French Open 2017

French Open 2017

French Open 2017

Tomorrow will see the start of the Yonex French Open in Paris, running all the way up until Sunday the 29th in the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. This tournament will see four Irish players, Scott Evans, and Chloe, Sam and Joshua Magee, taking part. After solid performances in the Danish Open, all four of these players will be hoping to secure more ranking points. 

Sam and Joshua will be facing the German side of Raphael Beck and Bjarne Geiss in their qualifying round. 

While Chloe with her partner Olga Konon of Germany will be against the Latvian pair of Ieva Pope and Monika Radovska. Scott Evans will be participating in the mixed doubles with Amanda Hogstrom of Sweden 

Sam and Chloe Magee, are already in the main draw and will be up against a qualifier.  

For all of the opening Irish matches, you can click on this link.

Keep up to date on the results on our Facebook and Twitter. 

Annual Award Nominations Closing 27th October

Annual Award Nominations Closing 27th October

Annual Award Nominations Closing 27th October

The Badminton ireland Annual Awards nominations are soon to close, so get yours in for the various categories ASAP. Nominations close on the 27th October. Some of the awards up for grabs include Club of the Year, Coach of the Year and County of the Year amoung others….

The 2017 Badminton Ireland Awards Night will take place on Saturday, 9th December at the Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport. The Badminton Ireland Awards Night is an opportunity to recognize contributions made by clubs and individuals throughout the country. A four course dinner, live entertainment and special presentations make for a fantastic evening. A limited amount of tickets are available at €39 per person so reserve your place now. 

                           

Perfect way to have your club Chritmas party!

The ticket for €39 will inlcude the following:

– Drinks reception on arrival.

– 4 Course Meal

– Live music/DJ and bar until 2am.

– Awards presentations and Chritmas festivities.

– Members rate on hotel rooms.*

*Limited rooms available to reserve until the 8th November 2017 at a reduced rate.

Nominations for the various awards are also open and will close on the 27th October, so get them in sooner rather then later! You can find the nominations forms by folllowing this link.

For bookings or further details you can email cmccourtney@badmintonireland.com or phone the office on 01 8393028.

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.