SAMURAI’S boys thoroughly outdid the girls at their Open Minimon Championships last weekend, taking five gold medals and five silvers.
The girls earned three silvers and between them they took a further fifteen bronzes.
In the lower grades, Dillon Walker defeated clubmate Daniel Hickinbottom in the semi-finals but lost to a player from Wiltshire and had to settle for silver.
Hickinbottom came back to win the bronze.
Toby Grosvenor also took bronze, defeating a Swansea player by maximum points in his bronze play-off after reaching the semi-finals and losing there to a Birmingham player.
For the second consecutive competition, Evan Turner defeated Sam Hewitt in the final.
Harry Male and Alfie Lye took bronzes in the next category, with the former scoring two particularly good maximum point throws.
There was gold and bronze respectively for Tom McDonald and brother Sam.
In the boys higher grades, Samurai’s British Champion James Hemer powered to his final but had to settle for silver.
Cameron Hobby saw off Samurai club mate Toby Grosvenor to finish first, while Hemer, also entered the next category up and added a further silver medal.
Jake Ashen then bagged the boys’ fifth gold.
Andy Calloway and Jack Walker went home with bronzes in their sections.
In the lightest weight in the girls lower grades, Alisha Jones, competing in just her second competition, had two excellent wins to take her into the final.
However, Jones lost against the run of play to a Stroud player and so had to settle for silver, with Bonnie Deeming-Lane adding a bronze.
Bonnie Deeming-Lane then won bronze in her category after losing to a Sussex player in the semi-final.
Ellena Read clocked up two excellent maximum point throws on her way to the semi-final before losing to a player from Irfon in Wales.
Ellie McAteer won two silvers in different categories.
Lauren Fletcher and Sophie Deeming-Lane were both in the next weight category, which was perhaps the toughest of the day.
The pair were fighting excellently and had two wins each to reach the semi-finals.
They both lost to players from Camarthen, and then bounced back to win bronzes in their last contests.
Olivia Turner and Sophie Pollitt then went on to add bronzes in the last two categories of the day.