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McVeigh Show Impressive Form In Korea

After an impressive first day at the BWF Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, Korea for two-times World and European Champion Niall McVeigh has recorded two straight sets wins in the Short Stature 6 class which leaves him one match away from the quarter-final against Chun Yim Wong.

Having beaten Man Kai Chu on the opening day 22-20 in the deciding set, the No 5/6 seed ended the hopes of Hsiao-Yuan Hsiung 21-5 21-17 and was obviously benefitting from having arrived at the Donchun Gymnasium some five days before the competition got underway, acquainting himself with the conditions and drift in the hall.

On Day 2 he was to also take only twenty minutes to knock out Mark Joseph Dharmai (India) 21-14 21-12 which now leaves Guangliang Luo (China) preventing him from a likely quarter-final clash against Hong Kong’s Chun Yim Wong.

Niall from Poyntzpass has also progressed through to the quarter-final in the Mixed Doubles with his Peruvian partner Carmen Guiliana Poveda Flores where they recorded a straight sets victory over Mark Joseph Dharmai and Maria Bartusz and now face Fabien Morat/Rebecca Bedford for a place in the final.

Laura Lee Jenkins finished just outside the top two in the Mixed Doubles Wheelchair 1-2 category with her partner Abu Hubaida (India) despite a fine 21-18 14-21 21-9 victory over Christian Hamboeck/Cynthia Mathez who made it through to Round 1 of the main draw at their expense.

It must have been heartbreaking to realise that they had just missed out on what would have given them a runner-up position in Group I when they lost 21-13 16-21 20-22 to Yuri Stepanov/Irina Kuzmenko, though the No 9/10 seeds Hiroshi Murayama/Rie Ogura finished top of the group progressed out of the group and were straight set winners over Laura Lee Jenkins and Abu Hubaida.

It was always going to be difficult to get out of the group in the Women’s Singles with No2 seed Ok Cha Son but there was a shock when China’s Hongyan Li recorded a 21-10 21-2 victory over the No2 seed.

However Laura will be teaming up with Scotland’s Fiona Christie in the Women’s Doubles and whilst they face No2 seeds Ikumi Fuke and Yuma Yamazaki they will be looking for two good performances.

Emma Farnham recorded a fine straight sets victory in her Women’s Singles SS6 clash against Simone Emillie Meyer Larsen (Denmark) though in the opening set she had to stave off a late challenge from the young Dane but sealed it 21-19 with three game points. The second set saw the Alpha player race through to victory 21-9 to finish in runner-up position in the group.

Tomorrow s a busy day for Emma as she has three matches in the Women’s Doubles and will be hoping that as No2 seeds she and her partner Maria Bartusz can realise their No2 seeding.

Chris Stewart had a relatively early start today but was to go one set up against Stephen Durand (France) taking the first set 21-16 but survived a burst from his opponent to win the second 24-22 in the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 group C.

Piece by Brian Kelly.

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Two last 16 places guaranteed for Ireland at the Scottish Open Grand Prix

Play continues through the day at the Scottish Open as Ireland have two guaranteed spots so far in the last 16 of the event after some impressive results. Nhat Nguyen had one of the biggest results of his career so far beating the European Games medallist and fourth seed Pablo Abian of Spain. It was a long and very close match, but Nhat came out on top winning 21-19 18-21 21-19. Joshua Magee also won his opening round match against Alex Marritt 21-15 21-11. 

Sam and Chloe Magee started off the day with a good win against Dunn/O'Donnell of Scotland winning 21-15 21-14. Nhat Nguyen went on today to beat Alexander Roovers of Germany 21-18 21-12 to reach the last 16 in the men's singles along with Sam and Chloe Magee in the mixed doubles.

There are more of the Irish to play this evening. For a full list of matches, you can follow this link.  


National Badminton Week

National Badminton Week (NBW) 2017 is unique from any previous NBW, as this year it coincides with the Irish Open for the very first time. The objective for National Badminton Week 2017 is to promote the sport of Badminton and raise its profile nationwide, while ensuring there is an ease of access for beginners to try the sport through outlets such as club open nights, and school taster sessions.

Moreover, it is hoped that by running National Badminton Week alongside the 2017 Irish Open, the support for Irish players competing in the event will be stronger than ever before, as they aim to medal on home soil.

Below, please find a template of activities which might be of interest for your club to follow during National Badminton Week.This template is of course context dependent and will vary for all clubs. 

We kindly ask that you assist us with promoting and raising the profile of the upcoming National Badminton Week by providing some information to us;

  • Club Nights for your club during National Badminton Week
  • Details of any Club Open Nights held during National Badminton Week
  • Details of any Social Media Posts sent out from your Club Accounts about National Badminton Week/Irish Open
  • Complete the 60 Second Challenge in advance, or during National Badminton Week, and tag Badminton Ireland in your posts to be shared with our network!

All of the above information can be emailed to

Kind Regards,

Fiach Andrews

Development Officer

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Scottish Open Grand Prix Qualification Round Up

Rachael Darragh has made it through to the main draw in both the ladies singles and the mixed doubles alongside partner Paul Reynolds at the Scottish Grand Prix. Mark Brady lost out in three games to Alex Marritt of England in his opening match. Sara Boyle also lost out to Freja Ravn of Denmark. Sinead and Ciaran Chamber were promoted to the main draw.

The main draw takes place later this evening with Nhat Nguyen taking on the tough opponent of Pablo Abian from Spain. Joshua Magee will take on Alex Marritt also this evening in the singles main draw.

For a full list of Irish matches taking place, you can click on this link.

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Opening Day Results From World Para- Badminton Championships

A total of twenty pairs had entered the Mixed Doubles Wheelchair competition in the World Para-Badminton Championships and Ireland’s Laura Lee Jenkins was paired with India’s Abu Hubaida and enjoyed an excellent, though hard-earned win over the Swiss pair Christian Hamboeck/Cynthia Mathez 21-18 14-21 21-9 but could just not get over the line against the strong Russian pair Stepanov/Kuzmenko, despite having taken the opening set 21-13.

The Russian pair responded to take the second 21-16 but in the third Laura and her partner Abu had six-game points but were unable to convert them while the Russian pair took advantage of their one game point to secure an important 22-20 victory in the group stages.

They were later up against the No9/10 seeds in Hiroshi Murayama/Rie Ogura and even in the opening set prevented their opponents from running away with the match restricting the Japanese pair to winning no more than five consecutive points with the number of consecutive points won only slightly higher in the second.

In the women’s singles Emma Farnham was up against the No 2 seed Rebecca Bedford, losing in straight sets but should finish runner-up in Group B with a victory over Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen when they meet on Thursday, but it is in the Women’s doubles SS6 that should see Emma and her partner Maria Bartusz (Poland) confirm their No2 seeding and contest the final with a silver medal as their reward.

In Group B they are certainly more than capable of beating the other partnerships Randika Doling and Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores, Kobie Jane Donovan/Simone Emilie Meyer Larsen, and Yasmin EIssa/Ruhi Satish Shingade.

Other members of the Ireland team were to face seeded players in their opening matches including Chris Stewart, who could hardly have wished for a more difficult opponent in his opening match in Group C of the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class with one of the favourites Dong Seop Lee (Korea), a winner in the USA Para-Badminton International at the end of October, winning in straight sets.

In the Men’s Doubles Chris was back in tandem with Michael Smith, who was responsible for getting him into the sport and they faced the No3/4 seeds Ho Yuen Chan and Thomas Wandschneider and a pair from China Jianpeng and Zimo Qu..

In the Men’s Singles Wheelchair 1 class Michael is due to play Young-Chin MI (Germany) and the No5/8 seed Marcelo Alves Conceicao in Group G.

Stephen Halpin also met one of the favourites in his opening match, the No3/4 seed Sukant Kadam which he lost in straight sets but he was unfortunate not to get his first victory in Group D against Van Tan Pham (Vietnan) when he lost narrowly 21-14 21-17.

Follow all the Irish results on this link.

Piece by Brian Kelly.


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McVeigh gets World Title bid off to a great start in Korea

Ireland’s Niall McVeigh got his quest for a medal at the Para-Badminton World Championships in Ulsan, South Korea off to the start he needed with a three set victory over Man Kai Chun (Hong Kong) who was always going to be a difficult opponent, having back in June taken England’s Krysten Coombs and one of the favourites for the title to three in the Irish Para-Badminton Championships.

Seeded No5/6 in the Men’s singles in the Short Stature 6 class McVeigh took the opening set 21-16, lost the second 21-17 and not unexpectedly the deciding set was one which had the spectators on the edge of their seats as both players matched each other in an exciting encounter with the two-times World and European champion able to seal the victory 22-20 though Chu had one match point which he wasn’t able to convert while the Alpha player needed only one opportunity to seal the victory.

He will now have a break from the singles until Thursday, facing Hsiiao-Yuan Hsiung (Chinese Taipei) and Mark Joseph Dharmai (Indonesia) on Thursday.

Niall was also in action in the Mixed Doubles where he is paired with Peru’s Carmen Giuliana Poveda Flores and they are seeded No3.

They have got off to an excellent start beating Alexander Mekhdiev and Deirdre Nagle 21-12 21-10 in just 27 minutes and took only 14 minutes to see off Paul and Randika Doling 21-4 21-6.

The Indian pair of Raja Magotra and Satish Shingade found the McVeigh/Poveda Flores partnership too strong as they succumbed 21-12 21-5 to secure a quarter-final place in the Mixed Doubles where they meet Mark Joseph Dharmai and Maria Bartusz.

Follow all of the Irish matches on the link.

Piece by Brian Kelly.

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