WEEKEND ROUND-UP: Find out what's been happening!
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WEEKEND ROUND-UP: Find out what's been happening!Posted: 28/10/2019
It’s been a busy few weeks for Scottish judoka, with athletes in action at both the 2019 Abu Dhabi Grand Slam and 2019 Welsh Junior and Senior Open Championships.
Sally Conway and Stuart McWatt were in action in Abu Dhabi (24-26 October), with Sarah Adlington missing out due to injury.
Stuart McWatt (-81kg) defeated the 2018 European U23 Championship bronze medallist Timo Cavelius (GER) in Golden Score in the opening round before losing out to current European Championship bro,nze medallist and eventual event silver medallist, Luka Maisuradze (GEO) in the second round.
Despite some battling performances, Sally Conway finished 5th in her first competition back since winning bronze at August’s World Championships in Tokyo.
Conway had a bye in the opening round before wins against former World Championship bronze medallist Onix Cortes-Aldama (CUB) and the recent Tashkent Grand Prix silver medallist Gulnoza Matniyazova (UZB) led her to a quarter-final showdown against multiple European Championship medallist Michaela Polleres (AUT), who she defeated to win bronze at this year’s World Championships.
Two penalty Shidos down, Conway had to go on the attack but unfortunately her opponent came through strong counter-attacking for an Ippon. The repechage saw Conway face Anka Pogacnik (SLO), in what turned out to be a tense, long battle. It took almost five minutes of Golden Score time but Conway eventually won the fight which saw her advance to the bronze medal match.
Faced with Elvismar Rodriguez (VEN), Conway was thrown by a Soto makikomi for Ippon meaning she finished the Abu Dhabi Grand Slam in fifth place.
In slightly less exotic Cardiff, Scottish judoka were in action at the 2019 Welsh Junior and Senior Open Championships (20 October) last weekend.
It was a fruitful event for JudoScotland, with 14 medals making their way back to Scotland. Full list below:
Gold – Aaron Miller (-90kg) Hibari Kan, Andrew McWatt (-100kg) Garioch
Silver – Oliver Short (-66kg) Edinburgh, Grant Blair (o100kg) Irvine
Bronze – Oliver James Park (-60kg) Hibari Kan, Lyle Donald (-73kg) Destination Judo, Cameron Reid-Thomas (-90kg) Sportif, Jason Davis (-90kg) Edinburgh
Bronze – Katelyn Cox (-63kg) Clyde
Silver – Dylan Munro (-60kg) Edinburgh, Christopher Kumesu-Egri (-81kg), Andrew McWatt (-100kg) Garioch
Bronze – Nordine Adrif (-60kg) Garioch, Jamie Williams (o100kg) Edinburgh
JudoScotland athletes will be in action once again over the coming weeks, with Scott Thomson competing at the u23 European Championships (1-3 November) and Kim Renicks and Chris Sherrington competing at the Perth Continental Open (3-4 November) for vital Olympic qualification points.