Samurai start the year with six gold medals

Kidderminster Shuttle: Showdown: Harry Male and Sam Hewitt grapple for supremacy in an all-Samurai final. Showdown: Harry Male and Sam Hewitt grapple for supremacy in an all-Samurai final.

A SUPERB performance from the Samurai’s younger and less experienced juniors saw them take a massive six gold medals at their first Mini-Me competition of 2014.

The club also scooped five silvers and eight bronzes to easily top the medals table of the 15-club event.

The rout started in the first boys’ category, with Daniel Hickinbottom easily defeating players from Cropredy and Market Drayton to reach the final and then getting another comfortable win against a Stroud player to record the first gold medal of his career.

Toby Grosvenor was next up and reached the semi-final before losing to a Droitwich player before bouncing back to win a bronze.

Sam Hewitt and Harry Male effortlessly demolished players from Wolverhampton, Apollo and Gloucester to play each other in the final. This was a close battle, but Male took an early lead and hung on to clinch gold.

Alfie Lye and Evan Turner were both in the next category and they too both made the final with a series of maximum point wins against players from Lincoln and Droitwich. Turner won the final with a very good throw for maximum points to take the third gold so far for the Samurai.

Callum Spencer saw off Samurai team-mate Sam McDonald in the semi-final and then defeated an opponent from Wolverhampton to take gold.

Debutants Declan Brookes-Harper and Spencer Benton swept past players from Birmingham and Stroud to end up facing each other for place in the final, which the former won.

He then lost to a much more experienced player from the University of Wolverhampton and had to settle for silver, while Benton won his last contest to take the bronze.

Tom McDonald and Luke Talbot were in a tough category and both lost to Birmingham players to end their chances of reaching the final, but both came back well to win bronzes. McDonald recorded two exceptional wins by maximum point scores, showing particular skill in following up from throws into ground holds.

The lightest girls category saw Bonnie Deeming-Lane claim a bronze medal.

Alisha Jones and Teigan Newbury were also making their debuts in the next category, again both having only recently become old enough to compete.

Jones had two very good wins to reach the final before losing to a much more experienced Stroud girl, but Newbury also battled well to take the bronze.

Eleanor McAteer and Lily Deeming-Lane clashed in the semi-final of their category, with the former going on to make the final where she had to settle for silver.

Sophie Deeming-Lane stormed into her final with maximum point wins against two Stroud girls and then displayed similar aplomb to dispatch a Welsh opponent for a maximum point win to take the gold in the final.

Olivia Turner won all four of her contests by maximum points to take the club’s sixth gold medal of the day.

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