ITA Cork Open 2016 Report
The ITA Cork Open took place on the weekend of the 13-14th February in the Neptune Stadium Cork. The tournament was attended by 700 competitors with cadets, seniors & veterans competing in Patterns, Sparring, Special technique & power breaking on the Saturday while on the Sunday almost 500 junior competitors took part in patterns, sparring & special technique events across 8 rings.
On Saturday the sparring competition saw very exciting sections with many top level international competitors as well as many current & former World Champions taking part. Mr Luke McGrath, competing in the senior -63kg section took Gold while Mr Adam Shelly topping the -70kg section with Mr Luke Woods and Mr Hong Looi taking Silver & Bronze respectively. In a large -78kg Mr Stephen Smullen & Mr John Moffitt reached the final once again, with Mr Smullen taking Gold. While in the +79kg section Mr Richie Forde took Gold after a number of exciting matches.
In the female sections Ms Jenny Lehane took Gold ahead of Ms Katy Laffan in the -56kg section, while in the +56kg section Ms Louise McCagh took first place with Ms Sarah Barry taking silver. In Patterns, Jenny Lehane, Katy Laffan & Sarah Barry took Gold in the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Dan female sections. While Alex Plamadeala (1st Deg.), Jason Munro (2nd Deg.), Eddie Dillon (3rd Deg.) and Stephen Ryan (4th Degree) took 1st places respectively in the male patterns divisions.
At the end of Day 1, the best overall junior female award was presented to Ms Skye Slattery with 2 Golds & 1 Silver, best overall male junior was presented to Mr Greg Sheehan who won 2 Golds & 1 Bronze while the best overall senior female was shared between Ms Jenny Lehane & Ms Louise McCagh who each won 2 Golds. No award was made for best overall senior male as a number of competitors were tied.
Day 2 of the Cork Open saw an immense amount of talent in the junior, under 13 divisions, among the most successful on the day were Ellie Pyke, Emma Green and James Tuite who all won 2 Gold medals. Despite the large numbers involved, the tournament ran to schedule finished as planned on time at 4:30pm.
The ITA would like to thank the Tournaments & Umpire committee of Master Pat Barry, Mr Mark Buckley, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Stephen Smullen and Ms Laura Ryan, as well as all umpires and volunteers for their hardwork in the lead up to & during the weekend of the tournament. The ITA would also like to thank our International visitors from Scotland & Albania as well as those who travelled to the tournament from all over Ireland. We look forward to welcoming you back to the ITA Dublin Open which takes places in Dublin on the weekend of April 16-17thPosted by Carl Smullen