South Dublin Taekwondo

Fingal Open 2013


Paul Sheridan Presents the 1st Place Team Trophy to Mr. Alex Murphy
SDTKD’s 4th in a row, after 4 participations.

South Dublin Taekwondo attended the Fingal Open in Sportslink Santry on 19th May, hosted by Ilyo Taekwondo Club. With 40 entries on the day we had a good spread of athletes in a wide varieties of ages, grades & abilities. SDTKD had entries in Children & PeeWee in the Morning & Cadet, Junior, Senior & Veterans in the afternoon fighting using Electronic PSS protectors.

With so many fantastic performances on the day it is hard to give all a mention, but performances of particular note would include:

– Comback of young Oisin McKenna seeing off a bigger fighter after being absent or some time, and going on to take home gold.

– Karl Negrillo & Mark Stanley having a thrilling semin final with mark coming back from being 2 head shots behing in Round 1.

– Janella Depakikibo going all the way with a giant opponent, almost beating her, but falling short in dying seconds. Janellas usual head shot magic was not possible as she couldn’t reach the head of much taller opponent!

– Gabrielle Sweeney delighted onlookers with some strong front leg axe kicks proceeding to a gold medal in his division.

– Kim Rena showing some excellent kicking ability going on to win a gold.

– A collective impression was made by a strong up & coming SDTKD female cadet group. Some great sportsmanship & comradery was shown among players. Performances of note fromNiamh O’Reilly, Megan Murphy, Sarah Carney, Aoibhe Thornton & Louise Lawless.

– Young Jamie Gaffney was clinical in his bouts winning him gold. Looking strong.

– Ryan Woolley’s thrilling semi final was clinched with a dramatic spinning head shot having the crowd on their feet. A closely contested final saw Junsa clinch the Gold.

– Newcomer Anas & Dylan both impressed in an exciting Tag Team event at the interval, with Anas proving the dominant player on Leinster select squad landing some serious head shots. Anas later went onto Gold in his -87kg A Class division marking a good introduction to Irish competitive Taekwondo.

– Dave Murray & Mario Maleka, parents on the mats entered as Veterans were in flying form.

Name Medal Name Medal
Mario Maleka  Bronze Robert Mills  Silver
Glen Leonard  Gold Jeff Mohammed  Bronze
Craig Grant  Silver Jake Mulhall  Gold
Mark Stanley  Silver Megan Murphy  Gold
Nashat Basel RU Dave Murray  Silver
Anas Belmaati  Gold Karl Negrillo  Bronze
John Burke  Silver Eironn Gammad RU
Sarah Carney  Gold Cian Norris  Gold
Donal Cheape  Bronze Adam Nugent  Silver
Jophert Depakakibo  Bronze Niamh O’Reilly  Silver
Janella Depakakibo RU Luke Parsons  Bronze
Jamie Gaffney  Gold x2 Kim Rena  Gold
Sheevough Gammad  Bronze Jed Rena  Silver
Grace Hicks  Silver Danielle Ryan  Bronze
Naseem Kourrini  Silver Gabrielle Sweeney  Gold
Louise Lawless  Gold Sebastian Sweeney  Bronze
James Leech RU Aoibhe Thornton  Silver
Dylan Leonard  Bronze Ryan Woolley  Silver
Craig McGovern  Silver Jordan McKenna  Bronze
Oisin McKenna  Gold Ethan Feng  Silver

41 Entries

12 Gold, 14 Silver, 11 Bronze

Some SDTKD Team Members Pictured With Medals

Whilst the day had some disappointment for players which is inevitable with such a spread of athletes participating, as a collective club performance the team were working great together in the competition area. Well done to all & thanks for all the assistance from coaches on the day lead my Master Taaffe, Supported by Mr. Murphy  & supplemented My Mr. Woolley & Mr. Leonard when required. Also major thanks to Mr. Leonard for managing all Taekoplan online entries & having all done diligently by tournament deadline.

Any observations – positive comments / constructive criticism on SDTKD’s participation & management at tournament welcome to so we can strive to improve all for club members continually!

Next Big Whole Club Event – NI International Poomsae Championships – June 22nd