Brilliant Achievement by Nhat Nguyen

Brilliant Achievement by Nhat Nguyen

Brilliant Achievement by Nhat Nguyen

Nhat Nguyen has had a brilliant performance all throughout the World Junior Championships this week in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He reached the last 8 by winning four matches in what was one of the biggest entries in World Junior Championship history.

He came up against Zhengze Gao of China in his quarter-final match. This player had previously knocked out the number 3 and 11 seeds in his early rounds. Nhat started the match very well and both players looked to challenge each other’s defence from the back of the court. Nhat fought hard to take the first game 21-18 and get into a good position mentally heading into the next game. Gao came back fighting and put Nhat to the test, Nhat took the lead at 18-17 but some impressive play allowed the Chinese player to take that game 21-18. Nhat struggled in the final game and the Chinese player took real control of the match to take his place in the semi-final after winning 21-7 in the third.

Well done to Nhat and Paul for their performances at the World Junior Championships and also well done to National Coach John Quinn for supporting the players throughout the week.

For a full list of the results click on this link.

A World Junior Medal In Nguyen’s Reach

A World Junior Medal In Nguyen's Reach

A World Junior Medal In Nguyen’s Reach

After winning his round of 16 match Nhat Nguyen is only one win away from securing what would be Ireland’s first ever medal at a World Junior Championships.

With a massive 256 draw in the men’s singles at the World Junior Championships Nhat has had to overcome 4 opponents to get to the quarterfinals. In his round of 16 match he took on the number 13 seed Kartikey Gulshan Kumar of India. Nhat had a slow start to the match with Kumar playing well he managed to take the first game 21-18. In the second Nhat was geared to go and started to play more freely putting pressure on the Indian taking the game 21-15. In the final game, Nhat had plenty left in the tank while Kumar could not keep up with the offensive shots Nhat was bringing to the match. Nhat battled to take that game 21-13 and clinch the match booking his place in the last 8 of the event. Nhat is one of only two European players left in the event. Tomorrow Nhat will play unseeded Chinese player Zhengze Gao who has already taken out the number 3 and 11 seeds from the event. 

Nhat also was playing in the men’s doubles event with partner Paul Reynolds. They won their opening round against Vietnamese players Le/Nguyen 21-11 21-11. In the next round they came up against the stronger pair of Kwek/Man of Malaysia. This game was hard fought in both games by Nhat and Paul but the experience of the Malaysian pair shone through as they took the match in two games 21-18 21-13.

For all of the results from the event so far click on this link. 

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Danish Open ends but players travel to France next week

Danish Open ends but players travel to France next week

Danish Open ends but players travel to France next week

The Danish Open has ended after Sam and Chloe Magee having a brilliant win over the World number 17 seeds but eventually losing out to the World number 1 and world silver medallists from China. Next tournament up will be the French Open.

Sam and Chloe Magee put in a world-class performance in their first round match to overcome the tough Indian pair of Chopra/Reddy 21-17 21-15. Next match up was against the World Number 1 Zheng Siwei and Chen Qingchen of China. The world medallist showed their class during the game making it very difficult for Sam and Chloe to get points on the board. Sam and Chloe held their own against the pair but lost out in the end 21-12 21-13.

Scott Evans lost out in the qualification round after winning the first round of the mixed against Danish pair Molhede/Norgaard, then losing out to strong Danish pair Nohr/Thygesen. Scott was playing with new mixed partner Amanda Hogstrom of Sweden. Scott also exited in the first round of the men’s singles losing out to Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke.

These players along with Joshua Magee will travel to the French Open next week looking for more strong performances. 

Click on this link for all the Irish results from the Danish Open.

Click on this link for the upcoming Irish matches at the French Open.

Office Closure

Office Closure

Office Closure

Due to the recent developments with Hurricane Ophelia and to ensure the safety of all the staff we have decided to close the Badminton Irelands offices on Monday 16th of October. As a result our phones will be down. The Badminton Ireland staff will work remotely where possible and should any of our members need urgent assistance please email info@badmintonireland.com or contact us via Social Media, both of which will be monitored throughout the day.

We hope that you all remain safe.

2017 Annual General Meeting

AGM website picIt is that time of the year again that we are pleased to inform you of the 2017 Waikato Badminton Association Annual General Meeting. We have had another excellent year and we invite you all to join us on Sunday 10 December at 7pm at the Eastlink Badminton Stadium in the downstairs Club Room behind the front office.

Please find attached the following documents:

All Clubs are expected to have at least ONE (1) delegate present at the meeting. Information is attached about how many votes each Club have at the meeting (WBA Club Delegate Voting Rights). For every entitled vote, one person needs to be present at the meeting for a club to be able to execute that vote. Clubs who wish to forward any remits, nominations for Board Member vacancies or the President and/or Vice-President positions should take note of the above listed deadlines. Nominations received after the deadline cannot be accepted as per our constitution and nominations from the floor during the AGM are not permitted. Items for General Business need to be received by the WBA Office not later than 21 days prior to the AGM.

Please let us know if you have any questions with regards to the above or attached documents and please add Sunday 10 December at 7pm to your diaries. The AGM Agenda, annual report and annual financial statements will be distributed no later than 14 days prior to the AGM.