ITA Cork Open 2013
The Neptune Stadium in Cork played host to the 2013 Cork Open on the 16th& 17th of February. This year’s Open saw 34 clubs competing in the ITA’s first championship of 2013, with 610 competitors a new record number of competitors at an ITA tournament.
The tournament began at 10am sharp on Saturday the 16thwith177 seniors & cadets taking part.There was a very high level of competitor on display across all divisions, male & female, junior& senior, with many European & world medallist competing. The blackbelt divisions were particularly competitive with athletes vying to win pointsas part of the selection process to secure a place to represent Ireland in the European Championships in May.
The senior sparring sections proved as competitive as ever with Jamie William taking Gold in a close -57kg section with Darren Doherty taking silver and Eddie Dillon bronze.The female -62kg division also proved particularly close with Sarah Lehane, Sabina Mason & Louise Mc Cagh finished 1st, 2nd& 3rd respectively Hong Looi & Adam Shelley met in the final of the -70kg blackbelt section, with Mr Shelley taking the decision after an exciting final. While the senior -78kg division saw Stephen Smullen and Marcin Oworuszko meet in the final once again, with Mr Smullen taking Gold and Mr Oworuszkoplacing 2nd and Cian Keogh takingBronze.In the heavyweight section, Richie Forde continued his good form taking 1st place with Ross Smith 2nd and Alan McDonagh 3rd.
The blackbelt patterns divisions saw Katy Laffan and Stephen Kinsella taking Gold respectively in the female & male 1st Dan section. Luke Laffan placed first in the 2nd Dan patterns, with Philip McAuliffe 2nd & Eddie Dillon 3rd. The male senior 4th Dan section saw another meeting between Stephen Ryan & Hong Looi in the final, Mr Ryan took the decision after strong performances of Ul-Ji & Dan Gun with Mr Looi placing 2nd and Stephen Smullen 3rd.
Sunday’s competition saw 433 juniors aged 13 & under competing over 6 rings. The standard on display was excellent once again with many competitors having to go through five or more rounds to claim a medal. There were notable performances on Sunday from Cian Ince from Killester Taekwon-Do, Joanne Potter from Quin and Finn Martin from Donabate, who all won double gold. Sunday also saw the introduction of the new ITA wireless-electronic scoring system, developed by Mr Declan Staunton, 1st Dan, from Quin Taekwon-Do Club. The system was tested successfully on one of the rings on Sunday and will bring a new level of professionalism& efficiency to our tournaments when rolled out to all rings in the near future.
Overall the 2013 Cork Open proved to be a very successful tournament, for organisers, competitors and spectators alike. Gratitude must be expressed to the ITA tournament committee of Mr Mark Buckley, Mr Niall Jones, Mr Stephen Ryan, Mr Adrian Byrne & Ms Laura Cullen for their work in the lead up to the tournament and over the weekend of the Cork Open. We now look forward to our next tournament, the Dublin Open which takes place in Dublin in April.
Report by Carl Smullen, 4th Dan – ITA PR Officer