Southern Area Open
11 March 2010

Pictured above Kin Ryu's Judoka

Kin Ryu Judo Club was out in force at this weekend's competition, the Southern Area Open held at K2, Crawley.

The event hosted over 270 junior and youth competitors from the South of England and as far a field as Somerset and Birmingham over the course of the day, including previous National and Area Medallists.

The club provided 3 senior Referees Lisa Harrison, Peter Seymour and Stephen Dunn and 2 junior trainee Table Officials James Rivers (12) and Matthew Graves (9) who both received high praise from the senior Competition Controllers that they worked with.

Meanwhile, Senior Club Coach Martin Rivers was busy mat side with the Club's competitors.

First to compete in the Boys 10 and 11 year old and under 34 kilo section was Andrew Robertson.

Still making the adjustment to his new heavier weight group, Andrew fought well, producing some good attacking techniques.

He was narrowly defeated in his first contest and missed out in the subsequent contests for bronze.

Next up was Corlia Robertson.

This was Corlia's first competition at Area level, and she was determined to put in a strong performance.

She was competing in the Girls 8 and 9 year old and under 25 kilo section and Corila's first taller and stronger opponent was too much for her and she was thrown.

Undeterred, Corlia came out all guns blazing for her second contest, totally out-attacking her opponent and throwing her a number of times.

Corlia's day finished with a well-earned bronze medal.

At the opposite end of the hall, Lauren Graves' day was starting well in the Girls 8 and 9 year old and under 40 kilo section.

Lauren almost breezed to the Gold medal, winning all 5 of her contests with blistering full 10-point throws and one hold-down, including beating the girl in the weight group above her.

In the Boys 10 and 11 year old and under 46 kilo section was Jack Thompson.

The girls had set the bar high.

Jack fought well, putting his favourite techniques to good use on the way to the final.

Unfortunately, one minor miscalculation cost Jack dear, so he had to settle for a well-earned Silver.

Lastly, in the Boys 12-13 years old and under 50 kilo section was Scott Woods.

It was Scott's first time out at Area level, and met a National Medallist in the first round.

Scott put in a confident performance, which wasn't quite enough on this occasion.

With another good performance, but defeat, in the next round, Scott was finished for the day.

Overall, a good performance by all.

Some valuable experience gained and 3 medals won.

It's onwards and upwards for Team Kin Ryu!

Well done to all!