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  • Grades for the new season

    26/09/2016 GeneralGrades for the new season

    The grades for the 2016/2017 season have now been updated and published, Click here to veiw

     

    If you wish to appeal your grade you can do so by filling out this form and sending it to dmcgill@badmintonireland.com no later than the 13th October

    Download the form here

  • National Badminton Week Round Up

    21/09/2016 GeneralNational Badminton Week Round Up

    National Badminton Week ran alongside European Week of Sport from the 10th - 18th of September. National Badminton Week is a chance for people to try the sport or hold an event in their club, school or workplace. The week saw a huge variety of activities being held around the country to promote the sport. A big thank you must be given to anyone who took part in the week. Below are only some of the activities that took place during the week around the country.

     

    Active Workplace Events:

    - Irish Sports HQ, National Governing Body 60 Second Challenge competition.

    We invited members of other governing bodies to try out the 60-second challenge in the Irish Sports HQ building. This was a

    great way of getting members of other National Governing Bodies to be active and try out something a bit different to the sport they are perhaps involved in. There was great participation from staff of various other governing bodies with the winners coming from Cara APA centre and The Irish Olympic Handball Association. 
     
    - Marino Institute of Education  held a badminton session for the staff on the Campus. They are now continuing a staff badminton session once a week for the rest of the year to get their workplace more active and introduce badminton to people who might not have played before.
     
    Club Events:
     
    Many clubs around the country held open nights to promote National Badminton Week and get some new members into their clubs for the season. Below are some of the clubs that held an open night during National Badminton Week.
     

    Boyle Badminton 

    Thomastown BC

    Banbridge District

    GLTC

    St Brigid's BC

    Raheny Smashers

    Ballina BC

    - Raphoe Badminton Club organised an exhibition during National Badminton Week which featured Three-time Olympian Chloe Magee and other high-performance players.

    The exhibition was an exciting night in the small Raphoe badminton club hall. There were various media from across the Donegal area present taking photos and doing some interviews. The hall was packed with spectators on the night who came to see some top level badminton. The night saw some great matches and Kellys Toyota displaying some of their show cars in the hall car park.

     

    60 Second Challenge: 

    The 60-second challenge was a very popular activity during National Badminton Week, with over 100 people taking part across the country. The aim is to hit as many shots back and forth with your partner in a 60 second period. Many clubs, schools and workplaces tried out the challenge and submitted their videos online. Three-time Olympian Scott Evans took part in the 60-second challenge with World number 12 Hans-Kristian Vittinghus of Denmark. European medallist Paul Reynolds and National Coach John Quinn also tried the challenge out. The challenge continues on for the rest of the month with the winners receiving a signed shirt and shuttles. The leader board for the challenge is up on the Badminton Ireland Facebook page. There are over one hundred 60 challenge videos recorded that accumulate nearly 100,000 views.

    School Events:

    Many schools across the country got involved during the week, with some taster sessions and other activities taking place.

    - St. Mary's Girls School Baldoyle got involved in the week by doing some lines training with some of the Badminton Ireland staff. The purpose behind the training was to get the school girls ready for the Irish Open taking place from the 7th - 10th December in the National Indoor Arena. The training was also to promote Women in Sport.

    - Some schools had open days or taster sessions for the pupils to try out the sport. These were some of the school that those were held in:

    Fingal CC
    Mount Sackville Girls School
    Howth Primary School
    Summerhill College Sligo

    - Some of the universities also took part in National Badminton Week, with Blanchardstown IT having a taster session and 60-second challenge.


    Other Events:

    - The National Squads opening session was held during National Badminton Week where over 150 players from around the country came to try out for this year's teams which include: U13/U15/U17/U19, Senior, Masters and Para Squads. It was a record number of applicants ever at the squads.

    - We did a short interview with one of Ireland's top umpires Carol Uí Fhearghail about the ups and downs of umpiring and what it involves at various levels. This also was part of the Women in Sport campaign.

     

    - There was a radio interview done with Nearfm about National Badminton Week and what was going on. This was done with presenter Conor Doyle.

    - Also during the week Age Opportunity Ireland held a session in Baldoyle Badminton Centre for some of the O50 players and to get them to keep active.

    - Leinster Badminton ran the U11 Blitz in Baldoyle Badminton Centre.

    - Kilcullen Shuttlefest tournament in Kildare sponsored by Baseline.

    - The Irish Wheelchair Association ran a session in Louth.

    - On social media, there were over 20,000 views on videos during National Badminton Week

     

    This is some of the many activities that took place across the whole of National Badminton Week. Once again a big thank you to everyone that took part in National Badminton Week, keep promoting, playing and pushing the sport in your area.

     
  • Badminton Ireland Annual Awards Night 2016 Tickets Now On Sale

    21/09/2016 GeneralBadminton Ireland Annual Awards Night 2016 Tickets Now On Sale

    The Badminton Ireland Annual Awards Night and Christmas Party 2016 tickets are now on sale for all clubs and members. The night will be held in the Hilton Hotel Baldoyle on the 17th of December. This is a fantastic night where we get the chance to award players, umpires, coaches, volunteers, clubs and schools for the hard work they put in through the course of the year with various awards.

     

    It's a great chance for clubs to have their Christmas party at the halfway point of the season. The price of the ticket includes the following:

     

    - A drinks reception upon arrival at the hotel.

    - A four-course meal.

    - A live band and late DJ until 1:30am.

     

    Tickets for the night are limited so get your's purchased as soon as possible. You can email dmcgill@badmintonireland.com to book yourself or your party. Feel free to phone the office on (01) 8393028 for any other queries.

    Keep an eye on our Facebook page also for all the latest updates.

     

  • Woods Twins Miss Out in Sweden

    21/09/2016 UlsterWoods Twins Miss Out in Sweden

    With an entry of 48 for the Women’s Singles in the Swedish Skanska Under 17 International, Alpha twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods both made it through their opening rounds with Rebecca only going out to Sophia Grundtvig 21-14 21-8 with the Swede losing out in three in the semi-finals with the Lisburn player knocking out two Swedes in straight sets.

    Meanwhile Rachael was to ease her way past Frida Emanuelsson 21-14 21-19 before Clara Graversen the No6 seed edged her way into Round 3 21-17 21-15 only to lose to Mathilda Cramer in straight sets in the final.

    The Lisburn girls made a bright start in the doubles winning their opening match in straight sets but missed out on a quarter-final place despite coming back to take the second set from Alice Lindhe and Emmy Robertsson 21-19 but lost the decider in a nail-biting finish 23-21.

    Rachael teamed up with England’s William Jones in the mixed and were well worth their quarter-final finish and gave top seeds Lukas Resch and Miranda Wilson more than something to think about before going down 21-17 21-15 while Rebecca partnered England’s James Penver only to come up against Rasmus Espersen Franck Prasz and Mathilde Cramer the No4 seeds.

    Article by Brian Kelly.

  • Cheung Wins Gold and Silver in York

    21/09/2016 UlsterCheung Wins Gold and Silver in York

    Despite his tender years Matthew Cheung is one of the brightest prospects in his age group and he displayed this in lifting a coveted gold medal in the boys singles of the Under 13 Gold in York at the weekend.

    Having swept through his first two matches in the group stages without dropping a single set the Alpha youngster had to stave off the challenge of the seeded Robin Harper after dropping the opening set 21-9 but came back to book his place in the semi-final when taking the deciding set 21-14.

    He then knocked out the No2 seed Isum Arachchige 21-9 21-12 and in the final the outcome of the gold medal was never in doubt, beating  Harry Wakefield 21-11 21-8.

    The RBAI pupil added the mixed  doubles silver medal after teaming up with Grace Sachdeva and they knocked out  Tighe Crook and Katie Reilly in the semi-final 22-20 24-22 only to falter in the final to Robin Harper and Abigail Hong 21-11 21-16.

    In the boys doubles the scratch pairing of Matthew and James Hamilton won their opening group match against Callum Davidson and Hugh Simpson in straight sets but failed to make the final after they lost a gripping encounter against the No2 seeds Oliver Harrington and David Humphreys.

    They won the opening set 21-9 but lost the next two 21-13 21-18.

    Article by Brian Kelly.

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Munster

Recognition of long serving Badminton Ireland member - Junior Griffin

Junior Griffin is a long serving Badminton Ireland member who lives in Listowel Co. Kerry. He has given over 30 years to the sport around the province of Munster and this article highlights the work he has done and congratulates him. He also recently celebrated his 80th birthday. Some of his major contributions to the game to date include the following:

- Secretary of Munster Badminton for 22 years.

- President of Munster Badminton for 3 years.

- Chairman of Kerry Badminton Association since 1975.

- PRO of Kerry Badminton Association for many years.

 

 

Munster

Ennis Summer Camp

Ennis Badminton Club held its annual Summer Camp from 23rd to 26th August 2016 at its badminton hall and, once again, there was very good interest in the camp.

The camp was split into four groups depending on age/ability and each group received two hours' coaching each day.  In total, the camp ran from 9.30am to 6.30pm each day.  Despite the warm weather, all players participated fully in all aspects of the camp and will, no doubt, bring what they learned with them into the new badminton season.

Our lead coach was Jonathan Dolan who was assisted by Adam McAllister and Tony Crowley.  The players attending the camp benefited greatly from the coaching and encouragement they received during the week and were impressed by the skills displayed by these experienced players.

Thanks to the parents who provided supervision during the week and thanks to all the players for their attention, good humour and good behaviour throughout the camp.

 

General

Women in Sport - Umpire (Carol Uí Fhearghail)

As part of National Badminton Week and Women in Sport we interviewed one of Ireland's most experienced umpires Carol Uí Fhearghail to get an insight into what umpiring the sport of badminton in Ireland and abroad entails. 

When was the first time you started umpiring?

"I started umpiring in 1995 during a graded event in Leinster Badminton centre on Whitehall Road. My first match was men's doubles on court 3. I was nervous but excited to be doing my first tournament. It turned out to be a difficult match to umpire as one of the players walked off court towards the end of the game as he had an epileptic fit."

What inspired you to start umpiring?

"I was playing a match and my opponent made a decision I wasn't happy with so I decided to learn the rules and take the initial training course."

How many countries in Europe have you umpired in and which is your favourite?

"I have umpired in 22 different countries across Europe. I always love travelling and umpiring in France as it is where I umpired in my first International tournament with the BWF."

What was the most difficult match you had to umpire?

"Definitely the most difficult match I had to umpire was the women's doubles gold medal match at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The match was Tian Qing and Zhao Yunlei of China against Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa of Japan. Umpiring in front of so many cameras and photographers was daunting."

For the umpires what rule are players pulled up the most on?

"It is easily service. It is also what we as umpires find the hardest to make a ruling on as every umpire might see it slightly differently. It one of the rules or aspects of umpiring that needs to be improved on in some way."

What do you think of the best of 5 games to 11 points format currently being tested?

"Personally I don't think it improves the game. It seems to suit the fast paced players better than the slower players."

Have you ever given someone a black card?

"No. As umpires we try to avoid giving out cards whenever possible. We would always give a verbal warning before giving a yellow card to a player. A black card would rarely be given and would have to be with very good reason."

Can anyone be an umpire, what is involved with getting started?

"Yes anyone can take the initial umpiring course, which is a short day course on the basics of umpiring and learning the scoring and rules. After completion of the course you will get some practice umpiring in local tournaments or in the Leagues & Cups events.Other assessments are involved then if one wishes to move up the umpiring ladder."

Why is umpiring an enjoyable thing to do?

"The huge amount of friends I make is one of the main reasons I love to umpire and most of the others umpires I know would agree with me on that. With time and experience people learning to umpire can get the opportunity to travel abroad and umpire many different countries around the world. We are badly in need of umpires at the moment so people that can do the course and give any time to it would be great."

 

Thanks to Carol for doing this questions and answers with us and if you would like to become and umpire or take the initial training course you can email us on info@badmintonireland.com.

 

 

Ranking

Men's singles
1  Scott Evans17,174
2  Nhat Nguyen9,670
3  Joshua Magee8,470
4  Owen Marron7,820
5  Mark Brady5,900
6  Nigel Boyne5,410
7  Jack O'Brien4,250
8  David Walsh3,820
9  Callum Thomas3,580
10  Jon McCreedy3,550
Women's singles
1  Chloe Magee16,935
2  Sara Boyle9,640
3  Rachael Darragh7,850
4  Moya Ryan6,560
5  Lucie Corcoran5,730
6  Clodagh Dunne4,305
7  Kate Frost4,210
8  Sinead Chambers3,040
9  Norma McIntyre2,470
10  Gemma Tobin2,255
Men's doubles
1  Joshua Magee15,537
2  Sam Magee15,537
3  Nhat Nguyen8,960
4  Paul Reynolds8,430
5  David Walsh6,610
6  Daniel Magee5,450
7  Mark Brady5,260
8  Ciaran Chambers4,940
9  John Finnegan4,418
9  Jack O'Brien4,418
Women's doubles
1  Sara Boyle10,310
2  Rachael Darragh9,810
3  Jennie King8,940
4  Sinead Chambers8,940
5  Moya Ryan6,400
6  Kate Frost6,400
7  Fiona Glennon6,150
7  Pauline Glennon6,150
9  Vicki Pesti4,540
10  Norma McIntyre4,390
Mixed doubles
1  Chloe Magee20,080
1  Sam Magee20,080
3  Ciaran Chambers7,650
3  Sinead Chambers7,650
5  Rachael Darragh7,280
6  Jennie King6,810
7  Daniel Magee6,090
8  Joshua Magee5,910
9  Moya Ryan5,370
10  John Amond4,615

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