For Ireland’s Shauna Bannon it was a 20th birthday she will always remember as she reached the semi-final at the 2nd Sport Accord Combat Games in St Petersburg,Russia.
This report from St Petersburg comes courtesy of SPORTMARTIALARTS.COM
“It was the day of semi-final competition for kickboxing disciplines at the World Combat Games in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Winners today would move into the final medal round and a chance at becoming declared the World Combat Games gold medallist. Only 4 competitors remained in each discipline and the competition was becoming more fierce.
In point fighting, the Irish had dominated in the quarter-finals with four competitors moving into the semi-finals. The Italians were following on Ireland’s heels with three competitors advancing. Hungarians Richard Veres and Laszlo Gombos were also in the running in their respective divisions.
On the tatami battling it out in the first of the point fighting semi-finals, Ireland’s Shauna Bannon took an impressive victory over Nadi Bayett of South Africa with a score line of 8-3 to seal her place in the final of the ladies – 60kg division. Making it even more special for Bannon is that it is her 20th birthday – and it was quite the present she gave herself. For the Italians, Gloria DeBei claimed the narrowest of victories of 1 point against Belgium’s Evelyn Neyens.
The -63kg men’s point fighting was up next on the tatami with Hungarian favorite Richard Veres beating South Africa’s Ryan Phillips by a maximum score ending the fight early at 11-1. His opposition in the medal round will be Adriano Passaro of Italy, the same man he faced in the finals of the WAKO European Championships to qualify for the World Combat Games. Passaro advanced after beating Ireland’s Dessie Leonard in a match that had to go to 1 minute of extra time to decide a winner. The final score was 13-12 to the Italian.
In the -74kg division Laszlo Gombos of Hungary won with a score of 12-6 over Slovenian Tilen Zajc. Gombos will face his old adversary Mark McDermott who defeated his South African opponent, Sufyaan Moratt with a score of 11-6. This will set up another rematch from the 2012 WAKO European Championships where Gombos took the win.
The ladies’ favourite, dreamboat Ireland’s Robbie McMenamy was next on the tatami against Tuem Alah Raed Abdul of Jordan who posed no trouble for the European champion as McMenamy easily won by the spread with an 11-1 score. Stella Neri of Italy was not to be outdone and also took a maximum score win over Daniel Colorado of Mexico, with a final score of 12-2.
The point fighting medal rounds for Friday, October 25, 2013 will consist of the following match-ups:
Women: Shauna Bannon (Ireland) vs Gloria de Bei (Italy)
-63kg Men: Richard Veres (Hungary) vs Adriano Passaro (Italy)
-74kg Men: Laszlo Gombos (Hungary) vs Mark McDermott (Ireland)
-84kg Men: Robbie McMenamy (Ireland) vs Neri Stella (Italy)
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