13 June 2018
The Irish Master's team finished an impressive 7th at the 2018 Forza Nations Cup held in France. The Forza Nations Cup is a doubles only competition where each team will play one WD, one MD and two XD in each age group: +40, +45, +50, +55, +60.
In the group stages Ireland was in a tough group with France & Denmark but had some great matches and narrowly missed coming 2nd losing out to France by 1 point.
This put them in the playoff positions for 7th, 8th & 9th and after 2 great wins against Austria & Switzerland Ireland finished in 7th position.
A major highlight for the Irish team was the over 60's Women's doubles remaining undefeated throughout the tournament.
For more photos and information on the event follow the link to the event Facebook Page.
The Irish Masters Team:
40's Men- Jonathan Perry & Andrew Fenner
40's Women- Gillian Grimes, Jayne Orr & Georgina Ward
45's Men- Shane Guildea & Willie Stevenson
45's Women- Siobhan Grehan & Sylvia Campion
50's Men- Ian Young & Simon Thompson
50's Women- Brenda Murray Flynn & Julia Dunlop
55's Men- Kieran McMahon & Gerard Kenna
55's Women- Pam Peard & Sian Williams
60's Men- Joe Wright & Joe Abbott
60's Women- Christine Graham, Mary Bird & Doreen McClements
11 June 2018
There were some impressive results form Irish players at the 2018 Lithuanian International. Joshua Magee won a bronze medal in the men's singles and won a bronze medal along with Paul Reynolds in the men's doubles.
Reynolds and Magee beat Poland’s Konrad Ploch and Dominik Zietek 21-11 17-21 21-10, then they were also victorious against Denmark’s Rasmus Esperson and Sebastian Gronbjerg 21-18 21-15 to book a place in the semi-final of the event. They were beaten in the semi-final by Russian pair Egor Kurdyukov and Egor Okolov 18-21 21-13 21-15.
In the singles, Joshua Magee defeated England’s David Jones 21-14 21-23 21-18 before overcoming Belgian Julien Carraggi 24-22 22-20 and another Belgian Elias Bracke 23-21 21-13. This set up Joshua a place in the semi-final. Joshua pressed the number one seed Felix Burestedt from Sweden all the way but lost out 22-20 13-21 15-21.
In the mixed doubles, Rachael Darragh and Paul Reynolds overcame Americans Pedro Arturo Garcia-Flores and Jacqueline Wendy Myers 21-6 21-13, but Ukraine’s Artem Tkachuk and Anna Mikhalkova knocked them out with a scoreline of 23-21 20-22 21-19.
In the women’s singles, Rachael Darragh lost out to Alesia Zaitsava of Belarus 21-9 21-11. Jonathan Dolan lost out in the singles qualification to Henri Hurskainen 21-17 21-19.
For full results from this event click on this link.
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