Dublin School’s Spring Judo Championships

Ashbourne regain title after 5 year gap!

Over 80 competitors, teachers, parents & coaches, travelled from 18 schools throughout Ireland to celebrate this year’s School’s Spring Judo Championships.

Once again, Marion College, Ballsbridge hosted the Dublin Spring Judo Championships which was celebrating its 10th anniversary. Rising to the occasion, the students & staff put on a terrific event.

Ashbourne Community College rose to the challenge after years of achieving mid-table results to regain the ‘Most Successful School Award’ for the first time since 2006. Team Captain Grant Irwin, led the charge wining all his matches by Ippon to take both the Young Men’s light heavyweight & Open Weight titles. His total domination of his category also won Grant the ‘Senior Male Player of the Day’ title. In the junior section, Jimmy Kelly won the same 2 titles, while Yaroslav Baturov won the young men’s U81 kg title & Ruslan Chaykovsky won the Junior U66 kg title. Added to this Ruslan & Yaroslav both took silver in their respective Open categories. Sorunas Masionis took silver in the junior heavyweight & bronze in the junior open, while Olivia Fogarty took bronze in the Girls Open, bring the school’s points total to 41, 14 points clear of joint runners-up CBS Synge St. & last years champions, hosts Marian College.

Coolmine Community College, Sarah O’Gara defeated Rosmini’s Katka Buchtova to win the
U-52 kg category, and another Rosminian Nakita Duggan to win the Open. St. Raphaela’s Meadbh Butler took the other bronze, while her team mate Alison Redmond just lost out for the second Bronze medal. Sarah was crowned ‘Female Player of the Day’ in recognition of her achievements. Coolmine’s junior male, Lee Gibbons took bronze in the heavyweight division.

Hartstown Community School’s. Adam Kelly totally dominated the largest category of the day, Junior U-50 kg, where he defeated Stass Berzkalns, St. Finians College, Swords in the final. This was a repeat of last years final & the All-Ireland Schools final, where Stass reversed the roles. Adam won the ‘Junior Male Player of the Day’ title for his efforts.

CBS Synge St, showed amazing progress under P.E. Teacher & Judo Coach, Mr. Barry Finn, winning a total of 3 Gold, 3 Silver & 3 Bronze. Abdul Saboor won the lightest category, defeating St. Joseph’s CBS, Fairview, silver & bronze medallists, Brian Lowth, St. Mary’s Drogheda & Tiernan Ryan, St. Patrick’s BNS, Drumcondra. Dylan Cullen won the junior heavyweight division while Glen Brackett took bronze in the same category. In the senior section, Gavin Murphy defeated Alex Badoui at U66 kg, while Sean O’Rourke took bronze. Other Synge St. Medallists included silvers for Nathan Hickey & Diarmuid Lyons, while Paul Lynch took the other bronze.
Last Year’s Champion’s Marion College led by captain Andy O’Reilly retained his Senior Heavyweight title & took bronze in the Open. Team mate David Iannelli defeated schoolmate Karl Redmond in a closely contested final to win the Senior U-73 kg final. Daniel Bolton, David Otero & Mark Hughes also won silver for the school, while Cory Goad, Craig McCarthy, Bram Mottier & Fiach McCarthy took bronze.

Stass Berzkalns, St. Finians Swords won a terrific final over Arnes Stremakii, Rosmini, at senior U60 kg, in one of the toughest categories of the day. Michael Duggan also took bronze for Rosmini, marking their return to this event after a few years absence. They were accompanied by P.E. teacher, Mr. Sean Gallagher, who was encouraged by their display & recent progress.

Oatlands College marked their debut at this event, by winning 3 bronze medals, Daniel O’Leary, Shane O’Brien and Niall Byrne. Near neighbours, Coláiste Eoin, took silver with Edward Campion, at junior light heavyweight & bronze at senior U 60 kg. Blackrock College took 2 bronze with Peirce O’Brien at U60 & Rory Bourke in U50 kg , both at junior level.

Bearach Gleeson, Scoil Mhuire, Marino won gold in the Junior U50 kg while Dmitry Vysotski, St. Malachy’s Edenmore took bronze in the same category.

Castleknock College’s Sam Storey Took bronze at both junior light heavyweight and open categories, while Paul Rothwell, Castleknock Community College won the second bronze in the Junior U 60 kg.

Mr. Yasuhiro Yamauchi, Embassy of Japan and Mr. Kevin Lawlor, vice principal, Marion College presented the prizes to all the contestants. Mr Lawlor also presented Mr. Yamauchi with a scroll signed by all the participants, coaches & teachers as a mark of their solidarity with the people of Japan in this time of national tragedy.

All had a super day of judo, and it was all thanks to the hard work & support of the staff & students of Marian College. who made it all possible.

Alan Martin
Tournament Director


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