10 July 2017
The Canda Open kicks off tomorrow in Calgary with four of the Irish players taking part. Scott Evans, along with Sam, Chloe and Joshua Magee all feature in the event. The players will also travel to the US Open following this tournament. The Canada Open is running from the 11th-16th July. These are important events for the players in the build up the the World Championships which are taking place in Glasgow this coming August.
Sam and Chloe Magee are the number four seeds in the mixed for this event and after their recent impressive circuit win at the Spanish International, they will be looking for further medals at this event. Scott Evans comes up against Zulkiffli of Malaysia in the first round of his singles while Joshua Magee comes up against Couture of Canada.
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27 June 2017
The Irish players came away with three bronze medals after some great performances at the Irish Para-Badminton International, which ran from the 22nd - 25th June in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena.
The first of the medals came in the women's doubles wheelchair section where Laura Lee Jenkins (pictured left) played alongside Fiona Christie fo Scotland. They won two of their three matches in the group stages to place second and progress to the knockout stages which secured them a medal. In their semi-final match, they faced the tough pair of Mathez/Suter-Erath of Switzerland who came out winning 21-13 21-14.
The next of the Irish medals came from Emma Farnham (pictured right) who won a bronze in the women's singles short stature class. This category was played as a round robin where Emma put in some great performances to place third in the group after some tough games.
The last of the medals came from former World and European champion Niall McVeigh (pictured below) in the men's singles short stature class. Niall played well in his group to win two out of three matches. This was enough to secure second place in the group and progress to the knockout stages. In his quarterfinal match, Niall came up against the number 3/4 seed from England Andrew Martin. This was a very competitive game which went right to the wire. Niall took the match in the third games 23-21 after a long battle. This secured him a minimum of bronze. Niall came up against his big rival and eventual winner Krysten Coombs of England in the semi-final. There were many good rallies during the match but Coombs got the better of McVeigh taking the match 21-19 21-10.
Badminton Ireland would like to thank all of the umpires, referees and volunteers who put in so much work over the course of the tournament. Also to the Carlton Hotel Blanchardstown who accommodated all of the athletes so well. Lastly to the Airport Police who assisted in the smooth transportation of the players over the course of the week.
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19 June 2017
Sam and Chloe Magee have won the Spanish International 2017 after overcoming a tough draw with some tricky foreign opposition. In their quarterfinal match, they beat the strong Japanese pair of Matsuyama/Matsui 21-15 21-19 under the tough heat conditions that the Spanish tournament is known for.
They beat the number 3 seeds in the semi-final who they have had many difficult matches with in the past. The score against Labar Fontaine of France was 21-17 23-21. Sam and Chloe held their form well to stop the match going to three games at the end of the second.
In the final, they came up against Tabeling/Seinen of the Netherlands who beat some strong pairs and had some close matches to reach the finals. The Irish duo was on fire and came through the final winning 21-11 21-18. This is a really important win for the Magee's to top up on their huge success at the European Championships, "Seven years ago we won our first ever international title here, so it always brings great memories playing in Madrid." - Sam Magee.
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Header Photo Credit: Mark Phelan (Badminton Europe).