• McVeigh Show Impressive Form In Korea

    23/11/2017 High PerformanceMcVeigh Show Impressive Form In Korea

    After an impressive first day at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, Korea for two-times World and European Champion Niall McVeigh has recorded two straight sets wins in the Short Stature 6 class which leaves him one match away from the quarter-final against Chun Yim Wong.

    Having beaten Man Kai Chu on the opening day 22-20 in the deciding set, the No 5/6 seed ended the hopes of Hsiao-Yuan Hsiung 21-5 21-17 and was obviously benefitting from having arrived at the Donchun Gymnasium some five days before the competition got underway, acquainting himself with the conditions and drift in the hall.

    On Day 2 he was to also take only twenty minutes to knock out Mark Joseph Dharmai (India) 21-14 21-12 which now leaves Guangliang Luo (China) preventing him from a likely quarter-final clash against Hong Kong’s Chun Yim Wong.

    Niall from Poyntzpass has also progressed through to the quarter-final in the Mixed Doubles with his Peruvian partner Carmen Guiliana Poveda Flores where they recorded a straight sets victory over Mark Joseph Dharmai and Maria Bartusz and now face Fabien Morat/Rebecca Bedford for a place in the final.

    Laura Lee Jenkins finished just outside the top two in the Mixed Doubles Wheelchair 1-2 category with her partner Abu Hubaida (India) despite a fine 21-18 14-21 21-9 victory over Christian Hamboeck/Cynthia Mathez who made it through to Round 1 of the main draw at their expense.

    It must have been heartbreaking to realise that they had just missed out on what would have given them a runner-up position in Group I when they lost 21-13 16-21 20-22 to Yuri Stepanov/Irina Kuzmenko, though the No 9/10 seeds Hiroshi Murayama/Rie Ogura finished top of the group progressed out of the group and were straight set winners over Laura Lee Jenkins and Abu Hubaida.

    It was always going to be difficult to get out of the group in the Women’s Singles with No2 seed Ok Cha Son but there was a shock when China’s Hongyan Li recorded a 21-10 21-2 victory over the No2 seed.

    However Laura will be teaming up with Scotland’s Fiona Christie in the Women’s Doubles and whilst they face No2 seeds Ikumi Fuke and Yuma Yamazaki they will be looking for two good performances.

    Emma Farnham recorded a fine straight sets victory in her Women’s Singles SS6 clash against Simone Emillie Meyer Larsen (Denmark) though in the opening set she had to stave off a late challenge from the young Dane but sealed it 21-19 with three game points. The second set saw the Alpha player race through to victory 21-9 to finish in runner-up position in the group.

    Tomorrow s a busy day for Emma as she has three matches in the Women’s Doubles and will be hoping that as No2 seeds she and her partner Maria Bartusz can realise their No2 seeding.

    Chris Stewart had a relatively early start today but was to go one set up against Stephen Durand (France) taking the first set 21-16 but survived a burst from his opponent to win the second 24-22 in the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 group C.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.

    Follow the link for Irish results so far.

  • Two last 16 places guaranteed for Ireland at the Scottish Open Grand Prix

    23/11/2017 High PerformanceTwo last 16 places guaranteed for Ireland at the Scottish Open Grand Prix

    Play continues through the day at the Scottish Open as Ireland have two guaranteed spots so far in the last 16 of the event after some impressive results. Nhat Nguyen had one of the biggest results of his career so far beating the European Games medallist and fourth seed Pablo Abian of Spain. It was a long and very close match, but Nhat came out on top winning 21-19 18-21 21-19. Joshua Magee also won his opening round match against Alex Marritt 21-15 21-11. 

    Sam and Chloe Magee started off the day with a good win against Dunn/O'Donnell of Scotland winning 21-15 21-14. Nhat Nguyen went on today to beat Alexander Roovers of Germany 21-18 21-12 to reach the last 16 in the men's singles along with Sam and Chloe Magee in the mixed doubles.

    There are more of the Irish to play this evening. For a full list of matches, you can follow this link.  

  • National Badminton Week

    23/11/2017 DevelopmentNational Badminton Week

    National Badminton Week (NBW) 2017 is unique from any previous NBW, as this year it coincides with the Irish Open for the very first time. The objective for National Badminton Week 2017 is to promote the sport of Badminton and raise its profile nationwide, while ensuring there is an ease of access for beginners to try the sport through outlets such as club open nights, and school taster sessions.

    Moreover, it is hoped that by running National Badminton Week alongside the 2017 Irish Open, the support for Irish players competing in the event will be stronger than ever before, as they aim to medal on home soil.

    Below, please find a template of activities which might be of interest for your club to follow during National Badminton Week.This template is of course context dependent and will vary for all clubs. 

    We kindly ask that you assist us with promoting and raising the profile of the upcoming National Badminton Week by providing some information to us;

    • Club Nights for your club during National Badminton Week
    • Details of any Club Open Nights held during National Badminton Week
    • Details of any Social Media Posts sent out from your Club Accounts about National Badminton Week/Irish Open
    • Complete the 60 Second Challenge in advance, or during National Badminton Week, and tag Badminton Ireland in your posts to be shared with our network!

    All of the above information can be emailed to

    Kind Regards,

    Fiach Andrews

    Development Officer

  • Scottish Open Grand Prix Qualification Round Up

    22/11/2017 High PerformanceScottish Open Grand Prix Qualification Round Up

    Rachael Darragh has made it through to the main draw in both the ladies singles and the mixed doubles alongside partner Paul Reynolds at the Scottish Grand Prix. Mark Brady lost out in three games to Alex Marritt of England in his opening match. Sara Boyle also lost out to Freja Ravn of Denmark. Sinead and Ciaran Chamber were promoted to the main draw.

    The main draw takes place later this evening with Nhat Nguyen taking on the tough opponent of Pablo Abian from Spain. Joshua Magee will take on Alex Marritt also this evening in the singles main draw.

    For a full list of Irish matches taking place, you can click on this link.

  • Opening Day Results From World Para- Badminton Championships

    22/11/2017 High PerformanceOpening Day Results From World Para- Badminton Championships

    A total of twenty pairs had entered the Mixed Doubles Wheelchair competition in the World Para-Badminton Championships and Ireland’s Laura Lee Jenkins was paired with India’s Abu Hubaida and enjoyed an excellent, though hard-earned win over the Swiss pair Christian Hamboeck/Cynthia Mathez 21-18 14-21 21-9 but could just not get over the line against the strong Russian pair Stepanov/Kuzmenko, despite having taken the opening set 21-13.

    The Russian pair responded to take the second 21-16 but in the third Laura and her partner Abu had six-game points but were unable to convert them while the Russian pair took advantage of their one game point to secure an important 22-20 victory in the group stages.

    They were later up against the No9/10 seeds in Hiroshi Murayama/Rie Ogura and even in the opening set prevented their opponents from running away with the match restricting the Japanese pair to winning no more than five consecutive points with the number of consecutive points won only slightly higher in the second.

    In the women’s singles Emma Farnham was up against the No 2 seed Rebecca Bedford, losing in straight sets but should finish runner-up in Group B with a victory over Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen when they meet on Thursday, but it is in the Women’s doubles SS6 that should see Emma and her partner Maria Bartusz (Poland) confirm their No2 seeding and contest the final with a silver medal as their reward.

    In Group B they are certainly more than capable of beating the other partnerships Randika Doling and Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores, Kobie Jane Donovan/Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen, and Yasmin EIssa/Ruhi Satish Shingade.

    Other members of the Ireland team were to face seeded players in their opening matches including Chris Stewart, who could hardly have wished for a more difficult opponent in his opening match in Group C of the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class with one of the favourites Dong Seop Lee (Korea), a winner in the USA Para-Badminton International at the end of October, winning in straight sets.

    In the Men’s Doubles Chris was back in tandem with Michael Smith, who was responsible for getting him into the sport and they faced the No3/4 seeds Ho Yuen Chan and Thomas Wandschneider and a pair from China Jianpeng and Zimo Qu..

    In the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class Michael is due to play Young-Chin MI (Germany) and the No5/8 seed Marcelo Alves Conceicao in Group G.

    Stephen Halpin also met one of the favourites in his opening match, the No3/4 seed Sukant Kadam which he lost in straight sets but he was unfortunate not to get his first victory in Group D against Van Tan Pham (Vietnan) when he lost narrowly 21-14 21-17.

    Follow all the Irish results on this link.

    Piece by Brian Kelly.


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McVeigh gets World Title bid off to a great start in Korea

Ireland’s Niall McVeigh got his quest for a medal at the Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea off to the start he needed with a three set victory over Man Kai Chun (Hong Kong) who was always going to be a difficult opponent, having back in June taken England’s Krysten Coombs and one of the favourites for the title to three in the Irish Para-Badminton Championships.

Seeded No5/6 in the Men’s singles in the Short Stature 6 class McVeigh took the opening set 21-16, lost the second 21-17 and not unexpectedly the deciding set was one which had the spectators on the edge of their seats as both players matched each other in an exciting encounter with the two-times World and European champion able to seal the victory 22-20 though Chu had one match point which he wasn’t able to convert while the Alpha player needed only one opportunity to seal the victory.

He will now have a break from the singles until Thursday, facing Hsiiao-Yuan Hsiung (Chinese Taipei) and Mark Joseph Dharmai (Indonesia) on Thursday.

Niall was also in action in the Mixed Doubles where he is paired with Peru’s Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores and they are seeded No3.

They have got off to an excellent start beating Alexander Mekhdiev and Deirdre Nagle 21-12 21-10 in just 27 minutes and took only 14 minutes to see off Paul and Randika Doling 21-4 21-6.

The Indian pair of Raja Magotra and Satish Shingade found the McVeigh/Poveda Flores partnership too strong as they succumbed 21-12 21-5 to secure a quarter-final place in the Mixed Doubles where they meet Mark Joseph Dharmai and Maria Bartusz.

Follow all of the Irish matches on the link.

Piece by Brian Kelly.

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*UPDATE* U17 European Team Championships 2017 - Team Event

On the final day of the team event, Ireland had their hardest of all the matches coming up against France. It proved a tough competition and Ireland, but they fought well through some tough matches. They lost out 4-1 in the end after Rachael and Rebecca Woods put in a good performance to beat Ganci/Vallet 21-17 12-21 21-18 and take a point off France. The team now will rest up and get some practice in ahead of the individual event starting on Saturday.



Day two of the team matches saw Ireland come up against Slovenia. This was a close contest where some good team performances saw the match come down to the mixed doubles where Slovenia narrowly came out on top. Ireland took points in the women's singles when Niamh Gannon beat Brajkovic 22-20 19-21 21-18. Niamh went on to take the ladies doubles alongside partner Alex Troy. They beat Vracar/Pipan 21-14 17-21 21-13 to take the match to 2-2. In the mixed doubles Troy/Staunton lost out to the stronger pair of Brajkovic/Smrkolj and the tie finished up 3-2.


Ireland began their campaign in the European U17 Team Championships today with a tie against Ukraine on Court 6 in the Sterboholy Arena.

Ireland knew that this Ukrainian team would be tough opponents but rallied together for their team chant which received applause from spectators in the hall!

First up for the Irish in the boy's singles was Daniel O'Meara who faced Danylo Shevchenko. Despite a nervy start O'Meara gained composure after the break in the first set and earned himself several good points following some clever serve variation. Daniel fought hard in the second set also but was unlucky with some unforced errors at pivotal points. Overall he showed great attitude and fighting throughout the game and gained invaluable experience at this level.

Rachael Woods took to court for the girl’s singles against Valeria Rudokova, who is seeded 9 in the girl’s singles for the individual event. Rachael showed her intent from the start, with several strong smashes finding the lines, in a game that was played at an incredibly high tempo. The game had team-mates and coaches on the edge of their seats as the girls went into the third set and final set. Each girl had to work patiently and tirelessly to outsmart and out-maneuver her opponent in a game that went to a tie-break. Rachael was unfortunate to lose out on this occasion but has proved that she can compete with the very best at this age in Europe.

Daniel took to court again alongside Michael Staunton in the boy's doubles encounter. The boys started extremely well, playing with aggression and skill especially in the forecourt. Michael and Daniel began to let nerves creep in with some mistakes in their serve and return of serve in the build-up to the break in the first game. Once settled, the boys fought hard in the second half of this set showing great determination and teamwork to win a string of points. The boys continued to work hard in the second set and were unlucky with several shots finding the wrong side of the line. The very composed Ukrainians took this match also in the end.

Rebecca Woods and Rachael Woods faced Arina Marushchak and Daria Poida in the girls doubles. The Irish girls got off to an excellent start in what was a ferociously contested first 5 exchanges between the pairs. The Ukrainian girls were relentless in their attack and solid in their defence which the Wood's twins found difficult to break the run of points that their opponents gained as a result of this.

Niamh Gannon and Mark Kinnerk played in the final game of the match in the mixed doubles against Rozhkov and Rudukova. Again the Irish started very well in the first set, with Niamh commanding the net and killing off net exchanges following vigorous rallies. However, despite showing determination and fight the Irish pair were unable to match the consistency of their opponents and lost out on this occasion.

Despite the loss, coaches Mark and Aisling feel that there are many positives as well as learning opportunities to take from this encounter. The players will take their learning into their final group matches against Slovenia and France. Ireland will face Slovenia tomorrow at 8 am Irish time. We wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their well wishes so far in this tournament.

Report by team coach Aisling Ryan. 

Follow the link for live streaming of the event.


2018 Coaching courses application now open

Badminton Ireland has a number of coach education courses scheduled for the 2017-18 season. The courses range for those starting off in coaching with the Introduction to coaching course “Shuttle Time” all the way up to the level 2 course that is recognised by both Sport Ireland and the Badminton World Federation.

To apply for any of the upcoming course, please click on the following links

The dates of the courses can be seen in the image below or by clicking on the Badminton Ireland coaching calendar.

In addition to the 2018 dates, there will be a Shuttle Time course held in Coleraine on December 16th. Places for the Coleraine course are still available, so please register now to confirm a place.




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