Offaly's Team Hurricane strike gold in Wicklow
Edenderry’s Team Hurricane Kickboxers struck gold in Arklow at the weekend at the B-Elite Taekwondo & Kickboxing Academy Open Championship.
This tournament is in its third year and continues to grow to such an extent that a bigger venue was required in the form of the Coral Leisure Centre.
First up to compete were the 'Gymnastrix' team in the musical form. Three Team Hurricane competitors made a clean sweep of the medals, with Gold for Abigail Farrell, Silver for Leah O’Toole and Bronze for Hailey O’Neill. These three athletes are really
consistent with Abigail and Leah repeating the results from “Best of the Best” from April and Hailey equaling her bronze from Sligo in January.
Coach, Claire Brennan, was very happy with the results but also the progress of all the Gynastrix squad is making since beginning training only last September.
The combat team were allowed a little grace on the start time with 10:30am signaling the start of competition. It wasn't long before the Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Typhoons were called to the mats. Ahmed Abourezk was the first to strike gold with a comprehensive win in his section. Ahmed’s sisters Lina and Sarah, taking to the mats for the first time, showed promising debuts taking podium places, Sarah taking Silver and Lina grabbing Bronze.
Sam Cassidy made it a second gold with a convincing win in his section. Podium places also arrived for Kiefer Halligan and Mason Tait taking Silver medals, Bronze for brothers Corey and Ben Hurst with Tyler Fetherston impressive as always taking a bronze medal.
Kate O’Mahony had a solid final performance before losing out and taking silver. Rhode brothers Sean and Luke Kelly also won bronze with Sean retiring injured and Luke losing for the second week in a row by a single point in sudden death.
Last up was Nathan Tait, first in the Junior section where he went down to defeat in the semi-final to Matas Rancas but he had his revenge a short time later when he beat Matas in the final of the Grand Champion Senior Open Weight Division.
It was a busy day for coaches Jay Daniels and Claire Brennan while Darren Tait refereed all day to his usual high standard.
Next up for the whole of Team Hurricane are the Summer Gradings with one eye also on the upcoming White Tiger Challenge at the end of June in the Breaffy House Resort in Mayo.