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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.

  • Shuttle Time Irish Secondary School Finals

    09/03/2017 Shuttle Time Irish Secondary School Finals

    This year’s Shuttle Time secondary school finals took place in Gormanston Park, Co.Meath on Wednesday 8th March. The event was split into three age groups per gender, U14, U16 and U19. Each age group would see the Division 1 and Division 2 finalists compete against each other in their respective section. This year saw schools from all four provinces compete in the competition. The Shuttle Time Finals gives students the unique opportunity to challenge themselves against the best players in the country at their age group.

    Before play commenced in the morning all the players lined up in their schools for the parade. Looking around the hall you could see the atmosphere growing. It was evident to see the creativity and hard work that had gone into some of the schools parade. When play commenced, each team competed in a league format. From the first match you could hear the students getting behind their team mates with cheers coming as players won narrow games for their school. The whole day had schools acting in a competitive and sporting environment, with every game ending in a handshake and in good nature. As the day came to a close, it was evident that many of the groups would be decided in the final game of the league. In the U19 Boys Division 2 both Naomh Cormac and Colaiste Phoball Roscrea were left eagerly awaiting the decision who would become the division winner. Both teams had finished with equal matches, equal games but Naomh Cormac came away with the trophy on points. Colaiste Treasa made the long journey back to Cork with high spirits as they managed to win both the U16 Boys Division 2 and the U14 Boys Division 2 as well as coming runners up in the U19 Boys Division 1 behind Terenure College.

     

    The 2017 Shuttle Time All Ireland Secondary Schools winners are as follows:

    U14 Boys Division 1- Royal and Prior

    U14 Boys Division 2- Colaiste Treasa

    U14 Girls Division 1- Blackwater Community School

    U14 Girls Division 2- St. Mary’s Nenagh

    U16 Boys Division 1- RBAI

    U16 Boys Division 2- Colaiste Treasa

    U16 Girls Division 1- St Mary’s Naas

    U16 Girls Division 2- Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir

    U19 Boys Division 1- Terenure College

    U19 Boys Division 2- Naomh Cormac

    U19 Girls Division 1- Hunterhouse

    U19 Girls Division 2- St. Brendan’s Community College

    Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the teachers and coaches for putting in their time to mentor and coach their students.

     

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  • Drama in Shuttle Time Primary Final

    02/03/2017 Drama in Shuttle Time Primary Final

    The 2017 Shuttle Time Irish Primary School Finals saw 39 teams compete in Baldoyle Badminton Centre. The competition consisted of four groups of five in the girl’s bracket with the winners of each group progressing to the semi-finals. The boy’s bracket consisted of three groups of five and one group of four.

    The group stages saw players compete in two doubles matches. This led to many entertaining matches as teachers rotated their teams and players had a chance to play against different opponents and different partners throughout the day. Group A in the boys division saw Knocklyon 1 and Banteer go undefeated in their group. Only one team could progress through to the semi-finals and with both teams drawing in their head to head Knocklyon 1 qualified through on points. This was very hard on Banteer but they can hold their heads up high as they went undefeated through the tournament. The girls division saw four very strong teams progress through the group stages. All four teams went undefeated with three of the teams not dropping a game.

    In the girls division Banteer beat Scoil Mhuire 21-12 and 21-16 to reach the final. They would play the winner of Knocklyon 1 and Scoil Fhursa. As the games went on the more evident that points difference may become a factor. Eva Hassett and Emily Rossiter put on a clinical display to win their game 21-11. In any other match this result would be enough to put Knocklyon in the final. However Anastasia Jumbo and Sophia Oberzane produced a brilliant result that saw them win 21-9 and therefore giving Scoil Fhursa the win. The final was won by Banteer 21-10, 21-12. The team of Saoirse Foley, Aoife O'Connor, Megan O'Connor and Ciara O'Hanlon didn’t lose a game all day. Recording an impressive 12 game wins throughout the whole day.

    In the boy’s division Knocklyon 1 were able to beat St.Pius 21-11, 21-9 to progress through to the final to play against Kilcredan Larks who were able to win 21-7, 21-7 against Scoil Fhursa. The boy’s final saw one of the matches of the tournament as Knocklyon's pair of Max Cooke and Neil Kelly lost narrowly to Kilcredan Larks Sean Daly and Patrick Millerick 21-20. This game had many long rallies and this produced plenty of drama throughout the game. The other game in the final saw Ben Lawlor and Luke Marshall from Knocklyon 1 produce a clean result against Edmund Motherway and Paudie O'Sullivan from Kilcredan Larks. With the game ending 21-5. After both games the match was tied and Knocklyon were declared the winner by points difference.

     

     

  • Woods and McAllister take home all the Gold

    26/02/2017 Woods and McAllister take home all the Gold

    Day two of the U13&U17 Nationals saw the successful athletes from Saturday compete in the semi-finals and finals. The morning session started off with the Singles division followed by the doubles and then the mixed doubles. Several athletes found themselves with the chance of glory in multiple events.

    The Boys U17 singles final was contest between doubles partners Brian O’Mahony and Adam McAllister. With both players knowing each other’s game so well points were hard to come by. After an intense final Adam McAllister came out on top with a hard fought 2-0 victory (21- 15, 21-16). Meanwhile on court 2 the Girls U17 Doubles Final was won by Rachael Woods & Rebecca Woods who defeated Orla Flynn & Alexandra Troy 2-0 (21-10, 21-13). Both teams produced some excellent rallies and showed a magnificent variety of shots. The U17 Girls Singles Final saw Rachel Woods take on her sister Rebecca Woods. This match was played with precision and great spirit. Rachel proved too strong for her sister as she came out 21-19 and 21-13 winner to take her second gold of the day. The Boys Doubles Final saw a dominant display between Brian O’Mahony and Adam McAllister as they came out victors in a routine 2-0 win over David Barton & Oisin Dwyer.

     

    In the U13 division the Boys Doubles Final was won by Scott Guildea & Vincent Pontanosa in an epic encounter against number 1 seed Matthew Cheung & Stuart McCollam. Both pairs showed tremendous passion and drive as the athletes were very equally matched. The match was eventually won in the 3rd game as Guildea & Pontanisa were too strong in the end as they won 2-1 (21-15,10-21, 21-14). After their lengthy doubles match runners up Matthew Cheung & Stuart McCollam would take the court to compete against each other in the Boys Singles Final. The former double partners now would have to battle against each other in order to take away the winners medal. Matthew Cheung was able to come away with a 2-0 win (21-9, 21-13). The Girls Doubles Final saw Sophia Noble & Julia O’Reilly take on Chloe Koay & Lucy O’Halloran in a fast paced encounter. Both teams worked brilliantly together and this could be seen not only in this match but in the whole competition. Noble & O’Reilly were victorious in two games 21-6, 21-16. The girls U13 Singles Final was won by Sophia Noble. Number 2 seed Julia O’Reilly unfortunately had to retire from the match due to injury.

     

    The final of the U17 Mixed Doubles had a special feeling about it. On one side you had two players attempting to complete a clean sweep of trophies (Rachael Woods & Alex McAllister) and on the other side of the net you had two players that had impressed throughout the nationals (Rebecca Woods & Des Duggan). Both sets of players were showing their full abilities and this led to a very entertaining game. In both games the points were close and lead changes would regularly occur. However in both games the winning mentality of Rachael and Adam was enough to finish out the match 2-0 (21-14, 21- 14). This ensured that both players left the weekend with three gold medals and an undefeated record across all divisions. The last game of the weekend saw Matthew  Cheung & Sophia Noble lift the U13 Mixed Doubles Trophy by beating Vincent Pontanosa & Julia O’Reilly 2-0 (21-8, 21-11) in the final.

     

    Badminton Ireland would like to thank all participants who took part over the weekend as well as all the players and coaches who made the event so successful. Special thanks also goes to Munster Badminton for their hard work in hosting the event.

  • New Waterford Venue Hosts National Event

    25/02/2017 New Waterford Venue Hosts National Event

    The Irish nationals for U13 and U17 had a different feel about it in 2017. The event was hosted by Munster for the first time in Waterford Institute of Technology's state of the art sports campus. The venue offered a unique experience for the spectators as well as the players. Spectators could either enjoy the action from court side or get an overhead view from the seated balcony. The high standard of play during the first day of the event has set up an intriguing final day at the Nationals. Players will be competing from all over the country in order to become the best in Ireland at their respected age group.

    One of the highlights of the day came in the U17 boys singles division when Mark Kinnerk beat number two seed Michael Staunton in a highly entertaining match. Both athletes hit some tremendous shots that kept the crowd on the edge of their seats. Finally, after 46 minutes of intense competition Mark Kinnerk eventually came away with the victory in 3 games (22-20, 18-21,21-15). Another impressive performances from the day came in the U13 boys doubles division when the dynamic team of Scott Guildea and Vincent Pontanosa knocked out number two seeds Jason Ferguson and Dylan Noble in two games (21-12,21-9).

    The first day saw some magnificent performances across all the boys and girls divisions. Everything is set up for a fantastic final day on Sunday 26th February with first games starting at 10am.

     

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Shuttle Time Irish Secondary School Finals

This year’s Shuttle Time secondary school finals took place in Gormanston Park, Co.Meath on Wednesday 8th March. The event was split into three age groups per gender, U14, U16 and U19. Each age group would see the Division 1 and Division 2 finalists compete against each other in their respective section. This year saw schools from all four provinces compete in the competition. The Shuttle Time Finals gives students the unique opportunity to challenge themselves against the best players in the country at their age group.

Before play commenced in the morning all the players lined up in their schools for the parade. Looking around the hall you could see the atmosphere growing. It was evident to see the creativity and hard work that had gone into some of the schools parade. When play commenced, each team competed in a league format. From the first match you could hear the students getting behind their team mates with cheers coming as players won narrow games for their school. The whole day had schools acting in a competitive and sporting environment, with every game ending in a handshake and in good nature. As the day came to a close, it was evident that many of the groups would be decided in the final game of the league. In the U19 Boys Division 2 both Naomh Cormac and Colaiste Phoball Roscrea were left eagerly awaiting the decision who would become the division winner. Both teams had finished with equal matches, equal games but Naomh Cormac came away with the trophy on points. Colaiste Treasa made the long journey back to Cork with high spirits as they managed to win both the U16 Boys Division 2 and the U14 Boys Division 2 as well as coming runners up in the U19 Boys Division 1 behind Terenure College.

 

The 2017 Shuttle Time All Ireland Secondary Schools winners are as follows:

U14 Boys Division 1- Royal and Prior

U14 Boys Division 2- Colaiste Treasa

U14 Girls Division 1- Blackwater Community School

U14 Girls Division 2- St. Mary’s Nenagh

U16 Boys Division 1- RBAI

U16 Boys Division 2- Colaiste Treasa

U16 Girls Division 1- St Mary’s Naas

U16 Girls Division 2- Scoil Mhuire Carrick on Suir

U19 Boys Division 1- Terenure College

U19 Boys Division 2- Naomh Cormac

U19 Girls Division 1- Hunterhouse

U19 Girls Division 2- St. Brendan’s Community College

Badminton Ireland would like to thank all the teachers and coaches for putting in their time to mentor and coach their students.

 

Click here for list of results

Click here for photo album

Drama in Shuttle Time Primary Final

The 2017 Shuttle Time Irish Primary School Finals saw 39 teams compete in Baldoyle Badminton Centre. The competition consisted of four groups of five in the girl’s bracket with the winners of each group progressing to the semi-finals. The boy’s bracket consisted of three groups of five and one group of four.

The group stages saw players compete in two doubles matches. This led to many entertaining matches as teachers rotated their teams and players had a chance to play against different opponents and different partners throughout the day. Group A in the boys division saw Knocklyon 1 and Banteer go undefeated in their group. Only one team could progress through to the semi-finals and with both teams drawing in their head to head Knocklyon 1 qualified through on points. This was very hard on Banteer but they can hold their heads up high as they went undefeated through the tournament. The girls division saw four very strong teams progress through the group stages. All four teams went undefeated with three of the teams not dropping a game.

In the girls division Banteer beat Scoil Mhuire 21-12 and 21-16 to reach the final. They would play the winner of Knocklyon 1 and Scoil Fhursa. As the games went on the more evident that points difference may become a factor. Eva Hassett and Emily Rossiter put on a clinical display to win their game 21-11. In any other match this result would be enough to put Knocklyon in the final. However Anastasia Jumbo and Sophia Oberzane produced a brilliant result that saw them win 21-9 and therefore giving Scoil Fhursa the win. The final was won by Banteer 21-10, 21-12. The team of Saoirse Foley, Aoife O'Connor, Megan O'Connor and Ciara O'Hanlon didn’t lose a game all day. Recording an impressive 12 game wins throughout the whole day.

In the boy’s division Knocklyon 1 were able to beat St.Pius 21-11, 21-9 to progress through to the final to play against Kilcredan Larks who were able to win 21-7, 21-7 against Scoil Fhursa. The boy’s final saw one of the matches of the tournament as Knocklyon's pair of Max Cooke and Neil Kelly lost narrowly to Kilcredan Larks Sean Daly and Patrick Millerick 21-20. This game had many long rallies and this produced plenty of drama throughout the game. The other game in the final saw Ben Lawlor and Luke Marshall from Knocklyon 1 produce a clean result against Edmund Motherway and Paudie O'Sullivan from Kilcredan Larks. With the game ending 21-5. After both games the match was tied and Knocklyon were declared the winner by points difference.

 

 

Woods and McAllister take home all the Gold

Day two of the U13&U17 Nationals saw the successful athletes from Saturday compete in the semi-finals and finals. The morning session started off with the Singles division followed by the doubles and then the mixed doubles. Several athletes found themselves with the chance of glory in multiple events.

The Boys U17 singles final was contest between doubles partners Brian O’Mahony and Adam McAllister. With both players knowing each other’s game so well points were hard to come by. After an intense final Adam McAllister came out on top with a hard fought 2-0 victory (21- 15, 21-16). Meanwhile on court 2 the Girls U17 Doubles Final was won by Rachael Woods & Rebecca Woods who defeated Orla Flynn & Alexandra Troy 2-0 (21-10, 21-13). Both teams produced some excellent rallies and showed a magnificent variety of shots. The U17 Girls Singles Final saw Rachel Woods take on her sister Rebecca Woods. This match was played with precision and great spirit. Rachel proved too strong for her sister as she came out 21-19 and 21-13 winner to take her second gold of the day. The Boys Doubles Final saw a dominant display between Brian O’Mahony and Adam McAllister as they came out victors in a routine 2-0 win over David Barton & Oisin Dwyer.

 

In the U13 division the Boys Doubles Final was won by Scott Guildea & Vincent Pontanosa in an epic encounter against number 1 seed Matthew Cheung & Stuart McCollam. Both pairs showed tremendous passion and drive as the athletes were very equally matched. The match was eventually won in the 3rd game as Guildea & Pontanisa were too strong in the end as they won 2-1 (21-15,10-21, 21-14). After their lengthy doubles match runners up Matthew Cheung & Stuart McCollam would take the court to compete against each other in the Boys Singles Final. The former double partners now would have to battle against each other in order to take away the winners medal. Matthew Cheung was able to come away with a 2-0 win (21-9, 21-13). The Girls Doubles Final saw Sophia Noble & Julia O’Reilly take on Chloe Koay & Lucy O’Halloran in a fast paced encounter. Both teams worked brilliantly together and this could be seen not only in this match but in the whole competition. Noble & O’Reilly were victorious in two games 21-6, 21-16. The girls U13 Singles Final was won by Sophia Noble. Number 2 seed Julia O’Reilly unfortunately had to retire from the match due to injury.

 

The final of the U17 Mixed Doubles had a special feeling about it. On one side you had two players attempting to complete a clean sweep of trophies (Rachael Woods & Alex McAllister) and on the other side of the net you had two players that had impressed throughout the nationals (Rebecca Woods & Des Duggan). Both sets of players were showing their full abilities and this led to a very entertaining game. In both games the points were close and lead changes would regularly occur. However in both games the winning mentality of Rachael and Adam was enough to finish out the match 2-0 (21-14, 21- 14). This ensured that both players left the weekend with three gold medals and an undefeated record across all divisions. The last game of the weekend saw Matthew  Cheung & Sophia Noble lift the U13 Mixed Doubles Trophy by beating Vincent Pontanosa & Julia O’Reilly 2-0 (21-8, 21-11) in the final.

 

Badminton Ireland would like to thank all participants who took part over the weekend as well as all the players and coaches who made the event so successful. Special thanks also goes to Munster Badminton for their hard work in hosting the event.

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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.

Please click here for the 2016/17 Calendar

Please click here to read Sanction Form/Tournament Organisers Notes