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  • Mc Allister and Stephenson star in Connacht open

    05/01/2016 Mc Allister and Stephenson star in Connacht open

    Despite the deluge of water flooding the country, players from all over the country travelled to Summerhill College in Sligo in their droves to play in the Connacht U17 and U13 Opens last weekend. There were great results for many players in the U13 event but the standout performances came in the U17 section.

    Sligo City player Adam Mc Allister and Alpha’s Beth Stephenson were in three U17 finals and each won two titles. Mc Allister won the Boys Doubles playing with Brian O’ Mahony( St Marys Dunmanway)  and he won the Mixed Doubles playing with Rachel Woods(Alpha). Stephenson won the Girls Singles and the Girls Doubles playing with Clodagh Dunne(Taghmon ).

    There were great performances from the Wood sisters with Rachel reaching three finals. Kyle Magee from Raphoe won the boys singles.

    Results in the the U13 events were spread out with no double winners. Christopher O’Donoghue from Moyvane Junior was unseeded but came through tight three setters in the semi and final to take the Boys Singles title. Leonie Ward from Gorey who was the top seed won the girls singles playing great badminton. Lucy Fox (Waterford) and Jean Daly (Nenagh) won the Girls Doubles. The Alpha pair of Matthew Cheung and Stuart Mc Collum took the Boys U13 Doubles title in two sets in a great final. Kevin Downey(Kilcullen Juvenile) playing with Fiona Mc Adams from th BI Academy won the Mixed Doubles.

    Thanks to Aengus Sheerin (Referee) for his tireless work over the weekend and especially on the long day we spent from nine to nine on Saturday. 

  • SLIGO CITY badminton club Open Night

    25/11/2015 SLIGO CITY badminton club Open Night

    Saturday Night the 28th of November is a key night in the development of the newly reformed Sligo City badminton club. After lying dormant for the past twenty years the only current badminton club in Sligo City is alive and well with more than fifty members playing in Summerhill College.

    This is our launch of the reformed Sligo City club with an Open night. The President of Badminton Ireland, Breda Connolly and Connacht Badminton’s chairperson, Anthony Walsh will join us on the night as well as local dignitaries. ‘Sligo City’ wants to invite anyone who ever played badminton- even if it was twenty or thirty years ago- or anyone who ever wanted to play, to come along to Summerhill from 6pm on the night to take part in our open night. Rackets and shuttles will be supplied so it’s just a matter of bringing the body. Everyone is welcome to come along and play for a couple of week’s trial period before becoming members. Come and try the game for a while and if it’s not to your liking all you’ve lost is a few episodes of Coronation Street. We play from 8pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in Summerhill College’s fabulous four court hall. If you can’t make the open night, and are interested in playing, contact Paul on 0876100108.

  • Preview of The Connacht Masters Open

    05/11/2015 Preview of The Connacht Masters Open

    The 1st Open Masters event of the 2015/16 Badminton season, The Connacht Masters Open,  takes place in the GLTC, Salthill this Saturday.

    There is sure to be close competition in all Events and age groups.

    In the Mens Singles, in the O65s, David Kenny will be eager to maintain his place at the top of the new Badminton Ireland Rankings. The O40s looks like a 3 way battle between, Kevin Donnelly, Brian Moore and Seamus Halpin. The O35s are new to the Masters Events this season and the 1st Connacht Masters O35 Title will be a straight battle between Colm Watterson & Mohit Katiyar. The remaining titles look like going to Kieran McMahon (O50) and Gerard Kenna (O55).

    The battle of the Men’s Titles will all be hotly contested – likely favourites appear to be Kevin Donnelly & Willie Stevenson (O35), Jeffery Kearon & Brien Moore (O45) and Nelson McDowell & Ian Young (O50). In the Ladies Doubles Sylvia Campion & Sharon Knox are fancied to take the (O40) event with the (O55) event being too close to call. The (O45) see 2 former stalwarts of the Badminton scene return to the courts and it is expected that Holly Connolly and Elaine Fitzgibbon will make a winning return.

    The day’s play will conclude with the Mixed Doubles Events – again at (O35) Colm partnered by Sharon will be against Mohit partnered by Naomi Davies in a straight Final, Other titles will be hard fought for with the favourites being Willie & Sylvia (O40), Elaine & Aubrey Cox (O50), Gerard Kenna & Cheryl Evans (O55) and David & Janet Ferguson (O65).

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • 2015 Connacht Open U11 & U15 Championships

    04/11/2015 2015 Connacht Open U11 & U15 Championships

    The 2015 Connacht Open U11 & U15 Championships took place at the weekend in the Galway Lawn Tennis Club. The elite players from all over Ireland took part and there was top class badminton for all to see.

    In the Under 11 event Neil O Sullivan completed a hat trick of titles – he defeated Jack Bridgeman to win the Singles Title and partnered Oranmore’s Sean Wynne to win the Doubles title, again getting the better of Jack and his partner, GLTC’s Richard Kong. Neil finally joined up with Lucy O’Halloran to with the Mixed Event defeating Sean and Claregalway’s Ava Killian.

    Neasa Flynn did a Double in beating Sarah Barry to the Singles Title and winning the Girls U11 Double title with Siofra Flynn with the Woods sisters, Chloe & Paige taking the runners up slot.

    The Under 15 event Kyle Magee also went home with 3 Titles. In the Boys singles, he defeated Adam Barry in the Final and paired up Mark Kinnerk to win the Doubles Title against Evan Byrne & Jack Nolan. Kyle’s weekend was complete when together with Rebecca Woods they secured the Mixed title against Mark and Niamh Gannon.

    Rebecca had earlier taking the Girls singles title in a close encounter with Alexandra Troy. Alexandra also managed to secure a Title, together with Kim Feehily they defeated Kerry Fallon & Orla Flynn in the Girls Doubles Final.

     

    Thank you to Connacht Badminton for the report and photos. 

  • Connacht U11 & U15 Open Championships 2015

    29/10/2015 Connacht U11 & U15 Open Championships 2015

    The 2015 Connacht U11 & U15 Open Championships take place in the Galway Lawn Tennis Club this coming weekend.

    The U11 event will take place on Saturday with Dunmaway’s Neil O Sullivan the top seed in the Boys Singles and the Mixed Doubles with Partner Lucy O Halloran. The Boys Doubles promises to be tight battle with top seeds Jack Bridgeman and Richard Kong facing a strong challenge from Neil & Sean Wynne.  Top seed in the Girls Singles is Terenure player, Neasa Flynn with Alpha’s Paige Woods seeded 2.  The seedings are reversed in the Girls Doubles with the top spot going to Paige & Chloe Woods and Neasa partnering Siofra Flynn as No 2 seeds.

    U15 event will take place over 2 days with all Finals and the Singles and Mixed Semi Finals taking place on Sunday. Kyle  Magee returns to the west trying to retain both his Singes & Mixed titles from last season. In the Boys Singles he will face tough competition with Mark Kinnerk, Evan Byrne and Eoghan O Grady all seeded to make the semi Finals. Mark and Kyle team up as the Top seeds in the Doubles with Evan & Jack Nolan seeded 2 with Alpha’s Jack Livingstone and Roscommon’s Michael Staunton as possible dark horses.

    In the Girls Singles and Doubles Rachael Woods will be out to improve on her 2 runners up spots from last season. Rachael is top seed in both events with her sister Rebecca as her partner in the Doubles. In the Singles,Terenure’s  Niamh Gannon and Ennis player Alexandra Troy together with Rebecca make up the seeds.  Alexandra and Kim Feehily and seeded 2 in the Girls Doubles with Niamh and Letterfrack’s Amy Gannon also expected to have a strong performance.

    Kyle and Rebecca are the favourites in the Mixed Doubles but the will face strong challenges from Niamh & Mark seeded 2 and Peter McDonlad & Kerry Fallon and Sean Patrick Laureta and Pamela Pontanosa who make up the rest of the seeds.

    The 2015 Connacht U11 & U15 Open Championships take place in the Galway Lawn Tennis Club this coming weekend.

    The U 11 Event will take place on Saturday with Dunmaway’s Neil O Sullivan the top seed in the Boys Singles and the Mixed Doubles with Partner Lucy O Halloran. The Boys Doubles promises to be tight battle with top seeds Jack Bridgeman and Richard Kong facing a strong challenge from Neil & Sean Wynne.  Top seed in the Girls Singles is Terenure player, Neasa Flynn with Alpha’s Paige Woods seeded 2.  The seedings are reversed in the Girls Doubles with the top spot going to Paige & Chloe Woods and Neasa partnering Siofra Flynn as No 2 seeds.

    U15 event will take place over 2 days with all Finals and the Singles and Mixed Semi Finals taking place on Sunday. Kyle  Magee returns to the west trying to retain both his Singes & Mixed titles from last season. In the Boys Singles he will face tough competition with Mark Kinnerk, Evan Byrne and Eoghan O Grady all seeded to make the semi Finals. Mark and Kyle team up as the Top seeds in the Doubles with Evan & Jack Nolan seeded 2 with Alpha’s Jack Livingstone and Roscommon’s Michael Staunton as possible dark horses.

    In the Girls Singles and Doubles Rachael Woods will be out to improve on her 2 runners up spots from last season. Rachael is top seed in both events with her sister Rebecca as her partner in the Doubles. In the Singles,Terenure’s  Niamh Gannon and Ennis player Alexandra Troy together with Rebecca make up the seeds.  Alexandra and Kim Feehily and seeded 2 in the Girls Doubles with Niamh and Letterfrack’s Amy Gannon also expected to have a strong performance.

    Kyle and Rebecca are the favourites in the Mixed Doubles but the will face strong challenges from Niamh & Mark seeded 2 and Peter McDonlad & Kerry Fallon and Sean Patrick Laureta and Pamela Pontanosa who make up the rest of the seeds. 

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Mc Allister and Stephenson star in Connacht open

Despite the deluge of water flooding the country, players from all over the country travelled to Summerhill College in Sligo in their droves to play in the Connacht U17 and U13 Opens last weekend. There were great results for many players in the U13 event but the standout performances came in the U17 section.

Sligo City player Adam Mc Allister and Alpha’s Beth Stephenson were in three U17 finals and each won two titles. Mc Allister won the Boys Doubles playing with Brian O’ Mahony( St Marys Dunmanway)  and he won the Mixed Doubles playing with Rachel Woods(Alpha). Stephenson won the Girls Singles and the Girls Doubles playing with Clodagh Dunne(Taghmon ).

There were great performances from the Wood sisters with Rachel reaching three finals. Kyle Magee from Raphoe won the boys singles.

Results in the the U13 events were spread out with no double winners. Christopher O’Donoghue from Moyvane Junior was unseeded but came through tight three setters in the semi and final to take the Boys Singles title. Leonie Ward from Gorey who was the top seed won the girls singles playing great badminton. Lucy Fox (Waterford) and Jean Daly (Nenagh) won the Girls Doubles. The Alpha pair of Matthew Cheung and Stuart Mc Collum took the Boys U13 Doubles title in two sets in a great final. Kevin Downey(Kilcullen Juvenile) playing with Fiona Mc Adams from th BI Academy won the Mixed Doubles.

Thanks to Aengus Sheerin (Referee) for his tireless work over the weekend and especially on the long day we spent from nine to nine on Saturday. 

SLIGO CITY badminton club Open Night

Saturday Night the 28th of November is a key night in the development of the newly reformed Sligo City badminton club. After lying dormant for the past twenty years the only current badminton club in Sligo City is alive and well with more than fifty members playing in Summerhill College.

This is our launch of the reformed Sligo City club with an Open night. The President of Badminton Ireland, Breda Connolly and Connacht Badminton’s chairperson, Anthony Walsh will join us on the night as well as local dignitaries. ‘Sligo City’ wants to invite anyone who ever played badminton- even if it was twenty or thirty years ago- or anyone who ever wanted to play, to come along to Summerhill from 6pm on the night to take part in our open night. Rackets and shuttles will be supplied so it’s just a matter of bringing the body. Everyone is welcome to come along and play for a couple of week’s trial period before becoming members. Come and try the game for a while and if it’s not to your liking all you’ve lost is a few episodes of Coronation Street. We play from 8pm on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s in Summerhill College’s fabulous four court hall. If you can’t make the open night, and are interested in playing, contact Paul on 0876100108.

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Preview of The Connacht Masters Open

The 1st Open Masters event of the 2015/16 Badminton season, The Connacht Masters Open,  takes place in the GLTC, Salthill this Saturday.

There is sure to be close competition in all Events and age groups.

In the Mens Singles, in the O65s, David Kenny will be eager to maintain his place at the top of the new Badminton Ireland Rankings. The O40s looks like a 3 way battle between, Kevin Donnelly, Brian Moore and Seamus Halpin. The O35s are new to the Masters Events this season and the 1st Connacht Masters O35 Title will be a straight battle between Colm Watterson & Mohit Katiyar. The remaining titles look like going to Kieran McMahon (O50) and Gerard Kenna (O55).

The battle of the Men’s Titles will all be hotly contested – likely favourites appear to be Kevin Donnelly & Willie Stevenson (O35), Jeffery Kearon & Brien Moore (O45) and Nelson McDowell & Ian Young (O50). In the Ladies Doubles Sylvia Campion & Sharon Knox are fancied to take the (O40) event with the (O55) event being too close to call. The (O45) see 2 former stalwarts of the Badminton scene return to the courts and it is expected that Holly Connolly and Elaine Fitzgibbon will make a winning return.

The day’s play will conclude with the Mixed Doubles Events – again at (O35) Colm partnered by Sharon will be against Mohit partnered by Naomi Davies in a straight Final, Other titles will be hard fought for with the favourites being Willie & Sylvia (O40), Elaine & Aubrey Cox (O50), Gerard Kenna & Cheryl Evans (O55) and David & Janet Ferguson (O65).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Connacht Badminton

The Connacht Branch of Badminton Ireland exists to promote and develop badminton throughout the province.

In addition to liaising with the county associations (Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, Galway and Roscommon) to assist in the development of the game, the branch schedules the Connacht Closed tournaments and organises league finals at the end of each season, in which the winners of each county association’s leagues take part.

There is also an emerging re-focus on the development of juvenile badminton which has seen numbers of under-age players wane in recent years. The branch, in conjunction with Badminton Ireland, is attempting to transform badminton in the West to regain the strength and popularity that the sport had in the past. With a focus on badminton at grassroots level, In the coming months Shuttletime Teachers Training Courses will be scheduled in the province to equip teachers with the necessary information and resources to deliver fun badminton lessons in a structured manner. Once students have become familiarised with Badminton, their development will be facilitated by a link up strategy invoving local Badminton Ireland cells, Teicnic & Summer Camps. One facet of this development in particular, the Teicnic skills development programme, has seen immense traction with players in Connacht and over the past year Connacht has been host to numerous White & Yellow level Teicnic courses.

Connacht Branch contacts canbe found below:

 
Position Name  Position Name
President Adrian Furey Masters John Dolan
Vice President Joey Bird Grading Sean Staunton
Secretary Micheal O Morain Events Paul Lynch
Treasurer Anthony Walsh Schools Therese O Brien
Coaching Tommy Hehir Child Protection Liz Hughes
Juvenile Paul Gannon PRO Derrick May
BI Director Paul Dolan  

 

 

 

Contact

Address:Boleybeg East
Barna
Galway
Contact:Micheal O Morain
Phone:087 2518851
Website:http://www.connachtbadminton.com/