Isaac Hill continued his medal winning run with two bronze at the English Open.
The first was in the U60k Junior Men category which did not start well despite being the first to score in his contest against Aaron Hales from Karen Briggs (MBE) School of Judo. Isaac then received two penalties for holding his own collar followed by a step out penalty and then a passivity for Hansoku.
However he put that behind him and in his next fight beat Benjamin Caldwell with a Jujigatame arm lock at the two minute mark. The fight for bronze against David Ferguson of Pro Judo went the full distance with Isaac winning by a yuko.
Jujigatame featured a great deal in the Senior Championship Isaac winning his first contest with the armlock in 24 seconds against Dominic Reilly from Judo Scotland. However a low Uki Waza technique by Peter Miles from Bradley Stoke club in the semi-final meant that Isaac was into the bronze medal fight against Reece Howard from Camberley. At 2 minutes 25 second another Jujigatame saw the Kendal player on the rostrum for the second time in the day.
Evelina Svenningsson is from Sweden and regularly commutes to Kendal Club for serious training before major competitions. As part of that training she took part in the English Open. Fighting at Under 70 kilo her first contest lasted just 24 seconds with a great Harai Goshi against Laura Dangerfield from Samurai for Ippon. Her second contest did not produce such a good result. An Ashi Guruma throw from Emma Reid slowed Evelina's progress. However a hold, Ushiro Tateshihogatame, almost on time against Rachael Hawkes from the Army put her through to the medals.
Sadly she was up against Amy Livesey from the SKK and an Uchi Mata throw followed by a Kesa Gatame hold meant no final place for the Swedish player. Nevertheless a bronze medal in a strong category was well worth taking back to Sweden.