THE prestigious Nottinghamshire Junior Open yielded a gold medal and a silver for proud Edgewood Judo Club, of Hucknall.
Charlie Young bagged the gold in the under-27kg category, while Oliver Bramley achieved a well-deserved silver in the under-38kg category.
Young had to battle through five fights, including three in his qualifying pool. He won the first with an Ippon hold-down after only 34 seconds. In his second, against Wade Muttitt, he finally ended a long, tactical contest by pulling out a massive Ippon throw. And his third fight was over in five seconds after he threw his opponent for Ippon.
Young’s semi-final was another tight contest that went the full three minutes. But he came out on top by holding down his opponent for an Ippon.
In the final, which was a re-match against Muttitt, the two players could not be separated and after no score, even after an extra two minutes, the decision went to the judges, who voted Young the winner.
Bramley also had to fight his way through a qualifying pool where he pulled off a notable victory over England squad member Connor Potts, from Goole. Unfortunately, Potts gained his revenge in the final.
ANOTHER gold medal was won by Edgewood judoka Mathew Turnbull on his competitive debut in the British Judo Council’s Midland Area Low-Grade Championships at Tamworth.
Fighting in the open category, Turnbull won all his contests with Ippon and followed up with a second gold in the Amateur Judo Associoation’s East Midlands Novice Championships at Earl Shilton, Leicestershire.
SIX Edgewood judokas were among a total of 47 who took part in the annual training camp for the Nottinghamshire county squad at the Kingswood Activity Centre in Staffordshire.
As well as taking part in four judo sessions, Joseph Allitt, Oliver Bramley, Emily Jones, Daniel Khiari, Katie Williams and Jade Stacey-King had a go at various activities, including go-karting, quad-biking, climbing, abseiling and zip-wire.