The 14th ITA Cork Open took place in the Neptune Stadium in Cork City on the 15th & 16th of February. The tournament was attended by 620 competitors from 35 clubs from Ireland, Scotland and Germany over the 2 days including many of the Irish National Team from last year’s World Championships including Senior World Champion Dylan Fitzgibbon, junior world champions Ellen Ince & Dylan Murphy as well as many other medallists and experienced internationals.
Saturday was the day for cadets (14 – 17) and seniors, competing in patterns, sparring, special technique & power. The day began promptly at 10am running over 4 rings. There was a very high standard across all section including in the senior 4 – 6th Dan patterns where Stephen Ryan faced Hong Looi in the final with very impressive performances of Moon Moo. Mr Ryan taking Gold on this occasion
As with all ITA tournaments, the blackbelt sparring sections where conducted using a pool & requalification system where competitors fight everyone else in their section. This made for some very competitive high-quality matches. Rostik Ivanchuk took gold in the senior -57kg sparring section, while Luke Woods, Dylan Fitzgibbon & Richard Forde took gold in the -70, 78 & 85kg sections respectively. In the female divisions Katy Laffan, Sarah Lehane & Sarah Barry took first place in their sections
The best senior competitors at the tournament were Eddie Dillon (2 Gold & 1 Silver) & Katy Laffan (1 Gold, 2 Silvers) while the best overall junior titles were awarded to Maeve Magee (2 Golds) and Dylan Murphy (1 Gold, 2 Silvers)
On Sunday there was a very high standard on the floor in the under 13s competing in patterns, sparring & special technique across eight rings. Notable performances on the day came from Eve Ince from Killester & Cian Barrett from Cork ITA who took two gold medals each, while Ciara Fitzsimons from IMAA & Liam Kervick from Waterford both won treble gold, taking first place in patterns, sparring and special technique!
Overall the 2014 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 Mrs Laura Ryan, Mr Mark Buckley, Master Pat Barry, and Mr Stephen Ryan 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.
Top Ten Clubs at the ITA Cork Open 2014
1st Integrity Martial Arts Academy 100 points
2nd Cork ITA 89 points
3rd Cork Taekwon-Do North Mon Carrigaline 85 points
4th Mahon/Bandon 36 points
5th Blanchardstown 35 points
6th Quin TKD 33 points
7th Waterford/Tipperary ITF 31 points
8th Newlands TKD 30 points
8th Killester 10th 30 points
10th Kingdom TKD 24 points
Posted by Carl Smullen