Cork Open 2013 Report
The ITA Cork Open took place on the 16th & 17th of February in the Neptune Stadium. This year’s Open boasted record numbers with 610 competitors from 34 clubs competing in The ITA’s first championship of 2013.
Saturday the 16th saw the competition for cadets and seniors with 177 competitors taking part. There was a very high level of competitor on display across all divisions, male & female, junior & senior, with many European & world medallist competing. The blackbelt divisions were particularly competitive with athletes vying to win points in an effort to secure a place to represent Ireland in the European Championships in May.
In the blackbelt patterns divisions Katy Laffan took gold in female 1st Dan patterns, while Stephen Kinsella from Greystones won the male 1st Dan section. Luke Laffan placed first in the 2nd Dan patterns, with Philip McAuliffe 2nd & Eddie Dillon 3rd. The male senior 4th Dan section saw another meeting between Stephen Ryan & Hong Looi in the final, Mr Ryan took the decision after performances of Ul-Ji & Dan Gun with Mr Looi placing 2nd and Stephen Smullen 3rd.
The senior sparring sections also proved as competitive, Jamie William came out on top of a close -57kg section with Darren Doherty taking silver and Eddie Dillon bronze. In the final of the -70kg division Hong Looi & Adam Shelley met, with Mr Shelley taking the decision after an exciting close-fought final. The female -62kg division also proved particularly close with many international level competitors taking part. Sarah Lehane, Sabina Mason & Louise Mc Cagh finished 1st, 2nd & 3rd respectively while the senior -78kg division produced the same top two as the Irish Cup last November with Stephen Smullen winning Gold and Marcin Oworuszko placing 2nd, while Cian Keogh took Bronze. In the +78kg section, Richie Forde continued his good form taking 1st place with Ross Smith 2nd and Alan McDonagh 3rd.
At the end of the Saturday competition, the best overall male competitor was awarded to Marcin Oworuszko (2 Gold, 1 Silver) with Katy Laffan winning best overall female (1 Gold, 1 Silver), while Anne Marie Torsney (2 Gold, 1 Silver) was presented with the best overall female junior. There were also impressive performances from Amy O’Regan, Michelle Pyke & Maeve Magee who all took double Gold on Saturday.
Sunday’s competition began promptly at 10am with 433 juniors aged 13 & under competing over 6 rings. The standard on display was excellent once again with many competitors having to go through five or more rounds to claim a medal. There were notable performances on Sunday from Cian Ince from Killester Taekwon-Do, Joanne Potter from Quin and Finn Martin from Donabate, who all won double gold. Sunday also saw the introduction of the new ITA wireless-electronic scoring system, developed by Mr Declan Staunton from Quin Taekwon-Do Club. The system was tested successfully on one of the rings on Sunday and will bring a new level of professionalism & efficiency to our tournaments when rolled out to all rings in the near future.
Overall the 2013 Cork Open proved to be a very successful tournament, for organisers, competitors and spectators alike. Gratitude must be expressed to the ITA tournament committee of Mr Mark Buckley, Mr Niall Jones, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Adrian Byrne & Ms Laura Cullen for their work in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend of the Cork Open. We now look forward to our next tournament, the Dublin Open which takes place in Dublin in April.
Report by Carl Smullen, 4th Dan – ITA PR OfficerPosted by Carl Smullen