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Judo team battle to win 14 medals

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: June 27, 2013

  • MEDALS: Kingsley School Judo Club members Aaron Hastie, Zack McMurray, Kitty Lavelle and Felicity Barkley.

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KINGSLEY School Judo Club finished the term in style by earning 14 medals at the Bedminster Championships.

The Bideford club sent a team of nine to Bristol where they faced fighters from Wales, London, the Midlands and the South during 47 matches.

Having stepped up to the u73kg weight class, Andrew Serdega won gold medals in the youth and senior men's categories.

He beat fellow western area fighter and England international James Hayes, clinching the youth title with two superbly timed throws to score Ippon.

Andrew then overcame Mark Gillard with a foot sweep throw to score Ippon again and claim his second gold in the men's final.

The Lativan will return home for the summer and next month is due to compete in Israel before joining the national team for a summer training camp.

Clara Gawlas fought courageously in the youth ladies' category and produced her best performance against Devon team-mate Samara Taylor, winning bronze in the u70kg class.

Michael and Chris Edwards, the brothers who travel from Cornwall to train at Kingsley were in fine form.

Michael beat Tom Meaden to win gold in the youth u81kg class, then fought again for bronze in the senior men.

Chris went to overtime before beating Welsh fighter Josh Conner with a winning throw to clinch gold in the junior u69kgs. He then claimed bronze in both the youth and senior men's groups.

Using his trademark ground work style, Oliver Mathers came through two exciting bouts in the youth u66kg class to win bronze. In the junior class, Felicity Barkley won silver in the girls' u28kg class, narrowly losing to Jess Reeves, of Bristol, in the final. Kitty Lavelle won bronze.

Competing at a new weight of u42kg, Cameron Lavelle won bronze with a huge hip throw against Ivan Roberts to score Ippon.

Aaron Hastie produced the best junior squad performance in the u38kg class. After narrowly losing the semi-final, he clinched bronze, beating Ryan Salam, of Bristol, in golden score over time.

The team's smallest fighter was Zack McMurray in the u27kg class, who showed his potential by battling for a bronze medal.

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