Ciaran and Sinead Chambers from Lisburn’s Alpha Club head the local challenge in this weekend’s FZ Forza Ulster Open Badminton Championships at the NBC Lisburn. Together they are top seeds in the mixed doubles and defend the title, while Sinead defends the women doubles title partnering Dubliner Jennie King. Ciaran will team up with Mark Brady to take the top seeding in the mens doubles.
Ciaran said “we are aiming for Commonwealth Games selection and the Ulster event comes midway through a busy international Programme. We were delighted with our mixed doubles title win in the Lithuanian International earlier in the season and we will take in the Scottish, Welsh and Irish International Championships over the next six weeks.”
Unseeded Ulster players to look out for on Saturday and Sunday include the experienced Tony Murphy and Tony Stephenson in the mens doubles and twins Rachael and Rebecca Woods, Ireland’s top Under -17 pair, in the women doubles.
The weekends play, which also includes the Ulster Under 11 and Under 15 Championships, will be preceded by an Ulster Exhibition Night at the Racquets Club on the Friday evening starting at 7.30 .It is to raise money for the Ulster Senior team in Division One of the English Inter County League. Ciaran Chambers has put together an outstanding evening of fun and competition hosted by Denise Watson of UIO5. It would be great to see as many people there as possible to encourage and support our players.