Cookstown Mugendo in Derry success

Members of the Cookstown Mugendo prior to their tournament in Londonderry
Members of the Cookstown Mugendo prior to their tournament in Londonderry

ONCE again Team Hit-Man of Cookstown Mugendo prove that they are a force to be reckoned with on the mat. The Tyrone Club descended into Derry City on Saturday 22nd October and dominated the tournament in Pilot’s Row.

Clubs from all over Ulster come to compete. Cookstown Mugendo walked away with a staggering total of 17 medals.

Sensei Joe Hagan entered 21 of his fighters to which many were novice into 11 categories. Each fighter gave a great account of themselves on the mat and entertained the crowd of spectators that travelled from across the Province to see the best talent the sport has to offer.

The ever rising star that is ‘Lighting Fast’ Dylan Wallace had the technique to scoop another two Gold medals for competing in both Semi Contact & Light Contact. Aaron ‘Blockbuster’ O’Neill & ‘Geared-Up’ J.P McGreary battled through each of their sections to brush aside skilful opponents to claim their first tournament Gold.

A winning streak that looks set to continue as the next fight night of Cookstown Mugendo will take place on December in Clubland, which has become known as ‘Christmas Carnage.’

Senior Members David Bailey and Jason Bell fought powerfully and both took Silver in their split decision finials. Seven Junior Members of Team Hit-Man which included Niall McCloskey, Sean Brennan, Olivia Corcoran, Rhys Anderson, Nathan Swift , Chloe Duggan & Chaoimhan McVey all fought with great heart to take Silver from their Sections. Four Bronze Medallist’s included two Senior and two Junior Members.

Tibour Picek & Garth McAteer battled their way to the semi finials and come up against opponents with a height advantage to test their defence and counter attacking skills. Again the split decision played the part in each of their semi-finials as both fighters narrowly missed out on a place in the finial.

Junior Members Adam Devlin Bailey and Barney Corcoran also took Bronze. The young fighters enjoyed their experience and it showed as they coped with quick attacks by making great use of the mat. Five young Junior Members entered a large section and fought well. Great efforts from Lee Lennox, Curtis Bell, Charlie Corcoran, Padraic Hagan and Oran Rafferty who showed good skill at this young age with Charlie making the final to secure the silver.

World Champion, Noel ‘The Bolt’ Tierney has travelled out to Macedonia where he will compete at the W.A.K.O Light Contact World Championship this week. Tierney won last year’s W.K.A World title in Edinburgh and Retained the W.A.K.O Irish Light Contact Championship earlier this year to secure his place in the World Championships again.

Everyone from Cookstown Mugendo, Kildress and all who know Noel ‘The Bolt’ Tierney send our support, thoughts and best wishes to him and we hope he comes back this years World Champion.