Medal haul for super Samurai

SAMURAI’S current crop of new juniors clocked up three gold medals, five silvers and 12 bronzes at their Junior Open competition last weekend.

James Hemer got the club off to a perfect start with maximum point wins against players from Gloucester and Wales to see him into the final.

He came up with a brilliant throw for maximum points against a Bristol players to take the gold.

In the next weight category, Cameron Hobby bounced back from defeat in the semi-final to secure bronze.

Tomos Jones started out by losing to a Stroud player, who went on to win the gold, but he came back well to see off a fighter from Gloucester to take bronze.

There was also a bronze for Callum Fletcher in his second competition.

William Taylor added another bronze after defeat in the semi-final.

Andy Calloway was the last of the Samurai boys in the lower grade section and he also claimed bronze.

The girls started with a bang with Maddison Averill and Jasmine Whitmore both competing in the lightest category.

Averill clocked up excellent maximum point wins against players from Dudley and Stroud before losing in the semi-final to another Dudley player, but had done enough to take the bronze.

Whitmore was in superb form again and maximum point wins in all four of her contests earned her gold.

In the next weight group, Charlotte Spokes clocked up wins against players from Brecon and Wolverhampton to reach her semi-final, where she lost to club-mate Lauren Fletcher, who lost in the final.

Toni Poulson had spectacular maximum point wins on the way to the final, where she lost and settled for silver, while Ruth Tilt added another bronze for Samurai.

Hettie Tinsdale won gold and bronze at different weight categories, while Ellie Arnull took silver.

In the lightest of the boys higher grade categories, Matthew Hemer and Nathan Gallacher were both doing well with early wins against Bromsgrove players, but after reaching the semi-finals Hemer lost to a player from Nottingham and Gallacher to a fighter from Aylesbury, so both had to settle for bronzes.

Joe Dunn was the last of the Samurai players in the boys higher grade light-heavyweight category and made it to the gold decider but finished with silver.

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