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  • Brilliant Achievement by Nhat Nguyen

    20/10/2017 High PerformanceBrilliant Achievement by Nhat Nguyen

    Nhat Nguyen has had a brilliant performance all throughout the World Junior Championships this week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He reached the last 8 by winning four matches in what was one of the biggest entries in World Junior Championship history.

    He came up against Zhengze Gao of China in his quarter-final match. This player had previously knocked out the number 3 and 11 seeds in his early rounds. Nhat started the match very well and both players looked to challenge each other's defence from the back of the court. Nhat fought hard to take the first game 21-18 and get into a good position mentally heading into the next game. Gao came back fighting and put Nhat to the test, Nhat took the lead at 18-17 but some impressive play allowed the Chinese player to take that game 21-18. Nhat struggled in the final game and the Chinese player took real control of the match to take his place in the semi-final after winning 21-7 in the third.

    Well done to Nhat and Paul for their performances at the World Junior Championships and also well done to National Coach John Quinn for supporting the players throughout the week.

    For a full list of the results click on this link.

  • A World Junior Medal In Nguyen's Reach

    19/10/2017 High PerformanceA World Junior Medal In Nguyen's Reach

    After winning his round of 16 match Nhat Nguyen is only one win away from securing what would be Ireland's first ever medal at a World Junior Championships.

    With a massive 256 draw in the men's singles at the World Junior Championships Nhat has had to overcome 4 opponents to get to the quarterfinals. In his round of 16 match he took on the number 13 seed Kartikey Gulshan Kumar of India. Nhat had a slow start to the match with Kumar playing well he managed to take the first game 21-18. In the second Nhat was geared to go and started to play more freely putting pressure on the Indian taking the game 21-15. In the final game, Nhat had plenty left in the tank while Kumar could not keep up with the offensive shots Nhat was bringing to the match. Nhat battled to take that game 21-13 and clinch the match booking his place in the last 8 of the event. Nhat is one of only two European players left in the event. Tomorrow Nhat will play unseeded Chinese player Zhengze Gao who has already taken out the number 3 and 11 seeds from the event. 

    Nhat also was playing in the men's doubles event with partner Paul Reynolds. They won their opening round against Vietnamese players Le/Nguyen 21-11 21-11. In the next round they came up against the stronger pair of Kwek/Man of Malaysia. This game was hard fought in both games by Nhat and Paul but the experience of the Malaysian pair shone through as they took the match in two games 21-18 21-13.

    For all of the results from the event so far click on this link. 

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  • Danish Open ends but players travel to France next week

    19/10/2017 High PerformanceDanish Open ends but players travel to France next week

    The Danish Open has ended after Sam and Chloe Magee having a brilliant win over the World number 17 seeds but eventually losing out to the World number 1 and world silver medallists from China. Next tournament up will be the French Open.

    Sam and Chloe Magee put in a world-class performance in their first round match to overcome the tough Indian pair of Chopra/Reddy 21-17 21-15. Next match up was against the World Number 1 Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen of China. The world medallist showed their class during the game making it very difficult for Sam and Chloe to get points on the board. Sam and Chloe held their own against the pair but lost out in the end 21-12 21-13.

    Scott Evans lost out in the qualification round after winning the first round of the mixed against Danish pair Molhede/Norgaard, before losing out to strong Danish pair Nohr/Thygesen. Scott was playing with new mixed partner Amanda Hogstrom of Sweden. Scott also exited in the first round of the men's singles losing out to Denmark's Rasmus Gemke.

    These players along with Joshua Magee will travel to the French Open next week looking for more strong performances. 

    Click on this link for all the Irish results from the Danish Open.

    Click on this link for the upcoming Irish matches at the French Open.

  • Office Closure

    15/10/2017 GeneralOffice Closure

    Due to the recent developments with Hurricane Ophelia and to ensure the safety of all the staff we have decided to close the Badminton Irelands offices on Monday 16th of October. As a result our phones will be down. The Badminton Ireland staff will work remotely where possible and should any of our members need urgent assistance please email info@badmintonireland.com or contact us via Social Media, both of which will be monitored throughout the day.

    We hope that you all remain safe.

  • FZ Ulster Open

    12/10/2017 UlsterFZ Ulster Open

    The FZ Ulster Open will be held at Lisburn Racquets Club on the 14th/15th October. Read below for a preview from Ulster Badminton.

     

    Ciaran and Sinead Chambers from Lisburn's Alpha Club head the local challenge in this weekend's FZ Forza Ulster Open Badminton Championships at the NBC Lisburn. Together they are top seeds in the mixed doubles and defend the title while Sinead defends the women doubles title partnering Dubliner Jennie King and Ciaran teams up with Mark Brady to take the top seeding in the men’s doubles.

    Ciaran said,' We are aiming for Commonwealth Games selection and the Ulster event comes midway through a busy international Programme. We were delighted with our mixed doubles title win in the Lithuanian International earlier in the season and we will take in the Scottish, Welsh and Irish International Championships over the next six weeks.'

    Unseeded Ulster players to watch on Saturday and Sunday include the experienced Tony Murphy and Tony Stephenson in the men’s doubles and twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods, Ireland’s top Under -17 pair, in the women doubles.

     

    The weekends play, which also includes the Ulster Under 11 and Under 15 Championships, will be preceded by an Ulster Exhibition Night at the Racquets Club on the Friday evening starting at 7.30. It is to raise money for the Ulster Senior team in Division One of the English Inter County League and Ciaran Chambers has put together an outstanding evening of fun and competition hosted by Denise Watson of UIO5.

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2017 National squad player registration deadline extended to Sunday October 8th

We would like to inform you that application for the 2017-18 National squads has been extended. For this season's squads, players can register by printing the registration form by clicking on this link. The completed registration form should be sent to Badminton Ireland along with the opening squad fee (€15) by September 15th (Extended to Sunday, October 8th). This should be sent to Badminton Ireland, Irish Sports HQ, National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

If there is any reason why a player may be unavailable to attend the opening squad please contact coaching@badmintonireland.com.

The squad locations and times can be seen in below table

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UPDATE: In Memory Of

*Details of Peadar Connolly's funeral arrangements can be found HERE

 

I am very sad to let our members know that Breda Connolly’s husband, Peadar, passed away yesterday evening.

 

Throughout her terms as President of Badminton Ireland Breda toured the country, week in and week out, year after year with Peadar - Breda’s unpaid chauffeur and constant companion - by her side. Apart from his willingness to drive the length and breadth of the country at all hours of the day and night, Peadar always had a smile and a kind word for everyone who met him at events from Donegal to Skibereen, from Galway to Dublin. He was great company, and those who passed entire weekends with him, often in cold halls, enjoyed the time that flew quickly by.

 

Ever the family man, last May, when Breda received her Honorary Life Membership, Peadar organised for the entire extended family members to make a surprise appearance at the presentation to make Breda’s day more special. We will all miss Peadar, and the badminton circuit will be poorer by his absence.

 

On behalf of Badminton Ireland, I’d like to offer our condolences to Breda and her family and to let them know that our thoughts are with them at this sad time.

 

Ronan Rooney

 

Chairperson

Badminton Ireland

 

High Performance

Nguyen and Reynolds polish off with gold in Poland

Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds have secured their first ever International senior title by winning the 2017 Polish International series event. The Irish pair who are still both in their teens defied all odds on Sunday by beating the number two seeds and much more experienced pairing of Daniel Benz and Andreas Heinz. 

On their way to the final the Irish beat pairings from the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ukraine and England before they met the seeded German pairing. The final itself was a tough contest with Nguyen and Reynolds winning the opening game 21-19. The Irish maintained a narrow lead throughout the second game but it took them 5 match points before they finally took the victory. After the win, Paul spoke to Badminton Europe

Towards the end it was very nervy” explained Reynolds “We squandered a few match points but always stayed composed. It was a big relief to finally close out the match in two games. We have put a lot of hard work into this victory and we will now push on and aim for bigger things”. 

This result has come on a good run of form from the Irish with Nhat Nguyen reaching the semifinal of Belgium international challenge last week. In the same event, Scott Evans with his Swedish partner Amanda Hogstrom took silver in the mixed.

"It is great to see so many Irish players competing so well on the World stage. We are confident in the system we have in place in Ireland at the moment. The players have a great work ethic and our coaching team led by National coach John Quinn is putting in some great work. I am delighted to see these young players who have grown up training through our pathway breakthrough at Senior level. I am also looking forward to seeing these players and other Irish competitors in the upcoming International events" Performance Pathway coach Daniel Magee

For a full list of the Irish results from the event click here

 

 

 

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