Clogher Valley are Border champions
Clogher Valley Bowling federation have been crowned 2012 champions of the Border Counties League. They had to go to Letterkenny and get a minimum of five points to secure the title - and they won six points.
Clogher Valley were unbeaten at home this year on their artificial pitch, which many teams from the grass simply cannot adopt to.
They notched up an enviable record of winning 21 out of 24 individual games of rinks at home, losing only three rinks - to Ballybay, Omagh and Enniskillen.
Their artificial counterparts from Ballybay also fared well at home. Out of the 24 individual home rinks games, they won 20, lost three and drew one.
Best of the grass teams at home was Dungannon who won 19, lost four and drew one out of 24 individual games.
Clogher Valley have adapted better to the grass pitches this season and this also was a huge factor in their league win also. Although they only won the final game of the season on grass, in the others they were picking up more points than they have in previous years.
In their match against Letterkenny they needed five points to be crowned champions, Dungannon watching anxiously - and with a four point lead and an eleven shot difference benefit they must have felt they had one hand on the trophy.
Clogher Valley were not to be denied, however, and solid performances skippered by Matt Livingstone, Ernie Clarke and John Burrell were enough to see them over the line.
Despite winning three rinks, they had the unusual result of losing the overall shots bonus; but they won’t mind - having secured the league championship.
The committee congratulate them on their fine win. Near the end of the season there were a few games postponed because of the poor weather and the clubs worked well with each other to get the games all played.
There is one outstanding game, Omagh at home to Sion Mills.
Clogher Valley have a great chance of doing the double by winning the Gerard McGurk shield.
They played Omagh away and, despite Omaghs’ efforts to try and gain a huge lead to take with them to the second leg, they could only manage an 18 shot advantage.
Letterkenny (4) 62 Clogher (6) 51 - E Doherty 9 M Livingstone 21; B O’Kane 8, E Clarke 11; K Kingston 14, J Burrell 16; W McHugh 31, B Dunlop 3
Pld Shots Pts
Clogher Valley 12 +84 76
Dungannon 12 +106 74
Ballybay 12 +162 67
Letterkenny 12 -100 54
Omagh 11 -19 53
Enniskillen 12 -26 53
Sion Mills 11 -207 33
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