On Sunday a group of Camberley’s mini warriors headed down to Worthing for theSouthCoastred and yellow belt rumble. Although meant as a development competition for those just starting to compete it turned out to be much more competitive and there were strong showings from local clubs Pinewood,Osakaand Newbury.
First up was Joseph Mitchell in the red belt category. He started well throwing for ippon in his first fight. In his second fight he was unlucky, down on points with 5 seconds to go he secured osaekomi only to let it go thinking the referee had called matte. Although he fought well in his last two fights he failed to add to his initial victory and took bronze.
Following on from Joseph, Luke Smith fighting in the yellow belt category, he lost his opening fight on flags against a strong player from Newbury. In his next fight however he came out strongly and threw for a big ippon to win, only to then lose his third. He fought well in his last fight and threw his opponent for two wazaris and claiming the bronze medal.
Bhodi was next up, again in the yellow belt category, he found himself against much bigger and older opponents. He fought well and showed good spirit but failed to win in his four fights finishing with bronze. Phoenix Govey Grey our only CJC girl fought in the yellow belt category. She got held down in her first fight by a Pinewood player and then lost after a dubious referees interpretation of a throw. In her third fight though she came out and fought well to secure a victory throwing for wazari and finishing with a hold down.Phoenixthen lost her next match finishing with the bronze medal.
The last Camberley player of the Day to fight, in the yellow belt category, was Tom Kirk fighting in his first competition since coming back from breaking his collar bone. There was no easing into the day, Tom had a tough first fight, scoring a yuko early on he managed to hold off for the remaining time to secure the win. In his second and third fights he disposed of his opponents with big ippons throws. In his last fight of the day he again pulled a big throw out of the bag before securing the win with a hold down. Four victories and a well-earned gold medal. Well done TK- good come back!
Congratulations to all those players who took part and collected another batch of medals for CJC.