Post-Match Reaction Piece: Women’s Test International – Ireland V USA – Irishrugby.ie – November 20 2018

Griggs And Griffin Set Targets For Twickenham After Losing Start

While it represented a losing return to competitive action for Ireland, it was an ideal opportunity to blood new players ahead of busy year ahead. Lauren Delany and try-scoring winger Laura Sheehanmade their debuts in the starting XV, while youngsters Emma Hooban and Beibhinn Parsonsentered the fray in the second half.

Parsons made history by becoming Ireland’s youngest senior international player at the tender age of 16 years and 353 days. She eclipsed the record long held by Frank Hewitt who made his debut against Wales in March 194, at the age of 17 years and 157 days.

Griggs was generally pleased with the impacts made by the new additions to his squad and feels the best is yet to come as they look to develop strength in depth. “If you see Laura Sheehan running down the sideline, scoring that try in the corner. You can see how quick she is and even two phases back, we created that space to give her,” he added.

“At the moment, we do one good thing and we let ourselves down by a couple of poor things or making a bad decision. We have to make sure we’re more consistent in terms of what we’re trying to get out of the game.

“You look at Beibhinn Parsons (pictured above) who came on as well and almost got herself over the line. You can see the potential there. I suppose for us moving forward, it’s really handy to have that. We are building some squad depth, so that would be a positive for me.

“These players are getting that experience that they wouldn’t get in any other situation. Come Six Nations, it’s going to be really important for us to have that depth as well.”

While changes are anticipated for the encounter with England, one player who will definitely miss out is Railway Union second row Ciara Cooney. She left the pitch in the 32nd minute with a suspected dislocated shoulder and is set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

This is a hammer blow for the Galway native who was absent for much of the Six Nations because of an ankle injury sustained away to France in the opening round. Nonetheless, Griggs expects the resilient Cooney to back in the frame sooner rather than later.

“It’s really disappointing for Ciara. She’s just bounced back from a couple of injuries, but she’s the ultimate professional and she’s shown that she can get herself back the way she rehabs. She’s very good at it. She’s probably too good at it, because she has to keep doing it. I just hope it’s not too serious and we can get her back.

“It’s another setback, but as I say if there’s anyone that can handle that, it’s Ciara Cooney. I’m sure she’ll have her mind set on getting back for that Six Nations. We really want her, we really need her there as well. She’s a lynchpin of that forward pack. We’ll just have to move on for now.”

After completing the full 80 minutes in her sixth game as Ireland captain, Tralee native Ciara Griffinadmitted their performance fell well short of the standard required, saying: “We didn’t really perform the way we wanted. The standards we have set for ourselves. We have to look at that and see what we can improve on. There were snippets of it, but it’s not the way we wanted to perform.

“It’s up to us now to look at that and build from it, and keep going forward. We’ve got to up the standards, up the heads, leading into next week (against England). It’s a very big task.”

However, given how comfortably the debut quartet performed on their international bows, Griffin argued there were positives to take from the game. “They were amazing,” she admitted. “Lauren filled in very well, Laura getting a debut try. Getting breaks, line breaks, getting go-forward ball. Emma Hooban coming on. Solid in the scrum, able to go forward.

“Then you’ve Beibhinn, 16-years-old, to cut lines like that. It’s promising from that (perspective). We got to blood new players leading into next week and leading into a Six Nations as well. That’s something to take from it, but we’ve work to do and we’re going to do it.”

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Women’s International Test: Ireland V USA – The Irish Examiner – November 19 2018

Breakdown failing costs us, says Irish boss Griggs

Women’s International Test

Ireland 10

USA 19

Daire Walsh,

Energia Park

IRELAND Women’s head coach Adam Griggs pinpointed a lack of cohesion around the breakdown as a key factor in his side’s defeat to the USA at Energia Park yesterday.

Despite tries in each half through UL Bohemian wingers Laura Sheehan and Eimear Considine, the hosts came off second best. “We base our game off trying to play with tempo and getting good, quick ball but around the breakdown, we didn’t create the ball we wanted to actually use. Over the 80 minutes, it just wasn’t up to scratch.”

Following a quick tap and go by Carly Waters on 13 minutes, Kate Zackary off-loaded to Kimber Rozier for a superb USA try. This was a significant set-back for the hosts, who lost Ciara Cooney to a suspected dislocated shoulder on 32 minutes.

In her absence, Kaitlyn Broughton crossed over for a second USA try.

It was a frustrating opening period for Ireland, though Sheehan marked her own debut with an outstanding individual try, reducing the deficit to 12-5 at the break. But visitors continued to create the greater attacking inroads on the resumption, and were rewarded with a Meza Bizer score on the hour mark.

In an attempt to address the growing gulf between the teams, Ireland unloaded their replacements bench inside the final quarter.

Ballinasloe’s Beibhinn Parsons was one of the players introduced during this period with  the 16-year-old becoming Ireland’s youngest senior women’s international. The Ardscoil Mhuire student was held up just shy of the line at the end of an explosive break, but Ireland’s patience finally paid dividends in the shape of Considine’s consolation effort on the stroke of full-time.

Ahead of a daunting encounter with England away on Saturday, Griggs is hopeful his charges can bounce back.

“I just think we need to be more consistent with what we’re doing. As I’ve mentioned already, we have to bring a bigger physicality. England aren’t going to lie down at Twickenham. We’re going to have to make sure we’re really up for that.”

Scorers for Ireland: L Sheehan, E Considine try each.

Scorers for USA: K Rozier try, 2 cons, K Broughton, M Bizer try each.

IRELAND: L Delany; E Considine, S Naoupu, M Claffey, L Sheehan; N Caughey, A Hughes; L Peat, S Mimnagh, F Reidy; A McDermott, C Cooney; E McMahon, C Molloy, C Griffin.

Replacements: N Fryday for Cooney (32), N Cronin for Hughes (46), E Hooban for Mimnagh, L Lyons for Reidy (both 56), J Deacon for McMahon (58), B Parsons for Delany, C McLaughlin for Caughey, L Feely for Peat (all 73).

USA: K Broughton; K Stockert, M Bizer, K Rozier, J Duncan; G Cantorna, C Waters; C Benson, K Augustyn, N James; S Bridges, K Sommer; R Johnson, K Zackary, J Gray-Matyas.

Replacements: M Hawkins for Cantorna (56), T A’au for Augustyn, J Taufa for Sommer (both 61), A Nalbandian for James (69), A Washington for Gray-Matyas (74).

Referee: R Mahoney (New Zealand).

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Irish Open Badminton Finals Round-Up: The Irish Independent – November 19 2018

Mighty Magees land national mixed doubles title

Badminton

Donegal siblings Chloe and Sam Magee claimed a magnificent mixed doubles title at the AIG FZ Forza Irish Badminton International Open on Saturday in the National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown.

Thanks to a straight games win (21-13, 21-12) over England’s Harley Towler and Emily Westwood, the Raphoe pair became the first Irish winners at the tournament since Scott Evans’ singles triumph in 2012. It also brought Chloe’s long-awaited search for a second Irish Open victory to an end, after she previously amassed the women’s doubles crown in 2007.

They overcame a shaky start to win the opening game of the decider. Despite encountering initial resistance on the restart, the dynamic duo eventually cruised towards a convincing win.

Leo Rossi (France) and Se Young An (Korea) triumphed in the respective men’s and women’s singles finals.

The aforementioned Westwood combined with Malaysia’s Li Lian Yang to secure the women’s doubles trophy, while the men’s doubles crown went the way of Korean duo, Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae.

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Women’s Test International: Ireland V USA – The Irish Independent – November 19 2019

Griggs rues breakdown malfunction in loss to USA

Ireland 10 USA 19

Daire Walsh

Ireland women’s head coach Adam Griggs pinpointed a lack of cohesion around the breakdown as a key factor in his side’s defeat to the USA at Energia Park yesterday.

Despite registering tries in each half through UL Bohemian wingers Laura Sheehan and Eimear Considine, the hosts came off second best to their Stateside counterparts.

“We base our game off trying to play with tempo and getting good, quick ball. The USA came out, we knew they were going to be physical. We spoke about being physical ourselves,” Griggs remarked after the game.

“I think certainly around the breakdown, we didn’t create the ball we wanted to actually use. Over the 80 minutes, it just wasn’t up to scratch.”

While Ireland’s search for a November Test triumph continues, a little slice of history was created at the Donnybrook stadium. With just seven minutes remaining in the contest, 16-year-old back Beibhinn Parsons was introduced in place of full-back Lauren Delany.

She became Ireland’s youngest senior women’s international as a result and Griggs believes the best is yet to come from the Ballinasloe teenager.

“Over the last two months, she’s been able to experience a taste of senior women’s rugby in our camps. We’ve seen there that she’s well able to handle it. I know she’s got a smile on her face from a personal side of things, even if the result didn’t quite go our way. She’s an exciting player to have moving forward.”

After early attacking momentum failed to yield a breakthrough score, Ireland subsequently fell behind on 13 minutes. Following a quick ‘tap and go’ by scrum-half Carly Waters, skipper Kate Zackary offloaded to Kimber Rozier for a superb USA try.

This was a significant setback for the hosts, who also lost Ciara Cooney to a suspected dislocated shoulder on 32 minutes. In her absence, Kaitlyn Broughton crossed for a second USA try.

It was proving to be a frustrating opening period for Ireland, though Sheehan marked her own debut with an outstanding individual try off a Michelle Claffey pass. This helped to reduce their deficit to a more manageable seven points (12-5) at the break.

The visitors continued to create the greater attacking inroads on the resumption, however, and they were eventually rewarded with a third try on the hour mark. Meza Bizer applied the finishing touches to an extended move on the left-flank, before her midfield partner – Rozier – split the posts to leave 14 points between the teams.

In an attempt to address this balance, Ireland unloaded their replacements’ bench inside the final-quarter. Parsons’ introduction was greeted by a massive roar from the stands and she made an explosive break towards the line on 79 minutes.

The Ardscoil Mhuire student was held up just shy of the line, but Ireland’s patience finally paid dividends in the shape of Considine’s consolation effort on the stroke of full-time.

Ahead of a daunting encounter with England at Twickenham Stadium next Saturday, Griggs is hopeful his charges can bounce back.

“I just think we need to be more consistent with what we’re doing. As I’ve mentioned already, we have to bring a bigger physicality. England aren’t going to lie down at Twickenham. We’re going to have to make sure we’re really up for that,” Griggs added.

Ireland – L Delany (B Parsons 73); E Considine, S Naoupu, M Claffey, L Sheehan; N Caughey (C McLaughlin 73), A Hughes (N Cronin 46); L Peat (L Feely 73), S Mimnagh (E Hooban 56), F Reidy (L Lyons 56); A McDermott, C Cooney (N Fryday 32); E McMahon (J Deacon 58), C Molloy, C Griffin.

USA – K Broughton; K Stockert, M Bizer, K Rozier, J Duncan; G Cantorna (M Hawkins 56), C Waters; C Benson, K Augustyn (T A’au 61), N James (A Nalbandian 69); S Bridges, K Sommer (J Taufa 61); R Johnson, K Zackary, J Gray-Matyas (A Washington 74).

Ref – R Mahoney (New Zealand)

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Women’s Test International: Ireland V USA – The Irish Times – November 19 2018

Women’s international: USA prove too strong for Ireland

Ireland suffer third straight loss as visitors run in three tries at Donnybrook

Daire Walsh 

Ireland 10 USA 19

Ireland fell to a disappointing defeat at the hands of the USA in a fiercely-contested women’s Test at Donnybrook on Sunday afternoon.

Despite securing tries in each half through wingers Laura Sheehan – on her debut – and Eimear Considine, the hosts couldn’t halt the charge of the American side.

During a positive opening to the contest, loosehead Lindsay Peat created momentum for Ireland with a powerful attacking carry. The opposition defence held firm under this early pressure, with Jennine Duncan eventually breaking forward into the Irish half.

This was the catalyst for their opening try of the game, which arrived in the 13th minute. Following a ‘tap and go’ by scrumhalf Carly Waters, skipper Kate Zackary offloaded to Kimber Rozier for a clinical finish at the right of the posts.

The Boston centre was on hand to convert her own five-pointer, creating further daylight between the teams. Ireland struggled to develop sustained pressure on their home patch and suffered a further set-back when Ciara Cooney was forced off through injury on 32 minutes.

Her place in the secondrow was taken by Offaly’s Nichola Fryday, who couldn’t prevent fullback Kaitlyn Broughton from securing the USA’s second try of the contest. It had been a difficult opening period for Ireland, but Sheehan ensured they at least finished it on a high. After Michelle Claffeypicked her out in space on the left flank, the UL Bohemian winger utilised her explosive pace to claim a much-desired score.

Ireland’s deficit was reduced to seven points (12-5) as a result, but it was USA who controlled possession on the resumption.

Their patience was subsequently rewarded on the hour mark, when the impressive Meza Bizer applied the finishing touches to an extended move. This was supplemented by Rozier’s superb touchline strike, leaving Ireland to contend with a 14-point deficit.

In an effort to rein in the challenge of Rob Cain’s charges, Ireland unloaded their replacements bench during the final quarter. Ballinasloe teenager Beibhinn Parsons was among those to be introduced and she became Ireland’s youngest senior women’s international – at 16 years and 353 days – in the process.

She was eager to make an impact on the proceedings and was just short of the line on 79 minutes. The visitors’ resistance was finally broken by Considine on the stroke of fulltime, though this try wasn’t enough to prevent a third consecutive loss for an underwhelming Ireland, who travel to Twickenham to take on England next Saturday.

SCORERS – Ireland: L Sheehan, E Considine try each. USA: K Rozier try, 2 cons, K Broughton, M Bizer try each.

IRELAND: L Delany; E Considine, S Naoupu, M Claffey, L Sheehan; N Caughey, A Hughes; L Peat, S Mimnagh, F Reidy; A McDermott, C Cooney; E McMahon, C Molloy, C Griffin.

Replacements: N Fryday for Cooney (32 mins); N Cronin for Hughes (46); E Hooban for Mimnagh, L Lyons for Reidy (both 56); J Deacon for McMahon (58); B Parsons for Delany, C McLaughlin for Caughey, L Feely for Peat (all 73).

USA: K Broughton; K Stockert, M Bizer, K Rozier, J Duncan; G Cantorna, C Waters; C Benson, K Augustyn, N James; S Bridges, K Sommer; R Johnson, K Zackary, J Gray-Matyas.

Replacements: M Hawkins for Cantorna (56 mins); T A’Au for Augustyn, J Taufa for Sommer (both 61); A Nalbandian for James (69); A Washington for Gray-Matyas (74).

Referee: R Mahoney (New Zealand).

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Women’s Test International: Ireland V USA – Irishrugby.ie – November 18 2018

Sheehan Scores Debut Try In Ireland Women’s Defeat To Eagles

The Ireland Women’s team fell to a 19-10 defeat at the hands of a physical USA side in a fiercely-contested November Test at Energia Park this afternoon.

Despite tries in each half from wingers Laura Sheehan, who ran in a fine effort on her international debut, and Eimear Considine, Adam Griggs’ charges were second best against an Eagles outfit that showed the benefits of recent outings against New Zealand and England.

The USA finished off their tour with a well-earned victory which was built on first half tries from Kimber Rozier and Kaitlyn Broughton, with fellow back Meya Bizer crossing the whitewash on the hour mark before Considine claimed a late consolation score for Ireland.

Stepping up for their first international since the end of last season’s Six Nations, the Ireland Women were quick out of the blocks as they looked to establish some early territory. Second row Aoife McDermott called the lineouts for the first time and provided her side with a formidable set piece option.

As Ireland edged closer to the right corner from a penalty, powerful carrier Lindsay Peat almost made the breakthrough. Another penalty set up a maul opportunity but the USA managed to steal the ball and draw clear of their own try-line.

The difference between the sides was the US’s clinical edge when in sight of the whitewash. A surging run up the right wing from Jennine Duncan brought them into the Irish 22, with the returning Considine getting across from the opposite wing to make a crucial tackle.

However, a subsequent penalty saw scrum half Carly Waters go from a tap and captain Kate Zackary spun in a tackle to offload for supporting centre Rozier to dive in just to the right of the posts. She converted her 13th-minute try for a 7-0 lead.

Considine almost replied five minutes later but out-half Nikki Caughey was adjudged to have knocked forward prior to releasing the Clare native. Despite some early promise, and the backing of another vocal home crowd in Donnybrook, Ireland struggled to create sustained pressure in attack.

In contrast, the Americans’ athleticism and impact at the breakdown and in contact saw them grow in confidence, particularly with strong-running number 8 Jordan Gray-Matyas on the prowl. Ireland captain Ciara Griffin was equally effective with a clutch of important turnovers.

Scrum half Ailsa Hughes scampered back to cover a dangerous kick through, and Ireland had to reshuffle their pack past the half hour mark when Railway Union lock Ciara Cooney succumbed to injury. Nichola Fryday, an Offaly woman like Hughes and Michelle Claffey, was sent on in her place.

The visitors wore down the Irish defence with a series of pick-and-goes before sweeping play out to the right wing where Broughton was tackled by her opposite number, Ireland’s new full-back Lauren Delany, but she bounced up quickly to reach over the line with referee Rebecca Mahoney confirming the score which went unconverted.

A timely five-pointer lifted Ireland before half-time, closing the gap to 12-5 in the process. Turnover ball was shifted wide through the hands of Hughes, Claire Molloy and Claffey who released the fleet-footed Sheehan to evade Duncan from 40 metres out and ground the ball wide on the left.

The winger’s excellent 38th-minute try went unconverted, with Caughey’s conversion attempt just dropping short. The momentum appeared to be swinging in Ireland’s favour but, on the resumption, the USA once again proved a tough nut to crack.

They made the greater attacking inroads in the third quarter, with the notably exception of a Sheehan break out of defence. Nicole Cronin was introduced at scrum half, cleverly winning a penalty at a ruck as the Irish defence came under further pressure.

The USA’s third try arrived bang on 60 minutes, their forwards driving up close with impressive flanker Rachel Johnston exploding through and gaining important ground before centre Bizer was fed to convert a two-on-one overlap near the left corner flag.

Rozier added a terrific conversion from the touchline for a 19-5 scoreline, leaving Ireland with it all to do. Griggs sent on Portlaoise youngster Emma Hooban for her first cap at hooker, alongside Harlequins recruit Leah Lyons, and Ballinasloe starlet Beibhinn Parsons slotted in on the right wing.

That took the number of Ireland debuts on the day to four with Parsons, at the tender age of 16 years and 353 days, becoming the youngest female or male Ireland senior international player. Despite having to wait until the 73rd minute for an opportunity to shine, the teenage sensation were determined to make her mark.

There was increased forward momentum from Ireland in the closing stages with Molloy standing out, although they were twice denied a pushover try by stubborn Eagles defence. Parsons charged infield from her wing to almost break their resistance, her pace beating two defenders but the gifted Ardscoil Mhuire student was held up for a five-metre scrum.

Ireland’s persistence was finally rewarded past the 80-minute mark, Considine finishing well to the left of the posts after replacement Jeamie Deacon’s quickly-taken penalty and a nicely delayed final pass from Claffey. Cronin’s conversion attempt was off target, leaving Ireland with a nine-point reversal to review ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Twickenham to face England.

Referee: Rebecca Mahoney (New Zealand)

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Irish Open Badminton Finals Round-Up Piece: The Sunday Independent – November 18 2018

BADMINTON

Magee take Irish Open mixed doubles title

CHLOE and Sam Magee delivered a majestic performance at the National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown last night to secure the Irish Open Badminton mixed doubles crown.

Thanks to a straight games win (21-13, 21-12) over English duo Harley Towler and Emily Westwood, the Donegal siblings became the first Irish winners at the tournament since Scott Evans’ singles triumph in 2012.

Results:

Men’s doubles final

Choi Solgyu (Korea)/Seo Seung Jae (Korea) beat Jack MacGregor (Scotland)/Ciar Pringle (Scotland) 2-0 (21-17, 21-12)

Women’s doubles final

Emily Westwood (England)/Li Lian Yang (Malaysia) beat Jessica Hopton (England)/Victoria Williams 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 21-19)

Men’s singles final

Leo Rossi (France) beat Lars Schaenzler (Germany) 2-0 (21-17, 21-9)

Women’s singles final

Se Young An (Korea) beat Ga Eun Kim (Korea) 2-0 (26-24, 21-17)

Mixed doubles final

Chloe Magee (Ireland)/Sam Magee (Ireland) beat Harley Towler (England)/Emily Westwood (England) 2-0 (21-13, 21-12)

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Irish Open Badminton Finals Round-Up Piece: The Irish Sun On Sunday – November 18 2018

Magees are the flair pair

By DAIRE WALSH

Chloe and Sam Magee turned on the style in Blanchardstown to secure the Irish Open badminton mixed doubles crown.

With a 21-13, 21-12 win over England’s Harley Towler and Emily Westwood at the National Indoor Arena, the Donegal siblings became the first Irish winners at the tournament since Scott Evans’ singles triumph in 2012. The Raphoe pair had finished runners-up last year.

Leo Rossi of France won the men’s singles final, while South Korean Se Young An took the women’s singles crown.

Westwood combined with Malaysia’s Li Lian Yang to claim the women’s doubles title, while South Koreans Choi Solgyu and Seo Seung Jae won the men’s doubles.

Results:

Men’s doubles final

Choi Solgyu (Korea)/Seo Seung Jae (Korea) beat Jack MacGregor (Scotland)/Ciar Pringle (Scotland) 2-0 (21-17, 21-12)

Women’s doubles final

Emily Westwood (England)/Li Lian Yang (Malaysia) beat Jessica Hopton (England)/Victoria Williams 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 21-19)

Men’s singles final

Leo Rossi (France) beat Lars Schaenzler (Germany) 2-0 (21-17, 21-9)

Women’s singles final

Se Young An (Korea) beat Ga Eun Kim (Korea) 2-0 (26-24, 21-17)

Mixed doubles final

Chloe Magee (Ireland)/Sam Magee (Ireland) beat Harley Towler (England)/Emily Westwood (England) 2-0 (21-13, 21-12)

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Irish Open Badminton Finals Round-Up: The Irish Mail On Sunday – November 18 2018

Chloe and Sam Magee take Irish Open crown

BADMINTON

CHLOE and Sam Magee delivered a majestic performance at the National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown last night to secure the Irish Open Badminton mixed doubles crown.

Thanks to a straight games win (21-13, 21-12) over English duo Harley Towler and Emily Westwood, the Donegal siblings became the first Irish winners at the tournament since Scott Evans’ singles triumph in 2012.

It also brought Chloe’s long-awaited search for a second Irish Open final victory to an end, after she previously claimed the women’s doubles title (alongside Bing Huang) in 2007.

At the end of a week when their younger brother Joshua and niece Rachel Darragh were also in action, the Raphoe pair were determined to make amends for last year’s final reversal to Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore (England).

Despite falling 4-1 behind early on, a vocal home ground eventually helped them to settle. They subsequently moved into a 19-11 advantage by accumulating six consecutive points and held off an attempted fightback from Towler and Westwood to secure the opening game.

Although they encountered initial resistance when the play resumed, the end result was never truly in doubt. With their cushion standing at 14-11 deep into the second game, five points in quick succession was the catalyst for their latest career achievement – adding to their impressive bronze medal finish at last year’s European Championships.

Results:

Men’s doubles final

Choi Solgyu (Korea)/Seo Seung Jae (Korea) beat Jack MacGregor (Scotland)/Ciar Pringle (Scotland) 2-0 (21-17, 21-12)

Women’s doubles final

Emily Westwood (England)/Li Lian Yang (Malaysia) beat Jessica Hopton (England)/Victoria Williams 2-1 (21-15, 19-21, 21-19)

Men’s singles final

Leo Rossi (France) beat Lars Schaenzler (Germany) 2-0 (21-17, 21-9)

Women’s singles final

Se Young An (Korea) beat Ga Eun Kim (Korea) 2-0 (26-24, 21-17)

Mixed doubles final

Chloe Magee (Ireland)/Sam Magee (Ireland) beat Harley Towler (England)/Emily Westwood (England) 2-0 (21-13, 21-12)

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Irish Open Badminton Finals Round-Up Piece: Rte.ie – November 17 2018

Chloe and Sam Magee take Irish Open mixed doubles crown

Chloe and Sam Magee delivered a majestic performance at the National Indoor Arena, Blanchardstown to secure the Irish Open Badminton mixed doubles crown.

Thanks to a straight games win (21-13, 21-12) over English duo Harley Towler and Emily Westwood, the Donegal siblings became the first Irish winners at the tournament since Scott Evans’ singles triumph in 2012.

It also brought Chloe’s long-awaited search for a second Irish Open final victory to an end, after she previously claimed the women’s doubles title (alongside Bing Huang) in 2007.

At the end of a week when their younger brother Joshua and niece Rachael Darragh were also in action, the Raphoe pair were determined to make amends for last year’s final reversal to Gregory Mairs and Jenny Moore (England).

Spurred on by a vocal home crowd, they accumulated six consecutive points to move into a 19-11 advantage, and held off an attempted fightback from Towler and Westwood to ultimately secure the opening game.

While Chloe’s volley against the net cut their cushion to 14-11 deep into the second game, they immediately broke their counterparts’ resistance with five points in quick succession.

This was a catalyst for them ease over the line – adding to their impressive bronze medal finish at last year’s European Championships.

France’s Leo Rossi was crowned Irish Open men’s singles champion with a magnificent straight games triumph (21-17, 21-9) over Lars Schaenzler.

Despite being unseeded coming into the tournament, Rossi completed a superb week in west Dublin with an emphatic display against his European rival.

Both players had booked their place in the final courtesy of surprise last-four victories on Friday. Whereas Rossi defeated the second ranked Alexander Roovers at the end of a three-game thriller, Schaenzler eliminated the tournament’s top seed – Raul Must of Estonia – in similar circumstances.

As anticipated, there was little to separate the two players during the early exchanges. Level on no fewer than four occasions, the opening game of this showpiece encounter looked set to go down to the wire.

However, after securing a fourth consecutive point, Rossi created daylight between himself and the Saarbrücken resident. Indeed, when he developed a 7-2 advantage on the resumption, the French teenager looked set to ease over the line.

Schaenzler subsequently fired back to restore parity (9-9), but this was as good as it got for the largely overwhelmed German. Thanks to an astounding haul of 12 points in succession, Rossi ultimately cruised towards a much-deserved success.

While Korea’s Se Young An overcame the challenge of fellow compatriot Ga Eun Kim to claim the Irish Open Badminton women’s singles title.

While a straight games success might suggest Young had it all her own way, she was pushed to the limit throughout by a determined Kim.

Kim effortlessly settled into her stride. Young had defeated Dubliner Sara Boyle en route to this stage, but she found herself trailing 11-4 during the early moments of a fast-paced affair.

The customary break in play afforded Young an opportunity to re-focus and she slowly reduced the gap that existed between her and Kim.

Capitalising on a series of errors by her opponents, she eventually hit the front (20-19) in spectacular fashion.

Deadlock on four occasions after that, Young eventually claimed the opening game on a score of 26-24. She build on this impressive turnaround to lead 7-2 after the restart, before Kim found a way back into the reckoning.

Young kept her composure as the action wore on, however, and eventually had four points to spare  (21-17) over her committed rival in a compelling second game.

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