• Irish lose out but tournament was a massive success

    08/12/2017 High PerformanceIrish lose out but tournament was a massive success

    The Irish Open came to a close today in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. The finals did not disappoint as there were some fantastic matches through the day. The Irish featured in three of the finals but it proved to be a tough day for them as pressure and nerves got the better and they lost out in each final. They all now look to next season where they can make more impact on the badminton world.

    The tournament ran fantastically all week with many people coming out to watch the matches and cheer on all of the Irish players that were taking part. This home support was really appreciated by the players. A big thank you must go to all of the volunteers and umpires, referees and line judges who worked very hard all week to ensure the tournament was such a success. Thanks also must go to the catering staff and Carlton Hotel for looking after the players so well over the event. Lastly thanks to the events staff and team that have worked for months to ensure everything was in place to make the Irish Open run so smoothly.

    For all the results of the finals, you can click on this link.

    For the photos from the event, you can follow this link to our Facebook Page.

    You will be able to watch back many of the matches also on our YouTube Channel.

  • Wins in three out of three semifinals for Ireland sets up exiting Irish Open finals

    07/12/2017 High PerformanceWins in three out of three semifinals for Ireland sets up exiting Irish Open finals

    Some more top-class performances today at the Irish Open see's the Ireland ensure three spots in the finals taking place from 10am tomorrow in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, with the Irish players on from about 12 pm.

    Sam and Chloe Magee got the semifinals underway against Hall/Torrance of Scotland. Sam and Chloe really showed their experience against the pair and finished off the match winning 21-12 21-12.

    Next up for Ireland was Nhat Nguyen who came up against the dangerous Polish opponent Adrian Dziolko. The first game was very tight and Nhat managed to hold his composure after some long rallies and took the games 23-21. The next games saw Nhat pick the pace of the game up a gear and Dzioko started to feel the pressure making many unforced errors. Nhat took that game and the match 21-7.


    Sam and Joshua Magee put in a great performance against a tough Polish pair of Cwalina/Bochat. Sam and Joshua looked unsteady in the first game and the Polish took advantage of this taking it 21-16. Sam and Joshua went on to put in a fantastic performance taking the second and third games 21-14 25-23.

    The finals start tomorrow from 10 am with Nhat being the fourth final on court followed by Sam and Chloe Magee the fifth and last final. Make sure to come down and support the players as they look to lift the title.

    The full list of the day's results can be found on the link.

    For a live stream of the finals tomorrow, you can follow this link to our YouTube Chanel.

  • Three semifinals for Ireland at Irish Open this evening

    07/12/2017 High PerformanceThree semifinals for Ireland at Irish Open this evening

    More great news from the Irish Open as Ireland secure three places in the semifinals later this evening. The semifinals are scheduled to start at approximately 5 pm in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena, so if your free make sure to come down and support the players in action.

    Sam and Chloe had a great start to the day taking out Polish pair of Bochat and Wojtkowska 21-14 21-14. Sam and Chloe were much sharper in this match and had a more solid tactically approach to the games staying focused throughout.

    Nhat Nguyen came up against Hungarian player and number three seed Gergely Krausz and cruised through the match-winning comfortably in the end 21-10 21-12.

    Sam and Joshua Magee continued their good form in the men's doubles beating Stoffersen (Denmark) and Wong (Malasia) in two straight games. Nhat and Paul lost out to the experienced number one seeds of Golinski/Dierickx from Belgium. Frost/Ryan also lost out the tough English pair of Burbidge/Mcmorrow.

    For the full list of today's schedule/matches click on this link.

    For a link to the live stream on our YouTube Channel, you can click this link.

    For photos from the event so far you can follow this link.

  • Five Quarterfinal places for Ireland after Day 2 of the Irish Open

    06/12/2017 High PerformanceFive Quarterfinal places for Ireland after Day 2 of the Irish Open

    After other great days play from the Irish players they have secured five spots in the quarterfinals taking place tomorrow in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.

    The days play kicked off with a solid win from Sam and Chloe Magee in the mixed against the young Danish pair of Baskjaer/Kornum of Denmark. The pair tested Sam and Chloe but their experience shone through and they took that match. Thier second-round match later in the day saw them face off against the Scottish pair of Dunn/O'Donnell. Sam and Chloe breezed through the first game-winning 21-5. Their concentration dropped in the second and they lost it 18-21. After some nervy moments in the third, they came through winning that game 21-15 and clinching the match to secure the first Irish quarter-final.

    Nhat Nguyen was also on top form through the day after coming from his recent first-place finish at the Welsh Open last week. He had an opening win against Soedjasa of New Zealand despite having been faulted a number of times for his service, he kept his focus and won comfortably 21-13 21-11. Later in the day, he came up against the tougher opponent and number 8 seed Matthew Carder of Scotland. There were some long rallies during the match but Nhat was physically stronger in most of these and came through winning the match in two games 21-11 21-15.

    Also making it through to the quarter-final stages was Kate Frost and Moya Ryan. They got a walkover in their opening round and beat Bukovicski/Gonda of Hungary in their second round match to get through to tomorrow.

    Sam and Joshua Magee had a good day of games and performed well. They looked strong against Ashton and Roe in their opening round and took the English pair down 23-21 21-14. Later in the day, they played their round of 16 match, where they came up against Suarez/Zapico of Spain. Joshua and Sam took the Spanish pair out with ease winning in two games 21-12 21-7 to make it into the quarterfinal stages of the event.

    Nhat Nguyen also made the quarterfinals along with his partner Paul Reynolds in the men's doubles. They had three games matches all day long. The first against French pair Lovang/Villeger. Nhat and Paul had a good start against the pair winning the first 21-19. They lost focus and lost the second 12-21. They managed to recompose themselves to take the final game 21-17. They made the quarterfinal after winning a late match against Clare/King of England.

    Many of the other Irish played well throughout the day winning their first round matches and losing out in the second round. Make sure to come down to the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena to support the players.

    A full list of all the Irish results from the day can be found on the link.

    You can also catch the live stream of the event on the Badminton Ireland YouTube Channel.

  • FZ Forza Irish Open Qualification

    05/12/2017 High PerformanceFZ Forza Irish Open Qualification

    It was a great opening day at the FZ Forza Irish Open 2017 in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena with many of the Irish players doing well throughout the course of the day. Rachael Woods put in a good performance during the day making both the main draw in the women's singles and the mixed doubles along with partner Adam Mcallister. 

    In the women's singles Moya Ryan, Kate Frost and Sara Boyle missed out on a place in the main draw after some good performances but just couldn't get over the line against some tough opponents. Paul Reynolds and Rachael Darragh also lost out in the first round of qualification.

    Many of the Irish players will feature in the main draw tomorrow including number one seeds Sam and Chloe Magee as well as recent Welsh Open winner Nhat Nguyen. Make sure to come down free of charge to the venue and support some of the Irish players.

    The full list of today's results can be found on the link.

    A full list of tomorrow's schedules on this link.


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Gold for Nguyen in Wales on the Eve of Irish Open

Nhat Nguyen has won the Welsh International after beating R.M.V Gurusaidutt who has been ranked in the top 20 players in the world previously. Nhat performed well all week and showed his class in this match winning 21-16 23-21.

The Indian player showed his strengths throughout the game testing Nhat’s physicality with many long rallies.

Nhat now looks ahead to the Irish Open next week from the 5th-8th December in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena where he will hope to add to his ranking points and look for another medal.

Other Irish players also had a good week at the Welsh Open making three semi finals. For the full list of the Irish results you can click on this link.


In Memory Of

We are saddened to hear of the death of Ronnie Watt, who passed away peacefully on Sunday morning at the age of 80. Ronnie was well known in the Badminton community as a coach and also the father of the player and former BI CEO, Michael Watt.

Despite being a relative latecomer to the sport himself, Ronnie Watt’s contribution to badminton at Alpha Badminton Club and the wider badminton family has been quite understated, but countless players who went on to win inter-provincial and international honours ensured a full Hillsborough Presbyterian Church on Wednesday afternoon to pay their final respects at a Service of Thanksgiving.

A host of former international players including John Scott, Frazer Evans, Bill Thompson and Graham Henderson joined former Presidents of the Club Mrs Jenny Stephenson, Brian Chambers, Bob Colhoun, Ken Nixon and current President Paul Devlin were in attendance alongside  William Martin, President of Ulster Badminton and representatives from Badminton Ireland.

Ronnie, who was the club’s President in 1992-94, may not have reached the heady heights which many of the youngsters he coached to representative honours but he was Men’s Captain in 1979 and received the ‘Member of the Year’ accolade in 1993/94.

He was though to carve himself a considerable reputation as a coach and obviously masterminded his daughter Mary and son Michael’s successes in the sport with Michael, in particular, going on to win nine Irish National Singles titles and over 60 international caps, before more recently having taken over the role of Chief Executive of Badminton Ireland on a short-term basis.

Leslie Dewart, a former international and development officer and High-Performance coach were to turn to social media with this particular tribute to Ronnie:

“Up and down the country there will be folk today with a particular memory of Ronnie, whether they saw him in the damp hall of a winter competition - setting up his video camera, from the cold days in the McCallum Hall in Belfast to many on-court marathons coaching passionately his charges against players from across the globe or taking just another coaching session in Alpha - cajoling his players through their paces whilst emphasizing court etiquette, letting their imaginations visualise the matches and competition that lay ahead!  His passion and dedication to Badminton in Ireland will never be forgotten.”

By Brian Kelly 


Membership Update

Dear Members

Update as @ 07 December 2017

Please click here for the list of Members currently affiliated for the 2017/18 season.  

** Reminder to all Clubs that have yet to affiliate their club or members, the 2016/17 season ends on the 30/11/17 and therefore if you are not registered in advance of that date you are not insured  to play.

Following on from my initial Membership Update at the start of the season, I would like to update you all with some key points to note as we progress through the 2017/18 season:

1 - To date, 320 amount of clubs have re-affiliated with a further 98 left to do so, Clubs not already affiliated will have to pay €50.00 in club fees compared with €25.00 paid by clubs that affiliated in October. In addition this will increase to €75.00  January 1st 2018. Further to this, I am pleased to report that 60% of the membership has affiliated online, so far affiliation online is the fastest and most secure option for clubs, resulting in immediate affiliation and insurance cover without any waiting time. The average wait time of clubs submitting their affiliation via post is five working days.


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