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U17 Irish team announcement

The Irish under 17 team is announced as follows.

 

 

 

 

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U13, U17, Masters Nationals Review

The U13, U17 & Masters Nationals took place in Lisburn Racquets Club on 17th/18th February 2018. Below is a breakdown of each event. 

 

To see the full list of winners of this tournament please click the relevant links below:

U13 Nationals

U17 Nationals

Masters Nationals

 

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U13 Nationals

We had two triple winners in the U13 Nationals. Eoghan Cooney & Siofra Flynn were able to come away with all the titles in their respective competitions. This is a remarkable achievement with neither player losing a match over the weekend and Siofra managed not to lose a game throughout the competition.

Siofra Flynn was very dominant throughout the competition often making her play look effortless. Siofra's first Nationals win would come when she beat number two seed Paige Woods in the Girls' Singles Final 21-15, 21-13. Siofra then teamed up with Eoghan Cooney in the mixed doubles final. Siofra & Eoghan looked to continue their excellent form with an impressive win over Rory Comer & Roisin McKenna 21-11,21-17. Siofra's third Nationals win came when she teamed up with Paige Woods to beat number two seeds Nicole Fahy & Rachel O'Flynn 21-8, 21-14. 

The second huge success story came when Eoghan took his first title, beating number two seed Karl McLoughlin in the three games in the boys' singles final. The match score would finish 21-17, 17-21, 22-20. Eoghan's second Nationals victory would come alongside Siofra Flynn in the Mixed Doubles. This would set him up in a great position to claim his third National win. Eoghan's third Nationals title would come when he teamed up with Jack Hickey to beat Rory Comer & Karl McLoughlin in the Boys' Doubles Final. This match was tightly contested with Eoghan & Jack coming out just on top 25-23 & 21-15.

 

U17 Nationals

The U17 Nationals saw 6 different people win a Nationals Title. With many exciting and close encounters, spectators had an enthralling day of badminton at their disposal.

The first final of the day would be between Daniel O'Meara who had beaten just beaten number two seed Peter McDonald in 3 games come up against the U15 Nationals Champion Matthew Cheung. Matthew was on a great run of form coming into this competition and he managed to beat number one seed Sean Patrick Laureta in a closely fought match in the semi-finals. Daniel managed to squeeze a tense win in the first game before showing his class in the second. The match would finish 22-20,21-8. The second final of the day would see Alexandra Troy defeat Kerry Fallon 21-15,21-11. With the number one seed Orla Flynn losing to Sophia Noble in three games in the second round. Alexandra Troy now became the new favourite. Alexandra overcame Lucy Fox in the Semi-Finals before her win against Kerry. 

Kerry Fallon would however in the following match make amends for her loss in the Girls' Singles Final with a win in the Mixed Doubles' Final against Sean Patrick Laureya & Anastasiya Bogoslovskaya. Kerry and Peter McDonald worked brillantly together winning the match 21-15,21-14. The Boys' Doubles Final between Sean Patrick Laureta & Daniel O'Meara vs Evan Byrne & Peter McDonald produced a tense and nerve wrecking match. The match started off with a brilliant opening game between both pairs with Laureta/O'Meara scraping a 22-20 win. Both pairings traded points throughout the second game, Byrne/McDonald pulled away towards the second half of the game taking the set 21-18. This set up an exciting final game, Laureta/O'Meara started very strong and pulled out to a lead to take the final game 21-13 and this meant that they won the Boys Doubles Final 22-20,18-21,21-13. The last final of the day was in the Girls Doubles Final between Orla Flynn & Alexandra Troy vs Kerry Fallon & Megan McLoughlin. Flynn & Troy worked brilliantly as a pair throughout this match and produced a 21-15,21-14 victory.

 

Masters Nationals

The Masters Nationals was another successful two day competition that saw 112 players competing across 8 different age groups.

A full list of winners can be found by clicking here

 

Here are some of the key highlights from the weekend.

 

  • Tony Clarke wins the double in the O70 category - MS (vs Bob Evans) & MD (with Ron Thompson vs Tommy Ennis/Michael O'Malley)
  • Jayne Orr wins two Nationals in O40 - XD (with Jonathan Perry vs Karl Crawford/ Georgina Ward) & WD (with Gillian Grimes vs Pam Peard/Georgina Ward)
  • Aubrey Cox wins two Golds in O55 - XD (with Pam Peard vs Colin Carmichael/Carol Dunbar) & MD (with Kieran McMahon vs Conor Doyle/Leslie Funston)

To see all the pictures from competition please click here

 

Ulster

Bob Colhoun Celebrates 90th Birthday

A true elder statesman and local sports administrator of renown Bob Colhoun MBE celebrated his 90th Birthday surrounded by friends and colleagues who have known him as simply ‘Bob’ or ‘Mr Badminton’.

Indeed he admints to having no knowledge of the sport of badminton until coming to the end of his university studies in August 1950 and his first job at Ferranti’s.

When Bob joined Alpha Badminton Club in Lisburn on his return to the province five years later, the former pupil of RBAI was quickly snapped up as Honorary Secretary and it could not have been a more astute appointment as he was to become one of the most respected of sporting administrators in the country with Bob benefitting from his ‘hands on’ and visionary approach.

With the formation of a Juvenile club harnessing the latent talent, the club was to grow exponentially and he was to combine his early talents as a coach with becoming a willing taxi driver to matches and tournaments the length and breadth of the countryside in his trusty Volvo.

In the late Sixties Alpha had been fundraising for some years as they were to combine with Hilden Tennis Club and when total assets reached £8,000 they were to receive grant aid from the Ministry of Education for a new pavilion for Hilden and Badminton courts for Alpha with squash also being included, Lisburn Racquets Club was to be born and the three court badminton hall was appropriately named The Colhoun Hall.

With the upsurge in interest in the sport Alpha players were to enjoy considerable success not only locally but were to dominate Ulster and later Irish sides and Alpha continues today to go from strength to strength with the seemingly endless list of international honours being won by successive Alpha members in all age groups.

Bob was responsible for introducing a Christmas tournament for young players and at one stage it was being played throughout the province with entries reaching over 600 in the 1980s and was also responsible for an international event which attracted some of the top international players to the Lisburn venue in the pre Open era.

Bob has received many honours including an MBE in 2014 but he was also the recipient of a Meritorious Award from the BWF which was presented to him in front of a packed Maysfield Leisure Centre which was hosting a Europe v Asia International.

Despite being the visionary, Bob was also a character in the true sense of the word, shunning publicity and still receives the greatest satisfaction from seeing the hordes of youngsters visiting the club throughout the week and taking advantage of the now splendid facilities which he has made a large contribution to in bringing to this part of Lisburn.

Piece by Brian Kelly.

Development

Joy for IT Blanchardstown and IT Carlow as Moore and Ling take gold in Third Level Men's and Women's Singles

Luke Moore (IT Blanchardstown) and Tan Wee Ling (IT Carlow) were respectively crowned champions at the inaugural Student Sport Ireland (SSI)/Badminton Ireland Third Level Men’s and Women’s Singles Open event which took place yesterday in Baldoyle. Moore, who has dominated SSI competitions in recent times with fellow IT Blanchardstown student Megan Bredin, overcame the challenge of Athlone IT’s Wee Lun Foo 21-10 , 21-8, to take home gold in the Men’s Singles. However, the Women’s Singles final proved to be the match of the day, an intriguing three setter between Ling and Bredin ended on a score line of 21-18, 14-21, 21-10, in favour of the IT Carlow student.

The round robin format used in the event ensured that the action was competitive throughout the course of the day and also ensured all players got numerous games. In the MS, Jack Lawlor (IT Tallaght), Luke Moore, and Wee Lun Foo progressed from their groups without dropping a set. Moore however was pushed hard in his first group game by eventual shield winner Justin Deligny (IT Tallaght), winning the second set 21-14 after a scare in the first which saw him edge out his opponent 21-19. Group 4 proved to be action packed, with Jack Davies (Letterkenny IT), Paddy Martin (IT Tallaght), and Brendan McGovern (IT Tralee) all paired together. Davies and Martin had both edged out Annascaul club man McGovern in close games to set up a decisive showdown between the pair to see who would top the group, and it was Davies who eventually prevailed in a see-saw battle.

Semi-final stages of the MS Open threw up two pulsating encounters. In the first of those matches, Jack Lawlor couldn’t capitalise at 19-18 in the first set against Luke Moore, and was narrowly defeated 21-19 in two sets. Wee Lun Foo, a former winner of the SSI Third-Level League with DKIT and who has been impressive in the same competition to date this season, then surprised one of the tournament favourites Jack Davies when he came from behind to win an epic encounter 16-21, 21-19, 21-19, and set up a clash with Luke Moore in the final. Luke’s challenge proved too much for the gallant efforts of Foo, ensuring he captured another third-level title for IT Blanchardstown. Elsewhere, in the Men’s Shield, Justin Deligny defeated Matthew Soh (Griffith College), and Paddy Martin beat Aaron Tan (IT Tralee) to advance to the final where Justin was victorious when he overcame his fellow IT Tallaght student 21-14, 21-17.

In the Women's Singles, Tan Wee Ling and Megan Bredin asserted their dominance from the beginning of the group stages with victories over Cheuk Wing (UU Coleraine), Aoife Boylan (IT Tallaght), and Alisha Burke (Letterkenny IT). However, both players then overcame stern opposition from Aileen Pfuffe (IT Carlow), before eventually progressing to set up a final clash with one another. The first set was a nip and tuck affair with Ling taking the decisive points for it to finish 21-18, but a determined Bredin immediately responded to take the second on a score line of 21-14 and ensure there would be a decisive third set. Ling however would finish the stronger, winning 21-10 in the third to claim victory.

                                                                                   

Overall, the event proved to be a success with eight colleges represented and Badminton Ireland Development Officer Fiach Andrews had the follwing to say post-event; "We are working closely alongside Student Sport Ireland to ensure that we are providing more playing opportunities for players at third-level, and in the past few months we have managed to achieve this with the hosting of a XD Doubles Open in November, and then again today with the MS/WS Open. The desire for such events is clear when you consider some students travelled from as far as Coleraine, Letterkenny, and Tralee to compete, and the assurance for the students they would get a minimum of two games is essential given the time it took some of the players to travel to Baldoyle today. Moving forward, both ourselves and Student Sport Ireland are committed to the continued growth and development of the game at third-level". 

The Student Sport Ireland League Finals take place on March 06th, and current league standings can be viewed here.

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Coaching

Applications Now Open for 2018 Teicnic Badminton Camps

We are now taking applications for Ireland's number one skills-based U13 and U15 Teicnic Badminton Camps being held in the National Training Centre in Marino Institute of Education. These camps offer players the opportunity to increase their technical skills by upgrading their current Teicnic level. The participants will also enjoy many other sporting activities led by fully qualified sports coaches including athletics, volleyball, soccer and Gaelic football to name a few. Register early to avoid disappointment. 'Teicnic now Teicnic for life'.

                            

The dates for this year's camps are as follows:

Under 13's Camp

 Monday 13th- Friday 17th of  August 2018

Under 15's Camp

 Monday 20th - Friday 24th of August 2018

Find the camp application form here.

Find the camp details on the invitation here.

                                          

High Performance

European Men's and Women's Team Championships 2018

The European Men's and Women's Team Championships get underway in Kazan, Russia tomorrow. The first match is the women's team who take on Ukraine at 7am Irish time. That will be followed up in the evening when the men's team take on Croatia at 3pm Irish time. There will be live streaming for both of these matches. Click on the matches posters below for the link for each of the matches.

Click on this link for a full list of the schedule for the event.

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