The Magee badminton family of Raphoe and Donegal did Donegal proud last week at the Intersport European Championships held Kazan, Russian, last week.
Irish Singles champion Chloe Magee, who has twice represented Ireland at the Olympics (in Beijing and London) bowed out at the quarter-final stage to Bulgarian Stefani Stoeva, but not without giving her all, 21-15, 21-16.
After getting a bye in the first round, Chloe was involved in a titanic battle in the second round with Swiss player Sabina Jaquet. After losing the first seet 16-21, she rallied to win the second 23-21 and the deciding set by 28-26. The effort involved in that game may have been a factor in her losing the quarter-final narrowly.
In a busy few days, she also had two matches in the mixed with her brother Sam. In their first round game on Wednesday, the Raphoe siblings defeated Jakub Bitman and Alzbeta Basova of Czech Republic 21-9, 21-18, before bowing out to the No. 1 seeds from Denmark, Joachim Fischer Nelsen and Christinna Pederson 21-12, 21-17.
In the Men’s doubles Sam Magee and Jonathan Dolan faced the Jacco Arends and Jelle Maas. The Irish pairing had lost to the Dutch pair 21-15 21-9 earlier in the year but started well taking the opening set against the World number 40 pairing 21-13. In the second set Dolan and Magee led all the way up until 16 until the Dutch found some courage and fought back to steal the second game 21-17. This set up a nail biting third game and again it was the Irish up at the mid game interval however after the break Arends and Maas came out strong to see of the Irish challenge and continued to close out the match 21-19 in the third.