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Clogher Valley Badminton League Titles Are Decided
This was submitted on 24/3/2019 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The final round of Ladies League and Division 2 matches have seen our winners crowned.

Ladies League

It was Lorna Beattie’s Bluebells who were victors, securing their place on top of the leader board with a 3-3 draw with Sheena Hughes’ Tulips who finished in second place. The Carnations followed in third place with 18 points, with Daffodils taking fourth spot with 9 points.

Division 2

After a nail-biting finish to the 2018/19 season,
In the final Ladies League match of the season, iit was Edenderry (27 points) who clinched the title of Division 2 winners over The Centre (26 points). With everything to play for in the final matches of the season, Edenderry secured their victory with a 4-4 draw with The Centre. Dromore (23 points) finished in third place followed by Fintona (20 points) in fourth place.

The Division 1 title has yet to be decided with matches in this league continuing this Thursday 28th March when First Omagh play Fintona Kestrels and Centre Owls take on Fintona Finches.

The Clogher Valley 2018/19 season concludes with its annual Knockout Tournament which sees players compete at ‘A’, ‘B’ and ‘C’ levels. This year the tournament is scheduled for Friday 5th March at 8pm with the venue being The Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown.

Trophies for this and the other league competitions will be presented at the Annual Clogher Valley Badminton Dinner and Awards Night which is arranged for Saturday 26th April in Fintona Golf Club. Results and other news can be found on our website: or on our Facebook page: @cloghervalleybadminton.

Tyrone Open Badminton Championships 2019
This was submitted on 10/2/2019 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 Badminton Committee, this tournament would not be a success. Special thanks are due to tournament secretary Nigel Booth, and tournament referee Derrick Jobb, who together with fellow committee members Lorna Beattie, Barbara Trimble, Arnold Gibson, Jennifer Leonard, Olive Kee and Leonard Knox ensured all events ran smoothly each night.

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

On Saturday 2nd February 2019, the tournament began with the Tyrone Open Junior Championships which saw players compete in singles and doubles events at under 13 and under 16 age levels. There was an excellent turnout of local players as well as players from as far away as Donegal and Letterkenny which provided great entertainment for spectators. Special thanks are due to Jennifer Leonard, Sheena Hughes, Elizabeth Cullinan, Mecaela McFarland, Brian McGrath, Audrey Dempsey, Colin Booth and other parents who helped out with organising/scoring on the day.


U13 Girls Singles
Winner: Cara Eaton
Runner-up: Kimberley Pearson

U13 Boys Singles
Winner: Sam Macbeth
Runner-up: Rhys McAuley

U16 Boys Singles
Winner: Tiarnan Donnelly
Runner-up: James Elliott

U16 Girls Singles
Winner: Cara Eaton
Runner-up: Kimberley Pearson

U13 Girls Doubles
Winners: Cara Eaton/Kimberley Pearson
Runners-up: Aoibh Cullinan/Grainne Cassidy

U13 Boys Doubles
Winners: Sam Macbeth/Ryan McAuley
Runners-up: Zach McAuley/Rhys McAuley

U16 Boys Doubles
Winners: Sam Macbeth/Ryan McAuley
Runners-up: Zach McAuley/Rhys McAuley

‘C’ Ladies: Round Robin; runners up were G. Armstrong/J. Baxter with 85 points. Winners were U. Rooney/L. Macklin with 90 points.

‘C’ Men’s: Semi-final; M. Henderson/A. Finley beat D. Hewitt/B. Hewitt 21/8 21/6. C. Montgomery/S. Shanks beat D. Dickson/N. Armstrong 21/12 21/14. Final; Montgomery/Shanks 21/13 19/21 21/12.

‘C’ Mixed: Semi-final; U. Rooney/D. Hewitt beat J. Love/C. Montgomery 21/16 13/21 21/19. J. Sproule/S. Shanks beat G. Armstrong/N. Armstrong 21/16 21/18. Final; Sproule/Shanks 16/21 23/21 21/16.

‘B’ Ladies: Round Robin; runners up were J. McNulty/J. Warnock with 55 points. Winners were L. Dickson/A. Dempsey with 60 points.

‘B’ Men’s: Round Robin; runners up were C. Booth/G. Williamson with 85 points. Winners were B. Darragh/S. Macbeth with 90 points.

‘B’ Mixed: Round Robin; runners up were R. McCauley/C. Booth with 117 points. Winners were B. Alexander/G. Williamson with 120 points.

‘A’ Ladies: Round Robin; runners up were L. Maguire/K. Ballantine with 112 points. Winners were S. Dawson/M. McFarland with 120 points.

‘A’ Men’s: Round Robin; runners up were N. Booth/A. McKinley with 84 points. Winners were M. Warke/R. Macbeth with 90 points.

‘A’ Mixed: Semi-final; D. McCullagh/K. Magee beat M. Colhoun/M. Warke 21/14 21/17. K. Ballantine/N. Booth beat S. Russell/R. Macbeth 21/9 21/8. Final; Ballantine/Booth 15/21 21/18 21/19.

‘A/B’ Ladies: Round Robin; runners-up were L. Beattie/L. Dickson with 86 points. Winners were B. Trimble/G. Graham with 90 points.

‘A/B’ Men’s: Final; N. Booth/C. Booth beat R. Domer/D. Hunter 21/5 21/6.

‘A/B’ Mixed: Semi-final; B. Alexander/N. Booth beat L. Dickson/P. Alcorn 21/6 16/21 21/18. G. Graham/J. Lowry beat L. Beattie/C. Booth 21/19 21/11. Final; Alexander/Booth 21/12 21/15.

‘B/C’ Ladies: Round Robin; runners up were A. Dempsey/M. Diamond with 50 points. Winners were G. Armstrong/J. Sproule with 56 points.

‘B/C’ Men’s: Round Robin; runners-up were C. Booth/T. Gallagher with 113 points. Winners were G. Williamson/D. Williamson with 120 points.

‘B/C’ Mixed: Semi-final; J. Sproule/C. Booth beat B. Alexander/D. Williamson 21/16 19/21 21/15. J. Love/G. Williamson beat A. Dempsey/N. Armstrong 10/21 21/16 21/12. Final; Sproule/Booth 21/9 21/12.

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

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

Clogher Valley League Update

Division 1

Team Points

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

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

Division 2

Team Points

Edenderry 13
Dromore 12
Centre 9
Fintona 6

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

Ladies League

Team Points

Bluebells 12
Tulips 6
Daffodils 4
Carnations 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continuing with the awards, this year saw the return of the two mixed divisions and the ladies and mens leagues, with the knockout competition providing the finale to the 2017/18 season. Fintona again dominated in the mixed leagues, picking up the trophy for both Division 1 and 2. Nigel Booth and his team of Falcons were well deserved winners of the Mens League competition with Mecaela McFarlands Bluebells picking up the honours in the Ladies League after their successful year. Fintona were again back on stage to collect their trophies as winners of both the A and B knockout competitions, with Dromore crowned as C knockout champions.

This year the Player of the Year Award, an honour which takes into account a players commitment to the sport, on-court attitude and numerous achievements throughout the season, was presented to a player whom the committee and fellow players decided had demonstrated his deservedness of this accolade throughout the season. Colin Booth was awarded the title of Player of the Year after a unanimous decision by the league committee who recognised his success throughout the season, improved performance and enthusiasm towards the sport of badminton.

The Service to Sport Award, is a special award presented each year by the league chairman, Derrick Jobb, to an individual who he feels has contributed in a unique way to the sport of badminton. This year he recognised the work of Audrey Dempsey who was the worthy recipient of this award. In presenting the award he praised her for her love of badminton and enthusiastic commitment to the sport and also highlighted the contribution Audrey has made in her home club of Edenderry as well as her valued involvement in running the Clogher Valley League.

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

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

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