There were three Irish entries at this weekend’s Kurbada Cup in Riga, Latvia and all of them finished inside the top ten in their respective events.
Dillon Judge was the sole representative from Ireland in the Junior Men’s category. He opened yesterday’s short programme with triple Salchow combination and double Axel attempts. He also included a double flip and garnered Level 3 for a step sequence and two spins. He posted a score of 36.22 points to sit in fourth place overnight.
This afternoon Judge was back on the ice for the free skating. He successfully landed cleanly a triple Salchow-double toe loop combination, a triple Salchow on its own and a double Axel in his routine. He racked up new personal best scores for his free (73.56) and total (109.78) which was good enough for him to pick up a bronze medal.
There were two Irish skaters in the Junior Women’s event. Robyn Foster was the first to perform in yesterday’s short programme. She attempted a double Axel and a triple Salchow-double toe loop combination and landed a double flip. She earned a score of 33.36 points to stand in 10th after the segment.
Sophia Tkacheva began her short with a double Axel attempt and followed that with a double Lutz-double toe loop combination. She also included two Level 3 spins and a double flip in her programme and finished ahead of Foster by the closest of margins with a score of 33.37 points to put herself in 9th place midway through the competition.
Foster was again the first of the Irish Junior Women to take to the ice for today’s free skating. She commenced with a double Axel and then nailed a double Axel-double toe loop combination. She received Level 3 for a flying sit spin and scored 61.22 for her free. This gave her a final total of 94.58 points and she moved up to 7th overall.
Tkacheva attempted a triple Salchow off the bat in her free. She also had six other jumping passes and other highlights from her skate were two Level 4 spins. She was rewarded with a new personal best free score of 58.37 and her total of 91.74 was also a lifetime best. She climbed up to 8th place in the final standings.