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02/02/2019 - Tyrone Championships
2-8 February 2019


2019 Tyrone Open Championships on the Horizon
This was submitted on 13/1/2019 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Clogher Valleys’ flagship tournament, the Tyrone Open Championships, run by the League committee, gets underway in the week beginning Saturday 2nd February 2019. The Ecclesville Centre, Fintona is the venue with entries being taken by tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard. Play kicks off this year on Saturday 2nd February with the Junior tournament, which sees players compete in events for U-13 and U-16 age groups. The senior tournament kicks off on Monday 4th February 2019 with the ‘C’ Men’s, Ladies and Mixed competitions. On Tuesday it is likewise for the 'B' players, while on Wednesday it is the turn of the 'A' players with Men’s, Ladies and Mixed events. On Thursday the A/B Men, Ladies and Mixed players take to the court while the B/C players compete on Friday. Finals will be played on the night of the event and play starts promptly at 8pm each evening.

Clogher Valley League Update

Division 1

Team Points

Fintona Finches 13
First Omagh 8
Fintona Kestrels 8
Centre Robins 6
Centre Owls 1

Fintona Finches extend their lead at the top of the Division 1 leader board after a 3-1 win over rivals Fintona Kestrels. At the halfway stage of the league however, it still all remains to be played for as both Centre Robins and Centre Owls have a game in hand. Play continues in Division 1 on Thursday 24th January when Centre Owls meet First Omagh and Centre Robins take on Fintona Kestrels.

Division 2

Team Points

Edenderry 13
Dromore 12
Centre 9
Fintona 6

Only one-point separates first and second place in the Division 2 leader board. Edenderry edge out in front of Dromore at the top, but the Centre and Fintona aren’t out of reach of the trophy yet having played one less game each. Action in Division 2 continues on Tuesday 15th January when Edenderry play Centre and Dromore are up against Fintona.

Ladies League

Team Points

Bluebells 12
Tulips 6
Daffodils 4
Carnations 2

Lorna Beattie’s Bluebells are in full bloom in this years Ladies League having gained maximum points from their first two matches of the 2018/19 season. Sheena Hughes’ Tulips follow in second place with Barbara Trimble’s Daffodils and Elizabeth Cullinan’s Carnations taking up third and fourth positions. Clogher Valley’s ladies are back on court on Thursday 17th January with Carnations v. Daffodils and Bluebells v. Tulips.

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

2018/19 Clogher Valley Badminton Season Gets Underway
This was submitted on 18/11/2018 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Preparations are well underway for the incoming Clogher Valley 2018/19 badminton season. Players have been training hard and committee members have been hard at work behind the scenes as final arrangements are made as the competitive season begins.

This year sees the return of the Ladies League and Division 2 League, with a slight change up in the Division 1 League. All matches this year are to be played in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona.

Division 1 this year will see the usual teams of 8 players reduced to 4 with First Omagh, Centre Robins, Centre Owls, Fintona Finches and Fintona Kestrels competing against each other. The Centre, Edenderry, Fintona and Dromore will contest for the Division 2 title. The competitive season for Clogher Valley Ladies begins on 6th December with Barbara Trimble’s Daffodils, Lorna Beattie’s Bluebells, Sheena Hughes’ Tulips and Donna McSorley’s Carnations all hoping to be victorious.

Clogher Valley kicked off its 2018/19 season with action in Division 1.

Fintona Finches 4 – 0 Centre Robins
Fintona Kestrels 2 – 2 First Omagh

This year, two men and two ladies will make up the Division 1 teams, with matches contested by Men’s and Ladies doubles and two mixed doubles.

Fintona Finches got their title challenge off to a flying start with a 4-0 win over Centre Robins. N. Booth and A. McKinley were victorious for Fintona in the Men’s doubles, defeating the Centre’s A. Lowry and J. Lowry 21/19, 21/16. Fintona Ladies K. Ballantine and L. Maguire also picked up a 21/5, 21/15 win in the Ladies doubles over The Centre’s S. Hughes and E. Cullinan. Fintona again added to the scoreboard in the mixed doubles with Booth/Ballantine and McKinley/Maguire continuing with their winning form to leave the final score 4-0.

In the second Division 1 match of the night it was Fintona Kestrels who were up against First Omagh. N. Jackson and R. Domer put First Omagh’s first points on the scoreboard after they defeated Fintona’s C. Watterson and T. Dawson 21/12, 21/16. Fintona ladies S. Dawson and L. Beattie fought back with a 21/15, 21/9 win over First Omagh’s D. McCullagh and S. Beckett. Again, points were divided equally between both teams in the mixed doubles with Jackson/McCullagh picking up a win in 1st mixed for First Omagh and Dawson/Dawson for Fintona in 2nd mixed, levelling the final score at 2-2.

Play continues in Division 1 with the next matches scheduled for Thursday 22nd November when First Omagh will take on Centre Owls and Fintona Kestrels are up against Centre Robins. Division 2 will also get its first matches of the season underway on Tuesday 20th November with The Centre taking on Edenderry and Fintona up against Dromore.

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

Clogher Valley Badminton League Annual Dinner and Awards Night 2018
This was submitted on 15/4/2018 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The Clogher Valley Badminton League signed off on another successful season with its 52nd Annual Awards Dinner held in Fintona Golf Club. An excellent meal was enjoyed by all followed by the presentation of awards and music provided by Clogher Valley badmintons very own talented player, Jack Lowry.

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, 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 mens leagues, with the knockout competition providing the finale to the 2017/18 season. Fintona again dominated in the mixed leagues, picking up the trophy for both Division 1 and 2. Nigel Booth and his team of Falcons were well deserved winners of the Mens League competition with Mecaela McFarlands Bluebells picking up the honours in the Ladies League after their successful year. Fintona were again back on stage to collect their trophies as winners of both the A and B knockout competitions, with Dromore 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 presented to a player whom the committee and fellow players decided had demonstrated his deservedness of this accolade throughout the season. Colin Booth was awarded the title of Player of the Year after a unanimous decision by the league committee who recognised his success throughout the season, improved performance 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 Audrey Dempsey 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 Audrey has made in her home club of Edenderry as well as her valued involvement in running the Clogher Valley League.

This year two extra awards were presented to players representing Clogher Valley in the Ulster Badminton League. Both Clogher Valley B and C teams were victorious and finished the year top of the table in both division 3 and 5 of the Ulster Badminton League. Team captains Lorna Beattie and Barbara Trimble thanked their teams for their commitment throughout the year as they looked forward to a well-earned break for the summer.

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: Fintona do the Double
This was submitted on 15/4/2018 by Nigel Booth PRO

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On Friday 23rd March, players and spectators at The Bawnacre Centre, Irvinstown were treated to some great badminton at the Knock-out Finals as the 2017/18 Clogher Valley badminton season draws to a 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. 'Fintona' 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 Knock-out: Edenderry 2 5 Dromore

In the first knock-out final of the night, title defenders Edenderry were up against Dromore. First on court was the ladies singles game which seen Tina Donaghy (Dromore) defeat Joy Love (Edenderry) 21/12, 21/18. Timothy Deazley, representing Dromore, took on Edenderrys Daniel Simmonds in the mens singles, picking up another win for Dromore with a 21/4, 16/21, 21/18 victory. Next up was the ladies doubles which seen the Edenderry pairing of Liz Dickson and Joan Armstrong take on Dromores Jean Baxter and Dorothy Henry. It was the Edenderry pairing who came out on top 22/20, 15/21, 21/12, earning them their first point on the scoreboard. However, Dromores Arnold Gibson and Alistair Finlay were victories in the mens doubles 21/10, 21/12, giving them a 3-1 lead going into the mixed doubles. Despite the efforts of Edenderrys Dessie Hewitt and Joy Love who picked up a win in 1st mixed doubles, the remaining games were won by Dromore who were crowned the C knock-out champions.

B Knock-out: The Centre 1 6 Fintona

This year in the B knock-out, Fintona took on title defenders The Centre in another competitive final. Fintonas Tracy Hall and George Williamson got the challengers on the scoreboard first with victories in both the ladies and mens singles. The Centre pairing of Beverly Alexander and Janice Warnock retaliated with a 21/10, 21/11 victory over Fintonas Rita McCauley and Joan McNulty in the ladies doubles. Next up was the mens doubles which seen the Fintona pairing of Colin Booth/Alex Beattie victorious over The Centres Richard Smyth/Mark Armstrong in a close three-setter: 16/21, 21/18, 21/18. However, despite 2 out of the 3 remaining matches going to three sets, Fintona continued with their winning form and were victories in all 3 mixed doubles, leaving the final score 6-1 in favour of the title challengers.

A Knock-out: The Centre 3 4 Fintona

The third of the knock-out finals went the distance and seen last years winners The Centre take on Fintona, who were hoping to reclaim their title. Mecaela McFarland got Fintona off to a great start with a 21/11, 22/20 win over The Centres Donna McSorley in ladies singles. Alan McKinley (Fintona) missed out on giving the challengers a 2-0 lead after he was defeated in the mens singles by The Centres Adam Lowry 21/9, 21/15. Next up was the ladies and mens doubles, with points again shared between both teams and leaving the score 2-2 going into the mixed doubles. The Centre edged in front with the pairing of Donna McSorley and Adam Lowry defeating Fintonas Linda Maguire/Leslie Funston 21/14, 22/20. Susanne and Timothy Dawson fought back for Fintona, overcoming Elizabeth Cullinan and Matthew Warke in a close three-setter: 21/14, 19/21, 21/11. With the scores level at 3-3 and only one game remaining, it was up to the pairings of Sheena Hughes/Chris Kemps (The Centre) and Karen Ballantine/Nigel Booth (Fintona) in 1st Mixed doubles to decide the winners. In the end it was the Fintona pairing whose nerves withstood the pressure and came out on top with the final game finishing 21/10, 21/9, crowning Fintona 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 Saturday 14th April in Fintona Golf Club at 8pm.

Clogher Valley Mens and Ladies League Titles are decided
This was submitted on 15/4/2018 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The final round of Mens and Ladies league matches have seen our winners crowned.


Falcons 2-2 Ospreys
Ravens 1-3 Eagles

After a slow start to this years Mens league competition, it is Nigel Booth and his team of Falcons who soared high and crossed the finish line in first place. Nigel has successfully led his team to victory, claiming the Mens league title with a total of 18 points. Last years winners, Roly Domer and his team of Ospreys had to settle for second place this year as they finished the season on 13 points. Jack Lowrys Eagles (11 points) finish in third spot ahead of Adam Lowrys Ravens (6 points).


Tulips 3-3 Bluebells
Daffodils 4-2 Carnations

Mecaela McFarlands Bluebells have continued to dominate this years Ladies league competition. Despite their final match of the season ending in a 3-3 draw, they finish the year top of the leaderboard and clear winners with a total of 23 points. Sheena Hughes and her team of Tulips (19 points) had to settle for second place ahead of Lorna Beatties Daffodils (16 points) and Barbara Trimbles Carnations (14 points) who finished in third and fourth place.

The Clogher Valley 2017/18 season concludes with its annual Knockout Tournament which sees players compete at A, B and C levels. This year the tournament is scheduled for Friday 23rd March at 8pm with the venue being The Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown. In the A and B sections, Fintona will compete against The Centre with Edenderry and Dromore contesting the C title.

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 Saturday 14th April in Fintona Golf Club. Results and other news can be found on our website: or on our Facebook page: @cloghervalleybadminton.

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