Two players from the full time training group at Camberley Judo Club won medals at the UK School Games last weekend. Sam Hughes won the silver medal at under 55kg and Tom Williams (Ford) took the gold medal at under 81kg.
Sam Hughes began by securing strong wins against Scottish, Northern Ireland and Welsh opponents. He then beat the Scottish number one fighter Arron Simpson to reach the final. Here he faced GBR number one Brandon Dodge from Wales. This was one match to far for Sam who had to settle for Silver but a great performance nonetheless.
Tom started his campaign with a win against Ben Fletcher-his main rival in the division also representing England. He followed this up with wins against two Scottish fighters and an opponent from Northern Ireland. This took him to the final to again face his England team counterpart which he won to take the title.
Over the same weekend the club had fighters in both the junior and senior divisions at the Heart of England championships in Birmingham.
In the 14-15 year old age band Jess Black won the silver medal at U63kg. Jess won all of her preliminary fights by Ippon to put her in the final. She failed to win the gold but this is a great medal after a long period out with injury. Josh Butler dominated the field in the 16-18 year old U90kg division. He was not troubled in all of his four contests and took the title. In the same age group Charlotte Black placed 5th at under 63kg. She made it to the semi final with two strong wins but was beaten in that match and then in the bronze medal contest. Also fighting in this age band Louis Manders battled hard at U66kg but did not place this time.
Camberley’s senior fighters won several medals at the tournament. In the men’s divisions both Nathon Burns and Danny Williams fought up a weight group for some hard matches in preparation for the upcoming GB World Cup. Nathon at U66 had four strong wins to reach the final where he was beaten on a penalty point. Danny fighting up at U81 kg won through to the semi final stages where he suffered a loss. This placed him in the bronze medal match which he won with maximum points. At U 73kg Harry Fenner won the bronze medal and Danny Finney despite still being a junior placed 5th. Harry won three fights to reach the semi where he was beaten. Danny lost his first contest but then won four in a row to reach the bronze medal match. Unfortunately the two Camberley fighters faced each other for the medal with Harry emerging as the victor. Frazer Chamberlain (Tonbridge) also still a junior won four matches in the senior division to finish in 7th place.
Kristie-Anne Ryder (AUS) won all of her contests by maximum points to take the U57kg title with ease. Tomoko Kumamoto defended her U63 title and also won all of her contests without conceding a single score. Well done to all our fighters!