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  • FZ Forza U13 & U17 Nationals Combativity Award

    24/02/2017 FZ Forza U13 & U17 Nationals Combativity Award

    The U13 & U17 Nationals are taking place in Waterford this weekend and our sponsors FZ Forza will be presenting an award to the player who shows most fighting spirit and/or fair play during the tournament.

    The prize will be a draw string backpack from the new 2017/2018 FZ FORZA collection which will not be available on the shelves until August 2017.

    The winner will be chosen by Forza Sports Mark Phelan in collaboration with a BI senior staff member. The judges decision will be final. The winner must be present to collect award on Sunday 26th February before the start of finals.

    To see more about FZ Forza Sports click on this link.

  • FZ Forza Irish Club Championships 2017 Day 2

    19/02/2017 FZ Forza Irish Club Championships 2017 Day 2

    The second day of the FZ Forza Irish Club Championships saw the semi-finals and finals of the grade A and C being played. Lakewood retained the Grade A title for the second consecutive year, while Ailesbury won the grade C section. There was a number of close matches in the semi finals and finals. There were also play off matches for 3rd/4th placing as well as 5th/6th.

    In the grade A semi finals Mount Pleasant versus Alpha came right down to the wire. The game was level 3-3 going into the mixed match. Mount Pleasant saved three match points over the course of the mixed. They ended up winning the mixed in three games, 23-21 in the third. In the other semi-final Lakewood were comfortable winners against Greenwell Street.

    In the Grade C section Ailesbury came out winners against Old Bawn with some exciting matches throughout. Kingdom won the other semi-final in grade C section beating Johnswell.

    Some great badminton was played in the finals of both the grade A and C with players cheering their teammates on from the side of the courts. The grade A final was between Mount Pleasant and Lakewood. Lakewood performed well to retain the title for the second year running. The grade C final was a close match where Ailesbury came up against Kingdom. This final had some exciting matches but went down to the mixed which Ailesbury won to claim the grade C title.

    A big thank you to Badminton Ireland president Betty Thompson for presenting the medals, to Aengus Sheerin and Micheal O'Morain for running the event, Galway lawn tennis club and all the participating players and clubs.

    For all the results over the two days click on this link.

    For the photos from the event follow this link.

  • FZ Forza Irish Club Championships 2017 Day 1

    18/02/2017 FZ Forza Irish Club Championships 2017 Day 1

    Galway Lawn Tennis Club is playing host to the FZ Forza All Ireland Club Championships this weekend where 12 teams and over 140 players have travelled to attempt to become winners of the grade A and C titles. The tournament is over 100 years old and is well attended by clubs from all over the country. There was a great atmosphere in the hall throughout the day with players catching up and socialising while they cheered on their teammates. The format for the matches are 1 men's and women's singles, 2 men's and women's doubles and 1 mixed for total of 7 matches.

    There were some exciting and close matches in the opening day of the competition. Grade A title holders Lakewood dominated in their first match beating Ballyclare 6-1 in the A section. The other match in the A section saw Greenwell Street come down to the last match against Clogher valley. It was 3-3 after some tight matches and it came down to the mixed. Greenwell Street managed to clinch the tie as they won the final mixed match in three games. In the later matches Mount Pleasant beat Clogher Valley 4-3 while Alpha won 5-2 against Ballyclare.

    In the Grade C section Oldbawn had a tight encounter with the hosts Galway Lawn Tennis Club (GLTC). Four of the matches went to three games with Oldbawn having a comeback to take victory in the final mixed. Also in the grade C section KADCA lost 6-1 Johnswell. In later matches in the Grade C section Ailesbury came out the 5-2 winners against KADCA while, Kingdom dominated over GLTC beating them 7-0.

    The tournament will continue tomorrow with the final being played later in the day. 

    For full results from day 1 click on this link.

    To see some of the photos from the event so far click on this link to be directed to our Facebook page.

  • Senior and U15 FZ Forza Irish Nationals 2017

    06/02/2017 Senior and U15 FZ Forza Irish Nationals 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.

     

  • Senior Nationals entering its 105th year

    01/02/2017 Senior Nationals entering its 105th year

    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

    Men's Singles
    1. Michael Watt - 9 Titles
    2. Scott Evans - 8 Titles
    3. JP (Chick) Doyle - 8 Titles
    Ladies Singles
    1. Chloe Magee - 10 Titles 
    2. Barbara Beckett - 9 Titles
    3. Yvonne Kelly/Ciara Doheny - 6 Titles
    Men's Doubles
    1. Bruce Topping - 9 Titles
    2. Frank Peard - 9 Titles
    3. James FitzGibbonn - 9 Titles
    Ladies Doubles
    1. Yvonne Kelly - 12 Titles
    2. Keelin Fox - 9 Titles
    3. Mary O'Sullivan - 7 Titles
    Mixed Doubles
    1. Bruce Topping - 9 Titles
    2. Sam Magee - 9 Titles
    3. Chloe Magee - 9 Titles

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Senior and U15 FZ Forza Irish Nationals 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.

 

Senior Nationals entering its 105th year

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

Men's Singles
1. Michael Watt - 9 Titles
2. Scott Evans - 8 Titles
3. JP (Chick) Doyle - 8 Titles
Ladies Singles
1. Chloe Magee - 10 Titles 
2. Barbara Beckett - 9 Titles
3. Yvonne Kelly/Ciara Doheny - 6 Titles
Men's Doubles
1. Bruce Topping - 9 Titles
2. Frank Peard - 9 Titles
3. James FitzGibbonn - 9 Titles
Ladies Doubles
1. Yvonne Kelly - 12 Titles
2. Keelin Fox - 9 Titles
3. Mary O'Sullivan - 7 Titles
Mixed Doubles
1. Bruce Topping - 9 Titles
2. Sam Magee - 9 Titles
3. Chloe Magee - 9 Titles

Very successful FZ Forza Irish Open 2016 held in the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena

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.

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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

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