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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, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens 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 Dromores Timothy Deazley in mens singles, picking up a win for Edenderry with a 21/6, 21/15 victory. Ladies doubles and Mens 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 Dromores 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 Centres Rita Hannigan. Stephen Tisdall retaliated for The Centre with a victory over Fintonas 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 mens doubles. Despite wins for Fintona in 2 of the remaining 3 mixed doubles games, it was not enough to defend their title with The Centres Lloyd McWilliams/Rita Hannigan defeating Fintonas 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 Centres 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 mens singles by The Centres Danny Armstrong 23/21, 22/20. 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. Fintona edged in front with the pairing of Lesley Funston/Linda Maguire defeating The Centres 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.

Mens League

After a slow start to this years Mens 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 Mens League title for a second consecutive year after finishing the season with a 3-1 win over Alex Beatties Ravens who finish in second place with 12 points. Nigel Booths Falcons (11 points) finish in third spot and one point ahead of Adam Lowrys Eagles (10 points).

Ladies League

After the penultimate matches of the ladies league season, it is Barbara Trimbles 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 Beatties Daffodils and Mecaela McFarlands 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: www.cvbadminton.com



2017 TYRONE OPEN JUNIOR BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 19/2/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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On Saturday 18th February 2017, the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona was also the setting for the Tyrone Open Junior Championships which saw players compete in singles, doubles and mixed doubles events at under 13, under 14 and under 16 age levels.

RESULTS:

Under 16 Boys Singles Winner: Patrick Abbott
Runner-up: Adam Beattie

Under 16 Girls Singles Winner: Victoria Lindsey
Runner-up: Cheyenne Abbott

Under 16 mixed doubles Winners: Patrick Abbott/Victoria Lindsey
Runner up: Adam Beattie/Cheyenne Abbott

Under 14 Singles Winner: Liam Colton
Runner-up: Louis Dempsey
3rd: Ben Hewitt

Under 14 Doubles: Winners: Ben Dempsey/Liam Colton
Runners-up: Ben Hewitt/Niamh Colton

Under 13 Singles Winner: Ben Dempsey
Runner up: Niamh Colton
3rd: Eamon Colton

Thanks are again due to tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard who after a week on duty at the senior tournament undertook another long day at the Junior Championships, with back up from other committee members/coaches Barbara Trimble, Brian McGrath and Audrey Dempsey.

CLOGHER VALLEY LEAGUE UPDATE

Following another successful tournament, play resumes this week in the Clogher Valley Badminton League with action in both the Mens and Ladies leagues. The final mens league match of the 2016/17 season is scheduled for Tuesday 21st February when Ospreys will take on Ravens while Falcons are up against Eagles. Clogher Valley ladies will also return to the court this week with their penultimate match arranged for Thursday 23rd February. On the night Carnations will compete against Bluebells while Daffodils will take on Tulips.



2017 TYRONE OPEN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 19/2/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The Clogher Valley and Western District Badminton League hosted its annual Tyrone Open Badminton Championships last week which seen players from near and far descend on the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona to compete in the various grades. A mix of both youth and experience resulted in some highly contested matches and provided great entertainment for both fellow competitors and spectators, with many of the events running into the early hours of the morning.

Without the efforts of the Clogher Valley Committee, this tournament would not be a success. Special thanks are due to tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard, who together with fellow committee members Lorna Beattie, Barbara Trimble, Leonard Knox and Derrick Jobb ensured all events ran smoothly each night.

This year the league is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Building and Civil Engineering Ltd, Castlederg, Vision Care Opticians and Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Ltd.

RESULTS:

C Ladies: Semi-final; R. Hamilton/J. Dunne beat V. Rooney/L. Mackin 21/17 21/15. M. Diamond/T. Donaghy best D. Smyth/C. Smyth 21/19 21/8. Final; Hamilton/Dunne 21/12/21/14.

C Mens: Semi-final; A. Dunne/G. Bleakley beat D.Hunter/A. Finlay 21/14 21/16. T. Deazley/A. Gibson beat R. Mullan/J. Gilmore 21/18 17/21 21/18. Final; Dunne/Bleakley 23/21 21/10.

C Mixed: Semi-final; J. Armstrong/D. Hewitt beat G. Bleakley/R. Hamilton 22/20 21/13. D. Tenor/N. Elliot beat A. Finlay/T. Donaghy 21/17 21/18. Final; Tenor/Elliot 21/19 21/14.

B Ladies: Final; B. Alexander/J. Hawkes beat M. Diamond/A. Dempsey 21/16/21/14

B Mens: Round Robin: runners-up were D. Johnston/D. Hutchinson with 78 points. Winners were J. Lowry/R. Smyth with 90 points.

B Mixed: Round Robin: runners-up were R. Smyth/J. Hawkes with 116 points. Winners were J. Lowry/B. Alexander with 120 points.

A Ladies: Semi-final; L. Maguire/K. Ballantine beat D. McCullough/S. Beckett 21/17 17/21 21/15. T. Watson/N. Elliot beat L. Beattie/M. McFarland 21/15 21/13. Final; Maguire/Ballantine 21/7 21/17.

A Mens: Semi-final; M. Warke/M. Laird beat J. Watson/A. Gates 24/22 16/21 21/9. A. Lowry/A. McKinley beat C. Waterson/N. Booth 21/17 16/21 21/12. Final; Warke/Laird 21/13 21/17.

A Mixed: Semi-final; T. Watson/J. Watson beat M. McFarland/A. McKinley 21/10 21/17. D. McCullough/N. Jackson beat L. Beattie/C. Waterson 21/16 21/19. Final; Watson/Watson 18/21 21/12 21/16.

A/B Ladies: Semi-final; J. Hawkes/M. McFarland beat E. Gallagher/D. Gallagher 21/12 21/10. K. Ballantine/O. Glenn beat B. Trimble/J. Warnock 14/21 22/20 21-15. Final; Hawkes/McFarland 21/17 21/17.

A/B Mens: Semi-final; N. Booth/A. Beattie beat K. Magee/D. Laird 21/15 12/21 21/13. A. Lowry/J. Lowry beat M. Laird/K. Magee21/14 21/18. Final; Lowry/Lowry 21/10 18/21 21/12.

A/B Mixed: Semi-final; J. Hawkes/N. Booth beat S. Hughes/R. Smyth 16/21 21/17 21/17. J. Warnock/K. Magee beat N. Elliot/R. Domer 21/15 21/17. Final; Warnock/Magee 21/15 21/9.



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