Just a quick post!
It was the North west open this weekend, for those unfamiliar with the British ranking system there is a series of events around the UK where athletes compete and winning a medal or a fight gives you points (more info).
Anglia Ruskin University had three players fighting and Comberton JC just one.
Both Mike Stewart and Glenn Miller fought for Anglia Ruskin in the u66kg and u73kg respectively. Although both players won a fight in their pool (giving them 4 ranking points) they both failed to progress any further. They are both new to this level of competition though and both fought well. Mike Stewart was particularly ill and couldn’t fight at his best.
Danny Williams also fought, he trains full-time at Camberley Judo club and is the current British number one. He decided to fight up a weight at u81kg and had specific elements of his game to work on. He finished off with a silver medal.
Natasha Collins who is from Comberton JC also fought, this was interesting, it was the first time she has fought at this level and she hasn’t been training as much as she used too since she moved to Leeds Met university. There were seven girls in her weight group before the weigh in and only two after the weigh in. She fought best of three against Emma Imrie (SCO) and finished with a silver medal. Natasha isn’t sure how she feels about this, she got a silver medal for losing whereas the others didn’t get medals. I had to point out to her that the other couldn’t make u52kg either! In fact even the girls who were supposed too couldn’t make u52kg. Part of the battle for the lightweights is making the weight, she had weight to lose and lost it professionally.
Anyway, we had a good weekend. It was a good laugh and the competition ran very smoothly.