20 August 2015
Ennis Junior BC held their annual camp on the 10th-14th August 2015 at Ennis Tennis & Badminton Club.
Aisling Ryan an Ennis native and former member of the juvenile club was the camp coach. Aisling, who is living and training in Dublin and also an assistant coach for the U17 Irish Squad split the players into groups and devised a plan to suit and challenge each group of players.
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The first group worked on developing their shots and footwork skills through lots of games and multi-feed activities. Aisling commended the players in this group for their attitude in training and improvement in their skills.
The second group worked on developing new strokes and fine-tuning aspects of their technique. The players then incorporated their new shots into routines and match-play. This group was commended by Aisling on their efforts in the physical training routines.
Finally, the third and most experienced of the groups worked incredibly hard in all aspects of their training in what were tough sessions. Aisling commented:
“The players made very good progress in terms of tactical thinking in matches and in their technique. All players rose to the challenge of higher intensity training and each player's self-drive and determination increased day by day”.
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18 August 2015
With the U13 Camp drawing to an exciting close last Friday, It's now time for U15 players to hit the courts at Marino Insitute of Education......
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17 August 2015
The 2015/16 National Squads got underway on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August at Baldoyle Badminton Centre. Saturday saw U13, U15, U17 and U19 while Sunday included the National Senior Squad and for the first time; a National Masters Squad and Para Squad.
All of the squads had two of 2 hour sessions which started off with a fitness test and then match play. Each group will be trimmed down to 16 players which will be tough to do as the competition was fierce in all of the age groups.
There was tough competition in the U13 group which was led by Dan Magee and Karen Brady.
Al Bredin, Naomi Darragh and Greg Farrell were in charge of the U15 squad which comprised of 14 girls and 15 boys. Competition was strong and many matches were played. The squad will be cut to include the very best, after which the next two National Squad weekends will take place in December and January. Naomi Darragh had this to say: “We had a great turn out from the U15 players, they were put through the bleep test and after lunch, singles match play. Some great matches were played with lots of very close games, it was super work by all and we are looking forward to the start of the season with the Irish Carlton U15 Open in September”.
U17 was run by Irwansyah, Aisling Ryan and assisted by Michael O’Meara. Irwansyah put the 17 players through their paces on court and was impressed with the standard and commitment of the players.
Stewart Carson and Michelle Hayes ran the U19 squad. These players also ran the beep test and had some tough match play in the afternoon session.
On Sunday the Senior Squad was first on court led by Irwansyah and Dan Magee, alongside them was the Masters squad which was led by Michael Watt and assisted by Stewart Carson. Irwansyah pushed the Senior Squad with some on court training in their first court session and some match play in their second.
Another first for the National Squads was to include the Para athletes which were led by Andy Stewart. There were 8 Para athletes at the squad including World Champion Niall Mcveigh.
All of these National Squad players and some of their parents attended an anti-doping talk given by Irish Sports Council representative Rachel Maguire.