I.U.T.F Celtic Cup
Two Warrior students were in action at the recent I.U.T.F Celtic Cup. The event took place in Neptune stadium, Cork city on the 13th of November. The competition was a two day event with only the black belts in action on Saturday. Dwayne Crowley was first up in the senior black belt non-sinewave patterns section. Dwayne was drawn against Tae Kwon Do Ireland’s James Dwyer in the semi finals and, after performing two patterns, Dwayne was declared the winner and moved on to the finals to face off against N.I.T.A’s Luke Hall. After performing two patterns each Mr. Hall was declared the the winner by split decision. Dwayne recieved a well earned silver and was happy with the fact that he was able to compete against such high level opponents.
Next up was Eugene Birlea competing in the cadet (13-17) patterns section. Although his section was sinewave only, Eugene’s fantastic performance left the judges with no choice but to put him through to the semi finals, even without doing sinewave. Eugene just missed out on a medal in the semi finals but his outstanding performance of Gae Baek Tul showed that the hard work and effort he puts into his training is paying off.
Eugene’s sparring section was huge and filled with some of the most talented up and coming fighters Ireland has to offer. This fact didn’t affect Eugene as he bravely took to the arena to spar a very talented young fighter. Eugene started the round strong, surprising his opponent with solid punches and fast turning kicks. His opponent fought back with strong side kicks and jump back kicks. It was a very close round and, to the delight of everyone watching, this entertaining war went to extra time. This extra time round was similar to the first round but ended with a split decision win for his opponent. Although unlucky this time, Eugene’s courageous performance earned him a place on the Warrior Irish team. The future looks bright for this hard working young fighter!