ITA Irish Cup 2014 Report

ITA Irish Cup 2014 Report

The ITA Irish Cup took place on the 29th & 30th of November in the UL Arena at the University of Limerick. The event was attended by 623 competitors from Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and England. 

The Saturday was made up of those aged 14 & older both colour belt & blackbelt competing in patterns, sparring, special technique & power-breaking. There were many World & European champions & medallists, both Junior & Senior on display including in the senior -70kg sparring section where current senior European Champion Adam Shelley fought Killester club mate & current Junior European champion Colm Carroll in the final, with Shelley taking Gold. While in the -78kg final two experienced competitors did battle with Stephen Smullen taking victory over John Moffitt.In the -85kg section European Champion Tim Kool from the Netherlands, who brought his team to compete in Ireland, took Gold. Sarah Lehane took Gold in female -68kg sparring, where Sarah Barry & Katie Moriarty took Silver and Bronze respectively. In Patterns Philip McAuliffe of Cork ITA took Gold in the senior 2nd Dan section after a final match versus Eddie Dillon. 

The best junior female award was shared by Ellen Ince or Killester & Maeve Magee of Integrity Martial arts who had an even share of points, while Alex Plamadeala of Blanchardstown TKD won best junior male with an impressive haul of 4 Gold medals (Patterns, Sparring, Special technique & Breaking). In the senior categories Silvia Farigu & Daniele Vello from Italy were awarded the best overall female & male awards respectively.

On Sunday, the competitors aged 13 and under competed in Patterns, Sparring & Special Technique. As with all ITA tournaments, the sections were quite large with many medallists having to come through 5 rounds or more to claim a medal. The quality on display was once again very impressive and the juniors got a taste of international competition with many competitors from the Netherlands, England competing

The next ITA tournaments are the Cork Open & Dublin which take place in February & March next year, more information can be found here:

Cork Open
Dublin Open

Full Photo Galleries from the event will be available on Sunday.

Posted by Carl Smullen