Leicester Open

26 members of SR returned with a mass of 20 medals at the BJC Open event in Leicester. In the primary boys (under 10 years), Harrison Woods kicked the day off with a silver medal in the U20kg. Four SR players competed in the U26kg as Theo Painter won the category, taking gold and Stanley Wright and Teddy Lindsey taking bronzes in the third and fourth positions – Jenson Crutchley was extremely unlucky to not medal. SR also had three competitors in the U30kg as Ricco Crowie-McGrath fought his way to a well-earned gold medal and Harry Waterfield took the bronze position, Henry Neville was unfortunate to not place. Ollie Fordbird impressed in the U35kg to come home with a bronze, as did Riley Russell in the O35kg who fought very well to return with a silver. In the primary girls, Eva Banks and clubmate Niamh McIlwraith were both unlucky to not medal in a very tough group in the U26kg. Two of SR’s player’s took medals in the U35kg, as Darcey Chamberlain battled her way to a deserved gold medal and Millie Shaw took home a bronze. The O35kg also saw representation from two of SR’s players with Gracie Hunstone and Elsie Lindsey both returning with bronze medals. Next up were the junior boys, and Fabian Crowie-McGrath took the silver medal in the U35kg. Curtis Thompson also took a silver, fighting in the U45kg, just missing out on gold and Ben Shaw moved up a weight to the U55kg missed out on a medal. The junior girls were just as successful as Phoebe Waterfield took the top spot in the U35kg and a gold medal. Sophie Napier won a bronze medal in the U40kg as team mate Autumn McIlwraith just missed out in the same category. Almirah Edwards showed great courage to take a bronze in the U60kg and Poppy Murphy cam home with a silver. Finally to take the mat were the senior men, and they didn’t fail to disappoint with some outstanding displays of judo that saw Oliver Hollis take a silver in the U79kg and Callum Grant also win silver in the U78kg. Club sensei Lea Barkby on the club’s performance: ‘It was a tough, tough competition today and there were some very hard contests. I’m proud of every single player of ours that went on the mat and gave it a go - they all put in some great performances.’ SR Judo Club train every Tuesday and Friday at Swannington Village Hall from 6.30pm. Sessions are just £2.50 each - all ages welcome. Check out srjudoclub.com for further details.

26 members of SR Judo Club returned with a mass of medals at the BJC Open event in Leicester returning with 18 medals. In the primary boys (under 10 years), Harrison Woods kicked the day off with a silver medal in the U20kg. Four SR players competed in the U26kg as Theo Painter won the category, taking gold and Stanley Wright and Teddy Lindsey taking bronzes in the third and fourth positions – Jenson Crutchley was extremely unlucky to not medal. SR also had three competitors in the U30kg as Ricco Crowie-McGrath fought his way to a well-earned gold medal and Harry Waterfield took the bronze position, Henry Neville was unfortunate to not place. Ollie Fordbird impressed in the U35kg to come home with a bronze, as did Riley Russell in the O35kg who fought very well to return with a silver. In the primary girls, Eva Banks and clubmate Niamh McIlwraith were both unlucky to not medal in a very tough group in the U26kg. Two of SR’s player’s took medals in the U35kg, as Darcey Chamberlain battled her way to a deserved gold medal and Millie Shaw took home a bronze. The O35kg also saw representation from two of SR’s players with Gracie Hunstone and Elsie Lindsey both returning with bronze medals. Next up were the junior boys, and Fabian Crowie-McGrath took the silver medal in the U35kg. Curtis Thompson also took a silver, fighting in the U45kg, just missing out on gold and Ben Shaw moved up a weight to the U55kg missed out on a medal. The junior girls were just as successful as Phoebe Waterfield took the top spot in the U35kg and a gold medal. Sophie Napier won a bronze medal in the U40kg as team mate Autumn McIlwraith just missed out in the same category. Almirah Edwards showed great courage to take a bronze in the U60kg and Poppy Murphy cam home with a silver. Finally to take the mat were the senior men, and they didn’t fail to disappoint with some outstanding displays of judo that saw Oliver Hollis take a silver in the U79kg and Callum Grant also win silver in the U78kg. Club sensei Lea Barkby on the club’s performance: ‘It was a tough, tough competition today and there were some very hard contests. I’m proud of every single player of ours that went on the mat and gave it a go - they all put in some great performances.’

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