12 May 2017
The 2017 European U17 Championships will be played in Prague, the Czech Republic from 21-29 November 2017. The team selected to represent Ireland at the team and Individual event is as follows
Mark Phelan and Aisling Ryan will be the coaches travelling with the team. In the lead up to the event, Badminton Ireland will look at holding a fundraising event to help support the team. More information on the summer fundraising events will follow.
29 April 2017
Sam and Chloe Magee must settle for bronze medals at the European Championships as they lose out to the very strong pair of Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen of Denmark in two games 21-14 21-10. Sam and Chloe played world class badminton all weeek long and had some close games. They managed to knock out the number 4 and 5 seeds of the tournament on the way to their medal. Chloe and Sam have been very gratefull for all the Irish support over the week:
"We really have to thank everyone for the support, Ireland is definitely a country that gets behind their players, it feels like i'm back at home." - Chloe Magee.
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Photo by Mark Phelan (Badminton Europe).
28 April 2017
Sam and Chloe Magee make Irish badminton history and secure Ireland's first ever medal at the European Badminton Championships. They have bagged at least a bronze medal by beating the number four seeds and former European gold medallists Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezba Zieba of Poland.
It was a game that either side could have won and it proved to be very close throughout. The first game came down to the wire after some long rallies, but Sam and Chloe kept their composure and won 22-20. In the second game the Polish fought back and managed to steal it 21-17, after Sam and Chloe had a chance to clinch the match. Sam and Chloe went out and gave it everything in the final game and dominated, winning 21-12.
Tomorrow evening Sam and Chloe will play Danish super stars and number one seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen. After Sam and Chloe have already knocked two seeded pairs out of the tournament who knows what could happen.
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All photos by Mark Phelan (Badminton Europe).