ITA Dublin Open Report 2015
The ITA Dublin Open took place on the weekend of the 28th & 29th March in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. 639 competitors from several Irish Associations, Germany, Switzerland, Albania & Scotland competed over two days across seven rings in patterns, sparring, special technique & breaking.
Day 1 of the tournament was made up of those aged 14 & older with sections divided into cadets, seniors and veterans, colour belts & blackbelts. The standard on the floor was as high as ever with many Irish national team members competing alongside high level international competitors. As with all ITA tournaments, the blackbelts competed in a requalification/pool system, meaning each competitor had a number of matches. The tournament was an excellent chance for the high-level athletes to test themselves as they prepare for the ITF World Championships which takes place in Jesolo, Italy in May.
The best overall competitor awards at the Dublin Open were presented to Hong Looi, best senior male with 2 golds and a silver, Ellen Ince, best junior female with 2 golds & a bronze medal and Dylan Murphy, best junior male who won 3 gold medals. There was no senior female award presented as many competitors had the same point’s total.
Day 2 of the Dublin Open took place over 7 competition areas with those aged 7 – 13 competing in patterns, sparring & special technique. There was a high standard on display with competitors having to come through many rounds to claim a medal. A special mention must go to Abbie Walsh, Ellie Hendrick, Ellie Pyke, Isabel Lehane, Jack Barrett, Joanna O’Sullivan, Mark Hayes and Warren Kiely who all won 2 Gold medals, while Fionn Hagon won as impressive 3 Golds.
Thank you to the ITA tournament & umpire committee, volunteers, umpires, coaches, competitors & supporters for helping to make the ITA Dublin Open a very special weekend. We would also like to thank our international guests, we look forward to welcoming you back to Ireland for the Irish Cup, which takes place on the 14th & 15th of November, in the UL Arena, Limerick.
Posted by Carl Smullen