara Trimble’s Carnations picking up the honours in the Ladies League for a second consecutive year. The Centre, led to victory by team captain Sheena Hughes, were next to claim their spot on top of the podium as winners of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ knockout competitions, with Edenderry crowned as ‘C’ knockout champions.

This year the ‘Player of the Year’ Award, an honour which takes into account a players commitment to the sport, on-court attitude and numerous achievements throughout the season, was shared between two players which have equally demonstrated their deservedness of this accolade. Janice Warnock, alongside Philip Hutchinson were both awarded the title of ‘Player of the Year’ after a unanimous decision by the league committee who recognised their success throughout the season and enthusiasm towards the sport of badminton.

‘The Service to Sport Award’, is a special award presented each year by the league chairman, Derrick Jobb, to an individual who he feels has contributed in a unique way to the sport of badminton. This year he recognised the work of Elizabeth Cullinan who was the worthy recipient of this award. In presenting the award he praised her for her love of badminton and enthusiastic commitment to the sport and also highlighted the contribution Elizabeth had made to encouraging children to take up playing badminton through her time spent coaching juniors every Saturday morning.

In his closing remarks, the chairman congratulated all the winners on the night and thanked the players for their commitment and support to the league throughout the year, for without them there would be no competition.

Knock-Out Finals: ‘The Centre’ Do the Double
This was submitted on 2/4/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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On Friday 31st March, players and spectators at The Bawnacre Centre Irvinstown were treated to some great badminton as the Knock-out Finals brought the 2016/17 Clogher Valley badminton season to a dramatic close, with all three trophies getting new homes this year. The tournament seen players compete at ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ levels with matches decided by ladies singles, men’s singles, ladies doubles, men’s doubles and three mixed doubles. ‘The Centre’ were major winners on the night, picking up victories at both ‘A’ and ‘B’ levels after some very close games. Thanks are due to Jennifer Leonard, the main co-ordinator of this event.

‘C’ Knockout: Edenderry 5 – 2 Dromore

In the first knock-out final of the night, title defenders Dromore were up against Edenderry. First on court was the ladies singles game which seen Gillian Adams (Dromore) defeat Anne Crawford (Edenderry) 21/17, 21/14. David Dickson, representing Edenderry, took on Dromore’s Timothy Deazley in men’s singles, picking up a win for Edenderry with a 21/6, 21/15 victory. Ladies doubles and Men’s doubles were next on court with both games going the distance. However, it was the Edenderry pairings of Joan Armstrong/Liz Dickson and Dessie Hewitt/Leonard Knox who were victorious, giving them a 3-1 lead and meaning they only needed one more win from the remaining three mixed doubles games. Despite the efforts of Dromore’s Gillian Adams/Timothy Deazley who picked up a win in 2nd mixed doubles, the remaining games were won by Edenderry who were crowned the new ‘C’ knock-out champions.

‘B’ Knockout: The Centre 4 – 3 Fintona

This year in the ‘B’ knock-out, The Centre took on title defenders Fintona in another dramatic final. Gail Funston got the champions on the scoreboard first with a win in the ladies singles over The Centre’s Rita Hannigan. Stephen Tisdall retaliated for The Centre with a victory over Fintona’s Richard Marshall. The Centre continued with their winning form with Judith Hawkes/Janice Warnock and Stephen Tisdall/Richard Smyth picking up wins in both ladies and men’s doubles. Despite wins for Fintona in 2 of the remaining 3 mixed doubles games, it was not enough to defend their title with The Centre’s Lloyd McWilliams/Rita Hannigan defeating Fintona’s Richard Marshall/Rita McCauley 21/19, 15/21, 21/14, leaving the final score 4-3 to the challengers.

‘A’ Knockout: The Centre 4 – 3 Fintona

The third of the knockout finals again went the distance with 4 out of the 7 games going to three sets. Mecaela McFarland got Fintona off to a great start with a 21/15, 17/21, 21/14 win over The Centre’s Donna McSorley in ladies singles. Alan McKinley (Fintona) only just missed out on giving the title defenders a 2-0 lead after he was narrowly defeated in the men’s singles by The Centre’s Danny Armstrong 23/21, 22/20. Next up was the ladies and men’s doubles, with points again shared between both teams and leaving the score 2-2 going into the mixed doubles. Fintona edged in front with the pairing of Lesley Funston/Linda Maguire defeating The Centre’s Danny Armstrong/Donna McSorley 21/19, 19/21, 21/7. Matthew Warke/Elizabeth Cullinan fought back for The Centre, overcoming Alan McKinley/Lorna Beattie in another close three-setter; 21/12, 21/19, 21/7. With the scores level at 3-3 and only one game remaining, it was up the pairings of Adam Lowry/Sheena Hughes (The Centre) and Nigel Booth/Suzanne Graham (Fintona) in 1st Mixed doubles to decide the winners. In the end it was The Centre pairing whose nerves withstood the pressure and came out on top with the final game finishing 21/15, 17/21, 21/17, crowning The Centre winners.

Trophies for these and the other League competitions will be presented at the annual Clogher Valley Badminton Dinner and Awards night which is arranged for Friday 7th April in Fintona Golf Club at 8pm.

Fintona Retain their Division 1 and 2 Titles
This was submitted on 12/3/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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As the end of the 2016/17 season gets closer, the Clogher Valley Badminton League prepares to celebrate another successful year with the final matches of the season running to schedule. It has been another successful year for Fintona as they dominated in both the Division 1 and 2 leagues.

Division 1

With four wins from four matches, Fintona finish the season on a high as clear winners and retain their Division 1 title for yet another year. They cemented their top spot on the leader board (28 points) with a convincing 7-1 win over First Omagh in their final competitive match of the season. First Omagh finish in second place with 13 points with The Centre following in third place with 7 points.

Division 2

Fintona ‘B’ team also had another successful season in Division 2, winning all six of their matches to retain their title from last year. The Centre and Edenderry also made a podium finish, picking up second and third places on the league table, with Dromore finishing in fourth place.

Men’s League

After a slow start to this year’s Men’s League competition, it is Roly Domer and his team of Ospreys who soared high and crossed the finish line in first place. Roly Domer has successfully led his team to victory and retains his Men’s League title for a second consecutive year after finishing the season with a 3-1 win over Alex Beattie’s Ravens who finish in second place with 12 points. Nigel Booth’s Falcons (11 points) finish in third spot and one point ahead of Adam Lowry’s Eagles (10 points).

Ladies League

After the penultimate matches of the ladies league season, it is Barbara Trimble’s Carnations who remain leaders after both matches finished in a 3-3 draw. They top the leader board with 18 points but are closely followed in joint second place by Lorna Beattie’s Daffodils and Mecaela McFarland’s Bluebells. Sheena Hughes’ Tulips follow in fourth place with 12 points.

The final ladies league match of the year is scheduled for Thursday 16th March when Carnations take on Daffodils and Bluebells take on Tulips.

The Clogher Valley 2016/17 Badminton season concludes with its annual ‘Knock-Out’ competition which sees players compete at ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ levels. This year the tournament finals are scheduled for Friday 31st March at 8pm with the venue being The Bawnacre Centre, Irvinstown.

Trophies for this and the other League competitions will be presented at the annual Clogher Valley Badminton Dinner and Awards night which is arranged for Friday 7th April in Fintona Golf Club. Results and latest news can be found on our website:

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