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Griffiths claims national silver
8:00am Thursday 24th January 2013 in Local
RISING Samurai starlet Bryony Griffiths continued to impress as she bagged silver at the British Junior National Championships at the weekend.
Griffiths made a mockery of stepping up to the heavier under-48 kilograms category as she swept all before her to reach the final, before losing to a Scottish opponent in the final.
This was the second year in a row that she had made it all the way to a national final, winning gold in 2012.
While her old weight group was won by an opponent Griffiths had comfortably beaten in the past, it was time for the Kidderminster player to move up and she soon stamped her authority on the new category.
Griffiths’ quarter of the draw saw her up against players from Liverpool and Salisbury, but she finished top easily after some good groundwork, in particular, and made her way to the semi-finals, where she took on an opponent from the south of England.
This girl had looked a difficult adversary, but Griffith’s all-out attacking tactics soon had her rival on the defensive and two penalties for passivity booked the Samurai member’s place in the final.
Up against a strong Scottish rival, who had comfortably beaten the best players in the other half of the draw, Griffiths chose to go on the attack from the start.
She soon edged ahead with a penalty as her opponent tried to hit back on the counter.
But the Scottish fighter hit back with a maximum score to edge out the Kidderminster girl and leave her with silver.
Meanwhile, Brendan Crummy and Frankie Marston won two contests each and there was also a good win for Nathan Gallacher, competing at this level for the first time, while Becky Hobby also had a good go.
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