South Coast Junior Orange Belt and Under Open
26 September 2010

Pictured above: Jack Thompson, Corlia Robertson, Jane Neave, Kirstyn Chase, Andrew Woods, Scott Woods, Adam Funnell, Matthew Graves, James Rivers

Kin Ryu Judo Club was celebrating their latest successes following a triumphant weekend at the South Coast Orange belt and Under open.

The competition was divided into fighters under 12 yrs old and those over 12.

The first fighters were the under 12’s and Kin Ryu had 5 fighters representing the club.

The first in the U25kg group was Adam Funnell who was also the youngest aged only 8 but Adam stormed through his group beating both older and higher graded boys to take the gold.

Following him was Joseph O’Doherty in the U27kg group and after an incredible start throwing and beating his opponent in 2 seconds with an impressive ippon (win in judo) he continued to win his pool and a place in the semi finals.

Joseph soon dispatched this opponent to get into the finals where he had an opponent he has previously lost to but he showed his skills by beating him in style to take the second gold of the day.

In the last of the under 12 boys it was left to Jack Thompson to keep the winning streak going which he did in style beating his first opponent in just 9 seconds and then scrapping it out with his final opponent for the full 3 minutes to take the gold in the U46kg boys.

It was then the turn of the girls and they were determined not to be outdone.

Corlia Robertson opened the account for the girls winning gold in the U25kg group in style with 3 perfectly fought contests.

The last of the U12’s was Jane Neave who was in her first competition after winning silver at the British Junior Championships and after a rocky start losing her first fight she soon got back into her stride qualifying from her pool into the semi finals.

She won this comfortably and after a hard fought final she held her opponent down for the win and the gold which meant a clean sweep of gold’s for the club in the U12 group.

It was then the turn of the over 12’s and first up was Kirstyn Chase in the U40kg group.

Kirstyn had a great start comfortably winning her first fight with an impressive throw, but a lapse of concentration in her fight second cost her the gold and she had to settle for the silver medal.

Following her it was the turn of the Woods brothers Scott and Andrew.

Scott fought first in the U55kg and had a tough draw when his weight group was combined with the group above but determined he fought hard, taking an early lead in his first fight with a great throw, but a mistake by Scott and a controversial refereeing decision went against him to keep him off the top spot but he had done enough to earn the silver medal.

He then fought against the weight group above and put in some strong performances narrowly losing one fight and winning the second in style.

His brother was fighting on the adjacent mat and again had a tough draw but fought well taking an early lead in his fight but with another controversial decision from the referees they can be forgiven for thinking it wasn’t their day as Andrew lost his semi final and had to settle for the bronze medal, but in this level of competition this is still a great result.

As well as the fighters Kin Ryu had 3 young officials with Matthew Graves, James Rivers and Andrew Robertson assisting with the running of the event.

Well done to all who took part!! Well done to all!