Sussex Closed Teams 2008
23 November 2008

Kin Ryu's Judoka.

Kin Ryu celebrate success at the penultimate event of 2008 the Sussex Closed Teams.

This event involves a team of 5 players competing against a team from another club, whilst they still fight individually the combined number of wins decides which team wins.

Kin Ryu were able to enter three teams for the event, one middle weight team and two lightweight teams.

The middleweight team of Sean Cumper, Jack Thompson, Emily Humphrey, Corlia Robertson and Jordan Bryan fought well but were in a tough group and lost their final contest by just one fight to miss out on a chance of a medal, but this only fuelled their determination to come back stronger next year.

In the lightweight teams Kin Ryu A team, Joseph O’Doherty, Lia Thompson, Jacob Constance, Kirstyn Chase and David O’Doherty got off to a great start winning every contest by a full 10 point throw to cruise into the second round as number 1 in their group.

This put all the pressure onto Kin Ryu B team, Kimberley Davy, Harry Greenland, Lauren Graves, Matthew Graves and Andrew Robertson but they didn’t disappoint and after a nail biting final contest by Matthew Graves they also went into the second round as number 1 in their group.

In the semi-finals Kin Ryu A kept up their winning streak and comfortably fought their way to the final showing some outstanding technical ability.

It was then Kin Ryu B’s turn for their semi-final and they were fighting for the chance of an all Kin Ryu final, but it was not to be and despite some hard fought matches they were unlucky to lose by just one contest to take the Bronze medal.

In the final Kin Ryu A continued to dominate and demonstrated that they were by far the strongest team on the day and convincingly took the Gold and boys team trophy with all the other team members cheering them on.

Lisa, Peter, Martin, Margaret, Zoe and Shiani were also in attendance as coaches, referees, table officials and assistant coaches.

Well done to all!!