Judo Varsity Success for Ulster
A squad of judoka travelled to Cork at the weekend for the All Ireland Universities Judo Championships (Intervarsity) and retuned with 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze medals. Despite the 300 mile journey from Coleraine to Cork it did not seem to affect the performance of the players who gave it their all against some of the best college players in Ireland. The Ulster University medallists were Rebecca Cuckoo, a final year biomedical student at Coleraine, who really excelled and emerged the Champion at under 70 kg where she won the gold medal in great style. In the Open weight event Rebecca won a well fought silver medal against tough opposition throughout. Her Brother Stephen Cuckoo, who is studying IT at Coleraine, won a silver medal in the under 81kg category and a bronze in a highly contested Open weight category. Other Ulster University success was in the lower kyu competition where Jonathan Moyna of Jordanstown found impressive form in the under 73kg category with four clear ippons (10 point scores) giving him victory and the gold medal. Tyler Morrow was also quite spectacular in the same category and won the bronze medal having been defeated by Jonathan in an earlier round. The final medal to the local players was silver in the lower kyu over 73 kg category by Ryan McMay of Coleraine. Other players who put up a great performance but did not quite make the medals on this occasion were Lisa Faulkner (under 48kg) and Michael McBride (under 73kg). The Ulster University squad was accompanied by coaches John Montgomery and Richard Briggs. The Intervarsity which had one of the highest entries in recent years was run by University College Cork Judo Club and they are to be congratulated on such a well organised event. Next year’s Intervarsity is to be hosted by Ulster University and it is hoped that the same standard of organisation as at this year’s event can be maintained.