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  • Rachael Woods runner up in Malmo

    13/09/2017 Rachael Woods runner up in Malmo

    Seeded No7 in the Mixed Doubles Alpha’s Rachael Woods was to progress through the early rounds of the Swedish Youth Games in Malmo with consummate ease with her England partner William Jones beating the Spanish pair Marc Cardona/Elana Lorenzo 21-11 21-12 after just 26 minutes and then despatching Oliver Orum-Petersen/Mathilde Houe 21-13 21-19 inside 15 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.

    The top seeds were Ludvig Petre Olsson and Sofia Larsson and after coming through 20-22 21-16 21-16 against a German pair Jones and Miss Woods certainly must have seen that they had a real opportunity to book a place in the semi-final and they were not too despondent as the top seeds snatched the opening set 21-17.

    They responded by taking the second set 21-9 and never allowed their Swedish top seeds to gather an y momentum in the deciding set and ran out victors 21-15 in a match lasting 41 minutes.

    The German 8th seeds Aaron Sonnenschein/Leona Michalski had booked their place in the semi-final having knocked out the No4 seeds Brian Wassink/Charissa Kuiper but after a tentative opening set against Miss Woods and William Jones, it was the No7 seeds who took the opening set 22-20 and were never in any trouble from then, capturing the second set for only a dozen points.

    Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the draw German No2 seeds Matthias Kicklitz and Jule Petrikowski were easing their way into the final without dropping a single set.

    In the final William Jones and Rachael Woods came within a whisker of snatching the opening set and were to take the second 21-18 - the same score as the first – and had spectators on the edge of their seats as they fought to wrestle the title from the Germans before relinquishing the title bid 21-16.

    There was little time to sample the delights of the beautiful town of Malmo to stake a challenge for the coveted Women’s Singles title with her twin sister Rebecca.

    It was Rebecca who brushed aside her opponent Laura Chillon 21-11 in the opening set before the Spanish player came back to level 21-18 and it took all the Hunter House pupil’s fighting spirit to see her through 21-18 and a clash against Italy’s Chiara Passeri her reward.

    Rebecca won the opening set 22-20 but disappointingly lost the second 21-13 only to respond in typical fashion and take her into round 3 where she met the highly rated Meike Versteeg of the Netherlands who competed in the 2016 European U’15 Championships. On this occasion, Miss Versteeg, who had earlier knocked out the No8 seed was to progress with a 21-10 21-12 victory over Rebecca.

    Twin sister Rachael’s first opponent as the No5 seed was Caroline Melin of Sweden and was never troubled winning 21-5 21-3 and then faced Carla Kivikko for a place in Round 3.

    Again the Alpha player was to exude confidence as she brushed aside the Finnish player 21-13 21-11 and had to work really hard to knock out Chloe Mayer (Netherlands) 21-19 21-13 21-19 and was at her best against Ruth Veiguela 21-19 21-14.

    With a place in the final at stake Rachael put up a tremendous fight against Denmark’s Ann-Sofie Husher Ruus only to lose 21-17 21-18 in 26 minutes of the most exciting of semi-finals and Rachael can take some satisfaction from the point that her opponent went on to take the singles title in a 49 minute final from Julie Petrikowshi.

  • Ulster Badminton Coach Workshops

    15/03/2017 Ulster Badminton Coach Workshops

    Ulster Badminton are organising a series of workshops for club based coaches focusing on the development of player footwork. The 'Introduction to Footwork to Music' workshop will give coaches practical examples of how to development players footwork in a fun way different to the normal on court methods.

    Workshops are free to attend and each coach attending will receive a footwork to music DVD. Anyone interested should contact Ryan Prentice at ryanprentice@ulsterbadminton.com to book their places.

    Details of dates and venues are below:

    Wednesday 22/3/17 @ Antrim Forum, 8-9.30pm

    Thursday 23/3/17 @ Lisburn Leisure Centre, 7-8.30pm

    Wednesday 29/3/17 @ Foyle Arena, 7-8.30pm

    Friday 31/3/17 @ Ards Leisure Centre, 7.30-9pm.

    We are also delighted to announce that we will be bringing Andy Stewart from North Wales across on Friday 24th March, 7-10pm to deliver a fantastic workshop aimed at coaches working within our clubs. Andy has many years experience working within the game at all levels and with players of all standards. Andy is currently one of the mentors on our Propel Coach Development Programme and is a regular speaker at the annual Badminton Ireland conference. Andy has also spent time in Spain developing skill-based coaching programmes. He has delivered presentations such as; 'What are the playing basics', 'How to error proof players' and most recently at the Badminton Ireland conference on the subject of 'The use of Conditioned Games in developing tactical understanding'.

    This is a workshop we at Ulster Badminton are hugely excited about and believe that it can have a positive impact on all our coaches working at a club level.

    Please see the attached flyer for details. For more information or to book a place again please contact Ryan Prentice on ryanprentice@ulsterbadminton.com

  • Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters 2017

    28/02/2017 Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters 2017

    The Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters Badminton Championships took place last week-end at the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn.

    Colin Watterson from Alpha, won the men's singles over 35s title. He had to be content with the runners-up spot in the over 35s men's doubles when partnering his clubmate Graham Henderson. They lost out 21-14 21-16 in the decider to Jonathan Perry and Andrew Mc Veigh from Greenwell St Newtownards. (pictured opposite with William Martin, president of Ulster Badminton)

    The mixed doubles events across all age groups were well supported and the over 50s produced one of the best finals when Michael Turkington of Alpha and Heather Harron of Laghey, beat Graham Henderson and Doreen McClements of Alpha 21-19 14-21 21-18. There was also a close final in the over 55s mixed with the title going to Clogher Valley’s Leslie Funston and Linda Maguire who beat Kieran McMahon and Christine Graham from Academy 21-19 23-21.

    Michael Turkington and Michael Watt of Alpha won the men's doubles over 40s title, while Tony Clarke of Killowen and Alpha partnered Jim Morgan of Roundwood to win the over 70s men's doubles.

    Moore of Alpha won the over 40s mens singles beating Cathal Sheehy of Mount Pleasant. Stephen Waddell of Ballyclare, moving into the over 60s mens singles, was the winner over Jim Callan of Dundalk with a with a 21-11 21-10 score line.

    Other title winners were:

    Men's singles over 70s – Jim Morgan of Roundwood

    Mixed doubles over 65s – Adrian Allely and Janet Ferguson of St Annes/Whiteabbey Pres

    Men's doubles over 60s – Joe Abbott and Brian McKee of Edenderry/Whiteabbey Pres

    Women's doubles over 55s – Lynne Anderson and Carol Dunbar of CIYMS

    Men's doubles over 55s – Aubrey Cox and Kieran McMahon of Waterford/Academy

    Women's singles – Cherly Evans of Ailesbury

    Men's singles over 55s – Gerard Kenna of Roundwood

    Women's doubles over 50s – Liz Gault and Pam Peard of Ballyclare/Academy

    Men's doubles over 50s – Nelson McDowell and Ian Young of Academy

    Men's singles – Simon Thompson of Ballyclare;

    Men's doubles over 45s – John Kiernan and Willie Stevenson of Sligo City/ Carlow YM

    Mixed doubles over 40s – Jonathan Perry and Jayne Orr of Greenwell St

    Women's doubles over 40s – Gillian Grimes and Jayne Orr of Greenwell St

    Mixed doubles over 35s – Andrew McVeigh and Karen Heaney of Greenwell St/Ballyclare

    Women's doubles 35s – Deirdre A Duffy and Fiona Farrell of Dundalk/KADCA

    William Martin, Ulster Branch President and Tournament Organiser said “ Thanks to the players who came from all four provinces of Ireland who produced some great badminton in the one hundred and ten matches played. Special thanks also to our Sponsors, Roadside Motors Lisburn.”

    Piece by Ulster Badminton.

    Men's Doubles O50

    Winners Nelson McDowell & Ian Young

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Women's Doubles O50 Winner: 

    Liz Gault & Pam Peard 

     

     

     

     

     

    Mixed Doubles O35 Winners:

    Andrew Mcveigh & Karen Heaney

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Mixed Doubles O40 

    Winner: Jonathan Perry & Jayne Orr

    Runners-Up: Michael Watt & Karen Ballantine

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Click on this link for all the winners and runners-up from the event.

  • Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters

    13/02/2017 Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters

    The Roadside Motors Lisburn, Ulster Masters takes place on the 25th and 26th February at the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn. Ulster Branch President William Martin has said “as usual this is a great tournament with an excellent entry from throughout Ireland across all events and in particular for the mixed doubles".

    Ulster Badminton would like to thank Roadside Motors for their continued support of this event.

    To be directed to the Ulster Badminton Facebook page click on this link.

    Pictured in header photo: Tony Clarke (Ulster Badminton) Jeff McIlroy (Roadside motors) and Garth Anderson (Ulster Badminton).

    Piece by Ulster Badminton.

  • Rachael Woods Reaches Two Semis in French Under 17 Open

    12/02/2017 Rachael Woods Reaches Two Semis in French Under 17 Open

    It was a very successful mid-term break from their studies for Alpha’s Rachael and Rebecca Woods as they returned from the prestigious French Under 17 Open with Rachael having reached the semi-final of the Women’s Singles, the twins having narrowly lost in the semi-final of the Women’s Doubles and just to wrap up a great end to the competition Rachael missed out on a third semi-final appearance when she partnered England’s William Jones in the Mixed  losing 24-22 22-20 to the seeded Brian Wassink and Charissa Kuiper.

    In the Singles and seeded No7 Rachael had two straight sets wins over Clara Paoli (France) and Chloe Mayer (Netherlands) but she then ended the title bid of the  No2 seed Elena-Alexandra Diordiev (Moldova) 22-20 22-20.

    At this stage she faced France’s Romane Cloteaux-Foucault, the No4 seed, and despite enjoying a 11-8 advantage at the break her opponent stormed into a crucial 18-12 lead and whilst the Lisburn player was too close the gap to 20-18 she could not make the vital breakthrough to take her to the set.

    The second set saw Rachael always playing catch-up and though she was able to keep in touch with the No4 seed, the French player was able to book her place in the final  21-18 21-16.

    Rachael and Rebecca were to see off Anais Begaud and Zoe Trigona 21-9 21-13 and Julie Franconville and Dounia Pelupessy 21-15 21-7 in the doubles but in what could only be described as a quirk of fate their opponents were to be none other than Rachael’s victor in the singles and Rebecca’s victor Charlotte Ganci  in the semi-final.

    They had stormed into a 12-7 lead but had to pull back from 20-18 in arrears in the opening set to level at 20-all only to lose it 22-20.

    The second saw them having to play catch-up and in the latter stages could not make the vital breakthrough they needed and lost it 21-17.

    Rebecca and England’s James Penver were knocked out of the Mixed Doubles by Scotland’s Adam Pringle and Rachel Andrew 21-13 21-10 with the Scottish pair losing the final to Kenji Lovang and Juliette Moinard (France) 21-8 21-7 while Rachel and William Jones were to miss out on a semi-final place losing 24-22 22-20 to Brian Wassink and Charissa Kuiper.

    Article written by Brian Kelly

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Rachael Woods runner up in Malmo

Seeded No7 in the Mixed Doubles Alpha’s Rachael Woods was to progress through the early rounds of the Swedish Youth Games in Malmo with consummate ease with her England partner William Jones beating the Spanish pair Marc Cardona/Elana Lorenzo 21-11 21-12 after just 26 minutes and then despatching Oliver Orum-Petersen/Mathilde Houe 21-13 21-19 inside 15 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.

The top seeds were Ludvig Petre Olsson and Sofia Larsson and after coming through 20-22 21-16 21-16 against a German pair Jones and Miss Woods certainly must have seen that they had a real opportunity to book a place in the semi-final and they were not too despondent as the top seeds snatched the opening set 21-17.

They responded by taking the second set 21-9 and never allowed their Swedish top seeds to gather an y momentum in the deciding set and ran out victors 21-15 in a match lasting 41 minutes.

The German 8th seeds Aaron Sonnenschein/Leona Michalski had booked their place in the semi-final having knocked out the No4 seeds Brian Wassink/Charissa Kuiper but after a tentative opening set against Miss Woods and William Jones, it was the No7 seeds who took the opening set 22-20 and were never in any trouble from then, capturing the second set for only a dozen points.

Meanwhile, in the bottom half of the draw German No2 seeds Matthias Kicklitz and Jule Petrikowski were easing their way into the final without dropping a single set.

In the final William Jones and Rachael Woods came within a whisker of snatching the opening set and were to take the second 21-18 - the same score as the first – and had spectators on the edge of their seats as they fought to wrestle the title from the Germans before relinquishing the title bid 21-16.

There was little time to sample the delights of the beautiful town of Malmo to stake a challenge for the coveted Women’s Singles title with her twin sister Rebecca.

It was Rebecca who brushed aside her opponent Laura Chillon 21-11 in the opening set before the Spanish player came back to level 21-18 and it took all the Hunter House pupil’s fighting spirit to see her through 21-18 and a clash against Italy’s Chiara Passeri her reward.

Rebecca won the opening set 22-20 but disappointingly lost the second 21-13 only to respond in typical fashion and take her into round 3 where she met the highly rated Meike Versteeg of the Netherlands who competed in the 2016 European U’15 Championships. On this occasion, Miss Versteeg, who had earlier knocked out the No8 seed was to progress with a 21-10 21-12 victory over Rebecca.

Twin sister Rachael’s first opponent as the No5 seed was Caroline Melin of Sweden and was never troubled winning 21-5 21-3 and then faced Carla Kivikko for a place in Round 3.

Again the Alpha player was to exude confidence as she brushed aside the Finnish player 21-13 21-11 and had to work really hard to knock out Chloe Mayer (Netherlands) 21-19 21-13 21-19 and was at her best against Ruth Veiguela 21-19 21-14.

With a place in the final at stake Rachael put up a tremendous fight against Denmark’s Ann-Sofie Husher Ruus only to lose 21-17 21-18 in 26 minutes of the most exciting of semi-finals and Rachael can take some satisfaction from the point that her opponent went on to take the singles title in a 49 minute final from Julie Petrikowshi.

Ulster Badminton Coach Workshops

Ulster Badminton are organising a series of workshops for club based coaches focusing on the development of player footwork. The 'Introduction to Footwork to Music' workshop will give coaches practical examples of how to development players footwork in a fun way different to the normal on court methods.

Workshops are free to attend and each coach attending will receive a footwork to music DVD. Anyone interested should contact Ryan Prentice at ryanprentice@ulsterbadminton.com to book their places.

Details of dates and venues are below:

Wednesday 22/3/17 @ Antrim Forum, 8-9.30pm

Thursday 23/3/17 @ Lisburn Leisure Centre, 7-8.30pm

Wednesday 29/3/17 @ Foyle Arena, 7-8.30pm

Friday 31/3/17 @ Ards Leisure Centre, 7.30-9pm.

We are also delighted to announce that we will be bringing Andy Stewart from North Wales across on Friday 24th March, 7-10pm to deliver a fantastic workshop aimed at coaches working within our clubs. Andy has many years experience working within the game at all levels and with players of all standards. Andy is currently one of the mentors on our Propel Coach Development Programme and is a regular speaker at the annual Badminton Ireland conference. Andy has also spent time in Spain developing skill-based coaching programmes. He has delivered presentations such as; 'What are the playing basics', 'How to error proof players' and most recently at the Badminton Ireland conference on the subject of 'The use of Conditioned Games in developing tactical understanding'.

This is a workshop we at Ulster Badminton are hugely excited about and believe that it can have a positive impact on all our coaches working at a club level.

Please see the attached flyer for details. For more information or to book a place again please contact Ryan Prentice on ryanprentice@ulsterbadminton.com

Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters 2017

The Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters Badminton Championships took place last week-end at the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn.

Colin Watterson from Alpha, won the men's singles over 35s title. He had to be content with the runners-up spot in the over 35s men's doubles when partnering his clubmate Graham Henderson. They lost out 21-14 21-16 in the decider to Jonathan Perry and Andrew Mc Veigh from Greenwell St Newtownards. (pictured opposite with William Martin, president of Ulster Badminton)

The mixed doubles events across all age groups were well supported and the over 50s produced one of the best finals when Michael Turkington of Alpha and Heather Harron of Laghey, beat Graham Henderson and Doreen McClements of Alpha 21-19 14-21 21-18. There was also a close final in the over 55s mixed with the title going to Clogher Valley’s Leslie Funston and Linda Maguire who beat Kieran McMahon and Christine Graham from Academy 21-19 23-21.

Michael Turkington and Michael Watt of Alpha won the men's doubles over 40s title, while Tony Clarke of Killowen and Alpha partnered Jim Morgan of Roundwood to win the over 70s men's doubles.

Moore of Alpha won the over 40s mens singles beating Cathal Sheehy of Mount Pleasant. Stephen Waddell of Ballyclare, moving into the over 60s mens singles, was the winner over Jim Callan of Dundalk with a with a 21-11 21-10 score line.

Other title winners were:

Men's singles over 70s – Jim Morgan of Roundwood

Mixed doubles over 65s – Adrian Allely and Janet Ferguson of St Annes/Whiteabbey Pres

Men's doubles over 60s – Joe Abbott and Brian McKee of Edenderry/Whiteabbey Pres

Women's doubles over 55s – Lynne Anderson and Carol Dunbar of CIYMS

Men's doubles over 55s – Aubrey Cox and Kieran McMahon of Waterford/Academy

Women's singles – Cherly Evans of Ailesbury

Men's singles over 55s – Gerard Kenna of Roundwood

Women's doubles over 50s – Liz Gault and Pam Peard of Ballyclare/Academy

Men's doubles over 50s – Nelson McDowell and Ian Young of Academy

Men's singles – Simon Thompson of Ballyclare;

Men's doubles over 45s – John Kiernan and Willie Stevenson of Sligo City/ Carlow YM

Mixed doubles over 40s – Jonathan Perry and Jayne Orr of Greenwell St

Women's doubles over 40s – Gillian Grimes and Jayne Orr of Greenwell St

Mixed doubles over 35s – Andrew McVeigh and Karen Heaney of Greenwell St/Ballyclare

Women's doubles 35s – Deirdre A Duffy and Fiona Farrell of Dundalk/KADCA

William Martin, Ulster Branch President and Tournament Organiser said “ Thanks to the players who came from all four provinces of Ireland who produced some great badminton in the one hundred and ten matches played. Special thanks also to our Sponsors, Roadside Motors Lisburn.”

Piece by Ulster Badminton.

Men's Doubles O50

Winners Nelson McDowell & Ian Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Women's Doubles O50 Winner: 

Liz Gault & Pam Peard 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Doubles O35 Winners:

Andrew Mcveigh & Karen Heaney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mixed Doubles O40 

Winner: Jonathan Perry & Jayne Orr

Runners-Up: Michael Watt & Karen Ballantine

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on this link for all the winners and runners-up from the event.

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Ulster Badminton

In existence since 1911, the Ulster Branch of Badminton Ireland is based in the Badminton Centre in Lisburn. The Branch represents the nine counties of Ulster (Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim, Down and Armagh). 

As a Branch of Badminton Ireland, Ulster branch actively promote and encourage badminton development in Ulster from grass roots to the highest playing level and is responsible for managing badminton throughout the province of Ulster as well as co-ordinating the Ulster open and various provincial level events.

Ulster Branch contacts can be found below:

 
Position Name Position Name
President William Martin  Masters William Martin
Chairman Ken Nixon Grading Bob Colhoun
Secretary Emma Nesbitt Events Willy Martin
Treasurer Tony Clarke Schools Linda Coughlan
Coaching Willy McMillan Child Protection Beverley Ringland 
Juvenile Ryan Prentice PRO  
Masters William Martin BI Director Ken Nixon

 

Contact

Address:Ulster Badminton
National Badminton Centre
36 Belfast Road
BT27 4AS Lisburn
Contact:Emma Nesbitt
Phone:028 9266 8392
Website:http://www.ulsterbadminton.com