Club of the Year Award
Omagh Hockey Club (Hockey)
2018 was arguably the most memorable year in Omagh Hockey Club’s history. In November the club held a gala function to mark 80 years of hockey playing in the district. Special guest was none other than Shirley McCay, the club’s most famous daughter, who back in August had been key member of the Ireland team which had against all the odds reached the World Cup Final in London. That remarkable acheivement rubbed off on Omagh’s class of 2018 with the club’s 1st XI defeating Raphoe at Stormont to capture the Senior One League Cup for the first time in late December. The year ended with the firsts and seconds sitting proudly on top of their respective leagues.
Newtownstewart St Eugene’s GFC (GAA)
Displaced following huge damage to their premises and grounds caused by devestating floods back in 2017, the hard working army of volunteers at St Eugene’s, backed by the generosity of the local community and far beyond have rebounded in spectacular fashion both on and off the field of play. Having languished in the Junior ranks since their relegation in 2014, the club senior team clinched promotion and with it the Pat Darcy Cup with a thrilling Championship Final victory over Beragh, another club impacted badly by flooding in the past. With Kevin Gallagher turning in a man of the match display the thrilled Newtown boys took an emotional victory on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-10, little over fourteen months after mother nature had threatened to destroy daily life at the club.
Newtownstewart Golf Club (Golf)
To win one title in a year is good, two is excellent, three is spectacular, but four is remarkable and that is exactly what happened at Newtownstewart Golf Club in 2018. Throughout the year, the club’s teams excelled on courses – their own and those of rival clubs – as they annexed a quartet of coveted crowns. Adrian Sweeney’s team sealed the Lawson Cup, Chris Wilson’s squad released Omagh’s grasp on the Roberts Cup, while Patricia Devine and Caroline Ballentine’s charges claimed the Tyrone and Fermanagh Cup and Debbie McCaffrey’s ladies got their hands on the Cowdy Cup.
Carmen Runners (Athletics)
The Carrickmore-based club is going from strength-to-strength on local roads, on the track and in the field as members continue to excel in every athletics discipline. From helping to develop the next generation of athletes, like Jack Moore and Molly Curran, to providing coaching to newcomers to the sport, the club has an open door policy for all. As well as offering coaching from novice to elite levels, the club, under the stewardship of effervescent chairman, Michael Kerr, organises a range of events like the Diva Dash, the Carmen 10K and 5K runs and of course the annual one mile relay championship.
TKD Tyrone (Martial Arts)
With over 100 students enrolled across their Eskra, Ballygawley and Fintona classes, TKD Tyrone is growing at an impressive rate as the area gets to grips with the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. Under the stewardship of Martin O’Hare (2nd Dan), not only has club membership increased, but the ability of those involved appears to have progressed at a similar rate as no fewer than nineteen members travelled to the World Championships in Birmingham last year, returning with an amazing five gold medals, one silver and thirteen bronze!
Please note: One vote per IP address. Your vote does not determine the overall winner but helps create awareness of the shortlisted nominees.
Deadlines: For ‘public view’ of votes: Monday 25th February 2019 10am
Final voting deadline is: Friday 1st March 2019 10am