109th Tyrone Championships

Omagh LTC's 2016 Tyrone Senior Open tennis championships finished on the 24TH July with nearly 130 players competing. Tennis players from Dublin, Galway, Sligo, Belfast and local Ulster tennis players contested in the 9 day event. The weather for the most part was hot and dry. There was some fantastic success for Omagh players across the different sections. Richard Reynolds defeated Brian McSorley in the men's C singles final. Reynolds also received the Coulter Shield for most improved local player. However McSorley and his brother John gained revenge by defeating Reynolds and Mark Connolly in the C doubles final. In the C doubles ladies final Catherine Taggart and Kirsty Murray narrowly edged out Anne Louise Hicks and Valerie McKinley in the deciding championship tie break. Taggart also finished runner up in the C mixed final.

The B ladies singles was an all Omagh encounter. Heather McFarland claimed her second B ladies singles title by battling back from a set down to defeat Jeni Nelson in another hard fought three setter. Nelson and partner Linda Stewart had earlier been defeated in the ladies doubles final by Rachel Logan and Sligo's Noreen Cassidy. Logan and partner Clive Funston produced fine tennis to beat Cassidy and Donal Burns in the mixed B final. The B men's singles title was taken by Bernard McGettigan. McGettigan was 5 match points down but managed to come back from the brink of defeat to claim victory over Strabane's Joseph McKeown.

In the A events there was a double success for Ballybofey's Francis Venzon who won the mixed doubles with partner Elaine Chambers. Venzon combined with Downshires Ross McCarey to win the men's doubles. They defeated Fintona's Jared Monaghan and Donegal's Paul Bannigan in a very entertaining match. Elaine Chambers and Omagh's Donna McSorley claimed the ladies doubles title by defeating Omagh's Lauren Stead and Belfast's Shannon Andrews in a close three setter. In the ladies ďAĒ final Lucy Octave proved too strong for Enniskillen's Laura Griffin. It was Octaves second Tyrone Senior Championship in three years. In the A men's final it was disappointment for Omagh tennis coach Mark Smyth who was defeated by Belfast's Karl Donaldson in straight sets. It was Donaldson second singles title in the space of two weeks after his success on grass in Ballycastle the previous week.

At the presentation organiser Edwin Johnston thanked sponsors McBrides Spar and McAleer and Jackson for sponsoring the tournament and congratulated all the competitors for their continuing support of the tournament.


Mens' Singles Karl Donaldson Bernard McGettigan Richard Reynolds
Ladies' Singles Lucy Octave Heather Rainey Helena Sherry
Men's Doubles Francis Venzon/Ross McCarey Donal Burns/Martin Fryer Brian McSorley/John McSorley
Ladies' Doubles Elaine Chamber/Donna McSorley Noreen Cassidy/Rachel Logan Kirsty Murray/Catherine Taggart
Mixed Doubles Francis Venzon/Elaine Chambers Clive Funston/Rachel Logan Kirsty Murray/Alan Cadden

2016 Subway Junior Competition

Omagh LTC's Subway Junior Tennis Competition took place from the 25th-27th August. Fourteen players took part in the 10ís event and fifteen in the 10+ age group.

The format was a David Cup style team competition with players representing USA, Serbia, Czech Republic, Australia, Switzerland, Spain and France. In the Under 10ís competition Team USA came out on top, Switzerland were second and Spain finished up third. The 10+ tournament ended in a tie for first place between Team Australia, led by Conor Fitzgerald and Team Serbia led by Charlie Dillon. At the presentation coach and organiser Mark Smyth thanked all the competitors, volunteers and Subway for sponsoring the event.

2016 Omagh LTC Veterans Tournament

Omagh Lawn Tennis Club held its veteranís doubles tournament in glorious weather at the end of April. Omagh LTC's Andrew Moore was the weekends big winner when he claimed double success in the over 35 men's doubles with fellow club member Darren Pearse and in the mixed doubles with Enniskillen's Sonja Hateboer. Sonja paired up with Martina Boyd to defeat Omagh's Mary Cuthbertson and Rachel Logan in two tight sets. In the men's doubles Andrew and Darren defeated fellow club member Stephen Cuthbertson and Enniskillen's Clive Funston.

In the "C" mixed Omagh's Sean O'Neill with Milford's Doreen Jones managed to clinch a close Championship tie break to claim victory. Omagh pair Richard Reynolds and David Millar won the "C" men's doubles. In the "C" ladies Omagh's Pauline McAleer and Ita Bonner narrowly defeated Helena Sherry and Maxine Leary in another close final.

2016 Tyrone Junior Open

There were some great performances from all juniors at the Tyrone Open competition. There were double victories for Jared Monaghan, Kyran Maguire and Eve Callaghan. Eve Callaghan claimed the girls under 12 and under 14 singles titles. Monaghan won the Boys singles U18 and Maguire won the Boys under 16 singles title. They managed to win a very entertaining doubles final by beating local Omagh pair Cormac Coney and PT Cunningham. Coney and Cunningham were pipped in the deciding championship tie break set. In the Under 18ís singles Ulster Interpro Laura Reid cruised to victory. It was a family affair in the Boys Under 14 singles final as Ciaran Daly defeated cousin Fionnbharr Taggart 6/4 6/2. Finally Andrew Hatrick claimed the Boys under 12 singles title.