The Hampshire Judo organised event on Sunday 7 July saw Court Lane players medal in all three categories.
Jonty Bassil finally secured his first gold medal in the men’s 1st kyu and above competition. Three fine ippons also saw him pick up 30 points towards his Dan grade.
Brother and sister Ben and Chloe Lymer both fought in the junior red & yellow belt competition. This was Ben’s first event, and he did well to hold his own in a surprisingly aggressive group. Chloe battled back from a loss in her first fight to collect a silver medal like her brother.
Michael Churcher continued his transition across to adult judo competing in the men’s blue and under competition. He beat off a strong challenge from a Scorpion player, throwing and holding for a cumulative score. Osaka’s Harrison Grist was once again Mike’s nemesis, leaving Mike in a well deserved 2nd place.
Once again we made our annual appearance at the school summer fair. With ALL displays being programmed indoors this year, we opted for a smaller mat and a reduced number of players compared to previous years.
A brilliant, slightly ad libbed demo was provided by Kev Jones, Chloe Lymer, Maya and Mieszko Polak and Amy Roberts.
Chloe, Maya and Amy also demonstrated some of the self defence movements from Goshin-Jitsu, with Tony as uke.
We’d also like to say thank you to current and previous club members who watched, and helped to put down and put away mats – Toby Winfield, Ben Lymer and Sophie Rogerson.
Michael Churcher was our sole representative at this years’ Kent International.
Making his debut at his new weight of -73kg (and only by a few grams…), Michael showed that all his recent hard work has been paying off, returning with a bronze medal.
Players who train at the Club enjoyed a great day of Judo at Saturday’s Hampshire Closed.
Chloe Lymer was the first to fight, at -32kg. She was narrowly defeated in her first contest, but stormed back with an ippon scoring seoi nage in her next contest. A win in her third contest put her into top spot in her group of 4 and secured her a GOLD medal.
Jack Rogerson made his first judo outing in a couple of years. Jack fought his way out of his pool in 2nd place to enter the knock out stages, with some great ippon scores from both tachi waza and ne waza. In the final four, Jack was thrown for ippon and had to settle for bronze at -46kg.
Our last contestant was Michael Churcher, at -66kg. Michael made an emphatic start, throwing his first opponent for ippon. He followed this up with another two great maximum scoring throws to set up a deciding contest against Osaka’s Harrison Grist. Mike defeated Grist in last year’s tournament, but it was Grist’s turn to dominate this year, leaving Mike to settle for a well deserved silver.
Coaches and players from the Club also participated in the training session held with the visiting players from Jersey, to round off a memorable weekend of Judo.
The competition will be held at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre on Saturday 6th April. Results from the competition will be used to inform team selection for this year’s Southern Area Intercounties tournament.