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Umpire Course - Monday, 30th March - 8pm.

To all budding umpires - an Umpire Course will take place on Monday, 30th March at 8pm. It will be held at Whitehall Road Badminton Centre. Anybody who is interested in attending should contact Tom McGrath.

Mobile - 0868459710 or email at - tom.mcgrath64@gmail.com

Events

2015 All-Ireland Secondary Schools Final

Teams from all over Ireland gathered at Gormanston College in Co Meath yesterday for the annual Shuttle Time All Ireland Schools Championships, held over three groups and in two divisions for both boys and girls.

Among them were Terenure College, looking to add another All Ireland title to the seventeen they have won in the past fourteen years, and Our Lady's Templeogue with an U19 team that included Irish junior international Kate Frost. From Ulster came Royal and Prior with three teams and Hunterhouse with two, from Munster four teams from Colaiste Treasa Kanturk and four more from St Anne's Community College Killaloe, while from Connacht, Sacred Heart Westport had two teams qualifying and St Gerard's Castlebar two. There were also single teams from schools including Scoil Aireagai from Ballyhare in Co Kilkenny, Colaiste Naomh Cormac from Kilcormac in Co Offlay, St Brendan's Birr, and Sullivan Upper from Holywood, Co Down and St Kieran's Kilkenny. All had booked their places at Gormanston by winning provincial titles.

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Events

2015 Intervarsity Championships

The 2015 Intervarsity Championships took place at Queens University in Belfast from 20-22 March 2015. There were 17 teams altogether which represented 15 Universities/Colleges.

The opening day saw the teams compete against each other using the round robin format. With the top two teams from each group going through to play a quarter final and the bottom placed teams competing in a plate competition.

The quarter finals saw the top seeds UU flex their muscles against NUIG with a comfortable 8-0 victory. In a local Dublin derby, UCD got the better of their arch rivals DCU to set up a clash with the top seeds in the semi-final. In the bottom half of the draw, the hosts Queens University overcame their visitors Trinity College with a 5-2 score line. University of Limerick won the battle of Munster by beating University of Cork, to take the last semi-final place.

University of Ulster, led by top Irish players, Ciaran and Sinead Chambers, ran out winner against UCD with a 5-2 score line in the first semi. QUB battled to a 5-3 victory over University of Limerick to setup a clash with in-form team UU.

UU proved their pre-tournament hype by overcoming Queens 5-1 but not without a fight. Two fantastic three set battles went the way of University of Ulster and this proved to be the decisive blow to see them crowned 2015 Intervarsity Cup Champions.

After three hard fought rounds in the plate competition, it was Sligo IT and Royal College of Surgeons who booked their places in the final. Sligo had top Irish player Jonathan Dolan in their ranks, despite this it was Royal College Surgeons came away with a 6-2 victory.

Huge thanks must go out to the Queens University for hosting, a very enjoyable weekend for all. The court officials group must also be thanked for giving up their time to ensure a very smooth finals days for all involved.

General

Special Olympics Team in training for LA.

Badminton Ireland’s President, Breda Connolly, caught up with the Special Olympics team who will represent Ireland during one of their many training sessions at ALSAA Sports Complex on Saturday 21st March.   The team will travel to LA for the 2015 Special Olympics which will take place between the 22nd July and 2nd August 2015.  Badminton Ireland would like to wish the team the best of luck to with their training in the lead up to the event.

Pictured left to right: Kelly Delaney , Brian Hooper , Amy Quinn , Liam Foley . At the back -  Coach,  William Mc Millian.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leinster

Portlaoise Club Visit

Portlaoise Badminton Club is back in action again tonight from 7-9pm. Last week Badminton Ireland Performance Pathway Coach Daniel Magee visited the club and gave the members a number of tips towards their game.

Portlaoise Badminton Club has a fantastic set up in the Portlaoise College. The Badminton hall itself is complimented by the keen members who came along on the night to play. It is great to see new clubs like this forming around Ireland and it is important that we continue to promote new clubs in order for our sport to develop. I would like to thank Roy Cobbe for his invitation to visit the club and Joe Byrne for his support during the night” Performance Pathway Coach Daniel Magee

If you are in the area call down to the college on Mount Rath road from 7-9pm each Wednesday.

Events

The first Shuttle Time Primary School competition is a SMASH

The first Shuttle Time Primary school competition was held yesterday at Baldoyle Badminton Centre, Dublin with over 34 teams from all over Ireland taking part. 

There was lots of healthy competition and smiles all round from the 140 children in attendance.

In the girl's event, St Mary’s School from Thomastown, Kilkenny met of St. Colmcilles Senior National School 2 from Knocklyon, Dublin in the final.  St Mary’s took the first game with a convincing win of 21/4. St Colmcilles fought back in the second game and almost took it to a three game decider but St Mary’s took the game point at the last moment making it 21/20 and claimed the first ever Shuttle Time Primary School Girls Winners title.  

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