Kendal Judo Club’s Isaac Hill continued his 2014 judo competition successes into 2015 with a double silver medal haul in the first major international of the year – The Scottish Open in Edinburgh. Eighteen year old Isaac fought in both the Under 21year category as well as the Senior event which gave him a full day of contests.
Fighting in the Under 60 kilo weight category Isaac’s first contest of the day in the Junior Age Band was against Jack Langton from Gateshead who he pinned on his back for the required 20 second to end the fight. Although in his contest against Paul Schwisow from Germany Isaac didn’t manage to throw his opponent for the full point he did dominate the contest and a small score from a counter put him into the final against the British Junior Champion, Neil MacDonald from Scotland and was caught with what even Isaac described as the throw of the tournament. However the silver medal was a good start to the year.
Better was to come. Isaac had no sooner finished the Junior Final than he was called to the mat for his first senior contest against David Ferguson from Glasgow. A straight armlock within two minutes put Isaac into the next round. He then came up against Isaac Gagin from Luterworth who he had last met in the British Championships just over a month previously. The player was behind by a small penalty until 4 minutes 59 seconds of the five minute contest when a foot sweep gained him a big enough score to put him into the final to face Neil MacDonald again.
This was a much closer contest than the previous one. Scoreless at the five-minute mark the fight went into Golden Score – the first player to gain any points would win. Sadly Isaac was given a small penalty for going out of the area and had to settle for his second silver medal of the day.