Gold for Smith in impressive style


SIX South Brent Judo Club stars immersed themselves in medals thanks to some magnificent performances at the Northern Home Counties Championships in Harlow.

The high-level Ippon League competition attracts experienced players from across the country and is a notoriously testing event.

Cordelia Gregory (over-70-kg) was up first for Gary Gregory’s South Brent hopefuls and made an impressive start to her cadet career with two wins and two losses.

Fighting in the open weight category and competing against heavier and higher graded girls, she won a fantastic bronze and beat the gold medallist in her opening fight.

Next up were Adam Vosper and Tom Smith, who fought in separate pools in the large and very competitive under-55 kg group.

Vosper, in his new weight group, fought well and won four out of six fights and placed seventh.

Smith won three fights by ippon to secure a place in the final which he came through in style to claim a fantastic gold medal and ensure more precious Ippon League points to add to his impressive total.

Kolya Schwinge (under-73-kg), featuring in a group of 14 England players, attained a brilliant bronze after two wins and a loss, while Josh Shipp (under-50-kg) won three fights out of four by ippon in a group of 16 and placed fifth, despite carrying a shoulder injury.

Last up was Max Gregory in the under-90-kg bracket. He found himself in a pool of four and won all three fights decisively to clinch another gold medal in what has been a golden year for him.

Gregory is currently No.1 on the Ippon League ladder and gained more points to secure an unassailable

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