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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.



2017 TYRONE OPEN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE HORIZON
This was submitted on 5/2/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Clogher Valley's flagship tournament, the Tyrone Open Championships, run by the League committee, gets underway in the week beginning Monday 13th February 2017. The Ecclesville Centre, Fintona is the venue with entries being taken by tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard. Play kicks off on Monday 13th February with the C Mens, 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 Mens, 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.
The junior tournament sees players compete in events for U-13 and U-16 age groups and is scheduled for Saturday 18th February 2017 at 1pm.

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

Clogher Valley League Update

Mens League
Ospreys 4 0 Eagles
Ravens 3 1 Falcons

After weeks of level scores in this years Mens League, it is Roly Domers Ospreys who have edged ahead of their competition after a 4-0 win over Adam Lowrys Eagles. This victory has left the Ospreys top of the leader board with 12 points. Alex Beatties Ravens trail in second place with 11 points following their 3-1 victory over Nigel Booths Falcons. It will all come down to the last game of the Mens league season scheduled for Tuesday 21st February when the Ospreys and Ravens will meet to determine the eventual winners.

Ladies League
Daffodils 4 2 Bluebells
Carnations 5 1 Tulips

Despite the cold temperatures, Barbara Trimbles Carnations are starting to bloom early as they extend their lead in the Ladies League competition. Following their recent victory and with four out of their six scheduled matches played, they top the leader board with 15 points. Lorna Beattie and her bunch of Daffodils share second place with Mecaela McFarlands Bluebells with 12 points, leaving Sheena Hughes Tulips to take fourth place with 9 points. The penultimate match in the 2016/17 Ladies league is on Thursday 23rd February when Carnations play Bluebells and Daffodils meet Tulips.

Division 2
Centre 7 1 Edenderry
Fintona 6 2 Dromore

After the latest round of matches in Division 2, The Centre close the gap with leaders Fintona at the top of the leader board following their convincing 7-1 victory over Edenderry. Title holders, Fintona however, remain 4 points clear going into the final matches of the 2016/17 Division 2 season arranged for Tuesday 7th February. Second-placed, The Centre will be hoping for another big win when they take on Dromore in their final encounter of the season, but will it be enough to overtake Fintona who are up against Edenderry?

For latest news and up-to-date results visit our website: www.cvbadminton.com



Clogher Valley Badminton League Resumes after the Festive Break
This was submitted on 22/1/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Division 1

The Centre 1 7 Fintona

In their second meeting of the 2016/17 season, The Centre took on the tough task of trying to overcome their previous defeat and pick up a win against defending champions, Fintona. Brothers Adam and Jack Lowry, representing The Centre, were victorious over Fintonas Timothy Dawson and Alex Beattie in 2nd mens doubles. However, Fintona were triumphant in the remaining games with the final score ending 7-1 to the title-holders.

The next Division 1 match is arranged for Thursday 9th February when Fintona are in action again, this time taking on First Omagh.

Division 2

Dromore 2 6 Edenderry
Fintona 6 2 The Centre

The second half of the Division 2 competition started with victories for both Edenderry and Fintona. With 4 wins from 4 matches, title defenders Fintona are on course to retain their shield as they lead the division with 22 points. The Centre are in second place with 17 points and are closely followed by Edenderry in third place with 15 points. Dromore are in fourth place with 10 points with two matches remaining in the 2016/17 season.

Competition in the Division 2 league continues this week as The Centre takes on Edenderry and Fintona are at home to Dromore.

Mens League

Ravens 2 2 Ospreys
Eagles 2 2 Falcons

Clogher Valleys Men returned to the court after the festive break with Ravens taking on Ospreys and Eagles up against Falcons as action in the Mens League competition resumed. With four out of their six scheduled matches now complete, nothing can separate all four teams after both matches again finished in a draw. All four teams have picked up 8 points from their matches and all share top spot on the leader board. Roly Domers Ospreys will be hoping to edge ahead of their competitors when they meet Adam Lowrys Eagles in the next Mens League match scheduled for Tuesday 31st January. Nigel Booths Falcons will also be aiming to clinch top spot on the leader board when they take on Alex Beatties Ravens.

Clogher Valley Ladies will have an extended break after the festive season, with their next match not scheduled until Thursday 2nd February.

Preparations are also underway for the 2017 Tyrone Open Championships which are scheduled for the week commencing Monday 13th February with the venue being The Ecclesville Centre, Fintona. Further details to follow. Latest results and fixtures can also be found on our website: www.cvbadminton.com



Clogher Valley Badminton League Latest Results
This was submitted on 11/12/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The last few weeks leading up to the Christmas break has seen action in all divisions of the Clogher Valley League.

Mens League

Ospreys 2 2 Eagles
Falcons 2 2 Ravens

After some close games in the second round of Mens League matches, it still remains all to play for with points again divided equally between all four teams. Ospreys, Eagles, Falcons and Ravens all share top spot on the leader board with 4 points from two matches.

The last match in this league before the Christmas break is scheduled for Tuesday 13th December when Ravens take on Eagles and Ospreys are up against Falcons.

Ladies League

Tulips 3 3 Carnations
Daffodils 3 3 Bluebells

At the halfway stage in the Ladies League competition, Barbara Trimbles Carnations continue to blossom as they maintain their lead at the top of the leader board after a 3-3 draw with Sheena Hughes Tulips. In the second ladies match of the night, Lorna Beatties Daffodils were up against Mecaela McFarlands Bluebells with the score again finishing in a 3-3 draw.

Going into the Christmas break, the scoreboard in the Ladies League is as follows; 1st: Carnations (11 points); 2nd: Bluebells (9 points) and joint 3rd: Daffodils and Tulips (8 points).

Division 1

Fintona 7 1 The Centre

In their first competitive match of the 2016/17 season, Fintona were on court to defend their title; this time they were up against The Centre. The final score ended 7-1 in favour of the title holders but this score does not reflect the closeness of the match, with four out of the eight games going to 3 sets. The Centre were first on the scoreboard after C. Kemps and M. Warke narrowly defeated N. Booth and T. Dawson 13/21, 21/11, 22/20. Fintona however fought back, clinching victory in the remaining games.

Fintona are back on court on Thursday 15th December when they take on last years runner-up, First Omagh.

Division 2

Dromore 2 6 The Centre
Edenderry 2 6 Fintona

In the latest Division 2 matches, The Centre took on Dromore and Fintona were up against Edenderry. Fintona and The Centre were both victorious after both teams picked up 6 points from each of their matches.

With three out of the six Division 2 matches now completed, defending champions Fintona edge out in front of their fellow competitors going into the Christmas break. At the halfway stage Fintona lead Division 2 with 16 points, closely followed by The Centre in 2nd place with 15 points. Edenderry take third spot on the leader board with 9 points, just ahead of Dromore who trail with 8 points.

Latest results and fixtures can be found on our website: www.cvbadminton.com



Clogher Valley Badminton League Results
This was submitted on 27/11/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The busy start to the 2016/17 Clogher Valley Badminton season continued over the last few weeks with competition in all four divisions of the league.

Mens League

Falcons 2 2 Ospreys
Eagles 2 2 Ravens

It still remains a level playing field in the Mens League competition after the first matches of the season, with points divided equally between all four teams after some closely fought games. The next matches are scheduled for Tuesday 29th November when defending champion Roly Domer and his team of Ospreys will be looking to edge in front of their fellow competitors.


Ladies League

Carnations 4 2 Bluebells
Tulips 3 3 Daffodils

Despite the cold temperatures outside, Barbara Trimbles Carnations (8 points) are starting to bloom on court inside as the title defenders edge out in front in the Ladies League competition after a 4-2 victory over Mecaela McFarlands Bluebells (6 points). Meanwhile, Sheena Hughes Tulips (5 points) remain in joint third position on the leader board after sharing 3 points with Lorna Beatties Daffodils (5 points) after their latest encounter.

The last matches in the Ladies League before the Christmas break are arranged for Thursday 8th December when Tulips play Carnations and Bluebells meet Daffodils.


Division 1

First Omagh 6 2 The Centre

In the opening match of the Division 1 season it was The Centre who were up against last years runners-up, First Omagh. The Centre were first on the scoreboard with A. Lowry, partnered by D. Armstrong defeating First Omaghs 1st Men N. Jackson and P. Alcorn. Lowry, this time partnered by S. Hughes, were again victorious for The Centre with a win in 1st Mixed doubles over Jackson and D. McCullough. However, the remaining matches all went in favour of First Omagh to leave the final score 6 2.

The next match in this division is scheduled for Thursday 1st December when The Centre will this time be taking on the title defenders, Fintona.

Division 2

Edenderry 2 6 The Centre
Dromore 3 5 Fintona

In Division 2, title holders Fintona continued with their winning form, picking up a victory over Dromore. It was the defenders who controlled the mens and ladies doubles, picking up 3 out of a possible 4 points from these games. Dromore fought back in the Mixed doubles but it wasnt enough to defeat the champions and the final score ended 5 3 to Fintona.

In the second of the Division 2 matches, Edenderry took on The Centre. The Centre were victorious in both 1st and 2nd Mens doubles but the ladies of Edenderry battled back to leave the score 2 2 at the half-way stage. The Centre dominated the Mixed doubles matches however, and were triumphant in all four of the contests leaving the final score 6 2 in their favour.

Play continues in Division 2 on Tuesday 6th December when Dromore meet The Centre and Edenderry take on Fintona.

For latest results and fixtures visit our website at www.cvbadminton.com.



Clogher Valley Badminton Season Gets Underway
This was submitted on 13/11/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Clogher Valley kicked off its 2016/17 season with action in both Division 2 and the Ladies League. In Division 2 defending champions, Fintona, captained by Alex Beattie were first on court to get the defence of their title underway. They were up against old rivals, The Centre, led by team captain Jack Lowry. The Centre were first on the scoreboard with a close 3-set game in 1st Mens doubles going in their favour. The Centre were also victorious in 2nd Mens doubles but the Fintona ladies fought back to level the score at 2-2 going into the mixed doubles. Fintona dominated in the mixed doubles matches with all apart from 2nd mixed going to the titleholders, leaving the final score: Fintona-5, The Centre-3.

Edenderry and Dromore were also in action in Division 2 with their first match of the season. C. Kerr (captain) partnered by D. Dickson got Edenderry off to a great start with a win in 1st Mens doubles over A. Jackson (captain) and I. Lowry of Dromore. However, Dromore battled back to leave the scores even and the final result to be decided by the mixed doubles. Again Edenderry dominated in the mixed doubles, clinching three out of the four games to leave the final score 5-3 in their favour. They now share top-spot on the leader board with defenders Fintona at this early stage of the competition.

Clogher Valley ladies were also in action this week with the first matches of the Ladies League. Titleholder, Barbara Trimble and her team of Carnations were up against Lorna Beatties Daffodils, while last years runner-up Sheena Hughes and her bunch of Tulips were hoping to be victorious over Mecaela McFarlands Bluebells. After the first matches of the 2016/17 season, Carnations share the top-spot on the leaderboard with Bluebells after they both were triumphant over their opponents with 4-2 victories.

Play continues this week in both the Mens league and Division 1. In the Mens league, Falcons take on Ospreys and Eagles are up against Ravens while in Division 1 First Omagh are in action against The Centre.

For latest results and fixtures visit our website: www.cvbadminton.com.



Clogher Valley Badminton League Prepares to kick off its 2016/17 Season
This was submitted on 6/11/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Preparations are well underway for the incoming Clogher Valley 2016/17 badminton season. Players have been training hard and committee members have been hard at work behind the scenes as final arrangements are made before the competitive season begins.

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

Division 1 will see First Omagh, Fintona and The Centre compete against each other, with play due to start on Thursday 17th November when The Centre will take on First Omagh. Edenderry, Dromore, Fintona B and The Centre B will contest for the division 2 title with first matches scheduled for Tuesday 8th November.

In the Mens league, matches are due to commence on Tuesday 15th November when Nigel Booths Falcons will take on Roly Domers Ospreys while Alan McKinley and his team of Eagles meet Alex Beatties Ravens. The competitive season for the Clogher Valley ladies will begin on Thursday 10th November when Lorna Beatties Daffodils will take on defending champion Barbara Trimbles Carnations. Tulips, captained by last years runner-up Sheena Hughes, will also be hoping for a victory over Mecaela Mcfarlands Bluebells.

For latest news and up-to-date results visit our website at www.cvbadminton.com



Clogher Valley Badminton League Celebrates its 50th Anniversary
This was submitted on 17/4/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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An eclectic mix of past and present players descended on Fintona Golf Club on Friday 15th April to reminisce about their days on court and renew friendships formed across the net as the league celebrated fifty wonderful years of badminton. Juvenile, adult, veteran and vintage enthusiasts all enjoyed an exceptional evening with events centred upon the display of photographs, newspaper cuttings, old match reports and tournament score sheets stretching over the life of the league. These were browsed through with both amazement and amusement from the pre-dinner prosecco until the final dance of the night.

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. Representatives from Lowry Building and Civil Engineering Ltd. and Vision Care Opticians were also thanked for their continued sponsorship and support to the league.

Originally formed in 1965 to organise an interclub competition known as the Cloger Valley Shield, the league did not properly begin until 1967 with seven clubs - Fintona British Legion, Fintona St. Pats, Brookeborough, Aughnacloy, Augher, Fivemiletown and Minterburn competing against each other. During its 50 years we have watched the league flourish and seen up to five mixed divisions, a mens and ladies league and a knockout competition for A, B and C grades as badminton thrived throughout Ulster. A total of 62 clubs have competed in the Clogher Valley badminton league since its foundation.

The chairman also remarked in his speech about how the Clogher Valley League had changed during its 50 years; from the 50p league fees and a box of shuttles costing 1.80 to the one-court halls resulting in many late nights and wonderful teas. A person who has witnessed first-hand these changes and continues to play an active and central role in the smooth running of the sport is none other than the leagues longest serving member Mrs Olive Kee, who joined as treasurer in 1972. Giving 44 years of devoted service to the league, Olive is still actively playing the sport and in recognition of her service was presented with a special award by current league treasurer Lorna Beattie.

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 2015/16 season. Fintona again dominated in the mixed leagues, picking up the trophy for both Division 1 and 2. Roly Domer and his First Omagh team were well deserved winners of the Mens League competition with Barbara Trimbles Carnations picking up the honours in the Ladies League. Fintona were again top of the podium as winners of the A and B knockout competitions, with Dromore crowned as C knockout champions.

After a unanimous decision by the league committee, Senior Player of the Year was deservedly awarded to Alexander Beattie for his commitment to the sport, on-court attitude and numerous achievements throughout the season, including his success at the Tyrone Open Championships, competing in the Fintona B team, the Mens League and the Clogher Valley Ulster League B and C teams. Nigel Booth was worthy recipient of the Service to Sport Award, presented by the league chairman, who praised him for his love of badminton and enthusiastic commitment to the sport.

In his closing remarks, the chairman congratulated all the winners on their awards and thanked both past and present players and committee members, for without them the Clogher Valley League would not be celebrating its 50th anniversary.



Fintona Do The Double
This was submitted on 27/3/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The knock-out finals have brought the 2015/16 Clogher Valley badminton season to a dramatic close with Fintona picking up wins in both the A and B sections. Players and spectators were entertained by a high standard of play at A, B and C levels, with matches being decided by ladies singles, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and three mixed doubles. Thanks are due to Jennifer Leonard, the main co-ordinator of this event.

C Knock-out Dromore 4 3 The Centre

Gillian Adams got Dromore on the scoreboard with a 21/8, 21/7 win over The Centres Maura Diamond. Colin Booth retaliated for The Centre with a 21/16, 21/12 victory over Timothy Deazley. After the mens and ladies doubles the scores were still level at 2-2 with Dromore picking up ladies doubles and The Centre victorious in the mens doubles. However, Dromore dominated the mixed doubles with wins in both the 3rd and 2nd mixed doubles leaving the final score at 4-3 in favour of Dromore.

B Knock-out Fintona 5 2 Edenderry

This year in the B knock-out, Edenderry took on Fintona who were out to regain their title after having to settle for second place last year. Mecaela McFarland, representing Fintona, got her team off to a flying start defeating Janice Warnock 21/9, 21/9 in the ladies singles. Fintona were also victors in the mens singles, this time with Jack Lowry beating Arnold Jackson 21/19, 21/9. Edenderry got their first points on the score board with a win in ladies doubles but mens doubles went in favour of Fintona. Fintona continued their winning form picking up wins in both first and second mixed doubles, leaving the final score 5-2.

A Knock-out Fintona 4 3 First Omagh/The Centre

The third of the knockout finals again went the distance. Spectators were treated to some outstanding play with Fintona successfully defending their title for another year. Mecaela McFarland was in action again representing Fintona in the ladies singles where she was victorious over Donna McSorley 21/15, 21/18. Then Jack Lowry (First Omagh/Centre) was triumphant in the mens singles, narrowly defeating Alan McKinley 22/20, 21/19. Fintona ladies, Karen Ballantine/Linda Maguire were victorious in the ladies doubles, with Roly Domer/Christopher Kemps levelling the score for First Omagh/Centre. Again it was down to the mixed doubles to decide the final outcome. Christopher Kemps, partnered by Sheena Hughes, put First Omagh/Centre ahead after a close win over Lesley Funston/Karen Ballantine 21/18, 22/20. Alan McKinley/Lorna Beattie fought back for Fintona defeating Philip Hutchinson/Jennifer Leonard 21/18, 21/17. With the scores level at 3-3 and only one game remaining, it was up to the pairings of Roly Domer/Barbara Trimble (First Omagh/Centre) and Nigel Booth/Linda Maguire (Fintona) 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 22/20, 21/10 to the defending champions.

Division 1

Fintona 5 3 First Omagh

Fintona successfully defended their division one title thanks to a 5-3 victory over challengers First Omagh in their final competitive match of the season. With the scores level at 2-2 after the mens and ladies doubles, it was down to the mixed doubles to decide the match and indeed division winners. First Omagh edged in front with a victory in 1st mixed doubles but after some closely fought matches and a couple of 3-setters, Fintona came out on top in the remaining three mixed doubles games to narrowly regain their Division 1 title finishing the season just one point ahead of their rivals. The Centre follow in third place with 5 points.

Ladies League

Barbara Trimble, and her team of Carnations, remained in full bloom during their last match of the season with a 4-2 victory over Lorna Beatties Daffodils, securing their top spot on the leader board with 23 points. Sheena Hughes Tulips follow in second place with 18 points. The Daffodils (16 points) take up third place and finish one point ahead of Suzanne Grahams Bluebells (15 points).

Trophies for this and the other League competitions will be presented at the annual dinner and awards night. This year the Clogher Valley Badminton League celebrates its 50th anniversary and will mark this special occasion at its annual prize giving. Invitations are extended to both past and present committee members and players who will be made most welcome.



Clogher Valley Badminton League Update
This was submitted on 27/3/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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As the end of the 2015/16 season gets closer, the Clogher Valley Badminton League prepares to celebrate another successful year with the final matches of the season running to schedule.

Division 1

First Omagh 6 2 The Centre

In the penultimate match of The Clogher Valley Division 1 2015/16 season, it was title rivals First Omagh who edged in front of defending champions Fintona after a 6-2 victory over The Centre. In their final encounter of the season The Centre fought back from their previous defeat to pick up wins in 1st ladies doubles and 2nd mixed doubles. First Omagh were victors in the remaining games, leaving them 2 points ahead of title defenders Fintona going into their final match of the season scheduled for Thursday 10th March. The result of this match will decide the eventual winners.

Division 2

In division 2, defending champions Fintona retain their title after picking up 5 wins from 6 matches. They finish the year clear winners at the top of the leader board with 39 points followed in 2nd place by Edenderry (28 points). Dromore take up 3rd spot finishing the season with 24 points while The Centre end the year with 5 points.

Mens League

With the last matches of the 2015/16 Mens League completed, nothing could separate joint leaders Fintona and First Omagh after again points were divided equally between both teams when they met for the final time this season. With both teams level with 18 points at the top of the leader board, it had to go to countback on games to determine the winners. With 4 wins compared to Fintonas 3 wins, it is First Omagh who are crowned 2016 Mens League champions after the closest contest in years. Finderg follow in 3rd place with 10 points while The Centre finishes the competition in 4th place with 2 points.

Ladies League

Barbara Trimbles Carnations have returned to the top spot on the Ladies League leader board after defeating Susanne Grahams Bluebells 5-1. Going into the final matches of the season, the Carnations lead with 19 points while Sheena Hughes Tulips trail in 2nd place with 15 points, closely followed in 3rd and 4th place by Lorna Beatties Daffodils (14 points) and Susannes Bluebells (12 points). The final ladies league match is scheduled for Thursday 24th March when Carnations will take on Daffodils and Bluebells come up against Tulips. With only 4 points separating first and second place it will be down to the final match of the season to determine the eventual winners.

The Clogher Valley 2015/16 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 18th March at 8pm with the venue being The Bawnacre Centre, Irvinstown.

This year the Clogher Valley Badminton League celebrates its 50th anniversary. Preparations are well underway to mark this special occasion with its annual dinner and awards night scheduled for Friday 15th April in Fintona Golf Club. Invitations are extended to both past and present committee members and players who will be made most welcome. Further details to follow.



Tyrone Open Badminton Championships 2016
This was submitted on 6/3/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Last week seen players from near and far descend on the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona to compete in the annual Tyrone Open Badminton Championships.

The usually best supported 'C' section had, on this occasion, a disappointing entry. This was more than compensated for by good entries and superb competition in the 'A' and 'B' and A/B competitions. Some events were played in a 'round robin' format giving players an opportunity to compete against all entrants.

A mix of both youth and experience resulted in some highly contested matches and provided great entertainment for both fellow competitors and spectators, with some events running into the early hours of the morning. Players of note, who had a good tournament and whose names frequently appeared on the finals card in many of the different events included Mecaela McFarland, Rita McCauley, Roly Domer, Lorna Beattie, Richand Smyth, Alexander Beattie, Noel Jackson and Suzanne Graham.

Without the efforts of the Clogher Valley Committee, this tournament could not go ahead. Special thanks are due to tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard who together with Lorna Beattie, Barbara Trimble, Leonard Knox, Nigel Booth and Derrick Job ensured all events ran smoothly.

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

Results:

The week kicked off on Monday night with competition in the C graded mens event which saw A. Gibson and T. Deazley take on D. Quinn and D. Hunter in the final. It was the Dromore pairing of Gibson and Deazley who were victorious, winning the final in straight sets; 21/15 21/19.

B Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were A Dempsey/L Dickson with 105 points. Winners were M McFarland/R McCauley with 120 points.

B Mens: Round Robin; runners-up were R Baxter/A Donaghey with 76 points. Winners were R Smyth/J Macbeth with 90 points.

B Mixed: Semi-final; A Beattie/M McFarland beat J Macbeth/K Laird 21/17 21/15. A Donaghey/S Callaghan beat R Smyth/S Russell 21/14 21/13.
Final; Donaghey/Callaghan 21/19 24/22.

A Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were D McCullagh/S Beckett with 85 points. Winners were S Graham/M McFarland with 90 points.

A Mens: Round Robin; runners-up were T Dawson/A Gates with 84 points. Winners were R Domer/N Jackson with 90 points.

A Mixed: Semi-final; N Jackson/D McCullagh beat R Domer/K Ballantine 21/17 18/21 24/22. C Watterson/L Beattie beat T Dawson/S Graham 21/10 21/14. Final; Watterson/Beattie 21/18 9/21 21/19.

A/B Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were R McCauley/S Graham with 84 points. Winners were M McFarland/L Beattie with 90 points.

A/B Mens: Semi-final; A Beattie/N Booth beat R Domer/S Tisdall 21/16 21/19. R Smyth/M Warke beat . Final; Beattie/Booth 15/21 21/18 24/22.

A/B Mixed: Semi-final; A Dunne/L Beattie beat N Booth/B Alexander 21/11 19/21 21/19. A Beattie/S Graham beat R Domer/M McFarland 15/21 21/19 21/19. Final; Beattie/Graham 21/15 21/13.



Tyrone Open Junior Badminton Championships

On Saturday 20th February 2015 the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona was also the setting for the Tyrone Open Junior Championships. Competition was provided for boys and girls in Under-13 and Under-16 age groups.

Thanks are again due to the tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard and her willing assistants, 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 Lorna Beattie, Arnold Gibson, Olive Kee, Derrick Jobb and Brian McGrath.



Clogher Valley League Update
This was submitted on 7/2/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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In their closest competitions in years, it all still remains to play for in both the Mens and Ladies Leagues with scores leaving it too close to call the winners.

Mens League

In their first meeting of the 2015/16 Mens league, it was Finderg who were victors over their opponents, The Centre after some hard fought matches. Although the Mens League title is out of reach for both teams, it did not affect the intensity of the games with both teams fighting for 3rd place on the leader board. The Centre were only victorious in 1st reverse-doubles leaving the final score 3-1 in Findergs favour.

At the top of the Mens League leader board, Fintona and First Omagh continue to battle it out as they both share the top spot after a 2-2 draw in their first of two encounters of the season. Fintonas N. Booth and A. Beattie picked up a win over N. Jackson and S. Tisdall in 1st mens doubles before D. Kenny and A. Jackson levelled the score for First Omagh with a 3-set victory over J. Shortt and D. Quinn. After another two nail-biting 3-set matches in the reverse-doubles, points were again shared between both teams leaving the final score 2-2. With 14 points each at the top of the leader board, it will be left to the final Mens League match of the season scheduled for Tuesday 23rd February to decide the eventual winners when Fintona will again take on First Omagh in their return match.

Ladies League

Sheena Hughes Tulips have come back fighting to retain their Ladies League title after a 5-1 win over current leaders, the Carnations, captained by Barbara Trimble. This victory closes the gap to 2 points between first and second place on the leader board. Lorna Beatties Daffodils and Suzanne Grahams Bluebells shared their points after a 3-3 draw in their latest encounter. They also share third spot on the leader board and both remain contenders for the Ladies League title with just 3 points separating them from the leaders. Competition in the Ladies league continues on Thursday 25th February when Carnations meet Bluebells and Daffodils take on Tulips.



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE HORIZON
This was submitted on 7/2/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Clogher Valley's flagship tournament, the Tyrone Open Championships, run by the League committee, gets under way in the week beginning 15th February 2016. The Ecclesville Centre, Fintona is the venue with entries being taken by tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard. Play kicks off on Monday 15th February with the C Mens, 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 Mens, Ladies and Mixed events. On Thursday the A/B Men, Ladies and Mixed players take to the floor 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.
The junior tournament sees players compete in events for U-13 and U-16 age groups and is scheduled for Saturday 20th February 2016 at 1pm.

This season the League is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Building and Civil Engineering Ltd Castlederg, Clogher Valley Livestock Producers Company Ltd and Vision Care Opticians. For latest news and up-to-date results visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



Clogher Valley Badminton League Resumes after the Festive Break
This was submitted on 17/1/2016 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Fintona 4 0 Finderg
First Omagh 4 0 The Centre

Clogher Valleys Men returned to the court after the festive break with Fintona taking on Finderg and First Omagh up against The Centre as action in the Mens League competition resumed. With four out of their six scheduled matches now completed, Fintona share the top spot on the leader board with First Omagh after both teams picked up 4-0 victories over their latest opponents. After these latest matches both teams lead the competition with 14 points and remain the only contenders for this years Mens League title. This years competition is made all the more exciting as both First Omagh and Fintona will have to face each other in the final two matches of the tournament to decide the eventual winners. With it all still to play for, players in both teams will be hoping to remain on top form as the Mens League prepares for its dramatic climax.

First Omagh 4 4 Fintona

Fintona and First Omagh also continue to battle it out as both teams were in action again, this time in the Division 1 competition. And it seems that players didnt let their fitness levels slip over the festive season with five out of the eight matches going the distance with three games. First Omagh came out fighting, picking up wins in 1st Mens and 1st and 2nd Ladies doubles and led the match 3-1 going into the mixed doubles. Fintona however fought back and were victorious in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Mixed doubles, levelling the final score at 4-4 after some nail-biting games.

The second half of the Division 2 Competition gets underway this week as The Centre take on Edenderry and Fintona compete against Dromore with both matches scheduled for Tuesday 19th January in Drumragh Integrated Collage. Fintonas Division 1 title defence also continues this week as they are scheduled to compete against The Centre on Thursday 21st January in the Ecclesville Centre.

Preparations are also underway for the 2016 Tyrone Championships which are scheduled for the week commencing Monday 15th February. Further details to follow and latest results and fixtures can be found on our website: www.cvbadminton.com



Clogher Valley Badminton League Latest Results
This was submitted on 13/12/2015 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The last few weeks leading up to the Christmas break has seen action in all divisions of the Clogher Valley League.

Division 1

In the first Division 1 match of the season, Fintona were in action as they began the defence of their title with a 6-2 victory over The Centre. The Centre were first on the scoreboard with C. Kemps and D. Armstrong picking up a win in 1st mens doubles, but 2nd mens and both ladies doubles went in favour of the defending champs. The Centre were back on the scoreboard as again C. Kemps, this time partnered by S. Hughes came out on top after a three-set victory over L. Funston and L. Maguire in 1st mixed doubles. The remaining mixed doubles matches were all won by Fintona, leaving the final score 6-2.

The next Division 1 match is scheduled for Thursday 7th January 2016 when Fintona will take on The Centre.

Division 2

With three out of the six Division 2 matches completed, defending champions Fintona return to the top spot on the leader board.

In the latest Division 2 matches, Dromore took on The Centre and Edenderry were up against Fintona. It was all plane-sailing for Dromore as they picked up a convincing 8-0 victory over The Centre. Edenderry managed to claim four points from Fintona, picking up wins in 2nd ladies, 2nd, 3rd and 4th mixed doubles and leaving the final score a 4-4 draw.

At the halfway stage Fintona lead Division 2 with 18 points; Dromore are in 2nd place with 15 points; Edenderry are in 3rd place with 13 points ahead of The Centre in 4th place with 2 points.

Ladies League

At the halfway stage in the Ladies League competition, Barbara Trimbles Carnations continue to blossom as they extend their lead at the top of the leader board after another 4-2 win, this time over Sheena Hughes Tulips. Suzanne Grahams Bluebells climb to share second place on the leader board with their opponents after defeating Lorna Beatties Daffodils 4-2 in the second ladies match of the night. Going into the Christmas break, the scoreboard in the Ladies League is as follows: 1st: Carnations (13 points); 2nd: Daffodils and Bluebells (8 points); 4th: Tulips (7 points).

Mens League

After a 4-0 victory over The Centre, First Omagh, captained by Roly Domer, move top of the leader board in the Mens League competition. In the second Mens League match of the night, Fintona took on Finderg. In this match points were divided between both teams with each adding two points to their scoreboard. Fintona are currently one point behind the leaders, with Finderg and The Centre in 3rd and 4th place.
The final Mens League match before the Christmas break is scheduled for Tuesday 15th December.



Clogher Valley Badminton League Update
This was submitted on 29/11/2015 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The busy start to the 2015/16 Clogher Valley Badminton league continued over the last few weeks with competition in Divison 2, the Mens League and the Ladies League.

Division 2

Fintona 6 2 Dromore
Edenderry 6 2 The Centre

In Division 2, Fintona continued with their winning form, picking up a victory over Dromore. Fintona stormed ahead winning both the mens and ladies doubles but Dromore fought back and were victorious in two out of the four mixed doubles after some close 3-set matches, leaving the final score at 6-2.

In the second of the Division 2 matches, Edenderry took on The Centre. The Centre were first on the scoreboard, picking up a narrow victory in 1st Mens doubles in a 3-set battle. However, The Centre could not continue with this winning form and were only able to claim another victory in the 2nd mixed doubles, with the remaining of the rubbers going to Edenderry, leaving the final score 6-2 in Edenderrys favour.

Mens League

Fintona 4 0 The Centre
First Omagh 3 1 Finderg

After the first matches in this years Mens League, Fintona, captained by Nigel Booth, edge ahead of their competitors following a 4-0 victory over The Centre. Roly Domer and his team, First Omagh, are just behind in second place after their 3-1 win over Finderg but the competition is still wide open at this early stage of the season.

Ladies League

Tulips 2 4 Daffodils
Bluebells 1 5 Carnations

In the Ladies League, Barbara Trimbles Carnations have extended their lead at the top of the leader-board with a 5-1 win over the Bluebells. Lorna Beatties Daffodils follow in second place with a 4-2 win over defending champion Sheena Hughes Tulips. However it is all still to play for with the final match before the Christmas break scheduled for Thursday 10th December.



Clogher Valley Badminton League gets Underway
This was submitted on 15/11/2015 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Fintona got the defence of their division 2 title off to a great start with an 8-0 victory over The Centre. Captain Alex Beattie, partnered by Derrick Jobb, got his teams first points on the scoreboard with a narrow three-set victory over The Centres Stephen Cuthbertson and David Hunter. It was plane-sailing from then on with the remainder of the matches being decided in two sets. The second of the Division 2 matches was a closer encounter and seen Dromore pick up a narrow 5-3 win over Edenderry. After both the mens and ladies doubles, the scoreboard was level at 2-2, leaving the match to be decided by the mixed doubles. Edenderry edged ahead, claiming 1st mixed doubles, but the remaining of the matches went to Dromore, leaving the final score 5-3.

Clogher Valley ladies were also in action this week with the first matches of the Ladies League. Lorna Beatties Daffodils were in action against Barbara Trimbles Carnations, and Susanne McCammicks Bluebells took on defending champions Sheena Hughes Tulips. After the first matches of the 2015/16 season it is Barbara Trimbles Carnations who are top of the leader board after beating Lorna Beatties Daffodils 4-2. The Bluebells and Tulips share second place when their match finished with a 3-3 draw.

Play continues this week in both the Mens League and Division 1. In the Mens League, Fintona take on The Centre and First Omagh meet Finderg, while in Division 1 First Omagh are up against The Centre. For latest results and fixtures visit our website at www.cvbadminton.com.



Clogher Valley Badminton League Prepares to kick off its 2015/16 Season
This was submitted on 15/11/2015 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Preparations are well underway for the incoming Clogher Valley 2015/16 badminton season. Players have been training hard and committee members have been hard at work behind the scenes as final arrangements are made before the competitive season begins.

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

Division 1 will see First Omagh, Fintona and The Centre compete against each other, with play due to start on Thursday 19th November when The Centre will take on First Omagh. Edenderry, Dromore, Fintona B and The Centre B will contest for the division 2 title with first matches scheduled for Tuesday 10th November.

In the Mens league, matches are due to commence on Tuesday 17th November when Fintona will take on The Centre and First Omagh meet Finderg. The competitive season for the Clogher Valley ladies will begin on Thursday 12th November when Lorna Beatties Daffodils will take on Barbara Trimbles Carnations. Tulips, captained by defending champion Sheena Hughes, will also be hoping for a victory over Suzanne McCammicks Bluebells.

For latest news and up-to-date results visit our website at www.cvbadminton.com



Clogher Valley Badminton League Presentation Dinner
This was submitted on 19/4/2015 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The Clogher Valley Badminton League signed off on another successful season with its 49th annual prize giving 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.

Derrick Job, the league chairman, extended a warm welcome to all present, with a special mention to representatives from Lowry Building and Civil Engineering Ltd and Vision Care Opticians, sponsors of the Tyrone Open Championships. As chairman he expressed his appreciation for the continued hard work and dedication of all committee members during the season and congratulated them on another successful year. The various awards were presented by committee members and sponsors.

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 2014/15 season. Fintona again dominated in the mixed leagues, picking up the trophy for both Division 1 and 2. Adam Lowry and his Derg Valley team were well deserved winners of the Mens League competition with Sheena Hughes Carnations picking up the honours in the Ladies League. Fintona were again top of the podium as winners of the A knockout competition, with The Centre victors at B level and Dromore crowned as C knockout champions.

This year the trophy for the Junior Player of the Year returned to the Lowry household, being presented to Jack Lowry after his success in the Tyrone Open Championships and Ulster Badminton League. After a unanimous decision by the league committee, Senior Player of the Year was deservedly awarded to Mecaela McFarland for her dedication to the sport and numerous achievements throughout the season, including competing in both Fintona A and B teams, the Ladies League and the Clogher Valley C Ulster League team. Barbara Trimble was worthy recipient of the Service to Sport Award from the league chairman, who praised her for her love of badminton and tireless commitment to the sport. A special presentation was also made to the Clogher Valley C team by their captain Barbara Trimble, who were winners of the Ulster Badminton Division 5 League.

In his closing remarks, the chairman praised all the winners and thanked the players, for without them there would be no competition.



Knockout Competition
This was submitted on 29/3/2015 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The 2014/15 Clogher Valley Badminton season ended with its annual Knockout competition held on Friday 20th March in The Bawnacre Centre, Irvinstown. Players and spectators were entertained with action at both A, B and C levels with matches being decided by ladies singles, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and three mixed doubles.

C knockout

Dromore 4 3 Centre

Gemma Armstrong got The Centre off to a flying start with a 21/17, 21/16 win over Gillian Adams. Timothy Deazley retaliated for Dromore with a 21/16, 21/19 victory over David Hunter. After the mens and ladies doubles the scores were still level at 2-2 with Dromore picking up ladies doubles and The Centre victorious in the mens doubles. However, Dromore dominated in the mixed doubles with wins in both the 3rd and 2nd mixed doubles leaving the final score at 4-3 in favour of Dromore.

B Knockout

The Centre 4 3 Fintona

Last years winners, Fintona had to settle for second place as they came up against The Centre in the B knockout competition. Mecaela McFarland, representing Fintona, defeated Rachel Breslin 21/5, 21/15 in the ladies singles, with David Kenny triumphant in the mens singles for The Centre. Judith Kennedy, partnered by Beverly Alexander then took ladies doubles for The Centre, but again Fintona fought back with a win in the mens doubles with Alexander Beattie and Jaime Shortt defeating Jonathan Lervy and Mark Armstrong 21/17, 21/15. A. Beattie, this time partnered by Gail Graham were victorious in 1st mixed doubles but it was not enough to retain their title, with The Centre coming out on top in both 2nd and 3rd mixed doubles.

A Knockout

Fintona 4 3 First Omagh

The third of the knockout finals again went the distance. Spectators were treated to some outstanding play, with four out of the seven matches going to three sets and the final score ending 4-3, with Fintona successfully defending their title for another year.

Mecaela Mcfarland took the ladies singles for Fintona, then Adam Lowry (First Omagh) triumphed in the mens singles with a narrow win over Alan McKinley 21/17, 15/21, 21/19. Fintona ladies, Karen Ballantine/Linda Maguire were victorious in the ladies doubles, with Peter Alcorn/Christopher Kemps levelling the score for First Omagh. Again it was down to the mixed doubles to decide the final outcome. Nigel Booth, partnered by Lorna Beattie put Fintona ahead after a 21/12, 21/17 win over Adam Lowry/Barbara Trimble in 3rd mixed but after a loss at 1st mixed doubles, it was all down to the final match 2nd mixed doubles to determine the winners. In this match Colin Sheridan/Karen Ballantine (Fintona) battled against Peter Alcorn/Sharon Beckett (First Omagh). Alcorn/Beckett took the first game 21/17 but the second game went to Sheridan/Ballantine 21/15. In the end it was the Fintona pairing whose nerves withstood the pressure and came out on top with the final game finishing 21/13 to the defending champions.

Thanks are due to Jennifer Leonard, the main co-ordinator of this event. Trophies for this and other League competitions will be presented at the annual prize giving dinner. This season the venue is Fintona Golf Club and the date is this Friday 17th April 2015.



Defending Champions Retain Their Division One Title
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The Fintona A team ended their 2014/15 season on a high, defending their Division One title after a nail-biting final match against second placed First Omagh. In this meeting, points were split equally between both teams but it wasnt enough for First Omagh to contest the title. First Omagh were first on the scoreboard, picking up wins in both 1st Mens and 2nd Ladies doubles. Fintona then fought back with 2nd Mens and 1st Ladies doubles, levelling the scores at 2-2 going into the mixed doubles. An injury meant Fintona had to forfeit 1st Mixed doubles, and after a tough 3-setter in 3rd mixed doubles, First Omagh were 2 points ahead of the defending champs. However, comfortable wins in both 2nd and 4th mixed doubles left the final score a 4-4 draw. Final Division One result: Fintona 24 points; First Omagh 21 points; The Centre 3 points.

Last week also seen Derg Valley emerge as victors in the Mens League competition as final matches in this division were completed. Captained by Adam Lowry, Derg Valley have topped the leader board for most of the season picking up 6 wins from 10 matches. Final result: Derg Valley 29 points; Maguiresbridge 24 points; Fintona 19 points; First Omagh 19 points; Finmores 16 points; The Centre 13 points.

The finals of the knockout competition are scheduled for this Friday (20th March) in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinstown where Fintona will take on First Omagh in the A knockout; The Centre will compete against Fintona in the B knockout and Dromore are up against The Centre in the C knockout.

Players are asked to note that the annual Presentation Night and Awards Dinner originally scheduled for 27th March has been postponed until Friday 17th April in Fintona Golf Club.



Spring has arrived and the Carnations are in full bloom
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Carnations 23 points
Tulips 22 points
Violets 14 points
Roses 13 points

It was a nail-biting finish to the season in the Clogher Valley ladies league as Sheena Hughes Carnations were worthy but narrow winners, finishing top of the leader board, just one point ahead of Lorna Beatties Tulips after a 3-3 draw in their final contest of the 2014/15 season. There was also a battle for third and fourth place at the bottom of the leader board, with Barbara Trimbles Violets finishing just one point ahead of the Roses, captained by Elizabeth Cullinan.

Mens League

Derg Valley 4-0 The Centre
Maguiresbridge 4-0 First Omagh
Fintona 2-2 Finmores

With only one match remaining in this seasons Mens league, Derg Valley, with 27 points, have one hand on the trophy after a 4-0 win over The Centre. The only team who can contest their victory is second placed Maguiresbridge with 23 points, who will need a maximum score from their final match of the season to level with the leaders. Currently Fintona and First Omagh share third place with 16 points, Finmores follow on 14 points with The Centre bringing up the rear with 12 points.

The finals of the knockout competition are scheduled for Friday 20th March in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinstown, with the annual Presentation Night and Awards Dinner arranged for Friday 27th March in Fintona Golf Club.

For latest results visit our website at www.cvbadminton.com



Tyrone Open Junior Badminton Championships 2015
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On Saturday 21st February 2015 the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona was the setting for the Tyrone Open Junior Championships. Competition was provided for boys and girls in Under-13 and Under-16 age groups. For the second year a mixed doubles event was included in the under-16 age group, providing an excellent grand finale for spectators. There was an excellent turnout from local clubs including Mountjoy, Derg Valley, Artigarvan, Clabby and cross border talent from Three Rivers and Raphoe.

Results:

Under-13 Boys Singles
Winner: Jamie Kee. Runner-up: Louis Kee

Under-16 Boys Singles
Winner: Stuart McKinley

Under-13 Girls Singles
Winner: Eleanor Knox Runner-up: Katie McKinley

Under-16 Girls Singles
Winner: Kim Laird Runner-up: Emma Gallagher

Under-16 Girls Doubles
Winners: K Laird/E Gallagher. Runners-up: C Lowry/L McKinley

Under-16 Boys Doubles
Winners: A Knox/J McBeth. Runners-up: J Lowry/K Warke

Under-16 Mixed Doubles
Winners: Jack Mckinley/Kim Laird

Thanks are due to the tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard and her willing assistant Barbara Trimble, 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 Arnold Gibson, Olive Kee and Brian McGrath. Thanks are also due to Albert Warke, Wesley Knox and other parents who helped in scoring games and transporting competitors, ensuring the smooth running and successfulness of the event.



Tyrone Open Badminton Championships 2015
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Last week seen players from near and far descend on the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona to compete in the annual Tyrone Open Badminton Championships.

There was a good entry from local players and visitors from Belfast, Donegal and Cavan swelled the number of competitors. The usually best supported 'C' section had, on this occasion, a disappointing entry. This was more than compensated for by good entries and superb competition in the 'B' and 'A' competitions. Some events were played in a 'round robin' format giving players an opportunity to compete against all entrants.

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 events running into the early hours of the morning. Players of note, who had a good tournament and whose names frequently appeared on the finals card in many of the different events included Mecaela McFarland, Jack Lowry, Kim Laird, Chloe Lowry and Maura Diamond.

Without the efforts of the Clogher Valley Committee, this tournament could not go ahead. Special thanks are due to tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard who together with Lorna Beattie, Barbara Trimble, Leonard Knox and Derrick Job ensured all events ran smoothly.

This season the league is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Brothers and Vision Care Opticians.

Results:

C Mens: Semi-final; G ODonnell/C Darragh beat T Deazley/D Quinn 21/16 21/16. A Lowry/B Wallace beat G Williamson/A Hutchinson 22/20 21/18. Final; Lowry/Wallace 21/13 21/8.

C Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were D Duffy/S Carolan with 53 points. Winners were K Laird/C Lowry with 60 points.

C Mixed: Round Robin; runners-up were M Diamond/D Hunter with 112 points. Winners were H Elliot/G Williamson with 120 points.

B Mens: Semi-final; M Graham/N Gallagher beat S Tisdall/A Davis 22/20 17/21 21/19. W Knox/J Patterson beat R Farrell/L McWilliams 14/21 21/9 21/15. Final; Knox/Patterson 21/13 21/7.

B Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were M McFarland/R McAuley with 88 points. Winners were K Laird/C Lowry with 90 points.

B Mixed: Round Robin; runners-up were R McAuley/L McWilliams with 108 points. Winners were M McFarland/J Lowry with 120 points.

A Mens: Semi-final; N Jackson/K Magee beat R Tan/J Sinu 21/15 21/8. N Booth/A McKinley beat R Domer/P Hutchinson 21/16 21/23 21/10. Final; Jackson/Magee 21/12 18/21 21/15.

A Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were D McCullagh/S Beckett with 89 points. Winners were S Hughes/E Cullinan with 90 points.

A Mixed: Semi-final; D McCullagh/N Jackson beat S Beckett/K Magee 21/19/21/12. L Beattie/C Watterson beat A Lowry/S Hughes 21/18 11/21 21/14. Final; McCullagh/Jackson 21/8 21/14.

A/B Mens: Semi-final; A Lowry/J Lowry beat N Jackson/D Kenny 21/15 20/22 12/15. C Kemps/R Love beat R Domer/S Tisdall 21/12 21/17. Final; Kemps/Love 22/20 15/21 22/20.

A/B Ladies: Semi-final; K Ballantine/M Colhoun beat B Trimble/M McFarland 21/15 12/21 21/13. L Beattie/J Kennedy beat S Hughes/G Graham 21/19 21/8. Final; Ballantine/Colhoun 21/9 21/11.

A/B Mixed: Semi-final; D Kenny/K Ballantine beat D Magee/M McFarland 21/16 16/21 21/14. C Kemps/M Colhoun beat A Lowry/R McAuley 21/15 26/24. Final; Kemps/Colhoun 21/12 21/13.

B/C Mens: Round Robin; runners-up were W Knox/A Knox with 117 points. Winners were T Deazley/J Lowry with 120 points.

B/C Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were M Diamond/M McFarland with 139 points. Winners were K Laird/C Lowry with 150 points.

B/C Mixed: Round Robin; runners-up were L Russell/J Patterson with 145 points. Winners were G Adams/J Lowry with 150 points.



CLOGHER VALLEY BADMINTON LEAGUE UPDATE
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Division 1

Defending champions Fintona have one hand on the title after an 8-0 victory over The Centre in this their final meeting of the season. First Omagh are currently in second place with 10 points but have the advantage of a game in hand however, one of these games is against the defending champions who will want to remain top of the league.

Division 2

Fintona 4 4 Dromore
The Centre 5 3 Edenderry

Dromore and The Centre fight back in their second meetings of the competition with Fintona and Edenderry. Having both lost their previous encounters, Dromore and The Centre had to dig deep to come up with a draw and a win over their opponents. Despite their draw however, Fintona remain top of this division with 15 points at the halfway point, closely followed by Edenderry in 2nd place (13 points).

Ladies League

Violets 2 4 Tulips
Carnations 3 3 Roses

After this weeks matches it remains nail bitingly close at both the top and bottom of the Ladies league table with one point separating first from second place and a single point separating third from fourth. Sheena Hughes Carnations (16 points) edge out in front of Lorna Beatties Tulips (15 points) at the top of the table. The battle for third and fourth also continues with Elizabeth Cullinans Roses (9 points) just ahead of Barbara Trimbles Violets (8 points). Two matches are left to be played in the Ladies league to decide the eventual winners, with the next match scheduled for Thursday 12th February at Ecclesville Centre.

Mens League

The standard remains incredibly high in this, the most evenly matched mens league competition for years. In the latest round of games in the competition, all six teams added two points to their scores after all matches ended in a 2-2 draw. Adam Lowrys Derg Valley team remain top of the leader board, closely followed by First Omagh and Maguiresbridge in 2nd and 3rd place.

All players are also reminded about the upcoming Tyrone Open Championships due to kick off on Monday 16th February see website (www.cvbadminton.com) for further details or contact committee members for entry forms.



PLAY CONTINUES AFTER THE FESTIVE BREAK
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The Clogher Valley badminton league returned after the Christmas break with competition resuming in both the mens and ladies leagues, and in Division 1.

Mens League

The festive season didnt seem to have a negative effect on Clogher Valleys men, with three close battles taking place in the first matches of the new term in the mens league. Leaders Derg Valley picked up a 3-1 win over Maguiresbridge, with second placed First Omagh also defeating Finmores 3-1 in another closely contested match. Nothing could separate Fintona and the Centre however, with their clash ending with a 2-2 draw.

The next matches are scheduled for Tuesday 27th January, with the venue being the usual Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh.

Ladies League

Tulips 5 1 Roses
Violets 0 6 Carnations

As the ladies league reaches its half way stage, it is Sheena Hughes Carnations who are in full bloom on court, despite the temperatures outside. After a convincing 6-0 victory over Barbara Trimbles Violets, it leaves them 2 points clear at the top of the leader board with a score of 13 points. The Tulips, captained by Lorna Beattie are in 2nd place with 11 points after a 5-1 win over Elizabeth Cullinans Roses, with the Violets and Roses sharing 3rd place on 6 points.

The next match is scheduled for Thursday 29th January when Tulips play Violets and Carnations take on Roses.

Division 1

First Omagh 7 1 The Centre

First Omagh were victorious in this their first meeting of the season with The Centre. The score-line may suggest a white-wash but this was definitely not the case, with four out of the eight matches going to three sets. The Centre narrowly missed out on victory in 1st Mens doubles, both 1st and 2nd Ladies doubles and in 1st mixed doubles, with Donna McSorley and Judith Kennedy picking up the only win for The Centre in 2nd ladies doubles over Barbara Trimble and Jennifer Leonard 19/21, 21/19, 21/19.

Division leaders, Fintona, will face First Omagh for their second meeting of the season on Thursday 22nd January in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona.

TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE HORIZON

Clogher Valley's flagship tournament, the Tyrone Open Championships, run by the League committee, gets under way in the week beginning 16th February 2015. The Ecclesville Centre, Fintona is the venue with entry forms soon to be available on the website (www.cvbadminton.com) or from committee members. The junior tournament sees players compete in events for U-13 and U-16 age groups and is scheduled for Saturday 21st February 2015. Further details to follow.



CLOGHER VALLLEY BADMINTON LEAGUE UPDATE
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Division 1

Division 1 defending champions, Fintona had a tough match against First Omagh, but eventually came out on top with a 5-3 victory after some closely fought games. Fintona took both 1st and 2nd mens doubles and 2nd ladies doubles, while 1st ladies doubles were won by First Omagh. The mixed doubles were split between both teams, each picking up 2 games to settle the battle at 5-3.

It was the number 3 men for both teams, however, who had the longest time on court, with both 2nd mens doubles and 3rd mixed doubles going to three sets. Fintona were victorious in the mens doubles, with Nigel Booth and Alan McKinley narrowly beating Roly Domer and Philip Hutchinson 21/19, 20/22, 21/16. Domer, partnered by Barbara Trimble then took 3rd mixed against Booth and Lorna Beattie in a nail-biting match with scores 16/21, 21/19, 21/19.

The next division 1 match is scheduled for 8th January 2015 when First Omagh will take on The Centre at the Ecclesville Centre.

Mens and Ladies Leagues

Competition also continued in the last few weeks with action in both the mens and ladies leagues.

Mens League Update

After three matches it is Derg Valley who climbs to the top of the Mens League table with 8 points. A 4-0 win over Fintona gives Adam Lowrys team a 1-point lead over Maguiresbridge but with only 3 out of the 10 scheduled matches played it is still all to play for as the season continues after the Christmas break with the next match scheduled for 6th January 2015 in Drumragh Integrated College.

Ladies League Update

It might be freezing outside but Sheena Hughes Carnations are in full bloom as they creep out in front in the ladies league with 7 points after two matches. However, all is still to play for as only 2 points separate the top and bottom teams in the leader board. She is closely followed by the Violets and Tulips in joint 2nd place with 6 points and the Roses in 4th place with 5 points.

In the latest matches in the ladies league, points were divided equally between all teams after Carnations drew 3-3 against Tulips and Violets drew 3-3 with Roses. Competition also continues in this league when play resumes on 15th January 2015 when the Tulips take on the Roses and the Violets take on the Carnations in the Ecclesville Centre.



Clogher Valley Mixed League Update
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The busy start to the Clogher Valley badminton season continued last week with action in both the mixed divisions.

Division 1

Fintona 7 1 The Centre

Division 1 defending champions, Fintona got the defence of their title off to a great start with a 7-1 victory over The Centre. Christopher Kemps, partnered by Sheena Hughes narrowly defeated Leslie Funston and Linda Maguire in three sets, preventing Fintona from picking up maximum points in their opening match. The Centre also narrowly missed out on winning first mens doubles which was won by Leslie Funston and Colin Sheridan in another three set rubber. The next match in division 1 is scheduled for Thursday 11th December when Fintona take on First Omagh.

Division 2

Dromore 3 5 Edenderry

In this meeting it was Edenderry who were victorious over Dromore. Dromores Jack Lowry did all he could for his team, picking up wins in both his matches partnered by his dad Ian Lowry and Gillian Adams. Dromore were also successful in 4th mixed doubles but Edenderry were triumphant in the remaining five games.

Fintona 5 3 The Centre

The Centre was narrowly defeated in their division 2 match against Fintona, with 4 out of the 8 matches going to three sets. Scores were even after the mens and ladies doubles, leaving it down to the mixed doubles to decide the final score. However, it was Fintona who came out on top with 4th mixed being the only match won by The Centre.

Fintona are currently sitting top of Division 2 with 11 points, closely followed by Edenderry with 10 points. The final division 2 match before the Christmas break is planned for Tuesday 16th December.

Play also continues this week in both the mens and ladies leagues.



Clogher Valley League Continues as Action in the Mens and Ladies Leagues Get Under Way
This was submitted on 23/11/2014 by Nigel Booth PRO

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Mens League

Fintona 2 2 Centre
Finmores 2 2 First Omagh
Maguiresbridge 2 2 Derg Valley

Nothing separates the new 4-man club based mens league teams as their competitive season kicked off on Tuesday 18th November in Drumragh Integrated College, Omagh. With all six teams obtaining 2 points after their first meeting, everything is left to play for as action continues with their next match scheduled for Tuesday 12th December.

Ladies League

On Thursday 20th November flowers were blooming in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona when the first matches of the ladies league got under way.

Roses 2 4 Carnations

Roses captain, Elizabeth Cullinan got her ladies of to a budding start winning both her games in closely fought three-setters partnered by Jennifer Leonard and Anne Crawford. However, Sheena Hughess Carnations fought back, picking up straight set victories in the remaining four games, leaving the final score at 4-2.

Violets 3 3 Tulips

Tulips captain, Lorna Beattie, showed her ladies how its done, picking up victories in both her games. Jean Baxter and Tina Donaghy also took 2nd doubles for the Tulips giving them a 3-0 lead over Barbara Trimbles Violets. However Barbaras team were not down and out, with the Violets fighting back to clinch wins in the remaining three rubbers, levelling the match at 3-3.

The final match for the ladies before the Christmas break is scheduled for Thursday 4th December when the Tulips will take on the Carnations and the Roses come up against the Violets.

Play also continues this week with action in both Division 1 and 2 mixed leagues. Fintona A take on Centre A in Division 1, with Division 2 seeing Fintona B take on Centre B and Dromore battle it out against Edenderry.



Clogher Valley Badminton League Kicks Off with the First Matches of the Season
This was submitted on 16/11/2014 by Nigel Booth PRO

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In the last few weeks players have been preparing for the incoming 2014/15 badminton season. This year sees the return of the two mixed divisions and ladies league with a slight change up for the mens league. Teams in division 1 are Fintona, The Centre and First Omagh with Dromore, Fintona B, Edenderry and Centre B contesting for the division 2 title. Matches will be played on Tuesdays in Drumragh Integrated College (Division 2 and Mens League) and on Thursdays in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona (Division 1 and Ladies League).

The competitive season kicked off on Tuesday 11th November with two matches in Division 2.

Dromore 2 6 Fintona B
Defending champions Fintona came out on top in their opening match of the season, but it was not as easy a victory as the final score may suggest. Timothy Deazley did all he could for his Dromore team, picking up wins in both his matches partnered by Arnold Gibson and Gillian Adams. The rest of the matches were won by Fintona, with 1st and 3rd mixed doubles going to three sets.

Edenderry 5 3 Centre B
In this closely fought match, scores were even after both the mens and ladies doubles with the Centre winning both mens doubles and Edenderry picking up wins in the ladies. With the scores levelled at 2-2 it was left to the mixed doubles to decide the match. The centre kicked things off with a narrow 3-set victory over Edenderry in the 4th mixed doubles. However, this 3-2 lead wasnt kept for long with Edenderry coming out on top after three further closely fought 3-set matches in the 1st, 2nd and 3rd mixed doubles with the final score ending up 5-3 in favour of Edenderry.

This week competition continues in both the mens and ladies leagues. Further information is available on our website: www.cvbadminton.com



Presentation Night
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The Clogher Valley League signed off for the season with a good representative attendance at the annual prize giving dinner., on this occasion held in Fintona Golf Club where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all.
Derrick Jobb, the league chairman, extended a welcome to all present, especially the representatives of Lowry Brothers Castlederg and Vision Care opticians, sponsors of the Tyrone Open Championships. He also thanked Clogher Valley Livestock Producers who were not present at the event.
As chairman he expressed his appreciation of the work done by all committee members during the season, singling out league secretary, Sheena Hughes, Lorna Beattie (Honorary Treasurer), Olive Kee (P.R.O.) and Jennifer Leonard who played a dual role as both knock out and tournament secretary, where in the latter post she was ably assisted by Barbara Trimble.
This season the league provided competition in two mixed divisions, a mens league, a ladies league and a knock out competition at 'A', 'B' and 'C' levels. Fintona made it a 'double' with wins at both Division 1 and 2 of the mixed league. Nigel Booth and his team ' Falcons'- were the well deserved winners for the mens league and Lorna Beattie's 'Orchids' took honours in the ladies league. There was another 'double' for Fintona with success in both 'A' and 'B' sections of the knock out competition, while Centre were victors in the 'C' event.
Player of the Year, an award for achievement, went to Jack Lowry in the Junior category. Voting for Senior Player of the Year resulted in a tie and for this season Daniel Armstrong and Timothy Deazley share the honour. Valerie Ewing, long term and dedicated secretary of Edenderry Club was the deserving winner of 'Service to Sport' award.
Two individual players were singled out for special attention. Veteran competitor, David Kenny, was congratulated on his success as current holder of the 'Over 65' singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles and Maura Diamond was thanked for her dedicated and indefatigable support of all league events.
Mrs Maeve O'Hagan presented the league with a trophy in memory of her late husband, John, who was a well known and respected stalwart of the badminton circuit. As a player, coach and organizer he contributed much to benefit the sport. This gesture is greatly appreciated by the league and the trophy was presented to Division 2 winners.
In his closing remarks, the chairman thanked the players, winners and others, for their input during the season, for without them there would be no competition.



Knock Out Competition
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The finals of Clogher Valley's knock out event took place in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown on Friday 4th April 2014 at 8pm. The event was contested at A, B and C levels with rubbers in ladies singles, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and three mixed doubles.
'C' Knock Out:
Centre 5 Dromore 2
Erin Ballantine got Centre off to a good start with a 21/19 21/15 win over Gillian Adams. Timothy Deazley retaliated for Dromore with a 21/23 21/16 21/14 win over Philip Conaty. Centre took both ladies and mens doubles. Third mixed went to Dromore, once again Timmy Deazley, this time partnered by Linda Stewart, overcoming Davy Quinn/ Louise Conaty 21/16 21/14. Centre triumphed at at 2nd and 1st mixed but only by a close three set rubber at 1st mixed.
'B' Knock Out:
Centre 3 Fintona 4
Mecaela McFarland, representing Fintona, defeated Rachel Breslin 20/22 21/16 21/18 in the ladies singles, then Stephen Cuthbertson took the mens' singles for Centre. Ladies doubles went to Centre and mens to Fintona. With scores equal all depended on the three mixed rubbers. Sean Sheridan/ Gail Graham took 3rd mixed for Fintona, defeating Philip Conaty/ Lesley Dickson 21/15 21/13. Mark Donnelly/ Judith Kennedy took 2nd mixed for Centre and in the final decider Alex Beattie/ Mecaela McFarland sealed the deal with a 21/17 21/19 win over Stephen Cuthbertson/ Donna McSorley. /
'A' Knock Out:
Centre 2 Fintona 5
Susanne McCammack took the ladies singles for Fintona, then Daniel Armstrong -Centre-triumphed in the mens singles wih a close win over Alan Mcknley-20/22 21/17 21/17. Fintona ladies, Karen Ballantine/ Linda Maguire were successful in the ladies doubles, then Peter Alcorn/ Christopher Kemps levelled the score for Centre .Leslie Funston/ Linda Maguire triumphed at 1st mixed for Fintona and after Nigel Booth/ Susanne McCammick stole 2nd mixed from Peter Alcorn/ Sharon Beckett 21/19 20/22 21/19 the fina rubber- 1st mixed- was left unfinished due to the lateness of the evening.
Thanks are due to Jennifer Leonard, the main co-ordinator of this event.
Trophies for this and other League competitions will be presented a the annual prize giving dinner. This season the venue is Fintona Golf Club and the date is this Friday- 11th April 2014.



Falcons fly to victory
This was submitted on 30/3/2014 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Mens League:
An efficient captain together with dedicated team members lead Nigel Booth's team -'Falcons' - to victory in the Mens League. They winged their way to success with a score of 30 points from the 6 matches. Daniel Armstrong's 'Eagles' and Roly Domer's 'Ospreys' tied for second place with 15 points each, while 'Ravens' captained by Derrick Jobb brought up the rear with 12 points.
Falcons: Nigel Booth, Adam Lowry, Ian Lowry, Jack Lowry, Philip Conaty, Arnold Gibson, Brian McGrath.
A few matches are yet to be completed. In Division 2, Centre are home to Fintona and Derg Valley to Dromore on 1st April 2014, while the Division 1 match between Fintona and First Omagh has yet to be played,
The finals of the knock out competition are scheduled for Friday of this week -4th April- in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown. In the 'A' section Fintona meet Centre and in the 'B' the same clubs compete. Dromore and Centre have been successful at semi-final level in the 'C' and will face each other across the net on finals night.
The presentation dinner has been arranged for Friday 11th April in Fintona Golf Club. Numbers to club secretaries please.



League Update
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With the season drawing to a close the rush is on to get all fixtures fulfilled before the presentation dinner on April 11th 2014.
Division 1:
Fintona are well ahead with 22 points and have 3 of their 4 matches played. First Omagh also have 3 matches under their belt and have 10 points. Centre have all fixtures fulfilled with a total of 8 points. Fintona and First Omagh meet for their final tussle on Wednesday 26th March.
Division 2:
All teams barring Centre have 7 of their 8 fixtures completed. Currently Fintona have 44 points, Derg Valley 21 and Dromore 16. Centre have 31 points but have two matches in hand. They meet Edenderry on Monday 24th March and on 1st April Centre play Fintona while, on the same date Derg Valley meet Dromore. The latter two fixtures were postponed due to bad weather.
Mens League:
The penultimate match is this week - 18th March. All teams have played 4 out of 6. Falcons are ahead with 20 points, Eagles have 11, Ospreys 9 and Ravens 8 points.
Ladies League:
As previously reported, Lorna Beattie's team, Orchids, were worthy but narrow winners of this competition.
Knock Out:
The Knock Out event is now under way. Finalists in the 'A' section are Centre and Fintona. In the 'B' the same clubs meet. Dates have been set for Semi- finals of the 'C' section. Dromore are home to Fintona on Wednesday 19th March and Centre and Edenderry meet on Thursday 27th March. Finals of all three sections take place in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown on Friday 4th April 2014. Jennifer Leonard is the co-ordinator of this competition.
Up to date information is on our website www.cvbadminton.com



Orchids clinch Ladies League
This was submitted on 9/3/2014 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Ladies League:
It was not an unexpected result as Lorna Beattie's team, Orchids, had been ahead for much of the competition, but a 6-0 win over Sunflowers in the last match of the season clinched the deal leaving them the winners with 25 points. Barbara Trimble's Daffodils were only three points behind with 22 points. Next were Carnations, captained by Sheena Hughes- 18 points- and Elizabeth Cullinan's Sunflowers, who are looking forward to wooden spoons on presentation night, brought up the rear with 7 points.
Orchids: Lorna Beattie, Judith Kennedy, Gail Graham, Ollie Glenn, Gemma Armstrong, Martha Cathers. Subs: Susanne Mc Cammick, Tracey Hall, Chloe Davis, Lauren Vance, Rachel Breslin, Heather Gibson, Ruth Young.
In the current week Division 2 play in Drumragh College. Fintona are home to Derg Valley and Edenderry to Centre.
For latest results visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



Tyrone Junior Championships
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On Saturday 22nd February 2014 the Ecclesville Centre Fintona was the setting for the Tyrone Juinior Badminton Championships. Competition was provided for boys and girls in Under -13 and Under -16 age groups. There was an excellent turnout from local clubs including Mountjoy, Derg Valley, Artigarvan, Clabby and cross border talent from Three Rivers and Raphoe.
This season, for the first time, a mixed doubles event, with scratch partnerships was included This turned out to be an exciting grand finale for spectators.

Results:

Under 13 Boys Singles:
Winner; Aaron Wiley. Runner Up Dale Funston.

Under 16 Boys Singles:
Winner Kyle Magee. Runner Up Jack Lowry.

Under 16 Boys Doubles:
Winner Jack Lowry/ Kyle Magee
Runner Up Kristin Warke/ Aaron Wiley.

Under 13 Girls Singles:
Winner Katie Ballantine. Runner Up Rachel Bell.

Under 16 Girls Singles:
Winner Vanessa McHugh Runner Up Victoria Graham.

Under 16 Girls Doubles:
Winner Deborah Colhoun/ Vanessa McHugh
Runner Up Katie Ballantine/ Megan Finlay.

Under 16 Mixed Doubles:
Semi Final; Kyle Magee/ Rachel Bell beat Kristin Warke/ Deborah Colhoun 21/13 21/13.
Jack Lowry/ Victoria Graham beat Aaron Wiley/ Vanessa McHugh 21/10 26/24.
Final: Kyle Magee/ Rachel Bell 21/12 21/17.

Thanks are due to to the tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard and her willing assistant, Barbara Trimble, who after a week on duty at the senior tournament undertook another long day at the Junior Championships. . Back up from committee members/ coaches Arnold Gibson, Brian McGrath, Gail Graham and other parents who helped in scoring games and transporting competitors was crucial to the smooth running of the event.



Tyrone Open - Results
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The Clogher Valley Committee orchestrated a successful tournament in the Ecclesville Centre last week.
There was a good entry from local players and visitors from Belfast, Donegal and Cavan swelled the number of participants. Surprisingly the 'C' section, which is usually the best supported, had, on this occasion, a disappointing entry. This was more than compensated for by good entries and superb competition in the 'B' and 'A' competitions. Some events were played in a 'round robin' format giving players an opportunity to compete against all entrants.
Players of note, showing improved standards, were Stuart Ballantine, David Hunter, Matthew Warke, Donna McSorley, Daniel Armstrong and Jack Lowry. Jack, although still in the U-16 age group proved himself in the 'C' and 'B' sections , winning the 'B' mens doubles with partner Jonathan Lervey and the 'B'/'C' Mens with N Gallagher.
Thanks are due to the main coordinator, Jennifer Leonard, who together with Lorna Beattie, Barbara Trimble and Leonard Knox did duty at the 'table' and to the other committee members who worked behind the scenes.
This season the League is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Brothers Castlederg, Vision Care Opticians and Clogher Valley Livestock Producers.
Results:
'C' Mens: Round Robin with play off final. R Smyth/ G Moore beat D Hunter B McGrath 21//23 21/12 21/17.
'C' Ladies; Round Robin with play off final. V White/ J Nelson beat Liz Dickson /O Kee 21/10 21/11.
'C' Mixed; Semi Final; R Smyth/ J Nelson beat D Hunter/ N White 21/15 12/21 21/16. G Moore/ N Henderson beat J Lowry/ A McCann 21/12 21/14. Final; Moore/ Henderson 14//21 21/18 21/11.
B Mens: Semi Final: A Beattie/ P McCammick beat S Sheridan/ G Bleakley 21/19 21/18. J Lowry/ J Lervey beat R Smyth/ G Moore 18/21 21/8 21/11. Final; Lowry/ Lervey 21/15 21/13.
'B' Ladies: Semi Final; L Russell/ N Henderson beat J Kennedy/ Lesley Dickson 21/6 12/21 22/20. D Mcsorley / L Booth beat A Dempsey/ Z Walker 21/12 10/21 21/16. Final Russell/ Henderson 21/15 14/21 21/2.
'B' Mixed: G Bleakley/ G Graham beat J Lervey/ Z Walker 19/21 21/14 21/11. A Beattie / J Kennedy beat N Gallagher D McSorley 19/21 21/16 21/16. Final; Bleakley/ Graham 21/17 21/18.
'B'/'C' Mens: Round Robin; N Gallagher/ J Lowry 93 points A Beattie/ S Ballantine 90 points.
'B'/'C' Ladies: Round Robin: N Henderson/ L Russell 93 points. M McFarland/ M Diamond 78 points.
'B'/'C' Mixed: Round Robin: R Smyth/ L Russell 98 points. G Moore/ N Henderson 96 points.
'A' Mens: Round Robin with play off final. C Kemps/ M Warke beat N Jackson/ P Alcorn 21/15 21/14.
'A' Ladies: Round Robin with play off final: K Ballantine/ D McSorley beat S Beckett/ S Campoin 21/19 25/23.
'A' Mixed: Semi final N Jackson/ S Campion beat M Warke/ M Colhoun 21/10 21/15. A Lowry/ K Ballantine beat N Booth/ S McCammick 21/14 21/17. Final: Jackson//Campion 21/18 17/21 21/16.
'A'/'B' Mens: Round Robin; N Booth/ A Beattie 124 points D Armstrong / J Lowry 115 points.
'A'/'B' Ladies: Round Robin; K Ballantine/ D McSorley 124 points. B Trimble M Mcfarland 123 points.
'A'/'B' Mixed: Semi Final; N Jackson/ J Kennedy beat A Beattie/ S Hughes 21/18 17/21 21/15. C Kemps/ M Colhoun beat P Alcorn/ Lesley Dickson 21/17 21/19. Final: Kemps/ Colhoun 22/20 19/21 21/15.
On Tuesday 25th February 2014 it is back to the drawing board. In Division 2 Centre are home to Dromore and Derg Valley to Edenderry. Thursday 17th sees the final Ladies contest Orchids v Sunflowers and Carnations v Daffodils.



Tyrone Open Championships
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TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON THE HORIZON
Clogher Valley's flagship tournament, the Tyrone Open Championships, run by the League committee, gets under way in the week beginning 17th February 2014. The Ecclesville Centre Fintona is the venue.
Play kicks off on Monday 17th February with the 'C' Mens, Ladies and Mixed competitions. On Tuesday it is likewise for the 'B' players, while on Wednesday, in a change to the schedule of previous seasons, the 'B/C' Men, Ladies and Mixed take to the floor. On Thursday it is the turn of the 'A' players with Mens, Ladies and Mixed events, while the 'A/B' players compete on Friday.
Finals will be played on the night of the event and play starts promptly at 8pm each evening.
Junior Events:
On Saturday 22nd February Junior players compete in events for U-13 and U-16 age groups. The starting time on this occasion is 1pm.
This season the league is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Brothers Castlederg, Clogher Valley Livestock Produce and Vision Care Opticians.
Entries are now being taken and may be telephoned directly to the tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard, at 07979805979.
No league matches are played during tournament week. For up to date results visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



Updates
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Ladies League:
Daffodils 5 Sunflowers 1
Sunflowers still bring up the rear, giving Barbara Trimble's Daffodils a chance to raise their score to 15 points, only one point behind league leaders, Lorna Beattie's Orchids. Captain of sunflowers, Liz Cullinan together with Mechaela McFarland were the only winners, at 1st doubles, beating Barbara/ Donna McSorley 21/18 19/21 21/16.
Carnations 3 Orchids 3
Sheena Hughes' team, Carnations, came up with a very respectable score against leaders, Orchids, giving them a total of 12 points. Orchids were successful at 1st and 2nd doubles and 3rd reverse doubles.
Division 1
Centre 4 First Omagh 4
This, the first contest between the 'also rans' of the division ended in a draw, although both are well behind section leaders, Fintona. Only two rubbers went to three sets. At 1st ladies doubles Sheena Huighes/ Liz Cullinan -Centre- overcame Sharon Beckett/ Jennifer Leonard 21/18 17/21 21/16 and at 2nd ladies doubles First Omagh triumphed Barbara Trimble/ Zandra Walker beating Donna McSorley Judith Kennedy 18/21 21/16 23/21.
Division 2:
Fintona 7 Dromore 1
Another good score for Fintona but it wasn't all plain sailing. Arnold Jackson/ Pauline Beckett gave Derrick Jobb/ Mechaela McFarland a close shave at 1st mixed doubles, the Fintona pairing only coming out on top19/21 27/25 23/21. Dromore were winners at 3rd mixed doubles , Stuart Ballantine/ Valerie McKinley doing the business, again in three sets.
The scheduled Division 2 match between Centre and Edenderry has been postponed to a later date, due to a plethora of injuries in the Edenderry line up.

In the current week Men and Ladies take to the floor. On Tuesday 4th February Ospreys are home to Eagles and Ravens to Falcons. On 6th February in the Ladies League Carnations meet Sunflowers and Orchids meet Daffodils.



Mixed Leagues
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Division 1:
Centre 1 Fintona 7
Centre and Fintona met for this contest on 16th January 2014 and Fintona came away with this 7-1 victory, leaving them well ahead with 22 points, while their rivals First Omagh and Centre have, so far, only 1 point each.
At 2nd mens doubles Daniel Armstrong/ Stephen Cuthbertson gave Alan McKinley/ Derrick Jobb a run for their money with the Fintona pair eventually coming out on top 18/21 21/18 21/17. 3rd mixed doubles was also a close three set rubber with Alan Mckinley/ Lorna Beattie emerging victorious - 21/10 22/24 21/10 - over Daniel Armstrong/ Donna McSorley. Centre's only win was at 1st mixed doubles Christopher Kemps/ Sheena Hughes defeating Leslie Funston/ Linda Maguire 21/19 21/16.
Division 2:
Dromore 3 Centre 5
Another win for Centre, but six of the eight rubbers went to three sets. Dromore were winners at 1st mens doubles- Arnold Jackson/ Arnold Gibson- , 2nd ladies doubles Gillian Adams/ Martha Cathers- and 4th mixed doubles -Timmy Deazley/ Pauline Beckett.
Fintona 6 Edenderry 2
This would have been a 7-1 victory for Fintona but an organizational hiccup caused them to concede 1st ladies doubles, despite winning the rubber on court.
2nd ladies doubles and 3rd mixed doubles went to three sets Rita McCauley/ Tina Donaghy only beating Joan Armstrong/Liz Dickson 18/21 23/21 25/23 and at 3rd mixed Rita/ Paul McCammick overcoming Jonny Alcorn/ Joan Armstrong 17/21 21/19 23/21. Victory for Edenderry came at 4th mixed doubles with Leonard Knox/ Liz Dickson doing the business 24/22 21/12- over Sean Sheridan/ Tina Donaghy.
In the current week Centre are scheduled to meet First Omagh in Division 1 and in Dvision 2 , Centre are home to Edemderry and Fintona to Dromore.



Update Mens and Ladies Leagues
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Matches are now at the halfway point, making satisfactory progress and barring bad weather or other banana skins should finish on schedule.
Ladies League:
The third round of this competition was played on the the 9th January 2014.
Daffodils 3 Orchids 3
Orchids, captained by Lorna Beattie, are now in the lead with 13 points. Barbara Trimble's team. Daffodils took 1st.2nd and 3rd doubles, leaving Orchids in second position with 10 points. Audrey Dempsey/ Zandra Walker had a close victory for Daffodils -7/21 21/18 24/22- over Gail Graham/ Ollie Glenn at 2nd doubles, but Audrey, partnered by Laura Kennedy, was on the losing side at 3rd reverse when she fell foul of Gail/ Lauren Vance 18/21 21/19 2122/24.
Carnations 5 Sunflowers 1
Liz Cullinan's Sunflowers seem to be sadly out of season. The only rubber won by them in this match was at 1st doubles when Liz/ Mechaela McFarland beat Sheena Hughes/ Lynsey Booth 21/16 21/12. Carnations are now in third place with 9 points while Sunflowers bring up the rear with 4 points.
Mens League
Falcons 4 Eagles 2
Falcons are still flying high, despite having had to concede two rubbers, lacking a third man on the night. There were no three set battles. Nigel Booth/ Adam Lowry took 1st doubles from Daniel Armstrong/ Alan McKLinley 21/16 21/17. Eagles team members Timmy Gallagher/ Brian Beattie and Timmy/ Alan McKinley put up valiant fights, but to no avail.
Ospreys 5 Ravens 1
Roly Domer's Ospreys have put numbers to their score for the first time, winning 1st, 2nd and 3rd doubles and 2nd and 3rd reverse doubles. 1st reverse went to Ravens with Derrick Jobb/ David Hunter triumphing over Roly Domer/ Timmy Deazley 21/14 19/21 24/22. 3rd reverse was a close shave for Ospreys with Alex Beattie/ Brian McGrath just losing to Stuart Ballantine/ Alan Kemps 21/15 19/21 27/25.
Falcons are currently ahead with 10 points, Eagles have 6 points, Ospreys 5 and Ravens 3 points.
On 21st January 2014 Division 2 teams meet. Dromore are home to Centre and Fintona to Edenderry.



Mens League gets off the ground
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Mens League:
This, the first round of matches ,was played on 17th December 2013, previous to the festive season.
Eagles 4 Ravens 2
Eagles' captain, Daniel Armstrong, was successful in winning both of his games in this contest. Playing with Alan McKinley at 1st doubles and Paul McCammick at 1st reverse, they overcame opponents Derrick Jobb/ Aaron Beard 21/15 21/10 and Derrick Jobb/ David Hunter 21/15 21/14. Stuart Irwin/ Jimmy McCutcheon took 3rd doubles for Ravens and Jimmy with Alex Beattie scraped victory -21/10 17/21 21/11- over Stuart Irwin/ Brian Beattie at 3rd reverse.
Falcons 6 Ospreys 0
Nigel Booth and his Falcons got off to a flying start with this win over Roly Domer's team, Ospreys. Only 2nd and 3rd reverse doubles went to three sets but on both occasions Falcons came out on the sunny side. Adam Lowry/ Philip Conaty beat Christopher Kemps / Davy Quinn 19/21 21/17 21/17 and Ian Lowry/ Arnold Gibson were victorious over Stephen Cuthbertson/ Alan Kemps 21/19 18/21 21/14.

Division 2:
Dromore 4 Edenderry 4
A closely fought match. Edenderry, who are now in second place, had to pull out all the stops to achieve this draw. The return of Arnold Jackson at number one man for Dromore gave the team a boost. Partnered by Arnold Gibson he claimed victory over Lincoln Moody/ Dessie Hewitt 21/19 21/15 and with Linda Stewart had a close win at 1st mixed -21/15 18/21 23/21- over Lincoln Moody/ Audrey Dempsey. Jonny Alcorn/ Leonard Knox took 2nd mens doubles for Edenderry and 1st and 2nd ladies doubles also went their way at the hands of Audrey Dempsey/ Lesley Dickson and Joan Armstrong/ Liz Dickson. 2nd and 3rd mixed went to Dromore with Edenderry taking 4th mixed.
Centre 6 Castlederg 2
On this occasion Centre turned the tables on 1st Castlederg, as in their previous encounter Castlederg were the 5-3 victors. Wins for Castlederg were at 1st mens doubles Adam Lowry/ Stuart Irwin overcoming Stephen Cuthbertson/ Mark Donnelly 23/21 21/18 and at 3rd mixed doubles Philip Conaty /Noelle Campbell falling foul of Ian Lowry/ Olive Young 12/21 21/12 15/21.
On Tuesday of this week the Mens league enters the second round with Ravens home to Ospreys and Falcons home to Eagles. The venue is Drumragh College. On Thursday in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona Centre are home to Fintona in a Division 1 contest.



Division 2 Update
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Two matches were played in Division 2 on Tuesday 10th December 2013. The Division 1 match, schedules for 12th December, First Omagh home to Centre, is now postponed to a later date.
Division 2
Edenderry 1 Fintona 7
Fintona continues to cut a swathe through this section, although Edenderry had to concede two rubbers as they were short of one lady. The slot was adequately filled by Rita McCauley but the points went to Fintona. Edenderry were victors at 3rd mixed J Alcorn/ J Armstrong overcoming P McCammick / L Booth 14/21 21/16 21/15.
Derg Valley 5 Centre 3
The festive season may have been responsible for the absence of the distaff side as Derg Valley also had one lady missing. Despite conceding the two rubbers effected they managed a 5/3 victory over Centre. Adam Lowry/ Stuart Irwin and I/J Lowry took 1st and 2nd mens doubles for Derg Valley. 1st Ladies went to Centre and 2nd Ladies was conceded. Derg Vsalley were successful at 1st, 2nd and 3rd mixed doubles and 4th mixed was a W/O to Centre.

Those with less domestic responsibility are on court in Drumragh College on 17th December 2013 in the second round of the Mens League. Falcons are home to Ospreys and Ravens to Eagles.



Division 2 and Ladies League
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Division 2 and the Ladies League were on stage last week on Tuesday 3rd and Thursday 5th December 2013.
Division 2
Edenderry 5 Derg Valley 3
Derg Valley took 1st and 2nd mens doubles 21/7 21/15 and 21/16 21/017 at the hands of A Lowry/ S Irwin and I /J Lowry. Edenderry retaliated by taking both ladies doubles in straight sets/ Audrey Dempsey/ Leslie Dickson and Joan Armstrong /Liz Dickson. 1st mixed went to the Derg partnership of Adam Lowry/ Abby Peek. Edenderry were successful at 2nd and 3rd mixed and 4th mixed was a long battle with Leonard Knox/ Liz Dickson eventually tuning the tide for Edenderry 20/22 21/22/20 against Jack Lowry/ Jane Lowry.
Dromore 0 Fintona 8
Another decisive win for Fintona. The only rubber going to three sets was 1st mens doubles with D Jobb/ Ed O'Reilly lucky to come out on top against Arnold Gibson/ Stuart Ballantine 21/12 12/21 21/14.

Ladies League
Daffodils 3 Carnations 3
Sheena Hughes' team, Carnations, found their feet in this match with a good score. Sheena, with Lynsey Booth took 1st doubles from Barbara Trimble/ Donna McSorley 21/18 21/11 and then partnered by Joan Armstrong also won 1st reverse from Barbara Trimble/Liz Dckson 21/11 21/14. Daffodils were successful at 2nd doubles and 3rd reverse At 3rd doubles Louise Conaty/ Claire Watson ( Daffodils) were lucky to claim the rubber /15/21 21/13 21/15/ after a close tussle with Jean Baxter/ Victoria Graham.
Sunflowers 1 Orchids 5
Lorna Beattie and her hot house plants are still powering ahead, although Lorna/ Judith Kennedy were the only losers in the match at 1st doubles /scoring 21/17 18/21 18/21 to Elizabeth Cullinan /Mechaela Mc Farland. 2nd doubles and 3rd reverse doubles could have gone either way, both rubbers going to three close sets but with Orchids coming out on the sunny side.

On 10th December, in Division 2, Derg Valley are home to Centre and Edenderry to Fintona. On 12th December in the Ecclesville Centre Division 1 teams First Omagh and Centre meet.



Ladies League gets under way
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On Thursday 21st November flowers were blooming in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona when the first matches of the Ladies League got under way.

Daffodils 4 Sunflowers 2
Daffodils, captained by Barbara Trimble, had a fairly close win over Elizabeth Cullinan's team, Sunflowers. At 1st doubles Barbara, partnered by Donna McSorley, had a three set battle with Elizabeth/ Jennifer Leonard to come up with a win of 19/21 22/20 21/19. 2nd doubles also went to Daffodils but at 3rd Liz Dickson/ Olive Kee redressed the balance for Sunflowers. Daffodils took 1st reverse doubles while J Leonard/ Liz Dickson were successful in taking 2nd reverse for Sunflowers. 3rd reverse also went to Daffodils, despite a valiant effort by Mechaela McFarland/ Olive Kee, who were defeted 18/21 23/21 21/18 by Audrey Dempsey/ Martha Cathers.

Orchids 5 Carnations 1
Orchids, captained by Lorna Beattie, have certainly got off to a flying start, although maybe not with such ease as the result would suggest. All of the six rubbers went to three sets. Carnations' captain, Sheena Hughes, with partner Lynsay Booth, took 1st doubles from Lorna/ Gail Graham 16/21 21/1/ 21/19 and despite all five other rubbers being fought closely and at great length all went to Orchids.

Mixed League Update;
Division1;
Fintona have once again shown dominance with a 7-1 win over First Omagh.
Division 2;
Dromore had a 4-4 draw with Derg Valley and Centre scored a narrow 5-3 victory over Fintona 2.

On 3rd December 2013 in Division 2 Edenderry meet Derg Valley and Dromore are home to Fintona 2. Thursday 5th December 2013 sees the second outing of the Ladies League Daffodils are home to Carnations and Sunflowers to Orchids.



First Matches of the Season
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The competitive season kicked off on Tuesday 12th November 2013 with two matches in Division 2, played in Drumragh Integrated College.
Edenderry 5 Dromore 3
A tightly fought match by any standard. Dromore started in style by taking 1st and 2nd Mens doubles Arnold Gibson/Jason Marshall 21/17 21/11 and Stuart Ballantine/ Jimmy McCutcheon 21/19 21/10. The partnersips of Audrey Dempsey/Lesley Dickson and Joan Armstrong/ Liz Dickson then retaliated for Edenderry in the Ladies doubles, winning 21/7 21/4 and 21/15 21/18. 1st and 2nd Mixed doubles were narrow victories for Edenderry and 3rd mixed was an unknown quantity due to an injury to an Edenderry player. Leonard Knox/ Liz Dickson took 4th mixed for Edenderry.

Derg Valley 1 Fintona 7
Fintona could prove to be the strongest team in this section, having been downgraded from last season's Division 1. The only win for Derg Valley was at 1st Mixed doubles, Adam Lowry/ Abbie Peek taking the rubber from Alex Beattie/ Gail Funston -21/23 21/16 21/18. 1st Mens doubles was a long battle, eventually won by Alex Beattie/ Ed O'Reilly over Adam/ Ian Lowry 18/21 21/19 23/21 . 4th Mixed doubles was also a tight three set contest ,won eventually by Fintona pairing of Paul McCammick/ Tina Donaghy.

Division 1
Fintona 8 Centre 0
This, the first contest of the season, played in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona on Thursday 14th November, looked like an easy victory for Fintona. It was not. At 1st Mens doubles Leslie Funston/ Colin Sheridan only overcame Chris Kemps/ Robbie Baxter with a 21/16 25/23 scoreline and Leslie , partnered by Linda Maguire, was lucky to take 1st Mixed doubles from Chris/ Elizabeth Cullinan 21/10 16/21 22/20.
On Tuesday 21st November 2013, in Division 2, Dromore are home to Derg Valley and Fintona to Centre. The venue is Drumragh.
Thursday 21st November see the initial matches of the Ladies League. Orchids meet Carnations and Sunflowers meet Daffodils. The venue is Ecclesville.



LEAGUE COMPETITION KICKS OFF
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In the last few weeks players have been gearing up to embrace the incoming season. League entries have now been finalized and first matches are scheduled to commence on Tuesday and Thursday of this week - 12th and 14th November 2013.
This season two Mixed Divisions will run. Teams in Division 1 are Fintona, First Omagh and The Centre. Combatants in Division 2 are The Centre, Derg Valley, Edenderry, Dromore and Fintona B.
Four teams, each of six players, are ready to commence competition in the Mens and Ladies Leagues.
Matches will be played on Tuesdays in Drumragh Integrated College ( Division 2 and Mens League) and on Thursdays in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona ( Division 1 and Ladies League)
This week in Division 1 Fintona are home to Centre and in Division 2 Edenderry play host to Dromore and and Derg Valley are home to Fintona B.
Further information is available on our website www.cvbadminton.com



Presentation Night
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The Clogher Valley Badminton League signed off for the season with a good representative attendance at the annual prize giving dinner, on this occasion held in Fintona Golf Club, where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all.
Derrick Jobb, the League Chairman, extended a welcome to all present, especially the representatives of Lowry Brothers, Castlederg and Vision Care Opticians, sponsors of the Tyrone Open Championships.
As chairman he thanked all members of the committee for their work during the season, singling out the new League Secretary, Sheena Hughes, Lorna Beattie ( Hon. Treasurer), Brian McGrath ( junior coaching) and Jennifer Leonard, who had played a dual role as both knock out and tournament secretary, where in the latter role she was ably assisted by Barbara Trimble.
He expressed his gratitude to the Smyth family who donated a perpetual trophy to the League, in the form of a magnificent cup, in memory of Aubrey Smyth. Aubrey had for many years been a greatly respected stalwart of badminton at both club and league levels. The presentation was made by his grand daughters Katie and Hannah Leonard and will be presented annually to the winners of the Mens League.
This season the league provided competition in two mixed divisions, a mens league, a ladies league and and knock out competitions at 'A', 'B' And 'C' levels. In Division 1 Fintona were back on the podium with First Omagh as runners up. Edenderry took honours in Division 2 with Pomeroy in second place. Pole position in the Mens League went to Adam Lowry's 'Eagles' with 'Ravens', captained by Derrick Jobb a close second. Barbara Trimble and her 'Daffodils' were in full bloom in the Ladies event with Lorna Beattie's 'Tulips' coming into flower just behind.
Fintona club made it a treble with wins in both 'A' and 'B' knock out competitions, while Edenderry had to be content with a 'double' after claiming victory in the 'C' knock out.
'Player of the Year' , an award for achievement combined with on-court attitude, went to Alan McKinley in the senior category. Voting in the Junior category produced a three way split Timmy Deazley, Jack Lowry and Stuart Ballantine sharing honours. Timmy is an up and coming player in Dromore club while Jack and Stuart are already 'veterans' on the league and tournament scene with a number of successes under their belts. Sheena Hughes, the new League Secretary, was the deserving winner of 'Service to Sport' award.
Trophies were presented by Ian Lowry, representing Lowry Brothers and Paul Hughes, representing Vision Care Opticians.
Congratulations were also expressed to a team drawn from Clogher Valley players who were winners of Division 5 of the Ulster League, played in Lisburn Racquets Centre.
In his closing remarks the Chairman thanked the players, winners and others, for their input during the season for without them there would be no competition.



League Results
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With all competitions completed Clogher Valley players are looking forward to their annual presentation night. This season matches were played in the excellent venues of Drumragh Integrated College and the Ecclesville Centre Fintona.

Results:
Division 1:
Fintona were back on the podium with 33 points, while last seasons winners, First Omagh, were relegated to runner-up position with 28 points.
Division 2:
Edenderry, after a runaway start, were nearly caught by Pomeroy in the final few matches. However they managed to maintain a narrow lead to take honours- with 53 points- while Pomeroy were runners up with 50 points.
Ladies League:
'Daffodils', captained by Barbara Trimble, were winners with 27 points, while Lorna Beattie's team -'Tulips' -were in second position with 22 points.
Mens League:
'Eagles', headed by Adam Lowry, had excellent scores throughout the season and emerged 'top dogs' with 24 points. Next came Derrick Jobb's team, 'Ravens' with 17 points.
Knock Out Competitions:
In the 'A' section Fintona, who were opposing First Omagh, were declared winners after the first four rubbers.
Fintona were again on the podium in 'B' event with a 5-2 win over Centre.
In the'C' competition Edenderry came out winners with a narrow 4 3 victory over Dromore.

The annual prize giving dinner is on Friday 19th April 2013 and the venue is Fintona Golf Club. Numbers to club secretaries please.



Knock - Out Competition
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The finals of the Clogher Valley's Knock-Out event took place in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown on Friday 5th April 2013 at 8pm. The event was contended at 'A', 'B' and 'C' levels with rubbers in ladies singles, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and three mixed doubles. An evening of stiff competition provided a visual feast for numerous spectators.

'C' Knock-Out:
Edenderry 4 Dromore 3
Dromore got off to a good start with Gillian Adams and Stuart Ballantine taking the singles. The tables were turned in the Ladies doubles when Joan Armstrong/ Olly Glenn had a close three set victory 21/19 17/21 21/18 over Jean Baxter/ Heather Gibson. Edenderry Men's pairing, Harry Mulligan/ Lincoln Moody then followed suit once again in a three set rubber- 12/21 21//18 21/18 - winning over Arnold Gibson/ Timothy Deazley. 2nd and 3rd Mixed went Edenderry's way and Dromore took 1st Mixed -A Gibson/J Baxter 21/18 21/18 over L Moody/ O Glenn.

'B' Knock-Out:
Fintona 5 Centre 2
Fintona took both singles rubbers, at the hands of Rachel McNulty and Alan NcKinley. Centre retaliated in the Mens and Ladies doubles, due to the skills of Donna McSorley/ Audrey Dempsey and Adam Lowry/ Aaron Beard. At two games each all was to play for. In the mixed doubles, despite a Titanic struggle, Fintona were the winners of all three rubbers.

'A; Knock- Out:
Fintona 7 First Omagh 0
A re-run of last seasons final saw First Omagh and Fintona the contenders. Susanne McCammick ( Graham) and Nigel Booth took the singles for Fintona. The Ladies and Mens doubles also went their way, but only after two breathtaking rubbers. Leanne Sufferin/ Susanne McCammick only overcame Heather Harran/ Dorothy McCullough 24/22 21/18 and Leslie Funston/ Colin Sheridan did likewise to Noel Jackson/ Peter Alcorn, also with the same scoreline of 24/22 21/18. The rubber of the evening was an extended battle at 3rd Mixed between First Omagh pairing, Roly Domer/ Heather Harran and Nigel Booth/ Leanne Sufferin, the latter coming out winners 21/12 21/18. With 4 winning points under Fintona's belt and due to the lateness of the evening the other mixed rubbers were left unplayed.
Thanks are due to Jennifer Leonard, the main co ordinator of the event.
Trophies for this and other League competitions will be presented at he annual prize giving dinner. This season the venue is Fintona Golf Club and the date is Fridasy 19th April 2013 Numbers to club secretaries please.



League Update
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With the season drawing to a close and Easter intervening, the rush is on to get all events finished up before the presentation dinner scheduled for the 19th April 2013
Division 1:
First Omagh are currently ahead on points -26- from 5 matches, Fintona 'A' have 20 points from 4 matches Centre have 17 points from 5 outings and Fintona 'B' have 9 points from 4 matches. Crucial matches still to be played -which would effect the outcome - are Fintona 'A' v Fintona 'B' and First Omagh v Fintona 'A;.

Division 2:
Edenderry have played all 10 of their matches and have a final total of 53 points. Close on their heels is Pomeroy with 42 points from 8 matches. Centre have 30 points from 8 matches, Dromore 30 points from 9 matches and 1st Castlederg 24 fom 8 matches. Paramount to the outcome is the number of points Pomeroy obtain in their contests with Centre and 1st Castlederg.

Mens League:
All teams have now played 5 of their 6 matches. Adam Lowry's team 'Eagles' are in pole position with 22 points and cannot be caught as the maximum points awarded in a match is 6 and the next contender is Derrick Jobb's 'Ravens' who currently are sitting on 14 points. Falcons and Ospreys both have 12 points. The final match in this contest is on Tuesday 26th March.

Ladies League:
As previously reported Barbara Trimble's team ' Daffodils' were the well deserved winners of this event.
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Daffodils triumph in Ladies League
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Ladies League:
It was not an unexpected result but in the final match of the Ladies League 'Daffodils' were given a run for their money in a 3-3 draw with Sheena Hughes' team 'Carnations'. Despite this Barbara Trimble's team -'Daffodils' were outright winners with 27 points. Next in line was Lorna Beattie's 'Tulips' -22 points- who in this match achieved their first 6-0 scoreline against Elizabeth Cullinan's 'Primroses'. In third place was 'Carnations' under the captaincy of Sheena Hughes 13 points- while Primroses brought up the rear with 10 points.
Daffodils: Barbara Trimble, Judith Kennedy, Gail Graham, Joan Armstrong, Rachel Breslin, Gemma Armstrong. Subs: Donna McSorley, Martha Cathers.

In the current week the next round of the Mens League is scheduled to be played in Drumragh College on Tuesday 12th March and on 14th March Centre are home to First Omagh Division 1- in the Ecclesville Centre.



Tyrone Junior Championships
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On Saturday 23rd February 2013 the Ecclesville Centre Fintona was the setting for the Tyrone Junior Badminton Championships. Competition was provided for boys and girls in Under -13 and Under- 16 age groups. There was an excellent turn out from local clubs including Dromore, Mountjoy, Fintona, Artigarvan, Castlederg and Clabby. Where possible matches were played as round robin with finals in three sets as appropriate. The Under -16 boys event was particularly well attended and attracted 14 individual entries.

Results:

Under 13 Boys Singles:Winner Kristin Warke. Runner Up Aaron Wiley

Under 16 Boys Singles: 3 Sections
Section 1: Winner Colin Booth. Runner Up Andrew Lee.
Section 2: Winner Stuart Ballantine. Runner Up Mark Lee
Section 3: Winner Jack Lowry. Runner up Kyle Irwin.
Final: Stuart Ballantine beat Colin Booth 21/15 21/12.

Under 16 Boys Doubles: 2 Sections:
Section 1: Winners Stuart Ballantine/ Jack Lowry. Runners Up Mark Henderson/ Kyle Irwin.
Section 2. Winners Kristin Warke/ Aaron Wiley. Runners Up Colin Booth/ Luke
McCormack
` Final; Ballantine/ Lowry 21/13 21/11.

Under 16 Girls Singles:
Winner Erica Crawford. Runner Up Katie Jane Farrell
Under 16 Girls Doubles:
Final: Katie Jane Farrell/ Erica Crawford beat Victoria Graham/ Nicole Crawford 21/17 21/10.

Thanks are due to Tournament Secretary, Jennifer Leonard, who after a week on duty at the senior event undertook another long day at the Junior Championships. The assistance of committee members/ coaches Arnold Gibson, Noel Jackson, Brian McGrath who together with parents who helped in scoring games, was crucial to the smooth running of the event.
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Tyrone Open Championships
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The Clogher Valley committee orchestrated a successful tournament in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona in the week of 18th to 22nd February 2013.
There was a good entry from local players and support from visitors swelled the number of participants. A contingent of young enthusiastic players raised the bar in the competition, a fact particularly noticeable in the 'B' events. Locals Adam and Jack Lowry, Christopher Kemps, Stuart Irwin, Gareth Moore, Matthew Warke and visitors Aaron McCauley, Linzi and Judith McClure, Megan Colhoun and Kym Harley all played with distinction, raising hopes for the future of badminton.
Thanks are due to the main co-ordinator, Jennifer Leonard, who together with Lorna Beattie, Ruth Young, Barbara Trimble and Leonard Knox took the strain at the 'table' and to other committee members who worked behind the scenes.
This season the league is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Brothers, Castlederg and Vision Care Opticians.
Results:
C Mixed:: Semi Final; B Beattie/ J Ramsey beat J Beattie/ M Diamond 9/21 21/9 W/ O. S Irwin/ M Colhoun beat D Hunter/ T Donaghy 21/11 21/23 21/11. Final: Irwin/ Colhoun 19/21 21/5 21/12.
C Men: Semi Final; S Irwin/ G Moore beat J Beattie/ P Conaty 21/14 21/19. J Lowry/ S Ballantine beat D Hunter/ R Smyth 22/20 21/17. Final; Moore/ Irwin 21/16 16/21 21/10.
C Ladies: Semi Final; R Breslin/ N Campbell beat T Donaghy/O Kee 17/21 21/12 21/14. K Harley/ M Colhoun beat E Ballantine/ J Sproule 21/14 22/20. Final; Harley/Colhoun 21/13 21/10.
B Mixed: Semi Final; A McCauley/ J McClure beat A Lowry/ A-M Connolly 21/13 21/8. C Kemps/ L McClure beat M Warke/ R McNulty 21/16 21/12. Final; McCauley/ McClure 24/22 22/20.
B Men: Semi Final; C Kemps/M Warke beat A Beattie/ A McKinley 21/19 21/14. A Lowry/ A McCauley beat E Robb/ J Deery 21/11 24/22. Final Kemps/ Warke 21/18 18/21 21/15.
B Ladies: Semi Final; R McNulty/ S Callaghan beat M Colhoun/ K Harley 21/8 21/7. L McClure/ J McClure beat M McFarland/ G Graham 21/11 21/7. Final; McNulty/ Callaghan 21/18 22/20.
A Mixed: Semi Final; N Jackson/ D McCullough beat C Watterson/ L Maguire 21/19 21/15. C Sheridan/ L Beattie neat P Alcorn/ S Beckett 21/19 22/20. Final; Jackson/ McCullough 21/19 21/18
.A Men: Semi Final; P Alcorn/ N Jackson beat S Lowry/ W McNeice 21/14 21/13. C Kemps/ M Henderson beat A Lowry/ R Domer 21/17 21/16. Final; Alcorn/ Jackson 21/18 21/12.
A Ladies: Semi Final; D McCullough/ S Beckett beat L McClure /M Colhoun 21/7 21/10. L Beattie/ D McSorley beat S Hughes/ B Trimble 21/14 21/19. Final; McCullough/ Beckett 21/8 21/6.
A/B Mixed: Semi Final; N Jackson/ J Kennedy beat C Sheridan/ M McFarland 21/17 16/21 21/19. A Beattie/ S McCammick beat D Jobb/ R McCauley 21/14 15/21 21/17. Final; Jackson/ Kennedy 21/16 22/20.
A/B Men: Round Robin; Winner; A Lowry/ C Sheridan 90 points. Runner Up; P Hutchison/ D Johnston 86 points
A/B Ladies: Round Robin; Winner; S McCammick/ S-J Smyth 90 points. Runner up S Hughes/ D McSorley 87 points.
B/C Mixed: Semi Final; C Kemps/ L McClure beat E Robb/ K Harley 19/21 21/13 29/27. R Love/ K McFadden beat A McKinley/ C McKinley 21/19 23/21. Final; Kemps/ McClure 21/19 21/11.
B/C Men: Semi Final; K Magee/ M Warke beat C Kemps/ S Irwin 21/19 19/21 21/17. E Robb/ J Deery beat A McCauley/ M Magee21/17 16/21 21/19. Final; Robb / Deery 21/12 15/21 21/10.
B/C Ladies: Semi Final; J McClure/ L McClure beat M McFarland/ E Ballantine21/19 21/12. J Kennedy/ C Watson beat K Harley/ M Colhoun 21/14 21/19. Final; McClure/ McClure 21/11 21/15.
Tuesday 26th February sees the Mens League back on the road in Drumragh College. The Ladies play their final match in Ecclesville on Thursday 28th February. Some matches in Division 2 have been rescheduled . Please check with your team captain.



































































Tournament Time
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Clogher Valley's flagship tournament, the Tyrone Open Championships, organised by the League committee, gets under way in the week beginning 18th February 2013. The Ecclesville Centre Fintona is once again the chosen venue.
This year there is a change in the scheduling of some events. As previously, play kicks off on Monday 18th February with the 'C' Mens, Ladies and Mixed. On Tuesday it is likewise for the 'B' players, while on Wednesday the 'A' Mens, Ladies and Mixed take to the floor. Thursday is the turn of the A/B players, once again in Mens, Ladies and Mixed events, while on Friday the B/C players compete. Play starts promptly at 8pm each evening. Finals will be played on the night of the event.
On Saturday 23rd February Junior players compete in competitions for Under -13 and Under -16 age groups. On this occasion the starting time is 1pm.
This season the League is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Brothers Castlederg and Vision Care Opticians.
Entries are now being taken and may be telephoned directly to the tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard, at 07979805979.
No league matches are played during tournament week. For up to date results visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



Mixed Leagues
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Further matches in Divisions 1 and 2 of the Mixed League were on the menu last week.
Division 1:
Fintona 'A' 6 Fintona 'B' 2
No one could accuse Fintona 'B' of giving easy points to their club's 'A' selection, Four of the rubbers went to three sets and scores in others were frequently in the 24/22 22/20 21/19 range. 1st Mens doubles was a very close contest with L Funston/ C Sheridan (A) overcoming A McKinley/ A Beattie 21/13 16/21 21/16, E O'Reilly/ J Shortt retaliated for the B team, beating N Booth/ D Jobb 21/19 16/21 21/19. Both ladies doubles went to the A team The other win for the B selection was at 1st mixed doubles - A McKinley/ S-J Smyth narrowly beating L Funston/ L Maguire 21/13 17/21 21/16.
All teams in this division have now played three matches and are at the half way stage. Fintona 'A' are the current leaders of the pack with 17 points, First Omagh have 13, Centre 10 and Fintona 'B' have 8 points.

Division 2
Dromore 5 1st Castlederg 3
1st Castlederg took both Mens doubles at the hands of A/I Lowry and N Patterson/ J Lowry. Dromore were successful in the Ladies doubles P Beckett/ J Baxter and G Adams/ H Gibson doing the business here. A Jackson/ P Beckett (Dromore) had a narrow 15/21 21/16 21/18 win over A Lowry/ O Young at 1st mixed doubles. I Lowry/ J Rankin (1st Castlederg) succeeded at 2nd mixed over A Gibson/ J Baxter but only after three closely fought sets 17/21 21/9 21/17. Dromore were winners at 3rd and 4th mixed.
Edenderry 3 Pomeroy 5
A surprise defeat for favourites, Edenderry. Although no detailed score sheet is currently available for this match it is understood that all rubbers were closely fought.
Centre 5 Ardstraw 3
C Kemps/ S Irwin took 1st Mens doubles for Ardstraw 21/11 12/21 21/16 after a three set struggle with J Lervey/ A Beard. 2nd Mens doubles went to Centre. 1st Ladies doubles was another tussle with H Keys/ M Colhoun (Ardstraw) coming out on top to R Breslin/ N Campbell 21/13 17/21 21/14. 2nd ladies went to Centre. C Kemps/ H Keys took 1st mixed for Ardstraw. The other three mixed doubles went to Centre, although young Kyle Irwin/ Megan Colhoun gave Jack Beattie/ Maura Diamond a good run for their money at 4th with a final scoreline of 21/11 11/21 21/17.
Edenderry are still ahead with 33 points from 6 matches, Pomeroy have 23 point with a match in hand, Dromore are 23 from 6, Ardstraw 21 from 6, Centre 19 from 6 and 1st Castlederg 17 points from 5 matches.
Division 2 are again on the road on Tuesday 5th February and the participants in the Ladies League play their penultimate match on 7th February.
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Leaders emerge for Mens and Ladies
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Mens and Ladies teams were on stage last week, Men on Tuesday 22nd January and Ladies on Thursday 24th January 2013
Mens League:
Eagles 5 Falcons 1
Now at the halfway stage and all teams having three games under their belt, Eagles are still flying high; Adam Lowry's team on this occasion scoring a remarkable victory over Nigel Booth's Falcons. Falcon's only rubber was at 1st reverse doubles, when Nigel partnered by Jack Lowry, the brother of the Eagles' captain triumphed 21/13 21/16 over R Baxter/ P Conaty. 2nd and 3rd reverse doubles went to three close sets, Adam Lowry/ Arnold Gibson eventually coming out winners 10/21 23/21 21/17 over C Kemps/ G Moore at 3rd and J Lervey/ R Smyth doing likewise to J Shortt/ B Beattie at 4th reverse, with a scoreline of 11/21 21/17 21/13.
Ravens 2 Ospreys 4
Roly Domer's Ospreys had a good scoreline in this match, bringing their total to 8 points, second to Eagles, who have 14 points. Roly/ Alex Beattie had a 21/17 21/7 win at 1st doubles over D Jobb/ I Lowry. Then A Beard/ S Ballantine took 2nd doubles 14/21 21/14 21/15. Ravens replied at 3rd doubles with a win for B McGrath/ S Irwin. Roly/S Ballantine and A Beattie/ D Adams took 1st and 2nd reverse for Ospreys. Ravens second rubber was at 3rd reverse , at the hands of E O'Reilly/ S Irwin.
Ladies League:
Daffodils 6 Primroses 1
With four out of six matches played, Daffodils, captained by Barbara Trimble, are in full bloom. Primrose's only win and the rubber of the evening was at 1st doubles with Elizabeth Cullinan/ Michelle King overcoming Barbara Trimble/ Judith Kennedy 21/13 14/21 23/21. All other rubbers went to Daffodils, but 2nd reverse was a close contest - Judith Kennedy/ Rachel Breslin eventually coming out on top 21/15 15/21 21/10 to Michelle King/ Tina Donaghy.
Carnations 0 Tulips 6
Despite three rubbers going to three close sets, Lorna Beattie's Tulips emerged victorious in all rubbers. Ollie Glenn/ Noelle Campbell gave Michaela McFarland/ J Baxter a close run at 2nd doubles, as did Maura Diamond/ Claire Watson at 3rd. Lorna/ Jean Baxter were lucky to claim a 21/19 17/21 22/20 victory over Sheena Hughes/ Noelle Campbell at 1st reverse as were M McFarland /E Ballantine at 4th reverse.

On Tuesday 29th January, in Division 2, Pomeroy are home to Edenderry and Dromore to 1st Castlederg. Venue is Drumragh College. In the Ecclesville Centre on Thursday 31st January,in Division 2, Centre are home to Ardstraw while Fintona'A' and Fintona 'B' meet in Division 1.



Edenderry dominate Division 2
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The mixed league continued this week with one match in Division 1 and two matches in Division 2.
Division 1:
First Omagh 5 Centre 3
This 5 point win brought First Omagh's total to 13 points- from 3 matches. Fintona 'A' have 11 points, but this is from 2 matches. Centre also have 11 points, but from 3 matches and Fintona'B' have 6 points from 2 matches.
Helped by a plus handicap, Centre achieved an excellent 3 points against First Omagh. Noel Jackson/ Peter Alcorn and Roly Domer/ David Kenny took 1st and 2nd Mens doubles for First Omagh, then Dorothy McCullagh/ Sharon Beckett did the same at 1st Ladies, but only after a long battle with Sheena Hughes/ Elizabeth Cullinan ,the former pair winning with a scoreline of 23/21 21/19 23/21. 2nd Ladies doubles went to Centre pair Donna McSorley/ Judith Kennedy. First Omagh were successful at 1st and 2nd Mixed. Centre's pairing at 3rd and 4th mixed Mark Donnelly/ Donna McSorley and Philip Conaty/ Judith Kennedy emerged as winners, but only after three set rubbers 21/19 21/23 23/21 and 17/21 21/18 21/15.
Division 2:
1st Castlederg 2 Edenderry 6
A consistent Edenderry team are now ahead of the pack with 30 points from 6 matches. At the moment their closest rivals are Pomeroy who have 18 points from 4 matches
.First Castlederg started well with wins by Adam / Ian Lowry and Jack Lowry/ Nigel Patterson at 1st and 2nd Mens doubles. Edenderry took both Ladies doubles due to the skills of Audrey Dempsey/ Joan Armstrong and Liz Dickson/ Valerie Rolston. All of the mixed rubbers went to Edenderry , but at 3rd Mixed Dessie Hewitt/ Liz Dickson were lucky to score a 22/20 21/23 21/17 victory over Nigel Patterson/ Olive Young.
Centre 2 Dromore 6
A good start for Centre, winning 1st and 2nd Mens doubles. Dromore took both Ladies doubles rubbers, with 2nd Ladies going to a close three sets. Claire Watson made her debut for Centre in this rubber. 1st and 4th Mixed went to Dromore in straight sets, but 2nd and 3rd mixed were three set rubbers, Philip Conaty/ Olive Kee (Centre) losing to Arnold Gibson/ Jean Baxter 16/21 21/11 21/14 at 2nd and Stuart Ballantine/ Gillian Adams (Dromore) overcoming Jack Beattie/ Maura Diamond 21/23 21/17 21/6 at 4th mixed.
The incoming week sees the Mens and Ladies Leagues back on the road again. On Tuesday 22nd January Falcons play Eagles and Ravens play Ospreys in Drumragh College. On Thursday 24th January Daffodils are home to Primroses and Carnations to Tulips. The venue on this occasion is Sacred Heart College Sports Hall.



Play in Mens and Ladies
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Play continued in the Mens and Ladies Leagues in Tuesday 8th and Thursday 10th January 2013.

Mens League:
Each team has two matches played and form so far shows Adam Lowry's team 'Eagles' to be ahead of the pack with 9 points. Falcons- Nigel Booth- have 6 points, Ravens Derrick Jobb- have 5 points and Ospreys- Roly Domer- have 4 points.
Eagles 4 Ravens 2
Once again Eagles swooped home with a good scoreline. Their captain, Adam Lowry, with /partner Robbie Baxter had a narrow 18/21 22/20 21/9 victory over D Jobb/ I Lowry at 1st doubles. 2nd doubles was another narrow win and 1st reverse doubles also went the way of Eagles. Adam together with Arnold Gibson again claimed victory at 2nd reverse doubles against I Lowry/ B McGrath with a scoreline of 21/13 21/14.
Ospreys 3 Falcons 3
Tightly fought rubbers all round in this match. Nigel Booth/ Christopher Kemps (Falcons) had a narrow 23/21 21/18 win over Roly Domer/ Alex Beattie at 1st doubles. Aaron Beard/ Stuart Ballantine then took 2nd doubles for Ospreys. Falcons scraped a narrow victory at 3rd doubles at the hands of G Moore/ Brian Beattie. Roly Domer/ Stuart Ballantine took 1st reverse for Ospreys as did Aaron Beard/ G Foster at 3rd reverse. Christopher Kemps/ G Moore were on the winning side at 2nd reverse for Falcons.
Ladies League:
At the half-way point, Barbara Trimble's team -Daffodils -are streets ahead with 15 points, Lorna Beattie's 'Tulips' have 9 points, Sheena Hughes' 'Carnations' have 7 points and Elizabeth Cullinan's 'Primroses' have 6.
Carnations 3 Primroses 3
Sheena Hughes/ Samantha Spratt and Rita McCauley/ Noelle Campbell took 1st and 2nd doubles for Carnations, then Tina Donaghey/ Jessica Sproule retaliated with 3rd doubles for Primroses. After a long battle Elizabeth Cullinan/ Olive Kee( Primroses) emerged victorious -17/21 21/17 23/21- at 1st reverse, over Sheena Hughes/ Noelle Campbell. Michelle King/ Tina Donaghy took 2nd reverse for Primroses and 3rd reverse went to the Carnation's pairing of Rita McCauley/ Claire Watson.
Daffodils 5 Tulips 1
So far unstoppable the Daffodil's machine relentlessly rolls on. Tulip's only rubber was at 1st reverse doubles when Lorna Beattie/ Jean Baxter took Barbara Trimble/ Joan Armstrong to three sets, eventually emerging victorious 19/21 21/15 21/6.

On Tuesday 15th January in Division 2, First Castlederg are home to Edenderry and Centre to Dromore. The venue is Drumragh College. On Thursday17th January, in Division 1, First Omagh play Centre at the Ecclesville Centre.



Progress in Mixed Leagues
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In the week before Christmas eight teams made their escape from festive preparations to play matches in Divisions 1 and 2.

Division 2:
Ardstraw 6 First Castlederg 2
Ardstraw are going from strength to strength with each match and had a good win over near neighbours 1st Castlederg. They now have 25 points from 5 matches to Edenderry's 24 from 4 matches. Christopher Kemps/ Ed Robb (Ardstraw) took 1st Mens doubles from father/ son combination Ian/ Adam Lowry 16/21 21/13 21/13. Wins for 1st Castlederg were at 2nd Men -Nigel Patterson/ Jack Lowry overcoming David Hunter/ Stuart Irwin 21/13 21/11 and at 3rd Mixed doubles, when Nigel/ Linda Patterson had a narrow 23/21 15/21 21/18 victory over David Hunter/ Judith McClure

Centre 2 Edenderry 6
High scores for Edenderry continue, with another 6 points against Centre. Aaron Beard was once again the author of wins for Centre - at 1st Men with Philip Conaty 21/17 21/17 against L Moody/ H Mulligan and at 1st Mixed with Noelle Campbell v L Moody/ A Dempsey10/21 21/17 21/10. Shane McGaughey/ Rachel Breslin (Centre) gave Davy Quinn/ Valerie Rolston a close run for their money at 4th Mixed, eventually losing 21/18 22/20.

Division 1
Fintona'A' 6 First Omagh 2
First Omagh no longer lead Division 1 after this win by Fintona 'A', who now have 11 points to 8 for First Omagh. Four rubbers went to Fintona in straight sets, but First Omagh put up a brave fight at 1st Men Leslie Funston/ Colin Sheridan (Fintona) only overcoming Noel Jackson /Peter Alcorn18/21 21/18 21/18- and at 4th Mixed Derrick Jobb/ Sara -Jayne Smyth narrowly beating Shane Rolston/ Barbara Trimble 18/21 21/18 21/19.
Centre 4 Fintona'B' 4
Equality reigned in this match. Fintona players took 1st and 2nd Mens doubles Alan McKinley/ Alex Beattie and Ed O'Reilly/ Jaime Shortt. Then Sheena Hughes/ Elizabeth Cullinan and Donna McSorley/ Judith Kennedy retaliated in the ladies doubles for the opposition. Centre were on the winning side at 2nd and 3rd Mixed while Fintona took 1st and 4th.

Matches begin in 2013 with an outing for the Mens League on 8th January 2013, in Drumragh College. Falcons are home to Ospreys and Ravens to Eagles. The Ladies are on court on 10th January in The Ecclesville Centre. Daffodils play to Tulips and Primroses play Carnations.



Mens and Ladies update
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Mens and Ladies Leagues were the order of the day, the men playing their initial matches on Tuesday 11th December in Drumragh College and the Ladies their second round on 13th December in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona.
Mens League:
Eagles 5 Ospreys 1
Adam Lowry's team, Eagles, got off to a flying start with this win over Roly Domer's Ospreys. On this occasion Shane Rolston substituted for Roly. 1st doubles was a tight three set contest between Robbie Baxter/ Adam Lowry and Shane Rolston/ Alex Beattie, the former eventually coming out victorious 21/13 17/21 21/17. Osprey's only win was at 3rd reverse doubles with Aaron Beard/ Bryan Beattie taking the rubber 21/13 21/18 from Jonathan Lervey/ Richard Smyth.
Ravens 3 Falcons 3
Derrick Jobb led his team Ravens- to victories in 2nd and 3rd doubles and 3rd reverse doubles Nigel Booth's Falcons took the other three. The closest call was at 3rd reverse doubles when Nigel, partnered by Jack Lowry claimed a narrow 21/18 23/21 over the Derrick Jobb/ David Hunter partnership.

Ladies League:
Primroses 2 Tulips 4
Primroses had the disadvantage of having to concede two rubbers, 3rd doubles and 3rd reverse doubles. Tulips were victorious at 1st doubles- Lorna Beattie/ Audrey Dempsey- and 2nd reverse doubles- Audrey Dempsey/ Erin Ballantine.
Carnations 1 Daffodils 5
Daffodils, captained by Barbara Trimble, once again blossomed with 5 points - on this occasion putting Carnations, captained by Sheena Hughes, in the shade. . Despite the good scoreline for the spring flowers, 2nd doubles was a close shave, eventually won by Gail Grahan/ Joan Armstrong, as was 2nd reverse doubles Judith Kennedy/ Rachel Breslin. Carnation's only rubber, 1st reverse doubles, was another close three set game Sheena Hughes/ Noelle Campbell eventually triumphing over Barbara Trimble/ Joan Armstrong 16/21 21/18 21/19

Despite the proximity of the festive season, in Division 2 Centre meet Edenderry and Ardstraw meet 1st Castlederg on Tuesday 18th December in Drumragh College. On Thursday 20th December Division 1 matches scheduled are Fintona 'B' v Centre and Fintona 'A' First Omagh.



Action in the Mixed
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Division 1:
All teams in this division have now played one match. Currently First Omagh are in the lead from Fintona 'A' - by a narrow margin of one point 6 to 5. Centre have 3 points and Fintona'B' have 2.
First Omagh 6 Fintona'B' 2
Despite a 6 point plus handicap Fintona 'B' managed to take only two rubbers. Alan McKinley/ Alex Beattie were unlucky not to snatch 1st Men from the grasp of Noel Jackson/ David Kenny, losing 18/21 in the third set. 2nd Men went to Fintona Jaime Shortt/ Ed O'Reilly overcoming Colin Gibson/ Shane Rolston 21/15 21/16. 1st and 2nd Ladies went to the First Omagh pairings of D McCullagh. S Beckett and J Leonard/ B Trimble. First Omagh took 1st, 2nd and 4th Mixed and Fintona 'B' held 3rd .

Division 2:
Three matches were played in this division two on 4th December and one on 6th December.
Edenderry 5 Ardstraw 3
Ardstraw are gaining ground at each outing and put up an excellent performance against Edenderry. Audrey Dempsey/ Joan Armstrong and Liz Dickson/ Valerie Rolston took 1st and 2nd Ladies for Edenderry. Christopher Kemps/ David Hunter and Richard Smyth/ Stuart Irwin retaliated for Ardstraw at 1st and 2nd Mens doubles. 1st Mixed went the way of Ardstraw and the other three to Edenderry.
Pomeroy 5 Centre 3
Centre were lucky to pick up three points in this match. Aaron Beard once again delivered the goods at 1st Men and 1st Mixed, although both rubbers were closely fought. At 1st Mixed Aaron/ Noelle Campbell overcame M Rainey/ A Scott 17/21 21/17 22/20 in a close three set rubber. Evergreen Jack Beattie, partnered by Maura Diamond took 3rd Mixed for Centre -21/16 21/18- against S Ramsey/ J Rainey. All other rubbers went to Pomeroy.
Dromore 1 Ardstraw 7
Two outings in the one week did Ardstraw no harm, with a good win over Dromore in the Ecclesville Centre on 6th December. On this occasion Christopher Kemps/ David Hunter were on the losing side at 1st Men to Arnold Jackson/ Arnold Gibson -21/19 21/16. Jimmy McCutcheon/ Gareth Deazley fought hard for Dromore at 2nd Men but were overcome -13/21 21/13 8/21- by Stuart Irwin/ Richard Smyth. Ardstraw took all other rubbers in straight sets.

The first matches of the Mens League are scheduled for Tuesday 11th December in Drumragh College. Falcons play Ravens and Eagles play Ospreys. The Ladies League continues on 13th December in the Ecclesville Centre, Daffodils are home to Carnations and Primroses to Tulips.



Ladies League leads off
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Two Division 2 matches were played in Drumragh College on 27th November 2012

Edenderry 6 Centre 2
Favourites for honours, Edenderry secured a 6-2 victory over Centre. Centre were successful at 1st Men and 1st Mixed, with talented Aaron Beard the common denominator. He was partnered in the Mens by Philip Conaty and the Mixed by Noelle Campbell. Centre were unlucky not to win a third rubber- 4th Mixed- losing 15/21 21/19 12/21 after a long battle between Shane McGaughey/ Rachel Breslin ( Centre) and Davy Quinn/ Valerie Rolston ( Edenderry).

Dromore 3 Pomeroy 5
Dromore took 1st Mens and 1st and 2nd Mixed- Arnold Jackson/ Arnold Gibson at 1st Men, Arnold Jackson/ Linda Stewart at 1st Mixed and Arnold Gibson/ Jean Baxter at 2nd Mixed. 3rd Mixed went to Pomeroy after a tight three sets- Jimmy McCutcheon/ Chloe Davis losing 21/13 10/21 21/18 to J Rainey/ G Ramsey.

Flowers were blooming in the Ecclesville Centre Fntona on Thursday 29th November 2012 when the first matches of the Ladies League got under way.
Primroses 1 Daffodils 5
If scores follow this pattern Primroses, captained by Elizabeth Cullinan, will be prime contenders for the wooden spoon, as only one little Primrose came into bloom - Elizabeth, with partner Michelle King, having a 21/14 21/16 victory over Barbara Trimble/ Judith Kennedy at 1st Ladies doubles. The other 5 points went to Daffodils, captained by Barbara Trimble, although Noelle Campbell/ Jessica Sproule (Primroses) took Donna McSorley/ Gemma Armstrong to three sets before losing 21/15 18/21 14/21.
Carnations 3 Tulips 3
Carnations were captained by Sheena Hughes and Tulips by Linda Maguire, in the absence of Lorna Beattie. Linda Maguire/ Audrey Dempsey took 1st Ladies for Tulips, Jill McKillop/ Erin Ballantine 3rd Ladies and Audrey Dempsey/ Jill McKillop 2nd reverse doubles. Wins for Carnations were at 2nd Ladies Rita McCauley/ Linda Stewart, 1st reverse doubles- Sheena Hughes/ Linda Stewart and 3rd reverse doubles Rita McCauley/ Claire Watson.

On Tuesday 4th December 2012 in Drumragh College, Edenderry are home to Ardstraw and Pomeroy to Centre while on Thursday 6th December Ardstraw play Dromore in the Ecclesville Centre. All are Division 2 contests.
For match results and schedules visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



Matches underway
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Division 1:

Fintona 'A' 5 Centre 3
In the first match of the season, played in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona 'A' scraped a narrow 5-3 victory over Centre, although it must be noted that Centre had a plus handicap of 6 points in all games. Fintona were successful in taking 1st Men, with Centre retaliating by taking 2nd Men. 1st Ladies went to Centre, Sheena Hughes/ Elizabeth Cullinan overcoming L Sufferin/ L Maguire 16/21 21/16 21/16. Then Lorna Beattie/ Susanne McCammick took 1st Ladies for Fintona. 1St, 2nd and 4th Mixed were then won by the Fintona team.

Division 2:
Two matches were played in Drumragh College on Tuesday 20th November 2012.

Pomeroy 4 1stCastlederg 4
A tightly fought match with three of the rubbers going to three sets. Adam Lowry/ Ian Lowry took 1st Men for Castlederg and Nigel Patterson/ Jack Lowry then did likewise at 2nd Men. Both ladies level doubles were won by Pomeroy, who were also successful at 2nd and 4th mixed. Castlederg pairings, Adam Lowry/ Janice Rankin and Nigel Patterson/ Olive Young were on the winning side in 1st and 3rd Mixed , but only after a battle of wills in 1st Mixed 21/11 20/22 21/15 -against M Ramsey/ C Allen.

Dromore 3 Ardstraw 5
A young and enthusiastic Ardstraw team made their first appearance in this competition. 1st and 2nd Men and 1st ladies went their way then Gillian Adams/ Chloe Vance broke the spell with a 21/12 21/13 win over Jeanette Graham/ Gemma Hamilton. Ardstraw pairings, Christopher Kemps/ Hazel Keys and David Hunter/ Megan Colhoun were successful at 1st and 2nd Mixed . Stuart Ballantine/ Gillian Adams and Timothy Deazley/ Chloe Davis were winners at 3rd and 4th Mixed for Dromore.

On 27th November 2012, in Drumragh College, Dromore are at home to Pomeroy and Edenderry to Centre in Division 2. The first matches of the Ladies League are scheduled for Thursday 29th November 2012 in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona. Teams have floral titles. Tulips play Carnations and Primroses play Daffodils.



LEAGUE COMPETITION KICKS OFF
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The competitive season kicked off on Tuesday 13th November 2012, with two matches in Division 2, played in Drumragh Integrated College.

First Castlederg 3 Centre 5
By any standard, a tightly fought match, with Centre scraping a narrow victory. 1st Men fell to Centre pairing Aaron Beard/ Philip Conaty with a 21/18 22/20 scoreline over Adam Lowry/ Nigel Patterson. Jack Beattie (Centre) , with partner Shane McCaughey suffered a narrow 21/14 21/23 21/10 defeat at 2nd Men -at the hands of Jack Lowry/ Gareth Orr and in his mixed rubber, partnered by Maura Diamond, he again fell foul of Jack Lowry/Olive Young in three sets 17/21 21/17 21/16. Other games for Centre were 1st and 2nd Ladies, and 1st and 4th Mixed.

Edenderry 7 Dromore 1
In their first match of the season Edenderry have proved themselves a force to be reckoned with, allowing Dromore to win only one rubber. Arnold Jackson/ Arnold Gibson took 1st men for Dromore 21/13 20/22 21/10 over Lincoln Moody, who was on this occasion was partnered by Harry Mulligan- making a return to competitive play after an absence of several years. Arnold Jackson/ Linda Stewart gave Lincoln Moody/ Audrey Dempsey a close call at 1st Mixed, but the rubber went to the Edenderry pairing 21/15 19/21 24/18. All other rubbers went to Edenderry in straight sets.

On Tuesday 20th November 2012, in Division 2, Dromore are at home to Ardstraw and Pomeroy to 1stCastlederg. The venue is Drumragh Integrated College.



NEW SEASON
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In the last few weeks players have been gearing up to embrace the incoming season. League entries have now been finalised and the first matches are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday of this week - 13th and15th November 2012.
This season two mixed divisions will run. Divisions 1 and 2 have been amalgamated and are now known as Division 1. The weaker teams will be given a plus handicap of 6 points. Teams in this Division are Fintona 'A', Fintona 'B, Centre, Ardstraw and First Omagh. Combatants in Division 2 , previously Division 3, are Centre, First Castlederg, Pomeroy, Dromore, Edenderry, and Ardstraw.
Four teams, each of six players, are ready to commence competition in the Mens and Ladies leagues.
In the absence of the usual venue of Omagh Leisure Complex, matches will be played in Drumragh College on Tuesday nights ( Division 2 and Mens League) and the Ecclesville Centre Fintona on Thursday nights ( Division 1 and Ladies League)
Further information is readily available on our website- www.cvbadminton.com



Hannah Wiley
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The officers, committee and members of the Clogher Valley League wish to express their sincere condolences to the family and friends of Hannah Wiley on their heartbreaking loss of a daughter and sister following a fatal riding accident. The sport of badminton has lost one of its most promising rising stars.



Tribute to Hannah Wiley
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Hannah Wiley first came under my radar when I came face to face with her across the net in Division 2 of the Clogher Valley Badminton League 2011-12. She represented Artigarvan badminton club in that competition. At the tender age of 13, her talent and commitment outshone that of those around her and it was immediately apparent that she had the potential to become a great player.

Rarely off the podium at the Tyrone Open Badminton Championships in February 2012, she, together with a variety of partners, was a Winner in the 'C' Ladies Doubles, 'B/C' Ladies Doubles, 'B' Ladies Doubles, 'B/C' Mixed Doubles and the 'B' Mixed doubles. Success at this level earned her the distinction of being the only player in League history to be upgraded from 'C' to 'A' in their first season of senior competition.

Coached and mentored by her proud father she was unquestionably a 'rising star'. A loss to the future of sport, but far greater is the loss to her family of a daughter and sister.

Olive Kee



Annual Presentation Dinner
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The Clogher Valley Badminton League signed off for the season with a good representative attendance at the annual prize giving dinner, on this occasion held at Fintona Golf Club, where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all.
Derrick Jobb, the League Chairman, extended a welcome to all present, including representatives of Lowry Brothers Castlederg, sponsors of the Tyrone Open Championships.
He began on a sad note, indicating the 'empty chair', which for many years had been occupied by John O'Hagan in his many roles as player, administrator, committee member and more recently as convenor of the Under 16 League. John died in early 2012 after a brief illness and Derrick extended the sympathy of the committee to his family.
As Chairman, he thanked all members of the committee for their work during the season, singling out Leonard Knox ( Hon. Secretary), Lorna Beattie ( Hon. Treasurer), Ruth Young ( Assistant Secretary), Olive Kee (Public Relations), Brian Mc Grath ( Junior Coaching) and Jennifer Leonard, who had played a dual role as both Knock Out and Tournament secretary, where in the latter capacity she was ably assisted by Barbara Trimble.
Derrick expressed his delight at the success of young players in the recent Tyrone Open Championships and their initial appearances in League matches. Among the 'rising stars' he singled out 13 year old Hannah Wiley whose talent and commitment to the sport has caused her to be re-graded from 'C' to 'A' in her first season of senior competition. Good luck to Hannah in the future.
This season the League provided competition for 11 mixed teams, 4 mens teams, 4 ladies teams and 10 teams competing in the Knock Out event.
In Division 1 First Omagh took honours, breaking a five year run by Fintona. Artigarvan were runaway winners in Division 2 and the Division 3 title went to Pomeroy. The Knock Out competition saw Fintona on the podium in the 'A' section. Artigarvan made it a double in the 'B' as did Pomeroy in the 'C' . Success in the Mens competition went to Derrick Jobb's team Ravens- and Lorna Beattie's Tulips claimed victory in the Ladies League.
Player of the Year, an award for achievement combined with on-court attitude went to Jason Marshall in the Senior category and to Claire Watson in the Junior. Jennifer Leonard was the the well deserved recipient of 'Service to Sport' award.
Trophies were presented by Ian Lowry, representing Lowry Brothers and some League office bearers. A fund raising draw, with tickets sold by Judith Kennedy, Alex Beattie and Joan Ramsey preceded the social aspect of a satisfactory evening.



League Results
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With all competitions completed and only a few loose ends to be tied up the Clogher Valley players are now looking forward to their annual presentation night. This season, fewer matches had to be rescheduled as thankfully the weather was more favourable than in the previous two winters, so travel was less arduous.
Results:
Division 1:
Fintona's record of five wins in a row now lies in tatters and this season First Omagh takes their place on the podium. First Omagh 18 points, Rossville 16 points, Fintona 14 points.
Division 2:
Artigarvan were runaway winners by a massive 14 points. Artigarvan 37, Centre 23, Fintona 21, Ardstraw 15.
Division 3:
Pomeroy were victorious with 32 points, followed by Dromore and Edenderry, each with 27 points and First Castlederg with 10 points.
Mens League:
Winners were Derrick Jobbs' 'Ravens' with 22 points. Eagles had 19 points, Falcons 18 and Ospreys 13.
Ladies League:
Lorna Beattie's 'Tulips' and Helga Foster's 'Primroses' tied with 24 points each, but on count back 'Tulips ' were declared winners. Daffodils had 16 points and Carnations 8.
Knock Out Competition:
In the 'A' section Fintona, opposing First Omagh, were declared winners after success in the first four rubbers. Artigarvan had a close 4-3 victory over Fintona's 'B' squad and Pomeroy a runaway 7-0 win over Edenderry in the 'C' event.
The annual prize giving dinner is on Friday 13th April 2012 and the venue is Fintona Golf Club. Numbers to club secretaries please.



Knock Out Finals
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Friday 23rd March 2012 saw the finals of the Knock Out competition played at the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown. The fixture was contested at 'A', 'B' and 'C' level with rubbers in ladies singles, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and three mixed doubles. An evening of stiff competition and and a visual feast was provided for the many spectators.
In the 'C' section Edenderry faced very strong opposition from Pomeroy, who came away with a 7-0 victory. Pomeroy claimed initial mastery in the Ladies and Mens singles, then J Ramsey/ A Scott took the Ladies doubles. M Ramsey/ M Rainey were lucky to overcome L Moody/ D Quinn 21/16 21/16 in the Mens Doubles. 1st and 2nd Mixed went to Pomeroy in two sets but D Hewitt/ L Dickson gave M Rainey/ J Ramsey a run for their money at 3rd Mixed, with Pomeroy narrowly coming through 19/21 21/19 22/20.
Artigarvan and Fintona were opponents in the 'B' event. The Ladies singles was a close three set battle with Hannah Wiley (Artigarvan) overcoming Anne-Marie Connolly 17/21 21/14 21/19 in a very watchable game. Alan McKinley then retaliated for Fintona with a 21/19 21/19 win over Simon McSparron. Sarah- Jayne Graham/ Mechaela McFarland took the Ladies doubles for Fintona in another three set rubber, then Alastair Finlay/ Christopher Kemps took Mens doubles for Artigarvan. At two games each it was all to play for in the Mixed doubles three more close rubbers -with 2nd and 3rd going to Artigarvan, leaving them winners with a 4-3 scoreline.
A re-run of last seasons' final in the 'A' saw First Omagh and Fintona the contenders. Susanne McCammick( Graham) and Nigel Booth took the singles for Fintona. In the Ladies doubles, after a breathtaking game for players and spectators alike, Leanne Sufferin/ Susanne Graham ( Fintona) claimed victory over Dorothy McCullagh/ Sharon Beckett 22/21 21/20. The rubber of the evening was an extended battle between Noel Jackson/ Peter Alcorn ( First Omagh)and Leslie Funston/ Colin Sheridan, with the Fintona pairing coming out winners 21/18 22/24 22/20. With four winning points under Fintona's belt and due to the lateness of the evening, the mixed rubbers were left unplayed.
Thanks are due to the main co-ordinator of this event, Jennifer Leonard and to her helpers.
Trophies for this and other League Competitions will be presented at the annual prize giving dinner. This season the venue is Fintona Golf Club and the date is Friday 13th April 2012. Numbers to Club secretaries please.



Knock Out Competition
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Jennifer Leonard, Clogher Valley's knock out secretary, has ensured that all is in place for the finals of this event, to be held at the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on Friday 23rd March 2012.
This fixture is contested at 'A' 'B' and ''C' levels and the seven rubber contest consists of ladies singles, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and three mixed doubles, played in that order.
In the 'C' section, Edenderry have progressed to the final by means of a 5-2 win over Centre and their opposition on the night is Pomeroy, who had a narrow 4-3 victory over Dromore. Fintona meet Artigarvan in the 'B' , Fintona having had a 6-1 win over Centre and Artigarvan defeating 1st Castlederg 7-0. Old rivals Fintona and First Omagh meet in the 'A' event, Fintona having been the winner in 2011 and First Omagh taking the title in the previous, 2010, season.
Finals start at 8pm sharp. Games run in parallel, starting with all the ladies doubles and leaving 1st mixed doubles the finishing touch of the evening.



Mens and Ladies Leagues
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Loose ends were tie up in both competitions when the final matches of the season were played on Tuesday 28th February 2012.
Mens League:
After a close finish Derrick Jobb's team, ' Ravens' emerged victorious with 22 points. 'Eagles',captained by Patrick Garrity were close behind with 19 points, 'Falcons'- Colin Scott- finished with 18 points and 'Ospreys' -Roly Domer- with 13 points.
Ravens : Derrick Jobb, Jonathan Lervy, Adam Lowry, Keith Stockdale, Matthew Rainey, Jack Lowry, Subs; D Adams, Brian McGrath, Stuart Ballantine,G Deazley, Alan McKinley,
Ladies League:
A nail-biting finish was the order of the day when the two top teams Tulips and Primroses- went into the final match, each with 21 points. After a long and tightly fought contest, this head- to head produced a 3-3 draw. Back to square one. With guidance from the constitution, a count back was implemented and the accountancy skills of the League Secretary were employed, resulting in a win for Lorna Beattie's 'Tulips' with 73 points to that of ' Primroses', captained by Helga Foster, who emerged with 64 points. Daffodils -Glenda Watson- were third with 16 points while the shrinking violets of the competition, Sheena Hughes' ' Carnations' finally achieved a grand total of 8 points.
Tulips: Lorna Beattie, Judith Kennedy, Wendy Maxwell, Sarah- Jane Graham, Rita Hannigan, Maura Diamond. Sub: Zandra Walker.



Mixed League Update
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With the Mens and Ladies Leagues now concluded it remains for the outstanding matches in the three Divisions of the Mixed League to be wound up. Three matches in this competition were played on Tuesday 6th March, in Omagh Leisure Complex, one in Division 2 and two in Division 3. Fintona and First Omagh met in Division 1 in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona.
Division 3:
A 6-2 win by Dromore over 1st Castlederg left them with 15 points from 4 matches. On the same evening league leaders, Pomeroy, defeated Edenderry 7-1 and now have 28 points from 5 matches. Dromore have two matches outstanding. They meet 1st Castlederg on 13th March and Pomeroy on 20th March. Pomeroy, however are unlikely to be caught.
Division 2:
Centre achieved a 5-3 win over Fintona, leaving them with 21 points from 5 matches. Fintona and Ardstraw have completed their schedules -6- and have 21 and 15 points respectively. However Artigarvan are 10 points ahead of Centre -31- and when the two meet on 13th March no amount of effort from Centre will knock this team off the podium.
Division 1:
The contest between Fintona and First Omagh resulted in a 4-4 draw, leaving both teams each with one match to play. Rossville have two matches outstanding, both having been rescheduled due to bereavements. They meet First Omagh on Friday 16th March and Fintona on Tuesday 20th March. Current scores are, First Omagh 14 points (3) , Fintona 11 points (3), Rossville 7 points (2). All is still to play for.



Tyrone Junior Championships
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On Saturday 18th February 2012, the Ecclesville Centre Fintona was the setting for the Tyrone Junior Championships. Competition was provided for boys and girls in Under 13 and Under 16 age groups. There was an excellent turn out from local clubs Dromore, Mountjoy, Omagh Boys and Girls Club, Western Squad, Artigarvan, Derg Valley, Clabby and newcomers from Three Rivers Club, Killygordan provided stiff competition in both age groups. The Under 13 Girls singles attracted 12 entries, the Under 13 Boys 9, Under 16 Girls 10 and Under 16 Boys 13 entries. All matches were played as round robin with finals where appropriate.
Local Western Squad players Stuart and Erin Ballantine, Gemma Armstrong and Claire Watson played with distinction as did Derg Valleys Jack Lowry.
Results:
Under 13 Girls Singles: Winner; Chloe Graham. Runner Up; Victoria Graham.
Under 13 Boys Doubles: Winner; Kristin Warke. Runner Up; Aaron Wiley.
Under 13 Girls Doubles: Winners; Chloe Graham/ Pamela Dunne. Runners Up; Megan Lucas / Megan Gallen.
Under 13 Boys Doubles: Winners; Kristin Warke/ Aaron Knox. Runners Up; Aaron Wiley/ Andrew Wilson.
Under 16 Girls Singles: Winner; Claire Watson. Runner Up; Erin Ballantine.
Under 16 Boys Singles: Winner; Stuart Ballantine. Runner Up; Jack Lowry.
Under 16 Girls Doubles: Winners; Claire Watson / Gemma Armstrong. Runners Up; Erin Ballantine/ Rebecca Deazley.
Under 16 Boys Doubles: Winners; Stuart Ballantine/ Timothy Deazley. Runners Up; Jack Lowry/ Kristin Warke.
Thanks are due to tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard, who after five nights at the tournament table undertook a full working day at the Junior Tournament. The assistance of committee members and scorers Noel Jackson, Brian McGrath, Arnold Gibson, Arnold Jackson, Albert Warke, Edmund Wiley and new recruit Mr Knox from Donegal was much appreciated and crucial to the smooth running of the event.
On Tuesday 28th February the final matches of the Mens and Ladies are on court. Head to head for Tulips and Primroses who play each other and each have 21 points. Daffodils play Carnations. In the Mens League Ravens and Falcons meet. Ravens have 18 points from 5 games and Falcons 16 from the same number of games. Eagles and Ospreys have played all 6 of their matches. Eagles have 18 points and Ospreys 13. All in Omagh Leisure Complex.



Tyrone Open Championships
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The Clogher Valley League Committee orchestrated a successful tournament in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona in the week of February 13th to 17th 2012.
Entries were satisfactory and the support of visitors from Donegal, Cavan and Fermanagh swelled numbers and raised the bar in providing competition for the local players. On the downside the A, B and A/B Ladies was of necessity played as a round robin due to a sparsity of entries.
Hopes were raised for the future of badminton by the number of young, talented players taking part. Hannah Wylie, Christopher Kemps, Matthew Warke, Stuart and Erin Ballantine, Aaron McAuley and Adam and Jack Lowry all played with distinction. Adam played on four out of the five tournament nights.
Thanks are due to the main co-ordinator, Jennifer Leonard, who along with Lorna Beattie, Barbara Trimble and Leonard Knox took the strain at the table and to other committee members who worked behind the scenes. This season the League is appreciative of sponsorship form Lowry Brothers Castlederg.
Results:
C Ladies: Semi Final: M Diamond/ E Ballantine beat J Ramsey/ J Rainey 22/24 21/16 22/20. H Wylie/ S Callaghan beat K McFadden/ M Sweeney 21/12 21/9. Final: Wylie/ Callaghan 21/6 21/8.
C Men: Semi Final: T Steele/ A Donaghey beat J Love/ S Nair 21/18 21/17. A McAuley/ N Patterson beat S Tisdale /I McGonigle 21/15 21/11. Final: McAuley / Patterson 21/11 15/21 21/17.
C Mixed: Semi Final: S Callaghan/ A Donaghy beat K McFadden/ J Love 21/16 21/18. O Kee/ A McAuley beat M Sweeney/ S Nair 21/19 21/12. Final: Kee/ McAuley 23/21 13/21 21/19.
B Ladies: Round Robin: Winner- H Wylie/ J Prue 60 points. Runner -Up J Kennedy/ R McCauley 48 points.
B Men: Semi Final: A Lowry/ E Robb beat D Hutchison/ M Hutchison 22/20 21/15. M Warke/ S Lowry beat A Beattie/ A McKinley 21/18 22/20. Final: Warke/ Lowry 24/22 24/22.
B Mixed: Semi Final: A Beattie/ M McFarland beat A Lowry/ J Kennedy 21/15 21/16. C Kemps/ H Wylie beat M Warke/ M Colhoun 212/17 2/17. Final: Kemps/ Wylie 21/11 21/10.
A Ladies: Round Robin: Winner J Leonard/ S Beckett 60 points. Runner-Up: L Beattie/ B Trimble 56 points.
A Men: Semi Final: N Jackson/ P Alcorn beat E Henderson/ S Peoples 21/12 21/17. A Lowry/ J Magee beat A Beattie/ N Booth 21/19 16/21 21/14. Final: Jackson/ Alcorn 18/21 21/14 21/19.
A Mixed: Semi Final: S Beckett/ P Alcorn beat S Hughes/ R Domer 21/19 21/23 21/19. D McCullough/ N Jackson beat J Leonard/ N Booth 21/12 12/21 21/12. Final: McCullough/ Jackson 21/15 21/10.
A/B Ladies: Round Robin: Winner G Rickey/ A-M Connolly 90 points. Runner-Up J Kennedy/ S Hughes 88 points.
A/B Men: M Warke/ S Peoples beat E Robb/ C Kemps 21/16 12/21 21/16. P Hutchison/ G North beat D Kenny/ A Lowry 21/15 21/18. Final: Warke / Peoples 21/18 21/14.
A/B Mixed: Semi Final: C Sheridan/ A-M Connolly beat N Jackson/ J Kennedy 21/16 20/22 25/23. A Lowry / L Beattie beat N Booth/ S-J Graham 21/18 18/21 21/19. Final: Sheridan /Connolly 21/12 19/21 21/15.
B/C Ladies: Semi Final: W Mason/ K Catterson beat T Donaghy/ M Diamond 21/10 21/10. H Wylie/ S Callaghan beat L Stewart/ K Harley 21/6 21/2. Final: Wylie/ Callaghan 21/7 21/15.
B/C Men: Semi Final: R Love/ R McClintock beat J Marshall/ B McGrath 21/16 21/9. D Johnston/ D Hutchison beat J Love/ G love 21/19 22/20. Final: Johnston/ Hutchison 21/17 6/21 21/14.
B/C Mixed: Semi Final: H Wylie/ C Kemps beat A Lowry/ J Rankin 21/10 21/8. R Love /K Catterson beat G Love / K Harley 21/17 21/18. Final: Wylie/ Kemps 21/13 21/15.

Tuesday 21st February sees the Mens and Ladies show back on the road. Eagles play Falcons and Ospreys play Ravens. Tulips are home to Daffodils in the Ladies League. Venue is Omagh Leisure Complex.



Sad loss of dedicated Committee member
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No league matches are scheduled for the week beginning 13th February 2012 as players will be converging on the Ecclesville Centre Fintona to compete in the Tyrone Open Championships. Up to date results are on our website www.cvbadminton.com As a mark of respect all matches scheduled for the previous Tuesday - 7th February- were postponed due to the sad and untimely death of badminton stalwart, John O'Hagan.

Tribute to John O'Hagan

A sense of unreality and disbelief has gripped the Clogher Valley Committee, players and the wider badminton community with the passing of John O' Hagan after a brief illness.
For many years, as a player, coach and administrator he was a leading light in the Community Centre Badminton club now The Centre. Through his coaching and interpersonal skills he promoted the sport to the younger generation in Omagh Boys and Girls Club and to numerous school groups, giving many first class players their initial taste of badminton.
A long term member of the Clogher Valley Committee, he readily undertook many roles - arranging matches, tournaments, venues and most recently, as convenor of the recently formed Under 16 League ran the competition virtually as a 'one man band'
Capable and willing to employ his skills in sporting and social aspects of badminton he will be sadly missed by participants in the sport, but most of all by his loving family.



Tyrone Open Championships on the Horizon
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The Ecclesville Centre Fintona is once again the setting for the Tyrone Open Championships, the show piece tournament of the season, run by the League committee.
This year there is a change in the scheduling of some events. As previously, play kicks off on Monday 13th February with the 'C' Mens, Ladies and Mixed. On Tuesday it is likewise for the 'B' players while on Wednesday, in a change to the usual routine, the 'A' players take to the floor. On Thursday it is the turn of the the A/B section , while on Friday the B/C players compete.
Play starts promptly at 8pm each evening. Finals will be played on the night of the event.
On Saturday 18th February Junior players compete in doubles events. Age groups are Under -13 and Under -16. On this occasion the starting time is 1pm.
This season the League is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Brothers Castlederg.
Entries are now being taken and may be telephoned directly to the tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard 07979805979.



Bereavement
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It is with deepest regret that the League records the death of our esteemed Committee Member, John O'Hagan. John has been a stalwart of the League and badminton in the Omagh area for over 30 years, and will be sadly missed.

Our sincere sympathy is extended to his wife and family at this difficult time.



Mixed League
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Three mixed matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 24th January 2012.

Division 2:
Artigarvan 7 Ardstraw 1
Artigarvan have once more have forged ahead, this win bringing their points total to 31 out of 5 matches and making them impossible to be caught. Ardstraw's only win was at 1st Ladies when Glenda Watson / Hazel Keys took victory from Jennifer Prue/ Michelle King 21/16 21/12.
Division 3:
1st Castlederg 4 Pomeroy 4
First Castlederg doubled their points total with this win and Pomeroy have never before had their wings clipped to this extent. The 'Derg' team welcomed the return from injury of their first man, Ian Lowry and although he and son Adam were unsuccessful at 1st Doubles both were instrumental in wins at 1st and 2nd Mixed. Other wins were at 1st and 2nd Ladies the Dawn Sproule/ Janice Rankin and Olive Young/ Mildred Rutledge partnerships doing the business.
Dromore 3 Edenderry 5
Playing for Dromore, Stuart Ballantine made his debut in senior league badminton and together with partner Arnold Gibson were on the winning side, taking 2nd Mens Doubles from Leonard Knox/ Brian McGrath 9/21 21/19 21/12. Dromore's other wins were at 1st Mens Doubles and when Jason Marshall/ Linda Stewart stole 2nd Mixed doubles from Davy Quinn / Joan Armstrong in a close three set rubber 21/19 20/22 21/19.
On 31st January 2012 the Mens and Ladies teams are back in action. Ospreys play Eagles, Carnations play Tulips and Daffodils are home to Primroses.



League Update
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Division 1:
The three teams have each now played 2 matches and the competition is at the half-way stage. First Omagh currently maintain the lead with 10 points while Fintona and Rossville have 7 points each.
Division 2:
Four matches have been played by all the teams and the competition is 2/3 of the way to completion. Artigarvan are favourites for honours and are steaming ahead with 24 points. Centre come next with 16 points while Fintona and Artigarvan each have 12 points.
Division 3:
Edenderry have 4 matches under their belt and have chalked up 21 points. Pomeroy have 17 points, but also have one match in hand, having played on only three occasions. Dromore have 6 points from 2 matches and First Castlederg 4 points from 3 matches.
Mens League:
Eagles Patrick Garrity's team have 13 points from 4 matches, while Derrick Jobb's Ravens have 12 points from 3 matches. Ospreys have 11 points from 4 matches and Falcons 6 points from 3 matches.
Ladies League: Four out of the six matches have been played by all teams. Tulips, captained by Lorna Beattie, are ahead by a whisker with 16 points. Helga Foster's team, 'Primroses', are close behind with 15. Glenda Watson's Daffodils have a respectable 12 and Sheena Hughes' wilting Carnations bring up the rear with 5 points.
It is back to Mixed competition for 24th January 2012. In Division 2 Artigarvan are home to Ardstraw, while in Division 3 Dromore play Edenderry and First Castlederg are home to Pomeroy. All in Omagh Leisure Complex.
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Ladies and Men
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Play continued in the Mens and Ladies competitions on Tuesday 3rd January 2012.
Ladies League:
Teams are now at the half way point. Tulips-Lorna Beattie- with 14 points still maintain a lead but of only two points over Primroses Helga Foster- who have 12 points. Carnations Sheena Hughes- still maintain pole position for the wooden spoon one point per match- and Glenda Watsons Daffodils are half-way there with 7 points
Daffodils 1 Tulips 5
A surprisingly low score for Daffodils, their only win at 2nd Ladies with Mechaela Mc Farland/ Michelle King overcoming Wendy Maxwell/ Sarah- Jane Graham 21/17 21/11. All other rubbers went to Tulips in straight sets.
Carnations 1 Primroses 5
Carnations won their compulsory single point at 1st Ladies with Sheena Hughes/ Gail Graham having a good win over Helga Foster/ Jennifer Prue 21/14 21/15. 2nd Reverse was a long three set battle between G Graham / J Baxter (Carnations) and J Prue / L Stewart (Primroses), with the Primrose pairing eventually coming out on top 19/21 21/19 21/14. The rubber of 3rd Reverse remained an unknown quantity, going to Primroses by default when Ollie Glenn was forced to withdraw with an injury.
Mens League:
Ospreys 2 Ravens 4
This 4-2 win by Ravens leaves them still in the lead, at the half-way stage, but only by one point. Patrick Garritys Eagles are close on their tails with 11 points. Falcons have 6 points and Ospreys 5.
Ravens were missing their captain, Derrick Jobb, but he was ably replaced by Noel Jackson, who with partner Jonathan Lervy took 1st Men 21/15 21/16 from Roly Domer/ Daniel Armstrong. Wins for Ospreys were at 1st Reverse, by Roly Domer/ Gareth Booth and at 3rd Reverse when Alex Beattie/ B Shephard had a close 21/12 23/21 win over Alan McKinley and Jack Lowry
On 10th January 2012 the Mixed Divisions are back in action. In the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona are home to Rossville in Division 1. In Omagh Leisure Complex, Artigarvan are home to Fintona and Centre to Ardstraw in Division 2. Dromore and Pomeroy are contenders in Division 3.



Mixed League Continues
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Only four teams bravely made their escape from Christmas preparations on Tuesday 20th December 2011. Both matches in Division 3 were postponed.

Division 1:
Fintona 2 First Omagh 6
The three competing teams have each played two matches and are at the halfway point. First Omagh are now in the lead with 10 points while Fintona and Rossville have 7 points each. On Tuesday 20th each team was lacking one regular player, Colin Sheridan for Fintona and Shane Rolston for First Omagh. Despite this a closely fought match ensued with Austin Dunne sub for Fintona and the evergreen David Kenny winning at both 2nd Men and 4th Mixed for First Omagh. Wins for Fintona were at 2nd Ladies - Lorna Beattie/ Susanne McCammick overcoming Jennifer Leonard/ Barbara Trimble 21/48 21/19- and at 3rd Mixed when Derrick Jobb/ Leanne Sufferin did the business 21/17 21/17 over Roly Domer/ Barbara Trimble.
Division 2:
Artigarvan 5 Centre 3
Centre have previously drawn their matches but losing 5-3 to a strong Artigarvan team could be considered an excellent result. Sheena Hughes/ Judith Kennedy took 1st Ladies for Centre and Judith , partnered by Jonathan Lervey also took 2nd Mixed - 14/21 21/14 24/22- over Ed Robb/ Jennifer Prue. Aaron Beard/ Rita Hannigan won 3rd Mixed for Centre. 2nd Ladies and 1st Mixed each went to three close sets, Artigarvan ending up with the points.

The strains of Auld Lang Syne will scarcely have died away when the Men and Ladies fulfil their next fixture on Tuesday 3rd January 2012. Ravens meet Ospreys, Primroses meet Carnations and Daffodils are home to Tulips.

Under 16 Squad practice resumes in Omagh Leisure Complex on Monday 9th January 2012 at 8pm.



Mixed Divisions continue battle
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There was action in all three Mixed Divisions on Tuesday 6th December 2011

Division 1:
Rossville 4 First Omagh 4
In the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona, Fiirst Omagh played their initial match of the season and came away with a satisfactory 4-4 draw against Derry visitors, Rossville. Teams in this Division would appear to be evenly matched with scores so far in the 4-4/ 5-3 region. Second rounds will prove interesting.

Division 2:
Fintona 1 Artigarvan 7
A surprise defeat for Fintona - although five of the lost rubbers went to three sets and could easily have gone either way. Fintona's only win was at 2nd Mixed Alex Beattie/
Mechaela McFarland overcoming Ed Robb/ Jennifer Prue 21/15 14/21 24/22.
Ardstraw 4 Centre 4
Rubbers in this match were evenly divided. Centre won 1st and 2nd Mens, Ardstraw 1st and 2nd Ladies. Centre took 1st and 4th Mixed and Ardstraw 2nd and 3rd. Patrick Garrity/ Jonathan Lervey won 1st men for Centre 21/16 17/21 21/13 over Mark Williamson/ Adrain Liggett. After a matathon battle Rita Hannigan/ Olive Kee lost -19/21 21/17 21/17- to Hazel Keys / Wendy Maxwell. Colin Stevenson/ Hazel Keys won 3rd Mixed in three sets for Ardstraw and Philip Conaty/ Rita Hannigan took 4th mixed for Centre, also in three.

Division 3:
Edenderry 6 First Castlederg 2
Edenderry continue to forge ahead in this Division , although Castlederg brothers Adam and Jack Lowry stopped Edenderry's 1st men in their tracks with a 21/18 21/19 win over L Moody/ D Quinn. Adam Lowry, with partner D Sproule once again came to the fore in 1st Mixed with a 17/21 21/19 21/15 win over L Moody / A Dempsey. Other rubbers went to Edenderry in straight sets.

On 13th December 2011 Mens and Ladies once again take to the floor. Falcons meet Eagles. Primroses are home to Tulips and Daffodils home to Carnations. Keep up to date by visiting our website www.cvbadminton.com



Further rounds of Mens and Ladies
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Play continued in the Ladies and Mens competitions on 29th November 2011

Ladies League:
Primroses 5 Daffodils 1
All of the Ladies teams have now had one outing. On this occasion Helga Foster's Primroses had a good victory over Daffodils, captained by Glenda Watson. The two dominant teams are now Primroses and Tulips each with 5 points - while Carnations and Daffodils trail behind with only one point each. Daffodils win was at 1st doubles, Glenda Watson/ Mechaela McFarland beating Helga Foster / Jennifer Prue 21/15 21/18.
Mens League:
The Mens teams have now each played two matches. Ravens have been 4-2 winners on both excursions, leaving them in the lead with 8 points, Eagles with 6 and Falcons and Ospreys each with 5.
Eagles 2 Ravens 4
Despite the score it wasn't an easy win for Ravens, losing 1st Doubles D Jobb/ J Lervey to P Garrity/ J Marshall 28/26 21/16 and also 1st Reverse Doubles. 2nd and 3rd doubles were 'skin of the teeth' victories in three sets. J Lervey /M Rainey took 2nd Reverse doubles and brothers Adam and Jack Lowry were also winners for Falcons at 3rd Reverse Doubles.
Ospreys 3 Falcons 3
Roly Domer Ospreys - and Nigel Booth - Falcons headed teams whose tightly fought rubbers led to a satisfactory 3-3 draw. Nigel, with partner Aaron Beard, took 1st Doubles and also 1st Reverse Doubles, on this occasion partnered by Davy Quinn. The Aaron Beard / Brian Beattie partnership was the other winner for Falcons. Ospreys' wins were through A Beattie/ G Booth at 2nd Doubles, A Kemps/ B Shepherd at 3rd Doubles and A Beattie/ B Shepherd at 3rd Reverse Doubles.

On Tuesday 6th December 2011, in Division 1, Rossville are at home to First Omagh in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona. In Omagh Leisure Complex Ardstraw play Centre and Fintona play Artigarvan in Division 2 while Edenderry are at home to 1st Castlederg in Division 3.



Mens and Ladies Commence
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Initial matches in the Mens and Ladies Leagues were played on 22nd November 2011

Ladies League:
Carnations 1 Tulips 5
If scores follow this pattern, Carnations, captained by Sheena Hughes, will be prime contenders for the wooden spoon, as only one little carnation sprouted in the flowerbed. The other 5 points went to Tulips, captained by Lorna Beattie. Two of Tulip's rubbers were won in three sets - J Kennedy/ R Hannigan beating G Graham / J Baxter 18/21 21/ 13 21//13 and W Maxwell/ M Diamond winning over O Glenn/ T Donaghy 21/19 15/21 24/22. Carnations only game was won by the J Baxter/ T Donaghy partnership.
Mens League:
Ospreys 2 Eagles 4
Eagles, captained by Patrick Garrity, obtained this first match victory over Ospreys, captained by Roly Domer. All rubbers were closely fought and new faces B Shephard, G Ramsey, S Domer -playing for Ospreys and M Ramsey, S Gilkinson, G Deazley Eagles- gave an excellent display of skills.
Falcons 2 Ravens 4
Ravens, led by Derrick Jobb and also fielding a number of young players, had a good win over Nigel Booth's more mature Falcons. Adam Lowry, Matthew Rainey and Jack Lowry, all young team members, played for Ravens while David Hunter represented Falcons.

On Tuesday 29th November 2011Mens and Ladies once again take to the floor. In the Ladies Primroses play Daffodils with Ravens v Eagles and Falcons v Ospreys in the Mens. All in Omagh Leisure Complex.



Action in Mixed Divisions
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There was action in all three Mixed Divisions of the Clogher Valley League on Tuesday 15th November.
Division 1:
Rossville 3 Fintona 5
This, the first match of the season , took place in the Ecclesville Centre. Fintona started off well with wins in both rubbers of the Mens level doubles. Rossville then retaliated by winning the two Ladies doubles, although second ladies was a close call with L McKinney /G McClintock narrowly overcoming L Beattie/ S Graham 22/20 24/22. Fintona proceeded to triumph in 1st and 3rd mixed rubbers, then Rossville took 4th Mixed. 2nd Mixed went to Fintona by default due to a Rossville injury.
Division 2:
Fintona 4 Centre 4
A young and much improved Fintona team gave Centre a good run for their money. Sheena Hughes/ Judith Kennedy took 1st Ladies for Centre and Aaron Beard/ Philip Conaty did likewise at 2nd Men. Fintona pairings Lyndsay Booth/ Tina Donaghy and Alan McKinley/ Alex Beattie took the other level doubles. Centre won 1st and 3rd Mixed and Fintona 2nd and 4th.
Division 3:
Pomeroy 5 Dromore 3
An excellent win for Pomeroy over a steady Dromore team. After their 6-2 win over 1st Castlederg last week this would leave them strong contenders for honours, alongside Edenderry.
First Castlederg 0 Edenderry 8
Edenderry progressed in fine style with this win, but it wasn't entirely easy going. Three of the rubbers went to three close sets. 1st men went to Edenderry pair L Moody/ D Quinn over A Lowry/ E Johnston 18/21 21/19 21/13. 2nd Mixed was also a close call and 4th Mixed went to L Knox/ V Rolston over J Lowry/ M Rutledge 12/21 21/10 21/8.
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Tuesday 22nd November 2011 sees the first matches in the Mens and Ladies Leagues. Tulips meet Carnations in the Ladies and the tussle in the Mens is between Falcons and Ravens while Eagles oppose Ospreys. All played in Omagh Leisure Complex.



LEAGUE COMPETITION KICKS OFF
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In the last few weeks players have been gearing up to embrace the incoming season. League entries have now been finalised and in fact first matches were played on 8th November 2011.
This season three Mixed Divisions will run.
Division 1 Fintona, First Omagh, Rossville.
Division 2 - Ardstraw, Artigarvan, Centre, Fintona.
Division 3 - Edenderry, Dromore, 1st Castlederg, Pomeroy.
Matches for Division 1 are to be played in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona, while Divisions 2 and 3 play in Omagh Leisure Complex.
Four teams, each of six players, are also ready to commence competition in the Mens and Ladies Leagues. The Venue for these two events is Omagh Leisure Complex.
On Tuesday 8th November 2011 one match was played in Division 2 and two matches in Division 3.
Division 2:
Ardstraw 2 Artigarvan 6
Artigarvan got off to a good start by winning 1st and 2nd Mens, but Ardstraw Ladies bit back to win both their rubbers. 1st Mixed then went to Artigarvan players Matthew Henderson / Michele King in straight sets. 2Nd , 3rd an 4th Mixed were all three set battles but all three eventually went to Artigarvan.
Division 3:
Pomeroy 6 First Castlederg 2
Winners for 1st Castlederg were 1st Ladies and 4th Mixed O Sproule/ J Rankin had a narrow 21/16 21/13 win over J Ramsey/ J Rainey and Jack Lowry/ Mildred Rutledge likewise overcame G Rainey/ Dana Suitor 14/21 21/14 23/21. Previous and current Under 16 Clogher Valley Squad players, Adam and Jack Lowry and Dana Suitor made their league debut on this occasion the Lowry brothers for 1st Castlederg and Dana for Pomeroy. All three gave worthy performances.
Edenderry 5 Dromore 3
After a year in the wilderness, Edenderry have come back fighting fit. Dromore were allowed to win three rubbers - 1st men and 1st and 2nd Mixed. The only three set rubber was at 3rd Mixed when D Hewitt/ L Dickson (Edenderry) overcame Andrew Gibson/ Lauren Vance 21/14 16/21 21/15.

On 15th November 2011 in Division 1 Rossville are at home to Fintona in the Ecclesville Centre. In Omagh Leisure Complex Fintona's Division 2 team meet the Centre and in Division 3 Pomeroy meet Dromore while 1st Castlederg are home to Edenderry.



Come And Try It Night For Under 16s
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Following the success of last season's coaching sessions the Clogher Valley Committee hope to re-commence Squad practice on Monday 3rd October 2011. The venue is the Minor Hall in Omagh Leisure Complex and sessions are from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. To encourage new blood to experience the sport, the first night will be a 'try it' session for all comers. The appropriate age group is from P7 to the watershed of Under 16 on 31st December. For further information telephone Olive Kee on 028 82 242171 or just turn up on the first evening.
Badminton is an excellent sport to keep fit and a great way to meet new people. Wherever you go in life there is always a badminton club and the only equipment needed is a racquet and a pair of trainers. An asset in our fickle climate is that it is played indoors!
So come along, give it a try! Racquets and shuttles will be supplied. Wear appropriate footwear. Qualified coaches from UBBUI will be in charge.



End of Season
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Clogher Valley signed off for the season with a good representative attendance at the annual prize giving dinner - on this occasion held in Omagh Golf Club - where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all.
Derrick Jobb, the League Chairman, extended a welcome to all present. He was especially delighted to see so many new faces as young enthusiasts are the life blood of the sport. All committee members were thanked for their work during the season, for without them the League could not function. He emphasised that the work of all was important, not just those in the public eye. Of special mention was Jennifer Leonard ,who had organised the Tyrone Open Championships and the Knock Out event. John O' Hagan - convenor of the Under 16 League -was also spoken of appreciatively. With Under 16 Squad coaching up and running, the work of Brian McGrath and Philip Conaty was a significant contribution, as was that of League Secretary, Ruth Young, Treasurer, Lorna Beattie and PRO, Olive Kee.
Derrick expressed his sadness at the death of former League chairman, Aubrey Smyth, who had made a noteworthy contribution to the sport at both club and league level. He extended condolences to Aubrey's family circle.
This season the League facilitated competition for 13 mixed teams, 4 mens teams, 4 ladies teams and 7 Under - 16 teams. Despite inclement weather in December and January results were not as 'last minute' as in the previous season.
In Division 1 Fintona took the honours for the fifth year in as row. Centre were well deserved winners of Division 2 and the Division 3 title went to Pomeroy.
The Knock Out competition saw Fintona once again on the podium in the 'A' section. Centre made it three in a row in the 'B' and Fintona , like bad pennies, turned up again as winners of the 'C'.
Success in the Mens League went to Patrick Garrity's 'Ravens' and Una O' Hagan's ' Marigolds' claimed honours in the Ladies League.
In the Under 16 League, Artigarvan were winners of Division 1 with Western Squad runners-up. Mountjoy took the Division 2 title with Omagh Boys and Girls Club in second place.
Brian McGrath, central to juvenile coaching for many years, was the well deserved recipient of the Service to Sport award. Player of the Year, an award for achievement combined with on- court attitude, went to Roly Domer in the Senior category and Adam Lowry in the Junior.
Trophies were presented by Ian Lowry, representing Lowry Brothers Ltd, sponsors of the Tyrone Open Championships.
The evening concluded with a fund raising draw, organised by Barbara Trimble and Jennifer Leonard, and this was followed by interpretive dancing.



League Update
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With the competitive season winding down, nearly all loose ends have been tied up. Despite the inclement weather in December and January matches were not so seriously effected as in the previous season. The only outstanding fixture is in Division 1 and Centre and Fintona hope to remedy this on Monday 11th - although this will not impinge on the result.
Division 1 :
At the time of writing Fintona have 29 points from 5 games, Rossville 26 points from 6 games, First Omagh 23 from 6 and Centre 10 from 5.
Division 2 :
Centre could be describes as being runaway winners of this division. Good scores in the early stages gave them a considerable advantage. Centre 49, Fintona 39, Artigarvan 36, Dromore 21, Edenderry 15.
Division 3:
Pomeroy are victorious with 34 points, followed by Centre with 30, Derg Valley 22 and Dromore 9.
Mens League:
Winners are Partick Garrity's 'Ravens' with 12 points, Condors and Eagles both have 10 and Hawks 4.
Ladies League:
'Marigolds' , captained by Una O'Hagan, are victorious in this competition, with a scoreline of 13 points. Foxgloves have 11, Poppies 7 and Roses 5.
Knockout Competition:
An event organised by Jennifer Leonard, with finals held in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on Friday 1st April.
In the 'C' event opponents were Pomeroy and Fintona, with Fintona taking the honours 6-1.
Centre and Artigarvan were contenders in the 'B'. After a photo finish Centre emerged triumphant 4-3.
Old rivals, Fintona and First Omagh met in the 'A' event. Last season it was First Omagh's name on the trophy but this season it was a 5-2 victory for Fintona.
Under 16 League:
John O'Hagan was the co- ordinator of this event,which was played in the Station Centre on a series of Saturday afternoons in the early spring. Competition was in two Divisions.
Division 1: Winner; Artigarvan. Runner Up; Omagh Squad
Division 2: Winner; Mountjoy. Runner Up; Omagh Boys and Girls Club.

Trophies for all League events will be presented at the annual prize giving dinner. The venue is Omagh Golf Club and the date is Friday 15th April. Numbers to the League Secretary please.



Knock Out Competition
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Jennifer Leonard, Clogher Valley's Knockout secretary, ensured that all was in place for the finals of this event, held on Friday 1st April at the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown.
The fixture was contested at 'A', 'B' and 'C' levels and games in all these ran in parallel. Ladies singles were first on court, followed by Mens singles, Ladies doubles, Mens doubles with 3rd, 2nd and 1st Mixed providing the finishing point.
In the 'C' section , in a re-run of last seasons final, Fintona took to the floor against Pomeroy - 2010 winners by 5 games to 2. Fintona got off to a flying start by winning both singles. Pomeroy retaliated with C Allen/ J Ramsey winning the ladies doubles. Mens doubles went to Fintona with G Booth / A Beattie overcoming M Ramsey/ B Ramsey 21/12 19/21 21/15 in a close three set struggle. Then all three Mixed went to Fintona , leaving them with a 6/1 victory.
Artigarvan and Centre were opponents in the 'B' event. Judith Kennedy took the Ladies singles for Centre and Matthew Henderson the Mens for Artigarvan. Centre then won the Ladies and Mens doubles rubbers and went into the Mixed doubles with a 3-1 advantage. With all Mixed games on court simultaneously, Centre lost 1st and 2nd Mixed but after a breathtaking finish Aaron Beard/ Amanda McIlwaine took the final game for Centre -12/21 21/17 21/14- leaving Centre with a narrow 4/3 triumph.
Another re-run of last season's final in the 'A' event saw First Omagh and Fintona once again the contenders. Last season First Omagh came out on top with a 4/3 scoreline, so Fintona were looking to turn the tables. Susanne McCammick and Colin Waterson took the Singles for Fintona and their team also claimed victory in both Doubles rubbers. Despite having winning points all three Mixed were played out First Omagh winning 1st and 2nd with compliments from N Jackson/ D McCullough and P Alcorn/ S Beckett. Result was a 5-2 win for Fintona.
Trophies for this and other League events will be presented at the annual prize giving dinner. This season the venue is Omagh Golf Club and the date is Friday 15th April 2011. Numbers to the League Secretary please a.s.a.p.



Mens League
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Ravens 4 v Eagles 2: Hawks 1 v Condors 5:
Tuesday 22nd March brought this event to a conclusion. As the two top teams, Derrick Jobb's 'Eagles' and 'Ravens', captained by Patrick Garrity, went into this final match, each with 8 points, a battle royal immediately commenced. Ravens started off by taking 1st and 2nd Doubles but Eagles retaliated with 3rd. In the 1st reverse Doubles Patrick Garrity/ Alex Beattie had a had a three set win over Derrick Jobb/ Jason Marshall (22/20 10/21 21/18). Nigel Booth/ Brian Beattie then took 2nd reverse for Ravens. The match of the evening was at 3rd reverse. In this rubber Ed O' Reilly/ Davy Quinn ( Eagles) scraped a narrow victory over up and coming juvenile players Christopher Kemps/ Jack Lowry- 21/18 21/17- but it was too late, Ravens had scored an overall 4-2 victory. Well done to Patrick and his team.
Ravens 12: Eagles 10: Condors 10: Hawks 4:
Ravens Panel: Patrick Garrity, Nigel Booth, Stewart Beattie, Ian Lowry, Christopher Kemps, Alex Beattie, Brian Beattie, Edwin Robb, Jack Lowry.
Knockout Competition:
This competition, too, is nearly wound up.
In the 'C' Section Fintona, after beating Edenderry 5-3, are one of the finalists. In the other half of the draw, Pomeroy had a 5-2 win over Centre and now meet Dromore in a contest for the opposing position..
Finalists in the 'B' are Centre and Artigarvan.
The 'A' finalists are Fintona and First Omagh
Finals of all section are scheduled to be played in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on Friday 1st April at 8pm.
On 29th March, Fintona meet Centre in Division 1. In Division 2 Artigarvan are home to Centre and Edenderry to Fintona. Pomeroy and Dromore meet in Division 3.



UNDER 16 COMPETITION
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Now a regular feature of the Clogher Valley season , the Under 16 Juvenile League was played on four Saturday afternoons in the Station Centre Omagh.
Teams consisted of two girls and four boys with a match format of one girls singles, one girls doubles, two boys singles and two boys doubles six rubbers in all.
This season competition was in two divisions. In Division 1 the rivals were Artigarvan, Pomeroy and Omagh Squad while in Division 2 the contenders were Dromore, Clabby, Mountjoy and Omagh Boys and Girls Club. Division 1 matches were played on 29th January and 12th February and Division 2 on 15th and 26th February.
A strong Atrigarvan team was the outright winner of Division 1 with a total of 21points to Omagh Squad with 9 points and Pomeroy with 6 points. Results were closer in Division 2 where the winners, Mountjoy with 12 points, scored a narrow victory over OBGC with 11, Dromore 9 and Clabby 4.
Congratulations to the winners and well played to all.
Thanks are due to John O' Hagan who was the main co-ordinator, the club coaches and the parents who provided the taxi service.



Aubrey Smyth (deceased)
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It was with deepest regret that badminton players learned of the death of Aubrey Smyth. For over 30 years a stalwart of the Clogher Valley League, having served as committee member, chairman, president and more recently as honorary member. As Chairman he was an unassuming, cool headed but decisive leader who never lost sight of what was best for the League and the sport in general. He devoted countless hours of his time over the years to the service of the sport he loved by encouraging and supporting large numbers of young players in his local club in Ardstraw.
The Clogher Valley Committee wish to express their sincere sympathy to his sons and daughters and wider family circle and their appreciation of his contribution to our sport.



Match Results
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Only two League matches were played on Tuesday 8th March, the Division 1 contest between Fintona and First Omagh being postponed due to a bereavement.

Division 2:
Dromore 2 Artigarvan 6
Wins for Dromore were at 2nd Ladies and 1st Mixed. At 2nd Ladies L Stewart/ A Smyth overcame R Caldwell/ C Rankin 14/21 25/23 21/12 and in the mixed rubber A Jackson/ P Beckett beat A Finlay/ M King 21/17 21/18. At 2nd Men, Jason Marshall/ Davy Quinn had a close three set encounter with Matthew Warke/ Simon McSparron -14/21 21/19 18/21- but failed to triumph. Artigarvan now have 35 points from 7 matches and their final outing is against Centre on 29th March. Centre have 34 points form 6 matches and meet Edenderry on 15th March.
Division 3:
Derg Valley 3 Centre 5
Centre were very lucky to scrape through with 5 points. Their Ladies took both level doubles rubbers and Derg Valley then reciprocated by taking both Mens doubles. 2nd and 3rd mixed then went to Centre in the capable hands of P Colton/ R Hannigan and L Mc Crumlish/ R Breslin. Surprise of the evening was a three set win by P Mc Causland / O Kee (Centre) over I Lowry/ O Young 17/21 23/21 22/20.
Pomeroy now have 28 points from 5 matches and Centre 25 from the same number of matches. Both are due to play Dromore B- Centre on 15th March and Pomeroy play on 29th March! It could be a photo finish.
Knockout Competition:
This competition organised by Jennifer Leonard, is now underway. In the 'A' Section Fintona, First Omagh and Centre play each other once and the two teams with most points play in the final. Artigarvan and Centre are finalists in the 'B' section. Centre's team in the 'C' section play Pomeroy and the winner plays Dromore for a place in the final, where they meet the winner of the Edenderry/ v Fintona match.
Finals of the event are in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on Friday 1st April.



Results
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League matches are now back on track after a break for the Tyrone Open Championships.
Mens League:
The second round of the Mens League was played on 22nd February. Patrick Garrity's 'Ravens' scored a definitive 5-1 victory over Shane Rolston's 'Hawks'. 'Eagles', captained by Derrick Jobb then beat Colin Sheridan's 'Condors' 4-2, despite Eagles having to concede 1st reverse doubles, through an injury to Philip Conaty. Eagles and Ravens are now neck and neck with 8 points each and in the third round of the competition on 22nd March they meet each other across the net.
Division 2:
Fintona 3 Centre 5
On 1st March Centre once again proved their dominance in this section of the league with a 5-3 win over Fintona. Centre now have 34 points from 6 matches and excepting a large banana skin look to be favourites for honours. All teams have 6 matches under their belts -Artigarvan 29 points, Fintona 25, Dromore 17, Edenderry 15.
Division 3:
Pomeroy 5 Centre 3
Despite fielding a number of mature but experienced subs, Centre valiantly held Pomeroy to a 3-5 victory. Centre took 1st and 2nd Ladies while Pomeroy replied with a victory in both Mens rubbers. Centre's only other win was was at 3rd Mixed with J O'Hagan/ R Breslin beating B Ramsey/ A Rainey 21/13 23/21.
Derg Valley 7 Dromore 1
The score in this contest was in no way indicative of the quality of the play - an ever improving Dromore team gaining in confidence with each match. Dromore took 1st Men M Cunningham/ B McGrath beating I Lowry/ A Kemps 24/22 23/21 while I Lowry/ A Foster ( Derg Valley) had a three set victory over M Cunninghan/ R Deazley 13/21 21/16 21/13 at 1st Mixed.
Pomeroy are leading in this Division with 28 points from 5 matches. Centre are in second place with 21 points from 4 matches.
On 8th March, in Division 1, Fintona are at home to First Omagh in the Ecclesville Centre. In Omagh Leisure Complex Artigarvan meet Centre in Division 2 and Derg Valley are at home to Centre in Division 3.



TYRONE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
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On Saturday 19th February 2011 the Ecclesville Centre Fintona was the setting for the Tyrone Junior Championships. Competition was provided for Under 13 and Under 16 age groups. There was an excellent turn out from local clubs Dromore, Mouintjoy, Omagh Boys and Girls Club, Omagh Squad, Artigarvan, Derg Valley as well as those from farther afield. The Under 16 boys singles event attracted twelve entries and the Under 16 girls singles eleven hopefully an indication of a positive future for the sport.
Results:
Under 13 Girls Singles: Round Robin 3 groups. Semi Final: C Davis beat V Graham 21/9. L Vance beat C Parsons 21/11. Final: L Vance beat C Davis 24/22 21/11.
Under 13 Girls Doubles: Round Robin: Winners; C Davis / L Vance 84 points. Runners Up: C Parsons / J Williamson 78 points.
Under 13 Boys Singles: Round Robin 2 groups. Final; M Magee beat K Magee 21/18 19/21 21/18.
Under 13 Boys Doubles: Round Robin. Winners; M Magee/ K Magee 63 points. Runner Up; J Lowry/ K Warke 56 points.
Under 16 Girls Singles: Round Robin. Winner; R Breslin 84 points. Runner Up; J Sproule 72 points.
Under 16 Girls Doubles: Round Robin. Final; E Ballantine/ J Sproule beat C Parsons/ F Lee 21/11 21/11.
Under 16 Boys Singles: Round Robin - 3 groups. Semi final; G Love beat M Warke 21/11. S McSparron beat R Love 21/13. Final; G Love beat S McSparron 21/17 21/10.
Under 16 Boys Doubles: Round Robin. Winners; R Love/ G love 84 points. Runners Up; M Warke/ S Mc Sparron 79 points.
The League is appreciative of the time and effort given by committee members John O' Hagan, Noel Jackson, Brian McGrath and Arnold Gibson who took the strain on the day and also to conscripts Arnold Jackson, Alex Beattie and Stephen Knox.



UNDER 16 JUVENILE LEAGUE
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Now a regular feature on the Clogher Valley circuit, the Under 16 League gets underway at the end of this month. Time and venue are Saturday afternoons in the Station Centre Omagh. Match format this season consists of one girls singles, one girls doubles, two boys singles and two boys doubles. The competition is in two Divisions.
Division 1 contestants are from Pomeroy, Omagh Squad and Artigarvan and their dates of play are 29th January 2011 and 12th February 2011. Division 2 teams Clabby, Omagh Boys and Girls Club, Dromore and Mountjoy take to the floor on 5th and 26th February.
John O'Hagan is the event co-ordinator.
League Update:
On Tuesday 25th January Centre are at home to Dromore and Artigarvan meet Fintona in Division 2, while in Division 3 Centre are home to Derg Valley.
For a League Table in all Divisions and an events update visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



LEAGUE UPDATE
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Division 1:
Rossville ( Derry) are ahead on points with 21 but from from 5 matches. Fintona have 19 (3), First Omagh 15( 4) and Centre 9 (4).

Division 2:
Centre and Artigarvan each have 29 points but Centre have played 5 matches to Artigarvan's 6. Fintona have 22 points from 5 matches, Dromore have 17 (6) and Edenderry 15 (6).

Division 3:
Pomeroy lead with 23 points from 4 matches, Centre 18 (3) Derg Valley 12 ( 4) and Dromore B 3 (3).
The second round of the Mens League is scheduled for 22nd Feb when Condors meet Eagles and Ravens meet Hawks.
No League matches have been arranged for this week as all roads lead to Fintona for the annual Tyrone Open Championships.



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Apprehensive, but on this occasion avoiding the white stuff, the Clogher Valley Committee orchestrated a successful tournament in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona. Despite the credit crunch entries were more than satisfactory and an excellent standard of play was enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike.
New blood from Belfast, Cavan and Donegal supported the event and provided opposition for local players, who however were still able to take their share of honours. Derg Valley participants Adam Lowry, Christopher Kemps and Edwin Robb showed that they are a force to be reckoned with - now and in the future. Artigarvan and Pomeroy club members were also to the fore and talented junior, Anne Marie Connolly ( Killeshandra), played with distinction on four out of of the five tournament nights. On the down side, the straight 'A' Ladies event had to be shelved due to insufficient entries.
Thanks are due to the main co-ordinator, Jennifer Leonard, who along with Lorna Beattie was on 'table' duty and to the other committee members who worked behind the scenes to keep the show on the road. The League Committee are appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Bros Ltd. Castlederg.
Results:
C Ladies: Semi Final; A-M Connolly/ T Donaghy beat L Patterson/ C Haye 21/12 21/7. L Stewart/ O.Kee beat M Garrity/ R Hannigan 22/20 21/15. Final: Connolly/ Donaghy 21/12 21/13.
C Men: Semi Final: C Kemp/ E Robb beat B Gallagher/ A Mc Fadden 17/21 21/11 21/14. J Hunter/ N Patterson beat J Marshall/ D Quinn 21/17 222/20 Final: Kemp/ Robb 21/14 23/21.
C Mixed: Semi Final: J Ramsey/ M Ramsey beat M Boylan/ A-M Connolly 21/11 23/21. J Marshall/ L Stewart beat S Ramsey/ C Allen 23/21 21/10. Final: Marshall/ Stewart 27/29 21/15 21/10.

B Ladies: Semi Final: A-M Connolly/ S-J Graham beat H Wylie/ R McNulty 21/14 17/21 21/18. D McSorley/ J Kennedy beat A Dempsey/ Z Walker 18/21 21/17 21/15. Final: McSorley/ Kennedy 21/12 22/24 21/15.
B Men: Semi Final: A Lowry/ C Kemps beat M Henderson/ I Henderson 22/20 19/21 21/13. R Baxter/ D Conaty beat A McKinley/ G Booth 21/14 21/19. Final Baxter/ Conaty 21/18 21/18.
B Mixed: Semi Final: M Henderson / S Fulton beat D Conaty/ J Kennedy 21/19 21/15. E O'Reilly/ A-M Connolly beat I Henderson/ S-J Graham 21/11 21/16. Final: Henderson/ Fulton 21/18 21/14.

B/C Ladies: H Wylie/ R McNulty beat M MCFarland / T Donaghy 21/7 21/19. S-J Graham/ A-M Connolly beat R Hannigan/ F Kusmati 21/16 21/19. Final: Graham/ Connolly 21/17 21/15.
B/C Men: M Henderson / E Robb beat J Love/ W Knox 23/21 21/11. A Lowry/ J Shortt beat W Mc Neice/ S Lowry 23/21 21/17. Final: Henderson/ Robb 21/12 21/18.
B/C Mixed: Semi Final: C Kemps / S-J Graham beat R Baxter/ R Hannigan 21/14 17/21 21/16. M Henderson /F Kusneti beat A Lowry/ T Donaghy 18/21 21/17 21/16, Final: Henderson/ Kusneti 21/17 21/19.

A/B Ladies: Semi Final: S McCammick/ S-J Graham beat S Fulton /L Magee 21/14 21/7. J Leonard/ A Dempsey beat L Beattie/ A-M Connolly 21/13 21/12. Final: McCammick/ Graham 21/10 21/15.
A/B Men: Semi Final: D Magee/ K Magee beat C Sheridan/ E O'Reilly 12/21 21/19 21/11. E Henderson/ M Magee beat E Robb/ M Henderson 18/21 21/16 21/17. Final: D Magee/ K Magee 18/21 21/11 21/17.
A/B Mixed: Semi Final: S Whitman/ L Magee beat N Booth / S-J Graham 10/21 21/11 21/18. C Sheridan/ A Dempsey beat M Henderson/ S Fulton 21/18 24/22. Final: Sheridan/Dempsey 21/15 17/21 21/18.
A Men: L Funston/ T Brennan beat C Sheridan/ S Sheridan 21/17 21/17. N Jackson/ R Domer beat S Knox/ N Booth 21/15 21/23 21/16. Final: Jackson/ Domer 21/16 21/18.
A Mixed: N Jackson / D McCullagh beat T Brennan/ J Ferguson 21/11 21/13. N Booth/ S McCammick beat R Domer / S Beckett 21/15 21/12. Final: Jackson/ McCullagh 21/12 21/9.

Tuesday 22nd February sees the second round of the Mens League in Omagh Leisure Complex. Condors meet Eagles and Ravens meet Hawks.



TYRONE OPEN ON THE HORIZON
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The Ecclesville Centre Fintona is is again the setting for the Tyrone Open Championships, the show piece tournament of the season , run by the league committee.
Play kicks off on Monday 14th February with the 'C' Mens, Ladies and Mixed. On Tuesday it is likewise for the 'B' players, while on Wednesday 16th it is the turn of the 'B/C' Mens, 'B/C' Ladies and 'B/C' Mixed. On Thursday the 'A/B' players take to the floor and on Friday it is the turn of the revived 'A' section with events for Mens, Ladies and Mixed.
Play starts promptly at 8pm each evening. Finals will be played on the night of the event.
On Saturday 19th February Junior players compete. Starting time on this occasion is 1pm.
This season the League is appreciative of sponsorship from Lowry Bros.Ltd. Castlederg.
Entries are now being taken and may be telephoned directly to the tournament secretary. Jennifer Leonard on 079 7980 5979. Entries close on Friday 11th February.
For an update on League scores and events visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



Results Update
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Division 1:
Rossville currently lead on points, with 17 from three matches. Centre have also played three matches and have so far accumulated 5 points. Fintona and first Omagh have each only one match under their belts Fintona with 6 points and First Omagh with 4- both from contests with Rossville. On 1st February 2011 First Omagh and Fintona meet in Ecclesville.

Division 2:
On 25th January Centre came away with a surprising 8-0 victory over a weakened Dromore team, leaving them with a points advantage from 4 matches. On the same date Fintona secured a narrow and tightly-fought 5-3 win over Artigarvan. Current standing; Artigarvan (5) 26 points, Centre (4) 24 points, Fintona (5) 22 points, Dromore (5) 13 points, Edenderry (5) 11 points.
This week Centre are home to Artigarvan and Dromore to Edenderry.

Division 3:
Pomeroy are currently ahead in points- 23- but from 4 matches. Centre have 18 from 3 matches, Derg Valley have 6 from 3 matches and Dromore 1 from 2 matches. Derg Valley are home to Dromore this Tuesday.
For a League table update 'Google' Clogher Valley Badminton.



Mens League
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With a number of weather related cancellations,the first matches of the Mens League only got under way on Tuesday 11th January 2011. According to result sheets, teams would appear to have been evenly drawn out. Patrick Garrity's 'Ravens' drew 3 3 with /Colin Sheridan's 'Condors' while 'Eagles', captained by Derrick Jobb, scored a narrow 4 2 victory over Shane Rolston's team - ' Hawks'.
Division 1:
Fintona entered the fray on Tuesday 4th January when their opponents were previous league leaders, Rossville. On this, their first appearance, they scored a 6 2 victory over the Derry team. Rossville's victories were at 1st Ladies - Heather Harran/ Janice McCandless overcoming Leanne Suffern/ Linda Maguire 21/18 21/12 and at 1st Men, the Brian Huey/ Dale Duncan partnership beating Leslie Funston/ Colin Sheridan 21/16 21/19. Fintona won 2nd Men and 2nd Mixed in two sets N Booth/ S Knox and C Sheridan/ L Beattie respectively, but the remaining four rubbers were very close three set events with the result falling in Fintona's favour.
Under 16 Juvenile League:
First matches of this event are arranged for Saturday 29th January 2011 in the Station Centre Omagh. John O'Hagan is at the helm and finalised schedules will soon be circulated.

On 18th January Centre meet Fintona and Edenderry meet Artigarvan in Division 2, while Dromore(B) play Pomeroy in Division 3. All in Omagh Leisure Complex.



2011
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With the onset of the new year it is catch up time for matches in the Clogher Valley League. Due to the inclement weather, previous to Christmas the initial matches in the Mens League (07/12/210) were postponed, as was the Division 1 match between First Omagh and Centre on 21st December 2010.

Ladies League:
On 14th December 2010 Marigolds achieved a 4-2 victory over Poppies and Foxgloves overcame Roses with the same score. This left Foxgloves and Marigolds each with 9 points, going into the final match, on 4th January, when they met each other. Foxgloves, captained by Sheena Hughes, got off to a good start when Sheena with partner Donna McSorley, beat Marigold's captain, Una O' Hagan and partner Glenda Watson 21/14 21/12 at 1st Ladies. Second Ladies also went to Foxgloves with Mechaela McFarland and Tina Donaghy doing the business. However at 3rd ladies S Spratt/ R Hannigan turned the tide with a narrow victory for Marigolds over N Campbell/ M Diamond 24/22 21/17. After this it was Marigolds all the way, although 1st and 2nd reverse doubles were close three set rubbers. Final score was a 4-2 victory for Marigolds. Congratulations to Una O'Hagan and her team.
League Table: Marigolds 13 Foxgloves 11 Poppies 7 Roses 5

On 11the January it is hoped to that the Mens League will get off to a belated start. Ravens meet Condors and Eagles meet Hawks - in Omagh Leisure Complex with a 8pm sharp start.

Under 16 Squad coaching gets back on track on Monday 10th January 2011 at 8pm in the Minor Hall in Omagh Leisure Complex.



Ladies League
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On Tuesday 30th November four teams, each consisting of 6 players, competed in the first round of the Ladies League. Although effected by the weather, captains succeeded in filling cancellations and the competition was not decimated. Thanks are due to those who helped out often at short notice.

Foxgloves 5 Poppies 1
'Foxgloves', captained by Sheena Hughes, got off to a flying start against Wendy Maxwell's 'Poppies'. Sheena and Donna McSorley took 1st Ladies in straight sets against Wendy and Linda Maguire (21/12 25/23) and then partnered by Tina Donaghy did likewise in 1st Reverse doubles. All other 4 rubbers went to three sets so the outcome could have swung in a different direction.

Roses 1 Marigolds 5
'Roses', captained by Elizabeth Cullinan, and sporting three subs, put up a brave fight against Una O'Hagan's 'Marigolds'. Elizabeth, partnered by Helga Foster, were winners of the only game- 1st ladies beating U O' Hagan/ G Watson 17/21 21/14 21/19. The only other three set rubber was 1st Reverse Doubles when U O'Hagan/ R McCauley overcame E Cullinan/ O Kee 17/21 21/14 21/19. All other games went to Marigolds in straight sets.
Next round of the Ladies League is on 14th December

Initial matches of the Mens League are scheduled for Tuesday 7th December. An improvement in weather conditions is hoped for as many players have long distances to travel. 'Condors' play 'Eagles' and 'Ravens' play 'Hawks'.



Mixed League on Tuesday 23rd November
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Division 1:
In the Ecclesville Centre, Rossville had a definitive 8-0 victory over Centre. However Centre had to concede two rubbers, after an injury to their number one lady left 1st ladies unfinished ( three sets 19/21 21/16 21/ ?) and 1st Mixed unplayed.

Division 2:
Draws all round in Division 2 matches this week indicate that this competition is evenly matched. Artigarvan, who previously had a 8-0 win over Dromore, on this occasion were held to a draw by Edenderry. Dromore, playing without Arnold Jackson, also held Fintona to a draw. At 2nd Ladies L Stewart/ A Smyth ( Dromore) had a narrow 26/24 21/16 victory over T Donaghy/ R Young while at 4th Mixed Fintona pair Alex Beattie/ Ruth Young returned the compliment 21/12 14/21 21/13 over Dromore partnership Brian McGrath/ Alison Smyth.

Division 3:
Another draw, when Centre were at home to Pomeroy. Five of the rubbers went to three sets so the result could have been very different. The most breathtaking game was at 1st Mens when S Ramsey/ M Ramsey (Pomeroy) beat P McNamee/ P McCausland 19/21 21/16 30/29.

First matches in the Ladies League are scheduled for Tuesday 30th November in Omagh Leisure Complex. This season four teams take to the floor all floral. Poppies play Foxgloves and Roses play Marigolds.



Four matches in the Mixed League were played on Tuesday 16th November.
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Division 1:
Centre and First Omagh met in the Ecclesville Centre with a resulting 4-4 draw. Both Centre's Ladies pairings - D McClung/ E Cullinan and S Hughes/ U O'Hagan - took their games. At 1st Men, First Omagh players N Jackson/ P Alcorn had a narrow 24/22 21/18 win over S Whitman/ P Campbell. Centre took 2nd Mens and 1st Mixed while the other three Mixed games went to First Omagh.

Division 2:
Fintona continued their winning ways, but on this occasion, with only a narrow 5-3 win over Artigarvan. Fintona players took 1st and 2nd Ladies and 2nd Men but only after these games had gone to a close three sets. Artigarvan's wins were at 1st Men and 1st and 2nd Mixed.
Another close call when Edenderry and Dromore met, with a 5-3 win for the latter. Again two of Dromore's wins were close three set games, so the score could have gone either way.

Division 3:
A first outing for Dromore 'B' a team mostly made up of promising junior players. Despite an 8-0 defeat at the hands of Centre, scores were irrelevant to the standard of play. Courage and staying power were the order of the day. Only one game went to three sets, with S Hackett/ P McCausland ( Centre) being lucky to overcome B McGrath/ G Deazley 21/23 22/20 21/19.

On 23rd November 2010 Rossville are at home to Centre in The Ecclesville. In Omagh Leisure Complex, Division 2 teams Artigarvan meet Edenderry as do Dromore and Fintona. Centre oppose Pomeroy in Division 3.



NEW SEASON COACHING FOR UNDER 16 SQUAD
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Following the success of last season's coaching and now that the evenings are drawing in, the Clogher Valley League hopes to re-commence Squad practice. The first session, on Monday 4th October, is offered as a 'trials night' for newcomers. The venue is the Minor hall in Omagh Leisure Complex and the time 8 pm. If you are in the suitable age group P7 up to under 16 on the 31st December 2010 come along and give it a try! Racquets can be supplied but please wear suitable footwear.
Badminton is an excellent sport to keep you fit and a great way to meet new people. Geographically, wherever you travel through life you will always find a badminton club and a sport played indoors is not susceptible to the vicissitudes of weather!



























































































Badminton
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BADMINTON

CLOGHER VALLEY LEAGUE

Matches are now under way in all three Mixed Divisions of the League

Division 1 :
Only one match played so far in this elite competition. On Tuesday 9th November, in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona, Rossville (Derry) got off to a flying start with a 7-1 defeat of Centre. Centre's only success was at second ladies,when Sheena Hughes and Una O' Hagan came up with an excellent win on their behalf.

Division 2 :
In Omagh Leisure Complex on 2nd November Dromore and Centre 2 came to a 4-4 draw, while Fintona defeated Edenderry 5-3. The following week, 9th November, Artigarvan had a surprise 8-0 defeat of Dromore while Centre 2 had an equally surprising 7-1 win over Edenderry.

Division 3 :
Pomeroy and Derg Valley met on both 2nd and 9th November. On the first occasion - Pomeroy's home match - the score was 7-1 in their favour. However on 9th Derg Valley had mustered their troops, leaving Pomeroy with only a 5-3 victory.

On 16th November in Division 1 First Omagh and Centre meet in the Ecclesville Centre. In Omagh Leisure Complex, Fintona and Artigarvan play in Division 2, while in Division 3, a young and enthusiastic Dromore (2) team encounter Centre.



Badminton
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BADMINTON

LEAGUE COMPETITION ON THE STARTING BLOCKS

In the last few weeks players have been gearing up to embrace the incoming season. On Tuesday 12th October the League Committee met to finalise entries and since that date the Hon. Secretary, Ruth Young, has been busy with scheduling.
This season three mixed Divisions will run.
Division 1 Centre, Fintona, First Omagh and Rossville.
Division 2 - Artigarvan, Centre, Dromore, Edenderry, Fintona.
Division 3 Centre, Derg Valley, Dromore, Pomeroy.
Division 1 matches are to be played in the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona three courts are available and the the start time is 9 pm. sharp. In the initial match of the season, on Tuesday 2nd November First Omagh play Rossville.
Divisions 2 and 3 play in Omagh Leisure Complex, with a sharp 8pm. Start. On 2nd November Dromore and Centre meet in Division 2 as do Fintona and Edenderry, while Pomeroy meet Derg Valley in Division 3.
Scheduling for the Mens and Ladies League is as yet unfinished and a later start is expected for these competitions. Both are to be played in Omagh Leisure Complex.



End of Season
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The Clogher Valley League signed off for the season with their annual prize giving dinner - on this occasion in Fintona Golf Club, where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all assembled.
Derrick Jobb, League Chairman, welcomed those present to celebrate the finale of another season and expressed his pride in such a good attendance in these economic times. He thanked his committee for their work during the season, for without them the League would not function. Ruth Young, secretary and Lorna Beattie, treasurer, got a well deserved mention. Lorna's hard work during the Tyrone Open Championships was also spoken of appreciatively. Jennifer Leonard's travail as Knock Out secretary made a significant contribution as did that of John O'Hagan who organised the Under -16 League. Olive Kee, PRO, endeavoured to keep the sport in the public eye. With Under 16 Squad coaching up and running, coaches Brian McGrath and Philip Conaty's work was noteworthy. Leonard and Stephen Knox brought public relations into the 21st century with their work on the League website. Derrick emphasised that the work of all members was important, both those in the public eye and those who worked quietly behind the scenes.
Competition was, this season, very close and very 'last minute'. Fintona (30 points) were the confirmed as winners of Division 1 less than 18 hours before the presentations, leaving their rivals Rossville and First Omagh each with 29 points. This was four on a row for Fintona in this section. Division 2 was another photo finish with Ardstraw just one point ahead of Fintona. Again four in a row for Ardstraw. The Division 3 title went to Artigarvan.
Success in the Mens League went to Colin Sheridan's 'Kestrels' and Susanne Graham's 'Foxgloves' claimed honours in the Ladies League.
First Omagh, bridesmaids to Fintona in Division 1, turned the tables in the 'A' section of the Knock Out Competition and put paid to Fintona's hopes of another four in a row. Centre took the 'B' title and and Fintona overcame Pomeroy (5/2) to triumph in the 'C'.
Leonard Knox, who has given 30 years to the organisation of clubs, tournaments, junior badminton and squad coaching was the well deserved recipient of the 'Service to Sport' award. Player of the Year, an award for achievement combined with good on-court attitude, went to Una O'Hagan in the Senior category and Colin Booth in the Junior.
In the Under -16 League , Artigarvan were winners of Division 1,with Pomeroy runners-up. Dromore took the Division 2 title with Omagh Squad 'B' in second place.
In closing Derrick expressed sadness on hearing of the unfortunate accident to Ashley Hewitt, a member of Edenderry club, and hoped he would soon allowed out of hospital to be with his family.
The evening concluded with a draw organised by Valerie Ewing and Audrey Dempsey and 'the band played on'.
With a line drawn under one season preparations begin for the next -on 19th May 2010 with the AGM. All welcome.





Final Events
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With the competitive season winding down there are still a few loose ends to be tied up. Over the season, weather has been a stumbling block and the Tuesday night matches have been particularly unlucky. The second tranche of winter on 30th March left travel from Pomeroy, Artigarvan and Derry ill-advised , if not impossible, so the results of Divisions 1 and 2 will not be confirmed until the end of the current week.
Division 1:
At the time of writing Rossville have 26 points from five games, First Omagh 24 from five , Fintona 22 from 4 and Centre have fulfilled all fixtures and have 8 points. Fintona, who have been playing on a home/ away basis, play First Omagh on Tuesday 13th and Rossville on Thursday 15th , both home venues for Fintona.
Division 2:
Ardstraw and Centre have all commitments fulfilled and have 33 and 15 points respectively. Fintona and Artigarvan have to play each other on Fintona's home ground this too is scheduled for Tuesday 13th. Fintona currently have 27 points and Artigarvan 13.
Division 3:
Artigarvan are winners of this Division with 46 points, just 2 ahead of Edenderry. Both matches between Dromore and Pomeroy had fallen foul of the weather and are now unlikely to be played as they have no bearing on the result.
Mens League:
Winners are Colin Sheridan's 'Kestrels' with 22 points, followed by Patrick Garrity's 'Merlins' with 18 points. Ravens have 16, Condors 15, Hawks 10 and Eagles 9.
Ladies League:
Susanne Graham's 'Foxgloves' took top position -22 points- with Una O'Hagan's 'Bluebells' just two points behind. Daffodils have 15 points, Marigolds 12, Primroses 11 and Carnations 10.
Knockout Competition:
An event meticulously organised by Jennifer Leonard. First rounds were played in February, second rounds in March, with the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown hosting the finals on Friday 9th April.
In the 'C' event opponents were Pomeroy and Fintona with Fintona taking the honours with a 5/2 scoreline.
In the 'B' section Centre opposed Ardstraw and after a very close contest Centre came out on top 4/3.
The 'A' event gave spectators and team members a 'nail biting' finish when all depended on the last rubber on court, First Omagh eventually coming up with the goods 4/3.
Under 16 League:
John O' Hagan was the main co- ordinator of this event, played in the Station Centre Omagh on four consecutive Saturdays, with competition in two divisions.
Division 1: Winner; Artigarvan. Runner Up; Pomeroy.
Division 2: Winner; Dromore. Runner Up; Omagh Squad B.
Trophies for all League events will be presented at the annual prize giving dinner. This season the venue is Fintona Golf Club and the date is Friday 16th April. Tickets from club secretaries.





Mens League
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Last Tuesday, March 23rd, brought this event to its conclusion. A close finish was expected as leaders, Colin Sheridan's 'Kestrels' went into the last match just two points ahead of Patrick Garrity's 'Merlins'. However Kestrels definitive 4-2 victory over Eagles left Melins four points behind at the final score, Merlins having suffered a 4-2 defeat by Noel Jackson's 'Condors'. The winning team was well 'captained' by Colin and with dependable players fielded a substitute on only one occasion.
Final Scores: Kestrels 22, Merlins 18, Ravens 16, Condors 15, Hawks 10, Eagles 9.
Team Kestrels: Colin Sheridan, Nigel Booth, David Hutchinson, Ian Lowry, Jaime Shortt, Brian Beattie. Sub Paul McNamee.
Some Divisions are still suffering a backlog due to the inclement winter weather and will have a busy time getting all done and dusted before the presentation dinner on 16th April.
Matches this week in OLC are Centre v Artigarvan in Division 2 and Dromore v Pomeroy in Division 3.



Ladies League
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In this, the second season of the Ladies League, Susanne Graham's team, Foxgloves, claimed the title in the final match of the season on Tuesday 16th March. But it was not an easy victory, with Una O'Hagan's Bluebells only three points behind at start of play and doing their utmost to spoil the party for their arch rivals. With every point counting Foxgloves made the grade with two points to spare.
Final Scores: Foxgloves 22, Bluebells 20, Daffodils 15, Marigolds 12, Primroses 11 and Carnations 10.
Team Foxgloves: Susanne Graham, Glenda Watson, Michele King, Hazel Keys, Rosie Humphrey, Olive Kee with subs. Ruth Young, Liz Dickson and Alice Foster.
This week, 23rd March, sees the final match in the Mens League. Another photo finish is expected with Colin Sheridan's 'Kestrels' (18 points) - just two ahead of Patrick Garrity's 'Merlins'. Condors play Merlins, Eagles play Kesstrels and Ravens play Hawks.
Keep up to date with results of all matches on our website www.cvbadminton.com



UNDER 16 JUVENILE LEAGUE
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Now a regular feature on the Clogher Valley circuit the Juvenile League gets underway this month and is played on four Saturday afternoons in the Station Centre Omagh.
Teams consist of two girls and four boys and the match format is one girls singles, one girls doubles, two boys singles and two boys doubles six rubbers in all. This season the competition is in two Divisions. In Division 1 teams from Artigarvan, Omagh Squad A, Pomeroy and Ardstraw compete while in Division 2 the contestants are Mountjoy, Omagh Boys and Girls Club, Omagh Squad B and Dromore. John OHagan is the co-ordinator.
League Update
In Division 3, on Monday 15th March, Dromore and Edenderry meet in a re-scheduled match, one which could influence the outcome of this Division. The venue is Dromore.
This week, in the regular Tuesday slot in Omagh Leisure Complex, the Ladies League contest the final match of their competition.
For results of both events and other information consult our web site www.cvbadminton.com



LEAGUE UPDATE
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Division 1:
Rossville are still in the lead with 26 points from 5 games, closely followed by First Omagh with 24 points from the same number of games. Fintona have played only three games and have 15 points and Centre have accumulated 7 points.
Division 2:
This was the Division most badly effected by the wintry conditions around Christmas. Cancelled matches between Ardstraw and Artigarvan have been re- scheduled for the 10th and 18th March on a home/away basis. Centres match with Fintona also fell foul of the weather and is not yet played. Ardstraw 15 (3) points, Fintona 7 (2) points, Artigarvan 5 (1), Centre 5 (2) points.
Division 3:
Artigarvan, Edenderry and Dromore are all still in the running. Artigarvan have 38 points from 7 games, Edenderry have 32 from 6, Dromore 21 from 5, Centre 18 from 7 and Pomeroy 11 from 5 games.
Mens League:
All teams have played four of their five matches. Kestrels, captained by Colin Sheridan, have 18 points, Merlins, under th captaincy of Patrick Garrity, have 16 points, Ravens 13, Condors 11 and Eagles and Hawks have 7 points each. All will be revealed on 23rd March when the final match is played.
Ladies League:
Susanne Grahams Foxgloves are 3 points in the lead (18) with Una OHagans Bluebells close on their heels. Daffodils, Marigolds and Primroses each have 10 points and Carnations 9. The final match in this League is in 16th March.
In Omagh Leisure Complex this week Centre and Ardstraw meet in Division 2 and in Division 3 Centre meet Artigarvan and Dromore are across the net from Edenderry.



TYRONE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
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On Saturday 20th February 2010 the Ecclesville Centre Fintona was the venue for the Tyrone Junior Championships. Competition was provided for Under 13 and Under 16 age groups. There was an excellent turn out from a wide geographical spread Letterkenny, Raphoe, Derry and Dungannon as well as a good representation from local clubs Artigarvan, Dromore, Mountjoy and Omagh.
Results:
Under 13 Girls Singles: Round Robin Final: Nicola McKinley beat Aimee Moore 21/19 21/14.
Under 13 Girls Doubles: Winner - Aimee Moore/ Nicola McKinley. Runner Up - Jessica McClean/ Rachel Gilkinson.
Under 13 Boys Singles: Round Robin Final: Mervyn Magee beat Kyle Magee 22/20 23/21.
Under 13 Boys Doubles: Winners Kyle Magee/ Mervyn Magee. Runners Up Stuart McKinley/ Andrew Stewart.
Under 16 Girls Singles: Round Robin: Winner Lauren Moore. Runner up Aimee Moore.
Under 16 Girls Doubles: Round Robin: Winners Lauren Moore/ Aimee Moore. Runners Up Rachel Breslin/ Chloe Davis.
Under 16 Boys Singles: Round Robin Final: Graeme Love beat Matthew Warke 15/21 21/19 21/15.
Under 16 Boys Doubles: Round Robin Graeme Love/ Russell Love beat Matthew Warke/ Simon McSparron 21/15 16/21 21/18.
The League are appreciative of the committee members who took the organisational strain on the day and the young players who assisted with umpiring.
Under 16 Juvenile League
The first matches of the Under 16 League get underway in the Station Centre, Omagh, on Saturday 6th March. The competition is in two Divisions. In Division 1 teams from Artigarvan, Pomeroy, Ardstraw and Omagh Squad Acompete. The contenders in Division 2 are Mountjoy, Omagh Boys and Girls Club, Omagh Squad B and Dromore.
On 6th March in Division 1 Artigarvan play Squad A, Pomeroy play Artigarvan and Squad A play Adrstraw.
Matches start at 2pm and the co-ordinator is John OHagan.



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Lightning doesnt strike twice or so they say! However, having had one postponement due to weather conditions, the Committee of the Clogher Valley League had recently been keeping a careful watch on their personalised piece of seaweed. Conditions turned out to be reasonable, barring the shock appearance of eight inches of snow on the Wednesday morning, apparently central to Fintona, the tournament venue.
In a fraternity short on wimps, competitors emerged from all parts Donegal, Derry, Cavan, Belfast -and of course a strong local contingent - to make the event one of the most successful in recent years. A record entry in the C section on the Monday night kept the organisers busy to the big small hours. All other events were well supported and the revived A section on Friday 19th February saw excellent competitive play and spectator entertainment.
Donegal players provided strong opposition, but locals took their share of honours. Fintona siblings, Nigel, Gareth and Lyndsay Booth were prominent on the winners podium as was Nigels doubles partner, Stephen Knox. Twin sisters Susanne and Sarah-Jane Graham, too, showed their talent. Centre players Una OHagan and Donna McSorley were winners of the A/BLadies while clubmates Philip Conaty and Noelle Campbell took the C Mixed title.
The League Chairman, Derrick Jobb, congratulated the winners and commiserated with the losers. He thanked those committee members who had been prominent in the organisation of the event and those who had spearheaded the catering arrangements, the fundraising draw and other behind the scene duties. Appreciation was expressed of sponsorship, which this season was received from Clogher Valley Livestock Sales.
Results:
C Ladies: Round Robin - Finals: L Booth/ A-M Connolly beat K McFadden /R McDowell ( Letterkenny) 21/11 21/11.
C Mens: Semi Final: M Ramsey/ S Ramsey beat S Hutchison/W Hutchison 21/13 18/21 21/12. D McKeague/ G McKeague beat G Love/ R Love 21/16 21/17. Finals to be played -OLC 22nd March
C Mixed: Semi Final: S O Donnell/ K MCFadden beat S Ramsey/ J Ramsey 19/21 21/15 17/4 ( retired). P Conaty/ N Campbell beat D Armstrong/ D McGartland 21/16 21/18. Final: Conaty/ Campbell.
B Ladies: Semi Final: W Maxwell/ H Keys beat R McKeague/ L Moore 20/21 22/20 21/12. H Magee/ L Magee beat D McSorley/ A McIlwaine 16/21 21/19 21/11. Final: Magee/ Magee 22/20 21/10.
B Mens: Semi Final: S Knox/ N Booth beat G McKeague/ J Deery 21/15 21/16. R Baxter/ D Conaty beat I Henderson/M Henderson 18/21 21/17 21/14. Final Knox/ Booth 21/15 21/11.
B Mixed: Semi Final: M Henderson/S Fulton beat N Booth/ W Maxwell 21/19 21/19. S Knox/A McIlwaine beat G McKeague./R McKeague 16/21 21/16 21/17. Final: Knox/ McIlwaine 21/18 21/16.
B/C Ladies: L Moore/ R McKeague beat L Booth/ A-M Connolly 21/7 22/20. O Glenn/ G Graham beat N Campbell/L Alcorn 17/21 23/21 21/11. Final: Moore/ McKeague 21/18 21/17.
B/C Mens: N Booth/ G Booth beat G McKeague/ S Hutchison 21/19 21/17. R Baxter/ D Quinn beat A Beard/ D Armstrong 12/21 21/18 21/15. Final: Booth/ Booth 21/14 21/13.
B/C Mixed: N Booth/L Booth beat S Hutchison/ R McKeague 21/15 21/10. G McKeague/L Moore beat P Conaty/ N Campbell 21/16 21/11. Final: McKeague/ Moore 22/24 21/7 21/19.
A/B Ladies: Semi Final: U OHagan/D McSorley beat L Beattie/ W Maxwell 21/19 20/22 21/19. S Graham/ S-J Graham beat S Hughes/ J Kennedy 21/6 21/16. Final: OHagan/ McSorley 22/20 19/21 21/15.
A/B Mens: Semi Final: L Funston/ P Hutchison beat A Dunne/ R Domer 21/15 21/10. D Magee/ K Magee beat S Knox/N Booth 21/18 21/19. Final: Magee/Magee 21/16 20/22 21/12.
A/B Mixed: Semi final: N Booth/ S Graham beat N Jackson/ J Kennedy 21/15 21/16. D Magee/ S-J Graham beat A Dunne/ L Beattie 21/19 21/18. Final: Booth/ Graham 21/13/ 20/22 21/19.
A Ladies: Semi Final: D McCullagh/ S Beckett beat L Beattie/ S Graham 21/14 21/16. K Ballantine/L Maguire beat U OHagan/ E Cullinan 21/15 21/14. Final: Ballantine/ Maguire 21/16 21/16.
A Mens: L Funston/ R Domer beat C Sheridan/ S Sheridan 21/6 21/10. N Jackson/P Alcorn beat N Booth/ S Knox 21/23 21/17 21/19. Final: Jackson/ Alcorn 21/17 21/15.
A Mixed: Semi Final: N Jackson/ D McCullagh beat N Booth/ S Graham 21/9 21/19. L Funston/ L Maguire beat P Alcorn/ S Beckett 21/19 15/21 21/19. Final: Jackson/ McCullagh 21/8 21/23 21/9.
Tuesday 23rd February sees the penultimate round of the ladies League in Omagh Leisure Complex.



League results
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Division 1
Rossville 6 Centre 2
Centre put up a brave fight with creditable wins at 2nd ladies and 3rd Mixed. Rossville are now ahead with 23 points from 4 games, with nearest rivals ,Fintona, having 15 points from 3 games.
Division 3
Pomeroy 4 Centre 4
Postponed from the inclement weather, Centre came up with a reasonable result despite being one man down.
Centre 0 Artigarvan 8
The exterior finish of the traditional Irish dwelling comes to mind. Centre had a bad night against a very steady team, with only three of the rubbers going to three sets.
Artigarvan are now leaders in this section with 29 points from 5 games. Next are Edenderry with 27 points from the same nunber of games. Three more matches for both leaders to play so its not all over yet!
See our website for further news www.cvbadminton.com



Tournament entries
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The deadline for entries to the re- scheduled Tyrone Open Championships is fast approaching. The event now runs from next Monday February 15th to Friday 19th, with Saturday 20th hosting the Junior events. Monday C events; Tuesday B; Wednesday B/C;Thursday A/B; Friday A. Finals will be played on the night. The starting time each evening is 8.30pm and the venue is the Ecclesville Centre Fintona.
The Junior Event provides competition for boys and girls in the Under 13 and Under 16 age groups. The starting time on this occasion is 1pm.
Entries through Club secretaries or directly to Lorna Beattie.
Mens League:
Eagles 5 Hawks 1
A good win for Gareth Booths Eagles over Shane Rolstons Hawks. Shane, however and partner Roly Domer were winners of Hawks only game with a 21/17 21/18 win over A Dunne/ E O Reilly.
Kestrels 5 Condors 1
With a steady team, Noel Jacksons Kestrels continue their series of wins. The only obstacle in their path on this occasion was at 2nd Mens when D Hutchison / J Shortt overcame D Johnston / A Gibson 21/16 9/21 21/9.
Merlins 4 Ravens 2
A good score for Patrick Garritys team. Wins for Derrick Jobbs Ravens were at 3rd Mens and 1st Reverse Doubles. Philip Conaty / Darren Morgan were the winners at 3rd Mens and Derrick ,himself, with Philip Conaty did the business at 1st Reverse Doubles.
With one final match to play Kestrels are ahead with 18 points, Merlins have 16, Ravens 13, Condors 11 and Eagles and Hawks each have 7 points.



LADIES PROGRESS
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The third round of the Ladies League was played on Tuesday 26th January 2010 in Omagh Leisure Complex.
Foxgloves 4 Primroses 2
Susanne Grahams Foxgloves emerged victorious , but not without a struggle. Three of the rubbers went to three sets 1st and 3rd Ladies and 2nd Reverse Doubles. Susanne, herself, playing at number one, was on the winning side in both her games. Primroses wins were at 3rd Ladies and 3rd Reverse Doubles. Maura Diamond was the common denominator in these wins.
Bluebells 5 Daffodils 1
Bluebells, captained by Una OHagan, continue to make steady progress on this occasion against Linda Maguires Daffodils. At 3rd Ladies J McKillop/ L McFarland ( Bluebells) had a narrow victory over D Duffy/ N Campbell 19/21 21/15 21/17. Daffodils only win was at 3rd Reverse Doubles when the aforementioned Noelle Campbell partnered by Joan Armstrong emerged triumphant over S Fulton/ L McFarland 21/16 17/21 21/15.
Carnations 3 Marigolds 3
Marigolds came up with a very respectable score considering they were one man down for the match and had to concede two rubbers. Their wins were at 1st ladies and 1st and 3rd Reverse Doubles.
At present Foxgloves are ahead with 14 points, followed by Bluebells with 11. Daffodils, Marigolds and Primroses each have 8 and Carnations 5.
The penultimate round of the Mens League is on Tuesday 2nd February. Eagles play Hawks, Merlins play ravens and Condors play Kestrels.




LEAGUE UPDATE
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On Tuesday 19th January 2010 three matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex, one in Division 2 and two in Division 3.
Division 2
Centre 2 Ardstraw 6
Although Ardstraw have played only two of their matches, this win over Centre leaves them ahead in their section with 11 points. Centres only wins were at 1st Mens R Baxter / D Conaty overcoming M Williamson / A Liggett in a close three set game ( 13/21 21/18 21/15) and at 4th mixed with old hands Jack Beattie and Noelle Campbell on the winning side for the Omagh Club.
Division 3
Artigarvan 6 Dromore 2
Dromore, winners of this Division in the two previous seasons, suffered a surprise defeat by newcomers Artigarvan. Dromores wins were at 1st Mixed with Arnold Jackson / Linda Stewart coming up with the goods and at 3rd Mixed where Lindas daughter Emma partnered Davy Quinn to victory against E Robb / R Caldwell 21/13 21/18.
Edenderry 8 Pomeroy 0
Another surprise , in that Pomeroy , who had previously been holding their own, should succumb to Edenderry with such a score.
These latest games leave Artigarvan League leaders with 21 points out of 4 games. Edenderry are close on their heels with 20 points and the same number of games, while Dromore have 16 points. However the fat lady has not yet sung.
Matches in all Divisions postponed due to earlier weather conditions are to be played on a home/ away basis.
Tuesday 26th January sees the third round of the Ladies League. Marigolds play Carnations, Primroses play Foxgloves and Bluebells play Daffodils.



WEATHER PROBLEMS
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As with all sports catch up will be the name of the game for badminton players in the coming months. League matches were victims of the cold snap as was the Leagues Flagship Tournament The Tyrone Open Championships. Travel being ill advised the Committee, in consultation with weather experts, reluctantly made the decision to postpone the event. The new dates for the competition are 15th to 20th February 2010, with the hope that global warming will look kindly on the revised fixture. The venue is the Ecclesville Centre Fintona.
League Update:
Division 1 - Rossville (Derry) are in the lead with 17 points out of three matches but Fintona have 13 points out of only 2 games. First Omagh have also played two and have 7 points and Centre have 3 out of three.
Division 2 The section worst hit by cancellations. Teams have played only one match each. Artigarvan 5, Ardstraw 5, Fintona 3, Centre 3.
Division 3 All teams have played three games with the exception of Pomeroy who have two under their belt.
Artigarvan 15, Dromore 14, Edenderry 12, Centre 9, Pomeroy 6.
Ladies League Two matches played with three more to play.
Foxgloves 10, Daffodils 7, Primroses 6, Bluebells 6 Marigolds 5, Carnations 2.
Mens League No cancellations here as the valiant men braved the elements. Three matches played with two more to play.
Kestrels 13, Merlins 12, Ravens 11, Condors 10, Hawks 6, Eagles 2.
On Tuesday 19th January 2010 Centre and Ardstraw meet in Division 2 and in Division 3 it is Artigarvan v Dromore and Edenderry v Pomeroy.
Further information on our website www.cvbadminton.com



TYRONE OPEN ON THE HORIZON
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With the mid winter festivities now but a distant memory, the Committee of the Clogher Valley League are looking forward to hosting their showpiece tournament The Tyrone Open Championships. The venue is again the Ecclesville Centre Fintona.
Play kicks off on Monday 11th January 2010 with the C Mens, Ladies and Mixed. On Tuesday 12th it is likewise for the B players, while on Wednesday it the turn of the B/C Mens, Ladies and Mixed. On Thursday the A/ B players take to the floor and on Friday the top A players will be in action.
Finals will be played on the night of the event and the starting time each evening is 8.30p.m.
This season the Junior Competition is on Saturday 16th January with events for boys and girls in Under 13 and Under 16 categories. Starting time on this occasion is 1p.m.
The League Committee is appreciative of sponsorship from Clogher Valley Livestock Sales.
Entry forms are now with club secretaries and anyone wishing to enter should contact the aforementioned or any Committee member.



Mens League
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After this, the second round of the Mens League, Condors and Kestrels are in joint lead with 8 points, Ravens have 7, Merlins 6, Hawks 5 and Eagles 2.
Ravens 5 Eagles 1
Ravens added another 5 points to their score line with this decisive win. Eagles only win was at 1st Reverse Doubles with A Dunne / G Booth beating D Jobb / P Conaty 21/19 /18/21 21/10. Three of the other games went to a close three sets.
Kestrels 4 Merlins 2
Kestrels took 1st and 2nd Doubles in straight sets as well as 1st and 4th Reverse Doubles. Merlins took 3rd Doubles with Alex Beattie/ Brian McGrath overcoming Alexs father Brian and partner Jaime Shortt 21/13 22/20. Alex was also involved in Merlins win at 2nd Reverse Doubles.
Condors 3 Hawks 3
The teams were neck and neck all the way through the match. Shane Rolstons Hawks took 1st Doubles and 2nd and 3rd Reverse Doubles. Noel Jacksons Condors fought back 2nd and 3rd Doubles and 1st Reverse Doubles. Two of the games went to three sets 3rd Doubles - D Quinn/ J Leonard (Condors) beating P Knox/ P McCausland 21/17 15/21 21/19 and at 3rd Reverse Doubles with A Beard/ P McCausland winning for Hawks over D Johnston/ J Leonard 21/ 15 19/21 21/15.
On Tuesday 15th December the Ladies play the second round of their competition. Daffodils v Marigolds, Primroses v Bluebells and Foxgloves v Carnations.



Ladies League
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Now in its second season the format has been changed to a team consisting of six players instead of the previous eight. The first round was played in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 1st December 2009
Carnations 2 Daffodils 4
Linda Maguires Daffodils had a good win over Carnations, captained by her Fintona clubmate, Lorna Beattie. Carnations wins were at 1st Doubles L Beattie / A McIlwaine v L Maguire/ M McFarland 19/21 21/13 21/10 and at 2nd reverse doubles A McIlwaine / T Donaghy winning for Carnations.
Bluebells 2 Foxgloves 4
1st and 3rd Doubles went to Bluebells , led by Una OHagan but the four other games went the way of Foxgloves, captained by Susanne Graham. Only one of these went to three sets 2nd reverse doubles G Watson/ R Humphrey ( Foxgloves) overcoming H Foster/ J McKillop 18/21 21/11 21/10.
Marigolds 2 Primroses 4
Elizabeth Cullinan, captain of Primroses, was on the winning side in both her games- 1st Doubles and 1st Reverse Doubles. The third set in 1st Doubles was a nail biting 30/28 when Elizabeth / D McSorley faced her club mate and Primroses captain, Sheena Hughes and partner W Maxwell across the net. The other four games went to Primroses in two sets.
Division 1:
Centre 1 Fintona 7
This was a home game for Centre, played on December 3rd. Fintona put up a fine show of strength, despite the absence of Derrick Jobb. Centres only win was at 2nd Men but P Campbell/ S Hughes gave L Funston/ L Maguire a close run for their money at 1st Mixed 16/21 21/19 5/21.
The second round of the Mens League is on Tuesday 8th December. Eagles play Ravens, Kestrels play Merlins and Hawks play Condors.



Mens League
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A success in the seasons since its inception, the first matches of this popular event took place in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 24th November. Teams bear the names of birds of prey.
Condors 5 Eagles 1
Condors, captained by Noel Jackson, got off to a flying start with this scoreline over Gareth Booths Eagles. Although none of the games went to three sets, 1st Men with N Jackson /D Conaty v A Dunne /E OReilly had a very close score of 22/20 22/20. Eagles only win was at 3rd Men with E Hill/ B Harper beating D Quinn/ J Leonard 21/15 21/17.
Kestrels 4 Ravens 2
Kestrels, under the captaincy of Colin Sheridan, put up a good show with this win 4-2 over Derrick Jobbs Ravens. Colin himself, was on the winning side in both of his games, 1st Mens and 1st reverse doubles. The latter was a close call when with partner I Lowry he overcame D Jobb/ P Conaty 21/13 13/21 21/18. Ravens wins were at 2nd Mens and 3rd reverse doubles.
Merlins 4 Hawks 2
Patrick Garrity captained his team, Merlins, to this victory over Shane Rolstons Hawks. At 1st Mens Patrick, partnered by P Hutchison, had a three setter against S Rolston/ R Domer eventually winning 21/9 20/22 21/16. In 3rd Mens B McGrath/ J OHagan (Merlins) scraped through against P Knox/ P McCausland 22/20 16/21 21/14. On the winning side for Hawks were S Rolston/ J McCutcheon at 1st reverse doubles and A Beard/ P McCausland at 3rd reverse.
Tuesday 1st December is the date for the initial round of the Ladies League. Team structure is based on the same principal as that of the Mens League. Carnations play Daffodils, Marigolds play Primroses and Bluebells meet Foxgloves.




Mixed Results
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On Tuesday 17th November 2009 three Mixed matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex, one in Division 1 and two in Division 3.

Division 1
Centre 0 Rossville 8
Rossville (Derry) have continued their winning ways on this, their second outing in the Division. The Centre team gave them a close call when two of the rubbers went to three sets 1st Ladies with E Cullinan/ S Hughes and 3rd Mixed with P Garrity/ E Cullinan but otherwise Rossville dominated the scene. No other Division 1 matches are scheduled for the Leisure Complex until February, but in the meantime Fintona and Donegal enter the fray on a home/ away basis.

Division 3
Pomeroy 2 Artigarvan 6
Artigarvan have now chalked up two wins in a row and are ahead on points. Four of the rubbers against Pomeroy went to three sets but all fell to Artigarvan.

Centre 3 Edenderry 5
Centre may well be strong contenders for the wooden spoon but managed three rubbers in this contest. In 2nd Ladies N Campbell/R Breslin beat E Dickson / V Rolston 18/21 21/13 21/19. 1st Men went to Centre after a tight match P Conaty/ D Armstrong v L Moody/ L Knox 21/13 17/21 21/19. In 1st Mixed Centre again scraped through - P Conaty/ O Kee overcoming L Moody/ A Dempsey 21/11 18/21 22/20.
On court on November 24th are the first matches of the Mens League Condors v Eagles, Ravens v Kestrels and Merlins v Hawks.



Early season results
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On Tuesday 10th November 2009 three matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex, one in each of the three mixed divisions.
Division 1
First Omagh 1 Rossville 7
Rossville (L) Derry/ Donegal, welcome newcomers to the League, set the bar high with this opening volley. However the score was not indicative of the standard of play on court. First Omaghs only win was at 1st Mixed with N Jackson / D McCullagh defeating N Gourlay / J McCandless 19/21 21/14 21/11, but four of the other games could have fallen their way, with a bit of luck. A marathon 2nd Ladies, together with 2nd Men, 2nd and 4th mixed all went to three sets with Rossville on the winning side.
Division 2
Artigarvan 5 Centre 3
Artigarvan could be one of this seasons contenders for the title with a team headed by Graeme McCarter and four steady players on the distaff side. Centre wins were at 1st Ladies D McSorley/ J Kennedy overcoming S Fulton/ J Prue 19/21 21/ 17 21/9 and 2nd Mens with A Beard/ J Beattie and 4th Mixed with J Beattie/ O Kee.
Division 3
Edenderry 3 Dromore 5
After last weeks defeat Dromore were back to their winning ways. Their number one man, Arnold Jackson, was on the sunny side in both his level doubles and mixed games. Emma Stewart / Wendy Adams took 2nd Ladies for Dromore in three sets against opponents Valerie Rolston/ Joy Moore 21/18 17/21 21/18 and A Gibson / J Baxter had a close win over L Knox/ E Dickson 23/21 18/21 21/19. Edenderrys wins were at 2nd Men and 3rd and 4th Mixed.
On court on 17th November are Centre and Rossville in Division 1. Pomeroy and Artigarvan meet on Division 3, as do Centre and Edenderry.





NEW SEASON FOR UNDER 16 SQUAD
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Following the success of last seasons coaching sessions, the League committee hope to re-commence Squad practice on Monday 5th October 2009. The venue is the Minor Hall in Omagh Leisure Complex and sessions are from 8 p.m. to 10p.m. New blood is very welcome. The appropriate age group is from P7 up to the 16 year watershed. For further information telephone Olive Kee at 028 82 242171 or simply turn up on the first evening to register.
Badminton is an excellent sport to keep you fit and a great way to meet new people. Wherever you go in life there is always a badminton club and the only equipment required is a racquet and a pair of trainers. Played indoors, it is not susceptible to the vicissitudes of weather!



Mens League
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A success in the seasons since its inception, the first matches of this popular event took place in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 24th November. Teams bear the names of birds of prey.
Condors 5 Eagles 1
Condors, captained by Noel Jackson, got off to a flying start with this scoreline over Gareth Booths Eagles. Although none of the games went to three sets, 1st Men with N Jackson /D Conaty v A Dunne /E OReilly had a very close score of 22/20 22/20. Eagles only win was at 3rd Men with E Hill/ B Harper beating D Quinn/ J Leonard 21/15 21/17.
Kestrels 4 Ravens 2
Kestrels, under the captaincy of Colin Sheridan, put up a good show with this win 4-2 over Derrick Jobbs Ravens. Colin himself, was on the winning side in both of his games, 1st Mens and 1st reverse doubles. The latter was a close call when with partner I Lowry he overcame D Jobb/ P Conaty 21/13 13/21 21/18. Ravens wins were at 2nd Mens and 3rd reverse doubles.
Merlins 4 Hawks 2
Patrick Garrity captained his team, Merlins, to this victory over Shane Rolstons Hawks. At 1st Mens Patrick, partnered by P Hutchison, had a three setter against S Rolston/ R Domer eventually winning 21/9 20/22 21/16. In 3rd Mens B McGrath/ J OHagan (Merlins) scraped through against P Knox/ P McCausland 22/20 16/21 21/14. On the winning side for Hawks were S Rolston/ J McCutcheon at 1st reverse doubles and A Beard/ P McCausland at 3rd reverse.
Tuesday 1st December is the date for the initial round of the Ladies League. Team structure is based on the same principal as that of the Mens League. Carnations play Daffodils, Marigolds play Primroses and Bluebells meet Foxgloves.




2009-10 Season
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Back on the road again for the new season, the Clogher Valley Badminton League is providing competitive play in three Divisions of a Mixed League alongside a Mens and a Ladies League. Matches are scheduled for Tuesday evenings in Omagh Leisure Complex with a 7.45pm start.
Matches began on Tuesday 3rd November with action in Divisions 1 and 3 of the Mixed League.
In Division 1, First Omaghs opponents were Centre, with a resulting 6-2 win for First Omagh. Centres only wins were at 2nd and 4th mixed. At 2nd mixed P Garrity/E Cullinan overcame P Alcorn/ S Beckett 14/21 21/16 21/16 and at 4th mixed D Conaty/ D McSorley had a 21/14 21/19 win over R Domer/B Trimble. 2nd Ladies and 2nd Men, too ,were narrow victories for First Omagh.
Two matches were on court in Division 3. Centre were pitted against newcomers Pomeroy and a closely fought and enjoyable contest resulted in a 4-4 draw. Dromore, last seasons winners of the Stewart Cup, met a very competitive Artigarvan team and on this occasion were the losers with a 5-3 scoreline.
This week 10th November First Omagh meet Rossville in Division 1. Centre and Artigarvan compete in Division 2 and old rivals Edenderry and Dromore are opponents in Division 3.



Ladies League
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Now in its second season the format has been changed to a team consisting of six players instead of the previous eight. The first round was played in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 1st December 2009
Carnations 2 Daffodils 4
Linda Maguires Daffodils had a good win over Carnations, captained by her Fintona clubmate, Lorna Beattie. Carnations wins were at 1st Doubles L Beattie / A McIlwaine v L Maguire/ M McFarland 19/21 21/13 21/10 and at 2nd reverse doubles A McIlwaine / T Donaghy winning for Carnations.
Bluebells 2 Foxgloves 4
1st and 3rd Doubles went to Bluebells , led by Una OHagan but the four other games went the way of Foxgloves, captained by Susanne Graham. Only one of these went to three sets 2nd reverse doubles G Watson/ R Humphrey ( Foxgloves) overcoming H Foster/ J McKillop 18/21 21/11 21/10.
Marigolds 2 Primroses 4
Elizabeth Cullinan, captain of Primroses, was on the winning side in both her games- 1st Doubles and 1st Reverse Doubles. The third set in 1st Doubles was a nail biting 30/28 when Elizabeth / D McSorley faced her club mate and Primroses captain, Sheena Hughes and partner W Maxwell across the net. The other four games went to Primroses in two sets.
Division 1:
Centre 1 Fintona 7
This was a home game for Centre, played on December 3rd. Fintona put up a fine show of strength, despite the absence of Derrick Jobb. Centres only win was at 2nd Men but P Campbell/ S Hughes gave L Funston/ L Maguire a close run for their money at 1st Mixed 16/21 21/19 5/21.
The second round of the Mens League is on Tuesday 8th December. Eagles play Ravens, Kestrels play Merlins and Hawks play Condors.



Annual dinner
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Omagh Golf Club was the venue for Clogher Valleys annual prize giving dinner where an excellent meal was enjoyed by all assembled. The Chairman, Derrick Jobb, welcomed those present to celebrate the finale of another competitive season.
He expressed his appreciation of the work done by the committee, both by those who were often in the forefront of events and the backroom boys whose toil was of similar importance. He commented on the good fortune of the League to have discovered, in Ruth Young, a Secretary with superb potential. Lorna Beattie, current treasurer and general factotum, got a well deserved mention as did Olive Kee, public relations, who endeavours to keep the sport in the public eye. Appreciation was expressed of Jennifer Leonards work as Knock Out secretary and to John OHagan for the arranging of competition venues and supervising the weekly grind of the Under 16 League. Stephen Knoxs work on the League Web Site was referred to as was that of his father, Leonards, willingness to impart wisdom and experience in all situations.
The future of the sport is once again looking positive with the revival of the local Under 16 Squad. Derrick thanked his co coaches, Brian McGrath, Philip Conaty and the others who helped at the Monday night sessions.
Competition this season had been very close. Fintona were once again in the winners enclosure, taking honours in Division 1 of the Mixed League, the A Knock Out and the C Knock Out competitions. Ardstraw were winners of Division 2 of the Mixed League and Dromore again lifted the Stewart Cup for Division 3 but were only a single point ahead of rivals, Edenderry. The Centre B Knock out team,who had successfully pulled out all the stops, prevented Fintona making it three in a row.
Success in the Mens League went to Roly Domers Cheetahs and a dawn raid on the new format Ladies League meant that honours in this competition went to Roses, ably captained by Dawn McClung.
In the Under 16 Juvenile Competition the winners were Artigarvan with Pomeroy as runners up.
Player of the year, an award for achievement combined with on-court attitude, went to Susanne Graham in the Senior category and to Rory Breslin in the Junior. Olive Kee was the second person to have her name engraved on the on the Derrick Jobb trophy in the Services to Sport category, the previous recipient being Lorna Beattie.
On winding up his speech Derrick thanked the individual clubs for their input to the competitions for without this there would be no League. With the official proceedings drawn to a satisfactory close, a very successful fundraising draw was organised by Valerie Ewing and Audrey Dempsey. Dancing to an excellent four-piece band was the culmination of a pleasant evening.



Roses, Roses All the Way
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Ladies League:
In the inaugural season of the scramble version of the Ladies League, Dawn McClungs team, Roses, claimed the title in the final match in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 31st March 2009.
A strong and steady team led by a dedicated captain, they were in with a chance from the very beginning and had the good fortune not to be dogged by illness or injury. Closest rivals, 6 points behind -with 24 points, were Lilies, captained by Elizabeth Cullinan, followed by Snowdrops with 19, Sunflowers 18, Poppies 17, and Daisies 10.
The event was greatly enjoyed by all 48 ladies of the 6 participating teams and it was a triumph of organisation for the League Committee, League Secretary Ruth Young- and team captains to provide enjoyable badminton for so many players.
Roses Team: D McClung, S Graham, W Maxwell, A Dempsey, S Carolan, M Grumley, H Gibson, H Rankin.



OMAGH SPORTS FORUM JUVENILE LEAGUE
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Enthusiasm was the name of the game when eight teams of young players gathered in the Station Centre Omagh to compete in Clogher Valleys Under 16 League. Matches took place on four consecutive Saturdays. Representation was from Ardstraw and Artigarvan each fielding two teams- , Pomeroy, Omagh Boys and Girls Club, Mountjoy and the recently resurrected Omagh Squad.
Teams consisted of two girls and four boys and the match format was one girls singles, one girls doubles, two boys singles and two boys doubles six rubbers in all. This season the competition was played in two sections with four teams in each. Winners of Section 1 were Artigarvan A (14 points) and in Section 2 welcome newcomers and dark horses, Pomeroy, came top with 15 points. An exciting head to head between these two contenders resulted in Artigarvan A reigning triumphant with a 4-2 scoreline.
Teams:
Artigarvan A: Girls; R Caldwell K Magee S Buchanan Boys; M Warke C Darragh C Crompton J Smyth S McSparron G Cummings
Pomeroy: Girls; K Rainey G Hopper Boys; S Ramsey G Ramsey M Rainey P Gilkison A Jordan.
Thanks are due to committee members Lorna Beattie, who set up the schedule and John OHagan, the dependable match organiser on all of the Saturdays. Not to be forgotten are the parents, club leaders and coaches , all of whom played a part in the success of the event.
The League Committee are grateful to Omagh Sports Forum who assisted with funding for the event.



TENSE FINISH TO DIVISION 1
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The long awaited Fintona v First Omagh clash, played on 17th March, produced a finish worthy of any rugby Grand Slam. As the teams stepped on court Fintona had a two point lead from previous engagements 15 points to 13 for First Omagh. After six rubbers the score was even at 3 points each and then drama ensued as the allocated playing time at the Leisure Complex had been exceeded and two mixed games were still to play. After consultation both teams and their entourage repaired to First Omagh hall. First on court in the new location was 4th mixed, with Roly Domer and Barbara Trimble, representing First Omagh, overcoming Ed O Reilly/ Susanne Graham (21/19 21/18) in a nail biting finish. Now with the fat truly in the fire Shane Rolston / Jennifer Leonard (First Omagh ) were in opposition to Colin Sheridan /Lorna Beattie (Fintona ) at 3rd mixed. The Rubicon was not crossed until the end of three tense sets with the Fintona pair emerging victorious (21/17 19/21 21/15) to leave Fintona taking honours by two points.
Division 2:
Ardstraw have fulfilled all their fixtures and have 28 points. Fintona have two matches outstanding Centre and Artigarvan and the match between Centre and Artigarvan which was to have been played on 17th February is to be rescheduled.

Division 3:
One match remains to be played, Edenderry v Artigarvan, but it could be crucial to the end result. The date set is 31st March. At time of writing Dromore are in the lead with 27 points with all matches completed. Edenderry have 21 points and a good win against Artigarvan at the end of the month could tip the balance in their favour.

Friday 27th March sees the finals of the Knock Out competition in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown at 7.30 pm. In the C final Fintona meet Edenderry, Fintona and Centre meet in the B and Fintona again turn out in the A against First Omagh.



NO HAT TRICK FOR FINTONA
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Knockout Competition:
Jennifer Leonard, Clogher Valleys Knockout Secretary, ensured that all was in place for the finals of the event held on Friday 27th March 2009 in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown.
The event was contested at A, B, and C levels and games in all three ran in parallel. Ladies singles were first on court , followed by mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and 3rd, 2nd and 1st mixed provided the finishing point. Fintona were competing in all three sections and for that club the event had the potential of a hat trick.
In the C section Fintona took the floor against Edenderry and were off to a flying start by winning both singles rubbers. The ladies doubles then went to Edenderry with L Dickson/V Rolston overcoming T Donaghy /M Cathers 21/15 21/15. Fintona retaliated with the Mens Doubles but then 3rd Mixed went Edenderrys way. However Fintona took 2nd and 1st Mixed resulting in a 5/2 win for the club.
The Centre were the opposition in the B section. The first three rubbers went to Centre who then only needed one more to win, but Fintona fought back to take the Mens Doubles and 3rd and 2nd Mxed Doubles. Now with the scores level all depended on 1st Mixed, which the P Campbell/D McSorley partnership won for Centre 21/16 21/15- against E OReilly/S-J Graham to make a narrow 4/3 win for Centre.
Opponents were First Omagh in the A competition. With the expertise of S Graham and J Paul Fintona took both Singles games. First Omagh then won the Ladies Doubles D McCullagh /S Beckett winning over L Stewart/ L Maguire 21/18 21/15. In a spectacular and breathtaking Mens Doubles the Fintona partnership of L Funston/ S Sheridan overcame N Jackson/P Alcorn 14/21 24/22 21/18. Fintona then took 3rd and 2nd mixed resulting in an overall 5/2 win.
Trophies for this and other League events will be presented at the annual prizegiving dinner. This season the venue is Omagh Golf Club and the date is Friday 17th April 2009.







PHOTO FINISH FOR CHEETAS AND PUMAS
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Mens League:
Last Tuesdays match 10th March brought the event to its conclusion. A close finish was expected and a close finish was delivered. Roly Domers Cheetas emerged victorious with 23 points, just one point ahead of Noel Jacksons Pumas, who finished with 22 points. Both teams were well captained all the way through the competition and this may well have contributed to their successful run. Equally well captained was Brian McGraths Leopards following closely with 20 points. At the tail were Tigers with 11 points, Lions with 10 and Pumas with 3 points.
LadiesLeague:
With two games still to play Roses have a narrow lead 17 points over Lilies with 16 points. Poppies have 12, Snowdrops 10 and Daisies and Sunflowers each have 8 points. Matches are scheduled for 24th and 31st March.
For information on League results and events visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



LEAGUE UPDATE
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Division 1
It looks like being a close call between Fintona and First Omagh for honours. Both teams have one game left to play each other- and Fintona are only two points ahead with a total of 15, so all is still to play for. Centre, the other contender, has all four games completed, with 12 points.

Division 2
At the moment Ardstraw are ahead with 13 points out of three games, closely followed by Centre with 11. Artigarvan and Fintona each have 8 points from 2 games. With the half way point scarcely more than reached all is still to play for.

Division 3
Centre and Artigarvan have played 4 of their 6 games. Centre have 16 points and Artigarvan 10. The real tussle will be between Edenderry and Dromore , who have 15 points each from three games. All will depend on the number of points totted up from the ensuing matches.

Mens League
All teams have played four out of their five matches. The three top teams, each with dedicated captains, are very close in points. Pumas
( Noel Jackson) have 19, Cheetas (Roly Domer) and Leopards ( Brian McGrath) each have 17, Lions have 10 Tigers 6 and Cougars 2. The final match in this section is on 10th March.

Ladies League
Two matches remain in this competition. At the moment Roses are ahead with 17 points, Lilies have 16, Poppies 12, Snowdrops 10 and Daisies and Sunflowers 8 each. The concluding matches are on March 3rd and 24th 2009.
For further information and updates visit our web site www.cvbadminton.com



OMAGH SPORTS FORUM JUVENILE LEAGUE
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Enthusiasm was the name of the game when eight teams of young players gathered in the Station Centre Omagh to compete in Clogher Valleys Under 16 League. Matches took place on four consecutive Saturdays. Representation was from Ardstraw and Artigarvan each fielding two teams- , Pomeroy, Omagh Boys and Girls Club, Mountjoy and the recently resurrected Omagh Squad.
Teams consisted of two girls and four boys and the match format was one girls singles, one girls doubles, two boys singles and two boys doubles six rubbers in all. This season the competition was played in two sections with four teams in each. Winners of Section 1 were Artigarvan A (14 points) and in Section 2 welcome newcomers and dark horses, Pomeroy, came top with 15 points. An exciting head to head between these two contenders resulted in Artigarvan A reigning triumphant with a 4-2 scoreline.
Teams:
Artigarvan A: Girls; R Caldwell K Magee S Buchanan Boys; M Warke C Darragh C Crompton J Smyth S McSparron G Cummings
Pomeroy: Girls; K Rainey G Hopper Boys; S Ramsey G Ramsey M Rainey P Gilkison A Jordan.
Thanks are due to committee members Lorna Beattie, who set up the schedule and John OHagan, the dependable match organiser on all of the Saturdays. Not to be forgotten are the parents, club leaders and coaches , all of whom played a part in the success of the event.
The League Committee are grateful to Omagh Sports Forum who assisted with funding for the event.



Ladies League
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All six teams of the Ladies League again did battle on Tuesday 3rd February.
Roses 7 Sunflowers 1
Roses , captained by Dawn McClung, had a definitive victory over Lorna Beatties Sunflowers who were unfortunately one player down on the night. Dawn, with partner Susanne Graham, had a close three set victory over Barbara Trimble /Linda Maguire ( 19/21 21/8 21/18) at 1st ladies and again at 1st reverse, with Shirley Carolan, over Barbara and Noelle Campbell (19/21 21/17 21/18). Sunflowers only victory was at 3rd doubles with N Campbell/ K Christie overcoming S Carolan/R Breslin 21/19 21/14.
Lilies 6 Daisies 2
Jennifer Leonard, substituting for Elizabeth Cullinan, was involved in the two most animated three set rubbers of the evening, although on the losing side on both occasions. Partnered by Sheena Hughes it was 21/18 12/21 18/21 against Karen Ballantine/Donna McSorley at 1st doubles and with Olive Kee, again narrowly losing, to Karen/L McFarland 22/20 15/21 15/21at 1st reverse. Lilies took the other six games in straight sets.
Snowdrops 3 Poppies 5
Only one rubber went to three sets 3rd doubles with L Stewart/ S Spratt having a narrow 16/21 21/16 21/9 victory for Poppies over E Stewart/ J McKillop. Although missing their injured captain, Sharon Beckett, Snowdrops took 4th doubles and 3rd and 4th reverse. Other games went to Poppies, captained by Dorothy McCullagh.
With three out of the five matches now played, Roses are in the lead with 17 points, Lilies have 16 points, Poppies 12, Snowdrops 10 while Daisies and Sunflowers wilt moderately with 8 points each.
Under 16 League
The first matches of this event took place in the Station Centre on Saturday 7th February. Competing on this occasion were teams from Artigarvan, Ardstraw and Omagh Boys and Girls Club. The Clogher Valley League is appreciative of financial assistance from Omagh Sports Forum for the running of the fixture.







TYRONE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
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On the Saturday previous to the senior event 17th January- while the organising committee were still fresh - the Tyrone Junior Championships were held in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona. Two age groups were catered for under 13 and under 16. Despite the need to battle against gales and rain there was an excellent turn out. New faces were present from Ardsraw, Artigarvan, Castlederg, Cavan, Derry and
a variety of Donegal clubs as well as talented locals. Playing for the first time in this competition was Anne- Marie Connolly of Killashandra club, Cavan, who has represented Ireland at Under 14 level.
Results:
Under 13 Doubles: Round Robin: Winners; Matthew Warke/ Gareth Cummings 84 points. Runners Up; Lauren McKeegan/Lauren Moore 83 points.
Under 13 Boys Singles: Round Robin 2 sections: Final Matthew Warke beat Gareth Cummings 21/11 21/10.
Under 13 Girls Singles: Round Robin. Winner; Lauren McKeegan 42 points. Runner Up; Lauren Moore 41 points.
Under 16 Doubles: Round Robin: Winners; Christopher Kemps/Mark Hyndman 84 points. Runners Up; Graham Love/Russell Love 75 points.
Under 16 Boys Singles: Round Robin: Final Matthew Warke beat Christopher Kemps 12/21 21/6 21/18.
Under 16 Girls Singles: Round Robin: Winner; Anne-Marie Connolly 84 points. Runner Up; Katie Christie 82 points.
The League are appreciative of the assistance of committee members Leonard Knox, John OHagan, Noel Jackson, Brian McGrath and Derrick Jobb who took the organsational strain on the day and to Stephen Knox and Nigel Booth for their valuable support.
Mens League:
Two matches have been played since the New Year on 6th and 21st January. With the competition just past the half-way stage- three of the five matches are now completed- Noel Jacksons Pumas are in the lead with 17 points, followed by Roly Domers Cheetas with 13
points and Leopards captained by Brian MCGrath have 12 points. Lions and Tigers each have 5 points and Cougars bring up the rear with a disappointing 1 point.
This week in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 3rd February it is the turn of the Ladies League.



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Murphys Law of the Weather threw its all at the Tyrone Open Championships, but did not affect turnout, when Clogher Valleys week long tournament was played in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona from 19th to 23rd January 2009. For the second successive year the event had been re-scheduled from its original November slot.
Players from a wide geographical spread competed and a high standard of play was enjoyed with many epic struggles. On the Friday night the return of the A section was greatly welcomed, although at the expense of a finals night. Finals were played on the night of each event.
Locally, family fame came the way of the Booth siblings from Fintona club Lyndsay, Gareth and Nigel. Lyndsay was runner up in the C mixed event, with partner Alex Beattie, and winner in the
B/C mixed with brother Nigel. Gareth, with B McGrath reached the semi-finals of the C Mens and together with Nigel was winner of the B/C Mens. Nigel, partnered by Stephen Knox,won the B Mens event and the same pairing were runners up in the A/B mens. Partnered by Susanne Graham did battle in the final of the AMixed.
The League Chairman, Derrick Jobb, congratulated the winners, but emphasised that without the losers there would be no competition. He thanked the tournament organisers- Lorna Beattie, Jennifer Leonard and Leonard Knox- and other committee members who had spearheaded the catering arrangements, fundraising draw and other behind the scenes duties. He expressed appreciation of the sponsorship which this season was received from H M Carpets, Woodvale Construction and Clogher Valley Livestock Sales.
Results:
C Ladies: Semi Final: A McIlwaine/D Duffy beat E Stewart/L Stewart 21/18 17/21 21/15. J McKillop/S Carolan beat H Gibson/J Baxter 21/15 25/23. Final: McIlwaine/Duffy 21/9 21/7.
C Mens: Semi Final: D Simmons/A Beard beat C Kemps/A MckKinley 21/19 18/21 21/18. P Knox/A Beattie beat G Booth/ B McGrath 13/21 21/15 21/17. Final: Simmons/Beard 21/17 21/18.
C Mixed: Semi Final: A Beattie/L Booth beat A Gibson/H Gibson 21/12 21/17. D Simmons/A McIlwaine beat K Rankin/ J McKillop 30/29 21/16. Final: Simmons/McIlwaine 7/21 21/16 21/17.
B Ladies: Round Robin: Winner; G Watson W Maxwell 63 points. Runner up; D McSorley/J Nelson 59 points.
B Mens: Semi Final: N Booth/S Knox beat R Cunningham/J McKeag 21/17 21/13. P Campbell/R Baxter beat A Dunne /D Morgan 21/14 23/21. Final: Booth/Knox 16/21 21/12 21/17.
B Mixed: Semi Final D Morgan/A-M Connelly beat N Booth/J Nelson 21/17 21/18. A Dunne /W Maxwell beat S Knox /C Burns 12/21 21/16 21/18. Final: Morgan/Connelly 21/16 21/18.
B/C Ladies: Round Robin: Winner; A McIlwaine/D McSorley 63 points. Runner up; J Prue/M King 58 points.
B/C Mens: Semi Final: N Booth/G Booth beat A Gibson/A Jackson 25/21 21/15 23/21. R Baxter/ R Breslin beat A Beattie/ A McKinley21/9 21/17. Final: Booth/Booth 21/19 21/11.
B/C Mixed: N Booth/L Booth beat A Jackson/E Stewart 21/6 21/16. R Baxter/A McIlwaine beat J Downey/ J Prue 21/17 21/18. Final Booth/Booth 24/22 21/18.
A/B Ladies: round Robin: Winner; U OHagan/G Watson. Runner up; S Hughes/D McSorley.
A/B Mens: Semi Final: L Funston/P Campbell beat N Jackson/ A Jackson 21/19 17/21 21/14. S Knox/N Booth beat P Alcorn/C Gibson 21/7 14/21 21/13. Final: Funston/Campbell 21/12 21/16.
A Ladies: K Ballantine/L Maguire beat D McClung/E Cullinan 19/21 21/16 21/11. B Trimble/S Graham beat D MCCullagh/S Beckett 4/21 21/18 24/22. Final: Trimble/ Graham 21/19 21/15.
A Mens: Semi Final: D Magee/M Magee beat S Knox/N Booth 21/18 19/21 21/7. N Jackson/P Alcorn beat R Domer/ S Cuthbertson 19/21 24/22 26/24. Final: Magee/Magee 21/16 21/18.
A Mixed: Semi Final: N Jackson/D McCullagh beat C Sheridan/ L Beattie 21/14 21/12. N Booth/S Graham beat M Magee/ E Cullinan 21/17 23/21. Final Jackson/McCullagh 21/11 21/8.
This week in Omagh Leisure Complex the third match out of five in the Mens League is scheduled to be played.



Ladies League
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The second round of matches in the Ladies League was played on Tuesday 16th December 2008 in Omagh Leisure Complex. Flu caused the absence of a few familiar faces but all 48 places were filled on the night and a good standard of play was enjoyed.
Roses 4 Lilies 4
The score indicated the neck and neck nature of the match. Roses, captained by Dawn McClung, took 1st, 2nd and 3rd doubles and 2nd reverse doubles, while Elizabeth Cullinans Lilies were successful in the remainder. For Dawn and Elizabeth personally it was one rubber each Dawn and partner, S Graham, overcoming Elizabeth and S Hughes in 1st doubles 21/16 21/12. Elizabeth turned the tables in 1st reverse doubles with partner M King to beat Dawn and partner S Carolan 21/15 21/11.
Sunflowers 5 Poppies 3
This was a narrow victory for Lorna Beatties Sunflowers. On the opposing team Jessica Sproule was catapulted from the Under 16 squad to make her debut on Dorothy McColloughs Poppies- her first flavour of competitive badminton. Only two of the rubbers went to three sets. In 1st reverse doubles Dorothy and partner L Stewart overcame Lorna and N Campbell 19/21 21/16 21/14 and at 2nd reverse L Maguire/L Dickson (Sunflowers)beat G Watson/M Cathers 23/25 21/19 21/13.
Daisies 2.5 Snowdrops 5.5
In the absence of Daisies captain Karen Ballantine, Jennifer Leonard filled the number one slot. First and 2nd doubles went to Sharon Becketts Snowdrops, as did 4th and 2nd and 3rd reverse. Daisies wins were at 3rd doubles and 1st reverse when J Leonard/ J Baxter beat S Beckett /E Stewart 21/16 18/21 28/26. Fourth reverse was unfinished when time was called, one set each to O McGucken/ V McConnell and J Armstrong /M Diamond, with close scores of 24/22 23/25. League rules decree that the remaining set will have to be completed on another occasion.
Under 16 Squad play resumes Monday 12th January 2009 @ 8 p.m. in Omagh Leisure Complex.




League Results
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On Tuesday 9th December three matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex, one in each of the three mixed divisions.
Division 1
Centre 4 Fintona 4
At time of writing First Omagh are ahead by one point with a total of 13 points to Centre with 12. Fintona have so far played only two matches and have 7 points. The on-court tussle on this occasion indicated the close nature of competition in this division. Fintona took 1st and 2nd ladies doubles and Centre retaliated with 1st and 2nd mens. The mixed games too were evenly divided, Fintona taking 1st and 3rd mixed and Centre 2nd and 4th. Second ladies proved to be a close three set contest Lorna Beattie/Susanne Graham (Fintona) narrowly defeating Sheena Hughes/Una OHagan 21/17 20/22 21/14. Una was involved in another three set battle at 4th mixed, with partner R Baxter, this time on the winning side, over E OReilly/S Graham 17/21 21/15 22/20.
Division 2
Artigarvan 4 Ardstraw 4
Who will blink first? So far in this division all matches have ended in 4-4 draws. This match was no exception. Ardstraw took both ladies doubles and Artigarvan both of the mens. At 1st mixed G McCarter/S Fulton had a narrow win over M Williamson/H Foster 21/19 15/21 21/18. Artigarvan took 3rd mixed and 4th was another three set struggle, C Kemps/H Keys overcoming A Finlay/S Spratt 18/21 23/21 21/15 for an Ardstraw victory.
Division 3
Artigarvan 2 Centre 6
This was a surprise win for Centre who were missing Olivia McGucken, but substitute Noelle Campbell put up an admirable performance with success in the two rubbers in which she was involved 2nd ladies doubles with Denise Duffy and 4th mixed with Paul McCausland. Centre won both ladies doubles, 1st men, 1st,2nd and 3rd mixed. First mixed was virtually stolen for Centre by A Beard/O Kee from G O Donnell/ S Carolan 21/11 19/21 22/20.



MENS LEAGUE
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A success in the two seasons since its inception, with team selection a ‘scramble’, the first matches of this popular event took place in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 2nd December. Teams bear the names of predatory animals.
Lions 2 Tigers 4
Tigers, captained by Derrick Jobb were the winners of this contest but with three of the rubbers going to three sets the result could have been very different. Derrick, himself, and partner Robbie Baxter had a close call at 1st doubles with Lions captain Stephen Cuthbertson and his partner E O’ Reilly, Derricks side winning 22/20 22/20. 2nd and 3rd doubles went to Tigers in straight sets. Another Jobb/Cuthbertson tussle took place in 1st reverse doubles with the Jobb/Quinn partnership scraping victory over Cuthbertson/Gibson 20/22 21/17 21/15. 2nd and 3rd reverse doubles also went to Tigers but each in three sets.
Cheetas 2 Leopards 4
Colin Sheridan, Leopards captain, was unavoidably absent but his substitutes put up a good show with an overall 4-2 win for their team. J Paul/ A Beard did well to defeat R Domer/ D Conaty 21/16 21/11. Domer’s Cheetas took 2nd doubles and 3rd reverse doubles. Leopards took 3rd doubles and 1st and 2nd reverse. Alex Beattie, subbing at number six, was on the winning side in 3rd doubles with B McGrath against A Hewitt/ C Kemps 21/18 21/19, but on the losing side in 3rd reverse with partner Rory Breslin in a close contest v D Morgan /C Kemps 16/21 25/27.
Cougars 0 Pumas 6
A disappointing start for Cougars, captained by Philip Conaty, as they were without their first man. This meant 1st doubles and 1st reverse doubles were a w/o for Pumas, captained by Noel Jackson. Also for Noel was the chagrin of no play on the night as it was his opponent who was missing. 3rd doubles was a close rubber with A Gibson/J McKeown defeating P Knox/D Hemphill 21/18 21/18. All games went Pumas way.

On 9th December Artigarvan meet Centre in Division 3 and Ardstraw in Division 2. The Centre appear again in Division 1. Their opponents are Fintona.



MATCH REPORTS
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On Tuesday 25th November three matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex, one in each of the three mixed divisions.
Division 1
First Omagh 3 Centre 3
This contest emphasised the absolute need for a prompt start. Two of the rubbers were unfinished when time ran out. The resulting 3-3 score line left 3rd and 4th mixed, each in their third set, incomplete. First Omagh took 1st ladies and 1st men. Centre retaliated with 2nd men and ladies, both in three sets. N Jackson/D McCullagh, First Omagh, took 1st mixed over S Cuthbertson/D McClung (21/13 21/8) and the Centre partnership of P Campbell /S Hughes took 2nd mixed over P Alcorn/ S Beckett (10/21 21/15 21/19) just as the lights went out. When time was called Centre were leading 15/10 in 3rd mixed and First Omagh 15/14 in 4th so the result would have been a close call.
Division 2
Centre 4 Ardstraw 4
Centre fielding two subs, Daniel Simmonds and Amanda McIlwaine, did well to hold Ardstraw to a 4-4 draw. Centre took 1st ladies and 2nd men - A Beard/D Simmonds beating C Stevenson/A Kemps (21/17 21/15). 1st mixed was a close three setter when M Williamson/H Foster, Ardstraw, overcame D Conaty/D McSorley (20/21 22/20 21/16). 2nd mixed was a walkover to Ardstraw when Philip Conaty was forced to retire with an injury. 3rd and 4th mixed both went to Centre although each went to three close sets.
Division 3
Dromore 2 Edenderry 6
The expected close contest between the two favourites turned out to be a damp squib, with a surprise 6-2 win for Edenderry. The return of Joan Armstrong to the Edenderry squad may have contributed to this as she was on the winning side in both her games –1st ladies and 2nd mixed. Dromore’s wins were at 1st men and 1st mixed -with Arnold Jackson as common denominator - winning the mens with partner A Gibson and the mixed with L Stewart.
Tuesday December 2nd sees the start of the Mens League, another ‘Scramble’ and a success in the two previous seasons. Teams bear the names of predatory animals – Lions, Tigers, Pumas, Cheetahs, Cougars and Leopards.



LADIES LEAGUE
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On Tuesday 18th November 2008 an eclectic mix of badminton players from the distaff side of the sport converged on Omagh Leisure Complex. There were forty eight in all. These were participants in the first matches of Clogher Valley’s new format Ladies League. Six teams, each consisting of eight players will compete for honours throughout the season. Teams bear floral titles.

Poppies 4 Daisies 4
This was a meeting of two evenly matched teams - Poppies, captained by Dorothy McCullagh and Daisies by Karen Ballantine. Poppies took 1st and 2nd doubles and Daisies 3rd and 4th. Karen and partner Jean Baxter fought back in 1st reverse doubles to overcome Dorothy and partner Linda Stewart (21/17 21/14). Her team also took 3rd reverse doubles when S-J Graham/D Duffy overcame Z Walker/ E Gallagher in three sets (21/12 17/21 22/20). 2nd and 4th reverse went to Poppies.
Snowdrops 2 Roses 6
Roses, captained by Dawn McClung, on this occasion came up smelling of their team name in a tussle with Sharon Beckett’s Snowdrops. Snowdrops took 1st doubles- S Beckett/U O’Hagan beating D McClung /S Graham 21/18 21/19 and 3rd reverse doubles when J Prue/R Caldwell partnership beat W Maxwell/H Gibson 21/14 21/17. All other games went to Roses.
Lilies 6 Sunflowers 2
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th doubles went to Lilies, captained by Elizabeth Cullinan. Lorna Beattie’s Sunflowers sought revenge in 1st and 2nd reverse doubles and succeeded in this but Lilies fought back to take 3rd an 4th reverse. However 2nd and 3rd doubles could have gone either way with M McFarland/J Nelson and M King/O Kee having only narrow three set wins over J Kennedy/S Fulton and N Campbell/T Donaghy respectively.

Matches on Tuesday 25th November were First Omagh v Centre in Division 1, Ardstraw v Centre in Division 2 and Dromore v Edenderry in Division 3.



RESULTS
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Three matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 11th November.
Division 1 looks like being a closely fought contest if this week’s result of a 4-4 draw between First Omagh and Centre is any indication. In the previous week’s tussle First Omagh had a narrow 5-3 win over Fintona , so all is still to play for.
Two matches were on court in Division 3. Last seasons winners of the Stewart Cup, Dromore, were once again on the winning side. Their opponents were Centre, whose only wins on this occasion were at first ladies and 4th mixed. However 1st mixed was a close 3 set affair with A Jackson/L Stewart overcoming over D Simmonds/A McIlwaine 21/8 12/21 21/13. Edenderry may be Dromore’s closest rivals for honours in this division after a 5-3 win over Artigarvan on the same evening.
Tuesday 18th November sees the first matches of the eagerly awaited Ladies League. Previously played on a club basis, this season for the first time, interested players put forward their names and teams are drawn on a ‘Scramble’ system. Six teams of eight players each are in contest. Team captains have been appointed and informed of their responsibilities. Floral names are the order of the day, as selected by League Secretary Ruth Young. On court will be Poppies v Daisies, Snowdrops v Roses and Lilies v Sunflowers. A prompt start is requested as each team is involved in eight rubbers.



NEW SEASON
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On Tuesday 4th November the first matches of the new season were played in Omagh Leisure Complex.
In Division 1 there was a welcome win (5-3) for First Omagh over last seasons winners, Fintona. Wins for Fintona were at first ladies when K Ballantine/ L Maguire beat D McCullagh/S Beckett (22/20 21/10) and at second and third mixed. In 2nd mixed the evergreen Derrick Jobb, partnered by Karen Ballantine had a close three set win over P Alcorn/S Beckett and C Sheridan/ L Beattie took 3rd from S Rolston/J Leonard. Other games went to First Omagh in straight sets.
Artigarvan and Centre players were out in force in as they met in both the Division 2 and 3 contests, both of which ended in 4-4 draws. In Division 2 Artigarvan took 1st ladies, 1st men and 1st and 4th mixed. Only one rubber went to three sets, 2nd ladies, when J Kennedy/ J Nelson (Centre) beat S Spratt/M King 19/21 21/16 21/19.
Making their first appearance in Division 3 Artigarvan held their own against the Centre team, winning 2nd ladies, 2nd men and 3rd and 4th mixed. Centre ladies were strengthened by the welcome return to the sport of Amanda McIlwaine and Olivia McGucken, whose presence at 1st ladies an 1st and 2nd mixed was beneficial to the team result.
Matches scheduled for this week –11th November- are once again in the mixed section. In Division 1 First Omagh meet the Centre. There are two matches in Division 3, Edenderry v Artigarvan and Centre v Dromore. November 18th sees the inaugural matches of the Ladies League at the same venue.



CLOGHER VALLEY LEAGUE
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Back on the road again for the new season the Clogher Valley League is providing competitive badminton in three divisions of a Mixed League alongside a Mens and a Ladies League. Matches are scheduled for Tuesday evenings in Omagh Leisure Complex with an 8pm (sharp) start.
November 4th is the starting date and all three Mixed divisions are fielding teams. Centre players will be out in force as they have teams involved in each of the divisions on that night. In Division 1 they meet First Omagh, in Division 2 their opponents are Artigarvan while the Centre and Artigarvan are again face to face in Division 3.

Squad Coaching: Squad coaching is once again up and running in Omagh Leisure Complex on Monday nights. The age limit is under15 on 31st December 2008. Local coaches Derrick Jobb and Brian McGrath are the driving force with assistance from other committee members.



END OF SEASON
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With the local season now drawing to a close League positions have been clarified. Three lingering matches were played on Tuesday 8th April on Omagh Leisure Complex.
In Division 1 Fintona had a definitive 7/1 win over First Omagh to ensure honours for them in this section.
The Division 2 match between Centre and Artigarvan would have had no bearing on the final result Ardstraw having established an unassailable lead earlier in the competition.
The tussle in Division 3 between Dromore and Edenderry could have had an effect on the result but a 5/3 win by Dromore left them 6 points ahead of their opponents and arch-rivals.
Centre and First Omagh ladies met on Thursday 10th April resulting in a 5/1 victory for First Omagh, leaving them winners -4 points ahead of closest contenders Fintona.
Top dogs in the mens League were Tigers team, ably captained by Philip Conaty.
Trophies for these events and accolades for Junior and Senior Player of the Year will be presented at the League dinner in Omagh Golf Club, this Friday, 18th April.



Knockout Competition
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The usual welcoming atmosphere prevailed at the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown when all three finals of the Valleys knockout were played on Friday 4th April. Jennifer Leonard had orchestrated the event at all stages and an excellent finals night brought a well-run competition to conclusion.
Games in the three sections , A, B and C, ran in parallel starting with the ladies and mens singles, then the ladies and mens level doubles and finally the mixed doubles as a spectacular finishing touch.
In the C event the Centre team who on previous occasions had been disconsolate bridesmaids met Dromore. After the singles and level doubles games the scores were even; the mens doubles being the highlight and possible tipping point of the match- D & P Conaty eventually overcoming A Gibson /D Quinn 15/21 21/18 21/19. The three mixed games, surprisingly, went to the Centre leaving them winners with a 5-2 scoreline.
As First Omagh were fielding teams in both A and B competitions, three of their players, Barbara Trimble, Shane Rolston and Roly Domer were doing the double. Barbara stepped off one court after a narrow defeat by Lorna Beattie in the A singles 21/19 17/21 19/21- took a (very) deep breath and stepped on to the adjacent court to participate in the B ladies doubles with partner Zandra Walker against Ardstraw pairing of Wendy Maxwell /Hazel Keys. Shane and Roly together won the mens doubles for First Omagh and both were successful in their mixed games resulting in a First Omagh 5/2 win.
In the A competition Shane partnered Noel Jackson to success in the mens doubles over D Jobb/L Funston and Roly partnered by Jennifer Leonard won 3rd mixed. Nigel Booth took the A mens singles for Fintona in a dramatic three setter against experienced opponent David Kenny- 21/18 18/21 21/15. The ladies doubles and second mixed went to Fintona resulting in a narrow 4/3 win for the club.
Trophies for this and other League events will be presented at the annual prizegiving dinner. This season the venue is Omagh Golf Club and the date is 18th April 2008.



League Update
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In Division 1 Fintona have 16 points from 3 games and Centre also have 9 from the same number of games. First Omagh have 7 points but still have 2 games in hand. They meet Centre on 1st April and Fintona in the last game of the season on April 8th.
Ardstraw are already winners of Division 2, with 29 points from 5 games and one game in hand. Next is Fintona with 23 points from the full 6 games.
In Division 3 Edenderry have 29 points from 5 games and Dromore 26 from 4 games. Dromore play Centre on 1st April but Centre are unlikely to rock Dromores boat to any great extent. The all -important head to head between Edenderry and Dromore is on 8th April.
In the Ladies League First Omagh are favorites, with 23 points from 5 games. Fintona have all their games played and have 24 points. Centre meet First Omagh on 10th April but are unlikely to put much of a dent in First Omaghs armour.

Knockout:
Co- Ordinator of this event, Jennifer Leonard, has arranged for the finals to be played in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on 4th April 2008. A, B and C competitions will run concurrently on the night. The C contenders are Centre and Dromore . In the B First Omagh and Ardstraw meet, and the A is to be a contest between Fintona and First Omagh.
The venue for the Clogher Valley prize giving dinner is Omagh Golf Club and the date is 18th April. Club secretaries are responsible for relaying information regarding numbers to league treasurer Lorna Beattie.



UPDATE
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A later than usual finish is expected to competition this season. Re-scheduling of matches on 22nd January to accommodate the Tyrone Open Championships and two venue cancellations on 19th and 26th February have left a backlog of fixtures. Matches for 19th February have been moved to 8th April and those for 26th March are now on 1st April. Club secretaries have been issued with new lists. This week Tuesday 11th March- First Omagh and The Centre meet in Division 1, Artigarvan and Ardstraw in Division 2 and The Centre and Edenderry in Division 3.
Knockout:
First rounds of theC Knockout have resulted in Centre facing Fintona for a place in the final while Artigarvan will play Dromore. In the B section First Omagh have booked a place, with a semi-final win over Centre on 6th March. They meet the winners of the Ardstraw v Artigarvan match. All finals will be played in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on 4th April 2008.



UNDER 16 LEAGUE
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After five consecutive Saturdays of highly competitive badminton, the final matches of the Under 16 League were played on 1st March. Competition took place in two divisions, with four teams in Division 1 and five in Division 2.
The winners of Division 1 were a zealous and wellschooled Artigarvan 13 points-, closely followed by Endora (Fintona/Edenderry) with 11 points. Ardstraw had 8 and Enniskillen 4.
First Omagh were victorious in Division 2 with a score of 19 points, five more than closest rivals Omagh Boys and Girls Club (14). Artigarvan and Mountjoy tied for third place with 13 points each and Enniskillen, who sometimes had difficulty fielding a team, with 1 point.
Thanks are due to committee members who did scheduling and helped on match days with scoring, especially John OHagan and Lorna Beattie. Not to be forgotten are parents, Club leaders of the teams and others who helped with coaching and transport and without whose assistance these events could not run.
Teams:
Artigarvan: Girls; Rebecca Caldwell Katie Cristie Boys; Matthew McKeegan Craig Riddles Matthew Warke Matthew Henderson John Blair.
First Omagh: Girls; Hayley Lowry Alice Logan Emma Harper Boys; Richard Marshall Brian Harper James Leonard Gary Sherrard.




KNOCKOUT COMPETITION
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Running concurrently with the other League events the Clogher Valley offers a Knockout competition as part of its spring programme. Jennifer Leonard orchestrates this fixture.
In the C Section six teams compete: The Centre have a home venue to Edenderry and the winners of this bout play Fintona with the match at that location. Artigarvan are home to 1st Castlederg and the winners are home to Dromore.
The B Section sees an initial round played between Ardstraw and Fintona with Ardstraw hosting the match. The winner is then home to Artigarvan. In the other half of the draw First Omagh and the Centre play off for a place in the final.
Three teams compete in the A section First Omagh , Fintona and The Centre. First Omagh are at home to Fintona. Fintona are at home to the Centre. The Centre are at home to First Omagh. The two teams with the most points will contest the final.
Finals of all three sections will be played in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on Friday 4th April 2008.

UNDER -16 LEAGUE
Matches are all on schedule, with four out of the five fixtures completed. An interesting finish will be expected in Division 1 on Saturday 1st March when Wanderers and Artigarvan, each presently with 9 points, meet in the final match. In Division 2 First Omagh are out in front with all their contests complete.



UNDER 16 LEAGUE
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This is the fourth season that the Under 16 League has been on the road. John OHagan and Lorna Beattie are the prime movers with valuable co operation from local coaches, team organisers and committee members who assist on match days. Teams consist of six players and the format is; one girls singles, one girls doubles, two boys singles and two boys doubles. Entries have been divided into two divisions.
Division 1: Ardstraw Artigarvan Enniskillen Wanderers (combined forces of Fintona and Edenderry)
Division 2: Artigarvan Enniskillen First Omagh Mountjoy Omagh Boys and Girls Club.
This season matches are played on five consecutive Saturdays, with commencement on 2nd February 2008. Three matches are played on each instance. Three competiton days have now taken place. See our Junior Badminton pages for results so far.

MENS LEAGUE

Previous to the final match Philip Conatys team
Tigers were two points in the lead. Remarkably no banana skins appeared under their feet and they went on to win; with a 5 point lead over closest rivals Lions, captained by Nigel Booth. Members of the winning team were: S Whitman R Baxter D Morgan P Conaty P McNamee S Sheridan C Kemps.



MENS LEAGUE
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By the time this goes to press it will be all over for the Mens League. On Tuesday 12th February the final match will have been played and the outcome known. At time of writing Philip Conatys Tigers are in the lead with 16 points, but it is a very small lead, and Stephen Cuthbertsons Cheetas are close on their heels with 14 points. Lions, captained by Nigel Booth, and Roly Domers Cougars each have 13 points. Pumas have 11 and Leopards 5. All is still to play for amongst the top four teams and when the pressure is on banana skins can emerge from the most unexpected of directions.

LADIES LEAGUE

First Omagh and Fintona are the main contenders for honours with The Centre and Artigarvan providing the cannon fodder. First Omagh have played 3 matches and have 15 points. Fintona have 16 points out of 4 matches. A 3-3 draw with The Centre on Tuesday 5th February may have scuppered Fintonas chances but all will depend on how The Centre performs against First Omagh.The two teams have not as yet met - Centre Ladies having been double booked for the original date in November 07. Six matches have yet to be played in this section.




TYRONE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
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After a marathon week at the Senior Open Championships, there was no respite, as the Clogher Valley Committee were faced with another challenge a seven hour long marathon at the Junior Championships on Saturday 26th January in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona. Two age groups were catered for Under 13 and Under 16. Numbers were similar to last season, play was of an excellent standard and entries came from a good geographical spread. Visitors from Donegal and Derry were well represented in the finals but locals were not outclassed. Rachel Darragh and Joshua Magee ( Raphoe) were prominent: Rachel as winner of the Under 13 girls singles and as runner- up with Kim Magee ( Artigarvan) in the doubles. Joshua, partnered by local player, James Leonard, was winner of the Under 16 boys doubles over Jaime Shortt and Jamie McKeown, and after a gripping contest overcame Christopher Kemps to take the Under 16 singles title.
The League are grateful to committee members Jennifer Leonard, John OHagan, Brian McGrath, Noel Jackson ,Arnold Gibson and John McCarter who took the organisational strain and to volunteers Stephen Knox and Sam Magee whose seamless umpiring added to the smooth running of the event.

Results:

Under 13 Girls Doubles: Winners: Lauren McKeegan / Vicky McFarland. Runners Up: Rachel Darragh / Kim Magee.
Under 13 Girls Singles:Winner: Rachel Darragh. Runner Up: Laura McKeegan.
Under 13 Boys Doubles: Winners: Matthew Warke / Christopher Darragh. Runners Up: James Catterson /Jonathan McKeown.
Under 13 Boys Singles: Winner: Matthew Warke. Runner Up: Graham Love.

Under 16Girls Doubles: Winers: Ruth McKeague /Claire Ruddy. Runners Up: Lauren Mc Keegan / Katie Christy.
Under 16 Girls Singles: Winner: Ann Marie Connelly. Runner Up: Ruth McKeague.
Under 16 Boys Doubles: Winners: Joshua Magee / James Leonard. Runners Up: Jaime Shortt / Jamie McKeown.
Under 16 Boys Singles: Winner: Joshua Magee. Runner Up: Christopher Kemps.





Mens League
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Now just past the halfway stage, each team having played three of their five matches, competition for honours is tighter than ever. Joint leaders at the moment are Lions and Cheetahs, each with 11 points. Tigers follow closely with 10 points, Cougars have 9, Pumas 8 and Leopards 5 points. On Tuesday 15th January all matches ended in an almost unbelievable 3-3 draw.
Cheetas 3 Tigers 3
Four of the six games went to three sets, two of these to each of the adversaries. Cheetahs captain, Stephen Cuthbertson and partner P Garrity lost narrowly to R Baxter/ D Morgan in 1st Men ( 17/21 21/18 16/21) and with A Gibson as partner won , equally narrowly ,over R Baxter/ P McNamee in 1st reverse doubles (21/19 18/21 21/13). Christopher Kemps had an action packed evening, two three -setters, losing 3rd Mens with partner S Sheridan to D Hewitt/ J Hunter (21/19 21/23 19/21) and then being involved in a nail-biting finish with Tigers captain, P Conaty, in 3rd reverse doubles to overcome C Gibson/J Hunter 15/21 21/12 21/18, and leave the match a 3-3 draw.
Cougars 3 Leopards 3
After a shaky start in previous matches Derrick Jobbs Leopards hit form. Partnering P Campbell, Derrick had a marathon game, eventually winning over N Jackson/R Domer ( 21/19 18/21 21/19) in 1st Mens and then partnered by B Mc Grath to an equally narrow defeat by N Jackson/D Quinn at 1st reverse doubles. All other games were won or lost in two sets but 2nd reverse doubles, another marathon, went to Cougars R Domer/A Hewitt who narrowly defeated P Campbell/D Hemphill 21/13 27/25.
Pumas 3 Lions 3
Nigel Booth, captain of Lions and Colin Sheridan, captain of Pumas, faced each other across the net in 1st Mens and 2nd reverse doubles. Nigel and D Hutchison were victorious over Colin and J Watson (23/2119/2121/18) in 1st mens but the tables were turned in the other contest when Nigel and brother Gareth lost to Colin and J OHagan (21/19 10/21 21/19). J OHagan,with S Beattie was involved in another three setter, winning over Lions pairing G Booth /J Shortt (12/21 21/16 21/13) at 3rd mens.
No matches are being played this week to free up players for competition in the Tyrone Open Championships which are being held in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona from 21st to 26th January. For further information on all badminton events visit our web site at www.cvbadminton.com



TYRONE OPEN BADMINTON CHAMPIONSHIPS
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Regarded as the most miserable day of the year, Blue Monday and then renamed Black Monday as the stock market wobbled, there were no signs of either colour on 21st January 2008 at the Ecclesville Centre Fintona when the Clogher Valley League staged the first night of their week long tournament.
Despite re-scheduling from the usual November slot, entries were above all expectation, with clubs from all over the nine counties represented. Visitors from Cavan and Donegal took their share of honours, but in no way were local players outclassed, many games featuring breathtaking battles from those indigenous to the area. Players from Artigarvan club featured in a number of events and collected silverware on two occasions.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, the League Chairman, Derrick Jobb, congratulated the winners but emphasised the without the spirited losers there would be no winners and no competition. He thanked the tournament organisers Jennifer Leonard and Lorna Beattie who were ably supported by the experienced Leonard Knox and the other committee members who had spearheaded the catering duties and fundraising draw. A special mention was made of Barbara Trimble whose work as Jill of all Trades contributed greatly to the success of the event. He expressed appreciation of the sponsorship which was this season received from McIntyres and Kar Kraft. Mr Philip Conaty, representing the sponsors, presented the awards.
Results:
C Ladies: Semi Final; N Campbell/ D McGartland beat J McKillop /S Carolan 21/19 21/18. M King /S Spratt beat E Stewart / J Baxter 21/9 21/15. Final: King /Spratt 21/17 21/19.
C Mens: Semi Final; A Beard /D Simmons beat D Gibson /D Humphries 21/15 22/20. D Quinn /A Gibson beat C Rankin /A Finlay 21/14 21/19. Final: Quinn /Gibson 21/19 18/21 21/19.
C Mixed: Semi Final; A Gibson /J Baxter beat A Beattie /L Booth 21/15 21/17. G Booth /R Humphries beat G ODonnell /S Carolan 21/12 21/12. Final: Booth /Humphrey 23/21 21/18.
B Ladies: Semi Final; V Magee /H Magee / beat W Maxwell /G Watson 21/15 18/21 21/9. B Domer /A Dempsey beat M Mc Farland /S Anderson 21/9 21/10. Final: Magee /Magee 021/14 24/22.
B Mens: Semi Final; N Booth /S Knox beat E OReilly /D Morgan 21/10 10/21 21/19. P Campbell /P Garrity beat R Baxter /C Sheridan 23/21 21/18. Final: Booth /Knox 21/12 21/19.
B Mixed: Semi Final; D Hutchison /B Trimble beat M Garrity /R McCauley 23/21 23/21. C Sheridan /V Magee beat N Booth /A Dempsey 21/15 21/15. Final: Hutchison /Trimble 21/19 26/24.
B / C Ladies: Semi Final; B Trimble / O Kee beat D McSorley /E Stewart 21/12 21/18. S Graham /N Campbell beat U OHagan /D McGartland 21/10 21/12. Final: Graham /Campbell 21/18 21/11.
B /C Mens: Round Robin: R Baxter / D Conaty 84 points. N Booth /G booth 83 points. Final: Booth /Booth 16/21 21 /11 21/17
B / C Mixed: Semi Final; G McCarter / M King beat G Booth /B Trimble 21/17 21/11. N Booth / E Stewart beat D Conaty / U OHagan 21/14 21/16. Final: McCarter /King 21/12 21/15
A /B Ladies: Semi Final; D McClung /U OHagan beat D McCullagh 21/14 19/21 21/17. L Beattie /S Graham beat S Beckett /M McFarland 21/14 21/16. Final: McClung / OHagan 21/23 21/18 21/14.
A /B Mens: Semi Final; L Funston /P Campbell beat N Jackson / R Domer 21/16 21/16. K Magee / D Magee beat S Whitman /R Baxter 21/10 21/19. Final: Funston /Campbell 19/21 21/15 21/16.
A /B Mixed: Semi Final; N Jackson / B Trimble beat R Domer / D McCullagh 21/14 16/21 21/19. C Sheridan /L Beattie beat N Booth / M Duffy 21/12 21/18. Final: Sheridan / Beattie 26/24 20/22 21/15.
This week- 29th January- the penultimate match of the Mens League takes place in Omagh Leisure Complex.



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE OFFING
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Due to renovation work at the chosen venue, Ecclesville Centre Fintona, the Clogher Valleys flagship tournament has had a date change from November and now runs from Monday 21st January to Saturday 26th January in the aforementioned location. Play kicks off on Monday 21st with the C Mens, Ladies and Mixed events and on Tuesday likewise with the B players. On Wednesday it is the turn of the C/B Men,Ladies and Mixed and on Thursday the A/B Mens, Ladies and Mixed take to the floor. Friday is finals night for all senior events.
Saturday 26th January is earmarked for Junior events and a large entry is expected. The starting time is 1p.m.
Entry forms have been posted to club secretaries and circulated at matches. Telephone entries may be given to the Tournament secretary, Jennifer Leonard, at 07808 363733.
This season the League is grateful to be in receipt of sponsorship from Mc Intyres and Kar Kraft.
League Update:
On 4th January Fintonas Division 2 team entertained Ardstraw on home/away basis. Strong ladies helped Ardstraw to a 6-2 victory. Fintona wins were in the mens doubles with the N Booth /S Knox and G Booth /S Beattie partnerships emerging winners. Fintona Ladies and First Omagh ladies must be top contenders for honours in the Ladies League. On Tuesday 8th Fintona overcame Centre 5-1, and First Omagh had a 6-0 victory over Artigarvan.





MENS LEAGUE
This was submitted on 21/12/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Matches in the second round of the Mens league took place on 18th December. Another draw this week and other close games, gripping stuff for the final league table.

Lions 5 Leopards 1
Nigel Booth and his Lions continued to impress- this time with a 5-1 victory over Leopards headed by Derrick Jobb. Once again scores were interestingly close. 2nd doubles was a three setter, with A Dunne/G Booth scraping home against D Conaty/ B McGrath. 3rd reverse doubles was another close call A Dunne/G Foster narrowly defeating D Conaty/P Knox 21/19 25/23. Leopards only victory was at third doubles when D Hewitt and P Knox defeated J Shortt and G Foster 21/14 21/15.

Cougars 3 Cheetas 3
Any of the six games in this match could have held the title game of the evening. Both captains engaged in a fierce tussle in 1st doubles, R Domer/L Funston eventually winning 21/17 17/21 21/17 over S Cuthbertson/P Garrity.. Cuthbertson and Funston were once again on opposite sides of the net in 1st reverse doubles, with the Funston/Quinn partnership scraping home against Cuthbertson/Gibson 18/21 24/22 21/13. 2nd reverse doubles went to Cheetas in three sets, P Garrity/ D Gibson beating R Domer/D |Hewitt 21/19 17/21 21/17.

Tigers 4 Pumas 2
Philip Conaty led his team to victory, wining both the games in which he was involved 2nd doubles and 1st reverse doubles, partnered by I Clarke and R Baxter respectively. Pumas captain, Colin Sheridan, was too on the winning side in his games. In 1st doubles he and partner J Watson defeated R Baxter/A Jackson 21/17 21/17. With 17 his favorite score he partnered J OHagan in 2nd reverse doubles to another 21/17 21/17 victory over A Jackson/S Sheridan.
Fixtures for 8th January are as on the printed schedule.In the Ladies Artigarvan and First Omagh meet as do Fintona and The Centre. Edenderry meet 1st Castlederg in Division3.



MENS LEAGUE
This was submitted on 21/12/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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An eclectic mix of players from many corners of the nine counties converged on Omagh Leisure Complex on 11th December when the first matches of the eagerly awaited Mens League were played. Happily for the organisers, going by first results, the teams seem to have been evenly drawn, with two 3-3 draws on the first evening.

Lions 3 Tigers 3 - Lions, captained by Nigel Booth took 1st and 2nd doubles, but with very close scores. In 1st men , Nigel partnered D Hutchison to overcome R Baxter / D Morgan only by a 21/19 21/18 scoreline. Third doubles went to Tigers pairing S Sheridan /C Kemps. Lions fought back in the 1st reverse doubles, D Hutchison /Gareth Booth overcoming R Baxter/ P McNamee 21/15 21/19. 2nd and 3rd reverse doubles went to Tigers D Morgan /C Sheridan and Tigers captain Philip Conaty /C Kemps respectively.
Pumas 3 Cougars 3 - 1st, 2nd and 3rd doubles all went to Cougars, captained by Roly Domer, but it was no whitewash. The Cougars captain, partnered by N Jackson, had a fine three setter with A Alleley and C Sheridan (Pumas captain), before emerging triumphant 21/15 16 /21 21/16. E OReilly/D Quinn had another three sets with M Garrity /A Beard 21/17 16/21 21/16. 1st , 2nd and 3rd reverse doubles went to Pumas.
Cheetas 5 Leopards 1 - Cheetas, captained by Stephen Cuthbertson, took four games, two in straight sets and two in three sets. 1st doubles was a spectacular tussle between Leopards captain D Jobb with P Campbell against S Cuthbertson /P Garrity, the latter winning 18/21 21/18 21/17. 3rd doubles was another close call, D Hewitt/J Hunter overcoming D Hempill /M Graham 19/21 21/19 21/14. Cheetas took 1st reverse doubles but with another very close score and an unfortunate w/o at 2nd reverse doubles may have robbed Cheetas of another point.
December 18th sees another match for the men. Tigers v Pumas, Cougars v Cheetas and Leopards v Lions. This the last league fixture of 2007.



LEISURE CENTRE MATCHES
This was submitted on 11/12/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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On Tuesday 20th November, in Omagh Leisure Complex, two matches were played in Division 3 and one match in Division 2.
Dromore, one of the strongest contenders for honours in Division 3, met The Centre. Dromore took 1st ladies, 1st men, 2nd and 3rd mixed in straight sets. 1st mixed was a three set game with A Jackson/J Baxter (Dromore) overcoming A Beard/ M Diamond 21/15 22/24 21/12. The evergreen John OHagan (Centre), partnering Paul McNamee in 2nd mens and Denise McGartland in 4th mixed emerged triumphant in both his games; three sets in the mens and two in the mixed. Dromore were overall winners 5-3.
Also in Division 3 Edenderry met with 1st Castlederg. No scoresheet was made available for this match but it is understood that Edenderry emerged victorious (8-0)
Ardstraw and The Centre B met in Division 2. Ardstraw were 5-3 winners, The Centre achieving one game more than in the previous encounter.
As a concession to Fintonas student players, some Division 2 matches are played on home/away basis. Last Friday Artigarvan were at home to Fintona, with Artigarvan coming out winners (5-3).
Fixtures for 4th December; Division 1: Fintona v Centre A. Division 3: Edenderry v Dromore and Centre v 1st Castlederg. In the home/away section of Division 2 Fintona are at home to Ardstraw , on a date to be arranged ,during the month of December.



LEAGUE RE-STARTS
This was submitted on 11/12/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Back on the road for the new season, the Clogher Valley League is providing competitive badminton in three divisions of a Mixed League alongside a Mens and a Ladies League. Matches are scheduled for Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday evenings with an 8p.m. start (sharp).
In the opening matches on 6th November, Fintona met The Centre in Division 1 and came out the winners by a narrow (5/3) margin. Games going to The Centre were 1st mens, when Shane Whitman/ Stephen Cuthbertson had a three set victory over Leslie Funston/Derrick Jobb (21/9 18/21 21/15 ) and 2nd mens with Paul Campbell/Patrick Garrity taking honours over Colin Sheridan/Ed OReilly. First mixed was another close game, eventually going to Centre pairing of S.Whitman/Dawn McClung over L.Funston/ Linda Maguire (20/22 21/16 21/16.) Other games went to Fintona in straight sets excepting 4th mixed when P.Garrity/Donna McSorley were narrowly defeated by Fintonas E.OReilly and Susanne Graham(21/17 12//21 23/21)
The two other matches on the opening night were in Division 3. Castlederg made a good showing on their return to league badminton, although only achieving a 1/7 score against Dromore all games were closely contested. Their win was at 1st mens, another three setter, when I.Lowry/E.Robb defeated A.Jackson/A.Gibson (21/19 10/21 21/10).
Last seasons winners, The Centre, now with a team depleted by promotion to Division 2, faced Edenderry across the net. The only wins for The Centre were at 2nd ladies and 1st men; N.Campbell/M.Diamond beating L.Dickson/V.Rolston (21/11 22/20) and up-and-coming Rory Breslin/ Paul McNamee scoring a narrow victory over the experienced pairing of L.Knox/L.Moody (12/21 21/8 21/17).
Matches this week: In Division2 Ardstraw meet The Centre while Artigarvan encounter Fintona in the Ladies.



MENS LEAGUE ON THE STARTING BLOCKS
This was submitted on 11/12/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Risk putting your name in the hat and you may be drawn with a partner you have never seen before, and you may both be looking across the net at two strangers in the same position. This is the nature of the Clogher Valley Mens League. Six men in each of six teams, five matches, two games per player per match. This is the receipe for an adrenalin fuelled match. Team captains are: Lions (N.Booth). Tigers (P.Conaty). Pumas (C.Sheridan). Cougars (A.N.Other). Cheetas (S.Cuthbertson) Leopards (D.Jobb). Playing schedules are in the post and all participants should have received same by Tuesday 4th December.
All matches are played in Omagh Leisure Complex , with the first on Tuesday 11th December. Starting time is 8 p.m. SHARP.
Fintona Ladies were at home to First Omagh on 27th November; the only match to be played that week. The result was a 3-3 draw.



MATCH RESULTS
This was submitted on 11/12/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Three matches were played in Omagh Leisure Complex on Tuesday 4th December one in Division 1 and two in Division 3.
In Division 1 Fintona had a 5-3 victory over The Centre. Fintona took both ladies games in straight sets, although with only two points difference in each of the 1st Ladies games. Centres victories were at 1st Mens, 2nd Mixed and 4th Mixed where Robbie Baxter, subbing up from Division 2 and partenered by Una OHagan had an excellent win over E OReilly and S-J Graham (21/16 21/13).
In Division 3 Centre had an 8-0 scoreline over 1st Castlederg. Edenderry, possibly the favourites, met Dromore with Dromore emerging surprise 6-2 winners. Edenderry won 1st and 2nd Ladies and two of the mixed games went to three sets- 2nd and 4th mixed. In 4th mixed Dessie Hewitt, a newcomer to league badminton and playing for Edenderry, produced a breathtaking marathon game when he and partner V.Rolston narrowly lost to Davie Quinn and Emma Stewart (28/30 21/17 21/9).
The first match in the eagerly awaited Mens League takes place on 11th December. All participants have been notified and team captains made aware of their duties. The venue is Omagh Leisure Complex with the usual 8 p.m.start.






BADMINTON 18/11/2007
This was submitted on 11/12/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Only two matches were played on Tuesday 13th November in Omagh Leisure Complex, the Ladies between First Omagh and Centre being re-scheduled due to a location problem for Centre ladies.
The first match of the season in Division 2 saw Centre B play Ardstraw – Ardstraw reigning victorious with a 6-2 scoreline. Centre’s only games were at 2nd men – D& P Conaty beating C Stevenson /A Kemps (21/10 21/11) and 4th mixed when P Conaty partnered O Kee to a straight sets win over A Kemps/M Robinson (21/7 21/16). Both ladies went to Ardstraw in straight sets, but the remaining games were all three-setters with Ardstraw eventually winning all four.
Artigarvan and Fintona met in the Ladies League. Fintona, fielding one of the strongest ladies teams in the League came out the winners 5-1. Artigarvan’s only win was in the reverse doubles(2&5) with J Prue/S Carolan beating L Maguire/M Cathers(21/18 17/21 21/15)
Matches for 20th November: Division 2 -Ardstraw v Centre B. Division 3- Centre C v Dromore and 1st Castlederg v Edenderry.



PRIME POSITIONS FOR FINTONA
This was submitted on 30/4/2007 by Leonard Knox

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Omagh Golf club was the chosen venue for the Clogher Valley League's 41st annual presentation dinner. The Chairman, Derrick Jobb, extended a warm welcome to all assembled, both to the winners and to those who had provided the competition for them to become winners.
He thanked those who had contributed to the running of the League during the season Aubrey Smyth president, Valerie Rolston and Joy Moore secretary and assistant secretary, Lorna Beattie treasurer, Jennifer Leonard knockout secretary, Leonard Knox and Brian McGrath squad coaches, John O'Hagan under-16 organiser, Audrey Dempsey and Valerie Ewing fund raisers, Olive Kee press officer and other committee members who had each made individual contributions to the smooth running of the League in the season just past.
Special mention was made of Valerie Rolstons role as secretary, in respect of the amount of match scheduling and correspondence dealt with during the season as well as keeping him, as chairman, 'au fait' with proceeding at committee meetings during his inaugural season.
Mr and Mrs Desmond Scott, representing Scott & Ewing Group, main sponsors of the Tyrone Open Championships, were welcomed to present the awards.
Fintona club was well to the fore in collecting honours winning Division 1 of the mixed league as well as the 'A' and 'B' sections of the knockout competition. Ardstraw took Division 2 and an astonished team from The Centre collected the Division 3 trophy. Representatives from Artigarvan were worthy winners of the 'C' knockout. First Omagh were on track as winners of the Ladies League and the 'Hawks' team took the trophy for the newly formed Mens League. Omagh Squad players, from 'A' and 'B' teams collected the trophies for both Divisions 1 and 2 of the Under16 League.
Player of The Year, an award for achievement combined with good on-court attitude went to Barbara Trimble in the Senior category and Alexander Beattie in the Junior.
With the season drawn to a satisfactory close the Chairman encouraged a good attendance at the 42nd A.G.M. on Wednesday 2nd May in Omagh Club at 8p.m.



KNOCKOUT COMPETITION
This was submitted on 22/4/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Jennifer Leonard, Clogher Valleys knockout co-ordinator, has reported that all is nearly in place for finals of the competition.
In the C section Edenderry went down to Fintona, who then in turn were closely defeated (4-3) by Artigarvan. The other half of the draw saw Dromore with a bye over Lisnaskea and then suffering a (4-3) defeat at the hands of The Centre.
Centre B players had an initial win over Artigarvan B but then met First Omagh when after a very close contest they lost out 4-3. Their opponents in the final will be the winners of the match between Fintona B and Bellinaleck which has yet to be played.
Rivals Fintona and The Centre meet in the Afinal.
The venue for finals night is the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown with a prompt 7.30pm start.



MIXED LEAGUE
This was submitted on 22/4/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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With the season drawing to a close, positions in the Mixed League have been clarified.
In Division 1 Fintona established an unassailable lead at the beginning of the season and finished clear winners with 39 points from 6 games to closest rivals First Omagh with 21 points.
Ardstraw are well ahead of the pack in Division 2 with 32 points to next nearest Artigarvan with 23 points.
Division 3 provided a near photo-finish. The Centre, who have had not had any recent victories in this section, pipped Edenderry to the post by 2 points. All depended on the final match . The Centre ended up with 32 points with 30 for Edenderry.
The rescheduled Knockout Finals will be held in the Station Centre Omagh on Friday 13th April. Fintona meet The Centre in the A section. First Omagh and Fintona compete in the B and Artigarvan and The centre in the C. Starting time is 7.30 p.m.



KNOCKOUT COMPETITION
This was submitted on 22/4/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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On Friday 13th April the Station Centre Omagh was the venue for the rescheduled finals of Clogher Valleys Knockout competition. Jennifer Leonard was the organiser and the smoothly run finals brought her term of office to a close for this season. Three finals were played: those of the A, B and C sections.
Despite being represented in two events The Centre teams were doomed to disappointment on both occasions. In the C opponents were a strong Artigarvan team. Youthful Centre player, Rory Breslin had a steep learning curve in the singles but went on undaunted to win his mixed game with partner Noelle Campbell. The only other game taken by The Centre was the mens doubles with Centre players Aaron Beard and Dermot Conaty emerging triumphant after a close battle. The final score was 5-2 for Artigarvan.
The B competition saw Fintona and First Omagh facing each other across the net. Fintona emerged triumphant, but only by 4-3. The game of the match was the mens doubles, a three setter, when Nigel Booth and Stephen Knox (Fintona) beat Peter Alcorn and Shane Rolston 10/15 15/5 17/16.
The A final between The Centre and Fintona saw some spectacular badminton. Once again the mens doubles was breathtaking with Patrick Garrity and Paul Campbell narrowly defeating experienced players Derrick Jobb and Leslie Funston. Fintona were eventual winners claiming 4 out of the 7 games.
Prizes for this and other league competitions will be presented at the annual dinner. This season the venue is Omagh Golf Club on Friday 20th April. Tickets are available from club secretaries.



CLOGHER VALLEY UNDER 16 LEAGUE
This was submitted on 12/3/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Hard work put in by organisers John OHagan and Lorna Beattie, together with coaches Leonard Knox and Brian McGrath, resulted in a successful competition for the third year in succession.
Played in the Station Centre Omagh on four Saturdays, with three matches on each occasion, the organisers were delighted with the standard of play. Entries were sufficient to provide play in two Divisions. Welcome additions to the competition this season were newcomers Killeter. Winners of both Divisions this season were Omagh Squad with the A team taking honours in Division 1 and the B in Division 2.
Division 1:
Omagh Squad A 14 points: Omagh Boys and Girls Club 11 points: Lisnaskea 10 points: Ardstraw 1 point.
Division 2:
Omagh Squad B 13 points: Enniskillen 11 points: Mountjoy 9 points: Killeter 3 points.
Thanks are due to the dedicated coaches, committee members and team leaders who gave of their time to supervise, umpire and taxi and without whom these events could not run.



CLOGHER VALLEY LEAGUE
This was submitted on 5/3/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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A strong Fintona team continues to dominate Division 1 and with an average of 7 points per game are unlikely to be caught. Draws, draws and more draws feature so far in the Division 2 results. Ardstraw have produced the only decisive wins so far with 6-2 and 5-3 home and away over Artigarvan. Division 3 is still in the balance. Favourites Edenderry, had a surprise 5-3 defeat by The Centre which will leave the next games to be played by both teams important to the final result.
See our Competition pages for more information.



UNDER 16 LEAGUE
This was submitted on 17/2/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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The first match of the Under –16 League took place in the Station Centre Omagh on Saturday 10th February. Division 2 teams Killeter, Enniskillen and Omagh Squad ‘B’ were in competition. At the end of play Squad ‘B’ were one point ahead of Enniskillen, with 9 and 8 points respectively. Killeter’s scoreline of only one point did not in any way reflect the quality of play proffered by the newcomers. Next matches in this event are on Saturday 24th February.



CENTRE TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF WITH JUNIOR EVENTS
This was submitted on 17/2/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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The second major tournament of the Clogher Valley season is scheduled for the week beginning 19th February 2007. However Junior events are first on the menu. Saturday 17th February is the date of the U- 13 and U- 16 singles and doubles events commencing at 1.30pm and 3.30pm respectively. If Junior entries equal those in the Tyrone Open Championships the organisers can look forward to a busy afternoon.
Senior events begin on Monday 19th with the ‘B’ Mens, Ladies and Mixed. This is a change from previous seasons when ‘C’ events were first on the menu. Tuesday 20th February sees the ‘B/C’ Mens and Ladies events. The ‘C’ Mens, Ladies and Mixed are now on Wednesday 21st February with Thursday designated to the ‘A/B’ Mens, Ladies and Mixed events.
Where possible, finals will be played on the Friday together with any unfinished matches.
The venue for all events is the Sacred Heart College Sports Hall with a starting time of 7.45pm. Entries are still being accepted and may be telephoned to 82 244323 or 82 244795.
This season the Centre Club is in receipt of sponsorship from Garrity Plant Hire, Vision Care Opticians and Elkin and Bennett for which they wish to express thanks.



UNDER 16 LEAGUE
This was submitted on 6/2/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Lorna Beattie and John O’Hagan, together with local coaches and selected committee members are the prime movers in getting the Clogher Valley Under –16 League on the road. This is the third season of the competition. Teams are of six players, two girls and four boys. Format consists of one girls singles, one boys singles, one girls doubles and two boys doubles- five games in all . Entries have been received from 8 teams and play will be divided into two divisions.
Division 1: Ardstraw Lisnaskea Omagh Boys and Girls Club and Western Squad 1.
Division 2: Killeter Mountjoy Enniskillen and Western Squad 2.
The first match of the current season’s play is scheduled for Saturday 10th February 2007 in the Station Centre Omagh with a starting time of 2 p.m. Enniskillen, Killeter and Squad 2 compete. No match is planned for February 17th to leave the date free for play in the Centre tournament. The event resumes on 24th February.



GILBERT TROPHY COMPETITION
This was submitted on 29/1/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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On Saturday 27th January 2007 Clogher Valley’s representative team played in Division 2 of the Gilbert Trophy- a one day inter- league event staged in Lisburn Raquets Centre. Previous outings in this event had been in Division 1, but with a plethora of injuries amongst the Junior ranked players Division 2 beckoned as competition for the League’s top Minor rankings.
Other Division 2 competitors were North Down, Coleraine, North West and Church of Ireland. Format for the occasion was two level doubles- ladies and mens- and three mixed doubles. Four matches to be played in one day taxed the stamina of all but the super-fit. After wins against Coleraine (5-2) and North Down (4-3) the ‘Valley’ team fell foul of Church of Ireland (6-1) and North West (5-2)
Team:
Men: Noel Jackson, Peter Alcorn, Derrick Jobb, Stephen Cuthbertson
Ladies: Lorna Beattie, Linda Maguire, Elizabeth Cullinan, Barbara Trimble.



FINTONA FORGE AHEAD
This was submitted on 22/1/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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In the post Christmas matches Fintona’s Division 1 team have drawn blood, with an 8-0 win over The Centre on Tuesday 16th January. The previous week The Centre had fallen foul of First Omagh with a scoreline of 5-3.
A series of draws have peppered the results in Division 2, barring those of Ardstraw who have secured 5-3 and 6-2 wins over Artigarvan. These are the only matches played by Ardstraw so far as their match with Fintona B has been postponed due to a close family bereavement in the Fintona team.
In Division 3 Edenderry are ahead with 22 points, but only just, with the centre snapping at their heels. Centre have 19 points with the possibility of another point from an unfinished mixed rubber with Dromore.
This Tuesday –January 23rd- is the third outing for the Mens league with Vultures v Eagles, Ospreys v Falcons and Kestrels v Hawks.



LEAGUE UP-DATE
This was submitted on 22/1/2007 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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After a flying start First Omagh fell foul of a strong Fintona team on Tuesday 12th December. An 8-0 defeat left them with a mountain to climb, especially with a trio of players injured.
Ardstraw are current leaders of Division 2 with 11points out of only 2 games. Artigarvan have 9 points from 3 games, Fintona 8 from 2 games and Bellinaleck 4, from their only game played so far, a 4-4 draw with Fintona.
Edenderry top Division 3 with 15 points from 3 games, followed by Holy Trinity with 9. The Centre and Lisnaskea each have 2 games under their belts, giving The Centre 10 points and Lisnaskea 6 points.
Tuesday 19th sees the second round of the Mens League in Omagh Leisure Complex. This is the last match before the Christmas break and match play resumes on Tuesday 9th January 2007.



ULSTER JUVENILE LEAGUE
This was submitted on 11/12/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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This season the Western Development Squad had entered two Under –16 Boys teams in the Ulster Juvenile League. Matches are played in Lisburn Raquets Club on Saturday afternoons. Both teams played their first match on 2nd December.
The Division 1 team secured a satisfactory 3-3 draw with Glengormley and next meet Alpha ‘A’ in January. Team: Scott Crawford Jamie McKeown Christopher Kemps Jaime Shortt.
In Division 2 the opposition was also a Glengormley team. On this occasion the boys secured a 5-1 win and look forward to their next match against Alpha’B’ on 16th December. Team: Alexander Beattie Peter Knox Richard Marshall Jonny Keys.
Practice nights for the Squad are on Mondays 8-10pm in Omagh Leisure Complex.




DISAPPOINTMENT FOR FINTONA
This was submitted on 11/12/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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It’s tough at the top; as Fintona badminton players found out when they competed in the All Ireland Club Championships held at Gormanstown College last weekend. Now promoted to Division 1 of the competition they won two out of their four matches.
First up was an encouraging 5-2 win over Lisburn club , Alpha, and then a 4-3 defeat of Scrabo. But in the third match their luck ran out. Facing Kado across the net, they were looking at a young , strong, competitive and enthusiastic team. The result of this tussle was a 6-1 win for Kado and then a 6-1 defeat by Mount Pleasant followed.
Despite the cup being only half full, the local club should be proud of their performance in Division 1 of a six division all Ireland competition.
Representing Fintona were:
Men: Derrick Jobb, Shane McMahon, Leslie Funston, Noel Jackson and Peter Alcorn.
Ladies: Dorothy McCullagh, Sharon Beckett, Christine Graham, Linda maguire and Dawn McClung.





TYRONE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 26/11/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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On Saturday 18th November the Ecclesville Centre Fintona saw stiff competition for honours in the Junior events of the Tyrone Open Championships. A joint committee of Jennifer Leonard, Lorna Beattie, Leonard Knox, Brian McGrath, John O’Hagan and Derrick Jobb faced the daunting task of organising and umpiring for eight consecutive hours. Entries were increased from the previous year and of a wider geographical spread.
Raphoe competitor, Joshua Magee was prominent in the U-13 events and runner up in the U-16 boys singles. Omagh squad member Scott Crawford showed playing promise and Mountjoy pairing Emma Shortt and Shannon Wilson won the U-13 girls doubles for the second time in succession.
Results:
U-13 Boys Singles: Winner: Joshua Magee. Runner Up: Johnny Sproule.
U-13 Girls Singles: Winner: Shannon Wilson. Runner Up: Hannah McKeown.
U-13 Boys Doubles: Winner : Joshua Magee/Johnny Sproule. Runner Up: Richard Marshall/Jonny Keys.
U-13 Girls Doubles: Winner: Emma Shortt/Shannon Wilson. Runner-Up: Alice Logan/Naomi Hannigan.
U-16 Boys Singles: Winner: Scott Crawford. Runner Up: Joshua Magee.
U-16 Girls Singles: Winner: Rebecca Logan. Runner Up: Lyndsay Booth.
U-16 Boys Doubles: Winner: Scott Crawford/Alexander Beattie. Runner Up: Rory Breslin/ Paul McNamee.
U-16 Girls Doubles: Winner: Lyndsay Booth/ Rebecca Logan. Runner Up: Emma Shortt/Shannon Wilson.
For updates on league results and other events visit our website www.cvbadminton.com



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 20/11/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Following recent tradition, the Ecclesville Centre Fintona was the setting for Clogher Valley’s showpiece tournament, the Tyrone Open Championships. Spearheaded on this occasion by Lorna Beattie and Jennifer Leonard with assistance from the League Committee, entries in all events greatly exceeded expectations. A fundraising draw was organised by Audrey Dempsey and Valerie Ewing, ably assisted by seasoned ticket seller Alexander Beattie, with the addition of several items being auctioned for Children in Need.
Visitors from Raphoe, the hub of Donegal badminton, dominated a number of events and served to provide excellent opposition for competitors from Belfast, Cavan and a wide spread of players from local clubs. Notable too, was the improved standard of current and previous squad players who are now able to hold their own with the ‘old hands’.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, League Chairman Derrick Jobb, congratulated the winners but emphasised the without the spirited losers there would be no winners and no competition. He thanked the Committee members who had each played an individual role to make the event a success and expressed particular appreciation of the sponsorship received. This season the sponsors were Scott & Ewing, Clogher Livestock Producers, Acheson & Glover, Gormley Motors Omagh, R A Pollock, H M Carpets and L E Haslett Clogher.
Results:
‘C’ Ladies: Semi Final; M Mc Farland /S Anderson beat R Humphries/H Gibson 15/7 15/7 . E Stewart/L Stewart beat N Campbell/D Mc Gartland 11/15 15/12 15/9 .
Final: McFarland/Anderson 15/5 15/2.
‘C’ Mens: Semi Final; G Craig/E Henderson beat S Johnston/R Mayne 15/12 15/11. C Stevenson/J Alcorn beat S Beattie/G Booth 15/9 10/15 15/5 .
Final: Craig/ Henderson 10/15 15/5 15/9.
‘C’ Mixed: Semi Final; B McGrath/A Mc Clelland beat G Booth /M Mc Farland 15/8 7/15 15/1 . E Henderson/H Gibson beat S Beattie/S Anderson 15/4 15/8 .
Final: Henderson/Gibson 15/10 15/13.
‘B’ Ladies: Semi Final; H Magee/V Magee beat S Graham/S-J Graham 15/4 15/12. B Trimble/Z Walker beat U O’Hagan/ R McCauley 15/13 15/6 .
Final: Magee/Magee 9/15 15/8 15/4.
‘B’Mens: Semi Final; P Alcorn/C Gibson beat S Rolston/M Camley 15/5 15/8. N Booth /S Knox beat R Baxter/ P Campbell 8/15 15/11 17/16.
Final: Alcorn/Gibson 17/14 15/11.
‘B’ Mixed: Semi Final; P Alcorn/L Alcorn beat P Garrity/R McCauley 15/11 15/6. B Trimble/R Domer beat S Rolston/Z Walker 15/7 15/9.
Final: Domer/Trimble 15/13 11/15 15/7.
‘B/C’Mens: Semi Final; D Magee/D Craig beat N Booth/G Booth 11/15 15/11 15/11 .J Magee/K Magee beat S Beattie/S Knox 15/8 15/6 .
Final: Magee/Magee 10/15 15/9 15/8.
‘B/C’Mixed: Semi Final: D Magee/V Magee beat J Magee/ D McSorley 15/11 15/11 . G Craig/ H Magee beat N Booth/O Kee 15/12 15/8.
Final: Magee/ Magee 15/10 15/9.
‘A/B’Ladies: Semi Final: K Ballantine/R McCauley beat S Beckett/D McSorley 15/7 15/7 . D McCullagh/B Trimble beat D McClung/U O’Hagan 15/4 15/6
Final: McCullagh/Trimble 15/4 15/6.
‘A/B’Mens: Semi Final: L Funston/P Campbell beat S Rolston/P Alcorn 15/7 15/5. N Jackson/A Jackson beat S Cuthbertson/P Garrity 15/7 12/15 15/7 .
Final: Funston/Campbell 15/11 15/8.
‘A/B’Mixed; Semi Final; P Campbell/K Ballantine beat P Alcorn/H Breen 5/15 15/11 15/12. L Funston/B Trimble beat C Sheridan/D McSorley 15/12 15/8 .
Final: Campbell/Ballantine 15/10 15/7.



FIRST OMAGH OFF TO FLYING START
This was submitted on 12/11/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Tuesday 7th November saw the first rounds of this season’s League Matches played in Omagh Leisure Complex.
In Division 1 First Omagh scored a surprise 7-1 win over The Centre. The only game going to The Centre was 2nd Mens when Robbie Baxter and Patrick Garrity saw off a strong challenge from Shane Rolston and Roly Domer.
In Division 2 Ardstraw stood in for Fintona against opponents Artigarvan who were making their debut in the League. The Ardstraw team was strengthened by the return of Mark Williamson and Adrain Liggett to competitive badminton after a lapse of some seasons. However they failed to fight off the challenge of D & G McCarter in 1st Mens but gathered speed and both were successful in their mixed games. The final score was 6-2 to Ardstraw with Artigarvan winning 1st mens and 4th Mixed.
A delayed start saw Division 3 opponents Dromore and Lisnaskea under pressure to finish in time. Dromore won 1st Mens, Ladies and Mixed, while Linaskea had 2nd Mens , Ladies and 4th Mixed under their belt. With time running out it was agreed to share the remaining two games, leaving a final 4-4 score.
With a limited time slot for the completion of a match the League Committee wishes to emphasise the importance of a prompt start and also would encourage team captains to ensure play is continuous with no breaks between games.
No league matches are planned for the incoming week to avoid any clash with Tyrone Championships scheduling. On 21st November The Centre are at home to Fintona in Division 1; Fintona and Artigarvan meet in Division 2 and in Division 3 Edenderry are at home to Centre B.





‘TYRONE OPEN’ KICKS OFF THE TOURNAMENT SEASON
This was submitted on 6/11/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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The Ecclesville Centre Fintona is again the setting for this season’s showpiece tournament run by the Clogher Valley League committee. Play in the Tyrone Open Chamionships begins on Monday 13th November with the ‘C’ Mens, Ladies and Mixed events. On Tuesday it is likewise for the ‘B’ players, while on Wednesday it is the turn of the ‘B/C’ Men, Ladies and Mixed. Thursday sees the ‘A’ players take to the floor, accompanied by a ‘B’ in the ‘A/B’ mens, ladies and Mixed. Friday is reserved for the finals of all senior events. Play commences at 7.30p.m.- sharp. Entries are still being taken and may be telephoned directly to the tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard at 82 252886.
Saturday 18th November has been earmarked for the Junior Tournament, with competitions for boys and girls according to age group. The starting time for these events is 1.00p.m.
This season League is grateful to be in receipt of sponsorship from Scott& Ewing, Clogher Livestock Producers, Acheson & Glover, Gormley Motors, R.A. Pollock, H.M.Carpets and L.E.Hazlett Clogher.





TYRONE CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 1/11/2006 by Leonard Knox

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Diary of Events:
Monday 13 th - C Mixed, C Ladies, C Mens
Tuesday 14th - B Mixed, B Ladies, B Mens
Wednesday 15th - C/B Ladies, C/B Mixed, C/B Mens
Thursday 16th - A/B Ladies, A/B Mixed, A/B Mens
Friday 17th - Finals night
Saturday 18th - Juniors U13 / U16, singles, doubles

Players to report promptly at 7:30pm each night. Junior events at 1:00pm Saturday.
Submit entries to Jennifer Leonard on 028 8225 2886

Please support our sponsors:
Scott & Ewing Group
Clogher Livestock Producers
Acheson & Glover
Gormley Motors
R A Pollock
H M Carpets
L E Haslett



LEAGUE COMPETITIONS UNDER STARTERS ORDERS
This was submitted on 30/10/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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First matches in the Clogher Valley League will take place on Tuesday 7th November 2006. In Division One First Omagh meet The Centre. Division Two sees Fintona B in competition with newcomers Atrigarvan, while Dromore meet Lisnaskea in Division Three. The venue is Omagh Leisure Complex and the starting time is 8p.m. sharp!!
The Clogher Valley representative teams in the Ulster League have already had their initial outings. The Division One team scored a 4-4 draw with Glengormley, as did the Division Two team against Alpha Eagles. The Division Four team scored a 6-2 win over Alpha Kestrels and time will tell if they are punching below their weight with Derrick Jobb making a comeback as number one man.



LEAGUE COMPETITIONS ON THE HORIZON
This was submitted on 22/10/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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At a meeting of the Clogher Valley League Committee on 17th October league entries were scrutinised and a decision made to run three divisions this season.
Division One – The Centre, Fintona and First Omagh
Division Two -– Ardstraw, Artigarvan, Bellinaleck and Fintona 2.
Division Three- Centre B, Dromore, Edenderry and Lisnaskea.
The ‘scramble’ system of individual entries for a Mens league had a very successful outcome with an entry of thirty six. Names were drawn according to standard and the Eagles, Vultures, Kestrels, Falcons, Ospreys and Hawks will compete, the number one man holding the position of team captain. All matches will be played in Omagh Leisure Complex and scheduling is in the hands of Valerie Rolston, John O’Hagan and Leonard Knox. The commencement date is Tuesday 7th November.
The Ladies League , with entries from Ardstraw, Centre, Fintona and First Omagh will be played on a home and away basis.



ULSTER LEAGUE COMPETITION
This was submitted on 21/9/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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For a number of seasons the Clogher Valley League has been fielding representative teams in the Ulster League. This season three teams have racquets at the ready to compete in different Divisions.
In Division 1 the local ladies are joined by ‘Alpha Males’ to make up a team as there not enough men of this calibre available locally. Lorna Beattie is the captain. Experienced player and team organiser, Noel Jackson captains the Division 2 team, while Una O’Hagan is in charge of a team in Division 4.
Matches are played in Lisburn Racquets Club. Division 1 plays on alternate Mondays with Divisions 2 and 4 similarly on Wednesdays. Team captains have financial responsibility for entry fees, shuttles and travel expenses and all players must pay the current affiliation fee to the U.B.B.U.I. Matches start on the week beginning 16th October.



INNOVATIVE SCRAMBLE FOR MEN
This was submitted on 14/9/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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With the onset of October most badminton clubs are fully operational. So too is the Clogher Valley League and the committee has already invited entries for competitive play in the coming season. Mixed teams will consist of the usual format- eight players- four men and four ladies. Ladies teams field six players- two of each grade ‘A’ ‘B’and ‘C’. As an incentive to get the Mens League back on the road ‘new broom’ to the Chair, Derrick Jobb, is encouraging individual men to put their name in a hat and be drawn for a place on a team made up from a mixture of players from different clubs.
Tuesday nights in Omagh Leisure Centre is the venue for matches this season, with an 8.00pm sharp start. It is hoped that this will encourage the participation of younger players and those others who have kept in the background to avoid the previously inevitable late nights.
Entries close on 14th October and the committee will meet the following week to decide on formats.




SUCCESSFUL ‘40TH’ CELEBRATIONS FOR CLOGHER VALLEY
This was submitted on 30/4/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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An eclectic mix of badminton players and ‘ex’ players turned up at the Mellon Country Hotel on 28th April to reminisce about their days on court and renew friendships formed across the net. Juvenile, adult, veteran and vintage enthusiasts all enjoyed an exceptional evening. A focal point of the celebrations was a display of photographs, newspaper cuttings, match reports and tournament score sheets stretching over the life of the League and sourced from May Wiltshire, Olive Kee, Joy Moore and John O’Hagan. These were broused through with amazement and amusement from the pre dinner sherry until the last dance was called.
In his speech the League Chairman , Leonard Knox, welcomed everyone to a very special celebration. He thanked those who had contributed to the smooth running of the League in the present season- Aubrey Smyth president, Valerie Rolston and Joy Moore secretary and assistant secretary, Lorna Beattie treasurer, Jennifer Leonard knockout secretary, Olive Kee press officer, John O’Hagan Under 16 organiser, Audrey Dempsey fund raiser, Brian McGrath junior coaching and the other committee members who had each made their individual contributions. He went on to give a brief history of the league since 1965, its waves and troughs and with impressive oratory recited the names of the 62 clubs who had competed since its inception. From this he concluded that badminton was a true cross community sport.
Special mention was given to ‘Mr Badminton’ –Derrick Jobb- who had recently been honoured in his appointment as manager of the Northern Ireland team to compete in the Commonwealth Games in Australia. On a sombre note he paid tribute to Nora Taylor, whose funeral had been that afternoon, and spoke of her enjoyment of the game over a great number of her 99 years.
Mrs Mary Murphy, a founder member and past player of Minterburn club was welcomed to present the awards.
First Omagh were to the fore with dominance in two events, winning both Division 1 of the Mixed League and the ‘B’ knockout competition. Fintona were winners of Division 2, but only by 2 points over old rivals Edenderry while newcomers Artigarvan took the ‘C’ knockout trophy. Adstraw won the Ladies League on countback, leaving First Omagh bridesmaids for a change. Ardstraw were again on track as winners of Division 2 of the under 16 League while Omagh Squad took Division 1.
Player of the Year, an award for achievement combined with a pleasant personality and on-court attitude went to Joy Moore in the Senior category and Peter Knox in the Junior one.
After the end of a satisfactory season the circle starts again with the 41st Annual General Meeting in Omagh Golf Club on Wednesday 10th May at 8 p.m. All welcome.



BIRTHDAY MILESTONE FOR CLOGHER VALLEY LEAGUE
This was submitted on 23/4/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Forty years of badminton in the Clogher Valley League is to be celebrated tomorrow night –Friday 28th April- at a special reunion dinner combined with the annual presentation night. The venue is the Mellon Country Hotel. It is hoped that a number of past players, committee members and office bearers will be able to attend to share reminiscences and make the occasion memorable.
Initially formed in 1965 to organise an inter club competition, the League proper began in 1967 with a competitive base of just seven clubs- Fintona British Legion, Fintona St Pats, Brookeborough, Aughnacloy, Augher, Fivemiletown and Minterburn. The first person to hold the post of Hon. Secretary was Heather Goodwin, at that time a bank official in Aughnacloy. She was followed by May Wiltshire , who gave years of efficient and dedicated sevice and for a time was ‘jack of all trades’ until joined in 1972 by Olive Kee as hon. Treasurer. At first a ‘biscuit tin’ system of accounting was employed but as the organisation grew a bank account was opened. By 1973 there were 15 clubs participating and by 1977 twenty clubs fielded over forty teams and the League became affiliated to the Ulster Branch of the Badminton Union of Ireland.
Subsequent secretaries included Jeanette Thompson, Lorna Beattie, Leonard Knox, Frazer Cathcart, Kitty Loughran and the current incumbent Valerie Rolston. Two former ‘Con’ reporters also served, Richard Mulligan as League secretary and Nigel Ballantine as Match secretary. Treasurers have been fewer in number. After Olive Kee, Jacqui Knox filled the post and then came Lorna Beattie who has since become a financial institution.
Early long term Chairman, John Chambers had the gift of dealing with any situation that arose with a cool head and remarkable control. He was followed by Aubrey Smyth- current President- and most recently Leonard Knox. A League does not live by office bearers alone. Hardworking committee members of the past include Seamus Doherty, Gerry Donnelly, Johnston Mulligan, Betty Millar- a past President- Jean Neill , the late Jim Murphy and William McClements, first long term president.
The League Committee took the historic decision of reviving the Tyrone Open Championships, a tournament which has since provided competitive play on the local and wider circuits. Representative ‘Valley’ teams have played with success in UBBUI competitions including Gilbert Trophy, Jack Wilson Trophy, Todd Trophy, Gormanstown, Veterans and at County Level. Long term committee member Derrick Jobb orchestrated the activities of the more talented players and was recently privileged in being appointed manager of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games team to compete in Australia.
Other milestone events were the hosting of the Irish National Championships in 1978, a Wales v Ireland under -21 match in 1988 and an Ireland v Belgium under- 23 match in 1995.
Initial replies indicate that a record number will attend the ‘birthday bash’ with an opportunity to reminisce, look over photographic memorabilia and renew the tapestry of friendships formed by participation in the sport. If you would like to attend and have not yet made arrangement to do so please contact Lorna Beattie at 82 840515.






JAM ON BOTH SIDES FOR FIRST OMAGH IN 40TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
This was submitted on 16/4/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Could it be jam in the middle as well? First Omagh are now clear winners of Division 1 of the League and also of the ‘B’ Knockout competition. The Ladies League is still in the balance. First Omagh have all their matches played and have 24 points. The game between Fintona and Ardstraw is still outstanding and should be played on Thursday 20th (tonight). If Fintona take any points from Ardstraw it will leave First Omagh victorious in this event as well. If Ardstraw obtain the full 6 points the scores will be even and the result will be decided on ‘countback’.
Division 2 winners are Fintona and the Artigarvan took the ‘C’ Knockout title.
As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations, presentation night is to be combined with a reunion dinner for past players and office bearers in the Mellon Country Hotel on Friday 28th April. All are welcome. Many have already been notified but if you have slipped the net contact Lorna Beattie at 82 840515. It is hoped to have a display of photographs and memorabilia so get into the attic and dust off the family album to bring along.



Knockout finals
This was submitted on 10/4/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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On Friday 7th April the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown was the chosen venue for the finals of the Knockout competition. Secretary, Jennifer Leonard was the organiser and the smoothly run finals brought her term of office to a close for this season. Two finals were played; those of the C and B sections.
Newcomers to Clogher Valley competition, Artigarvan, took to the floor in the C against young aspiring Fintona and got off to a good start by winning both the mens and ladies singles. Fintona then fought back with wins in the ladies and mens doubles. The mens doubles was one of the most spectacular games of the evening when Nigel Booth and Stephen Knox had a three set battle with K Rankin and D McCarter, Knox and Booth eventually winning 15/9 8/15 15/11. A pin could be heard to drop when, with scores equal, all three mixed were embarked upon simultaneously. However luck was not with Fintona. All three were lost ; although two of the games were three setters and only N Booth and M McFarland succumbed to D McCarter and S Fulton in two.
Bellinaleck and First Omagh were opponents in the B competition. First Omagh got a lead with the two singles games, although Peter Alcorn had to fight hard to get a 17/15 15/9 victory over Robin Moore. Bellinaleck pairing, Ruth Armstrong and Claire Ferguson had an excellent 11/15 15/13 15/10 win over Beverley Alexander and Zandra Walker but the Fermanagh clubs only other success was when veteran Geoffrey Armstrong, partenered by Linda Morrison, overcame Roly Domer and Barbara Trimble 17/16 15/8.
Although scores of 5-2 were gained by each of the winning teams the word whitewash did not apply in either match.
Prizes for this and other competitions will be presented at the Leagues 40th Anniversary prize winners and reunion dinner in the Mellon Country Hotel on Friday 28th April.



FINTONA TRIUMPHS IN DIVISION TWO
This was submitted on 2/4/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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After two seasons nipping at the heels of previous Division 2 winners Edenderry, the young bloods of Fintona have finally done it ! A team, the majority of which are young players and the first to benefit from coaching with the Western Development Squad, have now proved their worth in league badminton. A decisive 7-1 victory by Fintona over the Centre last week sealed the fate of Edenderry who then achieved only a 5-3 win over a vastly improved Ederney.
More excitement is to hand in the Ladies League. Again the leaders First Omagh and Ardstraw have each played 5 matches and have equal points (18). Both teams have one match to play and the opponents on both occasions will be Fintona. The outcome will depend on what Fintona ladies can pull out of the hat on Monday and Thursday of this week.
Friday April 7th sees the finals of the Knockout competition in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown. In the B section Bellinaleck face First Omagh across the net. In the C section the ubiquitous Fintona make yet another appearance and their opponents will be either old rivals Edenderry or Artigarvan A, who play their semi-final on Tuesday 4th April.



DIVISION 2 TOO CLOSE TO CALL
This was submitted on 26/3/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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With one match each to play, Division 2 leaders Edenderry and Fintona each have 54 points. Fintona are away to Centre 2 on Wednesday of this week 29th March- and Edenderrys away fixture with Ederney is scheduled for tonight 30th March. Nails will be bitten to the quick.
The only other matches outstanding are Holy Trinitys home fixture to the Centre and away to Ederney although neither result will make any difference to the winning position.



CAN FIRST OMAGH MAINTAIN THE PRESSURE ?
This was submitted on 20/3/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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First Omagh ladies, who suffered a surprising 5-1 defeat on their away fixture to Ardstraw turned the tables, with the same score reversed at home. All teams have now played four of their six matches and with only one point separating the two top teams First Omagh need to keep their foot on the pedal if they are to achieve top spot in the the Leagues 40th Anniversary year.



KNOCK OUT COMPETITION
This was submitted on 14/3/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Preliminary rounds of the Knock Out competition are now well underway.
In the C Section Artigarvan B had a close 4-3 finish with Holy Trinity Dromore and now meet Fintona, who scored a 6-1 triumph over Ederney, in the semi-final. In the other half of the draw Edenderry achieved the necessary 4 points over Florencecourt and will now meet Artigarvans Ateam who humbled The Centre 6-1 on Monday of this week.
The Centre Bplayers travelled to Bellinaleck where the home team came out the winners in a close 4-3 contest. The match between First Omagh and Aghadrumsee is scheduled for Monday 13th March and the winner will meet Bellinaleck in the final.
Secretary, Jennifer Leonard, reminds all teams that finals night is now fixed for the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on Friday 7th April 2006 and all matches need to be cleared up well before this date.



CLOGHER VALLEY UNDER 16 LEAGUE
This was submitted on 14/3/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Hard work put in by organisers Lorna Beattie and John O’Hagan, together with coaches Leonard Knox and Brian McGrath resulted in a satisfactory Under –16 League for the second season of its existence. Played on four Saturdays in the Station Centre Omagh the organisers were delighted with the resulting competition. Omagh Squad A were well deserved winners of Division 1 while ‘dark horses’ Ardstraw swept the boards in Division 2, winning all their matches 6-0.
Omagh squad players Scott Crawford and Jamie McKeown are each to be congratulated on an excellent performance in the Under –15 tournament in Lisburn Raquets Club when both won matches over Ulster Squad players.



CENTRE TOURNAMENT KICKS OFF WITH JUNIOR EVENTS
This was submitted on 12/2/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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The second major local tournament of the Clogher Valley season is scheduled for the week commencing Monday 20th February. However the Junior events precede this date. Saturday 18th February is the date for the Under 13 and Under 16 events, commencing at 1.30pm and 2.30pm respectively.
Senior events begin on Monday 20th February with the C Mens and Ladies Doubles and on Tuesday the same for B players. On Wednesday the C Mixed is included with the B/C Mens and Ladies level doubles and Thursday sees the B Mixed together with the A/B Mens and Ladies . A new phenomenon enters the scene on Friday when A players are invited to enter without a partner and trust to lady luck in a draw for a suitable team mate to compete in the A Mens, Ladies and Mixed Doubles. B players are encouraged to enter this section to gain valuable experience.
The venue for all events is the Sacred Heart College Sports Hall and the starting time each night is 7.45pm. Entries are still being taken and players may do so by telephoning 82 244323 or 82 244795.
The Centre Club is in receipt of sponsorship from First Trust Bank, JMG Systems and Lissan Coal for which they wish to express their thanks.



LEAGUE UPDATE
This was submitted on 9/2/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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First Omagh continue to dominate Division 1 and with a mighty average of 7 points per game they are unlikely to be caught.
The clash of the Titans continues in Division 2. At the moment Fintona are one point ahead of Edenderry, achieved when the Centre managed only a scoreline of 2-6 on their visit to Fintona, although two other games were three setters.
Ardstraw is off to a flying start in the Ladies League. A surprise 5-1 win over First Omagh has put them in pole position.

It was with great sadness that the badminton fraternity learned of the death of Joe Brogan. A founder member of the Community Centre Club, whose premises were the old Christian Brothers School, Joe rose rapidly through the local ranks but never forsook them, while he played the sport in Donegal , the North West and on representative teams for the Clogher Valley League and County. A talented, dedicated and determined player with a quiet sense of humour, his attitude was one that any participant in any sport could emulate. Centre Club matches were postponed as a mark of respect to his family.




NEW FACES WELCOMED TO KNOCKOUT
This was submitted on 9/2/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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In the past weeks Jennifer Leonard, knockout secretary, has been at work taking entries and scheduling this seasons competition. Teams from Artigarvan and Florencecourt are making their debut.
Eight teams are entered in the C section - Artigarvan A and B, Dromore, Edenderry, Ederney, Fintona, Florencecourt and The Centre.
The B section boasts four entries Aghadrumsee, Bellinaleck, First Omagh and The Centre.
The competition consists of seven rubbers: one game each of ladies singles, mens singles, ladies doubles, mens doubles and three mixed doubles. Preliminary rounds are on a home and away basis with finals of both sections in the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown on Friday 7th April 2006.
In theCsection Artigarvan Aare at home to The Centre, Florencecourt at home to Edenderry, Dromore to Artigarvan B and Ederney to Fintona. First Omagh B players are at home to Aghadrumsee and The Centre to Bellinaleck.
First round matches should be played as soon as possible to facilitate future scheduling.



RIVALS SHARE TOP SPOT IN DIVISION TWO
This was submitted on 26/1/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Edenderry, dropping a surprising two points away to First Castlederg and Fintona, losing 2nd ladies to Ederney, has left the top teams of Division 2 sharing a scoreline of 32 points. Each have the same nunber of games under their belt.
First Omagh continue to dominate Division 1. Their away match tonight (Thurs) will test whether their opponents The Centre can regain some lost ground.
Ardstraw have got off to a good start in the Ladies League with a 5-1 win over First Omagh, who then went on to defeat The Centre 4-2,



FIRST OMAGH AHEAD OF THE PACK
This was submitted on 26/1/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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With league matches nearing the halfway stage First Omagh are out in front in Division 1, with 28 points from 4 games. A decisive 7-1 home win over closest rivals the Centre means they are unlikely to be caught, barring the proverbial banana skin.
Edenderry are once again Division 2 leaders, scoring 32 points from 5 games. Arch-rivals Fintona are snapping at their heels with 25 points from 4 games. A 4 – 4 draw was the score when these titans first clashed. The return will be interesting.
For the second season the Clogher Valley Under 16 League is up and running. The initial matches take place this Saturday – 21st January- in the Station Centre Omagh. In Division 1 Lisnaskea play Mountjoy A , while Mountjoy B play against both Ardstraw and First Omagh in Division 2. The starting time is 2 p.m. Other match dates are 28th January, 4th February and 25th February.



SECOND PLACE BUT NOT SECOND RATE
This was submitted on 26/1/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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The penalty of success is promotion to more challenging tasks. Fintona Badminton Club, having been winners of Division 2 of the All Ireland Club Championships two seasons ago have now competed in Division 1 for the second time. On their first outing they were pipped to the post by just one point and this season they had similar hard luck and a similar scoreline as runners-up to Lisburn club Alpha. The venue for the competition was Gormanstown Co. Dublin and with the event encompassing 6 divisions the local club should be proud of such a satisfactory outcome.
Participating teams in Division1: Raheny, Mount Pleasant, Alpha and Fintona.
Fintona Team: Leslie Funston, Charles Pauley, Noel Jackson, Derrick Jobb, Peter Alcorn.
Lorna Beattie, Linda Maguire, Leanne Jack, Dawn McClung,Karen Ballantine.



Junior Events
This was submitted on 2/1/2006 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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LIFE IN THE FAST LANE FOR 'VALLEY' JUNIORS
With the turkey sandwiches barely digested local U-16 players are back on the treadmill.
Coleraine are hosting an Inter Squad competition at the Roe Valley Leisure Centre Limivady on 20th January 2006. All Western squad players are expected to participate.
Entries are presently being invited for the Clogher Valley Under-16 League to be run on two Saturdays in January and two in February. Last season 9 teams competed in two divisions and it is hoped for a similar entry this year. The venue is the Station Centre Omagh. Lorna Beattie and John O ‘Hagan are spearheading the organisation of this event together with squad coaches Leonard Knox and Brian McGrath.
Parallel to all this are matches in the Ulster Juvenile League, played in Lisburn Raquets Centre. The Western Squad fields two teams - an U13 Girls in Division 1 and an U15 Boys in Division 2. The girls have so far played just one match and secured a creditable 3-3 draw against Glengormley. Team: N Hannigan A Logan H McKeown K Graham. The boys have recorded 5-1 wins in both matches played, against Malone and St Polycarps. Boys teams included S Crawford, J Mc Keown, A Stevenson, P Knox, C Kemps and A Beattie. On Monday nights in Omagh Leisure Centre coaching sessions continue for squad members.



LEAGUE UPDATE
This was submitted on 14/12/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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After a successful Tyrone Championships it was back to the drawing board with league matches the priority. So far in Division 1, only four matches have been played. First Omagh have chalked up three wins giving them a total of 20 points. The Centre have 6 points from one game. Ardstraw, Bellinaleck and Dromore each have 2 points. Dromore's points were won in a closely fought game between Noel and Arnold Jackson and Centre's first men David Kenny and Stephen Cuthbertson, the former winning 15/12 17/14. Noel Jackson went on to win 1st mixed partnered by R Humphrey.
Division 2 players have 7 matches under their belts. Edenderry, winners for the previous two seasons have 18 points and are one point ahead of arch-rivals Fintona. The recent match between the two clubs resulted in a 4-4 draw so all is still to play for. The Centre have 9 points from 3 games, Dromore and 1st Castlederg each have 5 and Ederney have 2 although they have so far played just one game.
With the Ladies League starting this month and the Knockout in the New Year it will be all systems go to get cleared up by the end of the season.



TYRONE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 29/11/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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RECORD ENTRY FOR TYRONE JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS Saturday 19th November saw stiff competition for honours in the Junior events of the Tyrone Open Championships at the Ecclesville Centre Fintona. An influx of talent from Raphoe, Dromore and Mountjoy kept local Squad players on their toes. More events were run than on previous occasions. See the Junior Badminton page for results.
As part of the 40th Anniversary Celebrations of the Clogher Valley League a Fun Quiz is scheduled for Omagh Golf Club on Wednesday 30th November. An enjoyable evening is planned to appeal to past and present players of all intellectual abilities.



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 22/11/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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INVASION FROM CAVAN AND DONEGAL BUT LOCALS FIGHT BACK Continuing in the tradition started by Derrick Jobb, Jennifer Leonard and Lorna Beattie were the kingpins of a superbly run Tyrone Championships. Ably assisted at the table by John O'Hagan and with behind the scenes support from other committee members they served up a tournament to remember. Audrey Dempsey, capably understudied by Alexander Beattie, spearheaded a successful fundraising draw.
Welcomed to the tournament scene were new faces from Artigarvan, Cavan and Donegal who provided strong competition and swelled the throng at the Ecclesville Centre. However the visitors didn't have it all their own way. A wealth of local talent is on the ground, especially in the younger age group. Teenage players Nigel and Gareth Booth, Stewart Beattie, Stephen Knox, Colin Gibson, Mechela McFarland, Sharon Anderson and Judith Kennedy appeared in semi- finals and finals, some almost with jack -in -the- box regularity.
The standard of play was exceptional and enjoyed by both participants and spectators. Monday and Tuesday evenings when the ‘C’ and ‘B’ events were on court saw some superb examples of the week's play when games were closely fought in an atmosphere of amicable competition.
The League chairman, Leonard Knox officiated at finals night. He thanked all committee members who had helped and particularly expressed his appreciation of the sponsorship received, without which the tournament would not have taken place. This season the sponsors were Acheson & Glover, Gormleys Motors, R.A. Pollock, and Extratec Engineering.
Results:
'C' Ladies: Semi-Final: V Magee/C Macbeth beat D McGartland/E Stewart 15/2 15/11. M McFarland/S Anderson beat J Kennedy/ O Kee 15/8 15/12.
Final: McFarland/ Anderson 4/15 15/9 17/16.
'C' Men: Semi-Final: S Knox/ N Booth beat J Magee/ S Magee (Raphoe) 15/7 10/15 15/3. S Beattie/G Booth beat H Mayne/R Mayne 15/10 15/3. Final: Knox/Booth 15/4 15/5.
'C' Mixed: Semi-Final: N Booth/O Kee beat J Kennedy/S Knox 15/13 15/ 5. J Magee/V Magee beat H Mayne/E Stewart 15/8 15/11. Final: Magee/Magee 13/15 15/9 15/7.
'B' Ladies: Semi-Final: K Porter/L Magee beat S Graham/S-J Graham 15/8 15/5. B Trimble/B Alexander beat C Lennon/J Hayes 5/15 15/11 15/7. Final: Porter/Magee 15/8 15/10.
'B' Men: Semi-Final: C Sheridan/E O'Reilly(Cavan) beat P Alcorn/C Gibson 8/15 15/11 15/7. M Johnston/N Johnston beat S Rolston/M Camley 8/15 15/13 15/8. Final: Johnston/Johnston 15/6 6/15 15/10.
'B' Mixed: Semi-Final: P Alcorn/B Alexander beat C Gibson/S Graham 15/12 15/10. S Rolston/B Trimble beat E O'Reilly/C Lennon 15/4 15/3. Final: Rolston/Trimble 15/7 13/15 15/8.
'C/B' Ladies: Semi-Final: L Magee/V Magee beat U O'Hagan/J Kennedy 15/12 15/9. D McSorley/E Stewart beat R McCauley/O Kee 17 /15 15/9. Final: Magee/Magee 15/1 15/0.
'C/B' Mens: N Booth/S Knox beat D Magee/G Craig. C Stevenson/M
McLucas beat J Alcorn/C Kerr. Final: Stevenson/McLucas 15/11 15/4.
'C/B' Mixed: Semi-Final: C Kerr/O Kee beat A Jackson/E Stewart.
S Beattie/B Trimble beat G Craig/L Magee. Final: Beattie/Trimble 15/8 17/15.
'A/B' Ladies: Round Robin :Winner -L Magee/H Magee 63 points. R-Up D McSorley/E Brogan 52points.
'A/B' Mens: Final: P Alcorn/S Rolston beat N Jackson/A Jackson 15/8 15/8.
'A/B' Mixed; Round Robin: Winner- P Alcorn/H Breen 63 points. R-Up -S Rolston/B Alexander 56 points.



INNOVATIVE WEB SPACE FOR VALLEY
This was submitted on 15/11/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Move over Bill Gates. Academy AS Level student, Fintona club member and Western Squad player Stephen Knox has upgraded the previous website which was designed by his father Leonard. Available is the League history, constitution and rules, affiliated clubs, committee, news, junior and senior events and match updates. Also printed loud and clear are the Laws of the game how many people have been playing for years and never read the rules! User friendly to both whizz kids and silver surfers.
Back on planet earth, league matches have started. In Division 1, First Omagh travelled to Bellanaleck and recorded a 7-1 victory, losing only 4th mixed when Willie Stinson and Irene Clements defeated Colin Gibson and Zandra Walker. In Division 2, Edenderry scored a 6-2 win over Ederney, the home team losing 1st mens and 1st mixed to the visitors. The Centre were at home to First Castlederg and pulled off a close 5-3 victory.
No league matches are scheduled for this week as all hands will be on deck at the Tyrone Open Championships held in the Ecclesville Centre Fintona.



BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLY TO FINTONA
This was submitted on 8/11/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Behind the scenes, planning is the name of the game for Clogher Valleys showpiece tournament of the season the Tyrone Open Championships. The venue is once again the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona, and the starting date is Monday November 14th. Lorna Beattie is the overall organiser, assisted by John OHagan and Olive Kee, while Jennifer Leonard is the tournament secretary to whom entries may be telephoned at 028 82 252886.
This season the League is delighted to be the recipient of sponsorship from Acheson and Glover, Gormleys Motors, R.A.Pollock and Extratec Engineering.
Scheduled for Monday 14th is the C Mens Doubles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles. On Tuesday, similarily for the B players. Wednesday is the turn of the C/BMens, Ladies and Mixed Doubles while on Thursday the A/B Mens, Ladies and Mixed take the floor. Friday is left aside for finals of all senior events.
Saturday 19th has been earmarked for the Junior tournament, with doubles events for boys and girls in both Under-13 and Under-16 age groups.
Entry forms are now with club secretaries, who will accept entries or preferably they may be telephoned directly to the previously mentioned number.



LEAGUE COMPETITION ON THE STARTING BLOCKS
This was submitted on 4/11/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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In the last few weeks players have been gearing up to embrace the forthcoming season. Wednesday 26 October saw club secretaries meet to schedule fixtures. This season, two divisions will run, each consisting of six teams.
Division 1 - Aghadrumsee, Ardstraw, Bellanaleck, Centre, First Omagh and Holy Trinity.
Division 2 - First Castlederg, Centre, Edenderry, Ederney, Fintona and Holy Trinity.
To balance out strength Division One teams are limited to a maximum of two A players. The handicap system is still operative but is applicable to D players only. Matches are to be played on a home and away basis.
The Ladies League is scheduled to commence in early December.
Last season Clogher Valley representative teams were the winners of Divisions 2 and 3 of the Ulster League and are now upgraded to a higher section so are facing a greater challenge. The Division 2 team is captained by Noel Jackson and Clogher valley ladies provide the distaff side of a Division 1 team where they combine with Alpha men.



NEW SEASON
This was submitted on 29/9/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Brown is the new black, cricket the new soccer, never before has Tyrones red and white army so frequently travelled the rocky road to Dublin but for the last forty seasons the Clogher Valley League has quietly been providing competitive badminton in the local area. Badminton is a game of agility, speed (for some) and flexibility which can be participated in and enjoyed by a wide age range of people with an equally wide range of skill.
To celebrate its 40th year the League committee, under the direction of chairman Leonard Knox have planned a number of special events. A Come and Try It night has been arranged for Monday 3rd October 2005 in Omagh Leisure Centre from 8p.m. to 10p.m. Those who have had no previous experience of the game or have had a racquet in mothballs for a number of years are cordially invited to come along. Racquets and shuttles will be provided so do come, meet the local players, league officials, coaches and hear about a club near you. Criticism and embarrassment are not on the menu encouragement is the name of the game.
Omagh Golf Club is the venue for an inter-club fun night planned for the 29th November 2005. Rival clubs can participate in a mental tussle instead of the usual physical.
Running concurrently with these social events the League secretary, Valerie Rolston will orchestrate a number of mixed league competitions, a ladies league and a mens league, while Jennifer Leonard is in charge of the knockout competition.
Lorna Beattie, current treasurer will don a different hat from 14th to 19th November when she will be in the driving seat for the Tyrone Open Championships, flagship tournament of the league, once again held in the Ecclesville centre Fintona. Her committee consists of Jennifer Leonard, Olive Kee and John OHagan.
The future of any sport lies in its preparations for the next generation and in this badminton has not been caught on the hind foot. An invitation is extended to boys and girls in the 10-14 year age group to attend a trials night in Omagh Leisure Centre on Monday 10th October from 8pm to 10pm. Both beginners and established players are welcome. Assessment and coaching will be provided. This is the gateway to the Western Regional Squad, with U.B.B.U.I. development officer Leslie Dewart in overall charge. During the playing season inter squad competitions and league play is available according to standard. In the past as a result of the dedicated work of local coaches Derrick Jobb, Leonard Knox and Brian McGrath these young students have scored considerable success on the local and provincial circuit.



LEAGUE PRIZE GIVING
This was submitted on 28/4/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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A prestigious social event in Fintona Golf Club marked the end of Clogher Valleys competitive season. A relaxed informal dinner was enjoyed by all who had so recently been adversaries across the net. In Division 1, The Centre were back on track as winners and also collected the trophy for the A Knockout. A well balanced Ardstraw team took the Division 2 trophy and Edenderry were once again the recipients of Division 3 honours. Sixmilecross club Cloughfin did the double in collecting both B and C knockout trophies and First Omagh were worthy winners of the revived Ladies League. An entry of 8 teams in the newly formed Under 16 League gave scope for play in 2 sections. Fintona were winners of Division 1 and Omagh Squad triumphed in Division 2. Cloughfin were again in the spotlight when Peter Alcorn received the accolade of Senior Player of the Year while Omagh Squad player Scott Crawford was voted Junior Player of the year. In his speech League Chairman Leonard Knox thanked those who had contributed to the smooth running of the League Aubrey Smith the president, for his continuing commitment, secretary and assistant secretary Valerie Rolston and Joy Moore who had put and kept the show on the road for the season. Treasurer Lorna Beattie as usual showed excellent financial and organising skills and Jennifer Leonard capably rose to the challenge of her first season as Knockout Secretary. John OHagan was at the forefront of the Under 16 League and Audrey Dempsey was praised for her fundraising skills. Brian McGrath was prominent in the Junior coaching and other committee members each played their individual roles. Derrick Jobb and John OHagan were brought to notice for their efficient running of the Tyrone Championships and The Centre tournaments. He congratulated the two teams of local players who had been successful in winning Division 2 and 3 of the Ulster League. Thanks were expressed to Omagh Sports Forum for their financial support of Juvenile development and local tournaments and the chairman was delighted to welcome Mr Bert Wilson of the Forum to present the trophies. After the presentations a social evening was enjoyed with dancing to exuberant music and conviviality prevailing until the wee small hours. The 40th A.G.M. of the League is scheduled to take place in Omagh Golf club on Wednesday 4th May at 8p.m. Club secretaries and other interested persons are cordially invited to attend.



KNOCKOUT FINALS
This was submitted on 14/4/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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As expected, a welcoming atmosphere prevailed at the Bawnacre Centre Irvinestown which was again the choice of venue for Clogher Valleys Knockout Competition. Jennifer Leonard was the organiser and smoothly run finals brought her term of office to a close for this season. Fearing an ignominious defeat it was with trepidation that The Centres C team took the floor against a very strong representation from Sixmilecross club Cloughfin. Judith Kennedy got the match off to a good start for The Centre with a singles win over Michaela McFarland. Philip Conaty and Larry McCrumlish then had an excellent 15/11 8/15 15/11 win over Sam Brown and Johnny Alcorn in the mens doubles and John OHagan and Louise Conaty employed craft and guile to defeat young opponents Sam Brown and Sharon Anderson 15/13 15/13 in third mixed. However these were the only games gained by The Centre although Judith Kennedy and partner Olive Kee forced strong opponents Lesley Alcorn and Lisa Anderson to a three setter, leaving Cloughfin winners by 4 games to 3. The B section was competed for by last seasons C winners, Aghadrumsee, and another Cloughfin team which on this occasion included imports from First Omagh and Fivemiletown. Although overcome in a 6-1 scoreline, Aghadrumsee played valiantly and fearlessly against the much more experienced opposition. M Johnston had an encouraging win over Chris Kerr in the mens singles. From the spectators point of view one the best games was the mixed doubles battle of N Johnston and H McCartney (Agahadrumsee) with brother and sister partnership Roly Domer and Barbara Trimble, the latter winning by just one point in the third game. The Centre appeared again in the A final, with First Omagh as their opponents on this occasion. Karen Ballantine and Shane Whitman led off well for The Centre with singles wins. Dorothy McCullough and Sharon Beckett then turned the tables in the ladies doubles overcoming Dawn McClung and Elizabeth Brogan 15/10 15/10. Number two watchable game of the evening was the mens doubles when evergreen David Kenny and his quietly reliable partner Leslie Funston shook off a very strong challenge from up and coming Noel Jackson and Charles Pauley. Kenny clinched the 15/9 15/13 game with an amazing backhand smash, demonstrating flexibility worthy of a teenager. The overall result was a 5-2 win for The Centre.



UNDER-16 LEAGUE
This was submitted on 7/4/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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This season, for the first time, the Clogher Valley committee have provided their junior players with a league competition which was more than a one day event. It was run on consecutive Saturdays in the Station Centre, Omagh, and proved to be a satisfactory way of initiating young players to competitive play. There were entries from enough teams to provide play in two divisions. Division 1 Lisnaskea A and B, Enniskillen, Fintona and Ardstraw. Fintona were the winners with Lisnaskea A runners up. Fintona Team: Nigel Booth, Stephen Knox, Alexander Beattie, Alastair Barker, Colleen Barker, Lyndsay Booth. In Division 2 the competing teams were Western Squad, Mountjoy, Omagh Boys and Girls Club and Ederney. Western Squad were the winners with Mountjoy runners up. Squad Team: Peter Knox, Graham Young, Jamie McKeown, Scott Crawford, Claire Cuthbertson, Rebecca Logan. Thanks are due to dedicated coaches and team leaders who gave of their time to supervise, umpire and taxi and without whom these events could not run.



PIPPED BY A POINT
This was submitted on 13/3/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Fintona, last seasons winners of the annual All Ireland Club Championships recently travelled to Gormanstown Co. Dublin to defend their title. Playing without their Peter Canavan Derrick Jobb - who is now retired from active participation in the sport, but still acting as team manager, they were lacking a dedicated and experienced player. Although victory was not this time within their grasp they gained a very respectable second place, one point separating them from winners Kadca. Participating teams were: Raheny, Kadca, Alpha, Riada Rovers and Fintona. Fintona Team: Leslie Funston, Noel Jackson, Charles Pauley, Kieran McMahon. Lorna Beattie, Linda Maguire, Dawn Mc Clung, Leanne Jack, Karen Ballantine.



DUAL SUCCESS FOR VALLEY TEAMS
This was submitted on 13/3/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Representative teams from the Clogher Valley League have scored a remarkable success in winning honours in two separate divisions of the Ulster League. The Division 3 Team, captained by Noel Jackson, met stiff opposition from Alpha Kestrels, Newtownbreda, 1st Donegore, St Annes Dungannon and Lissara to win their section. Matches were played fortnightly at The National Badminton Centre Lisburn. Team: Noel Jackson, Charles Pauley, Peter Alcorn, Shane Rolston, Chris Kerr, Dorothy McCullough, Sharon Beckett, Heather Breen, Elizabeth Brogan. Not having sufficient men of a suitable standard for Division 2 the local ladies borrowed from Lisburn club Alpha. Playing under the banner of Clogher Valley the combined team were victorious in this section also. Here the opposition consisted of Whitehead, Whiteabbey, Glengormley Methodist, Ballyclare B, and Ballyholme. Team: Lorna Beattie, Linda Maguire, Karen Ballantine, Dawn McClung, Joanne Neil, Leanne Jack, Colin Watterson, Simon McAleese, Ian Sufferin, Leslie Funston, Stephen Archer.



LOCAL SQUAD NOT OUTCLASSED
This was submitted on 10/2/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Limavady was the venue for the recent Inter Squad Competition where players from the local Western Badminton Development Squad met stiff competition from their counterparts representing Donegal, Coleraine, and North West (Derry). Under 13 boys, Graham Young and Scott Crawford raised their game to fit the challenge and returned as winners of the Under 13 Boys Doubles competition. Valuable experience was gained by other squad members who competed in the event. Under 13 Boys - Alexander Beattie and Jamie McKeown. Under 15 Girls - Eimear Sheridan and Kirsty Simmons. The players were accompanied by coaches Leonard Knox and Brian McGrath. This weekend sees the first matches played in the Clogher Valley Under 16 League. On Saturday 12th February at the Station Centre, Enniskillen meet Fintona in Division 1 and in Division 2 Ederney are drawn against Omagh Boys and Girls Club. The starting time is 2pm.



JUNIOR BADMINTON
This was submitted on 20/1/2005 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Just when you are getting the hang of it you are too old so it is in junior badminton as in life. Every few seasons a totally new set of juniors sail into the uncharted waters of the Ulster Juvenile League. This season it was the turn of a Girls U-11 and a Boys U-13 team from the Clogher Valley Development Squad. Never before has the League had the opportunity to field a team so young as U-11. The first match (13/11/04) in Lisburn Racquets Centre against Alpha A was a challenging affair resulting in a 6-0 defeat. The next two matches (18/12/04) v Alpha B and (8/01/05) v Alpha C were also lost 5-1 but now it was a case of never mind the score see the improvement- in skill confidence and all round standard of play. The Boys U-13 team were also new kids on the block. On 30/11/04 they defeated Glengormley 5-1. Next on 13/11/04 came a 3-3 draw with Alpha C and then a 5-1 defeat by Alpha B on 08/01/05. All excellent results for newcomers to competitive play. Girls: Alice Logan, Rachel Murnaghan, Kathy Ekin, Naomi Hannigan; Boys: Alexander Beattie, Peter Knox, Scott Crawford, Graham Young, Christopher Kemps For those who are over the hill at 13 there is still hope and a busy time lies ahead. Locally plans are afoot for an U-16 league to be played in the Station Centre, Omagh on Saturday afternoons. It is hoped to have entries from 9 teams in two sections. The starting date is 05/02/05.



JUNIOR COMPETITIONS
This was submitted on 9/12/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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On the Saturday immediately after the senior tournament the Ecclesville Centre Fintona saw stiff competition for honours in the Junior Tyrone Championships. Once again local players were prominent in the semi-finals and finals. Results: Under-13 Boys Singles: Semi-Final Graham Young beat Jamie McKeown 15/5. Scott Crawford beat Alexander Beattie 15/10. Final S Crawford beat G Young 15/5. Under13 Boys Doubles: Semi-Final Peter Knox/ Alexander Beattie beat Philip Hutchison / Christopher Kemps 15/10. Graham Young /Scott Crawford beat Andrew Stevenson /Jamie McKeown 15/10. Final Crawford /Young 15/5. Under-16 Boys Singles: Semi-Final Nigel Booth beat John Hutton 15/4. Stewart Beattie beat Stephen Knox 15/12. Final S Beattie 17/16. Under16 Doubles: Stephen Knox/ Nigel Booth (30pts) beat Stewart Beattie/Mecaela McFarland (30pts) 15/5.



TYRONE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS
This was submitted on 2/12/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Aghadrumsee, Ardstraw, Cavan, Carntall, Cloughfin, Dromore, Donemana, Edenderry, Ederney, Eglinton, First Omagh, Killeshandra, Newtownstewart, The Centre and of course the home ground of Fintona were only some of the places and clubs from which badminton players converged on the Ecclesville Centre to compete in the Tyrone Open Championships. Play was of an exceptionally high standard, not only in the finals but also in the qualifying rounds. Most welcome was the arrival in the C and B section of a number of young players, many of whom had learned their craft in the Western Youth Development Squad- Sam Brown, Colin Gibson, Chris Kerr and the Alcorn siblings from Sixmilecross and Gareth & Nigel Booth, Stewart Beattie and twin sisters Susanne and Sara-Jane Graham of Fintona. However on a number of occasions experience still triumphed over youth! For the first time the event was run by a League sub-committee, consisting of Lorna Beattie, Jennifer Leonard, Olive Kee and Leanne Jack with behind the scene assistance from the previously experienced Derrick Jobb who also kicked off the competition on the Monday night. Audrey Dempsey spearheaded a very successful fund raising draw. The committee chairman Leonard Knox officiated on finals night. Thanks are due to all others who helped in any way with the organisation and the umpiring of games. The League Committee are especially grateful to Omagh Sports Forum who provided sponsorship for the tournament and are generously supporting the sport for this season. Results: C Ladies: Semi-Final J Kennedy/ L Alcorn beat O Kee/J Baxter 15/6 15/4. S Curran/T OReilly beat A McClelland/L Dickson 15/9 9/15 17/16. Final: Kennedy/Alcorn 13/15 15/6 15/4. C Men: Semi-Final E OReilly/C Sheridan beat S Beattie/N Booth 15/12 5/15 15/12. C Gibson/S Brown beat B Beattie /G Booth 15/4 15/6 Final: OReilly/Sheridan 15/6 3/15 15/12. C Mixed: Semi-Final C Sheridan/S Curran beat C Kenwell/H Kenwell 15/8 11/15 15/4. C Gibson/L Alcorn beat B McGrath/J Baxter 15/6 15/7. Final: Sheridan/Curran 16/17 15/9 15/3. 25/11/04 With the Tyrone Championships successfully behind them full report next week- it is all systems go with local players to get up to date with league matches. Fixtures are on a home and away basis. All games are played to 15 points with handicapping of 2 points for D players only. This season the structure is as follows: Division 1: First Omagh The Centre Cloughfin Bellinaleck Division 2: Ardstraw Aghadrumsee Holy Trinity Trillick Division 3: The Centre Edenderry Fintona Ederney 1st Castlederg Holy Trinity. This week in Division 1 First Omagh play The Centre on 25th November. Division 2 sees Ardstraw at home to Aghadrumsee on 26th Nov. and in Division 3 Holy Trinity are at home to Ederney and The Centre to Fintona also on Thursday 25th November.



ANNUAL PRIZEGIVING
This was submitted on 29/4/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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For Clogher Valley and Western District League players, the season ended on a high note with a well-attended presentation dinner in Fintona Golf Club. In Division 1, Fintona club took the honours, and also collected the trophy for the "A" knockout. Seskinore were well-deserved winners of Division 2 and the "B" knockout. Division 3 winners were Edenderry, but only by 2 points from hot-on-their-heels Seskinore. Dedicated Fermanagh club, Aghadrumsee, collected the "C" knockout trophy. Worthy winners of the junior league "A" section were Cloughfin, while Ardstraw took the "B" title. Fintona club was again in the spotlight when individual members Karen Ballentine picked up senior Player of the Year and Nigel Booth was elected junior Player of the Year. In his speech, League Chairman Leonard Knox expressed his thanks to the Secretary and Assistant Secretary, Valerie Rolston and Joy Moore, who had dealt so efficiently with the day-to-day running of the League, and Treasurer Lorna Beattie whose organising skills are second to none. Charles Kenwell had run the Knockout competition with tact and enthusiasm, and Derrick Jobb whose personal dedication to the Tyrone Championships had brought the tournament back to being a major competition on the badminton circuit. He praised Audrey Dempsey's fund raising skills and was delighted that the League had found such an excellent trainee replacement for Betty Millar. Leanne Jack and Karen Ballentine were congratulated on their selection for the Ulster Junior Inter-pro team, as was the Clogher Valley's representative team who were winners of Division 2 of the Ulster League. Thanks were extended to the Rutledge family for the presentation of a perpetual silver cup in memory of the late George Rutledge, who had been a stalwart of the badminton scene for many years.



LEAGUE RESULTS
This was submitted on 22/4/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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It wasn't until last week that Fintona were assured of the Division 1 title. With two matches unplayed, and a limited time schedule for completion, the Fintona team were two points behind arch rivals The Centre. But Fintona quickly put matters to right with decisive 6-2 home and away wins against Fermanagh club, Bellanaleck. This, combined with their knockout victory eaves champagne corks popping as the season ends. More "bubbly" will be required just down the road at Seskinore, where successes include the Division 2 and Knockout "B" titles. The "C" knockout winners are another Fermanagh club, Aghadrumsee, who pipped the youthful and promising Cloughfin team. Prizes will be presented at the annual dinner to be held tomorrow night (23rd) in Fintona Golf Club.



END OF SEASON
This was submitted on 15/4/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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At the Ulster Inter-squad competition in Limavady two local Under-15 players distinguished themselves. Partnering each other Nigel Booth and Stephen Knox won the Under-15 boys doubles against stiff opposition. Then Nigel took the singles title beating his former partner in runner-up position. League news: Edenderry have been declared the winners of Division 3 of the Clogher Valley league - injury and imminent motherhood causing them to drop down a division from the previous season. Starting their final match against last season's winners - Seskinore - they were two points behind, but turned the tables with a 6-2 win, leaving final scores of Edenderry 47 and Seskinore 45. However, all is not lost for Seskinore club as their Division 2 team are in pole position to take this title, aided by a 8-0 win over Trillick last week. Nearest rivals Ardstraw still have one game in hand, but are unlikely to catch up. In Division 1, The Centre have finished all six matches and total 27 points. Fintona have 24 points from 4 matches and First Omagh 22 points from 6. Bellanaleck and Fintona still have their home and away to play, so all will depend on this result.



LOCAL TALENT
This was submitted on 1/4/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Two local girls, Karen Ballantine and Leanne Jack have had the honour of representing the province on the Ulster Junior Inter-pro team this season. They played on the representative squad which defeated Munster 9-1 at Baldoyle, Dublin, in March and against Leinster where Ulster suffered a 7-3 defeat, although all the games on this occasion were close. Karen played and won the ladies singles on both occasions and also played in the mixed doubles. Leanne, whose specialty is ladies doubles played along with Karen as second ladies pairing. Karen started her badminton career at Whitehead and Templecarn and on moving to Tyrone represented Fintona in the Clogher Valley league, the Ulster league and also represented Tyrone. Leanne began as a junior at her local club, Ardstraw and after college returned to the club to play in the Clogher Valley league. She too has played on representative teams and for Tyrone. A very successful under-16 competition was played as a one day event in the Station Centre, Omagh. Six teams competed, three in each of two divisions. In division 1, Cloughfin were the winners with Fintona runners-up and Enniskillen third. In division 2, Ardstraw took honours to Omagh Boys and Girls club and Ederney. Finals of the knockout competition are scheduled for tonight - 1st April in the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown. In the A section evergreen Fintona face a newly upgraded panel of players from First Omagh. Seskinore, last seasons beaten B finalists again contest the title. Having dispatched old rivals Bellinaleck in the preliminary round and then seen off stiff competition from Trillick, they should be favourites when they face The Centre across the net. Cloughfin, a new entrant to the C and a young team who decisively defeated The Centre will meet Aghadrumsee.



ULSTER LEAGUE
This was submitted on 25/3/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Success or disappointment! Two valleys teams in the Ulster League each with a different experience! The Under-15 boys in division 2 of the Ulster Juvenile League experienced the latter. With wins under their belts against Alpha E, Alpha F and Glengormley they faced St. Annes Dungannon in a head to head to take the trophy. Unfortunately they were only able to secure a 3-3 draw which left the Dungannon team winners by just one point. Disappointed but not dismayed the local boys have had an excellent playing season and gained useful match experience. Team : Stephen Knox, Nigel Booth, Scott Browne and Alan McKinley. On the other hand, it was champagne all round for the Division 2 senior team. Having seen off strong opposition from Whiteabbey, Ballyclare , Glengormley and Whitehead they went into their last match against Alpha one point up needing only a 4-4 draw to win the section. Perhaps hindered by nerves, 1st men 1st 2nd and 4th mixed all went to the opposition and the last game on court the decider - was on a very sticky wicket. Stephen Cuthbertson and his partner Leanne Jack had lost the first set and were 8-2 down in the second. Then by grit, determination and a little bit of luck they clawed their way back to win that set allowing the rest of the team to breathe again. The third set was a doddle a 15-2 win so victory was snatched from the jaws of defeat by one solitary point. Team: Derrick Jobb, Leslie Funston, Stephen Cuthbertson, David Kenny & Shane Whitman, Lorna Beattie, Linda Maguire, Leanne Jack, Dawn McClung & Joanne Neill.



INTER-COUNTIES
This was submitted on 15/1/2004 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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At the weekend, the venue was Sligo for the Tyrone / Donegal / Sligo heat in Division 3 of the Inter-County competition. First up were Donegal against whom the local Warriors had a satisfactory 7-2 win. Next they overcame the host side Sligo in an amazing 9-2 victory. This puts them through to the semi-finals of the event on 13th March against as yet unknown opponents. Team: Lorna Beattie, Linda Maguire, Dawn McClung, Leanne Jack, Karen Ballantine, Derrick Jobb, Leslie Funston, Shane Whitman, Charles Pauley and Noel Jackson.



GORMANSTOWN CLUB COMPETITION
This was submitted on 11/12/2003 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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Last weekend, it was with trepidation that a badminton team representing Fintona set off for Gormanstown, Co Dublin, to compete in the all-Ireland Club Championships. Last season they had a remarkable success in being winners of division 2 and now were catapulted into the unknown territory of division 1. First up their opponents were Raheny (Dublin), who were last year's winners of the title. Giving it their best shot, the Tyrone team came through with an amazing 7-1 victory and then had a narrow win over Alpha A team, which was fielding three Ulster Division 2 players. Next day, a 6-2 win over Whiteabbey ensured them a place against Ballyclare. Four games were needed to win this match and they pulled out all the stops and clinched the championship title with three games in hand. Team members were Derrick Jobb, Leslie Funston, Noel Jackson, Charles Pauley, Shane Whitman, Leanne Jack, Dawn McClung, Linda Maguire and Lorna Beattie.



JUNIOR TOURNAMENT RESULTS
This was submitted on 4/12/2003 by Olive Kee - Press Officer

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On Saturday 15 November the Lakeland Forum, Enniskillen was the venue for an Inter-Squad competition organised by Derrick Jobb. Clogher Valley player Nigel Booth was runner-up in the U-15 boys singles and also the U-15 boys doubles with partner Stephen Knox. On Saturday 22 November the Ecclesville Centre, Fintona saw stiff competition for honours in the junior section of the Tyrone Open Championships. Lynsay Booth (45pts) was the winners of a tightly contested U-13 section with Andrew Stevenson (43pts) runner-up. The U-15 singles saw Nigel Booth come through 15/13, 13/15, 15/5 in a play-off against Stephen Knox. Tracey Watson / Jill Burke (30pts) were winners of the U-15 doubles with John Hutton / Ronan Sharkey (19pts) taking runner-up position. The Clogher Valley U-15 boys team have had recent successes in their games in the Ulster Juvenile League played in the Racquets Centre, Lisburn. On 22 November they had a 5-1 win over Alpha F and on 29 November overcame Glengormley 4-2. The team on both these occasions was N Booth, S Knox, S Browne and A McKinley.



Stephen Knox

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