18 April 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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14 April 2017
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
You can watch the live stream from the event on the Badminton Europe Youtube Channel and to view all of the Irish results click on this link.
13 April 2017
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.