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.
We reached the finals of the Basingstoke sports awards in several sections this year. Club of the year, Team of the year, Coach of the year, junior ladies and senior ladies, volunteer coach of the year.
Liz got a very creditable 3rd place in the senior ladies where she was up against many world champions and athletes from Basingstoke.
The Kids team also came in 2nd place in their section.
We all went to teh Appollo hotel for a meal and presentations and had a very nice time.
We will be pushing for top spots next year.
We took a team of 10 to the WAKO British Championships in Birmingham this year. On Saturday it was the light continuous sections and Maggie was up firs. She gave a great account of herself and narrowly lost in the final. Maggie is improving at a great rate because of her light con training and it's helping her points fighting as well.
Ollie from Sweden had two greulling fights and was unlucky in the semi finals not to progress. He hit his opponent with hard shots and took the fight to him, but a split decision gave it to teh other guy. Bronze for Ollie.
Neil was up next and despite some good strong punching and movement in the second round he was hit by his opponents long side kicks and this took the fight away from him. Bronze for Jeppo.
Saturday was a very long day at this tournament and we didn't get home till midnight, but we were up and ready to go again the next day. Another long drive to Birminham.
Liz and Kat showed their strength and carachter when they met in the final of the light con vets. A great tactical fight eventually went to Liz. British Champion.
It was points fighting today.
Maggie excelled at this and won her section after 10 clearing one opponent and stopping another in the final. British Champion for Maggs.
Rob Payne had some tough fights, but showed his heart, spirit and composure by winning the final and becoming our 3rd British champion of the weekend.
Liz then steped up in points and won her first section. then once again met Kat in the final. A very close fight with Liz eventually winning by 2 points.
In the lower weigh Liz met Sharon Gill in the final and gave a great account of herself against one of the sports legendary points fighters. This time Liz had to settle for Silver.
Andy Evans fought through to the semi finals and met a world champion.. He was unlucky not to score with his side kicks, but a great learning experience.
Rob Read made areturn to tournament sparring after an 18 year lay off!!! He was strong and moving well, but just needs to shake off some of the rust and this will be his title in the future.
George was up finally and dominated some very good fighters. the final of the -84kg category was a hard bout against a good opponent with a strong, long side kick. George moved and dominated and finished British Champion.
In the -79. George once again had tough fights and his energy was dropping when he reached the final. In the second round George's opponent ducked his head low and George threw an uppercut which connected hard and broke the nose. It wasn't maliciouly done, but the judges deemed it to be excessive conact and disqualified George so he had to settle for silver
Paige also fought a great fight against a strong and experienced opponent. She improves with every tournament .
Charlotte also fought well, but no trophies this time..
Maggie Gold, Silver.
Liz. 3 x Golds, 1 Silver.
Rob Payne Gold. Bronze
George. Gold. Silver.
Kat 2x Silver.
Andy E. Bronze.
Rob Read. Bronze.
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Results from today at Chessington.
George T. 3rd
Maggie 1st, 2nd light con.
Paige 1st, 1st
Liz 1st, 1st, 2nd.
Mitch 2nd, 4th
Callum and Sam fought well but no place this time. Well done all.