The youngest team of competitors from Kendal Judo Club to take part in an international competition justified their selection by coming back with two silver medals and a bronze. There were a number of other players who narrowly missed out in the bronze medals as well. Mike Liptrot, the club’s senior coach, was very pleased with all the fighter’s performances. The Budo Nord Cup which takes place in Lund, Sweden is one of the biggest Scandinavian judo competitions in the year with over 600 entries from all over Europe taking part, some from as far away as Spain.
Poppy Howe, at just 31 kilos, was the lightest player in the Kendal squad. So light that there was nobody else in her weight group and she had to fight up a weight. In the final she met the Spanish No. 1 player in her weight. Despite giving away over 8 kilos (over a stone)in weight Poppy made her opponent work really hard before succumbing to a hip throw and the resulting silver medal was well deserved and she received praise from the Spanish coach for her efforts.
Nye Greasley was in the Under 38 kilo weight group. He had a very close first contest with the result going to a referee’s decision on the Kendal player’s side. His next contest had Nye throwing his Swedish opponent for the full point about halfway through the fight. This put him in the final against the Swedish No.1 and was caught with a counter throw but it was a second silver medal for Kendal. On the other side of the knockout Ben Howe narrowly lost his bronze medal fight and had to be satisfied with an excellent fifth place.
Daisy Schwarzer was Kendal’s third medallist. She lost in the semi-final to the eventual Swedish gold medallist and had to fight really hard in the contest for the bronze medal eventually catching her opponent with an inner reaping throw to secure the medal. In the opposite side of the knockout Lauren Fox also got to the bronze medal fight but was unable to overcome a scoring technique by her opponent halfway through the contest but another 5th place was building up an excellent tally for the Kendal players. Robbie Kincart’s fifth place raised Kendal’s position up the results table even further as did the efforts of Finlay Webb, Nathan O’Sullivan, Matilda Hall, Joe Plenderleith and Bradley Hammond.
The competition was not the end of their trip as it was followed by a four day training camp with over 1000 judoka taking part.
The competition was not the end of their trip. It was followed by a hard four day training camp with over 1000 judo players taking part.
Mike Liptrot,the club's senior coach, os already making plans for a possible return trip in the autumn.