Emma leads the way to judo success

PUBLISHED: 16:25 31 October 2006 | UPDATED: 14:52 12 May 2010

EMMA Reid led the way in a successful weekend for Melbourn Judo Club as they competed in three events over the weekend. The 11-year-old was competing in the National Championships at Birmingham, and she demonstrated fantastic holding skills in her round r

EMMA Reid led the way in a successful weekend for Melbourn Judo Club as they competed in three events over the weekend.

The 11-year-old was competing in the National Championships at Birmingham, and she demonstrated fantastic holding skills in her round robin preliminary pool.

However the three players all ended with equal wins and points, so the group had to be re-fought. This time however there was a decisive outcome with Emma earning a place in the finals against another Eastern Area girl from Kumo club in Norfolk.

Going into the final Emma clearly showed the toil of the addition contests she had fought to get to the final, but was still clearly outfought by Gemma from Kumo and stepped onto the rostrum in the Silver medal position.

Fresh from her success the previous weekend where she won silver at the Clacton International, Megan Sorensen entered the Northern Home Counties open event.

As the lowest graded player in the category, medal hopes were slim, and losing her first contest seemed to say that the grades would have it.

However Megan would prove different, with three successive wins against a blue belt and two brown belts, gave the green belt an astonishing championship gold.

On Sunday (October 29) two juniors and four seniors from the club travelled to Thetford for the Eastern Area Gradings.

Kristofer Francombe had two fine wins to earn deserved promotion from 6th to 8th Mon (Orange 2).

David Unger had three excellent wins in his group and was rewarded accordingly, rising from 7th to 10th Mon (Green Belt).


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