21 February 2015
Having totally dominated the badminton scene both North and South of the border for over a decade in his youth, it is no surprise whatsoever that he should now be having the same success as he enters the veteran stages of the sport and this weekend he will be defending his Over 40 Mens Singles title at the Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters Badminton Championships at Lisburn Racquets Club.
Michael, a member of Banbridge and District club and Alpha, is unbeaten in any of the singles masters competitions whether at national or provincial level here in Ireland or at any other major events including the European Championships at 45 plus or the All England Championships at 40 plus level.
Already this year he has lifted the Irish Masters title beating Kevin Donnelly in the final but in the doubles, partnering Michael Turkington, they didn’t have things all their own way despite eventually coming through 21-19 21-18 against Alan Colgan and Seamus Halpin but in last season’s Ulster Masters Turkington and Watt had to be content with being runners-up to Eugene McKenna and Graham Henderson, two former international colleagues of Watt.
Tournament organizer, William Martin, who is also President of the Ulster Branch, is delighted to report a further increase in the numbers entering the eight age groups and the continued financial support of local company Roadside Motors Lisburn.
“We have for the first time in Masters events introduced a new 35 plus section and are continuing the 70 plus section where I see Jack Earls from St Johns Dromara will be defending his mens singles title.At 65 plus Bob Evans is coming from Cork to resume his battles with Ballinderry's Tony Clarke and David Kenny from Clogher Valley.
02 February 2015
Donegal A surprised Ulster League A to lift the coveted Gilbert Trophy and despite a 5-2 win over the North Down A, the Ulster League’s failure to clinch a couple of key matches in the showdown were crucial to give the title to the Donegal side.
With Ian Suffern and Colin Watterson losing the top mens doubles clash against Ryan Macbeth and Jeffrey Magee 21-18 21-10, Suffern was to lose his mixed doubles with Dawn McClung in three sets after winning the first 22-20 only for Macbeth and Kathy Ann Gibson to came back and secure a vital victory 21-14 21-18.
Watterson partnered Karen Ballantine against Jeffrey Magee and Fiona Hillen and lost the opening set but dropped the second 21-15, winning the decider by the narrowest of margins 23-21.
Donegal’s Kathy Ann Gibson partnered Siobhan Parker in the ladies doubles clash against Sheenagh Hughes and Lorna Beattie and with little between both pair,s it was the Donegal pair who edged the victory 21-18 21-18 to set the platform for Donegal to go on to the title with a 6-1 victory over North Down with Michael Fullerton partnering Stuart Porter for North Down’s solitary victory over Glen Duncan and Evin Henderson 17-21 21-15 21-18, though Jenny Stephenson and Stuart Porter came close to snatching the mixed doubles against Simon Moore and Deborah Moore, only going down 19-21 19-21.
The Division Two title was won by Ballinderry with their wins over North Down (6-1) and Donegal B (4-1) while Coleraine & District took the Division Three title after their convincing 5-2 victory over North Down C
29 January 2015
Irish national Under 13 squad player Matthew Cheung and Stuart McCollam have been enjoying their most successful season at Under 11 and Under 13 levels this season and returned from a sojourn to Northumberland laden with medals, having initially only expected to be playing in the Northumberland Under 11 event.
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