News from Renfrewshire's premier Judo club

Month: January 2015

Advance notice – Friday 6th March 2015 practice will be at Southside Judo

The Scouts have informed us that the Scout hall will not be available on Friday 6th March 2015 for practice.

On that night, Southside Judo will be happy to welcome you.

Details of times and venue for that practice session will follow.

Ultimate Open Grand Prix entry list is now available

The Ultimate Open Grand Prix entry list is now available.

Please check to see that you are on the list and contact the Judo Scotland Events Team if there are any problems or omissions.

There’s a great entry from the club with 21 entries in total.

2015 Scottish Open results

Rachel Towle won an impressive Bronze medal at the 2015 Scottish Open held at Meadowbank on Saturday 17/01/2015. Well Done!

A number of Clyde Judo folk were through in Edinburgh helping out with various official duties – Brian Bradley, Ezri Bradley, Melissa McGill, Benedict Ray, Dominic Ray, Ian Towle, Connor Wilson and Susie Wright.

2014 Clyde Judo Awards

The 2014 Clyde Judo Awards were presented at the club Christmas party on 20/12/2014 (click on the photos to open a larger image in a new tab).

The winners were:

Spirit of Judo

David Sommerville

This was awarded for David’s consistent hard work, fair play, helping others and his “never say die” attitude.

David Peden (L) presenting the Spirit of Judo award to David Sommerville (R) .

David Peden (L) presenting the Spirit of Judo award to David Sommerville (R) .

Most Improved Player

Rebecca Lamb

For her steady improvement thorugh the year culminating in winning the A-band JudoScotland U32kg Grand Prix.

Susie (L) presenting the Most Improved Player award to Rebecca Lamb (R)

Susie (L) presenting the Most Improved Player award to Rebecca Lamb (R)

Player of the Year

Connor Wilson

Connor had an outstanding year – winning the B-band U50kg JudoScotland Grand Prix, the Scottish Age Band U50kg Gold and medals in Flanders and Venrey. Connor also represented Scotland in the UK School Games.

David Peden (L) and Susie Wright (centre) presenting the Player of the Year award to Connor Wilson (R)

David Peden (L) and Susie Wright (centre) presenting the Player of the Year award to Connor Wilson (R)

A-band Player of the Year

Joint award to Fraser Clark and Callum Robertson

The boys earned this for the way they stepped up to A-band and won medals in their first year.

Calum Robertson (L) and Fraser Clark (R) with Suise Wright (centre)

Calum Robertson (L) and Fraser Clark (R) with Suise Wright (centre)

Best Single Performance

Benedict MacLennan-Patton

Benedict won this for his performance at the 2014 British National Age Bands in his first outing as a Cadet – winning matches against older and more experienced opponents.

Susie Wright (R) presenting the Best Single Performance award to Benedict MacLennan-Patton (L)

Susie Wright (R) presenting the Best Single Performance award to Benedict MacLennan-Patton (L)

Female Player of the Year

Melissa McGill

Melissa had a great year that she topped out with a bronze medal at the British National Age Bands and making the 2015 JudoScotland performance squad.

Melissa McGill (L) being presented with the Female Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)

Melissa McGill (L) being presented with the Female Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)

Male Player of the Year

Louis Saez

Louis had a great year – winning the B-band JudoScotland U66kg Grand Prix, taking the Silver medal in Scottish Age Bands, making the 2015 JudoScotland performance squad and consistently winning medals in ranking competitions throughout the year.

David Peden (L) presenting the Male Player of the Year award to Louis Saez (R)

David Peden (L) presenting the Male Player of the Year award to Louis Saez (R)

Best technician

Ezri Bradley

Ezri wins this award for a beautiful hari-goshi throw at the British Age Bands competition.

David Peden (L) presenting the Best Technician award to Ezri Bradley (R)

David Peden (L) presenting the Best Technician award to Ezri Bradley (R)

Players’ Player of the Year

Connor Wilson

This was awarded to Connor by his peers for his results and the way that he participate and helps in training.

Connor Wilson (L) being presented with the Players' Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)

Connor Wilson (L) being presented with the Players’ Player of the Year award by Susie Wright (R)

Services to Judo: Coaching

Kieran Meenan for getting his UKCC L1 award and leading the beginners class on Tuesdays.

Kieran Meenan (L) being presented with his Services to Judo: Coaching award by Susie Wright (R)

Kieran Meenan (L) being presented with his Services to Judo: Coaching award by Susie Wright (R)

 

Round-up of future competitions

Our periodic round-up of competitions that the club is planning to attend over over the next few months.

I’ve marked in bold those competitions that are suitable for all ages and experience levels.

Scottish Open for Juniors, Seniors and Masters plus training camp on 17/01/2015 with the training camp on 18/01/2015. This competition is suitable for only a few in the club and it is essential that you speak to a coach before entering (closing date is 09/01/2015 – so get your skates on if you intend to enter!)

Midland Area U21 competition on 31/01/2015-01/02/2015. Suitable only for more experienced judoka. Speak to a coach before entering.

North West Area Age Banded Championship on 14/02/2015-15/02/2015. Suitable only for more experienced judoka. Speak to a coach before entering.

Ultimate Open Grand Prix Competition on 22/02/2015. First Grand Prix competition of the season and suitable for all to enter. If it’s going to be a first competition then it is worth speaking to a coach before entering.

HMC Independent Schools Boys Judo Competition on 28/02/2015. Listed for completeness. Those who are going should have entered by now.

British Schools Judo Championship on 07/03/2015. If you manage to enter despite the BJA’s stacking of the deck in favour of English-domiciled judoka then this is a good development competition. Be aware of the eligibility criteria and speak to a coach before entering. Given the limited number of places that will be available to non-English domiciled judoka, it is essential that you get your entry in the moment that open entry is available. Open entry will run from Saturday 14 February 2015 – Friday 27 February 2015. Enter on Saturday 14/02/2015 if you want to be sure of your entry.

English Junior and Senior Open on 08/03/2015. This competition is suitable for only a few judoka in the club. It is essential to speak to one of the coaches if you are considering entering this competition.

Highland Budokan Open Grand Prix on 21/03/2015. Second Grand Prix competition of the season and suitable for all to enter. If it’s going to be a first competition then it is worth speaking to a coach before entering.

Sportif International Tournament and Training Camp on 04/04/2015 for the competition and 05/04/2015-07/04/2015 for the training camp. This is generally quite a tough competition so speak to a coach before entering. You should also speak to a coach regarding the training camp.

Northern Ireland Open on 25/04/2015-26/04/2015. A tough competition that is suitable only for a few from the club. Speak to a coach if you are considering entering this competition.

Clyde Challenge Grand Prix on 10/05/2015. Yes! This year we are holding a Grand Prix event. It’s the third Grand Prix event of the year. It’s easy for us to get to so it would be great if we could get as many folk as possible from the club to enter. At the time of writing, Judo Scotland hadn’t yet arranged online entry but good old-fashioned paper-based entry is available via the link. If you prefer online entry then check back later on this page: http://www.judoscotland.com/event/clyde-challenge-2015-grand-prix-event.

Scottish Mini Mon championships on 23/05/2015. No details yet other than the date but all of the younger members of the club should have it pencilled into their diaries.

BUPA Charity Open for Children 1st Grand Prix on 06/06/2015. Forth Grand Prix competition of the season and suitable for all to enter. If it’s going to be a first competition then it is worth speaking to a coach before entering.

That’s the list as of 04/01/2015 – like all plans it can be subject to change so it never harms to check closer to the date with one of the coaches that the club is still planning to attend a given competition.

Happy New Year!

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