Heart of Oak judoka earn elite medal

PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 February 2017

Heart of Oak youngsters at their latest event

Heart of Oak youngsters at their latest event


Anegbeh bags bronze at regional event

The Heart Of Oak Judo Club took a small elite squad to the Eastern Area Regional Cadet Championships and came away with a bronze medal.

Only seasoned judoka were in attendance, surprisingly so early in the competitive calender, and the Heart of Oak squad consisted of pupils from the Palmer Catholic Academy.

Several members have already qualified and are awaiting confirmation for the hotly anticipated National Schools’ finals in Sheffield and the regional event was good preparation for a level four tournament.

The girls team was made up for the four Anegbeh sisters – Summer, Mercedes, Angle and the eldest, team captain Crystal, who fought under the advanced senior technical rules that included arm locks to successfully win bronze.

The sole representative for the boys and man of the match was Morgan James, who is steadily returning to his winning competitive performance.

James was quickly into action and took care of two opponents in record time, with a third win also on the cards, as he had thrown his opponent correctly but received a lesser score.

He continued into a grappling hold down, but was not able to finish his opponent and missed out on the quarter-finals as he finished fifth in his group.

James caught the eye of a former national team manager in a tournament that attracted over 360 entrants, having fought against players a level above his own ability.

Heart of Oak senior coach Trevor James said: “It is all in the training when it comes to preparation for the next level four event.”

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