The national championships was the qualifier for the forthcoming Junior European Championships which are due to be held in Istanbul 26 August - 3 September and the Senior World Championships which will be in Portugal at the end of November.
Clondalkin's elite team was well represented with Cayden Derwin challenging for the title in the LC & KL JM -57kg categories. These proved to be the biggest divisions of the championships and unfortunately our Clondalkin warrior lost out in both divisions by 2 points in the quarter finals.
Younger sibling, Roan Derwin took on the best in the YC -37PF category progressing nicely to the semi finals after a string of good wins but was then stopped short by a stronger and taller competitor from KKC.
Sean Hawkins was in outstanding form reaching the finals of the JM -74kg PF, LC & KL divisions and secured his spot on the national team travelling to Turkey in just over 3 months.
Louise Shortt also secured her spot on the official KBI Team Ireland by taking gold in the OC PF -42kg.
Some of the newest elites on the Clondalkin squad entered the national championships for the first time and left their mark, making them a determined opponent for next year's trials.
Michal Siry was runner up in the OC LC -47kg. Kameron Staunton also took silver in his category OC L -42kg and the Dryja brothers both performed well in their first outing on the national championships with younger brother Robert finishing runner up in the YC PF -32kg category and Arthur reaching the semi finals of the YC PF -37kg division.
Kym Fitzgerald took the national title in the senior ladies KL -50kg and silver in the PF -50kg section.
Robert Barrett performed well but was unlucky not to make the cut this year by finishing third in the PF -57kg & LC -57kg sections.