A first ever victory over the Netherlands ended the Irish women’s campaign at the European Team Badminton Championships in Baslle, Switzerland.
With Chloe Magee, Alannah Stephenson and Sinead Chambers all winning their singles in straight sets, Ireland were confirmed a win despite losing the two doubles. Jennie King and Stephenson lost a tough first doubles, with Magee and Chambers losing the second doubles narrowly. It was an upbeat end to a campaign that had seen them losing to strong Bulgaria and France teams in earlier matches.
For the Irish men, their toughest test was left until last when they they faced top seeds and defending champions Denmark in their final pool match. The full match of three singles and two doubles was played with the Irish putting up a brave fight but losing 0-5. They could still look back on an encouraging display at the tournament after beating Slovakia 5-0 and narrowly losing to Czech Republic 2-3.
Men Gp 1 Ireland lost to Denmark 5-0 Denmark (Irish names first)
Scott Evans lost to Hans Kristian Vittinghus 17-21, 19-21, Jonathan Dolan lost to Viktor Axelsen 16-21, 10-21, Tony Stephenson lost to Emil Holst 17-21, 17-21, Dolan/Sam Magee lost to Mads Conrad-Peterson/Mads Pieler Kolding 6-21, 16-21, Evans/Stephenson lost to Andes Skaarup Rasmussen/Kim Astrup Sorsensen 14-21, 7-21.
Women Gp 3 Ireland bt Netherlands (Irish names first)
Chloe Magee bt Gayle Nahulette 21-14, 21-18; Alannah Stephenson bt Alida Chen 21-14, 21.15, Sinead Chambers bt Irish Tabeling 21-17, 21-18; Jennie King/Stepehnson lost to Samantha Barning/Selena Piek 12-21, 9-21; Chambers/Magee did not play.