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"The art of badminton is all about kickin' your opponent's ass'"

Lance Armstrong4/28/09

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever.?

??Anything is possible. You can be told that you have a 90-percent chance or a 50-percent chance or a 1-percent chance, but you have to believe, and you have to fight.??
Suggestions? Improvements? Comments?4/22/09
Hey guys,

Just wanting to know what you thought about the season that's just past.
Copy and paste the following set of questions and answer them.

1. Is there anything you liked?
2. Is there anything you didn't like?
3. Anything we can do to improve the Club?

Thanks guys, much appreciated.
We'll get back to you with feedback within a few months.
Letterkenny Trip 20089/27/08
This year's Celtic Challenge was hosted by Raphoe in the Letterkenny Leisure Centre. As always, 4 team's representing their respective countries, counties and club teams from Ayrshire, Cumbria, Raphoe and last but not least, Glengormley.
Matches were played on Saturday 20th September 2008. Each team's U15 and U17 teams played very well and hopefully had a fun and enjoyable weekend.

In the U17 Division, Raphoe took Gold in their home territory, Cumbria took Silver, Ayrshire took Bronze, and despite valiant efforts from the Glengormley, they finished in 4th place, with credit going to those who won matches. The Glengormley U17 Team consisted of: (Alphabetical Order)

1. Kevin Cheung
2. Frazer Duddy
3. Kyle Graham
4. Chris Jamison
5. Kyle Swann

1. Rebecca Bingham
2. Melissa Carmichael
3. Emma Gault
4. Zoe Purdy

In the U15 Division, Cumbria took Gold, Raphoe took Silver, Ayrshire took Bronze and Gelngormley finished in 4th, missing Bronze by 1 point. The Glengormley U15 Team consisted of: (Alphabetical Order)

1. Ryan Audley
2. James Buckly
3. Samuel Dundee (You're U15 loads)
4. Andrew Gault

1. Claire Arrell
2. Sarah Swann
3. Yee-Wan Wong
4. Jaqui (Insert surame)

Despite not winning any medals, the Glengormley Team as a whole had fun and enjoyed the experience of playing against players of the National and County standard.

To end the day, there was special men's doubles match between the coaches from Cumbria and Glengormley. Glengormley were the clear victors as Coaches Graham Davison and David Purdy thrashed the Cumbrians 21-17, and 21-14.

Several incidents, one of which involved Mr. Buckly and a fire alarm, made the stay in the Gartan Outdoor Resource Centre all the more enjoyable.
The Clubs Influences!8/29/08
Please can you write down any influences which make you want to play badminton as the moderators can then add this to the profile!
Many thanks
you know you want to matey5/23/07
express yourself!
Bit of Motivation from the Club's Motivator, Me5/6/07
Motivational Speech (with the lucozade guy's accent 'Tirty-tree % longer')

"When you're playing badminton always remember the 5 S's, Stamina, Speed, Strength, Skill and Spirit.

Stamina can be built up by running, or simply playing more often. The more you're muscles burn, the more you're building your stamina up.

Build up you're speed by sprinting. Weight training on a squat machine will help, and I can prove that, I'm now a winger after formerly being a No. 8.

Strength can be built up many ways, mostly with weight training. Bench press, pulleys, leg curls, the lot really work, and I can prove it, I rarely lift now, I always squat down and play a shot overhead, takes a lot of leg strength to do that, doesn't it Jamesy?

Skill is pure effort. The more you train, the better you're skills will become. Compare yourself now, to when you first started, that's skill. Remember, the more you sweat in practice the less you bleed in battle.

Badminton is 80 % Spirit, it is the key to your success. Put your heart into the game and you will win. How much you apply your spirit into the game, will determine the outcome of the game. A game can be lost in the first few points you give away. Give up at the start and you let not only yourself down, but the whole team as well.

Always remember to put your heart into the game, control everything. Take a deep breath before your serve and kick your opponents ass. Punish them for their mistakes and take no prisoners, kill the high shuttles, but don't play any high shots yourself. Use all the shots, smashes, drops, clears, lifts. Push yourself to the limits and you will win.

Now go and win. Show everyone what you're worth. Put your heart, your soul, your all into the game."
Club History2/24/07
(Club membership = 50+)

Glengormley Methodist Badminton Club was founded in 1950 by Mrs. Betty Simpson, and her husband, and has continued right through to the present day. The club first played in a 'Nissan Hut' until the new hall was built in 1970. The membership of the club has been steady through the years.

Club members are drawn from all sections of the community and membership is open to all (space permitting).

COMPETITION: The Club, through the years, has competitively played in the Methodist League (which does not exist anymore), the East Antrim League, the Carrick and District League and at present plays in the Ulster League.

SUCCESSES: The Club has been successful winning the Carrick and District League several times and Ulster League Divisions 4, 3 and 2. At present the Club is playing in Division 2 of the Ulster League.

CLUB NIGHTS (Seniors/ Veterans)
During the Badminton season (Sept - April) the Club play on Thursday nights, from 7.30 pm until 10.30 pm, and on Saturday nights from 7.00 pm until 9.00 pm, playing on two courts. Players can join from the age of 15 and new members are welcome.

The Junior Club meets on Saturdays through the season, commencing at 2.00pm when the 8-10 and 10-13 age groups play from 2.00pm - 3.30pm (different halls). Age group 13-15 play from 3.30pm - 5-00pm. The senior members of the Junior club play from 5.00pm until 7.00pm.

COMPETITION: The Junior club play in the Ulster League - Juvenile Section, entering nine teams and 13-17. Matches are played in the National Badminton Centre, Lisburn Racquets Club, on given Saturdays. The Under 17 team have won the mixed division and the boys in season 2004-05. Transport to competitions, at Lisburn and other clubs, is provided by parents of club members.

SUCCESSES: Teams have won all the divisions at different times. Individual players have achieved success in tournaments at different ages (Ulster and Irish).

INDIVIDUAL ACHIEVEMENTS: The Club has been successful with some individuals playing for Ulster and Ireland.

a. In previous years five members of the Club - Jenni Coulter, Helen McGookin, Lisa Tweed, Nigel Tweed and Jim Brennan represented Ulster in the English Schools Under 17 Inter Counties Tournament played at Nottingham University.

b. In the year 2004-05 the club has been represented in the inter-provincial series by Jim and Lisa Tweed at Under 19 and Judith Brennan and Sarah Kerr at Under 17 and Sarah Swann at Under 11.

c. Lyle McFarland has been selected to play in the Celtic Challenge at Under 15.

d. Judith Brennan has won the Ulster Minor Singles, in season 2004-05, and Sarah Kerr has won the Alpha Grand Prix Under 17 Singles.
Junior Club
8-10 years Sat 2.00 ? 3.30 pm
10-13 years Sat 3.30 ? 5.00 pm
15-17 years Sat 5.00 ? 7.30 pm

Ability will be taken into account at all age groups.

Senior Club
15 years + Thu 7.30 pm ? 9.30 pm

New members welcome!