Sussex Championships 2009
19 April 2009

Kin Ryu's Judoka.

On Sunday 9 Kin Ryu judo club juniors fought at the Sussex Trials held at Durrington Leisure Centre in Worthing.

The trials are a chance for fighters from across Sussex to try to gain a place on the 2009 Sussex Squad and a chance to represent their County at the Inter-Counties team event to be hosted this year by Surrey.

Starting the day off was the girls in the U28 kgs, in this group Kin Ryu fighter Jane Neave fought hard narrowly losing her final but taking an impressive silver medal, in the U32 kgs group Kimberley Davy and Kirstyn Chase found they had to fight it out against one another for their medals as they both made the finals but it was Kirstyn who came out on top taking the silver medal with Kimberley taking third place and a bronze medal.

Rounding off the girls group was Zoe Killick who finished in style taking the Gold and title of Sussex Champion for the U70 kgs girls.

For the boys Jack Thompson and Peter Neave found themselves against tough opposition in the U42 boys, this was the largest group of the day with 14 youngsters competing for the title.

Jack fought well and was unlucky to get knocked out in the early rounds after getting hurt but being the youngest and lowest grade of the group he should be proud of his performance.

Peter fought well hard and cruised through his group to the semi’s and eventually to the final taking third place and a bronze medal.

In the U27 boys it was an all Kin Ryu final with Andrew and Joseph battling it out for first place, in the end though Andrew had to settle for silver while Joseph won the gold and with it the title of Sussex Champion.

The boys fought so well they were asked to fight against the boys in the next weight category up and both did beating all but one of these so an excellent day’s judo! The last player to compete was David O’Doherty in the U34 boys and for him the pressure was on as he was defending his title from last year, but with some strong judo all day he was able to do this and retained his title taking gold and the Sussex Champion title in his group.

This makes David the first double Sussex Champion for the club of the last few years and with 8 out of 9 players making the squad, 2009 looks like being a great year for the club.

Martin, Peter, Lisa and David were also in attendance as referees and coaches.

Well done to all!!