Success in the city for team with huge seven-medal haul

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SAMURAI’S players were triumphant again as they clocked up a record seven medals at the Kent International Open at Crystal Palace national sports centre in London.

The Kent Open is one of the biggest judo events in Britain, with over 1,000 players taking part, including players from France, Belgium and Holland.

In the lower grade girls section, Olivia Turner, who was unavailable for a photograph, was competing in her first major event, and she conquered her nerves to put in an excellent performance. Three wins out of three saw her take the gold medal in considerable style.

Sophie Deeming-Lane, also in her first major event, had three excellent wins to take her into the final of her group, where she unfortunately attacked slightly wrongly and was countered to lose the contest and leave her with silver.

In the lower grade boys, Jack Walker got into his stride straight away and reached the final, where he was caught by a throw and settled for silver.

There were also good efforts from Dillon Walker, Evan Turner and Jake McAteer, competing at this level for the first time.

In the intermediate grades section, James Hemer was producing some excellent judo and won his early contests in style but had to settle for fifth after defeat in the bronze decider.

Sian Bobrowska continues to improve and reached the bronze play-off but had to settle for fifth.

Hetty Tinsdale cruised into her final with three wins in her first three contests before losing the final against the run of play and having to settle for silver.

In the same category, Sophie Pollitt won three in a row to put herself into the bronze play-off, and although she lost that and finished fifth, this was still her best result to date.

There were also some good wins in the intermediate grades from Jake Ashen, Matthew Hemer, Andy Calloway, Lauren Fletcher and Ellie Arnull.

Leah Gosvenor started in explosive style but had to settle for silver.

In the higher grades, Bryony Griffiths, who was absent for the photo, earned silver.

Darcie Hancocks produced some fine wins in the final, but was edged out, settling for second.

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