Evans takes 7th Crown as Magees’ continue their dominance.
The 2012 Irish National Championships Finals took place In Baldoyle badminton Centre and with the Olympic hopeful’s home along with some of Ireland’s finest young players, spectators enjoyed some top class badminton!
Men’s Singles: In the Men’s singles Scott Evans world number 65 retained his National title with a 7th consecutive win at this event. Scott beat Tony Stephenson in the semi-final with a classy 2 set victory to secure a place in the final. On the other side Stuart Lightbody continued his good form beating 3/4 seed 17 year old Joshua Magee to book his place in the final to play Evans. But it would be one step to far for lightbody as he met an inform Evans. Scott dominated the final from start to finish winning 21-5 21-10 in 25 minute match.
Ladies Singles: In the Ladies singles Chloe Magee world ranked 46 continued her good form as she worked her way into the final beating 15 year old Alannah Stephenson in the semi-final with a 21-14 21-16 2 set scoreline. Former Ladies singles National winner Number 2 seed Jennie King was stopped in her tracks by Sinead Chambers with a 21-12 21-11 scoreline. In the Final Magee showed true class as she cruised to victory with a 21-10 21-9 27 minute match victory. This was the 6th Consecutive National singles title win for Magee.
Men’s Doubles: In the men’s doubles Ireland’s number one ranked doubles player Sam Magee world number 81 with his partner Ian Macbeth confirmed their number one seeding as they secured the 2012 national Mens Doubles title. Magee and Macbeth took out Scott Burnside and Conor Hickland in the Semi-final in two straight sets. Number two seeds Niall Tierney and Daniel Magee faced Number 3/4 seeds Tony Stephenson World ranked number 88 with his partner Tony Murphy on the other side of the draw. In another exciting match between these pairs it was the Two Tonys turn to take the tie with a 21-18 21-19 two set victory. In a very Exciting Final Magee and Macbeth controlled the match through the first set winning 21-15. In the second set it was point for point the whole way up to 20-20. The Donegal duo of Magee and Macbeth fought hard and took the title with a final set score of 22-20.
Ladies Doubles: In the ladies Doubles Number one seeds defending Champions Sinead Chambers and Jennie King ranked 37 in Europe fought hard to defend their title. King and Chambers faced Laura Butler and Kirsty Kelly for a chance to retain their title. The one seeds never looked in doubt winning the match up 21-12 21-7. On the Other side of the draw Number two seeds Fiona and Pauline Glennon took out another Sister partnership of Norma Mcintyre and Caryn Elmes as they set up another exciting face-off with King and Chambers. The final followed the script as the one seeds took the opener 21-14. However the Glennon Sisters showed their fight winning the second set 22-20, in a thrilling third set the Glennons lead up until 17-13, however the one seeds were not finished fighting either and turned around the game to take the National title 21-18 in the deciding end.
Mixed Doubles: In the Mixed Doubles world number 40 Sam and Chloe Magee took a 5th consecutive national title. The brother and sister duo took out Stuart Lightbody and Caroline Black 21-10 21-11 to book their final spot. Number 2 seeds Daniel Magee and Fiona Glennon and 3/4 seeds another brother and sister combination of Ciaran and Sinead Chambers faced off on the bottom side of the draw. In a 52 minute marathon Magee and Glennon took the Match in 3 sets with a 26-24 final game to clinch their place in the final. In the Final Sam and Chloe took no sympathy on their brother Daniel as they controlled the match winning the opening set 21-15. The World number 40s continued to show their class and took another National title with a 21-14 second set.
The nationals has always been one of the most exciting dates on the Irish calendar and with the strong field including all Olympic hopefuls at home competing at the finals, this weekend provided a great spectacle for any badminton spectators in attendance. Some smashing badminton once again as Evans and the Magee’s continued to show their class. Back to Olympic Qualification for these guys as the younger players got a taste of what it takes to be the best in this sport.
This was a superbly organized event and the Irish players look forward with not a little confidence to the major event of the season that from the National Indoor Arena in Birmingham in March. SportsNewsIreland will be in Birmingham so for news of the Irish on the first Tuesday of the Championships join us then.