Club of the Year Award
RUGBY: Omagh Accies
OMAGH Accies enjoyed a year to remember in 2017 when, not only did they secure a return to the senior ranks after a near two decade long absence, but they also claimed two Ulster league titles. The first team wrote the main headlines last year, winning the Ulster Rugby Championship, following that up with a second placed finish in the All Ireland League round-robin tournament before beating Boyne in a play-off match to earn promotion. Not to be outdone, the seconds also claimed their provincial league crown and with two other adult men’s team, thriving ladies, youth and mini sections, the club is thiving.
GAA: Fintona Pearses
THE Pearses marked one hundred years of GAA in the Donacavey parish with a series of successful and superbly organised events which underlined the proud commitment of everyone within the Club to the fold. As well as a floodlit charity senior football tournament, there was also a Celtic Cross Golf Classic featuring a host of All-Ireland winners from across the country, a poignant Memorial Sevens tournament held in memory of Killian Doherty and Maurice McCloughan; and a memorable Gala function to culminate the year’s festivities at the back end of 2017, which brought together generations of club players, official and members.
OMAGH Golf Club is blooming presently with a thriving Junior Academy which has reinvigorated its juvenile section, who have impressed at home and further afield over the last 12 months, with Oscar Murphy particularly prevalent with his Irish Junior Open Series title at Killymoon and then his impressive tee shot at the Abu Dhabi Championships. But it was the men of the club who particularly caught the eye this year, reaching the Senior Cowdy Cup, Sam Rutherford Cup and Roberts Cup finals, winning the latter for the third successive year.
HOCKEY: Omagh Ladies
OMAGH Ladies can look back on a fantastic season with a great sense of achievement that saw the seconds claim a league and cup double, while the firsts won promotion back to Senior One for the first time in four seasons. Veteran striker, Ann Young scored all five goals in the seconds’ memorable 5-3 Junior Cup final win over Coleraine at Stormont after Sandra Hemphill’s side had been crowned Junior League Four champions. The senior team meanwhile, defeated Cookstown 1-0 in a promotion-relegation play-off to seal a return to the second flight of Ulster Hockey.
EQUESTRIAN: Strule Valley RC
STRULE Valley Riding Club regularly organise equestrian events locally that attract participants and competitors from near and far. With a small but dedicated committee behind it, the club has grown over the last two decades to become a fixture in equestrian circles and in 2017 they enjoyed another successful year of events, while celebrating their 20th anniversary.
THE Loughmacrory club has a long tradition of promoting all formats of handball, with a litany of champions of all ages at local, national and international level enhancing their stature. Continually paving the way when it comes to the sport, the club marked its 150th milestone last year with the passion of members showing few signs of diminishing. Annually hundreds of players converge on their marvellous court facilities for the Lough Wallball Showdown.
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Deadline for public view is: 10am, Monday 19th February 2018 Final voting deadline is: 10am, Friday 23rd February 2018.