23 May 2015
IRELAND'S Scott Evans will be among the hot favourites for the badminton title at the first-ever European Games, to be held in Azerbaijan next month.Badminton Europe released the list of players that will make history in Baku in June - and Dubliner Evans, the World No. 25, has qualified in pole position.
This follows a qualification period that saw Ireland's double Olympian win on two separate continents, and take his place as one of Europe's very best players.Denmark's Emil Holst is the No. 2 qualifier, with other contenders including Israel's Misha Zilberman, Russia's Vladimir Malkov and local player Kanan Rzayev (WR 701), who will be sure to have a huge support behind him in Baku.
A total of 160 players from 33 countries will compete across the five different disciplines - men’s & women’s singles, mixed, men’s & women’s doubles.The world ranking list of 25th March 2015 was the cut off point for eligibility after a yearlong race that started in March 2014.
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22 May 2015
Team Ireland narrowly missed out on being in the final of the Glasgow youth international under 13 team event today.
The Irish under 13 team were placed in a group of four with France, Forza Lightning and Glasgow.
In the opening match Ireland lost out to France 3-2. The match went to the deciding game where Peter McDonald lost out in the third game 21-19 to Sacha Leveque.
Ireland had little time to be disappointed as they were straight back on court to play Forza Lightning. Like the opening match Ireland again had to fight hard for every game. The match went to 2-2 with Alexandra Troy taking to the court to face Kiera Hendry. Troy had lost to Hendry twice before this year at Cheltenham and Milton Keynes. This time the Irish player took control to win the match in three games to give Ireland a 3-2 victory.
Last up for Ireland in the group was Glasgow. The Irish team looked comfortable in this match winning 4-1.
Team Forza went on to beat France, leaving all three teams tied at the top of the group. After a count up Team Forza were placed first and went on to secure a silver medal.
Ireland meanwhile, progressed for their play-off match with the second French team. Ireland were again made to fight hard with the match once more going 2-2 with just the mixed to go. In the mixed doubles Jack Armstrong partnering Alex Troy beat Nadège Duron and Simon Baron Vezilier to win the match. Ireland finished fifth overall and will go away very disappointed to miss out on the medals after beating Team Forza.
For a full list of results click here. Tomorrow the individual event will start and you can get all the results by following this link
20 May 2015
Thinking of running a summer camp in your local area, but don't know where to find a coach. Read more to find out how to find a coach and arrange a summer camp in your local area.
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