Thirty six international teams made up of four men and one woman vying for the most prestigious team title in the world today. Team events bring about a special passion and responsibility to fighters, it seems to electrify the stadium once it starts as it is no longer just about you on the mat you have a responsibility and duty to support your fellow team mate and in most cases your country to do what is best for the team, it is a wonderful event full of passion and complete commitment.
Semi Final one saw, SAP Europe once again in the semi finals and up against team best fighter (top Ten) from Italy, amazing athletes on both sides with tantalizing match ups, Zolt Moradi v Gregorio Di Leo, Mortel Spissoy and Adriano Passaro, Kristian Barr v Nickos Memos, after the initial three fights it was two wins to Team Sap Europe and one draw to Best fighter team, resulting in a decisive win for SAP Europe. This was the fifth year in a row Team SAP
Semi Final two was Team SAP
So for the fourth year in a row we had Sap Europe v SAP Team All Stars in the Irish Open final.
First fight up was Krisztian Jaroszkievicz v Robbie Lavaouy, suprisingley The US fighter proved too strong on this occasion. Nioks Memos v Jack Felton was as always entertaining however again Memos had the measure of Felton and took a win over to
Europe continue to close the gap between the European fighters and USA, however one has to give credit where credit is due and again the Americans took home the prize money. Hopefully next year this will change.
The dates for the 2009 Irish Open have been agreed. March 13-14-15th, so put it your diary now. A new schedule has also been agreed. Friday evening team Event, Saturday ALL male black belt divisions, light contact divisions and female grand champion. Sunday male grand champion and all other divisions, this will give a better spread amongst the fighters over the three days of world class competitions.