ITA Irish Cup & National Championships 2016
The ITA Irish Cup & National Championships took place in the UL Arena, Co. Limerick on the 11th & 12th November. The tournament was the biggest ever ITA competition with almost 800 athletes competing in Sparring, Patterns, Special Technique and Power-Breaking.
As with all ITA competitions there was a high calibre of competition on display, and as the tournament formed part of the selection process for the 2017 European Championships, all sections where very highly contested. This was very much the case in the senior sparring sections, where members of the Irish female teams, who took Gold & Bronze at the recent ITF World Cup as well as the Gold-and-Silver winning male teams were competing, hoping to be selected for the next European campaign.The first Male sparring medal went to Thomas Fogarty in the -57kg section, while in the -63kg Section Ryan Shelley took Gold ahead of Luke McGrath. In the final of the -70kg Blackbelt division current World Champion Adam Shelley faced off with 2009-World-Champion Luke Woods, with Mr Shelley taking the Gold.
In a large -78kg section, 12 competitors faced off, with 2016 World Cup winner Colm Carroll taking Gold in a quality division. While in the 85kg section Ross Smith took the win with some fine performances.
Katy Laffan took Gold in the female under 50kg section with 2013-World Champion Louise McCagh taking Gold in the -62kgs group where Ellen Ince won Silver. Maeve Magee & Sarah Barry placed 1st and 2nd respectively in the -68kg group
In the senior Patterns, Maeve Magee, Skye Slattery & Naomi Coonghe all won Gold respectively in the 1st, 2nd & 3rd Degree sections. While in the male groups, Philip O’Gorman, Tiarnan Moriarty, Eddie Dillon & Hong Looi took Gold in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Dan divisions respectively.
The winner of the Best Overall competitor awards from the 2016 Irish Cup were:
Best Overall Female Junior: Joanne Potter (2 Gold, 1 Bronze)
Sunday was the day for those aged 13 & younger, competing in patterns, sparring and special technique across eight rings. The standard as always was very high from such young competitors showing the future of Irish Taekwon-Do looks very bright. Amongst the most impressive performances on the day were Aaron Finglas, Abbie Walsh, Andreya Mooney, Ellie Hendrick, Jack Barrett, Jack Flynn, Joshua Guyler and Willow Deegan Killeen who all won 2 Gold medals.
Overall the 2016 Irish Cup was a great success, this is largely due to the hardwork of the organisers and ITA Tournament & Umpire committee of Master Pat Barry, Master Mark Buckley, Mr Adrian Byrne, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Stephen Smullen and Ms Laura Ryan. The ITA would also like to thank our volunteers, umpires, competitors & spectators for making the weekend so memorable. We now look forward to the 2017 Cork Open International (11th & 12th February) and the 2017 Dublin Open International (25th March / 9th April) in 2017, ideal preparation for the European Championships in Bulgaria in April and the World Championships in Dublin in October.Posted by Carl Smullen