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Super Sam stars for Samurai
11:00am Friday 1st November 2013 in Sport
SAMURAI Judo Club’s Mini-Me Championships attracted entries from over 20 clubs but the hosts still comfortably topped the medals table with four gold medals, as well as five silvers and eight bronzes.
This event was the debut tournament for some potential stars of the future, and two new Samurai players who started well were Daniel Hickinbottom and Sam Hewitt.
After both won their first contests, they came up against each other in the semi-final, which Hewitt won.
However, he lost to a much more experienced player from Market Harborough in the final, though only after a good contest, and had to settle for silver, while Hickinbottom came back to win his last contest against a Gloucester player to take the bronze.
In the next category, Dillon Walker took a bronze with a maximum point throw just six seconds into the bronze match.
In the weight section above, Harry Male reached his first final after two very good wins but lost the final narrowly to a Coventry player and had to settle for silver, while, Alfie Lye, added a bronze.
Evan Turner added another bronze two categories above, losing to a Crawley player in the semi-final, but in the section above, Sam McDonald took a silver.
Callum Spencer, who recorded a series of maximum point victories to earn his gold, while debutant Jamie Silwood added a bronze for the club.
Tom McDonald also tasted victory to deliver gold, while Luke Talbot earned bronze.
Jake McAteer was the last of the Samurai boys to compete and he reached the final but had to settle for silver, while sister Ellie McAteer also won her category.
There were also bronzes for Ellena Read and Olivia Turner, as well as a silver for Sophie Deeming-Lane.
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