Goole Christmas 2012
More medals for Judo Excellence The competition-going team from Judo Excellence added yet more medals to its tally at a Christmas event in Goole.
The competition is renowned for attracting some of the more experienced players on the circuit, but the team more than rose to the challenge.
In total the competitors brought back four golds, a silver and two bronzes.
Emily Taylor and Isobel Kitchen represented the girls and kicked off the competition for the club in their respective weight categories. There was stiff competition with Emily putting up a good fight against an old adversary. They both powered through their rounds and picked up a gold each.
Asher Andrews-Parry then stepped up in the U25 category. Looking strong from the outset, he didn’t lose a single fight and claimed gold.
Sam Colbert and Herbie May were drawn in separate pools in the U27 category. Both made it through the pool stages easily and it was looking like a Judo Excellence final was on the cards. However in the semi final, Herbie was awarded a penalty which saw his undefeated record go. Sam made his final – a nail biter which ended in normal time as a draw. Golden score time began and Sam made sure his win wasn’t left to chance and threw his opponent within seconds.
Oliver Booth and Abakuse Kaimacuata then took to the mat in the open weight (Oliver) and U46 (Abercusie) categories. One of Oliver’s opponents was immediately wiped out by another player in the pool. Oliver won his first fight with ease, but his second opponent proved trickier meaning a silver for him. Abbakusie, in his first competition, didn’t back down against much more experienced and older children and brought back a bronze.
Also representing their team, but unfortunately not picking up medals were Ned Orange, Benedict Freeman, Jenson Overton, Austin Hadcroft, Damian Cockcroft and Nathan Tommis They all fought well in some extremely strong and competitive pools and did their club proud.