We selected a strong team for this years Opening Major Tournament on the Irish Calendar. The Meath Open on 23rd March took place in Trim GAA Club once again, with Daedo PSS Scoring for all Junior & Senior divisions. With 35 entries playing on the 3 rings SDTKD were busy throughout the day.
Highlights of the day include many successful medal victories noted in list below, and performances of some note from many of our players including;
- Megan Murphy’s final match kicking blitz to clinch gold.
- Janella Depakikibo was in fierce form in her PeeWee division with super 360’s, and then in Cadets with head shots winning her 2 golds.
- Sean O’Reilly’s return to the ring to win gold.
- Nashat Basel, 17, winning gold in his first senior advanced division in -87kg.
- Jed Rena’s six match division going all the way to gold with the match of the day.
There was many other highlights during the day including some very mature performances in SDTKD vs SDTKD matches where players lined up to score points on their own club mates to ensure they gained as much mat practice ahead of upcoming events in the next few weeks. Glen Leonard stepped up to advanced to give Jack Woolley a strong test, Nashat paired off against friend Jeff, who nicked the match in dying seconds landing a spinning head shot [that Nashat probably taught him!!], Louise & Niamh resumed their ongoing rivalry, and Sarah Carney was also in action against Louise after seeing off her black belt semi-final opponent, Mark Stanley & Sean O’Reilly did battle, and leading by example, Ryan Woolley & Dylan Leonard ensured they are kept ring fresh by competing in the final of -68kg setting an excellent example to young onlookers from the club.
The day was incredibly smooth running for the club with many hands making light work. Coaches on duty on the day were Robert & Alex, supported by Dylan. Mark Parsons & Terry O’Reilly who have been introduced as support coaches were a great backup & Terry coordinated all players to the ring throughout the day. Ryan did his share of corner judging on the day. Thanks to all for their hard work & taking time out to support the Team.
Club mascots & Taekwondo Tots ensured they played their part collecting the Overall Team Champions trophy at the end of the day, SDTKD’s 3rd time in a row in Meath.
2 further honours were bestowed upon the team. Nashat was awarded ‘Best Male Senior’, and Jed was awarded ‘Best PeeWee Male’.
Many thanks to our hosts Dojang Ireland for another impeccably ran tournament.
Well done to all SDTKD Players who were in great spirits throughout the day. Roll on Belgium next week………
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