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  • Magee's secure historic medal at the European Championships

    28/04/2017 Magee's secure historic medal at the European Championships

    Sam and Chloe Magee make Irish badminton history and secure Ireland's first ever medal at the European Badminton Championships. They have bagged at least a bronze medal by beating the number four seeds and former European gold medallists Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezba Zieba of Poland.

    It was a game that either side could have won and it proved to be very close throughout. The first game came down to the wire after some long rallies, but Sam and Chloe kept their composure and won 22-20. In the second game the Polish fought back and managed to steal it 21-17, after Sam and Chloe had a chance to clinch the match. Sam and Chloe went out and gave it everything in the final game and dominated, winning 21-12.

    Tomorrow evening Sam and Chloe will play Danish super stars and number one seeds Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen. After Sam and Chloe have already knocked two seeded pairs out of the tournament who knows what could happen.

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  • Magees create medal opportunity for Ireland at the European Championships

    27/04/2017 Magees create medal opportunity for Ireland at the European Championships

    After winning their match this evening Chloe and Sam Magee have secure their place in the quarter finals of the European Championships and now have a chance to clinch Ireland’s first ever medal in this event. They beat the french pair of Bastian Kersaudy and Lea Palermo of France in three nervy games 19-21 21-16 21-15. Sam stuggled to settle in the first game but found his form in the next two and managed to control the midcourt well with Chloe working hard alongside.

    They will be coming up against former European gold medallists Robert Mateusiak and Nadiezda Zieba from Poland. The quarter finals start at 16:00 Irish time. Sam and Chloe are the second match on court so we can expext that to start around 16:30.

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  • Tough day 2 for Ireland at the European Championships

    26/04/2017 Tough day 2 for Ireland at the European Championships

    Day 2 of the European Championships got off to a difficult start for the Irish players as they suffered two losses in the morning matches. Rachael Darragh came up against the tough opponent of Luise Heim from Germany. Rachael played well but Heim proved too tricky an opponent as the match finished up 21-12 21-11.

    Sam and Joshua Magee came up against the Croatian pair of Zvonimir Durkinjak and Hoelbling in the men's doubles. They couldn't settle in the opening game and let the aggressive style of the Croatians get the better of them. They lost the first game 21-14. The second game was close all the way but Sam and Joshua lost out narrowly 21-19. 

    Both of the late matches kicked off at the same time with Scott Evans coming up against young Danish star Anders Antonsen and Rachael Darragh & Sara Boyle facing the Finnish pair of Jenny Nystrom & Sonja Pekkola. 

    Scott fought well against Anders throughout the course of the match but the Dane proved a very tricky opponent and lost the match in two games 21-11 21-13. In the women's doubles, Rachael and Sara started well against the Finnish pair in the first game. The experience of their opposition shone through however as the match finished up 21-15 21-13.

    Sam and Chloe Magee are the last of the Irish players left in the tournament. After a great opening win they now take on the French pair of Bastian Kersaudy & Lea Palermo to possibly get a medal match opportunity.The match is scheduled for 17;50 Irish time and you can find the live streaming below.

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  • 3/3 for Ireland at Day 1 of The European Championships

    25/04/2017 3/3 for Ireland at Day 1 of The European Championships

    The European Badminton Championships kicked off today in Kolding, Denmark and the Irish players have got off to the best possible start. Ireland came away from day 1 winning three out of three matches that they played. The highlight of the day was Sam and Chloe Magee beating the number 5 seeds and former world number 12 Jacco Piek and Selena Arends from the Netherlands. Sam and Chloe showed great experience and patience against the pair to come out on top winning 21-17 23-21.

    Rachael Darragh won her opening match beating Flore Vadenhoucke of Belgium. She had two very close games but managed to keep her nerve on court and take the match 23-21 22-20.

    Triple Olympian Scott Evans came up against Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia and struggled in the opening game losing 21-13. It looked all but over when Scott was 11-1 down in the second game. He dug deep and managed to completely turn the game around and won 21-17. He had the Croatian under pressure and kept his focus to take the match 21-17 in the third game. That secured three wins for the Irish players at the opening day of the event.

    Many of the players will be in action again on day 2. Joshua and Sam Magee feature in the men’s doubles tomorrow as well as Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle in the women’s doubles. Scott Evans will also come up against a much more difficult opponent and 5th seed Anders Antonsen of Denmark. Rachael will also play the second round of her singles.

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  • European Championships 2017

    18/04/2017 European Championships 2017

    The European Badminton Championships 2017 is taking place from 25th-30th April in Kolding, Denmark. The players travelling to the event include Scott Evans, Chloe Magee, Sam Magee, Joshua Magee, Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle. 

    Last year at the European Championships Sam and Chloe Magee had an impressive performance beating former European gold medallists Mateusiak and Zieba of Poland on their way to the quarter-finals. Having been drawn in the same quarter of the draw as the pair this year they may come head to head once again. Scott Evans features in the men's singles where he has been drawn against Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia. A win there will see him come up against rising star Anders Antonsen of Denmark.

    Joshua plays with Sam in the men's doubles where they have a first round encounter with Croatians Durkinjak/Hoelbling.

    The younger players travelling to the event are Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh who feature together in the women's doubles. They have drawn the Finnish pair of Nystrom/Pekkola. Rachael also features in the women's singles where she has a good record against her opponent Flore Vadenhoucke of Germany.

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European Championships 2017

The European Badminton Championships 2017 is taking place from 25th-30th April in Kolding, Denmark. The players travelling to the event include Scott Evans, Chloe Magee, Sam Magee, Joshua Magee, Rachael Darragh and Sara Boyle. 

Last year at the European Championships Sam and Chloe Magee had an impressive performance beating former European gold medallists Mateusiak and Zieba of Poland on their way to the quarter-finals. Having been drawn in the same quarter of the draw as the pair this year they may come head to head once again. Scott Evans features in the men's singles where he has been drawn against Zvonimir Durkinjak of Croatia. A win there will see him come up against rising star Anders Antonsen of Denmark.

Joshua plays with Sam in the men's doubles where they have a first round encounter with Croatians Durkinjak/Hoelbling.

The younger players travelling to the event are Sara Boyle and Rachael Darragh who feature together in the women's doubles. They have drawn the Finnish pair of Nystrom/Pekkola. Rachael also features in the women's singles where she has a good record against her opponent Flore Vadenhoucke of Germany.

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Ireland miss out on medal opportunities in some tough quarterfinals read more......

The first match of the day Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds faced Mads Thorgensen and Paw Eriksen in a repeat of the European Junior under 17 semi-final match held in Lubin in 2016. Last time the Danish came out on top beating the Irish in three games, leaving the Irish with a bronze medal. This encounter was another thrilling match from start to finish, but the Irish got their revenge as they took the game winning two hard-fought games. This win set up a match against the tough English pairing of Callum Hemming and Max Flynn. The Irish started poorly in the match with the English dictating the game. The English controlled the opening game winning 21-10. Reynolds and Nguyen came out fighting in the second and held a two-point lead the whole way through the match to 20-18. Unfortunately the Irish were unable to finish either of the game point opportunities and the English held their nerve to take the victory and secure themselves a medal.

In the men’s singles quarterfinal, Nhat Nguyen faced number one seed Toma Popov Junior of France. Nguyen fought hard in this match, but Popov Junior who was awarded  Badminton Europe young player of the year for 2017 showed his class as he took the match in two games.

"It was a tough day for our players today. They played very well in their last 16 matches against tough opposition and gave themselves a great opportunity to medal. They will have learned a lot from this experience and hopefully, when these opportunities come around in the future this experience will help them to make the right decisions. We have a number of young players on the team who will have the opportunity to play this event again in 2018 and this week will have helped in their development. I look forward to working with these players again and I believe we will be fighting for medals again in the near future" Irish U19 coach Daniel Magee

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Ireland progress to the quarterfinal and last 16 of the European Junior Championships after a tough third day of competition read more……

Nhat Nguyen has made it to the quarterfinal of the men’s singles after winning two tough matches on day three of the European Junior Championships. Nhat won his opening match on day three against Oleksandar Shmundyak of Ukraine, he then faced Nikita Lemeshko of Russia. Nhat looked strong as he dominated the match beating his opponent in all areas of the court. This win has set up a quarterfinal matchup with European young player of the year and number one seed at this event Toma Popov Junior of France.

Paul Reynolds also had two last 32 matches on day three. In his first of these matches, Paul and his partner Moya Ryan lost out to Callum Hemming and Feng Tee Liew of England. Later in the day Paul then partnered Nhat Nguyen and the pair came out on top against the difficult Turkish partnership of Serhat Salim and Baran Yukse in a thrilling match that went the distance in both games.

In the women’s singles Kate Frost, who had beaten Natalie Herbst of Austria in her opening round, finished her European Junior championship as she lost out to the number two seed Clara Azurmendi of Spain.

You can watch tomorrow’s matches live on the badminton Europe Facebook page and you can follow all of the Irish results at this event by clicking this link.

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