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  • *UPDATED* Swiss Open 2017

    15/03/2017 *UPDATED* Swiss Open 2017

    Day 3

    Sam and Chloe Magee lose out to Olympic Gold medalist Zhang Nan and Li Yunhui 22-20 21-18. The Irish team will now focus their training towards the European Individual championships. Scott Evans, Sam Magee, Joshua Magee, Chloe Magee, Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle will represent Ireland in the event held in Denmark from the 25th to the 30th of April.

    Day 2

    Sam and Chloe Magee came out victors of their first-round match this morning at the Swiss Open 2017. They beat Lu Ching Yao & Chiang Kai Hsin of Chinese Taipei 22-20 19-21 21-16 with an impressive performance. Sam and Joshua Magee lost out to Olympic Bronze medallists Ellis/Langridge of 21-10 21-14. Scott Evans put up a good fight against All England finalist Shi Yuqi but lost out 21-17 21-13.

     

     

     

    Day 1

    Great start for Scott Evans at the Swiss Open 2017 as he beat Mikal Rogalski of Poland 21-16 21-19. Joshua Magee lost out to the number 12 seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Scott comes up against world number 10 Shi Yuqi of China in his round of 32 match.

    For a full list of the Irish matches click on this link.

     

    Pre-Event

    The Swiss Open 2017 takes place from the 14th-19th of March. Scott Evans along with Sam, Chloe and Joshua Magee are taking part in this Grand Prix Gold event, one of the toughest events on the calendar. This event always attracts big crowds as spectators come to see some of the top players from across the world. Sam and Joshua have been drawn with a tough opening match of the men's doubles against Olympic Bronze medallists Ellis/Langridge of England. 

    For a full list of the draws for the event click on this link.

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  • Silver for McVeigh and Farham in Spain

    15/03/2017 Silver for McVeigh and Farham in Spain

    Emma Farnham returned home from competing in the Spanish Para-Badminton International held in Majorca with a silver medal in the women’s doubles SS6 Exhibition and a bronze from the women’s singles.

    An overjoyed Emma partnered Poland’s Maria Bartusz to a 21-1 21-7 victory over Daria Bujnicka and Deirdre Nagle, which earned them a silver medal despite losing to the top English pair of Rebecca Bedford and Rachel Choong 21-9 21-5.

    The competition had been a very difficult one for the Alpha player losing her opening match against the No.2 seed in the women’s singles SS6 Rebecca Bedford 21-7 21-3 but came back strongly to record a three-set victory over her doubles partner from Poland Maria Bartusz.

    After Emma had lost her opening set 21-10 she battled her way back to level by the same score and controlled the later stages of the deciding set 21-14. As a result of finishing runner-up in the group she automatically progressed into the semi-final to meet the top seed Rachel Choong (England) and can be well pleased with her performance.

    The enormity of the task facing them in the doubles could hardly have been more difficult as the pair had then to take on two of the top young players in the SS6 class, Isaak Dalglish and Robert Laing who proved too strong for the Farnham/Batusz pairing 21-5 21-6 with their next group stage contest against the top-seeded Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard.

    To come away from that encounter after 22 minutes with a score-line of 21-5 21-7 was one which the women doubles partnership can be justifiably pleased with.

    Again it didn’t get any better for the Alpha player as she then had to face the top seed in the Women’s Singles SS6 Rachel Choong who went on to lift the title with a 21-10 21-5 victory over Rebecca Bedford.

    Whilst there was a major disappointment for Niall McVeigh who has done so much to raise the profile of Para-Badminton here in Ireland and has his ambitions still clearly focussed on the Olympics although it has still not been identified that the very popular SS6 class will be one of the new events Niall nevertheless lifted a silver medal in the Men’s Doubles.

    Seeded No.3 with Chun Yim they were able to ease through 21-8 21-5 against Fabien Morat and Joan Pahisa in just 19 minutes and saw off the No.4 seeds from England Rebecca Bedford and Rachael Choong 21-9 21-9 to reach the quarter-finals.

    The top women’s pair of Bedford and Choong seeded No.4 ironically had another opportunity to cause an upset against the No.3 seeds but Niall and Chun Yim did enough to see them through 21-3 21-14 to meet the No.2 seeds Oliver Clarke and Andrew Martin who gave them quite a scare taking the opening set 21-17.

    The No.3 seeds snatched the second 21-18 and booked their place in the final 21-13 with their reward a clash against the seasoned top seeds Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard who hadn’t dropped a single set in the Men’s Doubles.

    The No.3 seeds were able to give the top seeds a run for their money but could not make that vital breakthrough losing 21-16 21-16 in 50 minutes, a win which was also to give Coombs a double haul of gold medals, having beaten Jack Shephard 21-13 22-20 in the final of the singles.

    Andrew Moorcroft must have been wondering what he had done to deserve such a draw too, meeting the top seed Krysten Coombs in his opening singles match. But Coombs certainly didn’t have things all his own way against Moorcroft and the score-line does not really do the young Alpha player any justice at all and in his second singles match Moorcroft was to come ever so close to taking the opening set off Fabien Morat only for the French player to win 26-24 21-12.

    In the men’s doubles it was the No.2 seeds Oliver Clarke and Andrew Martin who were to inflict a straight sets win over Moorcroft and his partner Alexander Mekhdiev but the pair were able to triumph 21-6 21-54 over Daria Bujnika and Deirdre Nagle and were unfortunate not to take the opening set off the highly rated Isaak Dalglish and Robert Laing.

    Stephen Brian Halpin was to put up a spirited fight in his opening clash of the Men’s singles SL4 against the No3/4 seed Raul Anguiano, a match which lasted 31 minutes. The Alpha player was then to end the hopes of Turkey’s Kamal Erdem Orhon, winning the opening set 21-14 and having to seal the match 21-12 after his opponent had leveled by taking the second.

    When Sukant Kadam took the opening game of the final match in the group 21-16 Halpin must have really believed that he could turn the game around and he was so very near to taking the match into a deciding set, just falling short of that second set 21-18 which would have been a just reward for his efforts, although with Kadam having reached the semi-final – and only losing to the top seed – may have helped ease the disappointment a little.

    In the group stages of the Wheelchair mixed doubles Chris Stewart and Laura Lee Jenkins recorded an excellent win over Manuel Sanchez and Marcella Li Brizzi 21-7 21-5 after a 34 minute encounter but were beaten in straight sets by the No.3/4 seeds Young-Chin Mi and Valeska Knoblaunch while despite a defeat in the Women’s Singles at the hands of the eventual bronze medallist Nina Gorodetzky (Israel), Laura was to record a 21-10 21-18 win over Heidi Manninen. In the women’s doubles partnering Scotland’s Fiona Christie, Laura Lee was to meet the No.2 seeds and eventual bronze medallists Cynthia Mathez/Karin Suter-Erath.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.

    For more information on Para-Badminton click on this link.

  • Positive results at the German Junior 2017

    13/03/2017 Positive results at the German Junior 2017

    There were some some positive results for Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds as they took part in the Yonex German Junior on the weekend. Nhat was the number 6 seed in the men's singles which had draw of 128. Nhat beat Felix Hammes of Germany comfortably in his opening match 21-6 21-10. In the third round Nhat came up against a more experienced Chen Shiau Cheng of Chinese Taipei. Nhat lost the first game 21-14 but fought back to take the second game 21-17. The experience of the up and coming Chinese Taipei player shone through as he clinched the match 21-17 in the third game.

    In the men's doubles Nhat and Paul had a good opening win against the German pair of Kirchgessner/Kick 21-9 21-4. Their quarter final match was somewhat tougher as they came up against the Japanese pair Obayashi/Minegishi. They lost out to them in three games 15-21 21-11 21-15. These player will now be preparing for the upcoming U19 European Championships from the 7th-16th April in France.

    For a full list of results from this event click on this link.

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  • U13 Irish Team Announcement

    06/03/2017 U13 Irish Team Announcement

    The team selected to compete at the U13 Glasgow Youth International team and individual event from the 19th-21st May is as follows:

     

     

    Boys

    Matthew Cheung

    Vincent Pontanosa

    Stewart McCollum

    Ben Lawlor

    Girls

    Sofia Noble

    Julia O'Reilly

    Neasa Flynn

    Chloe Woods

    The coaches travelling are Michael O'Meara and Jennie King.

  • *UPDATED* German Open 2017

    02/03/2017 *UPDATED* German Open 2017

    It was a tough German Open for the Magee's, but there were some positives to take away from the event. Joshua came up against the tough opponent of Tzu Wei Wang from Chinese Taipei. He fought hard but Wang's experience saw him take the match 21-9 21-9. In the first round of the mixed doubles, Sam and Chloe faced double Olympic gold medalist Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui of China. They had their chances in the first game but the Chinese pair took the first 21-17. Sam and Chloe played some brilliant mixed to come through and win the second game 21-19. However, the experience of Nan and Yinhui shone through as they clinched the match 21-14 in the third game. Even though they lost there were some positives for Sam and Chloe to take away from the match.

    In the men's doubles event Sam played alongside Joshua as they came up against the pairing of Law Cheuk Him and Lee Chun Hei Reginald of Hong Kong. The first game could have gone either way, but the pair from Hong Kong were determined, winning 22-20. The second game Sam and Joshua couldn't find their form and lost the 21-14.

    The next event up for them will be the All England Championships taking place from the 7th-12th March.

    See the bottom of the article for the full list of results.

     

    Pre-Event Summary

    Sam, Chloe and Joshua Magee travel to the German Open this week taking place from the 28th February - 5th March. This is a Grand Prix Gold Event. They are taking part in men's singles, doubles and mixed doubles events.

    Sam and Joshua are in the main draw of the doubles and they will be coming up against the pairing of Law Cheuk Him and Lee Chun Hei Reginald of Hong Kong. The pair has a world ranking of 65. In the mixed doubles Sam and Chloe face the tougher opposition of Zhang Nan and Li Yinhui from China. They are the world number 17 and seeded 8 for the event. Joshua is in the first round of the men's singles. He is up against Tzu Wei Wang of Chinese Taipei.

     

    Joshua will playing his men's singles first-round match on Tuesday the 28th of February while the other matches will be on Wednesday the 1st of March. 

    For a full list of results from the event click on this link.

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*UPDATED* Swiss Open 2017

Day 3

Sam and Chloe Magee lose out to Olympic Gold medalist Zhang Nan and Li Yunhui 22-20 21-18. The Irish team will now focus their training towards the European Individual championships. Scott Evans, Sam Magee, Joshua Magee, Chloe Magee, Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle will represent Ireland in the event held in Denmark from the 25th to the 30th of April.

Day 2

Sam and Chloe Magee came out victors of their first-round match this morning at the Swiss Open 2017. They beat Lu Ching Yao & Chiang Kai Hsin of Chinese Taipei 22-20 19-21 21-16 with an impressive performance. Sam and Joshua Magee lost out to Olympic Bronze medallists Ellis/Langridge of 21-10 21-14. Scott Evans put up a good fight against All England finalist Shi Yuqi but lost out 21-17 21-13.

 

 

 

Day 1

Great start for Scott Evans at the Swiss Open 2017 as he beat Mikal Rogalski of Poland 21-16 21-19. Joshua Magee lost out to the number 12 seed Anthony Sinisuka Ginting of Indonesia. Scott comes up against world number 10 Shi Yuqi of China in his round of 32 match.

For a full list of the Irish matches click on this link.

 

Pre-Event

The Swiss Open 2017 takes place from the 14th-19th of March. Scott Evans along with Sam, Chloe and Joshua Magee are taking part in this Grand Prix Gold event, one of the toughest events on the calendar. This event always attracts big crowds as spectators come to see some of the top players from across the world. Sam and Joshua have been drawn with a tough opening match of the men's doubles against Olympic Bronze medallists Ellis/Langridge of England. 

For a full list of the draws for the event click on this link.

Follow our Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Silver for McVeigh and Farham in Spain

Emma Farnham returned home from competing in the Spanish Para-Badminton International held in Majorca with a silver medal in the women’s doubles SS6 Exhibition and a bronze from the women’s singles.

An overjoyed Emma partnered Poland’s Maria Bartusz to a 21-1 21-7 victory over Daria Bujnicka and Deirdre Nagle, which earned them a silver medal despite losing to the top English pair of Rebecca Bedford and Rachel Choong 21-9 21-5.

The competition had been a very difficult one for the Alpha player losing her opening match against the No.2 seed in the women’s singles SS6 Rebecca Bedford 21-7 21-3 but came back strongly to record a three-set victory over her doubles partner from Poland Maria Bartusz.

After Emma had lost her opening set 21-10 she battled her way back to level by the same score and controlled the later stages of the deciding set 21-14. As a result of finishing runner-up in the group she automatically progressed into the semi-final to meet the top seed Rachel Choong (England) and can be well pleased with her performance.

The enormity of the task facing them in the doubles could hardly have been more difficult as the pair had then to take on two of the top young players in the SS6 class, Isaak Dalglish and Robert Laing who proved too strong for the Farnham/Batusz pairing 21-5 21-6 with their next group stage contest against the top-seeded Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard.

To come away from that encounter after 22 minutes with a score-line of 21-5 21-7 was one which the women doubles partnership can be justifiably pleased with.

Again it didn’t get any better for the Alpha player as she then had to face the top seed in the Women’s Singles SS6 Rachel Choong who went on to lift the title with a 21-10 21-5 victory over Rebecca Bedford.

Whilst there was a major disappointment for Niall McVeigh who has done so much to raise the profile of Para-Badminton here in Ireland and has his ambitions still clearly focussed on the Olympics although it has still not been identified that the very popular SS6 class will be one of the new events Niall nevertheless lifted a silver medal in the Men’s Doubles.

Seeded No.3 with Chun Yim they were able to ease through 21-8 21-5 against Fabien Morat and Joan Pahisa in just 19 minutes and saw off the No.4 seeds from England Rebecca Bedford and Rachael Choong 21-9 21-9 to reach the quarter-finals.

The top women’s pair of Bedford and Choong seeded No.4 ironically had another opportunity to cause an upset against the No.3 seeds but Niall and Chun Yim did enough to see them through 21-3 21-14 to meet the No.2 seeds Oliver Clarke and Andrew Martin who gave them quite a scare taking the opening set 21-17.

The No.3 seeds snatched the second 21-18 and booked their place in the final 21-13 with their reward a clash against the seasoned top seeds Krysten Coombs and Jack Shephard who hadn’t dropped a single set in the Men’s Doubles.

The No.3 seeds were able to give the top seeds a run for their money but could not make that vital breakthrough losing 21-16 21-16 in 50 minutes, a win which was also to give Coombs a double haul of gold medals, having beaten Jack Shephard 21-13 22-20 in the final of the singles.

Andrew Moorcroft must have been wondering what he had done to deserve such a draw too, meeting the top seed Krysten Coombs in his opening singles match. But Coombs certainly didn’t have things all his own way against Moorcroft and the score-line does not really do the young Alpha player any justice at all and in his second singles match Moorcroft was to come ever so close to taking the opening set off Fabien Morat only for the French player to win 26-24 21-12.

In the men’s doubles it was the No.2 seeds Oliver Clarke and Andrew Martin who were to inflict a straight sets win over Moorcroft and his partner Alexander Mekhdiev but the pair were able to triumph 21-6 21-54 over Daria Bujnika and Deirdre Nagle and were unfortunate not to take the opening set off the highly rated Isaak Dalglish and Robert Laing.

Stephen Brian Halpin was to put up a spirited fight in his opening clash of the Men’s singles SL4 against the No3/4 seed Raul Anguiano, a match which lasted 31 minutes. The Alpha player was then to end the hopes of Turkey’s Kamal Erdem Orhon, winning the opening set 21-14 and having to seal the match 21-12 after his opponent had leveled by taking the second.

When Sukant Kadam took the opening game of the final match in the group 21-16 Halpin must have really believed that he could turn the game around and he was so very near to taking the match into a deciding set, just falling short of that second set 21-18 which would have been a just reward for his efforts, although with Kadam having reached the semi-final – and only losing to the top seed – may have helped ease the disappointment a little.

In the group stages of the Wheelchair mixed doubles Chris Stewart and Laura Lee Jenkins recorded an excellent win over Manuel Sanchez and Marcella Li Brizzi 21-7 21-5 after a 34 minute encounter but were beaten in straight sets by the No.3/4 seeds Young-Chin Mi and Valeska Knoblaunch while despite a defeat in the Women’s Singles at the hands of the eventual bronze medallist Nina Gorodetzky (Israel), Laura was to record a 21-10 21-18 win over Heidi Manninen. In the women’s doubles partnering Scotland’s Fiona Christie, Laura Lee was to meet the No.2 seeds and eventual bronze medallists Cynthia Mathez/Karin Suter-Erath.

Piece by Brian Kelly.

For more information on Para-Badminton click on this link.

Positive results at the German Junior 2017

There were some some positive results for Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds as they took part in the Yonex German Junior on the weekend. Nhat was the number 6 seed in the men's singles which had draw of 128. Nhat beat Felix Hammes of Germany comfortably in his opening match 21-6 21-10. In the third round Nhat came up against a more experienced Chen Shiau Cheng of Chinese Taipei. Nhat lost the first game 21-14 but fought back to take the second game 21-17. The experience of the up and coming Chinese Taipei player shone through as he clinched the match 21-17 in the third game.

In the men's doubles Nhat and Paul had a good opening win against the German pair of Kirchgessner/Kick 21-9 21-4. Their quarter final match was somewhat tougher as they came up against the Japanese pair Obayashi/Minegishi. They lost out to them in three games 15-21 21-11 21-15. These player will now be preparing for the upcoming U19 European Championships from the 7th-16th April in France.

For a full list of results from this event click on this link.

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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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