The Irish open was very difficult this year. Not necessarily because of the talented fighters that attend, but because of the atrocious weather that shut down Dublin Airport und several inches of snow.
Some of us were stuck at Gatwick for 10 hours and then had our flights cancelled with no way of re scheduling. More of our team spent 3 days at the Ferry terminal in Holy head waiting for the weather to clear. Their preserverance paid off and they managed to arrive on the Saturday.. This was too late for Liz however as she missed her 5categories that she entered!!
Everyone was understandably tired, but still competed in teh much reduced tournament giving some good bouts to their opponents.
Paige, fighting in her first Irish open fought with great skill and determination to get a 3rd place losing narrowly to the eventual winner of her section. It has long been an ambition of Paige to compete at this tournament and she is keen to return and take the top spot next year.