22 August 2017
It was a sensational win for Sam and Chloe Magee over in Glasgow at the World Championships today. They have reached the last 16 by beating the number 16 seeds Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino from Japan (World number 22). The final score of the match was 21-13 16-21 21-15.
The Irish pair were trailing 13-7 in the third game and it looked as though their World Championships were all but over. They had a fantastic run of 9 straight points to come back to lead 16-13 and go on to take the match.
They will most likely playing the World Number 3 and Olympic Gold medalists Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir of Indonesia tomorrow in their round of 16 match.
For a list of al the Irish results so far click on this link.
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21 August 2017
Scott Evans featured later in the today as he came up against the World number 4 Shi Yuqi of China. He put in a fantastic performace to really test Yuqi. He lost out in the end 23-21 22-20. In the men's doubles Joshua and Sam Magee came up against the French pair of Kersuady and Maio of France. The Irish pair took the first game 21-19 but the French fought back and took both the second and third games to come out on top.
Sam and Chloe Magee have made it to the last 32 of the BWF World Championships after a great win over Yan Tuck Chan & Yuko Kawasaki of the USA 21-6 21-11. Sam and Chloe will play in their round of 32 match tomorrow. They will be up against the pair of Watanabe/Higashino of Japan and World number 22.
The matches still to come today include:
Scott Evans v Shi Yuqi (World number 4 fro China)
Sand & Joshua Magee v Bastian Kersaudy and Julien Maio (France)
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17 August 2017
U13 players finish off a great week's activities at the first of the Teicnic Badminton Camps being held in Marino Institute of Education. Over 20 players from across the country attended the camp with a packed week full of badminton and other sports.
Players were welcomed to the camp on Monday and introduced to the camp coaches and leaders they would be following instructions from for the week. Players then went straight onto court where the week's activities got underway. Twice during each of the days, players got the opportunity to get outside for some fresh air where they took part in football, Gaelic, rounders and a variety of other sports. On the first evening, players got to watch a movie and take part in a table quiz consisting of badminton, sport, and general knowledge questions.
On the second-day players were back on court to further improve on their skills and technical aspects of the game. The improved weather that evening allowed the players to get outside for their evening activity. Lucan Harriers coach Edith Coakley visited the came and led the players for an athletics session. Players got to try out hurdles, relays and 100-meter sprint. The great weather made for a fantastic evening.
On Wednesday evening, the players got to come along to watch the U17 & Senior Fundraiser/Exhibition which was a great evening of matches.
On Thursday, the players took their Teicnic test. The levels tested ranged from white to blue. All players were of a very high standard and passed the level they were assessed at. Once again players got to take part in outdoor activities before going for dinner. In the evening players got to take a rest from outdoor activity and watched a film.
Friday was the final day of the camp and all players took part in a team tournament. There were some very close matches with one team coming out on top. After the tournament players were presented with their Teicnic shirts. There was also an award for best female and male camper of the week, the prizes for this were a t-shirt belonging to Chloe Magee and Irish Senior team shirt signed by all the players.
Female camper of the week was won by Molly Hill and male camper of the week was won by James Fleming.
Thank you to all the players and we hope to see you next year. We look forward to welcoming our U15 players next week for the last of our camps.
For all of the photos from the week click on this link.
17 August 2017
Badminton Ireland Court Officials Group will be holding two basic umpiring training course at the start of the season. The dates for the course are as follows:
Dublin - Friday 29th and Saturday 30th September
Lisburn - Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October
The course will start at 7 pm on Friday and expect to finish at 10.30pm. the course will continue on Saturday, starting at 10 am and finish approximately at 17.30pm.
The cost of the course will be €25.
The cost of the course will include a folder with the laws and recommendations.
It will also include tea, coffee, and lunch on Saturday.
Remember; there are umpires at tournaments all around the world. so with time and experience, you could get the chance to travel to other countries to represent Ireland as an umpire.
Also, check out the Court Officlas Group (COG) Facebook page for updates.
Badminton Ireland Court Officials Group Line Judge division will be holding two training courses at the start of the season, before the Irish International, but if there is enough interest we will hold more courses.
We would like to see a course held in Connacht, Munster, Ulster, and Leinster if at all possible so as to give everyone equal opportunities to attend.
The course will be 3 hours in length and during the course, you will be shown the correct signals used by line judges, how and where to sit on the court.
If you are interested in attending or organizing one in your province please express your interest to BICOGLINEJUDGETRAINING@badmintonireland.com. We will forward you on details of what you need and what is required for the course and then we can organize dates to suit.
Remember line judging is not only in Ireland!!
With experience, you can get the opportunity to travel to other countries in Europe and maybe even the rest of the world but to be eligible to that you need to attend a line judge course where we will explain what you need to do.
Looking forward to hearing from all you eager line judges out there.
Line Judge Coordinator
10 August 2017
Over the past two years KCELL BADMINTON ACADEMY has been central in the nurturing of emerging badminton talent across the greater Kildare area as part of Badminton Ireland’s academy cell structure.
The academy is now heading into its third year at its base in Kilcullen Sports Centre, just off the M9 motorway in County Kildare. The hall is a 4-court set up with unlimited free parking within striking distance of Kildare and its surrounding counties. KCELL is committed to offering top quality coaching to players from beginner right up to elite juniors with all sessions designed to fit in around club and county commitments.
Affordability is also a key driving force behind the academy. 2 hourly sessions cost just €15.00 per child with opportunities for every child to get a taste and fit into a high level training centre and avail of coaching from Badminton Ireland qualified/licenced coaches.
KCELL is delighted to add BWF Level 2 and current U17 National Coach (next year’s U19 National Coach) Aisling Ryan to the coaching team this year alongside Moya Ryan who has graduated into senior ranks after a spell as Irish number one during her junior years. Joshua Magee and his by now famous frog jumps will also pop in when his schedule allows and the word on the street is we might just see Joshua a bit more this coming term. Alongside existing coaches Craig McCourtney and Jennie Magee all academy students are assured of high level attention.
Speaking of the coaching additions cell director Mark Phelan was delighted with the addition of the Ryan sisters “Both the Ryan sister will bring a fresh impetus to KCELL and the girls will slot in alongside our existing coaches as we look to broaden our horizons and inject some new ideas. I have worked with Aishling this past year at national U17 level and she is one of the most professional people I know. Moya comes into the setup with younger eyes fresh from her national and international U19 duties and a good iPod playlist coupled with her talent is sure to be a hit with all our children.”
After a short summer break KCELL is now enrolling for the 2017/18 season. If you or your child is interested in joining KCELL just email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org for details. Places as always are limited and filled on a first come first served basis.
Feel free to follow KCELL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/kcellbadmintonacademy for all news and should you wish to join KCELL you can download the 2017/18 application form via the academy website at www.kcellbadminton.com