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  • Watt Defends Masters Title This Weekend

    21/02/2015 Watt Defends Masters Title This Weekend

    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.

  • Donegal Thwart Ulster League to Lift Gilbert Trophy

    02/02/2015 Donegal Thwart Ulster League to Lift Gilbert Trophy

    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

  • Matthew and Stuart Win in England

    29/01/2015 Matthew and Stuart Win in England

    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.

  • First ever Shuttle Time in county Monaghan read more…………...

    20/01/2015 First ever Shuttle Time in county Monaghan read more…………...

    The Peace Link Centre played host to the first Shuttle Time course to be held in the County of Monagahan on Saturday the 17th of January. There was a big interest in the course with 17 candidates taking the course with representation from a number of local schools and Badminton Clubs.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ulster U13 Open/Ulster A Grade

    12/01/2015 Ulster U13 Open/Ulster A Grade

    Troy wins another triple at the Ulster U13 Open.  Alexandra Troy took gold in the girls singles, doubles with Kim Feehily and mixed with Daniel O'Meara at the Ulster U13 in Lisburn last weekend.  In the boys singles Peter McDonald took gold and teamed up with Jack Armstrong to take a second gold in the boys doubles.  In the Ulster A Grade Stuart Lightbody won the mens singles with Irish U17 team selected Clodagh Dunne winning the womens singles 

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Watt Defends Masters Title This Weekend

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.

Donegal Thwart Ulster League to Lift Gilbert Trophy

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

Matthew and Stuart Win in England

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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Ulster Badminton

In existence since 1911, the Ulster Branch of Badminton Ireland is based in the Badminton Centre in Lisburn. The Branch represents the nine counties of Ulster (Donegal, Cavan, Monaghan, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry, Antrim, Down and Armagh). 

As a Branch of Badminton Ireland, Ulster branch actively promote and encourage badminton development in Ulster from grass roots to the highest playing level and is responsible for managing badminton throughout the province of Ulster as well as co-ordinating the Ulster open and various provincial level events.

Ulster Branch contacts can be found below:

 
Position Name Position Name
President William Martin  Masters William Martin
Chairman Ken Nixon Grading Bob Colhoun
Secretary Emma Nesbitt Events Willy Martin
Treasurer Tony Clarke Schools Linda Coughlan
Coaching Willy McMillan Child Protection Beverley Ringland 
Juvenile Ryan Prentice PRO  
Masters William Martin BI Director Ken Nixon

 

Contact

Address:Ulster Badminton
National Badminton Centre
36 Belfast Road
BT27 4AS Lisburn
Contact:Emma Nesbitt
Phone:028 9266 8392
Website:http://www.ulsterbadminton.com