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Ippons galore at Hampshire Closed

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.

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Hampshire Closed to return in 2018

Hampshire Judo will once again be hosting a Closed tournament in 2018.

The date has been provisionally set for 4 March, with medallists being invited to attend future Hampshire squad sessions.

In our 25th year, it would be great to see a large entry for this event – it has traditionally been a successful event for Court Lane. Azhar and Jack (with a 10 fight epic in 2016) have been amongst our most recent medallists.

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Brave effort at South Coast tournament

Jack Rogerson was our sole representative at the South Coast Junior Green Belt & Under tournament held in Worthing on 22 January.

Like Azhar last year, he found this a tough competition, and despite a valiant performance, was out fought by more experienced competitors from clubs such as Moberley and Osaka.

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Mixed results for Court Lane players

Jonty om Southern Area medal podium

Jonty on Southern Area medal podium

Jonty used the Southern Area Open on 12 November to make his first serious competition outing since 2014.

Fighting at -73kg, Jonty held Zodiac’s Herculas Pretorius for ippon, before facing Tonbridge’s Cameron Bradley for the gold medal. Jonty nearly won the fight in the opening exchanges when he countered Bradley’s uchimata for waza-ari with tani-otoshi.

Bradley carried on attacking, Jonty nearly scoring twice with uchimata sukashi, however it was Bradley who came out on top in the end, throwing Jonty for ippon.

This was a great result, and a well deserved silver medal for Jonty, against two players who were much more experienced than him. Jonty also put up a credible performance against an -81kg player who was added to the -73kg group.

Full results are available online.

Jack Rogerson, who is well on his way to becoming one of our most decorated players, fought a week later at the South Coast u16 Open. By his own admission, Jack turned in a curiously under-par performance and failed to get out of his pool. Never one to be disappointed, JAck is now targeting the Southern Area schools championships in January.

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New grades making a rainbow of colour on our mats

judo beltsSome more fantastic grading results! We have a wide range of colours on our mats now, it’s great to see so many coloured belts.

The following new grades have been sent to the British Judo Association:

Promoted to 2nd mon:

  • Archie Crockett
  • Kaiden Southey

Promoted to 3rd mon:

  • Freddie Miller

Promoted to 4th mon (Yellow belt):

  • Isla Savellis-Fry

Promoted to 5th mon:

  • Jacob Boichot

Promoted to 7th mon (Orange belt)

  • Craig McGeever
  • Samuel Boichot

Promoted to 8th mon:

  • Maddi Cox

Promoted to 10th mon (Green belt):

  • Jack Rogerson

Remember, grades will only be submitted upon receipt of the appropriate grading.

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Bronze for Jack at Hampshire Open

Jack on medal podium

Jack on medal podium

Jack Rogerson added to his burgeoning medal collection with another determined performance at today’s Hampshire Open.

Fighting at -38kg, Jack was one of nine players, split into two pools. He started strongly against an Osaka player, but was thrown for ippon when he was caught off-balance by a strong counter attack.

He bounced back to score three consecutive ippons, transitioning smoothly from tachiwaza to newaza in each case.  Jack finished 2nd in his pool and moved into the knockout stage, to face the winner of the other pool.

This was a tough match against a player from Summit. Jack did well to block two strong uchimata attacks before being caught for waza-ari with tai-otoshi. Jack was fighting his way back into contention when he was caught for ippon with uchimata, to finish in bronze medal position.

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Court Lane players participate in relaunched Hampshire squad sessions

Hampshire training session

Hampshire training session

The first Hampshire training session under the management of Paul Vella and Tony Brown was held last Friday, with guest coach Joph Spencer. Kieron Eagles and Craig Jones were also on the mat.

A number of Court Lane players were among the 35 present – Jonty, Jack, Sam and Jacob all played an active part in the session.

The next session will be held on Friday 15 July, with Court Lane’s own Lewis Dolman as guest coach.


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More new grades confirmed

judo beltsWe are delighted to announce another three successful gradings:

Sophie Rogerson – 5 mon

Jack Rogerson – 8 mon

Azhar Baree – 12 mon

Grades will be registered with the BJA as soon as possible.

There are a few players we are expecting to represent themselves over the next couple of sessions.

The next grading will be in the autumn.

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Jack Rogerson triumphs in 10 fight epic at Hampshire Closed

Jack Rogerson on medal podium

Jack Rogerson on medal podium

Jack Rogerson was our sole entrant at this year’s Hampshire Closed.

Fighting at -38kg, he was in probably the largest group on the day but little suspected that he was going to find himself in a 10 fight marathon!

Jack started brightly, and was unlucky to lose his first contest. He put this behind him and commenced on a three win winning streak, scoring some big ippons to look certain to come out of the first pool and progress to the second round.


With places drawn, Jack had to fight two extra contests to guarantee his progress, and did so, winning one and losing one, to end the first pool with a 4-2 win ration, all by ippon.

6 players made it to the final pool, with Round 1 results carried forward, leaving Jack with 4 more fights. In most judo competitions, 5 fights is enough to secure you a medal, Jack had already had 6…

Jack fell victim to a big ippon throw in his first fight back on, but in true warrior style picked himself up for his next contest. He quickly went a yuko score up and looked on course for an easy win, however it turned into the toughest match of the day with his opponent levelling the scores and then inching ahead with another yuko. Jack dug deep and produced a waza-ari score, that he defended to the end.

His next fight was easier, Jack turning and holding his opponent in seconds. 6-3 to Jack!

Jack’s final fight was to determine 3rd or 4th place.. in the end Jack secured the 4th place, after being thrown and pinned.

It was a superb effort from Jack, fighting alone and with an extraordinary number of contests. He was a credit to the Club and we are very proud of him.


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Court Lane players compete to be best in Hampshire

Action from 2009 Hampshire Open

Action from 2009 Hampshire Open

Court Lane players will be competing this Saturday to prove they are the best in Hampshire, at the annual Hampshire Closed.

Representing the Club this year will be Jack Rogerson and Joel Bassil. Sadly the pressures of exams has stopped some of our other high grade players from competing.

As well as the title of Hampshire Champion and that coveted gold medal, there is also the chance of selection to represent Hampshire in the Southern Area InterCounties tournament.

The tournament will be held at Fleming Park Leisure Centre, in Eastleigh, with the first contests around  10am.

Please come down and cheer on your club mates, entry is free and they would value your support.

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