Hp Round up September

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Hp Round up September

September was another busy month for Irish players competing on the World stage. The main highlights from the month are listed in this article read more......



At the start of the month at the Irish under 19 open Rachael and Rebecca Woods made the final of the Women’s doubles. The pair lost out in the final to the number one seeds from Switzerland Dounia Pelupessy and Milena Schnider.

Next up the Irish under 17 team travelled to Poland for the European U17 Championships. The team played well in their group starting with a win over Italy before losing out in two close matches with Finland and the seeded team Serbia. Serbia went on to take silver in the team event.

The focus then moved to the individual event. The Irish competed will in the individual event but the stand out performance came from fourteen-year-old girls singles player Sophia Noble. Sophia played extremely well winning all her matches in the team event and carried this good form into the individual event. In the individual event Noble started well beating the number seven seed Setien of Spain, followed by Horinkova of Czech Republic.

In the last sixteen Sophia kept the momentum going as she beat another seed, this time it was the number eleven seed Kruus of Estonia. This win set up a quarterfinal against Golubeva of Russia, unfortunately this was where the journey ended for Sophia. Golubeva took the match winning 21-15 21-16 and after beating Noble the Russian went on to win the Championships.

The Kharkiv International Challenge event was the next big event in the month for the Irish. Sam and Chloe Magee reached the quarterfinal while Nhat Nguyen went one step further reaching the semi-final after beating number three seed Pablo Abian of Spain. In the semi-final Nguyen lost out in three games to the number one seed and eventual winner Mark Caljouw.

In the Para-badminton in the SS6 singles category Niall McVeigh has had a very successful month reaching quarterfinals in the Thailand and China Opens. In the last 16 of both events Niall beat Yi-Ying Chen of Chines Taipei. In Thailand Niall lost out in the quarterfinal to Chun Yim Wong of Hong Kong and at the China open he lost out to the current Para Badminton World Champion Jack Sheppard of England.

The Irish number one mixed pair Sam and Chloe Magee travelled to Korea and China Open for the BWF Tour Super 1000 and 500 events. The highlight result for the pair came at the Korea Open where the Irish reached the last sixteen beating Yi and Ying of China, before losing out to the World number three pairing Puavaranukroh and Taerattanachai of Thailand 8-21 22-20 10-21.

The month of September ended well for the Irish as they competed in the Czech Open. The Irish brought home gold in the men’s singles and men’s doubles. In the singles event Jonathan Dolan took the title beating David Jones of England. In the men’s doubles the Irish number one ranked pairing of Reynolds and Magee beat Flaatten and Rikheim of Norway to secure another title for Ireland at this event.

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