• AIG FZ Forza Irish Open Preview

    08/11/2018 EventsAIG FZ Forza Irish Open Preview

    With the AIG FZ Forza Irish Open less that a week away here is a quick guide to the tournament.


  • Irish players prepare for the AIG FZ Forza Irish Open with international sparring read more….

    08/11/2018 High PerformanceIrish players prepare for the AIG FZ Forza Irish Open with international sparring read more….

    The AIG FZ Forza Irish open will commence next week at the National Indoor Arena in Blanchardstown. The Irish players have been preparing for this event with a number of additions to their daily training.




  • Annual Awards Night Nominations Still Open and Tickets Selling Fast

    05/11/2018 EventsAnnual Awards Night Nominations Still Open and Tickets Selling Fast

    The 2018 Badminton Ireland Awards Night will be taking place on Saturday, 1st December at the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport. The Badminton Ireland Awards Night is an opportunity to recognize contributions made by clubs and individuals throughout the country. A four-course dinner, live entertainment and special presentations make for a fantastic evening.

    A limited amount of early bird tickets are still available at €39* per person so reserve your place today as tickets prices will go up. You can email or call the office on +353 1 839 3028 to reserve your ticket or book reduced rate accommodation for members.


    Please click on the link below for nomination forms and details. 




  • Great Numbers Drive Opening National Squad Session

    31/10/2018 High PerformanceGreat Numbers Drive Opening National Squad Session

    With over 130 people registering for the National Squads it was a busy day in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. There was U13, U15, U17 U19/Senior, Masters (pictured in header photo) and Para Squads (pictured in header photo) in attendance. Players travelled from across all four provinces to participate in the opening squad, which was a trial session. At the start of each of the squad trial sessions, first the underage players had to take the beep test. Everyone recorded their beep test score on a sheet and handed it into the coaches who were overseeing the line that had to be hit each time. After the beep test had finished the players went into matches which the coaches were coordinating.

    A huge thank you to all of the coaches who volunteer for each of their squads and well done to all of the players who travelled from across the country and made the day such a great success. 

    We also wish the Para-Badminton Squad all the best as they put in some last preparation at the National Squads for their upcoming European Championships in France.

    For more details on the squad criteria for team selection click on this link.

                                                                   U13 Squad 

                                                                    U15 Squad

                                                                      U17 Squad

                                                                      U19 Squad 

  • English Gold star update Silver for Flynn and Noble

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Ulster Open Review (Including U15 & U11)


By Brian Kelly

 Over the years Alpha Badminton Club has enjoyed considerable success in the various Ulster competitions but few will have rivalled the number of successes its players enjoyed at the National Badminton Centre last weekend when one Ulster title after another was captured by an Alpha player in either the Forza Ulster Open, Ulster U15 Open or the Ulster U13Open.

In the Walsin Women’s Singles 17 year-old Rachael Woods was to win her FIRST Forza Ulster title but not before being taken to thee sets by each of her opponents Bethany Wong, Orla Flynn and in the final Sophia Noble, had seen the top seed Kate Frost retire in the third set with Sophia holding an 11-7 advantage.

Rachael and Sophia were engaged in a real cliff-hanger which lasted 44 minutes and which had spectators on the edge of their seats, Rachael taking the opening set 21-13 and her young opponent snatching the second 21-19 before the third saw the Alpha player secure her first Ulster Open Singles title 21-18.

Rachael was to team up with her twin sister Rebecca in the women’s Doubles and they raced through to the opening set 21-11 against the top seeds Kate Frost and Moya Ryan and had set points in their favour only for their more experienced opponents to counter and drew level 22-20 and went on to lift the title 21-11 in the deciding set.

The Walsin Men’s Singles saw Mark Brady in imperious form taking the title without dropping a single set beating Sam McKay 21-13 21-15.

The Walsin Men’s Doubles was certainly keenly contested with four matches being decided in the third set and the top seeds Mark Brady and Ciaran Chambers being severely tested by former champions Tony Murphy and Tony Stephenson in a 45 minute marathon with Brady/Chambers booking their place in the final 11-21 21-17 25-23 and going on to lift the title 21-18 21-10 against Daniel Magee/Sam McKay.

Moya Ryan was to team up with Ciaran Chambers in the Walsin Mixed Doubles and they were to take the opening set of the final against Daniel Magee and Kate Frost 21-9 only for the No2 seeds to level 21-16 and were to snatch victory 21-18.  

Ulster U15 Open

Matthew Cheung was again in imperious form dropping only ONE single set - in the Boy’s Doubles - on his way to being a triple champion once again with his fitness being tested in his ELEVEN matches.

The 13 year-old RBAI pupil eased his way through to the final of the Boy’s Singles with straight set victories over James Fleming, Fionn Dowling and Dylan Noble to face Richard Kong in the final after he had come through a marathon clash with Jack Bridgeman, winning 18-21 21-11 21-19.

 The Boy’s Doubles saw Matthew team up with Robbie Frost and after booking their place in the final despite dropping the opening set against Eoghan Cooney and Dylan Noble they were to clinch the title 21-7 2-11 against James Fleming and Richard Kong, the No2 seeds.

There were two sisters on opposing sides in the Mixed Doubles final, Chloe Woods partnering Matthew Cheung and Paige Woods with Dylan Noble, who had ended the hopes of both the seeded Robbie Frost and Siofra Flynn and the No2 seeds Jack Bridgeman and Neasa Flynn.

The unseeded pair certainly gave their opponents a few problems but had no answer to their greater strength and power but will be able to reflect on their performance in reaching the final.

Neasa Flynn, the No2 seed in the Ulster U15 Girl’s Singles was given quite a scare by Lucy Xu in the quarter-finals before booking her place in the semis 21-17 30-28 but it was the top seed Siofra Flynn who was to capture the title with a narrow victory 21-17 21-19 over Neasa, having ended the hopes of Chloe Woods in the semi-final in straight sets.

The singles finalists also captured the doubles title, beating Chloe and Paige Woods in the final in straight sets with the Alpha pair having involved in a tight semi-final clash with their clubmates Laura Bell and Lucy Xu, before booking their place in the final on a 21-13 20-22 21-14 scoreline.


Jeffrey Rong and Amira Pender were to dominate the Ulster U11 Open with each player winning a double haul of titles.

Jeffrey was to progress through his Group stage with a victory over both Robert Cowman and Riley Lynas and in the semi-final was to record a 21-7 21-9 win over Isaac Cardy while in the other semi-final Deacon Cheung came out on top 21-18 21-15 against Corey Chambers.

In the final it was Jeffrey Rong who was to lift the title beating Deacon Cheung 21-8 21-11 and in the Boy’s Doubles Jeffrey Rong and Kaden Tang were to beat Corey Chambers and Robert Cowman 21-13 21-15.

Amira Pender had to work hard for her victories in the Girl’s Singles winning two of her three victories in three sets.  Against Liya Prakas, she was to find herself one set in arrears having lost the opening set 21-19 but ran out a 21-12 21-17 victor and dropped the opening set to Hannah Shochan 21-12 but came back strongly to win 21-4 21-15, clinching her title with a 21-7 21-10 victory over Ananya Gopinath.

The Pender/Shochan partnership was to reign supreme in the Girl’s Doubles beating Gopinath/Prakas 21-9 21-10 while in the Mixed Doubles Kaden Tang and Hannah Shochan recorded three victories in the round-robin group stage while Robert Cowman and Liya Prakas finished with two wins but losing to Tang/Shochan  21-14.

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Club Information Forums

 Badminton Ireland will be delivering a Club Information Forum in each of the Branch areas over the coming weeks.

They will cover club specific areas of Safeguarding, GDPR and Affiliation.

It is important that your Club Secretary and Safeguarding Officer attends the forum that is being delivered in your branch area, as it will offer the opportunity to ask questions on these topics. They will also receive additional resources to help them in their roles. We would ask people in these roles to book their ticket for the relevant branch forum on the links below to assist us in organising the forums.

The Dates & Venues for the Forums are as follows:

22nd October @ 7.30pm in the McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris (Connacht Branch) Book Tickets Here

1st November @ 7pm in the Fitzgeralds Woodlands Hotel, Adare (Munster Branch) Book Tickets Here

15th November @ 7pm in Irish Sport HQ, National Sports Campus (Leinster Branch) Book Tickets Here

Ulster Branch Club Forum - Date & Venue TBC

If you have any queries regarding the Club Information Forums, you can contact Conor Fadian, National Governance Officer, on his email below.





Men's singles
1  Nhat Nguyen12,854
2  Joshua Magee9,740
3  Sam McKay6,580
4  Jack O'Brien6,180
5  Mark Brady6,050
6  Callum Thomas5,230
7  Azhar Syed5,215
8  David Walsh5,120
9  Adam McAllister4,850
10  Nigel Boyne4,270
Women's singles
1  Rachael Darragh7,519
2  Kate Frost7,250
3  Orla Flynn7,050
4  Moya Ryan6,403
5  Rachael Woods5,950
6  Rebecca Woods4,090
7  Alexandra Troy3,100
8  Sara Boyle2,540
9  Chloe Magee2,183
10  Pamela Pontanosa2,070
Men's doubles
1  Joshua Magee14,240
2  Paul Reynolds12,050
3  Sam Magee8,890
4  Sam McKay8,470
5  Ciaran Chambers8,400
6  Daniel Magee8,310
7  Mark Brady6,430
8  Nhat Nguyen5,580
9  Adam McAllister5,120
10  Ryan Stewart5,120
Women's doubles
1  Kate Frost9,590
1  Moya Ryan9,590
3  Rachael Woods6,790
3  Rebecca Woods6,790
5  Jennie King6,170
6  Vicki Pesti5,170
7  Orla Flynn5,055
8  Rachael Darragh4,823
9  Sara Boyle4,750
10  Alexandra Troy4,725
Mixed doubles
1  Chloe Magee19,550
1  Sam Magee19,550
3  Ciaran Chambers9,530
4  Daniel Magee8,970
5  Rachael Darragh8,380
6  Paul Reynolds8,380
7  Moya Ryan6,660
8  Kate Frost6,360
9  Adam McAllister5,800
10  Sinead Chambers5,310

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