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Ulster aces prepared for Swiss task

By Kate Nixon

Sinead Chambers and Tony and Alannah Stephenson of Lisburn's Alpha Club, all members of the Northern Ireland Commonwealth squad, are in Basel this week competing for Ireland in the European Team Badminton Championships.

Sinead and Alannah join Raphoe's Chloe Magee and Dubliner Jennie King on the womens' team in a very tough opening group that features the third seeds Bulgaria as well as France and the Netherlands.

Tony Stephenson will join Sligo's Jonathan Dolan, Raphoe's Sam Magee and Scott Evans from Dubin on the mens' side in an opening group that features the favourites Denmark as well as Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

Team Manager Dan Magee said: "The women will have to work hard to avoid finishing fourth in their group while the men will be targeting one of the two best second places to get a place in Friday's semis.

"I am delighted that Scott Evans should be fit to lead the team after missing last weeks Irish Nationals due to a foot injury."

The men open later today against Slovakia while the women start against Bulgaria.

The men will be hoping for a bright start as they will have Czech Republic and Denmark to follow tomorrow and Thursday.

In the Womens' competition the ladies will be looking to their leader, two-time Olympian Chloe Magee, for support as they have an opening match with number three seeds Bulgaria at 2pm today.

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