• Dutch Open 2015

    06/10/2015 High PerformanceDutch Open 2015

    The Irish Badminton players are in Holland competing for world ranking points at the Yonex Dutch Open.  Joshua is competing in the men’s singles while Chloe is competing in the women’s singles.  Josh is then partnering with his brother Sam in the men’s doubles and Sam is partnering with Chloe in the mixed doubles.

    Josh was on court today in the qualifying of the men’s singles, he was up against Ari Trisanto of Germany.  This was a very close match that went the full distance with only a few points between each of the players in all three games.  Josh narrowly lost the first game 21-18 but fought back hard in the second, winning it with a score of 23-21.  The third game started off well for Josh as he took an early lead but Ari levelled at 14, Josh then got up to 20-16 but could not take the match. Ari got to 20 all and took the final game and match 22-20.

    Chloe who is currently ranked 39 in women’s singles takes on a Natalia Rhode of Denmark who takes the place of Beiwin Zhang of USA in the draw as the American pulled out of the tournament. Chloe will be looking for a good result in Holland to help in her bid to qualify for Rio 2016. Chloe has number 8 seed Rong Schafer, Ozge Bayrak and Line Kjaersfeld in her half of the draw which will not make it easy but she has beaten Ozge and Line before.

    Baku Bronze medallist Sam and Joshua Magee have a current world ranking of 109 and will take on world number 53 Bastian Kersaudy/Gaetan Mittelheiser of France. These combinations have never met before but the Magees will be looking to gain valuable word ranking points in order to boost their world ranking.

    Sam will then partner with Chloe in the mixed doubles; the Irish play the number one seeds and world number 14 Michael Fuchs/Birgit Michels.  Even though the Irish are ranked 14 places behind the Germans they won in their last meeting which was at the German Grand Prix in February this year.  Another win in Holland would definitely help this combination in their bid to qualify for Rio 2016.

    All draws and results can be found HERE.

    Click HERE for official website.


  • Sunny South East Camp

    05/10/2015 DevelopmentSunny South East Camp

    Wexford Regional Development squad held their summer camp in Ramsgrange community school from the 20th to the 22nd July last. Following on from previous years, this camp was very well attended by players from various clubs in Wexford, along with players from Kilkenny and Waterford. Head coach Laura Butler had a detailed plan set out for each court and with one coach per court the players were put through a varied and interesting programme each day.

    All participants worked extremely hard on various racket skills together with footwork, strength and conditioning and match tactics. Each day was rounded off with a series of matches where the players put into practice the knowledge and skills they had worked on throughout that day.  Skipping ropes were also flying and a great improvement was experienced by all. Due to the great facilities at Ramsgrange School the physical training took place out in the sunshine with lots of sprints and fun games.

    Each participant really put a great effort into the three days and all coaches were very impressed by their attitude and work rate.

    After the final session on day three all players and coaches were treated to a feast of lovely cakes, with a lovely light sponge baked by squad member Paddy Nolan and a delicious chocolate biscuit cake baked by Mary Somers Whitty.

    Report done by Laura Butler, Wexford.

  • Connacht Open has local star

    05/10/2015 ConnachtConnacht Open has local star

    Local man David Walsh was the star of the 2015 Connacht Open Badminton Championship held in Summerhill College, Sligo on Saturday the 3rd of October 2015 .David, a long standing member of Ballina and also a member of Sligo City Badminton club made a dramatic return from a lengthy injury reaching three finals and winning two of them. He won Mixed with Moya Ryan and Men’s Doubles with another local player, Jonathan Dolan. It’s good to see Dolan back after a break from the game. Rachael Darragh from Raphoe also had a good day winning Ladies Doubles with Sara Boyle and the Ladies singles title.  Entries were down on last year which meant the tournament took place over one day.

  • Fair-play to Fairplay Badminton Club

    05/10/2015 DevelopmentFair-play to Fairplay Badminton Club

    Congratulations to Fairplay Badminton Club who recently became the first badminton club to win the 'Dublin Bus Community Spirit' award.

    The club fought off stiff opposition from other sports and got their name and badminton out there. The committee members said they hope to expand and develop the junior section as well as purchasing equipment for all club members to use.

    Fairplay plays in a 6 court hall that is based in St Vincents Secondary School, in Glasnevin. The club organises social events as well as competing in the Dublin & District Leagues and Cup and local tournaments. Fairplay welcome new members including beginners and advanced players along with junior players.

    Have a look at their Facebook for more information.

  • Knocklyon Junior Badminton Club need your help

    01/10/2015 LeinsterKnocklyon Junior Badminton Club need your help

    Knocklyon Junior Badminton Club are holding a clothing collection next Saturday & Sunday the 10th & 11th October 2015 in order to raise  much needed funds for the club.The club are asking every member to bring at least one 10 kg bag with them to club next weekend.

    So why not get rid of your unwanted clutter and help a badminton club while your at it.? Old laptops (as long as charger is with them) and mobile phones are also acceptable. 


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Ulster U17

The Ulster U17 took place over the weekend at Lisburn Racquets Club. The tournament was well attended with players from all over Ireland participating. Clodagh Dunne went home with two titles, taking the girl’s singles and the girl’s doubles with Beth Stephenson. Nhat Nguyen also went home with two titles, winning the boys singles and the mixed doubles with Rebecca Woods.

Below are the results from the finals:

Girls Singles – Clodagh Dunne beat Beth Stephenson 19-21, 21-15, 21-19

Boys Singles – Nhat Nguyen beat Kyle Magee 21-11, 21-8

Girls Doubles – Clodagh Dunne/Beth Stephenson beat Orla Flynn/Alexander Troy 21-11, 21-7

Boys Doubles – Adam McAllister/Brian O’Mahoney beat Des Duggan/Kyle Magee 21-1-, 21-19

Mixed Doubles – Nhat Nguyen/Rebecca Woods beat Kyle Magee/Clodagh Dunne 21-12, 21-14

All results can be found HERE.


Dunderry BC - Small But Mighty

Badminton Ireland recently paid a visit to Dunderry Badminton Club in Co. Meath.

"The members are very warm and welcoming, they pulled around some chairs and we sat discussing how the club could be taken to the next level. These ladies started the club last year and are really keen to grow and develop the club to make it a feature of the community." Norma McIntyre Club Development Officer.

Currently there are 13 members in the club, some play for the social aspect of the game, others went on to compete in the league and entered two teams into the Meath league for the first time last season. The players showed they were up for the challenge with one of the teams winning the league and the other team just losing out to their club mates in the final. Of course Dunderry BC was up for the challenge as two of their members are All Ireland GAA Medalists!

Talking with the members I could see they played badminton for the fun and enjoyment of the game. They are eager to share their passion for the game with beginners, juveniles and anyone who would be interested in joining the club. The members were talking about getting a coach in the club 2 nights a week with one night dedicated to teaching beginners and the other for the development of the current players. They hope to start a junior section in the near future and some of the members are even interested in doing our Shuttle Time Programme.

"It is exciting and satisfying to see clubs like Dunderry BC being proactive about its development. This creates sustainability for badminton in communities such as Dunderry and creates a community hub for juniors and adults alike to come and play badminton."

For more information about     -Dunderry BC Click Here     -Shuttle Time Programme Click Here


Ulster's Andrew Stewart wins Sport Northern Ireland Talent Development Coach 2015

Ulster Badminton’s Andrew Stewart has won the Sport Northern Ireland Talent Development coach of the year 2105.Andrew is the Talent ID & Development Officer for Ulster Badminton and also the Lisburn Emerging Performance Squad coach working with a number of the Top junior players in the province as well as Niall McVeigh the Double World Para Badminton Champion.

The success follows on from Tom Causer winning the High Performance Coach of the year last year and Naomi Darragh winning the North West Talent Coach of the year in March and Andrew was quick to acknowledge the Ulster Badminton Coaching Legacy Programme has had on the development of coaches in Ulster and also as an individual.

‘I am delighted to win the Sport NI Talent Development coach year, it is a great achievement and great to be recognised as a leading Talent Development coach. The Ulster Badminton coaching legacy programme has helped myself and other Ulster Coaches develop over the past 3 years through regular workshops and bring in world leading coaches to deliver these workshops.’


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