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  • Woods Twins Are Runners-Up in Milton Keynes

    24/10/2016 Woods Twins Are Runners-Up in Milton Keynes

    Last weekend Rachael and Rebecca Woods were competing in the Gold Star Under 17 Series in Milton Keynes and although they narrowly failed to reach the latter stages of the Girls Singles Gold Star Series they showed impressive form in the Girls Doubles reaching the final.

    Seeded No3/4 they won their opening match against Maisie Marriott and Bronwynn Ready 21-4 21-8 in just over 20 minutes but were made to fight all the way in their second having won the first 21-9 as Anchal Garg and Zoe Siu made a match of it only for the Hunterhouse pair to seal the victory 23-21 without going to a deciding set.

    In the quarter-final Ella Haines and Emma Hooper were their opponents but it was the seeded pair from the Alpha club in Lisburn who were to book their place in the semi with a convincing 21-13 21-9 win and a clash with Abbygael Harris (Staffordshire) and Kiara Henry (Warwickshire) was their reward.  Their opponents had earlier caused a major upset when they knocked out the highly rated No2 seeds Alice Campbell and Rachel Sugden 21-14 21-14.

    The experienced English pair were not in the same league as the Irish pair as they saw an opportunity to reach the final particularly as the No3/4 seeds Asmita Chaudhari and Pamela Reyes were to spring a major surprise when they  knocked out the top seeds Annie Lado and Hope Warner 26-24 21-16 in the other semi-final.

    Rachael and Rebecca swept through to the final 21-11 21-13 and playing certainly some of their very best badminton they were to take the English pair on point for point.  There was nothing between the two pairs and Asmita and Pamela snatched the opening set 21-19 with Rebecca and Rachael responding in the only way they could by capturing the second 21-19 in a real spectacle which had spectators on the edges of their seats.

    It was only in the deciding set that the Lisburn pair began to falter and the third set went in favour of the English pair 21-10.

     

    In the Girls Singles Rachael was to open her bid for the Gold Star Series against the highly rated Asmita Chaudhari but found herself one set down before getting her game together.  Poised to level and take the match into the deciding set it was however Chaudhari who was to snatch the set from her grasp 22-20 to go top of the Group and leaving Rachael to ponder on what might have been and needing to ensure that she could not afford any further mistakes  against Alice Campbell (Scotland) and Chelsea Huang later in the day.

    Rachael was to get back on track in her second match winning the opening set 21-10 against the impressive Scot Alice Campbell and held on to take the second 23-21 in a match lasting just over the half-hour mark.

    In her final match in the group stages Rachael seeded No3/4 faced Chelsea Huang and after going one set up, the Alpha player had the second snatched from her grasp 20-22 but retained her composure to win her second game of the group 21-18 only to miss the semi-final due to her first opponent Asmita Chaudhari having won all three of her matches .

    Meanwhile, twin sister Rebecca gave Abbygail Harris (Staffordshire) quite a fright in her opening match in Group D, despite losing the first set 23-21 she snatched the second 21-19. Harris ranked 53 in England took the decider 21-14 after 53 minutes on court and Rebecca was then needing to upset the No3/4 seed Pamela Reyes in her next match. In their only previous encounter back almost a year ago the pair had fought out a tight three setter after Rebecca had taken the opening set 21-17 but lost 21-15 21-11 in the Under 15 Gold in Leigh.

    This time Reyes, seeded No ¾ secured a 21-12 21-17 victory over Rebecca in just short of half an hour on court and missed out on an appearance in the semi-final when she had to come back from one set in arrears to Alexandra Oprisan.

    In the Mixed Doubles Rebecca and James Lin reached the quarter-final with a straight games victory over Michael Maguire and Jodie Harris and followed this up with a 21-18 21-17 win over Jack Taylor and Alicia Adams. However their challenge was halted when they faced William Jones and Asmita Chaudhari, the No3/4 seeds who won 21-12 21-14.

    Article by Brian Kelly.

  • Matthew Cheung A Gold Star Winner In Cheltenham

    23/10/2016 Matthew Cheung A Gold Star Winner In Cheltenham

    Matthew Cheung returned home from competing in the Under 13 Gold Star Cheltenham Series victorious adding the Boys Singles title to the Gold Series he won recently in York.

    In the Boys Singles he opened his challenge with a 21-13 19-21 21-13 victory over Isum  Arachchige a player he had defeated in York.

    Next up was Fred Robertson, the No2 seed, and he had no answer to the prowess of the young RBAI pupil who won 21-10 21-10 and his final match in the group stages saw him record a straight forward 21-14 21-15 victory over Jeremy Kurian George.

    He booked his place in the final of the Boys Singles with a straight sets win over Harry Wakefield but even the top seed and highly rated Hampshire player Michael Pang could not prevent Cheung from taking the prestigious Gold Star title 21-18 21-12.

    Matthew could have made it a double win but having progressed through the group stages of the Boys Doubles, partnering Harry Wakefield , with straight sets wins over Oliver Harrington and David Humphreys and Shreyas Boyina  Pranay and Raghava Yenumula , they knocked out Michael Pang and Isum Arachchige 21-16 21-16 but then had to pull out due to his partner’s illness.

    In the Mixed Doubles Matthew teamed up with Grace Sachdeva  and in a match lasting nigh on half-an-hour they went down 21-17 21-17 to Michael Pang and Abigail Hong but caused an upset in their second match in the group by beating the No2 seeds Fred Robertson and Lucy Atkins 18-21 21-18 21-17.  However with only one group winner going through they narrowly failed to reach the semi-finals.

    Article by Brian Kelly.

  • Ulster Open Senior and U13 Open Round Up

    20/10/2016 Ulster Open Senior and U13 Open Round Up

    Sinead Chambers of Lisburn's Alpha Club won two titles in Sunday's finals of the Forza Ulster Open Badminton Championships held at the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn. Sinead lifted the womens doubles title for a fifth year in a row partnering Dubliner Jennie King and retaining the mixed doubles, partnering her brother Ciaran.

    Sinead,24, said 'Ciaran and myself will now be focusing on the mixed doubles in order to establish and then improve on a world ranking which will be vital for potential 2018 Commonwealth Games selection. Our next key events for that will be the Welsh and then the Irish International Championships over the next six weeks.'

    Tony Stephenson of Alpha was also in good form winning two of titles, the mens singles and the mens doubles with his Alpha club mate Tony Murphy.

    Results:

    Mens Singles - T Stephenson beat J Dolan 21-18 22-20;

    Womens Singles - S Boyle beat M Ryan 21-17 21 15;

    Mens Doubles - T Stephenson and T Murphy beat C Chambers and S Lightbody 21-17 21-18

    Womens Doubles -  S Chambers and J King beat M Ryan and B Stephenson 21-5 21-10; Mixed Doubles - S and C Chambers beat D Magee and J King 21-13 21-14.

     

    In the Ulster U-13 Championships also at the NBC, Alpha's Matthew Chueng was a double title winner. He won the boys singles and partnered his club mate Stuart Mccollum to victory in the boys doubles.

     

    Leinster's Julia O'Reilly won the girls singles. She then partnered Ann Nolan, to win the girls doubles with a 19-21 21-19 21-16 win over Alpha's Chloe and Paige Woods in the best of the finals.'

    Five local businesses gave their support to the event by providing sponsorship. Ulster badminton want to thank these business for their vital support. The sponsors where:

    Shannon's Jewelers Lisburn

    Roadside Motors Lisburn

    Electro

    Beggs and Partners

    McAlpine Estate Agents

    Article by Ulster Badminton.

  • Cheung Misses out on Treble

    15/10/2016 Cheung Misses out on Treble

    Matthew Cheung won the Boys Singles and Boys Doubles(with Stuart McCollum) in the Ulster Under 13 Open at the National Badminton Centre in Lisburn but had to be content with runner-up in the Mixed Doubles when partnering Anne Nolan, they were to lose out to the top seeds Vincent Pontanosa and Julia O’Reilly who came out on top 21-7 21-14 in the final.

    Seeded No3/4 Cheung saw off Vincent Pontanosa 21-5 21-16 in the semi-final and then got the better of his Alpha club-mate Stuart McCollum 21-7 21-7 in the final.

    In the Boys Doubles the singles finalists didn’t drop a singles set on their way to the title and recorded a 21-14 21-17 victory over the unseeded Scott Guildea and Vincent Pontanosa in the final after the latter pair had ended the challenge of the No2 seeds Jason Ferguson and Dylan Noble 21-16 21-13.

    In the Girls Singles Julia O’Reilly had to stave off a challenge from Sinead O’Sullivan in her semi-final 21-13 19-21 21-10 while in the bottom half of the draw Neasa Flynn came back from losing the opening set of her semi-final against No2 seed Chloe woods 23-21 to take the second 26-24 before easing through in the decider 21-12 some 32 minutes after going on court.

    In the final Julia was in control throughout and lifted the title 21-13 21-13.

    In the final of the Girls Singles the top seeds Chloe and Paige Woods snatched the opening set 21-19 but in the second it was Anne Nolan and Julia O’Reilly who were to snatch the set by the same score with the latter holding on to be crowned Ulster champions 21-16 after a match lasting 31 minutes.

    Article by Brian Kelly.

  • FZ Forza Ulster Open

    07/10/2016 FZ Forza Ulster Open

    The Forza Ulster Open takes place this weekend at the National Badminton Centre Lisburn. Sinead Chambers from Lisburn’s Alpha Club will be going for a fifth womens doubles title in a row and she will defend the title with Jennie King, a partnership that has already won this seasons Connacht and Munster titles.

    Sinead,24, will also defend the mixed doubles title with her brother Ciaran. They won the Munster title and have been in good form recently. Sinead confirms that the Commonwealth Games in 2018 in Australia is on their minds. “I have reduced my hours as a Physio to part time in order to spend more time on court playing and training with Ciaran. He has been in good form playing in the mens doubles partnering our Alpha club mate Stuart Lightbody”.

    The Ulster Under 13 Championships will be running alongside the Forza Ulster Open.

    Tournament Director William Martin, is pleased with the increase in entries this year. He would like to thank Forza as Title sponsors of the event and Ulster Badminton very much appreciate the support of the following local businesses:

    Beggs and Partners

    Shannon Jewellers

    McAlpine Estate Agents

    Electro Automation

    Roadside Motors

    Article by Ulster Badminton.

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Woods Twins Are Runners-Up in Milton Keynes

Last weekend Rachael and Rebecca Woods were competing in the Gold Star Under 17 Series in Milton Keynes and although they narrowly failed to reach the latter stages of the Girls Singles Gold Star Series they showed impressive form in the Girls Doubles reaching the final.

Seeded No3/4 they won their opening match against Maisie Marriott and Bronwynn Ready 21-4 21-8 in just over 20 minutes but were made to fight all the way in their second having won the first 21-9 as Anchal Garg and Zoe Siu made a match of it only for the Hunterhouse pair to seal the victory 23-21 without going to a deciding set.

In the quarter-final Ella Haines and Emma Hooper were their opponents but it was the seeded pair from the Alpha club in Lisburn who were to book their place in the semi with a convincing 21-13 21-9 win and a clash with Abbygael Harris (Staffordshire) and Kiara Henry (Warwickshire) was their reward.  Their opponents had earlier caused a major upset when they knocked out the highly rated No2 seeds Alice Campbell and Rachel Sugden 21-14 21-14.

The experienced English pair were not in the same league as the Irish pair as they saw an opportunity to reach the final particularly as the No3/4 seeds Asmita Chaudhari and Pamela Reyes were to spring a major surprise when they  knocked out the top seeds Annie Lado and Hope Warner 26-24 21-16 in the other semi-final.

Rachael and Rebecca swept through to the final 21-11 21-13 and playing certainly some of their very best badminton they were to take the English pair on point for point.  There was nothing between the two pairs and Asmita and Pamela snatched the opening set 21-19 with Rebecca and Rachael responding in the only way they could by capturing the second 21-19 in a real spectacle which had spectators on the edges of their seats.

It was only in the deciding set that the Lisburn pair began to falter and the third set went in favour of the English pair 21-10.

 

In the Girls Singles Rachael was to open her bid for the Gold Star Series against the highly rated Asmita Chaudhari but found herself one set down before getting her game together.  Poised to level and take the match into the deciding set it was however Chaudhari who was to snatch the set from her grasp 22-20 to go top of the Group and leaving Rachael to ponder on what might have been and needing to ensure that she could not afford any further mistakes  against Alice Campbell (Scotland) and Chelsea Huang later in the day.

Rachael was to get back on track in her second match winning the opening set 21-10 against the impressive Scot Alice Campbell and held on to take the second 23-21 in a match lasting just over the half-hour mark.

In her final match in the group stages Rachael seeded No3/4 faced Chelsea Huang and after going one set up, the Alpha player had the second snatched from her grasp 20-22 but retained her composure to win her second game of the group 21-18 only to miss the semi-final due to her first opponent Asmita Chaudhari having won all three of her matches .

Meanwhile, twin sister Rebecca gave Abbygail Harris (Staffordshire) quite a fright in her opening match in Group D, despite losing the first set 23-21 she snatched the second 21-19. Harris ranked 53 in England took the decider 21-14 after 53 minutes on court and Rebecca was then needing to upset the No3/4 seed Pamela Reyes in her next match. In their only previous encounter back almost a year ago the pair had fought out a tight three setter after Rebecca had taken the opening set 21-17 but lost 21-15 21-11 in the Under 15 Gold in Leigh.

This time Reyes, seeded No ¾ secured a 21-12 21-17 victory over Rebecca in just short of half an hour on court and missed out on an appearance in the semi-final when she had to come back from one set in arrears to Alexandra Oprisan.

In the Mixed Doubles Rebecca and James Lin reached the quarter-final with a straight games victory over Michael Maguire and Jodie Harris and followed this up with a 21-18 21-17 win over Jack Taylor and Alicia Adams. However their challenge was halted when they faced William Jones and Asmita Chaudhari, the No3/4 seeds who won 21-12 21-14.

Article by Brian Kelly.

Matthew Cheung A Gold Star Winner In Cheltenham

Matthew Cheung returned home from competing in the Under 13 Gold Star Cheltenham Series victorious adding the Boys Singles title to the Gold Series he won recently in York.

In the Boys Singles he opened his challenge with a 21-13 19-21 21-13 victory over Isum  Arachchige a player he had defeated in York.

Next up was Fred Robertson, the No2 seed, and he had no answer to the prowess of the young RBAI pupil who won 21-10 21-10 and his final match in the group stages saw him record a straight forward 21-14 21-15 victory over Jeremy Kurian George.

He booked his place in the final of the Boys Singles with a straight sets win over Harry Wakefield but even the top seed and highly rated Hampshire player Michael Pang could not prevent Cheung from taking the prestigious Gold Star title 21-18 21-12.

Matthew could have made it a double win but having progressed through the group stages of the Boys Doubles, partnering Harry Wakefield , with straight sets wins over Oliver Harrington and David Humphreys and Shreyas Boyina  Pranay and Raghava Yenumula , they knocked out Michael Pang and Isum Arachchige 21-16 21-16 but then had to pull out due to his partner’s illness.

In the Mixed Doubles Matthew teamed up with Grace Sachdeva  and in a match lasting nigh on half-an-hour they went down 21-17 21-17 to Michael Pang and Abigail Hong but caused an upset in their second match in the group by beating the No2 seeds Fred Robertson and Lucy Atkins 18-21 21-18 21-17.  However with only one group winner going through they narrowly failed to reach the semi-finals.

Article by Brian Kelly.

Ulster Open Senior and U13 Open Round Up

Sinead Chambers of Lisburn's Alpha Club won two titles in Sunday's finals of the Forza Ulster Open Badminton Championships held at the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn. Sinead lifted the womens doubles title for a fifth year in a row partnering Dubliner Jennie King and retaining the mixed doubles, partnering her brother Ciaran.

Sinead,24, said 'Ciaran and myself will now be focusing on the mixed doubles in order to establish and then improve on a world ranking which will be vital for potential 2018 Commonwealth Games selection. Our next key events for that will be the Welsh and then the Irish International Championships over the next six weeks.'

Tony Stephenson of Alpha was also in good form winning two of titles, the mens singles and the mens doubles with his Alpha club mate Tony Murphy.

Results:

Mens Singles - T Stephenson beat J Dolan 21-18 22-20;

Womens Singles - S Boyle beat M Ryan 21-17 21 15;

Mens Doubles - T Stephenson and T Murphy beat C Chambers and S Lightbody 21-17 21-18

Womens Doubles -  S Chambers and J King beat M Ryan and B Stephenson 21-5 21-10; Mixed Doubles - S and C Chambers beat D Magee and J King 21-13 21-14.

 

In the Ulster U-13 Championships also at the NBC, Alpha's Matthew Chueng was a double title winner. He won the boys singles and partnered his club mate Stuart Mccollum to victory in the boys doubles.

 

Leinster's Julia O'Reilly won the girls singles. She then partnered Ann Nolan, to win the girls doubles with a 19-21 21-19 21-16 win over Alpha's Chloe and Paige Woods in the best of the finals.'

Five local businesses gave their support to the event by providing sponsorship. Ulster badminton want to thank these business for their vital support. The sponsors where:

Shannon's Jewelers Lisburn

Roadside Motors Lisburn

Electro

Beggs and Partners

McAlpine Estate Agents

Article by Ulster Badminton.

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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