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  • Connacht Closed B 2017

    30/01/2017 Connacht Closed B 2017

    Graham MacMullen hammers his way through the opposition to take the double at the Connacht Closed Grade B winning both the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. This is the second year Sligo City Badminton Club have hosted the Connacht Closed Grade B in the fabulous sports hall in Summerhill College. With some of the top players in Connacht at Grade E-H in the mix, there were some titanic battles.          

    It started off with the Men’s Singles and Ian Frizzell, Sligo City, was back to defend his treble title from last year. In the second round under 15 player Enda Clogher, Ballygar Galway, nearly unseated the title holder taking the first set 22-24. Ian Frizzell dug deep and battled it out overcoming the youngster in the next two sets 21-18, 21-14. Ian got through the semi-finals comfortably. In the finals, he was to face Sangeeth Gopalakrishnan, Ballina Mayo. Sangeeth had defeated Number 2 seed Sean Staunton, Ballinaheglish Roscommon, and Vidhu Balakrishnan, Ballina Mayo, to make it into the finals. Ian again got off to a bad start dropping the first set 18-21 but fought tooth and nail to win the sets 21-14, 21-15 and successfully defended his singles title.

    In the Ladies singles number 2 seed Bernie Lavin, Boyle Roscommon, had to work hard against new Sligo City player Áine Norton who took the first set 20-22. Áine was unable to keep up the intensity needed as Bernie’s steel showed through as she determinedly won the next two sets.  In the Finals Bernie faced off against under 15 player Jessica Feeney also from Boyle Roscommon. Bernie fought hard but Jessica’s training and practice at Singles paid off and she won the title in 2 straight sets.

    The Men’s Doubles threw up some upsets when title defenders and number 2 seeds Ian Frizzell and Michael Healy, Sligo City, lost out to an aggressive onslaught from Vidhu Balakrishnan and Sangeeth Gopalakrishnan, Ballina Mayo. The play was hard and flat from the two Ballina men putting the Sligo City men on the defensive. Ian and Michael just couldn’t get control of the game and went out in two sets. Ex-champions Graham Mac Mullen and Paul Lynch, Sligo City, were back to reclaim their title they last won in 2015. Azhagiri Anbazhagan and James McLoughlin, Ballygar Galway took advantage of having already played a game where as the Sligo City pair had a bye in the first round. Keeping the pressure on and not giving any time for Graham and Paul to settle in they capitalised on the jitters and poor reaction times winning the first set 19-21. In the second set Graham and Paul were trailing behind badly but as the set went on they were starting to come into their own. Refusing to give an inch they battled their way to taking the set 24-22. With renewed confidence and now firing on all cylinders they took the third set 21-13. In the semi Finals they came up against Vidhu and Sangeeth who had taken out the number two seeds earlier. The first set got off very evenly with the scores neck and neck. Sangeeth who had already played four rounds of Men’s Singles started to show the effects when his leg gave trouble halfway through the first set. The first set ended with Paul and Graham keeping enough pressure on to get away at the end and seal the set at 23-21. With Vidhu having to play shots to protect his partner they were in major trouble. Graham and Paul mercilessly took advantage of this and hammered their way into the finals taking the second set 21-12.

    On the other side of the draw Ballinaheglish, Roscommon, duo Sean Staunton and David Delaney’s stroll to the finals nearly came unstuck when Ballygar men Michael McLoughlin and Owen Casey put up a hell of a fight taking the first set 18-21 but were outdone by the power of the Roscommon men who came back hard winning the next two sets 21-15, 21-16.
    The Finals began with Graham and Paul getting off to a very rocky start. Sean and David were very relaxed and in control.  Before they knew it Graham and Paul were 14-7 down and things were looking bad. With a mountain to climb Sligo City’s most aggressive pairing were not going down without a fight. Upping their game and attacking relentlessly Graham and Paul slowly turned the game around.  With a confidence boosting display the Sligo City men won the set 21-19. Going into the second set with confidence high Graham and Paul knew this match was for the taking. The start of the second set was neck and neck at 4-4 when the pressure on Sean and David began to show with the pair both making mistakes and hitting the shuttle to long and out. As Sean and David buckled under the pressure Graham and Paul were like juggernauts as they powered their way unstoppable to a 21-11 victory.

    In the Ladies doubles Sligo City pairing of Deirdre Fox and Áine Norton put paid to the aspirations of number two seeds Helene Hanley and Veronica Quinn winning 21 -9, 21-12. This saw Áine and Deirdre facing off against Bernie Lavin, Boyle, and Corrina Delaney, Ballinaheglish, in the finals. The first set was neck and neck with Áine and Deirdre battling bravely. The steely determination of Bernie and Corinna with their refusal to give ground saw the Roscommon duo taking the first set 21-18. With their confidence high Bernie and Corinna stamped their authority on the second set taking it 21-14.

    Mixed in badminton is very tactical game with players trying to protect their weaknesses while exploiting their opponent’s weaknesses. It’s a great game for men and women to play together. With 34 players entered into the competition this was the biggest of the draws.  In the first half of the draw Paul Lynch and Jackie Mooney, Sligo City, knocked out number 3/4 seeds Enda Clogher and Jessica Feeney. Using their wealth of experience and tactics they easily overcame the under 15 duo.  Paul and Jackie’s march to the finals hit a wall when they came up against number 1 seeds Roscommon brother and sister pairing of David and Corrina Delaney. While Pauls endurance started to flag there was no slowing down in David’s game, all the hurling that he plays paying off in his endurance.  David and Corrina convincingly strode through to the finals beating Paul and Jackie 21-16, 21-12.
                   

    On the other side of the draw the Sligo City, number 3/4 seeds, the pairing of Graham Mac Mullen and Cliona McGowan had their eyes firmly on the prize. Cliona who was fresh in from her Saturday Morning GAA Training and Graham Mac Mullen full of confidence from winning the Men’s Doubles were on a mission. In the second round, they came up against pairing Vidhu Balakrishnan, Ballina, and Deirdre Fox, Sligo City. Graham and Cliona took the first set easily 21-8 but then had a hiccup when they lost the second 21-23. With a knock to the confidence, Graham and Cliona went into the third set determined to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses. Their new tactics worked well and easily dispatched their opponents 21-9. In the semi-finals, Graham and Cliona came up against their fellow club players the number two seeds Ian Frizzell and Bernie Lavin. Having played and lost to Ian and Bernie in a club training match on the previous Tuesday, Graham and Cliona were out to make amends.  This was the match-up that Graham and Cliona were looking forward to. The speed and endurance of Ian Frizzell whose ability to move around the court and get shots back from positions that no one else would have gotten to that makes him a very hard opponent. Matched with his partner who is known for her steely determination and never give in attitude.  Against them were Graham Mac Mullen, a man who relies on relentless attacking and speed, and Cliona McGowan who has power, speed and great ability to vary her play. Fighting tooth and nail with both sides fully committed, Graham and Cliona were able to edge in front and stay there taking the first set 21-18. Confidence high going into the second set Graham and Cliona knew they were in a very strong position but also knew that their opponents would fight all the way. Unfortunately for Ian and Bernie they were outmatched on the day losing 21-16 in the second set. This put an end to Ian’s and Bernie’s hopes for adding the mixed title to their Singles and Ladies Doubles titles respectively.

    Buzzing from their Victory over their fellow club mates Graham and Cliona faced up against the Delaney brother and sister pairing. After beating David Delaney earlier in the Men’s Finals Graham Mac Mullen was ready to take control and dominate the game. Not used to playing such a strong and aggressive pairing David and Corrina struggled with the onslaught of smashes from both Graham and Cliona. Taking the first set very convincingly 21-11.               

    Graham’s style of play was eating up huge amounts of energy the question was could he keep it up. Having already played 15 sets could he keep it going? After some coaching from fellow club-mate Sean Staunton, the Roscommon duo was back in the second set and they were not going down without a fight. At the mid-set interval, the scores were very close with Graham and Cliona just ahead at 11-9. Graham was looking very glad of the 90-second break to recover for the next half of the set. Cliona was looking very comfortable having the advantage of being relatively fresh with 8 sets played. On the resumption of play, the Delaneys fell apart and just had no answer to Graham and Cliona who were absolutely relentless never giving the Delaneys a chance. Graham and Cliona went on to win the next 10 points straight finishing 21-9.

    Men’s Singles – Ian Frizzell (Sligo City)
    Ladies’ Singles – Jessica Feeney (Boyle)
    Men’s Doubles – Graham Mac Mullen, Paul Lynch (Sligo City)
    Ladies’ Doubles – Bernie Lavin (Boyle), Corrina Delaney(Ballinaheglish)
    Mixed Doubles – Graham Mac Mullen, Cliona McGowan(Sligo City)

    Thanks to Paul Dolan and Paul Lynch for all the great organising of the event. Between matching up players, scheduling the matches and setting up and putting away again these guys put so much into Badminton. Thanks to everyone who also helped out on the day. Thanks to Summer Hill College for the use of their facilities. Thanks to James Connolly for taking some wonderful photos which you can check out on Sligo City Badminton Club’s Facebook page. Finally thanks to all the players who made it such a great day. 

    Article by Connacht Badminton.

  • *ATTENTION* Connacht U13/U17 Open going ahead on the 30th December

    21/12/2016 *ATTENTION* Connacht U13/U17 Open going ahead on the 30th December

    The Connacht U13/U17 Open is going ahead on the 30th of December as a one-day event at Summerhill College.

    Click on this link to be directed to information on the event.

  • *UPDATED* Connacht Open

    05/10/2016 *UPDATED* Connacht Open

    Jonathan Dolan Blasts to Victory at the Connacht Open held in Summerhill College by the Sligo City Badminton Club. Beating Stuart Lightbody in the singles and Stuart Lightbody and Crona Rooney in the mixed doubles. It's a great win for the local man and a real boost for his confidence. 

    Commenting after the games "Feeling great to be back and competing and of course winning is the icing on the cake but most importantly I'm just back enjoying playing again after missing so much badminton when I was injured. The singles I found it tough physically by the time I had got to the final so I don't feel like I performed to my best in that match but other than that I think I played well. I'd like to thank anyone that made the effort to either play or come down and watch the day's play and I hope Ye enjoyed it. A very well run competition so hopefully more players will come next year." Jonathan Dolan

    Under 17 star Adam McAllister and partner Brian O’Mahony loose out in the men’s Doubles Final. They came up against stiff opposition in the form of Daniel Magee, brother of Rio 2016 Olympian Chloe Magee, and partner Eddie Cousins. Unseeded Adam and Brian did well to beat the number one seeded pairing of John Finnegan and Jack O’Brian.

     

    Sinead Chambers and Jennie King had a titanic battle in the first set against Kate Frost and Moya Ryan. In a set that is supposed to finish at 21 unless it is all square at 20 – 20 it is then required to win by 2 or get to 30 first. This set reached 27-25 in favour of Sinead and Jennie. Unfortunately for Kate Frost and Moya Ryan the pairing of Sinead and Jennie proved too strong in the second set and lost 21 – 12.

    In the Ladies Singles Beth Stephenson commanded the game and won very convincingly over Lucie Corcoran winning 21-5, 21,14

     

    Pre-Event Article

    Sligo City Badminton is hosting the Connacht Open in Summerhill College this weekend. Although many of the big names in Badminton have entered, the Sligo City player, Jonathan Dolan, is hoping he can pull some big results out of the bag. He’s playing Singles and Mixed Doubles with his fellow international, Lisburn’s Sinead Chambers. This is only his second competition in two years following a lengthy injury so it will not be easy for him. Jonathan has been coaching a lot of the up and coming talent in Sligo and beyond and will now be facing some of his protégés.

    One such player is Sligo City player, Adam McAlister, who last weekend took the Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles in the Ulster under 17 Open in Lisburn. He just missed out on getting the treble because fatigue sets in and he lost the Singles in a very tight three-setter against Kyle Magee. 
    Former international, Daniel Magee, brother of Olympian Chloe Magee is also entered in the Mixed Doubles with Jennie King another Irish International as his partner. 

    Sligo City Badminton Club has many members playing in the competition. In Men’s Double's we have Brian Caliendo, of Liber bookshop, partnered with John Kiernan, Ian Frizzell with Michael Healey and Adam McAlister playing with his fellow International,Brian O’Mahony from Cork. Playing men’s Singles are Tony Crowley, Jonathan Dolan, Ian Frizzell and Adam McAlister. In the Mixed Double's Jonathan Dolan plays with Sinead Chambers and John Kiernan with Ruth O’Hart.

    Spectators are welcome to come along and see some top class badminton being played free of charge.  Food will be served all day in Summerhill. Details of the event can be found on badmintonireland.com with times and live updates of matches.

    Thanks to James Connolly for photos and Aengus Sheerin and Paul Lynch for officiating. 

     

    Article submitted by Connacht Branch.

     

  • Sligo City Badminton Club Open Night

    01/08/2016 Sligo City Badminton Club Open Night

    Great turn out for the Sligo City opening night with over 50 people attending!

    Photos below;

     

  • Applications now being accepted for a head coach position for Sligo Tennis club read more.....

    22/03/2016 Applications now being accepted for a head coach position for Sligo Tennis club read more.....

    Sligo Tennis Club, sport’s venue for Tennis, Badminton and Squash in Sligo is currently seeking a self-employed Head

    Coach.

     

     

     

    The Head Coach will:

     

    • Endeavour to develop, innovate and grow the coaching

    programme within the club.

    • Liaise with the Club Administrator and captains of tennis,

    badminton and squash to further develop coaching of all sports within the

    club.

    • Be responsible for junior and senior programmes, to include

    beginners, club players and junior performance players.

    • Be willing to expand their knowledge and support

    for all racket sports within the club.

    • Be incentivised to increase club membership and activity through

    coaching programmes across all sports.

     

    Applicants who are called to interview are asked to submit a cover

    letter with details of how to develop and grow coaching

    programmes in the club.

     

    Candidates should apply to the following email address:

    sligotennisclub@eircom.net no later than April 4th 2016.

    A full job speciation will be developed with the successful

    applicant and the Management Committee.

    Full details of the club facilities at www.sligotennisclub.ie

     

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Connacht Closed B 2017

Graham MacMullen hammers his way through the opposition to take the double at the Connacht Closed Grade B winning both the Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles. This is the second year Sligo City Badminton Club have hosted the Connacht Closed Grade B in the fabulous sports hall in Summerhill College. With some of the top players in Connacht at Grade E-H in the mix, there were some titanic battles.          

It started off with the Men’s Singles and Ian Frizzell, Sligo City, was back to defend his treble title from last year. In the second round under 15 player Enda Clogher, Ballygar Galway, nearly unseated the title holder taking the first set 22-24. Ian Frizzell dug deep and battled it out overcoming the youngster in the next two sets 21-18, 21-14. Ian got through the semi-finals comfortably. In the finals, he was to face Sangeeth Gopalakrishnan, Ballina Mayo. Sangeeth had defeated Number 2 seed Sean Staunton, Ballinaheglish Roscommon, and Vidhu Balakrishnan, Ballina Mayo, to make it into the finals. Ian again got off to a bad start dropping the first set 18-21 but fought tooth and nail to win the sets 21-14, 21-15 and successfully defended his singles title.

In the Ladies singles number 2 seed Bernie Lavin, Boyle Roscommon, had to work hard against new Sligo City player Áine Norton who took the first set 20-22. Áine was unable to keep up the intensity needed as Bernie’s steel showed through as she determinedly won the next two sets.  In the Finals Bernie faced off against under 15 player Jessica Feeney also from Boyle Roscommon. Bernie fought hard but Jessica’s training and practice at Singles paid off and she won the title in 2 straight sets.

The Men’s Doubles threw up some upsets when title defenders and number 2 seeds Ian Frizzell and Michael Healy, Sligo City, lost out to an aggressive onslaught from Vidhu Balakrishnan and Sangeeth Gopalakrishnan, Ballina Mayo. The play was hard and flat from the two Ballina men putting the Sligo City men on the defensive. Ian and Michael just couldn’t get control of the game and went out in two sets. Ex-champions Graham Mac Mullen and Paul Lynch, Sligo City, were back to reclaim their title they last won in 2015. Azhagiri Anbazhagan and James McLoughlin, Ballygar Galway took advantage of having already played a game where as the Sligo City pair had a bye in the first round. Keeping the pressure on and not giving any time for Graham and Paul to settle in they capitalised on the jitters and poor reaction times winning the first set 19-21. In the second set Graham and Paul were trailing behind badly but as the set went on they were starting to come into their own. Refusing to give an inch they battled their way to taking the set 24-22. With renewed confidence and now firing on all cylinders they took the third set 21-13. In the semi Finals they came up against Vidhu and Sangeeth who had taken out the number two seeds earlier. The first set got off very evenly with the scores neck and neck. Sangeeth who had already played four rounds of Men’s Singles started to show the effects when his leg gave trouble halfway through the first set. The first set ended with Paul and Graham keeping enough pressure on to get away at the end and seal the set at 23-21. With Vidhu having to play shots to protect his partner they were in major trouble. Graham and Paul mercilessly took advantage of this and hammered their way into the finals taking the second set 21-12.

On the other side of the draw Ballinaheglish, Roscommon, duo Sean Staunton and David Delaney’s stroll to the finals nearly came unstuck when Ballygar men Michael McLoughlin and Owen Casey put up a hell of a fight taking the first set 18-21 but were outdone by the power of the Roscommon men who came back hard winning the next two sets 21-15, 21-16.
The Finals began with Graham and Paul getting off to a very rocky start. Sean and David were very relaxed and in control.  Before they knew it Graham and Paul were 14-7 down and things were looking bad. With a mountain to climb Sligo City’s most aggressive pairing were not going down without a fight. Upping their game and attacking relentlessly Graham and Paul slowly turned the game around.  With a confidence boosting display the Sligo City men won the set 21-19. Going into the second set with confidence high Graham and Paul knew this match was for the taking. The start of the second set was neck and neck at 4-4 when the pressure on Sean and David began to show with the pair both making mistakes and hitting the shuttle to long and out. As Sean and David buckled under the pressure Graham and Paul were like juggernauts as they powered their way unstoppable to a 21-11 victory.

In the Ladies doubles Sligo City pairing of Deirdre Fox and Áine Norton put paid to the aspirations of number two seeds Helene Hanley and Veronica Quinn winning 21 -9, 21-12. This saw Áine and Deirdre facing off against Bernie Lavin, Boyle, and Corrina Delaney, Ballinaheglish, in the finals. The first set was neck and neck with Áine and Deirdre battling bravely. The steely determination of Bernie and Corinna with their refusal to give ground saw the Roscommon duo taking the first set 21-18. With their confidence high Bernie and Corinna stamped their authority on the second set taking it 21-14.

Mixed in badminton is very tactical game with players trying to protect their weaknesses while exploiting their opponent’s weaknesses. It’s a great game for men and women to play together. With 34 players entered into the competition this was the biggest of the draws.  In the first half of the draw Paul Lynch and Jackie Mooney, Sligo City, knocked out number 3/4 seeds Enda Clogher and Jessica Feeney. Using their wealth of experience and tactics they easily overcame the under 15 duo.  Paul and Jackie’s march to the finals hit a wall when they came up against number 1 seeds Roscommon brother and sister pairing of David and Corrina Delaney. While Pauls endurance started to flag there was no slowing down in David’s game, all the hurling that he plays paying off in his endurance.  David and Corrina convincingly strode through to the finals beating Paul and Jackie 21-16, 21-12.
               

On the other side of the draw the Sligo City, number 3/4 seeds, the pairing of Graham Mac Mullen and Cliona McGowan had their eyes firmly on the prize. Cliona who was fresh in from her Saturday Morning GAA Training and Graham Mac Mullen full of confidence from winning the Men’s Doubles were on a mission. In the second round, they came up against pairing Vidhu Balakrishnan, Ballina, and Deirdre Fox, Sligo City. Graham and Cliona took the first set easily 21-8 but then had a hiccup when they lost the second 21-23. With a knock to the confidence, Graham and Cliona went into the third set determined to exploit their opponent’s weaknesses. Their new tactics worked well and easily dispatched their opponents 21-9. In the semi-finals, Graham and Cliona came up against their fellow club players the number two seeds Ian Frizzell and Bernie Lavin. Having played and lost to Ian and Bernie in a club training match on the previous Tuesday, Graham and Cliona were out to make amends.  This was the match-up that Graham and Cliona were looking forward to. The speed and endurance of Ian Frizzell whose ability to move around the court and get shots back from positions that no one else would have gotten to that makes him a very hard opponent. Matched with his partner who is known for her steely determination and never give in attitude.  Against them were Graham Mac Mullen, a man who relies on relentless attacking and speed, and Cliona McGowan who has power, speed and great ability to vary her play. Fighting tooth and nail with both sides fully committed, Graham and Cliona were able to edge in front and stay there taking the first set 21-18. Confidence high going into the second set Graham and Cliona knew they were in a very strong position but also knew that their opponents would fight all the way. Unfortunately for Ian and Bernie they were outmatched on the day losing 21-16 in the second set. This put an end to Ian’s and Bernie’s hopes for adding the mixed title to their Singles and Ladies Doubles titles respectively.

Buzzing from their Victory over their fellow club mates Graham and Cliona faced up against the Delaney brother and sister pairing. After beating David Delaney earlier in the Men’s Finals Graham Mac Mullen was ready to take control and dominate the game. Not used to playing such a strong and aggressive pairing David and Corrina struggled with the onslaught of smashes from both Graham and Cliona. Taking the first set very convincingly 21-11.               

Graham’s style of play was eating up huge amounts of energy the question was could he keep it up. Having already played 15 sets could he keep it going? After some coaching from fellow club-mate Sean Staunton, the Roscommon duo was back in the second set and they were not going down without a fight. At the mid-set interval, the scores were very close with Graham and Cliona just ahead at 11-9. Graham was looking very glad of the 90-second break to recover for the next half of the set. Cliona was looking very comfortable having the advantage of being relatively fresh with 8 sets played. On the resumption of play, the Delaneys fell apart and just had no answer to Graham and Cliona who were absolutely relentless never giving the Delaneys a chance. Graham and Cliona went on to win the next 10 points straight finishing 21-9.

Men’s Singles – Ian Frizzell (Sligo City)
Ladies’ Singles – Jessica Feeney (Boyle)
Men’s Doubles – Graham Mac Mullen, Paul Lynch (Sligo City)
Ladies’ Doubles – Bernie Lavin (Boyle), Corrina Delaney(Ballinaheglish)
Mixed Doubles – Graham Mac Mullen, Cliona McGowan(Sligo City)

Thanks to Paul Dolan and Paul Lynch for all the great organising of the event. Between matching up players, scheduling the matches and setting up and putting away again these guys put so much into Badminton. Thanks to everyone who also helped out on the day. Thanks to Summer Hill College for the use of their facilities. Thanks to James Connolly for taking some wonderful photos which you can check out on Sligo City Badminton Club’s Facebook page. Finally thanks to all the players who made it such a great day. 

Article by Connacht Badminton.

*ATTENTION* Connacht U13/U17 Open going ahead on the 30th December

The Connacht U13/U17 Open is going ahead on the 30th of December as a one-day event at Summerhill College.

Click on this link to be directed to information on the event.

*UPDATED* Connacht Open

Jonathan Dolan Blasts to Victory at the Connacht Open held in Summerhill College by the Sligo City Badminton Club. Beating Stuart Lightbody in the singles and Stuart Lightbody and Crona Rooney in the mixed doubles. It's a great win for the local man and a real boost for his confidence. 

Commenting after the games "Feeling great to be back and competing and of course winning is the icing on the cake but most importantly I'm just back enjoying playing again after missing so much badminton when I was injured. The singles I found it tough physically by the time I had got to the final so I don't feel like I performed to my best in that match but other than that I think I played well. I'd like to thank anyone that made the effort to either play or come down and watch the day's play and I hope Ye enjoyed it. A very well run competition so hopefully more players will come next year." Jonathan Dolan

Under 17 star Adam McAllister and partner Brian O’Mahony loose out in the men’s Doubles Final. They came up against stiff opposition in the form of Daniel Magee, brother of Rio 2016 Olympian Chloe Magee, and partner Eddie Cousins. Unseeded Adam and Brian did well to beat the number one seeded pairing of John Finnegan and Jack O’Brian.

 

Sinead Chambers and Jennie King had a titanic battle in the first set against Kate Frost and Moya Ryan. In a set that is supposed to finish at 21 unless it is all square at 20 – 20 it is then required to win by 2 or get to 30 first. This set reached 27-25 in favour of Sinead and Jennie. Unfortunately for Kate Frost and Moya Ryan the pairing of Sinead and Jennie proved too strong in the second set and lost 21 – 12.

In the Ladies Singles Beth Stephenson commanded the game and won very convincingly over Lucie Corcoran winning 21-5, 21,14

 

Pre-Event Article

Sligo City Badminton is hosting the Connacht Open in Summerhill College this weekend. Although many of the big names in Badminton have entered, the Sligo City player, Jonathan Dolan, is hoping he can pull some big results out of the bag. He’s playing Singles and Mixed Doubles with his fellow international, Lisburn’s Sinead Chambers. This is only his second competition in two years following a lengthy injury so it will not be easy for him. Jonathan has been coaching a lot of the up and coming talent in Sligo and beyond and will now be facing some of his protégés.

One such player is Sligo City player, Adam McAlister, who last weekend took the Boys Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles in the Ulster under 17 Open in Lisburn. He just missed out on getting the treble because fatigue sets in and he lost the Singles in a very tight three-setter against Kyle Magee. 
Former international, Daniel Magee, brother of Olympian Chloe Magee is also entered in the Mixed Doubles with Jennie King another Irish International as his partner. 

Sligo City Badminton Club has many members playing in the competition. In Men’s Double's we have Brian Caliendo, of Liber bookshop, partnered with John Kiernan, Ian Frizzell with Michael Healey and Adam McAlister playing with his fellow International,Brian O’Mahony from Cork. Playing men’s Singles are Tony Crowley, Jonathan Dolan, Ian Frizzell and Adam McAlister. In the Mixed Double's Jonathan Dolan plays with Sinead Chambers and John Kiernan with Ruth O’Hart.

Spectators are welcome to come along and see some top class badminton being played free of charge.  Food will be served all day in Summerhill. Details of the event can be found on badmintonireland.com with times and live updates of matches.

Thanks to James Connolly for photos and Aengus Sheerin and Paul Lynch for officiating. 

 

Article submitted by Connacht Branch.

 

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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/