Open Dutch Report
A big congratulation to all athletes who participated in the recent Open Dutch on 20th Jan 2013.
Once again, a well organised tournament held by Master Willy van de Mortel and Mr. Henny van Zon, both of whom deserve a massive compliment. This year there were a massive 648 competitors with 14 countries present in comparison to last year’s 2012 edition of 548 competitors with 11 countries. There were competitors from national, European and World standards from our very own Ireland, Belgium, England, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Scotland, Slovenia with the addition of 4 new countries, Finland, Portugal, Spain and as far as Jamaica!The competition was held in the same location as last year "Naestebest" stadium, very close to Eindhoven airport. There were 77 referees helping the day to run smoothly, this year in two big halls over 9 rings led by head referee Master Coos van den Heuvel. Even though the competition was held over one day ranging from colour to black belts, the organiser was able to include an additional event with team sparring A-class seniors. We were also greeted by our special guests, Grandmaster Wim Bos from Italy, Grandmaster Lan Ung Kim from Germany and Master Per Andersen from Norway.
In Tul, Ireland showed a high standard where Mr. Hong Looi V Dan, battled through 4 rounds, winning his way to the gold medal in the 4th Dan and above patterns, beating hometown favourite Mr. Patrick den Hoed in the final. Ms. Sabina Mason III Dan, showed good strength and power in her patterns, going through 2 rounds, before narrowly losing in the final to two times World Champion and multiple European Champion, Ms. Anna Anastassiadou, taking home the silver medal in the senior 3rd Dan and above patterns. Ms. Chloe Aboud II Dan showed her great technical ability taking home the gold in junior 2nd Dan patterns after 3 rounds of battle. Also a congratulation to Ms. Sarah Lehane I degree, who fought her way to a silver medal in junior 1st Dan patterns.
Ireland also showed an extremely high standard in the sparring divisions. Ms. Isabelle Aboud had 2 rounds of sparring, and just narrowly lost in the 3rd place playoff in the youth –150cm sparring! Her older brother, Mr. Chris Aboud I Dan, had 3 rounds of sparring, and winning his final against Mr. Jorg Gubbels from Netherlands in the 170cm sparring. Older sister and current European champion, Ms. Chloe Aboud, reciprocated by also winning 3 rounds of sparring and her final against Ms. Maarth Gubbels from Netherlands in the -55kg division.
Ms. Jennifer Lehane I Dan convincingly won her fights, beating Netherlands for the gold in the -50kg sparring. Sister, Ms. Sarah Lehane I Dan, recent World Cup champion, also won 3 fights before losing to the eventual winner from Germany in the -62kg sparring. Older brother, Mr. Seamus Lehane II Dan, was extremely fast and light through his bouts, before losing to the eventual winner from Norway, settling for a deserved silver medal in the -63kg sparring.
Ms. Amerie Torsney I Dan had some tough fights to her eventual silver medal, narrowly losing to Norway in the +65kg sparring. Current World Cup champion Mr. Rostik Ivanchuk I Dan won comfortably until a tough semi-final match against Netherlands, in which he had to fight out for a well-deserved 3rd place play off for bronze in the -56kg sparring. Mr. Alex Plamadeala I Dan also won well-deserved bronze in the –62kg sparring against Italy in the semi-final.
A special mention must go out to first time international competitors Ms. Maeve Magee I Dan in the -60kg sparring, Mr. Sean-Paul O’Halloran I Dan in the -56kg Sparring Ms. Joanne Deegan I Dan in the -68kg sparring and Mr. Cian Corrigan I Dan in the -78kg sparring, who all did us extremely proud, winning a few matches.
Ms. Sabina Mason, 3 times European medallist, also won 3 bouts in her -62kg sparring, before losing in a controversial semi-final against Germany, and had to settle for a bronze medal in the 3rd place play off against Norway. In the –85kg sparring, both Mr. Darren Smith IV Dan and Mr. Shane O’Rourke II Dan won 3 bouts each before setting up a 3rd playoff, as both narrowly lost their semi-final matches, with the bronze medal win went to Mr. Smith this time. Current European champion Mr. Hong Looi had very tough matches, winning 6 rounds (38 competitors), including setting up a gold medal finale, beating his long time nemesis from Poland, Mr Maciek Zuk in the -70kg sparring. The winners in the A class sparring and Tul got all a T-shirt from the competition.
This year, there is the addition of team sparring A-class seniors after the conclusion of individual events. There were 10 female teams and 14 male teams. Ms. Sabina Mason and Mr. Hong Looi were both invited by Master Willy van de Mortel to complete his home team clubs, Difesa. Master van de Mortel’s female team narrowly lost in round 2 to the eventual winner from Poland while the male team narrowly in the semi-final against the eventual winner from PUMA England.
A massive thanks to the competitor’s supporting parents, competitors, who had to coach as well: Ms. Sabina Mason, Mr. Hong Looi, Mr. Darren Smith, Mr. Shane O’Rourke as well as coaches Mr. Stephen Cooley VI degree and Mr. Gerard O’Rourke III degree for assisting all the competitors to their respective victories. The Irelands medal tally: 6 golds, 5 silvers and 4 bronzes. It was an extremely proud day for Ireland with all participants showing skill and professionalism in their sport.
A special thanks to organiser Master Willy van de Mortel and Mr. Henny van Zon for their invitation and warm hospitality. We are already looking forward to the Open Dutch Championship 2014.
Results from the 2013 Open Dutch
Report by Hong K Looi V Dan & Sabina Mason III Dan, ITA PR Officers for International events.Posted by Stephen Ryan