• Ireland win 2 nail-biters

    28/03/2015 High PerformanceIreland win 2 nail-biters

    Ireland was on court twice on Friday in Poland against Romania and Norway at the European Junior Championships and managed to win both ties 3-2.

    Ireland faced Romania early in the afternoon, first on court for the Irish was the mixed doubles combination of Paul Reynolds/Sara Boyle and they took on Filimon Collins-Velentine/Catalina Simionescu in a tough three setter. Paul/Rachael won the first 21-19 before narrowly losing the second 22-24, this set up a final set but it did not go the Irish way and they went down 16-21. Rachael Darragh was on court next and disposed of her opponent 21-14, 21-17 to put the tie level at one all. Sam Mckay took to the court but was beaten 11-21, 10-21 so it was up to Sara Boyle/Rachael Darragh to save the day for the Irish and keep them in the competition and they did just that in a tough three setter. Sara/Rachael beat the Romanians 21-14, 20-22 and 21-15. Sam and Paul took to the court for the second time against Panfil Eugeniu-Cosmin/David Nitu and had the final say and outclassed the Romanians 21-14, 21-10.

    Later on in the day the Irish were back on court to face the Norwegian in another tie that went right down to the last match. Paul/Sara lifted their game against the Norwegians and won convincingly 21-19, 21-13. Next up was Norman Lau who just could not find his rhythm and went down 21-12, 21-12. Rachael Darragh took the court and gave the Irish one more point by beating Vilde Espeseth 21-12, 21-14. Sam and Paul played a great game and showed real improvement but still could not win their match against the more powerful combination on Sturla Jorgensen/Carl Mork and went down in three tough games 16-21, 21-16 and 12-21. It was up the woman doubles combination on Sara/Rachael to get that third point and they did just that in great style 21-14, 21-13.

    This young team has shown great fighting spirit in this year’s European Championship and will be ready to take on Spain who are the 5/8 seeds, you can watch the match live on BEtv at 13:30.

  • McVeigh off to good start in Spain

    27/03/2015 EventsMcVeigh off to good start in Spain

    Ireland’s World and European Para Badminton champion got his quest to lift the Spanish International title off to a good start today by beating Wigan youngster Isaak Dalglish 21-14 21-19 and Joey Lie from the Netherlands 21-3 21-1.

    With England’s top two players Andrew Martin and Krysten Coombs both booking their semi-final places with consummate ease – though Coombs was taken to three set by Hong Kong’s Chun Yim Wong – McVeigh will face his great adversary Krysten Coombs for a place in the final.

    In the other half of the draw Scotland’s Robert Laing faces Chun Yim Wong for a semi-final clash against Andrew Martin.

  • 2015 All-Ireland Secondary Schools Final

    26/03/2015 Events2015 All-Ireland Secondary Schools Final

    Teams from all over Ireland gathered at Gormanston College in Co Meath yesterday for the annual Shuttle Time All Ireland Schools Championships, held over three groups and in two divisions for both boys and girls.

    Among them were Terenure College, looking to add another All Ireland title to the seventeen they have won in the past fourteen years, and Our Lady's Templeogue with an U19 team that included Irish junior international Kate Frost. From Ulster came Royal and Prior with three teams and Hunterhouse with two, from Munster four teams from Colaiste Treasa Kanturk and four more from St Anne's Community College Killaloe, while from Connacht, Sacred Heart Westport had two teams qualifying and St Gerard's Castlebar two. There were also single teams from schools including Scoil Aireagai from Ballyhare in Co Kilkenny, Colaiste Naomh Cormac from Kilcormac in Co Offlay, St Brendan's Birr, and Sullivan Upper from Holywood, Co Down and St Kieran's Kilkenny. All had booked their places at Gormanston by winning provincial titles.

  • 2015 Intervarsity Championships

    23/03/2015 Events2015 Intervarsity Championships

    The 2015 Intervarsity Championships took place at Queens University in Belfast from 20-22 March 2015. There were 17 teams altogether which represented 15 Universities/Colleges.

    The opening day saw the teams compete against each other using the round robin format. With the top two teams from each group going through to play a quarter final and the bottom placed teams competing in a plate competition.

    The quarter finals saw the top seeds UU flex their muscles against NUIG with a comfortable 8-0 victory. In a local Dublin derby, UCD got the better of their arch rivals DCU to set up a clash with the top seeds in the semi-final. In the bottom half of the draw, the hosts Queens University overcame their visitors Trinity College with a 5-2 score line. University of Limerick won the battle of Munster by beating University of Cork, to take the last semi-final place.

    University of Ulster, led by top Irish players, Ciaran and Sinead Chambers, ran out winner against UCD with a 5-2 score line in the first semi. QUB battled to a 5-3 victory over University of Limerick to setup a clash with in-form team UU.

    UU proved their pre-tournament hype by overcoming Queens 5-1 but not without a fight. Two fantastic three set battles went the way of University of Ulster and this proved to be the decisive blow to see them crowned 2015 Intervarsity Cup Champions.

    After three hard fought rounds in the plate competition, it was Sligo IT and Royal College of Surgeons who booked their places in the final. Sligo had top Irish player Jonathan Dolan in their ranks, despite this it was Royal College Surgeons came away with a 6-2 victory.

    Huge thanks must go out to the Queens University for hosting, a very enjoyable weekend for all. The court officials group must also be thanked for giving up their time to ensure a very smooth finals days for all involved.

  • Portlaoise Club Visit

    19/03/2015 LeinsterPortlaoise Club Visit

    Portlaoise Badminton Club is back in action again tonight from 7-9pm. Last week Badminton Ireland Performance Pathway Coach Daniel Magee visited the club and gave the members a number of tips towards their game.

    Portlaoise Badminton Club has a fantastic set up in the Portlaoise College. The Badminton hall itself is complimented by the keen members who came along on the night to play. It is great to see new clubs like this forming around Ireland and it is important that we continue to promote new clubs in order for our sport to develop. I would like to thank Roy Cobbe for his invitation to visit the club and Joe Byrne for his support during the night” Performance Pathway Coach Daniel Magee

    If you are in the area call down to the college on Mount Rath road from 7-9pm each Wednesday.

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The first Shuttle Time Primary School competition is a SMASH

The first Shuttle Time Primary school competition was held yesterday at Baldoyle Badminton Centre, Dublin with over 34 teams from all over Ireland taking part. 

There was lots of healthy competition and smiles all round from the 140 children in attendance.

In the girl's event, St Mary’s School from Thomastown, Kilkenny met of St. Colmcilles Senior National School 2 from Knocklyon, Dublin in the final.  St Mary’s took the first game with a convincing win of 21/4. St Colmcilles fought back in the second game and almost took it to a three game decider but St Mary’s took the game point at the last moment making it 21/20 and claimed the first ever Shuttle Time Primary School Girls Winners title.  

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