Magees sweep the boards at national championships


Magees sweep the boards at national championships

The Magee family from Raphoe celebrated a magnificent triple success at the Carlton Irish National Badminton Senior Championships in Dublin yesterday.

On a memorable day for Ireland's best known badminton family, Chloe Magee won the women's singles title - her 10th time to triumph at this event in ten years.

She then partnered her brother Sam to the Mixed Doubles title - their ninth success in total.

And Joshua and Sam Magee, No. 1 seeds in the mens doubles, eased to victory to take gold in their event.

It was a remarkable achievement for the Magees who continue to rewrite the record books in the sport.

Chloe, the favourite to win the women's singles title, came up against No. 2 seed, Sara Boyle in yesterday afternoon's decider but took only 25 minutes to win 21-7, 21-11.

“I'm absolutely delighted with the win,” Chloe told the DPP/Democrat last night.

“I never dreamt all those years ago when I won my first title that I would go on to win ten in-a-row.

“I won my first title at 17 and I've been back here every year since.

“I'm in good shape and I played well over the weekend. I think when I'm in that kind of form, I don't think there's anyone here who'll beat me.

“The problem is, when I'm not at my best, there are plenty of players who can beat me. Thankfully it all came good.”

Chloe's performance with Sam in the mixed doubles final was equally as impressive.

The pair, the No. 1 seeds, were up gainst the No. 2 seeds, Ciaran and Sinead Chambers, but made light of their challenge, winning 21-13, 21-4.

Joshua and Sam Magee met No. 2 seeds Nhat Nguyen and Paul Reynolds in their men's doubles final.

Once again, the decider was won over two sets with the Magees winning out 21-12, 21-11.

Raphoe's Rachael Darragh, didn't take part in the weekend event due to injury.

However, she will be part of the Irish contingent who head to Russia this week for the European Men's and Women's Team Championships.

Chloe Magee, who has yet to gain qualification for the Rio Olympics, said she's hoping to keep her good run of form going into the tournament in Russia.

“I have about two and a half months left now (for qualification for Rio), she said.

“I would need about two more good results now. It's not long, but hopefully things will work out.