Ulster High Performance team among the medals at the Black Forest Cup
AN Ulster High Performance team returned from Germany on Sunday with 10 medals following an impressive showing at the prestigious Black Forest Cup.
Juniors Jude Gallagher (Two Castles) and Thomas Orr (Lisburn) landed gold, Kane Tucker (Holy Trinity), Colm Murphy (St George’s), John Moran (Illies GG) and Dominic Bradley (Errigal) took silver, while there was bronze for Anthony Johnston (Gleann), Eoghan Quinn (St John’s, Swatragh), Kian Bittles (Holy Trinity) and Barney Corcoran (Carrickmore).
As well as being a great result for the Ulster HP, it was an opportunity for head coach John Conlan to run the rule over the six fighters heading to the Bahamas next month for the Commonwealth Youth Games.
Tucker and Murphy were unlucky to lose out in their finals, while Moran and Bradley both produced outstanding displays against high level opposition – Bradley just coming out on the wrong end of a decision against the German number one lightweight.
“Dominic was in against their golden boy and we just thought he was brilliant,” said Conlan.
“The competition was selected because it’s a very tough multi-nations tournament, and we wanted to have a look at where the guys were, and where they need to be in six weeks’ time.
“It was a fact-finding mission really. We were away in a hostile environment, foreign language, food, a lot of travel, flights cancelled, luggage lost… everything that could happen, happened.
“But we came through it, and it was a great learning curve for the guys. I went there not even worrying about getting medals, I just wanted good performances, and as the tournament evolved the boys’ performances got better and better.
“I’m very pleased with everybody, the juniors and the youths.”
Conlan also reserved praise for Gary McGillion, Ulster’s referee in Germany, saying he “was really excellent”.