30 April 2016
The final day of the 2016 Irish Masters Open was underway from 10am this morning, with all Mixed Doubles being played out. Once again all games on court 5 were streamed live on BITV. In the over 35s Brian Colgan and Aisling McDonnell took the cup with Andrew McVeigh and Karen Heaney coming in 2nd. Special thanks most go to Val Galloway for donating the Galloway cup to this tournament which was presented to the winners of the over 35s.
Shane Guldea partnered with Siobhan Grehan for an impresive victory over number one seeds Mark Topping and Dorothy McCullough to take the top spot in the over 40s. While in the over 45s, number one seeds Willie Stevenson and Sylvia Campion beat Ole Kristensen and Lene Kjaer in a tense match.
Aubrey Cox partnered with Heather Harron to win the over 50's while Kevin McGrath and Catherine Dunne beat opponants Joe Abbott and Mary Bird to with the Over 60s.Tommy and Barbara McGrath took the top spot in the over 65s. Thanks to all who volunteered their time to help run the event and well done to all who took part.
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30 April 2016
The first day of the Carlton Irish Masters Open 2016 saw the men's singles and women's singles events being played, with some great matches in all categories. Ireland also came out the winners of the Ireland v Rest of the World friendly that took place during the singles event.
Nigel Boyne dominated the MS35 category taking the title. Kevin Donnelly the number one seed came out on the top of the MS40 category with some tough games against Gordon Chambers, Seamus Halpin and Alan Colgan. Gordon Chambers was runner-up in the MS40.
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29 April 2016
The Irish number one pairing of Sam and Chloe Magee have been in scintillating form this week in France at the 2016 European Championships. The brother and sister partnership started the campaign with a win over the 2012 European Champions and number four seeds Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba of Poland in a match that just fell short of the hour mark. In their next match up the Irish faced a tough opposition in the German pairing of Mark Lamsfuss and Isabel Herttrich. This match up was another thrilling game with both partnerships having match point before the Irish eventually sealed the victory, winning 24-22 in the deciding game. Another tough game lies ahead for the Irish in the quarter final as they now meet another seeded partnership in the 2015 European Games champions Niclas Nohr and Sara Thygesen of Denmark. This should be a thrilling match and with the winning partnership being guaranteed a medal it is all to play for. You can follow all of the Irish results and get the link for the livescore by clicking here. The Irish should take to the court at around 15:20 Irish time.
28 April 2016
Chloe Magee has progressed to the last 16 of the women's singles after beating Telma Santos of Portugal in two games. Magee booked her second last 16 match up as she progressed to the mixed doubles with her brother Sam the day earlier. In the last 16 she will now face number 3 seed Line Kjaersfeldt of Denmark.
In the men's singles, Scott Evans lost out earlier in the morning against Nick Fransman of Netherlands in two games 21-16 21-13.
In the men's doubles, Sam and Josh lost the first game 21-9 to the Danish pair of Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen who are the fourth seeds in the tournament. They had game points in the second before losing out 30-28.
Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle also performed well at their first ever European Championships. The girls lost out to Marie Batomene and Emilie Lefel of France in three games.
The last 16 matches will commence at 14:00 in France and you will be able to watch the matches by clicking here
For a full list of the Irish results from the tournament and livescore click here
28 April 2016
Best of luck to the Irish Under 15 Team who travel to the National Badminton Academy in Scotstoun, Glasgow this weekend for the Under 15 Quadrangular Event. Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland are all taking part in the matches over the weekend.
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25 April 2016
Boyle Badminton Club recently organised the White Teicnic assessment and tied it in with a club visit from Badminton Ireland.
A bit about the club...
Boyle is situated in north Roscommon at the foot of the Curlew mountains near Lough Key Forest Park. Our club has 27 members affiliated to Badminton Ireland. We have a four-court badminton hall and we meet twice weekly on Mondays & Thursday nights 9-1130pm.
'It was the first time the club had done Teicnic, there was a mixture of beginners and players who had played for years. The club saw the value in the programme as a lot of the experienced players said they didn't realise the grip change and other aspects. We had some fun with the programme and in the short time that I was there I could see the difference in shots as players kept practising them." Norma McIntyre Club Development Officer
"At the moment we have a H team who lost the county final very narrowly this year and we have a G team who won their county final and lost out in the Connacht final by 1 point. We also have members joining up with another local club to make teams to play in Grades E & C. Members of our club have won 2 All-Irelands in the last 3 years.Our C players will be playing in the All-Irelands in Dublin in May. Good luck to all!" Bernie Lavin the Secretary of Boyle Badminton Club
Boyle members did have one complaint and that was the tired and sore bodies after the footwork relay race at the end! It wasn't enough to put them off the programme and they are keen to progress through the next level, the Yellow Teicnic.
Photos courtesy of Bernie Lavin Boyle BC. Have a look at Boyle Badminton Club's Facebook