WEEKEND ROUND-UP: Success for Scotland!

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WEEKEND ROUND-UP: Success for Scotland!

Posted: 30/09/2019

It was an action-packed few days of judo for Scottish judoka competing across the weekend, with athletes in action at both the 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships and 2019 Luxembourg European Open.

2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships

The 2019 Commonwealth Judo Championships saw 945 judoka from across the world compete for glory for their nation down in Walsall. Scotland had 119 athletes fighting across a range of categories, including Pre-Cadet, Cadets, Juniors, Seniors, Veterans and Visually Impaired.  The competition added to the growing list of top-level European and World judo competitions being hosted in Britain in the 2017-2020 Olympic and Paralympic cycle; Britain has also hosted the 2017 IBSA European Championships, the 2018 Veteran European Championships and the 2018 European Open.

Scotland had a strong showing, coming home with 51 medals and a 3rd place finish in the medal table behind England and India.  Experience at events of this calibre is invaluable for our athletes, with the opportunity to compete against some of the best judoka from across the globe. 

Medallists:

Pre-Cadet (39 judoka)

Gold – Finlay Strang (-46kg)
Silver – Sophie Wood (-57kg), Chris Howe (-60kg), Eden Heffernan (-66kg), Saul McRitchie (-73kg)
Bronze - Kirsty Lawson (-40kg), Luke Thomson (-42kg), Jessie Edwards (-44kg), Ross McWatt (-50kg), Sunny Doig (-57kg), Fraser Clark (-66kg), Miai McCran (-70kg)

Cadet (30 judoka)

Silver – Dougi Fleming (-55kg), David Sommerville (-73kg), Katelyn Cox (-63kg), Anna Purves (-70kg)
Bronze – Gregor Miller (-90kg)

Juniors and Seniors (24 judoka)

Gold –Rachel Tytler (-78kg), Aiden Moffat (-73kg), Chris Kumesu-Egri (-80kg), Cailin Calder (-100kg)
Silver – Katelyn Cox (-63kg), Jason Davis (-90kg), Andrew McWatt (-100kg)
Bronze – Kirsty Marsh (-57kg), Connor Wilson (-66kg), Nikki Francis (-70kg), Hazel Taylor (-70kg), Lyle Donald (-73kg), Kate Saunders (+78kg), Benedict Maclennan Patton (-81kg)

Visually Impaired (1 judoka)

Gold – Kirsten Taylor (+78kg)

Veterans (25 judoka)

Gold - John MacDonald (-100kg), James Birnie (-81kg)
Silver - Ben Ford (-60kg), Mark Taylor (-66kg), Jacqueline O'Donnell (-70kg), Katrina Geary (-70kg), Mark McCraw (-73kg), Rob Longmuir (-73kg), James McKelvie (+100kg)
Bronze - Derek McFarran (-66kg), Sean Evans (-73kg), Alexander Kirk (-73kg), John Thacker (-81kg), Jason Moore (-90kg), Glenn Spiers (-90kg), David Strachan (-100kg), Ross Milne (-100kg), Jamie Conroy (+100kg), Hugh Ferns (+100kg)

A full list of results can be found here.

2019 Luxembourg European Open

JudoScotland had 11 athletes competing at the 2019 Luxembourg European Open: Kim Renicks, Abbi Blackie, Malin Wilson, Rachel Tytler, Hazel Taylor, David Ferguson, Neil Macdonald, Alex Short, Aiden Moffat, Tommy Mercer and Scott Cusack. 

It was an extremely tough European event with over 350 judoka, 100 of whom made up a formidable and dominant French team.  The highlight of weekend was undoubtedly a Bronze medal for Stuart McWatt (-81kg), winning 4 out of 5 of his fights.  It has been a strong year for McWatt thus far, with this medal adding to the Silver and Bronze medals he secured at the recent Cluj and Odivelas European Opens.

Alex Short won 3 tough matches against French and American opposition to put himself into the quarter final of the -66kg category. It was there that he lost out out to his French opponent in a closely-fought contest, before coming up short in the repechage, once again to French opposition.  This saw Short finish the day with a credible 7th place.

Nordine Adrif (-60kg), Tommy Mercer (-81kg) and Scott Cusack (-81kg) all delivered their first senior international wins at this level. Adrif and Cusack defeated opponents who have previously medalled at Senior European Open, highlighting the good progress they’re making at this level. 

Today, all JudoScotland players are taking advantage of the international training camp and will take part in two randori sessions before returning to Scotland later on this evening.