European Mixed Team Championships
Tuesday 4 November 2014
Team Ireland will take on Bulgaria, Slovakia and Norway when they host one of seven qualifying tournaments for the new-look European team championships at Baldoyle Badminton Centre, Dublin, from 7 – 9 November 2014.
A total of 33 teams have entered the tournament, with five getting byes into the finals in Leuven, Belgium held between 11 – 15 February 2015. These are host nation Belgium, defending champions Germany, Denmark, England and Russia.
Ireland - CURRENT WTR-RANK: 29
Team Ireland, the top ranked seeding in the group, are favourites to top . The key players are Olympians Scott Evans and Chloe Magee and mixed doubles partnership Sam and Chloe Magee. Bulgaria looks to be the biggest threat to Ireland with a dangerous strength and depth in their Women.
Bulgaria - CURRENT WTR-RANK: 31
Key players for the Bulgarian team include Olympian and world ranked 43, Petya Nedelcheva. Another possible threat comes from the Stoeva sisters, Stefani and Gabriela. Stefani is seeded 45 in the singles and 24 in Women doubles where she partners with sister Gabriela. Blagovest Kisyov is world ranked 140 in men’s singles and has a lot of international experience which also makes him one to watch.
Slovakia - CURRENT WTR-RANK: 53
The main threat from Slovakia comes from men’s singles player, Jarolim Vicen, who is world ranked 167. He may also pair with another team member and feature in the men’s doubles event.
Norway - CURRENT WTR-RANK:63
The key player for Norway is Marius Myhre who is world ranked 170 and has reached 82 in men’s doubles. It is probable that he will play in both singles and doubles.
Under the new format, twelve teams will play in the final, with the seven remaining places to be filled by the winners of next weekend's seven qualifying tournaments. Ireland, ranked sixth of the remaining 28 teams, has a good chance of making it.
Schedule of play:
Friday 7 November 2014 – 13.00: Ireland vs Norway
Friday 7 November 2014 – 18.00: Bulgaria vs Slovakia
Saturday 8 November 2014 – 13.00: Norway vs Bulgaria
Saturday 8 November 2014 – 18.00: Ireland vs Slovakia
Sunday 9 November 2014 – 10:00: Norway vs Slovakia
Sunday 9 November 2014 – 15.00: Ireland vs Bulgaria