Hampshire Judo is hosting the Southern Area intercounties team tournament this Sunday, 8 May.
This will be the first time the tournament has been held since 2019 due to Covid, and features an exciting new format with light and heavyweight junior teams and mixed sex adult teams.
Team judo is an exciting format, and is now part of all World and Olympic championships. Competition can often come down to the very last fight to be decided.
Court Lane players have featured heavily in events over the last twenty years – Brett Caswell, Andy Gould, Lewis Dolman, Isla Savellis-Fry, Chloe Lymer and Michael Churcher have all represented Hampshire – and this year will be no exception.
The event will be held at Eastleigh’s Fleming Park Leisure Centre.
This session is 2 weeks prior to the County Closed Championships and we will be looking at players with respect to selections for the County team to represent us at the Southern Area intercounty team championships on 8th May.
Venue will be Holbrook Judo Club, Gym No 1, Brune Park School, Military Road, Gosport PO12 3BU.
After a hiatus caused by the Covid pandemic, the Southern Area intercounties tournament will resume this year. Hampshire has a proud record in this event: the winning boys and girls teams from 2004 are pictured. (Court Lane’s Lewis Dolman is holding the trophy, with Andy Gould wearing GB patch behind him).
This year’s edition will be held in Eastleigh on Sunday 8th May. Hampshire’s team will be announced based on squad attendance and results at Hampshire Closed, to be held in April.
The event has been restructured, and will now feature more but smaller teams than previous years, along with grade banded mixed gender adult teams.
Each team will consist of 7 players with there being six categories – u12 years of age boys and girls teams, u16 years of age boys and girls teams, senior mixed kyu grade teams and senior mixed dan grade teams. Technical restrictions will be in place for the u12 teams and armlocks and strangles permitted only in the senior events, minimum age 14 years.
U12 Boys u27kg, u30kg, u34kg, u38kg, u42kg, u46kg and o46kg
U12 Girls u28kg, u32kg, u36kg, u40kg, u44kg, u48kg and o48kg
U16 Boys u42kg, u46kg, u50kg, u55kg, u60kg, u66kg and o66kg
U16 Girls u40kg, u44kg, u48kg, u52kg, u57kg, u63kg and o63kg
Mixed Senior Kyu Grade (maximum grade 2nd Kyu) Men u66kg, u81kg, u100kg and o100kg Women u57kg, u70kg and 070kg
Mixed Senior Dan Grade (minimum grade 1st Kyu) Men u66kg, u81kg, u100kg and o100kg Women u57kg, u70kg and 070kg
Senior teams will fight alternately M, F, M, F, M, F, M
Regardless of the changes, team judo is one of the most exciting competition formats and this promises to be an exciting day as always!
Squad training will take place again this weekend, it has been great to have Court Lane players at every session, would be great to see a few more this time! Sessions are open to all competitive juniors, aged 8 and over.
My fellow squad manager, Paul Vella, recently circulated this message about the squads:
Please note that the next county squad training session is to be held this coming Sunday 23 October 2016 15.30 – 17.30 with guest coach Petra Piears she was a junior once and I remember her as a young teenager at Burridge JC many years ago, she did go on to win many British, European & World Masters titles.
We would like to remind all County juniors that there is no county championships next year and therefore the county training sessions will be used to identify players for the 2017 SA intercounties championships.
Full selection criteria will be publicised soon but you must be aware that we require all clubs and coaches to promote these sessions amongst their players as we do have our hands tied here.
The November training will be run by Danny Murphy also at Fleming Park (27/11/16) and then it is intended to move sessions to Osaka for January February & March 2017 subject to numbers attending.