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23/03/2018 - Knockout Finals
Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown. 7:30pm


Tyrone Open Badminton Championships 2018
This was submitted on 11/2/2018 by Nigel Booth PRO

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tyrone Open Junior Championships 2018
This was submitted on 11/2/2018 by Nigel Booth PRO

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On Saturday 3rd February 2018, the Ecclesville Centre in Fintona was the setting for 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 to tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard for organising the event as well as other committee members/coaches Sheena Hughes, Lorna Beattie, Olive Kee, Audrey Dempsey, Elizabeth Cullinan, Nigel Booth, Arnold Gibson and Brian McGrath for their assistance on the day. Thanks are also due to all the parents who helped in scoring games and transporting competitors, ensuring the smooth running and successfulness of the tournament.

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


U13 Girls Singles
Winner: Ruby Kelly
Runner-up: Emma McBeth

U13 Boys Singles
Winner: Sam McBeth
Runner-up: Ben Lowry

U16 Boys Singles
Winner: Jamie Kee
Runner-up: Tiernan Donnelly

U13 Girls Doubles
Winners: Ruby Kelly/Emma McBeth
Runners-up: Aoibh Cullinan/Grainne Cassidy

U13 Boys Doubles
Winners: Sam McBeth/Callum Laird
Runners-up: Zach McAuley/Reece McAuley

U16 Boys Doubles
Winners: Cathar McMenamin/Tiernan Donnelly
Runners-up: Ben Hewitt/Jamie Kee

2018 Tyrone Championships on the Horizon
This was submitted on 11/2/2018 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 weekbeginning Saturday 3rd February 2018. The Ecclesville Centre, Fintona is the venue with entries being taken by tournament secretary Jennifer Leonard. Play kicks off this yearon Saturday 3rd Februarywith the Junior tournament, which sees players compete in events for U-13 and U-16 age groups. The senior tournament kicks offon Monday 5th February 2018with 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 promptlyat 8pmeach evening.

Clogher Valley League Update

Division 2

Dromore 2-6 Fintona
Edenderry 5-3 Centre

There were wins for both Fintona and Edenderry in the latest Division 2 matches, extending their lead at the top of the leaderboard. Edenderry currently top the scoreboard with 20 points, followed by Fintona on 15 points who also have a game in hand. The Centre take up third spot with 12 points but are closely followed by Dromore with 9 points who also have a game less played.

Due to the bad weather last week, the ladies and mens league matches had to be postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

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

Clogher Valley Badminton League Latest Results
This was submitted on 17/12/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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

Division 1

Fintona 5 - 3 The Centre

In their first competitive match of the 2017/18 season, Fintona were on court to defend their title; this time they were up against The Centre. The final score ended 5-3 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 21/18, 22/20 in 1st men's doubles. 2nd and 3rd mixed doubles were also won by The Centre in close 3-setters but the remaining games were won by the defending champions to leave the final score 5-3.

Division 2

Edenderry 5 - 3 Fintona
Centre 4 - 4 Dromore

In the latest Division 2 matches, The Centre took on Dromore and Fintona were up against Edenderry. Edenderry were victorious in their match against last year's winners, with the Centre and Dromore having to settle for equal points when their match finished in a 4-4 draw.

Going into the festive break, the scoreboard is as follows: 1st: Edenderry (15 points); 2nd: Fintona and The Centre (9 points); 4th: Dromore (7 points); but it all still remains to play for with Fintona and Dromore both having a game in hand.

Mens League

Eagles 2 - 2 Ospreys
Ravens 0 - 4 Falcons

After some close games in the second round of matches in the Men's league, 3 points separate 1st and 4th place with the scoreboard as follows: 1st: Falcons and Ospreys (5 points); 3rd: Eagles (4 points); 4th: Ravens (2 points).

The last match in this league before the Christmas break is scheduled for Tuesday 19th December when Ravens take on Eagles and Ospreys are up against Falcons.

Ladies League

Tulips 4 - 2 Carnations
Bluebells 5 - 1 Daffodils

At the halfway stage in the Ladies League competition, Mecaela McFarland's Bluebells continue to blossom as they maintain their lead at the top of the leader board after a 5-1 victory over Lorna Beattie's Daffodils. In the second ladies match of the night, Sheena Hughes' Tulips were up against Barbara Trimble's Carnations with the score finishing in a 4-2 win in favour of the Tulips.

Going into the Christmas break, the scoreboard in the Ladies League is as follows; 1st: Bluebells (14 points); 2nd: Daffodils and Tulips (8 points); 4th Carnations (6 points).

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

This was submitted on 3/12/2017 by Nigel Booth PRO

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The busy start to the 2017/18 Clogher Valley Badminton season continued over the last few weeks with competition in the Mens and Ladies Leagues, and Division 2.

Mens League

Falcons 1 - 3 Ospreys
Ravens 2 - 2 Eagles

Roly Domer and his team of Ospreys got off to a flying start in the opening Mens League match of the season with a 3-1 win over Nigel Booth's Falcons. Adam Lowrys Ravens and Richard Smyth's Eagles had to settle for a 2-2 draw and joint second place on the leader board after their first meeting of the season.

The second round of Mens League matches takes place this week (Tuesday 5th December) with Eagles v. Ospreys and Ravens v. Falcons.

Ladies League

Bluebells 5 - 1 Carnations
Tulips 2 - 4 Daffodils

Despite the cold temperatures outside, Mecaela McFarland's Bluebells are starting to bloom on court inside with a 5-1 victory over last years winner Barbara Trimble, and her team of Carnations. Meanwhile, Sheena Hughes' Tulips and Lorna Beattie's Daffodils share third place on the leader board after their match finished 4-2 in favour of the Daffodils.

The last matches in the Ladies League before the Christmas break are arranged for Thursday 14th December when Tulips play Carnations and Bluebells meet Daffodils.

Division 2

Edenderry 5 - 3 Dromore
Centre 2 - 6 Fintona

In Division 2 there were wins for both Edenderry and Fintona. With two matches played, Edenderry are currently on top spot of the leader board with 10 points. Fintona follow in second place (6 points) after only one match played. Centre and Edenderry trail in third and fourth place with 5 and 3 points respectively following their second matches of the season.

Play continues in Division 2 on Tuesday 12th December when Dromore meet The Centre and Edenderry take on Fintona.

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

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