Ulster had a number of winners at the Senior & U15 National Championships over a great weekend of badminton at Baldoyle.
Forza Irish National Senior Championships
It turned out to be a great Irish National championships for our Commonwealth Games players winning the Ladies singles, Ladies Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles. Along with Joshua Magee taking the Men’s Doubles title. Sinead Chambers was a double winner taking the Ladies Doubles title and Mixed Doubles title. She teamed up with fellow CWG player and sibling Ciaran to take the mixed title, a first National Title for Ciaran. The pair had a great tournament, not dropping a set throughout beating Paul Reynolds & Rachael Darragh in the final 21-13, 21-14.
In the ladies doubles, Sinead teamed up with Jennie Magee and had comfortable progress to the final where they were up against the young Ulster pair of Rachael & Rebecca Woods. The experienced pair and multi winners of the LD title, proved to strong for the Woods twins winning 21-16, 21-10, however a great experience for the young pair.
Joshua Magee had a very good Nationals winning the Men’s Doubles in a newly formed partnership with Paul Reynolds. they beat the Ulster/Leinster Partnership of Stuart Lightbody & Sam McKay in the final 21-16, 21-10. Josh also reached the final of the Men’s Singles but lost out to former U17 European Champion Nhat Nguyen.
There were a number of good performances throughout Rebecca Woods reaching the Semi Final of the Ladies Singles and Tony Murphy & Ryan Stewart reaching the Semi Final of the Men’s Doubles.
For Full results Click this link
Forza U15 Irish National Championships
Matthew Cheung was the big winner at the U15 Nationals winning 3 titles. The Lisburn EPS player, who is only 12 Years Old, played a fantastic Boys singles event winning the final 21-6, 21-9 against Ben Lawlor. He teamed up with Vincent Pontanosa for the Boys Doubles progressing to the final after a walkover in the Semi final. They played Scott Guildea & Ben Lawlor and proved to be a close affair in the first set but Matthew & Vincent played the end of the set very well taking it 21-15. The boys continued their good form in the second set winning 21-12 and Matthews Second title of the day.
In the mixed Matthew played with Sophia Noble from Leinster. The pair proved their top seed position by reaching the final after a good quality win over Ulster’s Stuart McCollum 7 Lucy Xu in the semi Final. They were up against Matthews doubles partner Vincent & Julia O’Reily in the final with Matthew & Sophia continuing their good form winning 21-9, 21-17 making it a hat rick of titles for Matthew.
Laura Comber and Lucy Xu reached the final of the Girls Doubles just losing out a tight match 21-19, 21-14 to Sophia Noble & Julia O’Reily.
For full results click this Link