Wednesday 22 November 2017

Judo: Historic day as Coolmine CS win their first ever Dublin title

COOLMINE COMMUNITY SCHOOL'S sheer determination was pivotal in the Clonsilla School being crowned Most Successful School at last week's Dublin Schools Spring Judo Championships at Marian College in Ballsbridge.

The Dublin Schools title had eluded the seven-times All-Ireland Schools Judo champions, the subsequent winning of six gold medals was crucial as Coolmine finished four points ahead of Synge St CBS in the overall schools points table.

Brother and sister act Lee and Kerri Gibbons were central to Coolmine's victory with double wins in the senior boys and senior girls heavyweight and open categories.

The Gibbons duo where duly awarded the Senior Male and Senior Female Player of the Day.

Coolmine's Jemma Austin added a Dublin school's junior girls gold medal to her All-Ireland gold and Benjamin McConnell defeated Marian's Jason Byrne in the senior boys -90kg decider.

Salesian College's inaugural appearance at the championships was celebrated when the Vanukevick brothers Stephen, Anthony and Richard, coached by their father Valery Vanukevick, won a hat-trick of gold medals.

Their colleague Germaine Mosilevski won the junior boys heavyweight and open category titles before walking away with the Junior Male Player of the Day honour.

The Junior Female Player of the Day went to Victoria Achala from Loreto Swords.

Fintan Farry of St Aidan's CBS and Herald Star of the Week for his winning display at last November's All-Ireland Schools Judo championships took gold in the -66kg category.

St Joseph's CBS Daniel Rowe did likewise in the U-41kg division and Ciaran Weldon of Coláiste na Coiribe retained his U-60kg title.

Synge St CBS trio of Soban Huma, Emanuel Aliphon and Fayaz Rahman won a gold medal apiece in the senior boys section.

Loreto Balbriggan's Sarah Monaghan claimed the 57kg title while Daniel McCarthy won gold for Ardgillan CC of Balbriggan.

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