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Unbeaten Ulster Senior badminton team just can't stop winning

By Ali Gordon

The unbeaten run continues for the Ulster Senior badminton team after they picked up two brilliant away wins over a tough Nottinghamshire squad at the weekend.

Recording excellent 12-3 scorelines on both Saturday and Sunday, the Ulster squad have maintained their domination in Division Three of the English Inter County League.

In the men's singles and doubles competitions, Tony Stephenson and Tony Murphy were unbeaten, as was the doubles pairing of Ciaran Chambers and Ryan Stewart.

Irish international Sinead Chambers made a welcome return to the squad, partnering Catherine Coyle to win their women's doubles games and her brother Ciaran to win in the mixed doubles.

The Ulster Senior team will be hoping their winning streak continues into the new year when they face Northumberland in their next away double-header.

Meanwhile, in the Four Nations Pan Disability Championships at the National Badminton Centre in Lisburn, world champion Niall McVeigh from Lisburn triumphed in the Dwarf SS6 men's singles competition.

A previous winner at the prestigious Belfast Telegraph Sports Awards, McVeigh produced his best badminton to overcome England's Andrew Martin, who had caused an upset in the Para European Championships in September by beating McVeigh, before defeating rival Krysten Coombs from England 21-19 21-13 21-18 in what was an exciting final.

In a fiercely competitive LD final, Jenny Graham from Lothian beat Lisburn's Claire O'Neill 15-21 21-13 21-18.

With badminton now confirmed for the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, many players taking place in the Four Nations Pan Disability Championships will be aiming for either Team Great Britain or Ireland selection, although the categories which will be included in the competition are currently uncertain.

The next big date in the players' calendar is the Scottish Four Nations on February 14-15.

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