28 May 2015
Ireland’s Niall McVeigh will lead the home team’s quest for a medal at the inaugural Carlton Irish Para-Badminton International in Dublin next month.
McVeigh, the current European and World Champion, will carry the hopes of the home crowd as he joins some 140 paralympic athletes from 24 nations for the event, which will take place from June 24 – 28 in the Baldoyle Badminton Centre.
The Newry athlete however, will face stiff competition – with 44 entries in his division, the SS 6 class, for short stature players.
Para-badminton will make its Paralympics debut at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. McVeigh will be in his late 20s then, and should still be at the peak of his powers. “The Paralympics is one of the few tournaments I haven’t won within badminton,” he says. “A win in Tokyo would really top it all off.”
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27 May 2015
Ireland has had a tough start to their Olympic qualification campaign with both the men’s singles and mixed doubles, losing out in the opening round on the Australian open.
Irish number one Scott Evans lost out to Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Honk Kong. Evans competed well in the opening game losing out 23-21. In the second game Wong took control to take the match after 45 minutes of play.
In the mixed doubles Chloe and Sam Magee faced Nipitphon Puangpuapech and Puttita Supajirakul of Thailand. The first game in this match was also competitive, with the Thailand pairing control at the big points to win 21-17. In the second game the Irish struggled as Puangpuapech and Supajirakul piled on the pressure. The Thailand pair took the second game to progress to the last 16.
The Irish now have to get back to training before they head directly to Indonesia open premier super series event.
Men’s Singles Rd 32
Scott Evans (IRE) lost to Wong Wing Ki Vincent (HKG) 23-21 21-15
Mixed Doubles Rd 32
Sam Magee/Chloe Magee lost to Nipitphon Puangpuapech/Puttita Supajirakul (THA) 21-17 21-9
26 May 2015
Chloe Magee was the first of the Irish in action today at the 2015 Australian Open super series event. Magee faced Evgeniya Kosetskaya in her opening round of qualification. The Irish number one took this match in two games to progress to face Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia. Jing Yi won this match in three games to progress to the main draw.
Tomorrow Magee will be back in action in the main draw of the mixed. Chloe and her partner Sam Magee will face Nipitphon Puangpuapech and Puttita Supajiraku of Thailand.
Irish number one men’s singles player Scott Evans will face Wong Wing Ki Vincent of Hong Kong in the main draw.
This will be the first event on the Olympic qualification list for the Irish players. You can follow all the latest results on the Badminton Ireland Facebook page, and by following @bad_min_ton on Twitter.
Chloe Mage (IRE) (3) lost to Tee Jing Yi (MAS) 21-17 21-23 21-12
Qualification Rd 1
Chloe Mage (IRE) (3) bt Evgeniya Kosetskaya (RUS) 21-16 21-15
24 May 2015
Day two of the 2015 All Ireland Graded C/E/G Championships started out in two venues, Marino institute of education hosted the grade E Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles while Baldoyle was host to the remainder of grade E and all of grade C. With such a large entry in both grades, players faced a long day of play however this did little to dampen spirits as spectators cheers could be heard throughout the day's play.
In the grade C Men’s Single number 1 seed Jack O’Brien took the trophy, beating Azher Syed 21-15, 21-19, while there was an upset in the Woman’s Singles as Jennifer Lalor beat the number 1 seed Molly Davies providing one of the most exciting and closest matches of the entire weekend. Davies took the first game 21-15 but Lalor kicked back in the second to win the game 21-15. With one game a peace both girls had everything to lose as they battled it out in court in the final game. Lalor managed to edge ahead a win the final game 25-23
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24 May 2015
Alex Troy and Kim Feehily were the only Irish players to progress to the finals day of the Glasgow youth international. Despite being the only Irish left in the event the girls were on high spirits going into the last day of the event.
The semifinals moved to the national badminton academy at Scotstoun infront of a full stadium of badminton fans. In the semifinals Troy and Feehily caused a big upset beating the number one seeds Kiara Henry of England and Jeel Patel of India 21-19 21-18.
In the finals the Irish then faced the number two seeded pairing of Fiona Hallberg of Sweden and Alexandra Oprisan of England. The Irish were game point down in the first and came back to win the opening game 22-20. In the second game the match was evenly balanced all the way to the end. At 20 all the Irish took command of the match with some good serving from Feehily at the front and Troy dominating the backcourt with her power.
After securing a crucial lead at 21-20 Feehily turned to Troy and said one more point. Feehily got it right as the Irish closed out the match.
“This was a difficult match for the girls after a long weekend of play. I was delighted with the player’s attitude in the final especially in the deciding points when the pressure was high. We have had a good team spirit all week and it is great to be coming home with a Gold medal” Daniel Magee team coach
Both Sonya and I would like to thank the players for their effort during the weekend. You can find a full list of results from the finals on the following link
Alexandra Troy/Kim Feehily (IRE) bt Fiona Hallberg (SWE) /Alexandra Oprisan (ENG) 22-20 22-20
23 May 2015
The season ends on a high for these grade G players. Baldoyle badminton centre hosted the 3rd and final graded tournament of the season with grade G being played today. Badminton Irelands Graded tournaments are relatively new but have quickly become one of the most popular events for the players of Ireland and today Grade G players were given the chance to compete for the title of best in Ireland.
In the Men’s Singles event Simon Beale of Ballina took on Tiarnan Lawlor of Waterford in the final. Beale had beaten Claregalways Trevor Jennings in two sets to secure a final while also competing in the Mens Doubles would enter the final with some fatigue. However, his opponent Lawlor was in a similar position, beaten Vidhu Balakrishnan of Castlebar in the semi-final and also reach the final of the Mixed Doubles. Both players started off well, but it was Lawlor, who won the game and ultimately the match with a 21-11, 21-15 victory over Beale.
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