• *UPDATED*Nguyen Wins in Portugal

    30/11/2015 High Performance*UPDATED*Nguyen Wins in Portugal

    Nhat Nguyen won the boys singles at the Portuguese Junior in Lisbon.

    The Portuguese International was Nhat Nguyen’s first international tournament abroad and he came out on top beating some of Europes best junior singles players. The number one seed at this event has a junior world ranking of 18. Nhat was seeded 14 and had to beat some tough competition on his way to the title. In the semi-final Nhat was up against number 3 seed Leo Rossi from France, Nhat took the first game easily and then narrowly lost the second 21-17. Nhat regained his composure in the third game and took it 21-11 to book his place in the final. Sam McKay made it through to the semi-final in the other half of the draw by beating number 4 seed from France in three tough games, 17-21, 21-17, 21-16. Sam then played number 1 seed Rodion Alimov of Russia, the Russian proved too strong for McKay and took the match 21-14, 21-17 to book his place against Nguyen in the final. The young Irish player was in control from the start and took the match with relative ease 21-14, 21-7.

    In the girl’s singles Moya Ryan made it to the second round but narrowly lost to Vilde Espeseth from Norway in three tough games. 21-14, 17-21, 21-19.

    Sam McKay teamed up with Mark Leith of Scotland to make it through to the second round after narrowly losing to David Orteu and Julien Scheiwiller of Switzerland 15-21, 21-16, 21-19. Paul Reynolds and Nhat Nguyen made it through to the quarter-finals but lost to number 2 seeds from France in three hard fought games 21-18, 17-21, 21-14.

    Paul and Moya were seeded 6 and made it through to the second round where they lost to Alex Dominguez and Cristina Granados of Spain in 3 close games 17-21, 21-14, 21-19.

    All of the results and draws can be found HERE

  • Gold For Irish in Leigh

    30/11/2015 High PerformanceGold For Irish in Leigh

    Rachael Woods Wins Coveted Leigh Gold Star Title by Brian Kelly

    Having set her target of winning the girls singles in one of the prestigious Gold Star Series this season it was joy all round this weekend when the 15 year-old Alpha  Rachael Woods captured the Leigh title beating Staffordshire’s Abbygael Harris in the final..

    Seeded No1 and having missed a month of competition before getting back on court to win the Leinster Graded title, Rachael had a tough semi-final against Chloe Hunt, winning 21-18 14-21 21-10, and lost the opening set of the final 21-9 .

    She changed her attack by introducing more drop shots to her game and her opponent had no answer to this and remained resolute in defence to win 21-19 21-19.

    Twin sister Rebecca narrowly failed to reach the semi-final of the mixed doubles with Kyle Magee having knocked out Neil Bhabula and Rachael Woods 21-19 21-20.

    They lost the opening set 23-21 to Ethan Van :Leeuwen and Pamela Reeves but countered to level by taking the second 21-19 and narrowly lost the decider 21-15.

    It could have been even greater personal celebrations for the Woods family had the two Hunterhouse pupils managed to win their girls doubles clash against the No3/4 seeds Chloe Hunt and Pamela Woods, losing again in three sets 21-14 14-21 21-15 in the semi-final.


  • KCELL Badminton Academy granted official BI Cell status.

    30/11/2015 CoachingKCELL Badminton Academy granted official BI Cell status.

    It has been a year in the making and this week KCELL badminton Academy in Kilcullen, Co. Kildare was granted its official Badminton Ireland feeder cell status after meeting the stringent qualification criteria as set out by Badminton Ireland.



  • Kilkenny exhibition great success

    30/11/2015 EventsKilkenny exhibition great success

    What a fantastic Badminton Event it was earlier today (Sunday 29th) in the Watershed Kilkenny.
    Over 450 spectators came from far and wide to see an Irish Team take on a Spanish European Select Team and all that came were not to be disappointed



  • U19 Munster Closed

    30/11/2015 MunsterU19 Munster Closed

    The U19 Munster Closed was played to a conclusion on Saturday 28th November at Nenagh College.  There were some excellent matches played throughout the day, with some very close games in the Boys Singles in particular. Many thanks to Nenagh Badminton Club for hosting the event and for providing food throughout the day.  Thanks also to Nenagh College for the use of their excellent facilities.  Thanks to the players for supporting the event, the first U19 tournament in Munster for quite some time. Thanks to the parents and spectators for supporting the players, and thanks to those who counted games throughout the day. 


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This is our launch of the reformed Sligo City club with an Open night. The President of Badminton Ireland, Breda Connolly and Connacht Badminton’s chairperson, Anthony Walsh will join us on the night as well as local dignitaries. ‘Sligo City’ wants to invite anyone who ever played badminton- even if it was twenty or thirty years ago- or anyone who ever wanted to play, to come along to Summerhill from 6pm on the night to take part in our open night. Rackets and shuttles will be supplied so it’s just a matter of bringing the body. Everyone is welcome to come along and play for a couple of week’s trial period before becoming members. Come and try the game for a while and if it’s not to your liking all you’ve lost is a few episodes of Coronation Street. We play from 8pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in Summerhill College’s fabulous four court hall. If you can’t make the open night, and are interested in playing, contact Paul on 0876100108.

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*UPDATED* Welsh International Challenge

DAY 3 - The Irish players did not make it past the quarter-finals of the Welsh International Challenge.

Joshua and Sam Megee beat the number 6 seeds from Australia; Matthew Chau and Sawan Serasinghe. Sam Magee controlled the game from the net and the Irish team won the match 21-16, 21-13 to book a place in the quarter-finals against number 3 seeds Andrew Ellis and Peter Mills from England. The number 3 seeds won the opening game 21-16 but the Irish boys upped their game in the second game and narrowly lost the second game 21-18.

Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh had a walkover into the quarter-finals where they met Marie Batomene and Emilie Lefel of France. The young Irish combination lost the first game 21-11 but came back in the second game and were leading 11-10 at the interval. At 19 all the game could have gone either way but the experience French pair took the next 2 points and match 21-19.

In the mixed doubles Chloe and Sam Magee beat Ryan Quek and Meera Sivakumaran of England to book their place in the quarter-finals against number 5 seeds from Australia Sewan Serasinghe and Setyana Mapasa. The Australians came out firing and won the opening game 21-19, the Magees fought hard in the second game and with score at 20 all it looked like they could win the second game but it was not to be as the Australians won the next two points and match 22-20.

Chloe Magee beat Natalia Perminova of Russia 22-20, 21-16 before meeting number 4 seed Petya Nedelcheva of Bulgaria. The Bulgarian proved too strong for Magee and took the match will relative ease 21-9, 21-9.

All draws and results can be found HERE.

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