06 February 2017
It was a great weekend of badminton in Lisburn Racquets Club for the 2017 Irish Senior and U15 National Championships, with many top players battling it out to become National title holders. A big congratulation to all the winners. Three-time Olympian Chloe Magee won both the ladies doubles and mixed doubles in the event, bringing her total of National titles to 23, which is the highest number of titles held by any Irish player across all disciplines. The weekend also saw U17 European Champion Nhat Nguyen win his second men's singles National title at the age of 16.
Sam Magee added two further National titles to his name with brother Joshua Magee in the men's doubles and Chloe Magee in the mixed doubles. Rachael Darragh also won her first ever National titles by winning the women's singles and women's doubles with Chloe Magee.
In the U15's Nationals, there were some close and excellent matches throughout the day. Sean Laureta and Kim Feehily both picked up two National titles on the weekend. Kim won the girl's doubles with her partner Kerry Fallon and Sean won the boy's doubles with his partner Daniel O'Meara. Kim and Sean also took the mixed title. Alexandra Troy took gold in the girl's singles, while in the boy's singles Peter Mcdonald came out on top.
See below for all of the winners and runners-up.
Senior Irish National Championships 2017 - Winners and Runners Up
MS (21-19 21-19)
Winner - Nhat Nguyen (see left)
Runner Up - Joshua Magee
WS (22-20 21-15)
Winner - Rachael Darragh
Runner Up - Sara Boyle
MD (21-16 21-13)
Winners - Joshua Magee & Sam Magee
Runners Up - Nhat Nguyen & Paul Reynolds
WD (19-21 21-7 21-11)
Winners - Rachael Darragh & Chloe Magee (see right)
Runners Up - Sinead Chambers & Jennie King
XD (21-14 21-7)
Winners - Sam Magee & Chloe Magee
Runners Up - Ciaran Chambers & Sinead Chambers
U15 National Championships 2017 Winners and Runners Up
BS U15 (15- 21 21-11 21-15)
Winner - Peter Mcdonald (see left)
Runner Up - Evan Byrne
GS U15 (19-21 21-13 21-12)
Winner - Alexandra Troy
Runner Up - Kerry Fallon
BD U15 (21-12 21-16)
Winners - Sean Patrick Laureta & Daniel O’Meara
Runners Up - Matthew Cheung & Vincent Pontanosa
GD U15 (16-21 21-13 21-14)
Winners - Kerry Fallon & Kim Feehily (see right)
Runners Up - Orla Flynn & Megan Mcloughlin
XD U15 (29-30 21-9 21-15)
Winners - Sean Patrick Laureta & Kim Feehily
Runners Up - Peter Mcdonald & Kerry Fallon
A big thank you to all our umpires, referees, volunteers and Lisburn Racquets Club for hosting the event. Also, thank you to Badminton Ireland President Betty Thompson for presenting the prizes.
Please follow this link to the full results from Irish National Senior Championships.
Please follow this link to the full results from Irish National U15 Championships.
For more photos from the 2017 Irish Senior and U15 Nationals please click on this link.
01 February 2017
The Senior Irish Nationals is one of the longest running event. Men's singles and ladies singles date back to 1912. The event has a great deal of history with some of Ireland's greatest players winning multiple titles. JP (Chick) Doyle (featuring in the main photo) claimed the men's singles titles eight straight years from 1954-1961.
In the ladies singles, Barbara Beckett (pictured on the left) has 9 ladies singles national titles to her name from the 70's and 80's. Liam Mckenna (pictured right) has also won multiple National singles titles in the late 80's and early 90's.
The tournament this weekend takes place in Lisburn rackets club running alongside the U15 Nationals. Three-time Olympian Chloe Magee will be aiming to surpass Bruce Topping as the player with the highest number of winners titles in all events. Bruce has 21 in total with Chloe on 21 presently, however, Chloe is favourite to win the 2 events she is competing in.
Click on the link to view all of the past National winners across any discipline.
Top 3 all time National title winners
|1. Michael Watt - 9 Titles
|2. Scott Evans - 8 Titles
|3. JP (Chick) Doyle - 8 Titles
|1. Chloe Magee - 10 Titles
|2. Barbara Beckett - 9 Titles
|3. Yvonne Kelly/Ciara Doheny - 6 Titles
|1. Bruce Topping - 9 Titles
|2. Frank Peard - 9 Titles
|3. James FitzGibbonn - 9 Titles
|1. Yvonne Kelly - 12 Titles
|2. Keelin Fox - 9 Titles
|3. Mary O'Sullivan - 7 Titles
|1. Bruce Topping - 9 Titles
|2. Sam Magee - 9 Titles
|3. Chloe Magee - 9 Titles
14 December 2016
The FZ Forza Irish Open was held from the 7th-10th December in the new Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena. The tournament was a great success with over 250 players taking part from over 29 countries. Scott Evans was the big talking point of the tournament as he made it to the final where he came up against Fabian Roth of Germany.
After beating Pablo Abian of Spain in the semi-final stages Scott was ready to give it everything against the young German player. Scott fought hard but lost out to Fabian in three sets 20-22 21-9 21-15. RTE were there to video some of the matches and get an interview after the game with Scott.
The week could not have been possible without some of the dedicated volunteers, umpires, referees and BI staff. The school girls from St Marys Baldoyle were a fantastic help all week long. Also a big thank you to Sport Ireland for allowing us to use the incredible arena for the event. Also a big thank you to all our sponsors for making various aspects of the event run so well: Forza Sports, Sport Ireland, Failte Ireland and Hilton Hotel Dublin Airport. We look forward to seeing the players and supporters come back next year for the Irish Open 2017.