Magee family shine at National championships

Kyle Magee shone at the Irish National Badminton Championships, at the weekend.
Kyle Magee shone at the Irish National Badminton Championships, at the weekend.

It was almost a clean sweep for the Magee family at the 2015 Carlton Irish National Championships held at the National Badminton Centre in Lisburn, over the weekend.

Double Olympian Chloe Magee (1) once again demonstrated why she is queen of the badminton court during the women’s singles event beating Moya Ryan in the semi-finals 21-11, 21-12.

Magee’s niece Rachael Darragh (2) took an easy victory over Laura Butler 21-7, 21-11 making it a Magee family final.

Darragh (2) gave her aunt everything she had in a valiantly fought match but she will have to wait her turn in the family line for a national title as Magee retained her title in two games 21-15, 21-14.

It was success again for the Magee family when brothers Sam and Joshua Magee (1) took to the court for the men’s doubles taking a comfortable victory in the semi-finals against Stuart Lightbody and Tony Murphy (3/4) 21-9, 21-13.

Older brother Daniel Magee and partner Niall Tierney faced Jonathon Dolan and Tony Stephenson (3/4) but despite a bravely fought 3 game match lost out to the seeded pairing 21-13, 16-21 and 21-19. Stephenson and Dolan took the first game in the finals and gave

the Magee brothers a real challenge for the title but it was the Magee’s who finally took the title 19-21, 21-19, 21-14

Competing in all three disciplines, Kyle Magee fulfilled ‎his number one seeding in the singles, winning all his games comfortably in two sets to progress to Sunday’s semi-finals.

In the semi-final, he took the victory over Cork player Brian O’Mahoney 21-9 and 21-15, to book his place in the final where he would face Leinster’s Des Duggan.

The 13-year-old continued his great form and took the U15 Irish Singles Champion title beating Des 21-8 and 21-14.

Kyle teamed up with his long term playing partner Clodagh Dunne from Wexford in the mixed doubles.

As top seeds they won all their games convincingly taking the U15 Irish Mixed Doubles Championship title against Adam McAllister and Beth Stephenson 21-12 and 21-13.

The teenager was also runner-up in the Boys Doubles, to complete a remarkable day for the Magee family.