Saturday 18th April
Last Saturday a number of Pinewood’s lower grades attended The Bishops Stortford Red and Yellow belt competition.
The intention at this point in their judo career is to gain some useful contest experience, they were however, clearly after more than experience, as they took a number of medals too!
In the Red belt section Henry Billiard put in a great days work taking a Gold.
Not to be outdone Phoebe Shea also put in a great performance, particularly in the final where she faced and defeated a sizeable and determined opponent to take a Gold medal.
The yellow belt section was hotly contested with all of the top clubs represented in the entry.
Jay Bennett put in another giant slaying performance in his weight group.
With no score at the end of the golden score period the final was decided by a referee’s decision this is the narrowest possible winning margin and so after an epic battle he was forced to settle for a Silver.
Emma Meyerhoff also had a great day putting all of hard training to good use and taking a Gold medal.
Phoebe Deacon launched her yellow belt career with a bronze medal.
Sunday 19th April
The Bishops Stortford Team event was about as exciting as anyone could want. With a good number of teams from the top junior clubs represented, Moberley, Ealing, Core, Bishops Stortford all fielded one or more teams. The format was great with 3 to a team and a maximum team weight. Our lightweight boys A team comprising Noah Jones Jay Bennet and Toby Trafford put in a great days work taking 2 good wins that included a close and exciting match against the very capable Core team. They narrowly lost their next match against Moberley, which put them into a crossover semi final against the eventual Gold medallists, Bishops Stortford. They lost this after some fantastic battles to take a bronze. Bishops Stortford went on to take the Gold against Moberley in the final. The other lightweight boys team of Toby Chapman, Ruben Lord and Charlie Cole fought well coming away with lots of experience but sadly no medal.
The lightweight girls Charlotte Stickland Bella Holeman and Phoebe Deacon managed a bronze medal in a strong group.
The boys heavyweight team was James Widman, Kesley Gibson and Etienne Keeler. James as the most experienced member never put a foot wrong dispensing with all of his opponents with his usual clinical relaxed range of beutiful throws.
Kesley Gibson fought with great courage managing to score a Yuko on one national champion and one 1st Dan black belt not bad for a novice red belt! Ettienne had the toughest task fighting the national number one In his weight as well as a first Dan and another fighter 30kg heavier than him. Battered bruised but undaunted they managed a bronze. The girls heavyweight team comprising Emma Meyerhoff (novice red belt) and Caitlyn Clark (Orange belt) were in the difficult position of fighting one person down. Despite which they both fought with great courage and took a creditable Silver between them, not bad for a two person team starting one down in every match! There were some truly heroic performances from these teams and there coach was left feeling very proud of their fighting spirit and camaraderie. The atmosphere at this competition was excellent with referees officials coaches and parents all entering into the spirit of the day.