Samurai are cream of crop at County Championships

Body slam: Hetty Tinsdale in action for Samurai at the Worcestershire under-16s Open Championships.

Body slam: Hetty Tinsdale in action for Samurai at the Worcestershire under-16s Open Championships.

First published in Sportsview

SAMURAI topped the medal table at the Worcestershire under-16s Open Championships.

The Wyre Forest club picked up five gold medals, three silvers and three bronzes in a tournament which saw fighters from as far as London, Devon and the Isles of Scilly compete.

British Champion James Hemer was in good form in the lightest boys section, defeating rivals from Wales, Worcester, Birmingham, Bristol and Wiltshire to take gold.

In the next category, James Ashen took bronze.

There was a silver for Matthew Hemer after he lost to a fighter from Birmingham.

Jack Walker added a bronze in the next weight group up and then Jake McAteer faced a tough group of players but did well to win bronze.

The girls were also in good form. In the lightest weight group, Ellie McAteer powered past her opponents to win gold.

There was another gold for Leah Grosvenor in the next weight category, while Sian Bobrowska came through a tough category to earn silver.

Becky Hobby saw off club mate Hetty Tinsdale in the final to seal a Samurai gold and silver, while Sophie Pollitt missed out on bronze.

Hobby and Tinsdale also also entered the top girls weight group, even though they were far lighter than their opponents.

Both had good early wins, with two good wins takingTinsdale to the quarter-finals before defeat to a Birmingham player ended her chances of a medal.

But Hobby defeated girls from Dudley and Birmingham and then defeated a heavier opponent in the final to win gold.

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