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2016 Irish Masters Nationals.

Storm Gertrude did little to discourage players from traveling to the 2016 Irish Masters Nationals, which took place today at the Lisburn Racquets Club. Heavy snow and wind battered the area for much of the early hours of the morning, but players still arrived in their droves to compete for the Masters Nationals titles. With over 130 games played in just one day many players had to give it their all and should be commended for their efforts, win or lose. 
Here are some, but by no means all, of today’s Irish Masters Nationals highlights.

Men’s Singles:

In the Men’s Singles over 35 Kevin Donnelly took the gold medal over Mohit Katiyar in the final. While in the over 40’s MS, Nigel Boyne saw off stiff competition from number one seed Seamus Halpin to claim the title. Brian more faced John Kiernan in the over 45s, winning the match in 2 games, While in the over 50’s, John Noble took the top spot over runner up Tom Fitzgerald. Gerard Kenna and Brian McKee took the gold in the over 55’s and over 60’s respectively. Stanley Graham faced Dave Kenny in the final and took the gold in 2 games, while in the over 70’s, Tony Clarke and Jim Morgan battled it out in a fierce final that went to three games, with Tony coming out on top.

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Leinster Badminton Job opportunity

Leinster Badminton is the provincial body responsible for the administration and management of the sport of badminton throughout the province of Leinster.An experienced administrator is required for Leinster Badminton, based in its busy headquarters in Dublin 12. This role is to cover maternity leave commencing in April 2016 for a minimum six month period, with the possibility of extension.

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Watershed Club Visit

Badminton Ireland was recently invited by Leinster Branch to a new club in Kilkenny. Top coach Dan Magee payed the Watershed Badminton club a visit on the 26th February. Read on to see what Leinster's Chairman Roy Cobbe and Badminton Ireland's Dan Magee had to say about the night...



“Kilkenny badminton club started before Christmas with the intention of getting a new adult club going in the city for beginners and people that played before and wanted to get back playing .This brought together a really friendly group who are enjoying their Tuesday night sessions. They have access to 6 courts so if anyone is in the Kilkenny area and would like to come along and play they would be most welcome. Practise is from 8 to 10 pm.  As part of a new club, Badminton Ireland organised a club visit with one of Irelands top coaches Daniel Magee. This was a very enjoyable and helpful session and our thanks to Badminton Ireland and especially Daniel for a great night “ Roy Cobbe Leinster Chairman

"It was great to visit Kilkenny badminton club in the Watershed in county Kilkenny. The facilities are fantastic with 6 courts in full flow and the club has over 20 members already. It always is good to see new clubs appearing across the country and this club has a lot to offer for anyone who is keen in starting badminton in the Kilkenny area. The club visit itself was a fantastic experience as all the members are keen to try new things and everyone enjoys the social aspect. I would highly recommend anyone interested in playing to call down to the Watershed and give it a try." Daniel Magee Education and Training Manager

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