07 October 2016
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
McAlpine Estate Agents
Article by Ulster Badminton.
04 October 2016
There was always a degree of risk in the Woods twins adding the prestigious Danish Under 17 Cup to their programme of events for the season and with the large entries for the Girls Singles and Doubles, the impact of going out early could sometimes negate any benefit in terms of confidence.
Rebecca may have gone out in the opening round to Denmark’s Carla Mogensen but fought back from losing the opening set 21-11 to take control in the second. By taking the second set 21-15 and taking the match into a decider, she was really on top of her game and matching her Danish opponent point for point. As the match moved towards its later stages and with both players having been on court for an exhausting 41 minutes, it was the Danish player who, on this occasion, was to squeeze the two-point advantage and book her place in the second round 22-20.
Despite being naturally disappointed in not being able to clinch the victory which she certainly deserved, Rebecca was nevertheless to see Morgensen only exiting the competition in the next round but not before she had given the No4 seed Mathilde Cramer, who also WON the Swedish Skanska International which the Woods had competed in, plenty to think about during the 21-18 21-15 scoreline. Cramer also went on to win the silver medal losing out to Line Christophersen in straight sets.
Meanwhile twin sister Rachael won her 1st round against Poland’s Szubert Karolina 21-13 21-14 and was also disappointed in not testing Bara Hadackova more after losing the first 21-15 and then found it difficult to get back into the game in the second which she lost 21-7. However Bara went out in two very close sets to Frederikke Lund, who in turn lost to the eventual champion Line Christophersen 21-15 21-11.
In the doubles, the Woods twins were involved in a titanic struggle in the opening set against Line Christophersen and Malene Kaeseler, the top Danish pair. In the opening set it appeared that their highly rated opponents had really no answer to the Lisburn pair’s game plan particularly in that opening set which they lost 22-20. The second set was a disappointment for the Hunterhouse pair as they were unable to get their game together.
The Danish pair were however not finished and went on to went on to contest the final losing out 21-15 16-21 23-21 in a match which lasted 52 minutes.
Article by Brian Kelly.
03 October 2016
Beth Stephenson, the top seed in the Ulster Under 17 Girls Singles was 18-17 ahead in the second set of the semi-final against her Alpha clubmate Rachael Woods, having won the first 21-11.
However Rachael was to snatch the second 23-21 and turned round a 20-16 deficit in the decider to book her place in the final against her twin sister Rebecca 22-20.
It was Rebecca who was to capture the title after racing to the opening set 21-13 and holding on to win 22-20 in 26 minutes.
The Woods twins took the doubles title beating Kim Feehily and Niamh Gannon 21-13 21-12 while there was some consolation for Rachael as she teamed up with Adam Mcallister to win the Mixed Doubles, beating No2 seeds Brian O’Mahony and Beth Stephenson 21-9 17-21 21-16.
Kyle Magee eased his way through to the final of the Boys Singles beating Jack Armstrong, Adam Barry, Mark Kinnerk and Des Duggan without dropping a single set and even when No2 seed Adam Mcallister fought his way back from losing the opening set 21-13 to level 21-16 in the second, Kyle took the decider 21-12 in 53 minutes and gave top seeds in the Boys Doubles something to think about when he partnered Jack Macbeth, despite losing 21-17 21-15.
Article by Brian Kelly