Oxfordshire Judo Clubs at the BJC English Nationals, Sunday 2nd May 2010

A very great well done to you all for taking part in Sunday’s British Judo Council’s English Nationals at Hereford.

A relatively small squad of 16 ( we normally have 24 or more) came away with a staggeringly impressive total of 8 medals — 3 Silver and 5 Bronze Absolutely fantastic for a National competition with the largest entry in recent years.

We started with our smallest and youngest Ceiran Walsh at his first Nationals. He fought superbly, winning his first 4 fights and then putting himself in contention in the final. Ceiran fought extremely hard and was very pleased to come away with a Silver medal. Alex Bakewell and Keiron King had some very tough fights in their very large group, both performed with great confidence but were beaten by the eventual medalists. Well done boys a great experience for the future. Jovan Lee-Roles started and finished with great Gusto and was justly rewarded after many fights with a Bronze medal. Harry Torrington and Charlie Thorpe both in their first Nationals gained great confidence as they fought. Charlie really enjoyed his time and is ready for the next one. Harry won his way through several fights and fought off for the Bronze medal, unfortunately he only came away with the scars of battle (a cut below his eye) but is definitely ready for the Welsh Nationals in September. Kushal Nayee was in a very large group and endured some very tough competition which seemed to go on for ever. He shouldn’t be disappointed it will only serve him well for the future. Adam Lyne was in the top weight group for Juniors and was up against some tough and very big opposition, but he battled hard, won fight after fight and was duly rewarded with a Bronze medal.

The Girls started off with Francesca Taylor who after a slightly shaky start got into her stride won her next few fights and showed off her determination by securing the Silver medal, a lovely Birthday present. Eloise Sheffield in her first Nationals was very pleased to win her second fight, though the rest were tough she is even more determined for the Welsh Nationals. Alice Bird and Bryony King were both in a very large group of tough girls. They performed well against the eventual Medal winners, a pity Alice didn’t have the chance to show off her amazing scarf hold escape, however Bryony’s confidence really did blossom. Kathaleen Anderson, Lauren Curtis and Nel Attwood brought the Girls performances to a great end, all of them fighting superbly, Kathaleen and Lauren both secured Bronze medals and Nel a fantastic Silver even with some nasty barracking from her opponents coaches.

James Gerrans finished off the day in a battle of the Giants, he may look the biggest, however his Black Belt opponents were all 100kgs plus. He fought well and even though slightly concussed did come away with the Bronze medal.

It makes me extremely proud to see you all perform out of your skin and really give it your all.



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