Large haul of medals for Galway at 2018 Judo Intervarsities

The All Ireland University Judo Championships were hosted by UCC in the Mardyke Arena in Cork over the week-end and NUIG Judo Club continued their strong tradition in this event by taking a large haul of medals writes Colm O’Riordan.

The team events were held on Saturday morning and NUIG Ladies team reached the final only to be beaten by the UCC who achieved a three in a row in this event.  A young NUIG Men’s team defeated UCC B team in the first round.  They went on to beat TCD in the semi-final, reaching the final for the seventh year in succession – having won in 2012, 2014 and 2015.  The favourites, a strong and experienced UCC men’s team took gold to achieve a three in a row in this event while UCD team took bronze.

In the individual events NUIG Judo Club took 16 medals in all – 5 gold, 4 silver and 7 bronze.  The experienced Niamh Mulroy won gold in the U52 Kg and bronze in the Upper belt category.  NUIG ladies dominated the U78kg weight category taking gold, silver and bronze medals in this event.  Ciara Matthews took silver in the Novice U63Kg in her first competition.  The ‘Female Player of the Day’ was awarded to Sarah Muth of NUIG.  Sarah was also participating in her first competition, and took gold in the Novice +63Kg and gold in the U78Kg categories, winning all contests inside the distance with a number of spectacular full point throws.

In his first time entering this event, Fiachra O’Rourke took gold in convincing style in the U66Kg category, while also taking bronze in the upper belts.  NUIG men took medals in the novice, lower, middle and upper belt categories with the Butler twins, Dominic & Thomas along with Glen McGrane, dominating the middle belts.  Dominic was narrowly beaten in the semi-final by Conal Doogan of GMIT in this event. However, his brother Thomas gained revenge by taking gold in the final.

The NUIG Judo Squad who competed successfully at the All Ireland University Judo Championships in Cork: Front row left to right: Dominic Butler, Joe Moore, Riad Cheika, Dimitri Impata (GMIT) Harry Coscoran (Captain) Colm O’Riordan (Senior Coach), Second row left to right: Ciara Matthews, Rory Ward, Evie Murphy, Fiachra O’Rourke, Sarah Muth, Thomas Manley, Brandon Creigh, Aileen Ward, Third row left to right: Glen McGrane, Imke Sievers, Brendan Aspel, Eoin McCrossain, Stephen Fox, Niamh Mulroy, Thomas Butler, Back row left to right: Iseult Ní Choitir, Oliver McCarthy, Andrew Mulligan, Stephen Bradshaw, Pearse Henaghan. Photo by Mark White Photography

The NUIG Judo Squad who competed successfully at the All Ireland University Judo Championships in Cork: Front row left to right: Dominic Butler, Joe Moore, Riad Cheika, Dimitri Impata (GMIT) Harry Coscoran (Captain) Colm O’Riordan (Senior Coach), Second row left to right: Ciara Matthews, Rory Ward, Evie Murphy, Fiachra O’Rourke, Sarah Muth, Thomas Manley, Brandon Creigh, Aileen Ward, Third row left to right: Glen McGrane, Imke Sievers, Brendan Aspel, Eoin McCrossain, Stephen Fox, Niamh Mulroy, Thomas Butler, Back row left to right: Iseult Ní Choitir, Oliver McCarthy, Andrew Mulligan, Stephen Bradshaw, Pearse Henaghan. Photo by Mark White Photography

GMIT players travelled with the NUIG squad and also took away a share of the medals.  Conal Doogan followed up his silver in the middle belts with a bronze in the U73Kg, with his team mate, Dimitri Impata, reaching the final, taking a silver medal.  Dimitri went on to take bronze in a very competitive Open weight category.

NUIG Judo Club would like to acknowledge and thank the support of the staff in the NUIG Sports Department and the Kingfisher Sports Centre.

Full NUIG Results as follows:

Ladies Team: Silver – Niamh Mulroy, Sarah Muth, Aileen Ward Ciara Matthews.

Men’s A Team: Silver – Dominic Butler, Fiachra O’Rourke, Harry Coscoran, Thomas Butler, Brendan Aspel,

Men’s B team:   5th – Thomas Manley, Rory Ward, Stephen Fox, Brandon Creigh.

Ladies individual events:

Ciara Matthews: Novice U63Kg – Silver,

Sarah Muth:  Novice + 63Kg – Gold, U78Kg – Gold,

Evie Murphy: Novice +63Kg – Bronze, U78Kg – Bronze.

Aileen Ward: Middle belts – Silver, U78Kg – Silver.

Niamh Mulroy: U52Kg – Gold, Upper belts – Bronze.

Men’s individual events:

Brandon Creigh: Novice U73 Kg – Bronze.

Brendan Aspel: Lower belts – Silver.

Glen McGrane: Middle belts – Bronze, U100Kg – Bronze.

Thomas Butler: Middle Belts – Gold.

Fiachra O’Rourke: Upper belts – Bronze, U66Kg Gold.