Robbie O’Shea Memorial Cup 2012
A team from Warrior Martial Arts recently took part in an eight person team challenge against a team from Carrigtwohill Tae Kwon Do club. The challenge was organised by Mr. Cyril Mc Sweeney who put up a cup in memory of Mr Robbie O Shea, 4th degree black belt, whose untimely death at the age of 42 was a tragic loss.
The challenge was held in the Clarion hotel following a black belt examination held earlier that day by guest of honour, Master Ted Hopwood, 8th degree black belt.
The event began with some displays of patterns, board breaking and Master Frank Murphy’s Kaizendo fitness programme.
Prior to the display both teams met each other and as the challenge was a friendly get-together it was decided that half of the Warrior team would fight for Carrigtowhill and half of the East Cork team would fight for the Warriors.
The teams ages varies widely with competitiors ranging from 16 years old to middle 50’s. There was also a wide range of grades involved ranging from yellow tip to 5th dan black belt.
The Warriors that took part on the night were:
Ms Sarah Murphy, 2nd dan
Ms Claire McCarthy, 2nd dan
Mr. Eugene Birlea, 2nd dan
Mr Noel Murray, 1st dan
Mr Nick Hillard, 1st dan
Mr Erik Hilmer, 1st dan
Mr Mark Moriyam, green stripe
Mr Alex Gazzaniga, yellow stripe
The fighters were picked from the Drinagh, Balineen, Ballydehob, Dunmanway, Skibbereen, and Clonakilty Warrior clubs.
Once under way, the atmosphere in the hall was electric!. The centre referee for the occasion was Master Frank Murphy, 7th dan, who kept total control of the mat. All fighters gave it their all in the fights and Mr Cyril Mc Sweeney deemed the Warrior A team to be the winners and kindly presented the cup to Nick Hillard of Warrior Martial Arts. A lot of new friendships were made on the night and a return challenge match is to be held in West Cork in the near future.
All at Warrior would like to thank those involved and are sure that the friendships forged at this event will continue for many years to come!