21 April 2017
To all Branches, Clubs, Affiliated Bodies, Honorary Life Members and Past President
Badminton Ireland - Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017
(To be held at Irish Sport HQ, Dublin on Saturday 20th May 2017 at 11am)
Notice is hereby given that the following Nominations and Motions have been put forward for the 2017 AGM.
For and on behalf of
(01/04/2017)Notice is hereby given that the AGM of the Badminton Union of Ireland Limited will be held at Irish Sport HQ, Dublin on Saturday 20th May 2017 at 11am.
The positions of Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson and Treasurer are up for election at the forthcoming AGM.
Nominations and Motions are required to be received by the Badminton Ireland office no later than six (6) weeks prior to the Annual General Meeting i.e. by 17:30 on 6th April, 2017.
For and on behalf of
Chief Executive Officer
18 April 2017
The European Badminton Championships 2017 is taking place from 25th-30th April in Kolding, Denmark. The players travelling to the event include Scott Evans, Chloe Magee, Sam Magee, Joshua Magee, Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle.
Last year at the European Championships Sam and Chloe Magee had an impressive performance beating former European gold medallists Mateusiak and Zieba of Poland on their way to the quarter-finals. Having been drawn in the same quarter of the draw as the pair this year they may come head to head once again. Scott Evans features in the men's singles where he has been drawn against Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia. A win there will see him come up against rising star Anders Antonsen of Denmark.
Joshua plays with Sam in the men's doubles where they have a first round encounter with Croatians Durkinjak/Hoelbling.
The younger players travelling to the event are Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh who feature together in the women's doubles. They have drawn the Finnish pair of Nystrom/Pekkola. Rachael also features in the women's singles where she has a good record against her opponent Flore Vadenhoucke of Germany.
For the list of all of the Irish matches and times click on this link.
Keep up to date with the event and results on our Facebook and Twitter.
18 April 2017
The deadline for applications for the 2017 Teicnic Badminton Camps is the 30th April. This year there will be an U13 and an U15 camp. The camp will be led by some of Ireland's top National Coaches as well as a team of staff coaches that will stay on site. Please note the price change of the camps this year due to the change in accommodation to the Marino apartments. The price for this years camp is €350 which must be paid in full before attending.
Venue: Badminton Ireland High-Performance Centre, Marino Institute of Education, Dublin 9.
Times: Arrive Monday 09.30 Depart Friday 14.00
Deadline for application: 30th April 2017
Teicnic Badminton Camp Invitation.
U13 Teinic Camp Application form. (14th - 18th August)
U15 Teicnic Camp Application form. (21st - 25th August)
For more information on the Teinic Badminton Camps please follow this link or email email@example.com
You can also ring the office on (01) 839 3028.
16 April 2017
Easter Saturday saw Dublin hosting the Juvenile Inter County Finals at the Baldoyle Badminton Centre. This event would see teams from across Ireland compete in a team competition to see who would become the All-Ireland champions in their respective age groups. There was a big game feel around the event this year with each team brining big support. When watching the games you could hear the supporters getting behind their teams whether that being the sound of the Dublin drum or the sound of clapping and cheering.
Each age group consisted of three or four teams per age group. The counties would play against each other in a team format with four singles matches, four doubles matches and two mixed doubles matches. This format allowed the control of each match to change after every tie played. This led to some intense and nervous games.
In the U17 age group Dublin played against Donegal in the final game of their group. This game would decide who the winner of the division is and who would be taking home the silver medal. Dublin’s players came out very strong in the singles matches. With each game finishing with a Dublin victory, this put Dublin up by four points early meaning that only two more wins from the next six ties would see them win the division. With an excellent showing from both teams in the doubles, Dublin were able to secure victory when Kim Feehily & Pamela Pontanosa finished their game 30-23 meaning Dublin were guaranteed to win at least 6 of the ties. The match finished 8-2 with Donegal coming away with the silver medal.
The U15 division saw Kildare come up against Cork in the final game of their division. Both teams had already beaten Mayo and the winner of this fixture would go home with the gold medal. David Downey started Kildare off with a tight 30-29 victory over John O’Sullivan. Kildare’s momentum though was stopped immediately as Daniel O’Halloran was able to win his singles game for Cork to level up the match 1-1. As the match progressed Kildare proved too strong for this Cork team. Kildare had a brilliant showing in the doubles format winning five out of the six ties to claim the gold medal for their county.
Similarly to the Under 17’s, Dublin’s U13 team had the chance to win their division if they could overcome Tipperary in their last game. Just like the older age group, Dublin managed to win all four singles matches, giving the county a strong position going into the doubles. Dublin were able come away with a 8-2 victory. Whilst Dublin were taking the gold on court two, court four was witnessing a brilliant match between Galway and Donegal. The winner would take away the silver medal. With both teams trading wins early in the match, it was anyone’s guess who would come away with the victory. Galway were able to secure victory when they won three ties in a row, two in the girl’s doubles and one in the mixed doubles. This would be enough for a 6-4 victory over the Ulstermen.
With Dublin already securing the double, Kildare’s under 11 team had a similar opportunity for their county. With every other court already finished everyone was fixated on an enthralling match between Kildare and Cork. The fixture started off in brilliant fashion as Pablo Alonso Mahtitena and Aman Kothiyal put on an excellent spectacle. Aman was able to squeeze out a victory with a 30-28 win. This win set the bar very high for the rest of the players from both teams. Kildare were able to increase their lead to 5-0 with wins in the next four ties. With needing just one more win from the remaining five ties, Kildare were able to claim the gold when Kirsten McFadden & Chloe McGrane edged out their opponents with at 30-28 victory. This loss meant that Cork would go home with the silver medal. With Kildare U15 already winning gold earlier this mean that Dublin and Kildare both came away with two golds from the competition.
Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the players, coaches and parents for creating a wonderful atmosphere and showing their support for juvenile badminton throughout the country.
- Please click here for all tournament pictures
- Please click here for full list of winners
- Please click here for full match results
14 April 2017
The first match of the day Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds faced Mads Thorgensen and Paw Eriksen in a repeat of the European Junior under 17 semi-final match held in Lubin in 2016. Last time the Danish came out on top beating the Irish in three games, leaving the Irish with a bronze medal. This encounter was another thrilling match from start to finish, but the Irish got their revenge as they took the game winning two hard-fought games. This win set up a match against the tough English pairing of Callum Hemming and Max Flynn. The Irish started poorly in the match with the English dictating the game. The English controlled the opening game winning 21-10. Reynolds and Nguyen came out fighting in the second and held a two-point lead the whole way through the match to 20-18. Unfortunately the Irish were unable to finish either of the game point opportunities and the English held their nerve to take the victory and secure themselves a medal.
In the men’s singles quarterfinal, Nhat Nguyen faced number one seed Toma Popov Junior of France. Nguyen fought hard in this match, but Popov Junior who was awarded Badminton Europe young player of the year for 2017 showed his class as he took the match in two games.
"It was a tough day for our players today. They played very well in their last 16 matches against tough opposition and gave themselves a great opportunity to medal. They will have learned a lot from this experience and hopefully, when these opportunities come around in the future this experience will help them to make the right decisions. We have a number of young players on the team who will have the opportunity to play this event again in 2018 and this week will have helped in their development. I look forward to working with these players again and I believe we will be fighting for medals again in the near future" Irish U19 coach Daniel Magee
You can watch the live stream from the event on the Badminton Europe Youtube Channel and to view all of the Irish results click on this link.
14 April 2017
The Kerry Masters Tournament was held in the Presentation Hall Killarney on Friday the 14th of April. Mike Reardon and Marion O'Neill organised the competition. Carmel Hudson also helped out on the night which we appreciated very much. There was a good attendance from all parts of Kerry from north to south, all clubs in Kerry were represented. The competition was played off in a team format using a round robin system so old friends did battle once again! Also new friendships were formed and it was a great social evening enjoyed by all good atmosphere.
Bríd Murphy(capt) (Kingdom)
Tom Bradley (Kingdom)
Tom Rice (Listowel)
Amanda Carmody (Moyvane)
James O' Connell (Listowel)
Oliver Carmody (Moyvane)
Paudie Horan (capt) (Killarney)
Colm Griffin (Ballyheigue)
Ger O' Connor (Killarney)
Bernie Rowe (Listowel)
Eileen Roche (Moyvane)
Christy Deane (Annascaul)
John O' Brien (Capt) (Killarney)
Maurice Lawlor (Ballyheigue)
Mike O' Shea (Iveragh)
Jeab Workman (Killarney)
Sue Witherall (Iveragh)
Ger Walsh (Kingdom)
Kieran Crehan (capt)(Killarney)
Patsy O' Connor (Ballyheigue)
Micheal O' Connor (Killarney)
William Flaherty (Moyvane)
Susan O' Connell (Iveragh)
Keith Newsome (Annascaul)
Mike Crossan (Kingdom)
Anthony Barrett (Listowel)
Kathleen Gilbride (Ballyheigue)
Mary Bradley (Kingdom)
Tom Clear (Kingdom)
John o Halloran (Killarney)
Play started from 7.30pm and all 4 courts were on the go all night till 10pm . There were some very close games some matches were decided by the minimum of one ace.
* 1st Team Bríd Murphy
* 2nd Team Kieran Crehan
* 3rd Team Paudie Horan
* 4th Team Mike Crossan
* 5th Team John O' Brien
All the players had refreshments after all games were finished, they had great fun and banter which is why we all play badminton and enjoy the great social side of the game. Badminton Ireland sponsored a jacket and a hoodie which were kindly appreciated the winners were delighted with them. Tom Bradley took photos on the night, a special thanks to him.
The Kerry Masters Presentation Photograph at the top of the article shows, L/R: Michael Reardon presenting Carmel Hudson with Hoodie and Marian O'Neill presenting Jacket to James O'Connell
A big thank you to Killarney Badminton Club for the use of their facilities on the night.
Thanks to the Kerry Badminton Board for organising this event annually as all players look forward to it every year.
Piece by Kerry Badminton.