The Magees of Raphoe helped Ireland to qualify for the European Mixed Team Championships when they defeated Bulgaria.
Two time Olympian Chloe Magee was embraced by her team and she won her crucial game booking Ireland’s place at the European Mixed Team Championships in Belgium next February. This is the first time Ireland has qualified in the history of the tournament.
Having beaten Norway and Slovakia, Ireland faced Bulgaria on the last day of group 6 qualifications. Baldoyle badminton centre in Dublin was full of Irish supporters cheering as Chloe Magee led the team out for the opening ceremony.
Chloe and brother Sam faced Bulgarian’a Stilian Makarski and Dimitria Popstoykova in the opening game. With a neck and neck start Ireland pulled ahead despite strong opposition from the Bulgarians the Irish pair took the first set 21-16.
Signs of frustration could be seen from the Bulgarian team as Ireland came out swinging in the 2nd set to take a decisive lead. Both sides battled hard in a match fraught with rallies, however, the Irish where not to be outdone on home soil and took the match in 2 sets.
After Dave Evans took the men’s singles, it was down to Chloe Magee and she didn’t disappoint, winning her singles against world number 10 Petya Nedelcheva 21-13, 21-8.
Following this defeat a deflated Bulgarian side struggled to fend off men’s doubles pairing of Scott Evans and Sam Magee who comfortably won 21-09, 21-09.
Ireland will now join Europe’s elite in Belgium next February.