Clogher Valley could make history
Ernie Clarke, Clogher Valley skip, who will be a key player for the double chasing Valley.
Clogher Valley have one of their most important week's bowling this week with the possibility of creating league history by being the first team to collect the coveted double. Not since the formation of the Border Counties League has any team won the league and cup/shield in one season and the Fivemiletown based team are going all out to collect both coveted titles.
The Border Counties league was to have ended last week but due to team difficulties and weather issues the Omagh v Sion Mills and the Letterkenny v Clogher Valley encounters both had to be cancelled, resulting in the situation that this year's league champions cannot be declared.
At present, Dungannon top the table with a total of 74 points and their league fixtures are fully completed while second placed Clogher Valley trail by four points but have a tricky away fixture in Letterkenny from which they would need a minimum of five points to seal the championship table for this season. If the Fivemiletown based team lose their game by 6 points to 4 then the title will be decided on shot difference. It is hoped that this important fixture will be played tonight Thursday in Letterkenny.
The outstanding Omagh v Sion Mills fixture, which it is hoped will take place this week, will have no bearing on the outcome of the league but it is of the utmost importance that all fixtures are completed .
Overall, considering the unfavourable weather conditions throughout the summer, it has been a credit to all clubs competing for all their fixtures before the end of August.
Clubs are reminded that the Champion Of Champions competition will be held in Dungannon on Saturday, September 1 and are reminded to have all their club competitions finished by this date so as to send their representatives to this coveted event.
The first leg of the final for the Gerald McGurk Memorial shield between Omagh and Clogher Valley was scheduled to take place last evening (Wednesday) in Omagh with the return leg in Fivemiletown on Wednesday, August 30.
This article appeared in Impartial Reporter 23 Aug 12