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By tyronepro Tue 3rd Nov

Culture, song dance and drama will be in abundance at Killeeshil on Sunday 8th November for the Tyrone finals of Scór na nÓg. Twenty three clubs will compete to claim eight county titles on offer. The standard at this underage level is extremely high with a much greater cross section over all eight disciplines. Many of the clubs and competitors come from the traditional “Scór clubs” but now a much bigger number of new clubs or returning clubs are presenting with some new and excellent talent. The competing clubs having already achieved a great deal by getting from the preliminary rounds through the semi finals and now eventually to the County final. Competing clubs come from all parts of the county ranging from Newtownstewart to Moy. There is a strong possibility that the winners on Sunday will go on to achieve Ulster success and even beyond at All Ireland level such is the standard in Tyrone.
Coiste Cultúir agus Teanga wish all competitors luck in the their finals and encourage everyone to come and enjoy a talent filled show which suits all the family.
The final starts at 3:00pm sharp and admission is only £6, which includes a programme of the day’s events and competitors, while under 16s are free.
A full list of competitors and clubs appearing in the final is available on the Tyrone website.
At Ulster competition levels there have been some changes which will affect any clubs or competitors from Tyrone clubs taking part in Coiste Scór Uladh competitions.
1. The traditional three semi final format has been discontinued on an experimental basis
2. It will be replaced by a two semi final format. One of the semi finals will comprise of the five counties of Cavan, Fermanagh, Antrim, Monaghan and Armagh. The other semi final will comprise of the remaining four counties. These pairings were made by ballot and will be the same for both Scór na nÓg and Scór Sinsear. Fresh groupings will be made each year.
3. Adjudications at the semi-final stage will be made by one adjudicator only. Two competitors from each discipline in each semi final will be selected to compete in the Ulster Final. This will then have four competitors in Ulster finals. It will lengthen the time it takes for an Ulster final but it should also increase the enjoyment levels for audiences as well as give the opportunity to one other club / county to participate in an Ulster Final.
4. At Ulster final level the established format of three adjudicators, using the existing marking system, will be used to select Ulster Champions, who in turn will proceed to the All Ireland series.
The Ulster semi final involving Derry, Donegal Down and Tyrone will take place at Galbally Community Centre on Saturday 28th November 2015 beginning at 5.00 pm
The other semi final, involving the other five counties, will take place in Killeavy, Co Armagh on Saturday 21st November also beginning at 5.00 pm.
The Ulster Final of Scór na nÓg will be held in Silverbridge on 12th December beginning at 3.00 pm.
The All Ireland Final has been fixed for January 30th 2016 in INEC in Killarney.
In conclusion these changes are designed to improve the quality and participation in Scór and should be given every chance to succeed. There may well be a need to change some of these but time and performance should be the judge of whether these will be successful or not.
In any case there will be host of very talented young people contesting the finals in Killeeshil this Sunday – surely an event not to be missed.

By tyronepro Tue 3rd Nov

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