Senior Team of the Year Award
GOLF: Fintona Ladies
Fintona Golf Club’s Challenge Cup ladies team enjoyed a season to remember by winning the first Ulster title in the club’s 113 year history, before going on to claim an All-Ireland silver medal when they were defeated by Dublin team Malahide in the final at Malone Golf Club It was an epic journey for Bernie McCillen and Fanchea Donnelly’s charges, starting with matches against Holywood, Masserene, Banbridge, Knock, and then into the nail biting Ulster semi-final against Belvoir and the equally close and tense final against Royal Belfast, where Fintona secured the provincial crown. After their Ulster success it was on to the national semi- finals, hosted by Malone, to play Mount Bellew, representing Connaught, with Fintona having a solid win which brought the team in-to the All-Ireland final.
The Fintona Pearses BC quartet of Gary McNabb, Gerard Conroy, Jim Teague and Martin McClenaghan earned the right to play in the British Isles Championships in October after winning the prestigious National Fours Championship Final. After seeing off a host of top rinks in qualifying, including those skipped by internationals Alan Paul and Mark Wilson as well as previous winner Alan Laughlin, the Fintona four faced Mid Down representatives, skipped by Kyle Bleakley, in a bid to win the cov- eted national title in Richill. And the Mid Tyrone zone players, skipped by Beragh’s Gerard Conroy, did not disappoint by triumphing in a nail-biting decider.
GAA: St Macartans Ladies
2017 is a season which will live long in the memory of the Valley girls. They first of all underlined their pre-eminance within the County by wrapping up another Tyrone League and Championship double but not content with that the team, managed by former Tyrone legend Ryan McMenamin, embarked on an historic and triumphant march through Ulster. Their 25 year dream (having lost four previous finals) finally came to frution when they defeated all-conquering Donaghmoyne in the Ulster Club Final 3-4 to 1-8, Paula Donnelly (two) and Cathy Maguire the goal scorers, to seal their inaugural Senior title. Their All-Ireland aspirations were eventually curtailed by a classy Carnacon side.
GAA: Omagh St Endas
A condensed 25 day Autumn schedule from first round to final delivered St Enda’s their ninth Tyrone Senior Championship crown and second in three seasons. Impressive victories over Ardboe, Greencastle and Trillick booked a berth in another O’Neill Cup decider for Paddy Crozier’s charges. And after a hard-fought, attritional battle they edged past Errigal Ciaran 0-10 to 0-8 in the final to lay claim to the famous old trophy yet again, with skipper Joe McMahon proudly holding aloft the Cup at Healy Park. It was an impressive campaign which spoke volumes for their skill, spirit, determination and doggedness. It took Ulster top dogs Slaughtneil to eventually end their journey in the provincial arena, but only after another huge battle in Derry.
SOCCER: Strathroy Harps
Three was the magic number for Strathroy Harps in 2017. A 2-2 draw against Lisbellaw United signalled the start of a week of celebrations in early May when they won the Mercer League for a third time. And less than a week later things got even better when they won the Mulhern Cup for a third time in a row following a penalty shoot-out win over Beragh Swifts, which meant they had completed a treble last season as they had earlier claimed the Kennedy Cup crown.
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Deadline for public view is: 10am, Monday 19th February 2018 Final voting deadline is: 10am, Friday 23rd February 2018.