Forza Ulster Open

Sinead Chambers of Lisburn’s Alpha Club was a double title winner in Sunday’s finals of the FZ Forza Ulster Open at the National Badminton Centre Lisburn. Sinead retained the women doubles title partnering Dubliner Jennie King beating Moya Ryan and Kate Frost of Leinster 21-18 9-21 21-17. She then retained the mixed doubles partnering her brother Ciaran in an all Ulster final beating Stuart Lightbody and Rebecca Getty 21-13 21-10.

Sinead said “Ciaran and I are aiming for Commonwealth Games selection and we will now take on the challenge of the Scottish, Welsh and Irish International Championships over the next six weeks.”

The Walsin Mens singles title went to Tony Stephenson of Alpha, who beat Dubliner Mark Brady 21-19 21-17. Stephenson picked up a second title partnering his club mate Tony Murphy to beat Adam McAllister and Brian O’Mahony of Lakewood 21-19 21-14

Moya Ryan won the women singles title beating Kate Frost 21-15 3-2(retired). Continue reading

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Upcoming Shuttle Time and Level 1 Coach Education Courses

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We have three new Shuttle Time Courses available for coaches and teachers. Details of the venues are as follows:

Lisburn Racquets Club – Sunday 29th October 2017 – 10am-4pm

Ulster University Coleraine Campus – Saturday 16th December 2017 – 10am-4pm

Foyle Arena, L/Derry – Saturday 27th January 2018 – 10am-4pm* Continue reading

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Forza Ulster Open Championships

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.

 

 

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Leinster U13 & U17 Open- Paige Woods Claims 2 titles

The U13 & U17 Leinster Open took place on 7th & 8th October at Baldoyle Badminton centre with Dylan Noble & Paige Woods dominating the U13 event and Daniel O’Meara &  Orla Flynn taking 2 titles each in the U17 event.IMG_7403

Dylan Noble took all 3 titles in the U13 event beating his doubles partner Eoghan Cooney in the final of the boys singles. They took on the Ulster pairing of Rory Comer & Christopher Chee in the boys doubles final after the Alpha players came through a marathon Semi final  in 3 sets 22-22, 21-18, 21-18, but Dylan and Eoghan prove too strong in the final.

Paige Woods had a great tournament partnering Dylan Noble in the Mixed Doubles to win the final 21-19, 21-9 against Eoghan Cooney & Soifra Flynn. Paige then teamed up with Soifra in the girls doubles to win a comfortable final 21-14, 21-9 against Holly Guildea & Chloe McGrane.

In the girls singles Soifra got the better on Paige in a good final taking the title 21-12, 16-21, 21-9.

Other notable performances include Joshua Tang & Daniel Orr and Zoe Kearon &  Roisin McKenna who reached the semi finals of the boys & girls doubles respectfully.

Daniel O’Meara won the U17 boys singles in a 3 set final against Sean Patrick Laureta, beating U13 player Matthew Cheung in the semi finals. He then teamed up with U17 Girls Singles winner Orla Flynn to progress to the final of the Mixed doubles but lost out to Michael Staunton & Alexandra Troy.

The boys doubles final again feature Daniel O’Meara & partner Sean Patrick Laureta playing against Ulster’s Jack Livingstone & Connachts Michael Staunton with Daniel & Sean taking it in a tight 2 sets 21-15, 24-22-

Thanks to Leinster Badminton for a great event. For full results click U13 & U17

 

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World Mental Health Day!- Reasons why Badminton is good for your mental Health

The 10th October 2017 is World Mental Health day!Mental Health day

Research by the Mental Health Foundation suggests that low-intensity aerobic exercise – for 30–35 minutes, 3–5 days a week, for 10–12 weeks – was best at increasing positive moods (e.g. enthusiasm, alertness). Ulster Badminton are all for this!!!

Being on court and playing badminton has many benefits from both a physical and mental aspect including:

  • The social interaction of a game helps build confidence and results in positive feelings after a session on court.
  • Helps reduce stress, anxiety and depression by taking your mind off everyday life.
  • Improves concentration levels and helps you become more focused, alert and agile. If you play doubles, you need good teamwork and awareness of what is going on around you.
  • Playing badminton engages your brain in a positive way by having to think about what you’re doing – whether it’s deciding where to serve, reacting quickly to a smash, or where to stand on court.
  • Playing badminton increases endorphins, which are the brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters – you feel this after winning a particularly long rally and of course it’s always nice to win a match!
  • People who play the game for an hour daily are more attentive, adjusted and also have more active cardiovascular and neuro-humoral responses to mental stress.

Who is interested then??  If so contact us at enquires@ulsterbadminton.com or 02892668392 and find out where your nearest courts, Leisure Centre, School or club is and get started on your badminton journey!

Follow these links on further benefits on playing badminton &  physical activity:

How to look after your mental health using exercise

25 Benefits of Playing Badminton for Physical and Mental Health

 

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Munster U15- Comer takes the Singles & Mixed Titles

Ulster had a very strong tournament at the Munster U15 Open taking home 3 titles among 3 finalists &  5 Semi finalists.Laura Comer Munster

Banbridge Raw Performance Squad player Laura Comber took the girls singles title against Sofira Flynn 21-5, 21-18 then went on to win an extremely exciting final in the mixed doubles! She partnered Scott Guildea and took on the Ulster combo of Jason Ferguson & Chloe Woods which turned into the game of the day with scores of 24-22 & 26-24! Good final guys!

Stuart Munster U15Stuart McCollum was another stand out performer winning the boys singles title against Scott Guildea 21-17, 21-13 and then progressed to the final of the Boys doubles with partner Mattie O’Flynn. Again this proved to be a very entertaining final over 3 sets against Scott Guildea & Ben Lawlor with the Dublin pair taking the title 21-18 in the 3rd set.

Other good performances from Ulster players included Jason FergusonLaura, chloe, jason reaching the Semi final of the boys doubles, Lucy Xu reaching the Semi final of the girls singles and semi final of Mixed Doubles with Stuart McCollum. Chloe & Paige Woods reaching the semi Final of the girls doubles along with Laura Comber reaching this stage with her partner also.

Well done everyone and to Munster Badminton for a great tournament! For full results click here

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Club Roadshow Cancelled- Tuesday 10th October

Unfortunately due to low numbers the Ulster Badminton Club Roadshow on Tuesday 10th October at Lisburn Leisure Plex has had to be cancelled.

We apologise for members who have planned to attend, however if you wish for us to come out directly and visit your club please get in contact (enquries@ulsterbadminton.com) and we can arrange a date.

Also a reminder that any club within Ulster who would like to host or have a Club roadshow please feel free to get in contact.

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Ulster Badminton Club Roadshow 2017-18!

To launch the new Ulster Badminton 2017-21 Strategy we are kicking off the new season Three Rivers 3with club visits and workshops across Ulster. In order to help extend our #Reach #Relationships & #Resources over the coming months we will be having Club Roadshows to engage more with our membership and find out their needs and wants as a valued member of Ulster Badminton. Included within the Roadshow will be:

  • Overview of Ulster Badminton’s New 2017-21 Strategy
  • Membership
  • Club Development Opportunities
  • Communication/Engagement
  • A bit of Craic On court or coaching if Requested! COL COTY

The first Roadshow is aimed at Clubs in the Lisburn, Banbridge & surrounding  area and will take place on Tuesday 10th October at Lisburn Leisure Plex  7pm-10pm (7pm-8pm Presentation/ Group discussion then 8-10pm- On court Games/Fun.

For every Club represented at the first Roadshow there will be a free Badminton Goodie bag!

Clubs not within these areas are also free to attend, however there will be Roadshows within your area over the coming months.

To attend this first roadshow you must register your attendance by Friday 6th October to enquires@ulsterbadminton.com or contact the Ulster Badminton Office 02892668392

If you have any questions please feel free to contract Andrew Stewart (andrewstewart@ulsterbadminton.com) or Ryan Prentise (ryanprentise@ulsterbadminton.com)

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Entries for Ulster Open, U11 & U15 Open fast approaching!

2017 Ulster LogoScreen Shot 2015-10-25 at 21.00.22Ulster’s Premier tournament is fast approaching alongside the U11 & U15 Events. The entry deadline for these events are Sunday 1st October 23:59. Make sure to get your entries in and not miss out on a great weekend of badminton! For Online entries follow the links below-

Ulster Open- Here

Ulster U15 Open- Here

Ulster U11 Open- Here

We look forward to seeing you all on 14th & 15th October!!

 

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Ulster U13, U17 & C Grade- Multiple Ulster Winners!

The 16th & 17th September proved to be a jam packed day of badminton for both Senior & junior players across Ireland at the Ulster U13, U17 & C Grade Opens. With 163 matches played over 2 days there were multiple Ulster winners across the 3 events. Results for the C Grade event can be found hereC Grade 2017

It was a Ulster clean sweep in the C Grade event with Ben Dempster and Alex Chan Taylor taking the Men’s & Women’s Singles titles. Jack MacBeth took the Mens doubles and Mixed Doubles events partnering Christopher Kemps & Kim Laird respectively. Kim also made it a double title celebration winning the Ladies Doubles with Laura McElhinney. Results for the U13 competition can be found here

The U13 event seen Dylan Noble from Dublin take a hatrick of titles in the Boys singles, Doubles and mixed events with Eoghan Cooney and Ulster’s Paige Woods. Paige also had a great tournament winning the Ladies doubles and Runner up in the Girls singles.

Daniel O’Meara took 2 titles in the U17 Boys doubles and mixed. He partnered Sean Patrick Laureta in the boys doubles taking a tight final against Ulsters Jack Livingston & Sligo’s Michael Staunton. The mixed he partnered Orla Flynn, who also won the girls doubles with Alexandra Troy.  Results of the U17 event can be found here

Well done to all players, coaches, Officials and volunteers throughout the events!

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