Magee brothers take Slovenia title

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Magee brothers take Slovenia title
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European games bronze medallists Sam and Joshua Magee have won the 2016 Slovenia International final.

The Magee brothers from Raphoe took the title by beating Mathias Bay-Smidt and Frederik Søgaard Mortensen of Denmark in a closely fought battle that lasted 54 minutes.

The Irish number one pairing eased through the opening game winning 21-9. In the second game the Danish came out strong and held the lead up until 20-19 when the Irish finally levelled the match at 20-20. The Danes once more took the upper hand as they charged down the net, putting the Irish on the back foot. With two mistakes by the Irish the Danes took the second game 22-20. This took the match into the deciding game. This was much more evenly balanced with both pairs having periods of good play. It was Bay-Smidt and Mortensen, who took the advantage leading by one point at the mid game interval. After the break both pairs were scoring points evenly up to 17-17. It was at this point of the match where Sam Magee stepped up to challenge as he dominated from the front court serving from 17 all the way to match point at 20-17. The Danes were not finished fighting as they clawed back one more point before the Irish eventually took the victory winning 21-18.

The Raphoe pair progressed to the final after beating Sean Vendy and Ben Lane of England.

The bother partnership eased through the first game with Sam dominating from the forecourt and Joshua using his power at the back of the court. The second game was much more competitive with the game being finely balanced at 17-17. In the final points the Irish pair showed their experience as they controlled the first three shots with Joshua serving very well in the pressure points. They beat the pair in the end 21-12 21-17.

This is a great achievement for this pair winning their first International title together following on from their success at the European games.