The All Ireland University Judo Championships were held on Saturday 23rd February 2019. The competition was hosted this year by University of Ulster Coleraine (UUC). The University was celebrating its 50th year and over 100 third level students from the 16 participating institutions and universities, entered the event – writes Colm O’Riordain.
NUIG Judo Club continued their tradition of scoring well in this event. The first event of the day was the team event. The NUIG Ladies team were narrowly beaten by an excellent UCC team, who have now achieved 4 wins in a row in this event. NUIG defeated UCD & University of Ulster on their way to the final.
A young men’s B team were narrowly beaten, 3 wins to 2 by TCD in the 1st round. The men’s A team defeated a strong UCD men’s team in round 1 by 5 wins to nil, with Harry Coscoran defeating his opponent in the 1st contest of the day in just 4 seconds. This win seemed to set the tone for the day for NUIG.
In round 2, they defeated DIT by 4 wins to 1 and thereby reaching the final for the 8th year in succession – having won in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The team faced a spirited UUC team who reached the final for the first time in the history of the club. NUIG took gold in convincing fashion by winning 5 wins to nil, with all wins by full point throws. This team win extends the club record to 13 ladies titles and 12 men’s titles since the foundation of the club in 1965.
The individual events followed the team event, and NUIG students continued to contest in many categories throughout the day. In all, the club took 7 gold, 3 silver and 10 bronze medals in the individual events.
The NUIG ladies took gold in two events, with Clemence Dubrez winning the U66Kg and Sarah Muth taking gold in the 78Kg category, winning the final with a spectacular full point throw.
Peter Barry of NUIG, in his 1st year in the competition, took gold in the 73Kg category with some very skilful techniques. The men’s upper belts category was dominated by NUIG, with the Butler twins taking the 2 bronze medals and Harry Coscoran taking gold in convincing fashion.
Thomas Butler took bronze in the 81 Kg category while the 90Kg was an all NUIG final – with Stephen Bradshaw regaining the title by defeating Dominick Butler in a closely fought contest. James O’Rourke took gold in the over 100Kg final.
The men’s open was the last competition of the day and again there was a big entry and was one of the most keenly contested for many years. Thomas Butler reached the final in this event, and, NUIG finished the day as it started – the loudest cheer of the day came when Thomas defeated his opponent by a truly spectacular shoulder throw, gaining full point after just 25 seconds, taking the gold medal in this event for only the 4th time in the history of the club.
Other awards of the day included Clemence Dubrez of NUIG winning ladies full point throw of the day and Thomas Butler being awarded the Charlie Hegarty, Spirit of Judo Award.
The club now looks forward to hosting the event in February 2020.
The club would like to remember the recent passing of John Creaven, one of the founders of Judo in Galway, who supported, encouraged, coached and mentored NUIG Judo Club since it’s foundation in 1965. Ar dheis Dé go raibh an anam dílís.
The club would like to thank the Sports Unit in NUIG and the staff in the Kinfisher for their continued support and assistance.
Full list of NUIG medal winners:
Women’s lower Kyu: Evie Murphy – bronze
Women’ middle kyu: Sarah Muth – silver, Aileen Ward – bronze
Women’s U63kg: Clemence Dubrez – gold
Women’s U70 Kg: Aileen Ward – silver
Women’s U78Kg: Sarah Muth – gold, Evie Murphy – bronze
Women’s open: Clemence Dubrez – bronze
Men’s Novice: Eoin Gallaghar – bronze
Men’s Upper Kyu: Harry Coscoran – gold, Dominick Butler – bronze, Thomas Butler – bronze
Men’s U66Kg: Cathal Mahon – bronze
Men’s U73Kg: Peter Barry – gold
Men’s U81Kg: Thomas Butler – bronze
Men’s U90kg: Stephen Bradshaw – gold, Dominick Butler – silver
Men’s Over 100Kg: James O’Rourke – gold
Men’s open: Thomas Butler – gold, Stephen Bradshaw – bronze
Ladies team: Silver: Clemence Dubrez, Sarah Muth, Aileen Ward, Evie Murphy
Men’s A team: Gold: Harry Coscoran, Stephen Bradshaw, Dominick Butler, Thomas Butler, Rory Ward, Peter Barry
Men’s B team: Tomas Manley, Cathal Mahon, Eoin Gallaghar, Kevin O’Sullivan, Andrew Dawod, James O’Rourke