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  • Kildare and Dublin win Gold

    16/04/2017 Kildare and Dublin win Gold

    Easter Saturday saw Dublin hosting the Juvenile Inter County Finals at the Baldoyle Badminton Centre. This event would see teams from across Ireland compete in a team competition to see who would become the All-Ireland champions in their respective age groups. There was a big game feel around the event this year with each team brining big support. When watching the games you could hear the supporters getting behind their teams whether that being the sound of the Dublin drum or the sound of clapping and cheering.  

    Each age group consisted of three or four teams per age group. The counties would play against each other in a team format with four singles matches, four doubles matches and two mixed doubles matches. This format allowed the control of each match to change after every tie played. This led to some intense and nervous games.

     

    In the U17 age group Dublin played against Donegal in the final game of their group. This game would decide who the winner of the division is and who would be taking home the silver medal. Dublin’s players came out very strong in the singles matches. With each game finishing with a Dublin victory, this put Dublin up by four points early meaning that only two more wins from the next six ties would see them win the division. With an excellent showing from both teams in the doubles, Dublin were able to secure victory when Kim Feehily & Pamela Pontanosa finished their game 30-23 meaning Dublin were guaranteed to win at least 6 of the ties. The match finished 8-2 with Donegal coming away with the silver medal.  

     

    The U15 division saw Kildare come up against Cork in the final game of their division. Both teams had already beaten Mayo and the winner of this fixture would go home with the gold medal. David Downey started Kildare off with a tight 30-29 victory over John O’Sullivan. Kildare’s momentum though was stopped immediately as Daniel O’Halloran was able to win his singles game for Cork to level up the match 1-1. As the match progressed Kildare proved too strong for this Cork team. Kildare had a brilliant showing in the doubles format winning five out of the six ties to claim the gold medal for their county.

    Similarly to the Under 17’s, Dublin’s U13 team had the chance to win their division if they could overcome Tipperary in their last game. Just like the older age group, Dublin managed to win all four singles matches, giving the county a strong position going into the doubles. Dublin were able come away with a 8-2 victory. Whilst Dublin were taking the gold on court two, court four was witnessing a brilliant match between Galway and Donegal. The winner would take away the silver medal. With both teams trading wins early in the match, it was anyone’s guess who would come away with the victory. Galway were able to secure victory when they won three ties in a row, two in the girl’s doubles and one in the mixed doubles. This would be enough for a 6-4 victory over the Ulstermen.  

     

    With Dublin already securing the double, Kildare’s under 11 team had a similar opportunity for their county. With every other court already finished everyone was fixated on an enthralling match between Kildare and Cork. The fixture started off in brilliant fashion as Pablo Alonso Mahtitena and Aman Kothiyal put on an excellent spectacle. Aman was able to squeeze out a victory with a 30-28 win. This win set the bar very high for the rest of the players from both teams. Kildare were able to increase their lead to 5-0 with wins in the next four ties. With needing just one more win from the remaining five ties, Kildare were able to claim the gold when Kirsten McFadden & Chloe McGrane edged out their opponents with at 30-28 victory. This loss meant that Cork would go home with the silver medal. With Kildare U15 already winning gold earlier this mean that Dublin and Kildare both came away with two golds from the competition.

     

    Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the players, coaches and parents for creating a wonderful atmosphere and showing their support for juvenile badminton throughout the country.

     

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  • Irish Masters Review

    10/04/2017 Irish Masters Review

    The 2017 FZ Forza Irish Masters Open saw 129 players from around Europe compete at the National Indoor Arena, Dublin. The competition was held between 7th-9th April and was available for players over the age of 35 with the eldest age group being the over 70 division.

    The men’s singles category opened the tournament on Friday 7th April. The first category of the tournament was decided when Jim Callan beat Tommy McGrath in the Men’s O65 division. This result was quickly followed by the Men’s Over 70 division, which saw Tony Clarke win his first of two titles. Tony needed to overcome losing his first game 17-21 to Bob Evans. After a closely fought encounter, Tony was able to finish off his opponent by winning the next two games 21-18 & 21-16 to secure the trophy. The first day concluded with Brian Moore winning the Over 45 division with a 2-1 victory over Cathal Sheeny.

    Saturday saw the Women’s singles take the court as well as the Men’s and Women’s Doubles. Englishwoman Caroline Hale had a very successful day, winning both the singles Over 45 title as well as winning the Over 45 doubles with Elizabeth Austin. This would give her the opportunity to win all three divisions when she would compete with Brian Juul in the mixed doubles on the Sunday.

    The Over 45 doubles final was a thriller of a match between Willie Stevenson & Mark Topping who took on Michael Watt & Michael Turkington. The team of Watt/ Turkington won the first set 21-16. The end of the game allowed Stevenson/ Topping to regroup and come out more focused in the second game. The team of Stevenson & Topping produced an excellent performance with some clinical touches to win 21-6. This set up the title being decided in a final game. Both teams traded points with long rallies but Stevenson & Topping were just too strong on the day and won the game 21-14.

     

    Sunday was the final day of the tournament which finished with the mixed doubles category. Tony Clarke was denied three titles when he was beaten by Barbra McGrath & Tommy McGrath in the mixed doubles Over 65. Tony and his partner Brenda Connolly played a tight three games against Barbra and Tommy. With every point being so important, Barbra & Tommy were able to edge out their opponents in a well played match (21-18, 24-26, 21-17).

    After a brilliant semi-final against Mark Topping & Dorothy McCullough (21-19, 17-21, 21-18), Brian Juul & Caroline Hale would play the number one seeds Willie Stevenson & Sylvia Campion in the mixed doubles Over 45 final. Caroline Hale was looking to win her third title of the weekend. The match started off with a high tempo and long rallies. Teams would trade points back and forth which created great excitement for the crowd. Brian and Caroline finished the game in a strong position and were able to win 21-17. You would think after playing two days of badminton that the game may drop in quality towards the end but both teams seemed to up their game. Willie and Sylvia traded points and looked at times as if they could potentially bring the game into a third game. However, Brian and Caroline were able to win some vital points that saw them lift the O45 mixed doubles division. A very successful tournament came to an eventful end.

     

    Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the players that entered the event and especially all those who travelled. BI would also like to thank all the volunteers including umpires for this event.

     

  • Westmeath take home the double

    02/04/2017 Westmeath take home the double

     

    Weastmeath took away the All- Ireland Inter County Championship in the Grade F and the Grade G categories at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin. In the Grade F category Westmeath topped their group in convincing style with two 7-2 victories over Cork and Galway. In Grade G Westmeath and Cork put on a match to be remembered. Both teams knew that the winner of the match would win the All Ireland Championship - this created a brilliant atmosphere around the venue. The match was split 2-2 after the doubles was split between the two teams. Dylan Browne and Nora Gargan won both of their singles ties to give Cork a two tie advantage going into the mixed doubles. Westmeath knew that they would need to sweep the mixed doubles and win all three ties in order to win the championship. After Westmeath securing the first two ties, the championship would be decided in the final game. The team of Kevin Cuffe & Cora Foster managed to win an enthralling fixture with a 2-1 victory over Peter McCullough & Tania O'Flynn to give Westmeath the title. 

     

     

    Cork overcame an early deficit to claim victory in the Grade C inter county championships. Cork found themselves down 2-0 in their match against Kilkenny with early defeats in the Men’s and Women’s Doubles. Things nearly got worse as Conor Hayes and Kevin Moynihan found themselves losing the first game before winning the next two. This kick started Cork’s team, with momentum building the team went on to win five out of the next six ties to claim the inter county championship.

     

    In Grade D Dublin and Kerry fought off against each other in a straight final. Dublin found themselves with an early 3-1 lead after the doubles. Jonathan Keane and Niamh Flaherty helped give Kerry a fighting chance going into the mixed doubles as they both won their singles matches to set up a 3-3 tie. Both teams knew that they would need to win two out of the three mixed doubles matches to claim the title. With the tension high and interest growing around the matches, it felt that all eyes were on these three courts. Both teams battled hard as Jerry Noble and Kate O’Mahony were able to give Dublin the early advantage with a 2-0 victory. The other two mixed doubles ties both went to three games. Kerry needed to win both to claim victory, Fergal Hannon and Maeve Twomey were able to win their game 21-15 in the last game. However Dublin were able to take away the trophy as Jason Quinlan and Natalia Fusciardi managed to win 22-20 in the third game over James and Niamh Flaherty.

    Galway took away the Grade E title in a very competitive group with Tipperary and Meath. Galway were able to come away with two tight victories winning 5-4 & 5-3. In both matches Galway produced strong singles performances over both matches, winning all four ties to help give them the advantage going into the mixed doubles. This advantage would be too much for Tipperary and Meath to overcome.

     

    Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the participants and spectators for making this event so enjoyable.

  • 2017 Intercounty Finals Preview

    28/03/2017 2017 Intercounty Finals Preview

    Saturday the 1st April sees counties from across Ireland compete in the FZ Forza All Ireland Inter County Finals at the National Indoor Arena. This event will see players compete in five different categories (C-G). Counties are being represented throughout the country with Galway and Cork both sending three teams each to Dublin. The competition will be hosted in a round robin format with the winner coming away with the All Ireland championship. 

     

    In 2016 183 players competed in the intercounty finals and this year's event looks to attract similar numbers. This year however Badminton Ireland are attempting to live stream the event for the first time with the hope that this coverage will allow anyone who couldn't be in Dublin to experience the matches. You can watch the live streaming on the Badminton Ireland youtube channel

     

    The opening round of fixtures will see a lot of intriguing fixtures. Galway will see both of their teams competing in the opening fixture at 10am with the Grade C team taking on Kilkenny and the Grade F team facing off against Westmeath. The first final of the day will be the Grade D final which is being played at 13:00 on courts 5-8 between Dublin and Kerry. The day will finish off with the Grade E and Grade G categories in the afternoon. 

     

    You can follow all the match results as they are updated on the events page and you can also keep up to date with the action on facebook and twitter.

     

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  • Clean sweep for Leinster at the 2017 FZ Forza Inter-provincials

    19/03/2017 Clean sweep for Leinster at the 2017 FZ Forza Inter-provincials

    Leinster teams saw off stiff competition on day one of the FZ Forza Irish Inter-Provincials to claim all three titles. Play started at 10 am on Saturday morning in Baldoyle Badminton Centre, Dublin. Under 13, 15 and 17 teams competed throughout the day.

    In the Under 13s all four provinces entered teams to compete for the title. Leinster took on Munster in the opening round, beating the opposing province 8-2. Connacht took on Ulster but ultimately lost the tie 3 matches to 7. Leinster continued their run by beating Connacht 3-7 before facing Ulster in a deciding tie, with both provinces having 2 wins a piece. It was a tightly contested match-up but Leinster proved victories over Ulster to claim the U13 Inter-Provincial title 6 matches to 4.

    The U15s saw teams from Ulster, Munster and Leinster battle it out on court with Leinster taking on Munster in the opening round. Leinster came out on top before Munster took on Ulster. Ultimately it came down to Ulster versus Leinster for the deciding match up but Leinster proved too much for the U15 Ulster team who lost 0-10 games.

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Irish Masters Review

The 2017 FZ Forza Irish Masters Open saw 129 players from around Europe compete at the National Indoor Arena, Dublin. The competition was held between 7th-9th April and was available for players over the age of 35 with the eldest age group being the over 70 division.

The men’s singles category opened the tournament on Friday 7th April. The first category of the tournament was decided when Jim Callan beat Tommy McGrath in the Men’s O65 division. This result was quickly followed by the Men’s Over 70 division, which saw Tony Clarke win his first of two titles. Tony needed to overcome losing his first game 17-21 to Bob Evans. After a closely fought encounter, Tony was able to finish off his opponent by winning the next two games 21-18 & 21-16 to secure the trophy. The first day concluded with Brian Moore winning the Over 45 division with a 2-1 victory over Cathal Sheeny.

Saturday saw the Women’s singles take the court as well as the Men’s and Women’s Doubles. Englishwoman Caroline Hale had a very successful day, winning both the singles Over 45 title as well as winning the Over 45 doubles with Elizabeth Austin. This would give her the opportunity to win all three divisions when she would compete with Brian Juul in the mixed doubles on the Sunday.

The Over 45 doubles final was a thriller of a match between Willie Stevenson & Mark Topping who took on Michael Watt & Michael Turkington. The team of Watt/ Turkington won the first set 21-16. The end of the game allowed Stevenson/ Topping to regroup and come out more focused in the second game. The team of Stevenson & Topping produced an excellent performance with some clinical touches to win 21-6. This set up the title being decided in a final game. Both teams traded points with long rallies but Stevenson & Topping were just too strong on the day and won the game 21-14.

 

Sunday was the final day of the tournament which finished with the mixed doubles category. Tony Clarke was denied three titles when he was beaten by Barbra McGrath & Tommy McGrath in the mixed doubles Over 65. Tony and his partner Brenda Connolly played a tight three games against Barbra and Tommy. With every point being so important, Barbra & Tommy were able to edge out their opponents in a well played match (21-18, 24-26, 21-17).

After a brilliant semi-final against Mark Topping & Dorothy McCullough (21-19, 17-21, 21-18), Brian Juul & Caroline Hale would play the number one seeds Willie Stevenson & Sylvia Campion in the mixed doubles Over 45 final. Caroline Hale was looking to win her third title of the weekend. The match started off with a high tempo and long rallies. Teams would trade points back and forth which created great excitement for the crowd. Brian and Caroline finished the game in a strong position and were able to win 21-17. You would think after playing two days of badminton that the game may drop in quality towards the end but both teams seemed to up their game. Willie and Sylvia traded points and looked at times as if they could potentially bring the game into a third game. However, Brian and Caroline were able to win some vital points that saw them lift the O45 mixed doubles division. A very successful tournament came to an eventful end.

 

Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the players that entered the event and especially all those who travelled. BI would also like to thank all the volunteers including umpires for this event.

 

Westmeath take home the double

 

Weastmeath took away the All- Ireland Inter County Championship in the Grade F and the Grade G categories at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin. In the Grade F category Westmeath topped their group in convincing style with two 7-2 victories over Cork and Galway. In Grade G Westmeath and Cork put on a match to be remembered. Both teams knew that the winner of the match would win the All Ireland Championship - this created a brilliant atmosphere around the venue. The match was split 2-2 after the doubles was split between the two teams. Dylan Browne and Nora Gargan won both of their singles ties to give Cork a two tie advantage going into the mixed doubles. Westmeath knew that they would need to sweep the mixed doubles and win all three ties in order to win the championship. After Westmeath securing the first two ties, the championship would be decided in the final game. The team of Kevin Cuffe & Cora Foster managed to win an enthralling fixture with a 2-1 victory over Peter McCullough & Tania O'Flynn to give Westmeath the title. 

 

 

Cork overcame an early deficit to claim victory in the Grade C inter county championships. Cork found themselves down 2-0 in their match against Kilkenny with early defeats in the Men’s and Women’s Doubles. Things nearly got worse as Conor Hayes and Kevin Moynihan found themselves losing the first game before winning the next two. This kick started Cork’s team, with momentum building the team went on to win five out of the next six ties to claim the inter county championship.

 

In Grade D Dublin and Kerry fought off against each other in a straight final. Dublin found themselves with an early 3-1 lead after the doubles. Jonathan Keane and Niamh Flaherty helped give Kerry a fighting chance going into the mixed doubles as they both won their singles matches to set up a 3-3 tie. Both teams knew that they would need to win two out of the three mixed doubles matches to claim the title. With the tension high and interest growing around the matches, it felt that all eyes were on these three courts. Both teams battled hard as Jerry Noble and Kate O’Mahony were able to give Dublin the early advantage with a 2-0 victory. The other two mixed doubles ties both went to three games. Kerry needed to win both to claim victory, Fergal Hannon and Maeve Twomey were able to win their game 21-15 in the last game. However Dublin were able to take away the trophy as Jason Quinlan and Natalia Fusciardi managed to win 22-20 in the third game over James and Niamh Flaherty.

Galway took away the Grade E title in a very competitive group with Tipperary and Meath. Galway were able to come away with two tight victories winning 5-4 & 5-3. In both matches Galway produced strong singles performances over both matches, winning all four ties to help give them the advantage going into the mixed doubles. This advantage would be too much for Tipperary and Meath to overcome.

 

Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the participants and spectators for making this event so enjoyable.

2017 Intercounty Finals Preview

Saturday the 1st April sees counties from across Ireland compete in the FZ Forza All Ireland Inter County Finals at the National Indoor Arena. This event will see players compete in five different categories (C-G). Counties are being represented throughout the country with Galway and Cork both sending three teams each to Dublin. The competition will be hosted in a round robin format with the winner coming away with the All Ireland championship. 

 

In 2016 183 players competed in the intercounty finals and this year's event looks to attract similar numbers. This year however Badminton Ireland are attempting to live stream the event for the first time with the hope that this coverage will allow anyone who couldn't be in Dublin to experience the matches. You can watch the live streaming on the Badminton Ireland youtube channel

 

The opening round of fixtures will see a lot of intriguing fixtures. Galway will see both of their teams competing in the opening fixture at 10am with the Grade C team taking on Kilkenny and the Grade F team facing off against Westmeath. The first final of the day will be the Grade D final which is being played at 13:00 on courts 5-8 between Dublin and Kerry. The day will finish off with the Grade E and Grade G categories in the afternoon. 

 

You can follow all the match results as they are updated on the events page and you can also keep up to date with the action on facebook and twitter.

 

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Events Overview

Badminton Ireland hosts an array of events from graded opens, national circuit event, junior events and International events with the FZ Forza Irish Open. There are Irish grading and rankings based on these circuit events and players are graded according to level.

The highlight of the year are the All Ireland Inter Provincial, County, League and Club championships played across all Grades. For schools, The Irish Badminton School Championships is the main date in the calendar.

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