WGC club's class performers

PUBLISHED: 16:05 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 26 October 2009

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WGC Judo Club cut down the opposition in style as they won nine medals at the Hertfordshire Schools Championships. All four entrants from the club s junior training group won medals at the competition held at Berkhamsted Sports Centre earlier this month

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WGC Judo Club cut down the opposition in style as they won nine medals at the Hertfordshire Schools' Championships.

All four entrants from the club's junior training group won medals at the competition held at Berkhamsted Sports Centre earlier this month.

In the girls' section, Eva Rowett won bronze in the under 36kg category in her first ever judo tournament.

Eva won two bouts in a round-robin style contest on the way to her medal success, including a win over the eventual silver medallist.

Tommy Almond gained his fourth silver medal at this tournament in the under 34kg category.

The 10-year-old was ahead in the final by two throws with just 15 seconds to go when he slipped and the contest was awarded to his opponent.

James Odeniyi, who narrowly lost out on a bronze medal in this tournament last year, won silver in the under 42kg class with some convincing judo techniques.

Jack Wildgoose, also competing in his first tournament, gained a silver in the under 46kg category.

From the Gosling club's senior training group, Tommy's brother, Edward Almond, completed a hat-trick of gold medals at this tournament with victory in the under 38kg category.

For the second year running, Edward won all his fights without conceding a single point against him in any round.

Scott Murray took the silver medal in the U55kg category, improving on his bronze in last year's competition.

Sam Pigden struck gold medal in the U66kg category with a demonstration of hip and shoulder throws against which his opponents had no effective reply.

Adam Davey took the silver medal in the U73kg category after narrowly losing the final to strong brown belt opposition in the closing stages after having led for most of the contest.

Gemma Wright gained silver in the girls' over 65kg weight class.

James Davey and Chris Booth also attended and fought well in their first appearance in this tournament against some tough opponents.

Andy Bonfield, WGC junior club coach, said: "This was the biggest group of boys and girls we have taken to a tournament and for many of them this was their first experience of competitive judo.

"For such a small club as ours to win nine medals is a fantastic achievement, especially as the event attracted over 170 competitors from schools right across Hertfordshire.

"The quality of judo on show at the tournament at all levels is very encouraging for our sport in this county.

"All those who participated have done themselves and their club proud."

The club meets at Gosling Sports Park, WGC, on Friday evenings.

For further information see www.wgcjudo.org.uk

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