BRYONY Griffiths won her first national cadet ranking medal when she took the silver at the Northern Home Counties Open last weekend.

The 14-year-old and Samurai Judo Club clubmate Darcie Hancocks both earned silverware.

Griffiths started with two good wins against opponents from London to reach the final where she was up against a black belt from Bristol.

She then started strongly and after two minutes the scores were level before she was finally caught on the ground for maximum points and had to settle for silver.

Although not at her best due to a heavy cold, the consistent Hancocks added a bronze to her collection.

The youngster reached the semi-final before coming up against a girl from Surrey who she had beaten in the final of the Midlands Open the previous weekend.

But this time Hancocks ran out of energy and was caught by a good throw for a high score and she was unable to equalise.

This ended her chances of reaching the final and she had to settle for bronze.

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