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  • Woods Twins Miss Out in Sweden

    21/09/2016 Woods Twins Miss Out in Sweden

    With an entry of 48 for the Women’s Singles in the Swedish Skanska Under 17 International, Alpha twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods both made it through their opening rounds with Rebecca only going out to Sophia Grundtvig 21-14 21-8 with the Swede losing out in three in the semi-finals with the Lisburn player knocking out two Swedes in straight sets.

    Meanwhile Rachael was to ease her way past Frida Emanuelsson 21-14 21-19 before Clara Graversen the No6 seed edged her way into Round 3 21-17 21-15 only to lose to Mathilda Cramer in straight sets in the final.

    The Lisburn girls made a bright start in the doubles winning their opening match in straight sets but missed out on a quarter-final place despite coming back to take the second set from Alice Lindhe and Emmy Robertsson 21-19 but lost the decider in a nail-biting finish 23-21.

    Rachael teamed up with England’s William Jones in the mixed and were well worth their quarter-final finish and gave top seeds Lukas Resch and Miranda Wilson more than something to think about before going down 21-17 21-15 while Rebecca partnered England’s James Penver only to come up against Rasmus Espersen Franck Prasz and Mathilde Cramer the No4 seeds.

    Article by Brian Kelly.

  • Cheung Wins Gold and Silver in York

    21/09/2016 Cheung Wins Gold and Silver in York

    Despite his tender years Matthew Cheung is one of the brightest prospects in his age group and he displayed this in lifting a coveted gold medal in the boys singles of the Under 13 Gold in York at the weekend.

    Having swept through his first two matches in the group stages without dropping a single set the Alpha youngster had to stave off the challenge of the seeded Robin Harper after dropping the opening set 21-9 but came back to book his place in the semi-final when taking the deciding set 21-14.

    He then knocked out the No2 seed Isum Arachchige 21-9 21-12 and in the final the outcome of the gold medal was never in doubt, beating  Harry Wakefield 21-11 21-8.

    The RBAI pupil added the mixed  doubles silver medal after teaming up with Grace Sachdeva and they knocked out  Tighe Crook and Katie Reilly in the semi-final 22-20 24-22 only to falter in the final to Robin Harper and Abigail Hong 21-11 21-16.

    In the boys doubles the scratch pairing of Matthew and James Hamilton won their opening group match against Callum Davidson and Hugh Simpson in straight sets but failed to make the final after they lost a gripping encounter against the No2 seeds Oliver Harrington and David Humphreys.

    They won the opening set 21-9 but lost the next two 21-13 21-18.

    Article by Brian Kelly.

  • Medal Haul in Sheffiled for Lisburn '2gether' Club

    29/06/2016 Medal Haul in Sheffiled for Lisburn '2gether' Club

    In the final 4 Nations Parabadminton Championship of the season, four athletes from Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club travelled to Sheffield for the English leg of the championship.

  • Going for Gold in Glasgow!

    23/02/2016 Going for Gold in Glasgow!

    Five intellectual disability players from Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club travelled to Glasgow at the weekend to compete in the Scottish Leg of the 4 Nations Parabadminton Championships.

    The squad hit the ground running on Friday night, with Ben Hayward and Abbie Fusco getting through the group stages to reach the Class 3 Men’s Singles and Class 3 Ladies Singles respectively.  Gary Bailie also made the semi-final of the Class 2 Men’s Singles.

    Saturday saw players compete in the Doubles events where Gary and Adam Smyth lost narrowly against the other two pairs in their Class 1 Men’s Doubles group. In the Class 3 Men’s Doubles Ben Hayward joined up with Peter Sabine from Scotland and the pair progressed to the final, Ben’s second of the tournament.  Not to be outdone by this, Abbie teamed up with her club mate Jackie Robins and the pair made their way to the final of the Class 2 Ladies Doubles.

    The third day of the competition, Sunday, started with Mixed Doubles.  The day started well with Adam and Jackie making the Class 2 final, while Abbie made it 3 finals by reaching the Class 3 final with James McNeill from Scotland.  After a short break play resumed, and Ben and Abbie both picked up gold medals in the Class 3 Singles finals.  Abbie and Jackie kept the ball rolling and collected another gold medal in the Class 2 Ladies Doubles final, before Ben picked up his second medal of the competition with the Class 3 Men’s Doubles title.  Finally the Mixed Doubles saw Adam and Jackie winning yet another gold medal in Class 2, while Abbie, with the help of her Scottish partner, made it six for six – and three out of three for her personally.  In total the Club came away with 8 gold medals (6 events), after a lot of hard work and impressive performances over the weekend.

    Thanks goes to all the parents who travelled with the athletes to Glasgow, as well as Jim Burrell (Coach), who oversaw the trip and supported players on and off court over the weekend.

    This success has added to good news the club earlier this week from Natural Hair Company (Lisburn), who have donated £1,100 to the club.  Terry Conroy from Lisburn 2gether said, “This is a great opportunity for the Club, this donation has allowed us to subside playing shirts for all our athletes and volunteers, and will go towards travelling to competitions over the next year, making these trips more affordable for the players and their families.”

    The next 4 Nations event is due to take place in England in June, but before then the Club have the end of the Ulster Badminton League on their minds as well as inter-club matches against other disability badminton clubs.

    Article by Terry Conroy (Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club)

  • Rachael and Rebecca End Year On A High

    04/01/2016 Rachael and Rebecca End Year On A High

    What an end to 2015 Rachael and Rebecca Woods have had with Rachael winning the mixed doubles in the prestigious Carlton International Youth Tournament in Holland while not to be out-done Rebecca reached the semi-final of the Women’s Singles and the Alpha pair came within a whisker of reaching the semi in the girls doubles while they also joined Kyle Magee to win the Team event.

    It was a truly momentous performance from the 14 year old twins from Lisburn’s Alpha Badminton Club with Rachael teaming up with Will Jones and being seeded No5/8.  They eased through their first matches and then knocked out the No3/4 seeds Rachel Andrew and Adam Pringle 27-25 21-12 and ‘dug in’ to beat 22-20 22-20 Timo Stoffelen and Charissa Kuiper in the semi and held on to take the title 21-15 21-18 beating Karolina Szubert and Lukasz Cimonosz.

    Rebecca who has been in sterling form recently recorded a straight sets win over GB’s Annie Lado and was well worth her bit of the Irish luck when she got a walk-over against the top seed Mathilda Cramer Ahrens.She remained focussed in the semi-final against the seeded Steffi Van De Vel and can be very satisfied with her performance against her more experienced opponent.

    By Brian Kelly

    In the doubles they were so close to booking a semi-final place when they took the opening set from the No2 seeds Cera Samuels and Meike Verstag losing 22-20 21-13.

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Medal Haul in Sheffiled for Lisburn '2gether' Club

In the final 4 Nations Parabadminton Championship of the season, four athletes from Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club travelled to Sheffield for the English leg of the championship.

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Going for Gold in Glasgow!

Five intellectual disability players from Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club travelled to Glasgow at the weekend to compete in the Scottish Leg of the 4 Nations Parabadminton Championships.

The squad hit the ground running on Friday night, with Ben Hayward and Abbie Fusco getting through the group stages to reach the Class 3 Men’s Singles and Class 3 Ladies Singles respectively.  Gary Bailie also made the semi-final of the Class 2 Men’s Singles.

Saturday saw players compete in the Doubles events where Gary and Adam Smyth lost narrowly against the other two pairs in their Class 1 Men’s Doubles group. In the Class 3 Men’s Doubles Ben Hayward joined up with Peter Sabine from Scotland and the pair progressed to the final, Ben’s second of the tournament.  Not to be outdone by this, Abbie teamed up with her club mate Jackie Robins and the pair made their way to the final of the Class 2 Ladies Doubles.

The third day of the competition, Sunday, started with Mixed Doubles.  The day started well with Adam and Jackie making the Class 2 final, while Abbie made it 3 finals by reaching the Class 3 final with James McNeill from Scotland.  After a short break play resumed, and Ben and Abbie both picked up gold medals in the Class 3 Singles finals.  Abbie and Jackie kept the ball rolling and collected another gold medal in the Class 2 Ladies Doubles final, before Ben picked up his second medal of the competition with the Class 3 Men’s Doubles title.  Finally the Mixed Doubles saw Adam and Jackie winning yet another gold medal in Class 2, while Abbie, with the help of her Scottish partner, made it six for six – and three out of three for her personally.  In total the Club came away with 8 gold medals (6 events), after a lot of hard work and impressive performances over the weekend.

Thanks goes to all the parents who travelled with the athletes to Glasgow, as well as Jim Burrell (Coach), who oversaw the trip and supported players on and off court over the weekend.

This success has added to good news the club earlier this week from Natural Hair Company (Lisburn), who have donated £1,100 to the club.  Terry Conroy from Lisburn 2gether said, “This is a great opportunity for the Club, this donation has allowed us to subside playing shirts for all our athletes and volunteers, and will go towards travelling to competitions over the next year, making these trips more affordable for the players and their families.”

The next 4 Nations event is due to take place in England in June, but before then the Club have the end of the Ulster Badminton League on their minds as well as inter-club matches against other disability badminton clubs.

Article by Terry Conroy (Lisburn 2gether Pan-Disability Badminton Club)

Rachael and Rebecca End Year On A High

What an end to 2015 Rachael and Rebecca Woods have had with Rachael winning the mixed doubles in the prestigious Carlton International Youth Tournament in Holland while not to be out-done Rebecca reached the semi-final of the Women’s Singles and the Alpha pair came within a whisker of reaching the semi in the girls doubles while they also joined Kyle Magee to win the Team event.

It was a truly momentous performance from the 14 year old twins from Lisburn’s Alpha Badminton Club with Rachael teaming up with Will Jones and being seeded No5/8.  They eased through their first matches and then knocked out the No3/4 seeds Rachel Andrew and Adam Pringle 27-25 21-12 and ‘dug in’ to beat 22-20 22-20 Timo Stoffelen and Charissa Kuiper in the semi and held on to take the title 21-15 21-18 beating Karolina Szubert and Lukasz Cimonosz.

Rebecca who has been in sterling form recently recorded a straight sets win over GB’s Annie Lado and was well worth her bit of the Irish luck when she got a walk-over against the top seed Mathilda Cramer Ahrens.She remained focussed in the semi-final against the seeded Steffi Van De Vel and can be very satisfied with her performance against her more experienced opponent.

By Brian Kelly

In the doubles they were so close to booking a semi-final place when they took the opening set from the No2 seeds Cera Samuels and Meike Verstag losing 22-20 21-13.

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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