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McVeigh takes bronze in Dubai

It was hardly the opening match which he would have wanted but a clash against the reigning world champion in the Short Stature 6 class of the Dubai Para-Badminton International, but such a draw becomes second nature for the Alpha two-times World and European champion Niall McVeigh as he continues his build-up to the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

Niall is sometimes a relatively slow starter and he never really recovered from going 5-2 down in the opening set to England’s Jack Shephard who was seeded No1and had lifted the coveted World title in November overcoming his training partner Krysten Coombs.

Niall though fought back and seemed poised to launch a challenge in the second half of the first set from 11-7  in arrears at the interval. However, it was Shephard who was to race to the opening set 21-13 and found it difficult to get off the mark in the second as the top seed took control.

Typically though Niall responded to dominate his second match in Group A with a straightforward two-set win over Sunil Pradhan (India), a victory which was to seal his place in the quarter-final, though facing your doubles partner is hardly the preparation for a key doubles match either.

Niall, however, could hardly have got off to a more difficult start against Didin Taresoh for after taking a 5-1 lead it was his opponent who was to take control and raced to the opening set before McVeigh settled down into the type of consistency he has been showing of late.

In the second he was never out of contention from drawing level at one set all, only to see Taresoh snatch the set 25-23 after McVeigh held a one-point advantage at 21-20 and again at 23-22.

Taresoh and McVeigh were to get their men’s doubles bid off to a fine start with a consummate 21-3 21-10 victory over Gagandeep Grewal and Hector Tunque in Group B only to lose to the No2 seeds Man Kai Chu and Chun Yim Wong in straight sets. 

The opening set saw the Hong Kong pair dominate the opening set but the second saw McVeigh and Taresoh enjoy an early lead at 5-1 but from 6-6 there was no holding their opponents, who were runners-up in the Spanish International back in March and had surprised the English top seeds of Coombs and Shephard to take the World title last November.

A bronze medal in the men’s doubles will, however, be a welcome addition to his haul of medals as he looks forward to a busy schedule of competition in the next twelve months with the 4th Turkish International getting underway early next month and with his victor, Taresoh having knocked out the No2 seeded Krysten Coombs 21-18 in the decider and taken the eventual champion Shephard to 21-7 24-22 in the final then the Irish No1 need not be despondent in any way.

For full results on this event click on this link.

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Niall McVeigh looks for Dubai title

Niall McVeigh began his quest for the 1st Fazza Dubai Para-Badminton title which got underway at the Shabab Al-Ahli Sports Club yesterday (Thursday).

Niall could hardly have wished for a more difficult opener than facing current World champion in the SS6 category, England’s Jack Shephard and was always chasing the match after Shephard raced into a 9-2 lead and was 11-6 up at the interval, capturing the set 21-13.

Nevertheless, Niall was to put his disappointment behind him when he took to the court for his second match in Group A and recorded a fine 21-7 21-7 victory over India’s Sunil Pradhan which took just 22 minutes.

This victory was sufficient to see Niall secure a place in the quarter-final where he is due to face the No3/4 seed Taresoh Didin (Malaysia) for a place in the semi-final with No2 seed Krysten Coombs the likely opponent.

Taresoh was seeded No2 in the World Championships in Korea and went on to lose a semi-final to the eventual champion Jack Shephard.

It is interesting that Niall has teamed up in the Men’s Doubles with a certain Malaysian by the name of Taresoh Didin and they are due to meet Gagandeep Grewal (India) and Hector Jesus Salva Tunque (Peru) in their opening group match on Friday with a later clash against the No2 seeds Man Kai Chu and Chun Yim Wong likely to decide the outcome of  Group B later.

For results from the event click on this link.

Article by Brian Kelly.

Connacht

2018 U15 (2003) Celtic Challenge

The Connacht Branch of Badminton Ireland in conjunction with Galway County Badminton Association and the Galway Lawn Tennis Club are hosting the 2018 U15 (2003) Celtic Challenge this Friday and Saturday. The event brings together the top U15 Badminton players from Lothian in Scotland and all over Ireland to take part in a friendly yet competitive Team Event.

The opening 2 matches take place on Friday evening (5pm). The Holders,  Leinster, who are looking for their 4th win in a row in the event, will be up against Alpha Badminton Club. The Hosts, a Connacht / Munster Combination will take on Lothian from Scotland.

The Saturday matches start at 10am & 2pm.

This is a great opportunity to see the top Irish and Scottish Badminton players in action and all are welcome to attend.

Follow the event by clicking here

 

Events

FZ Forza Irish Interprovincials Review

The Irish Interprovincial Finals concluded Sunday 08/04/2018. Saturday saw three different age groups competed for at Baldoyle Badminton Centre (U13, U15, U17). The remaining four categories concluded on the Sunday.

 

Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the players and coaches who competed in Dublin over the 7/8th April. Badminton Ireland would also like to congratulate all the winning teams.

Breakdown of total Interprovincial titles.

Leinster : 3             Munster: 2                    Ulster: 2

 

Read below for the breakdown of results

 

Masters 50+

Competition Day: Sunday 

Teams Competing: Leinster, Ulster

Winners: Ulster

Score: 9-2

Click here to see the breakdown of results

 

Masters 40+

Competition Day: Sunday

Teams Competing: Leinster, Ulster

Winners: Ulster

Score: 8-3

Click here to see the breakdown of results

 

Premier

Competition Day: Sunday

Teams Competing: Leinster, Ulster

Winners: Leinster

Score: 9-0

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Grade A

Competition Day: Sunday

Teams Competing: Leinster, Munster, Ulster

Winners: Munster

Results: 1. Munster, 2.Leinster, 3.Ulster

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U17

Competition Day: Saturday

Teams Competing: Leinster, Munster

Winners: Munster

Score: 5-4

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U15

Competition Day: Saturday

Teams Competing: Connacht, Leinster, Munster, Ulster

Winners: Leinster

Result: 1.Leinster, 2.Ulster, 3,Connacht, 4.Munster

Click here for breakdown of results

 

U13

Competition Day: Saturday

Teams Competing: Leinster, Munster, Ulster

Winners: Leinster

Result: 1.Leinster, 2.Ulster, 3.Munster

Click here for breakdown of results

 

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European Junior Championships 2018 team selection

The team selected to represent Ireland at the European Junior Championships from the 6th -16th of September 2018 in Tallinn Estonia is as follows:

 

 

 

Boys

Nhat Nguyen

Adam McAllister

Brian O’Mahony

Mark Kinnerk

Girls

Rachael Woods

Rebecca Woods

Orla Flynn

Beth Stephenson

You will be able to follow the event on the Badminton Ireland and Badminton Europe Facebook pages.

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9 first/second round wins for Ireland sets up an exciting Victor Jot Open

The U17 Irish Team had fantastic results on the opening day of the Victor Jot Open 2018, taking place in Edegem, Belgium. Players won a combination of 9 first and second round matches to get through to the second day in singles and mixed.

Team spirit was high after the previous day the team got to get some friendly sparring matches with some of the Belgian players. Coaches had a busy day getting from match to match as there were multiple Irish matches on court at the same time. There were some great individual performances in the singles which was reflected in the scorelines of some of the games. 

Below you can click on the picture link with all the results from the opening day and a list of the upcoming Irish matches tomorrow.

Tomorrow the women's and men's doubles will get underway as well as the later rounds of the singles and mixed. 

You can keep up to date with how the team are getting on by following our Facebook or Twitter pages.

29/03/2018-High PerformanceSome friendly team matches with Victor Jot Open in sight
29/03/2018-GeneralLAST CHANCE: Badminton Ireland Strategy 2018-2021 Survey
29/03/2018-GeneralCondolences to Family and Friends of Damien Molloy
27/03/2018-High PerformanceHigh Hopes for Ireland in Orleans
27/03/2018-High PerformanceFZ Forza Nation's Cup Team Selection
26/03/2018-Development2018 Cork Schools Badminton Programme
25/03/2018-EventsFZ Forza Irish Individual Grade B & E Review
24/03/2018-GeneralPaul & Jackie Dolan - Recent Bereavements
23/03/2018-EventsBI CLUB CUPS: NEW DATE RELEASED
22/03/2018-EventsFZ Forza Secondary School Finals

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