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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 badminton’s 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 men’s 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 Men’s League competition with Mecaela McFarland’s 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 Edenderry’s Daniel Simmonds in the men’s 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 Dromore’s 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, Dromore’s Arnold Gibson and Alistair Finlay were victories in the men’s doubles 21/10, 21/12, giving them a 3-1 lead going into the mixed doubles. Despite the efforts of Edenderry’s 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. Fintona’s Tracy Hall and George Williamson got the challengers on the scoreboard first with victories in both the ladies and men’s singles. The Centre pairing of Beverly Alexander and Janice Warnock retaliated with a 21/10, 21/11 victory over Fintona’s Rita McCauley and Joan McNulty in the ladies doubles. Next up was the men’s doubles which seen the Fintona pairing of Colin Booth/Alex Beattie victorious over The Centre’s 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 Centre’s Donna McSorley in ladies singles. Alan McKinley (Fintona) missed out on giving the challengers a 2-0 lead after he was defeated in the men’s singles by The Centre’s Adam Lowry 21/9, 21/15. 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. The Centre edged in front with the pairing of Donna McSorley and Adam Lowry defeating Fintona’s 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 Men’s 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 Men’s and Ladies league matches have seen our winners crowned.


Falcons 2-2 Ospreys
Ravens 1-3 Eagles

After a slow start to this years Men’s 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 Men’s 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 Lowry’s Eagles (11 points) finish in third spot ahead of Adam Lowry’s Ravens (6 points).


Tulips 3-3 Bluebells
Daffodils 4-2 Carnations

Mecaela McFarland’s 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.

Clogher Valley Badminton League Results
This was submitted on 15/4/2018 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Players have been back on court following their success at the recent Tyrone Open Badminton Championships, with action in the Men’s and Ladies leagues as well as play in Division 2.

Men’s League

Falcons 4-0 Eagles
Ospreys 2-2 Ravens

With one match left in this years Men’s league competition, it is Nigel Booth and his team of Falcons who are out in the lead with 16 points following their 4-0 victory over Jack Lowry’s Eagles (8 points). Roly Domers Ospreys trail in second place with 11 points after they had to settle for a 2-2 draw with Adam Lowry’s team of Ravens (5 points).

Ladies League

Bluebells 3-3 Carnations
Tulips 5-1 Daffodils

After the penultimate ladies league match of the current season, it is Mecaela Mcfarlands Bluebells who are in full bloom and take top place on the leader board with 20 points. Sheena Hughes’ Tulips (16 points) take a huge jump up the scoreboard to second place following their 5-1 win over Lorna Beattie’s Daffodils (12 points) who share bottom place on the table with Barbara Trimbles Carnations.

Division 2

Fintona 5-3 Edenderry
Dromore 4-4 Centre

It remains tense at the top of the Division 2 table as current leaders Edenderry were up against last years winners, Fintona. In their last meeting of the season it was Fintona who came out on top with a 5-3 win over their competitors. Edenderry (29 points) are in top spot but it is still all to play for as second placed Fintona (24 points) still have a game in hand against Dromore (15 points) who are currently in bottom place behind The Centre (20 points) following their latest matches.

The next big event in the Clogher Valley Badminton season is the Knockout Competition which is scheduled for Friday 23rd March at 7.30pm, with the venue being the Bawnacre Centre in Irvinestown.

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

Tyrone Open Badminton Championships 2018
This was submitted on 11/2/2018 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, Arnold Gibson, Nigel Booth, 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.


‘C’ Ladies: Semi-final; L. Macklin/A. Todd beat J. Love/M. Cathers 21/16 21/18. L. Dickson/J. Armstrong beat M. Diamond/H. Elliot 21/12 21/18. Final; Macklin/Todd 21/16 15/21 21/16.

‘C’ Men’s: Semi-final; D. McDonnell/F. Ward beat M. Henderson/D. Simmons 18/21 21/12 21/12. S. Gilliland/S. Graham beat T. Deazley/A. Gibson 21/13 21/16. Final; Gilliland/Graham 21/18 21/15.

‘C’ Mixed: Semi-final; L. Macklin/D. McDonnell beat M. Cathers/S. Gilliland 21/11 24/22. L. Dickson/R. Graham beat H. Elliot/D. Williamson 21/12 21/15. Final; Dickson/Graham 21/18 21/16.

‘B’ Ladies: Final; A. Dempsey/L. Dickson beat R. McCauley/B. Alexander 21/19 21/16.

‘B’ Men’s: Round Robin; runners-up were R. Graham/S. Gilliland with 53 points. Winners were A. Beattie/M. Armstrong with 60 points.

‘B’ Mixed: Semi-final; A. Dempsey/A. Beattie beat L. Dickson/S. Gilliland 21/19 21/17. B. Alexander/R. Smyth beat R. McCauley/D. Hunter 21/11 21/13. Final; Alexander/Smyth 21/13 14/21 21/19.

‘A’ Ladies: Semi-final; D. McCullagh/S. Beckett beat S. Hughes/E. Cullinan 21/19 21/19. L. Beattie/M. McFarland beat K. Ballantine/B. Trimble 22/20 22/20. Final; Beattie/McFarland 21/12 17/21 21/8.

‘A’ Men’s: Semi-final; K. Magee/M. Laird beat J. Lowry/R. Domer 21/14 21/11. N. Booth/A. McKinley beat C. Watterson/A. Beattie 21/12 21/10. Final; Magee/Laird 21/14 21/19.

‘A’ Mixed: Semi-final; K. Ballantine/N. Booth beat L. Beattie/C. Watterson 22/20 21/12. S. Hughes/A. Lowry beat D. McCullagh/N. Jackson (walkover). Final; Ballantine/Booth 21/17 23/21.

‘A/B’ Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were M. McFarland/R. McCauley with 83 points. Winners were S. Hughes/B. Alexander with 88 points.

‘A/B’ Men’s: Semi-final; N. Booth/ A. Beattie beat J. Lowry/C. Booth 21/18 21/17. A. Lowry/R. Smyth beat P. Alcorn/R. Graham 21/17 17/21 21/10. Final; Lowry/Smyth 17/21 21/11 21/16.

‘A/B’ Mixed: Semi-final; B. Alexander/A. Lowry beat S. Hughes/R. Smyth 21/14 22/20. J. Warnock/J. Lowry beat L. Dickson/P. Alcorn 15/21 21/18 21/18. Final; Alexander/Lowry 21/19 21/16.

‘B/C’ Ladies: Final; B. Alexander/J. Love beat A. Alexander/L. Darragh 21/14 14/21 21/8.

‘B/C’ Men’s: Round Robin; runners-up were G. Williamson/D. Williamson with 116 points. Winners were B. Darragh/T. Darragh with 120 points.

‘B/C’ Mixed: Round Robin; runners-up were J. Love/M. Armstrong with 83 points. Winners were B. Alexander/C. Booth with 88 points.

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