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  • Scottish Open Grand Prix Qualification Round Up

    22/11/2017 Scottish Open Grand Prix Qualification Round Up

    Rachael Darragh has made it through to the main draw in both the ladies singles and the mixed doubles alongside partner Paul Reynolds at the Scottish Grand Prix. Mark Brady lost out in three games to Alex Marritt of England in his opening match. Sara Boyle also lost out to Freja Ravn of Denmark. Sinead and Ciaran Chamber were promoted to the main draw.

    The main draw takes place later this evening with Nhat Nguyen taking on the tough opponent of Pablo Abian from Spain. Joshua Magee will take on Alex Marritt also this evening in the singles main draw.

    For a full list of Irish matches taking place, you can click on this link.

  • Opening Day Results From World Para- Badminton Championships

    22/11/2017 Opening Day Results From World Para- Badminton Championships

    A total of twenty pairs had entered the Mixed Doubles Wheelchair competition in the World Para-Badminton Championships and Ireland’s Laura Lee Jenkins was paired with India’s Abu Hubaida and enjoyed an excellent, though hard-earned win over the Swiss pair Christian Hamboeck/Cynthia Mathez 21-18 14-21 21-9 but could just not get over the line against the strong Russian pair Stepanov/Kuzmenko, despite having taken the opening set 21-13.

    The Russian pair responded to take the second 21-16 but in the third Laura and her partner Abu had six-game points but were unable to convert them while the Russian pair took advantage of their one game point to secure an important 22-20 victory in the group stages.

    They were later up against the No9/10 seeds in Hiroshi Murayama/Rie Ogura and even in the opening set prevented their opponents from running away with the match restricting the Japanese pair to winning no more than five consecutive points with the number of consecutive points won only slightly higher in the second.

    In the women’s singles Emma Farnham was up against the No 2 seed Rebecca Bedford, losing in straight sets but should finish runner-up in Group B with a victory over Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen when they meet on Thursday, but it is in the Women’s doubles SS6 that should see Emma and her partner Maria Bartusz (Poland) confirm their No2 seeding and contest the final with a silver medal as their reward.

    In Group B they are certainly more than capable of beating the other partnerships Randika Doling and Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores, Kobie Jane Donovan/Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen, and Yasmin EIssa/Ruhi Satish Shingade.

    Other members of the Ireland team were to face seeded players in their opening matches including Chris Stewart, who could hardly have wished for a more difficult opponent in his opening match in Group C of the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class with one of the favourites Dong Seop Lee (Korea), a winner in the USA Para-Badminton International at the end of October, winning in straight sets.

    In the Men’s Doubles Chris was back in tandem with Michael Smith, who was responsible for getting him into the sport and they faced the No3/4 seeds Ho Yuen Chan and Thomas Wandschneider and a pair from China Jianpeng and Zimo Qu..

    In the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class Michael is due to play Young-Chin MI (Germany) and the No5/8 seed Marcelo Alves Conceicao in Group G.

    Stephen Halpin also met one of the favourites in his opening match, the No3/4 seed Sukant Kadam which he lost in straight sets but he was unfortunate not to get his first victory in Group D against Van Tan Pham (Vietnan) when he lost narrowly 21-14 21-17.

    Follow all the Irish results on this link.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.

     

  • McVeigh gets World Title bid off to a great start in Korea

    22/11/2017 McVeigh gets World Title bid off to a great start in Korea

    Ireland’s Niall McVeigh got his quest for a medal at the Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea off to the start he needed with a three set victory over Man Kai Chun (Hong Kong) who was always going to be a difficult opponent, having back in June taken England’s Krysten Coombs and one of the favourites for the title to three in the Irish Para-Badminton Championships.

    Seeded No5/6 in the Men’s singles in the Short Stature 6 class McVeigh took the opening set 21-16, lost the second 21-17 and not unexpectedly the deciding set was one which had the spectators on the edge of their seats as both players matched each other in an exciting encounter with the two-times World and European champion able to seal the victory 22-20 though Chu had one match point which he wasn’t able to convert while the Alpha player needed only one opportunity to seal the victory.

    He will now have a break from the singles until Thursday, facing Hsiiao-Yuan Hsiung (Chinese Taipei) and Mark Joseph Dharmai (Indonesia) on Thursday.

    Niall was also in action in the Mixed Doubles where he is paired with Peru’s Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores and they are seeded No3.

    They have got off to an excellent start beating Alexander Mekhdiev and Deirdre Nagle 21-12 21-10 in just 27 minutes and took only 14 minutes to see off Paul and Randika Doling 21-4 21-6.

    The Indian pair of Raja Magotra and Satish Shingade found the McVeigh/Poveda Flores partnership too strong as they succumbed 21-12 21-5 to secure a quarter-final place in the Mixed Doubles where they meet Mark Joseph Dharmai and Maria Bartusz.

    Follow all of the Irish matches on the link.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.

  • U17 European Team Championships 2017 - Team Event

    22/11/2017 U17 European Team Championships 2017 - Team Event

    Ireland began their campaign in the European U17 Team Championships today with a tie against Ukraine on Court 6 in the Sterboholy Arena.

    Ireland knew that this Ukrainian team would be tough opponents but rallied together for their team chant which received applause from spectators in the hall!

    First up for the Irish in the boy's singles was Daniel O'Meara who faced Danylo Shevchenko. Despite a nervy start O'Meara gained composure after the break in the first set and earned himself several good points following some clever serve variation. Daniel fought hard in the second set also but was unlucky with some unforced errors at pivotal points. Overall he showed great attitude and fighting throughout the game and gained invaluable experience at this level.

    Rachael Woods took to court for the girl’s singles against Valeria Rudokova, who is seeded 9 in the girl’s singles for the individual event. Rachael showed her intent from the start, with several strong smashes finding the lines, in a game that was played at an incredibly high tempo. The game had team-mates and coaches on the edge of their seats as the girls went into the third set and final set. Each girl had to work patiently and tirelessly to outsmart and out-maneuver her opponent in a game that went to a tie-break. Rachael was unfortunate to lose out on this occasion but has proved that she can compete with the very best at this age in Europe.

    Daniel took to court again alongside Michael Staunton in the boy's doubles encounter. The boys started extremely well, playing with aggression and skill especially in the forecourt. Michael and Daniel began to let nerves creep in with some mistakes in their serve and return of serve in the build-up to the break in the first game. Once settled, the boys fought hard in the second half of this set showing great determination and teamwork to win a string of points. The boys continued to work hard in the second set and were unlucky with several shots finding the wrong side of the line. The very composed Ukrainians took this match also in the end.

    Rebecca Woods and Rachael Woods faced Arina Marushchak and Daria Poida in the girls doubles. The Irish girls got off to an excellent start in what was a ferociously contested first 5 exchanges between the pairs. The Ukrainian girls were relentless in their attack and solid in their defence which the Wood's twins found difficult to break the run of points that their opponents gained as a result of this.

    Niamh Gannon and Mark Kinnerk played in the final game of the match in the mixed doubles against Rozhkov and Rudukova. Again the Irish started very well in the first set, with Niamh commanding the net and killing off net exchanges following vigorous rallies. However, despite showing determination and fight the Irish pair were unable to match the consistency of their opponents and lost out on this occasion.

    Despite the loss, coaches Mark and Aisling feel that there are many positives as well as learning opportunities to take from this encounter. The players will take their learning into their final group matches against Slovenia and France. Ireland will face Slovenia tomorrow at 8 am Irish time. We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their well wishes so far in this tournament.

    Report by team coach Aisling Ryan 

    Follow the link for live streaming of the event.

  • Expression of Interest for 2018 European U15 Championships

    03/11/2017 Expression of Interest for 2018 European U15 Championships

    In the under 15 age group this season Badminton Ireland will be sending a team to Wales to compete in the 2018 U15 quadrangular in both the team and individual event between May 4th and 6th.

    The quadrangular event will be the feature event for the U15 players for the 2017/18 season.

    Badminton Europe will also be hosting the 2018 European U15 Championships in Kazan Russia from February 16th-18th.The European U15 championships event is an individual event only and while it is not the target event for the U15 age group, Badminton Ireland is looking for an expression of interest from any elite players who would like to compete at this event.

    Any player who would like to be considered for entry into this event should confirm by e-mail to coaching@badmintonireland.com no later than Thursday the 30th of November.

    Players selected to travel will need to pay the full cost of the event. This will include flights, transport, Visa cost, hotel and entry fees.

    The top two ranked boys and girls who express an interest in competing at this event will be considered for selection. Badminton Ireland will provide a coach at the event, however, players travelling will also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

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Expression of Interest for 2018 European U15 Championships

In the under 15 age group this season Badminton Ireland will be sending a team to Wales to compete in the 2018 U15 quadrangular in both the team and individual event between May 4th and 6th.

The quadrangular event will be the feature event for the U15 players for the 2017/18 season.

Badminton Europe will also be hosting the 2018 European U15 Championships in Kazan Russia from February 16th-18th.The European U15 championships event is an individual event only and while it is not the target event for the U15 age group, Badminton Ireland is looking for an expression of interest from any elite players who would like to compete at this event.

Any player who would like to be considered for entry into this event should confirm by e-mail to coaching@badmintonireland.com no later than Thursday the 30th of November.

Players selected to travel will need to pay the full cost of the event. This will include flights, transport, Visa cost, hotel and entry fees.

The top two ranked boys and girls who express an interest in competing at this event will be considered for selection. Badminton Ireland will provide a coach at the event, however, players travelling will also need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

Record numbers made for a brilliant National Squads

With over 175 people registering for the National Squads it was set to be a busy day in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. There was U13, U15, U17 U19/Senior, Masters and Para Squads in attendance. People travelling from all across all four provinces to participate.

At the start of each of the squad session, the underage players had to do their fitness test. Everyone recorded their beep test score on a sheet and handed it into the coaches who were overseeing the line that had to be hit each time. After the beep test had finished the players went into matches which the coaches were coordinating.

Coaches will have to cut their number to 16 for the next National Squads session taking place in December.

A huge thank you to all of the coaches who volunteer for each of thier squads and well done to all of the players who travelled from across the country and made the day such a great success. We look forward to welcoming everyone back next year.

Check out the video below to see what was going on over the course of the day...

 

 

*UPDATE* French Open 2017

The French open comes to an end with the Scott, Joshua and Sam losing out in the qualification rounds, and Sam and Chloe lose out in the main draw to a strong russian pair. The next tournament coming up for these players will be the Scottish Open in November. See all results below...

Sam and Chloe lose out to Durkin and Vislova 21-11 13-21 21-11 

Day 1 

Scott Evans and Amanda Högström beat the swiss pair of Burkart and Schaller 21-15 21-15.

Scott Evans beats world medalist Tien Minh Nguyen in a close game, managing to win 22-20 18-21 21-10.

 Scott Evans and Amanda Högström are soon defeated by a strong russian team of Durkin and Vislova 25-23 21-17.

Chloe Magee and Olga Konon beat Ieva Pope and Monika Radovska of Lativia 21-10 21-9. 

Chloe Magee and Olga Konon then lost out to seeded number 3 Huang/Yu of China 21-14 21-19.

Pre-Event

Tomorrow will see the start of the Yonex French Open in Paris, running all the way up until Sunday the 29th in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. This tournament will see four Irish players, Scott Evans, and Chloe, Sam and Joshua Magee, taking part. After solid performances in the Danish Open, all four of these players will be hoping to secure more ranking points. 

Sam and Joshua will be facing the German side of Raphael Beck and Bjarne Geiss in their qualifying round. 

While Chloe with her partner Olga Konon of Germany will be against the Latvian pair of Ieva Pope and Monika Radovska. Scott Evans will be participating in the mixed doubles with Amanda Hogstrom of Sweden. Scott is also featuring in the qualification of the men's singles.

Sam and Chloe Magee, are already in the main draw and will be up against a qualifier.  

For all of the opening Irish matches, you can click on this link.

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HP Overview

The Badminton Ireland High Performance structure is designed to deliver talented and committed individuals the opportunity to fulfil their potential. We aim to achieve this by providing them with support both on court and off court in conjunction with the Irish Institute of Sport.
The Athlete Talent Pathway comprises of entry level ‘talent identification tools’ and ‘talent identification camps’ under the Teicnic programme (www.Teicnic.com).
This feeds in to the Irish National Squads and the High Performance athlete talent pathway which is comprised of those players who are focused on the Olympics (Talend funded).

The High Performance programme is led by the Performance Director who oversees the performance coaching team. The Badminton Ireland High Performance Management Group takes a collective decision around selections and high performance structure.
 

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