21 February 2015
Having totally dominated the badminton scene both North and South of the border for over a decade in his youth, it is no surprise whatsoever that he should now be having the same success as he enters the veteran stages of the sport and this weekend he will be defending his Over 40 Mens Singles title at the Roadside Motors Lisburn Ulster Masters Badminton Championships at Lisburn Racquets Club.
Michael, a member of Banbridge and District club and Alpha, is unbeaten in any of the singles masters competitions whether at national or provincial level here in Ireland or at any other major events including the European Championships at 45 plus or the All England Championships at 40 plus level.
Already this year he has lifted the Irish Masters title beating Kevin Donnelly in the final but in the doubles, partnering Michael Turkington, they didn’t have things all their own way despite eventually coming through 21-19 21-18 against Alan Colgan and Seamus Halpin but in last season’s Ulster Masters Turkington and Watt had to be content with being runners-up to Eugene McKenna and Graham Henderson, two former international colleagues of Watt.
Tournament organizer, William Martin, who is also President of the Ulster Branch, is delighted to report a further increase in the numbers entering the eight age groups and the continued financial support of local company Roadside Motors Lisburn.
“We have for the first time in Masters events introduced a new 35 plus section and are continuing the 70 plus section where I see Jack Earls from St Johns Dromara will be defending his mens singles title.At 65 plus Bob Evans is coming from Cork to resume his battles with Ballinderry's Tony Clarke and David Kenny from Clogher Valley.
20 February 2015
Play started at 8pm on the 20th of Feb in the Presentation Hall in Killarney. All four courts were in full swing as 5 teams consisting of 5 players competed.All teams played each other In a round robin basis with each team playing 3 sets per round. Play finished at 11.30 with refreshments provided during the prize giving ceremoney.
Jamie Elliot (captain) (Moyvane),
John O Halloran (Killarney)
Susan O Connell (Iveragh)
Michael Crossan (captain)(Kingdom)
Eileen Roche (moyvane)
Micheal O Connor(Kingdom)
Jp Murphy (Iveragh)
Winners of shirts were
Noelle o Mahoney (Kingdom)
Carmel Hudson (moyvane)
John o Brien (Killarney)
Marion O Neill and Mike Reardon helped run the competition with Mary Bradley also gave a hand.
Thanks to Tom Bradley who took photos.
Thanks to badminton Ireland for the 3 prizes, the winners delighted with there prizes.
Thanks to pres killarney for use of there hall and the county board for organising such an event
18 February 2015
The Irish Para Badminton Team achieved some brilliant results at the Scottish 4 Nations tournament last weekend bringing home one gold and six silver medals but there was a rare surprise defeat for double World and European champion Niall McVeigh. He was beaten in the final by his old adversary Krysten Coombs, 21-15 14-21 24-22 in a match lasting just short of the hour mark, having beaten Coombs earlier at the group stage and held a couple of match points late in the game.
The thoroughly professional McVeigh however has already started his preparations for the Spanish International at the end of next month and has identified the couple of issues he needs to work on.
It was Laura Lee Jenkins’s first tournament in three years and she paired with Scotland’s Fiona Christie to win gold in the women’s wheelchair doubles beating Sharon Jones Barnes/Teague 21-11 21-11. An excellent achievement for Jenkins.
Emma Farnham helped herself to a silver in the SS6 Singles. Farham paired with Andrew Moorcroft for the first time in the mixed doubles and secured a silver losing to Rachel Choong/ Dylan Beaumont 21-17 21-9.
There was joy and a silver for Chris Stewart and Michael Smith in the men’s wheelchair doubles and Stewart also reached the semi-final of the singles.
Niall Jarvie, the team’s adopted Scot put in a strong performance in the men’s half-court singles getting to the semi-final before losing to the reigning European Champion.
Unfortunately, Stephen Halpin was not able to make it out of the group stages of the standing full court singles as he came up against a couple of very experienced opponents.
Team Ireland is already stepping up their preparations for the World Championships in 2015.