Watford Open

Posted by guildfordmartialarts on January 27, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Some fantastic results at the Watford open at the weekend!

First to fight was Meghan Milne in the -130cm girls advanced points. Meghan won her first two fights against good opponents and in the final narrowly lost in a fantastic and close fight taking silver


Second up was Isaac Mulligan in the -150cm boys points category. This was a huge section with over 20 kids involved. Isaac did tremendously well winning 4 fights before narrowly losing out in the semi final the eventual winner taking a well earned bronze.


Third to fight was Finnan Waterfield, competing in the boys -130cm points. This was Finnan's first national level tournament and although losing narrowly in the first round, he put and good performance and I am looking forward to seeing his progression over the year.


Next up we had Lizzie Bell competing in the women's novice +62kg points in her first competition for the Academy. Lizzie dominated this section winning all of her 3 fights comfortably and showing enormous potential.


Also making their debuts for the club were Alice Foster and Mary Hatton in the women's -62kg novice points category. Although both went out in the semi finals, they showed tremendous character and both put in amazing performances showing there is plenty to come from them.


Next was Helen Milne in the -60 Advanced women's points, Helen being the team vice captain got off to a flying start, beating an Irish international in the first round in superb fashion. Unfortunately she lost narrowly in the quarter finals to a top fighter but a great start none the less.


After Helen, Lizzie then competed in the +62kg novice continuous section, again winning both her fights convincingly taking double gold in her first tournament!


Helen then fought in the -60kg vets advance points, she won her semi final by a big margin but in the final lost a real chess game of a fight by the narrowest of margins but took a well earned silver!


Next up was Daniel Hayles, one of the Academy's instructors, competing in the +85kg Advanced Continuous section. Dan came up against a seasoned competitor and although fought well he lost a close battle at the semi final point.


Finally Brendan Martin, one of the Academy's senior instructors, took stage and entered two Advanced Continuous categories, -80kg and -85kg. In the -85kg, which was up first, he won the semi final against a very technically solid opponent but controlled the fight and in the final he dominated from start to finish against a GB team member and took a great scalp in the process. Shortly after he started the -80kg category, again coming up against a team GB member and won by a good margin. In the final he came up against a 2 time world champion and although fought superbly the previous rounds started to catch up with him and he couldn't push as hard as he would have liked. However a gold and silver was a tremendous effort.


So overall great results for the team and a great start to the year!

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