Mary Ruttledge made it through to the final despite only recently getting her yellow belt and being limited to a lower level pattern. However, Mary performed as expected and is certainly one to watch for the Irish Cup at the end of the year.
Clontarf had a number of junior members competing who have come through the development program and they all put in great performances with Lucian Neumann also getting among the medals with a fine bronze. Lucian will be one to watch for the Irish Cup later in the year.
Danny Morris performed very well in his first competition and we look forward to seeing him in action again. Ray Andre Medina was unfortunate to go out in the first round. Ray won the Irish cup last year and he was beaten in the opening round by the silver medalist at the Irish Cup 2014.
The truth was that the opening round saw the two best competitors by a mile up against each other so Ray can still be confident that he is one of the best there is in Ireland. He will bounce back, many more medals ahead of him and patience will be the key to his success.