Competition Day 3
The last day of competition and hopes were high for our Under 21s.
This was Jamaal Otto’s final Junior Europeans and he came out fighting well against MKD in his opening round, it was a good fight with Jamaal winning 4-3 to take him through to the 2nd round.
Jamaal then faced his opponent from Croatia again Jamaal fought hard but it wasn’t to be his day with his opponent winning 5-1, Jamaal has had a good Junior career winning European a silver and bronze medal as a Junior athlete, he now moves on to the seniors and wish him all the best.
Katie Dalzell was our only U21 female and she faced Poland in first round, a hard fight but Poland had the edge winning 3-0. There was no repercharge as Spain beat Poland in the next round.
Joe Kellaway won his first fight against Bosnia 4-2. Joe then went on to face Italy in the 2nd round but loses 0-3. Joe got another chance to fight in repercharge as the Italian made it to the final. He now had to face Kosovo, Joe was extremely unlucky to lose 2-0.
Sam Day had Poland in the first round Poland but lost 2-1. His opponent then lost the 2nd round so no repercharge.
Alfie Powell had Portugal in opening round but the Portuguese got the points winning 3-0. Portugal then lost in the next round so no repercharge for Alfie.
Although these are not the results the squad wanted, many have a year now to go over things, work harder and improve where necessary in time for the next Junior Europeans. The squad worked hard for these championships and sacrificed a lot to attend them as do their families. The standard in karate is at such a high level now its harder than ever to win those elusive medals. The squad will learn from this event and hopefully progress to better things. For some it was their last Junior Europeans and will now only compete in Senior events and we wish them well in their senior careers.
The squad will be travelling home today and some will already planning and preparing themselves for the Senior Europeans which are to be held in France, May 2016, so onwards and upwards.
Thank you to Blitz Sport and Elida for sponsoring the squads kits.
Thank you to all the Coach’s Willie Thomas, Paul Newby, Ticky Donovan OBE and Reece Taylor. To our medical officer David Inman for looking after the squad. Thank you to John Debono for ensuring all went smoothly and our chaperones Jane Debono and Debbie Sell.
Competion Day 2 – Kumite
Unfortunately day 2 didn’t go the way the fighters wanted. Emelye O’Brien won her first fight against Ukraine 1-0, she then went into her second fight against Austria the fight was 1-1 but the decision by the referees went to Austria
Jordan Clarkson fought Russia in her 1st round but lost 3-1. She came back in repercharge beating Norway 4-3, all fired up she then faced Luxembourg but her opponent was too quick winning the match 3-1 ending Jordans time on the tatami.
Mitchell Thorpe hoping to improve on his silver medal in Swizerland won his first round 3-1 against Denmark. Mitchell then fought Poland in the 2nd round and but lost 0-1. There was no repercharge as Poland lost the following round.
This was Chloe Lydons first time representing England, she fought a tough Serbian in her opening round, with the Serbian winning 9-3 a valiant effort for your first time Chloe. Chloe’s opponent didn’t progress any further ending Chloes chances of progression in repercharge.
This was Jamie Gridleys 2nd time representing England, his opening match was a close one but Italy took the win 1-3. Jamie’s opponent went on to win the pool final so and had a shot at repercharge .Jamie now faced Poland but lost 2-1.
Cuba Parris faced France in his first round again a close match with Cuba just missing out, final score 4-3 to France. France didn’t progress so there was no repercharge.
Bleu Parris fought Slovenia and had a very convincing 5-2 win, hopes were high for Bleu in the 2nd round against Georgia but a controversial kick which appeared to happen after the time had finished saw Bleu bow out as the referee gave the points for the kick. His opponent from Georgia lost to Belgium so Bleu was unable to progress any further
Not the best day from the squad but they will take away what they have learned from this competition and work on what needs to improve.
Competition Day 1 – Kata and Kumite
All individual kata categories were on today so the coach’s had their work cut out. Lauren Fretwell and Johann Santos were up first with Lauren completing 2 rounds and Johann one, this was the first time they had both represented England at European level. Luke Easton and Alice Hylton were next but were disappointed not to go through the first round and denied repercharge. Finally Chris Karwacinski and Aimee Sell. Chris in his last Junior Europeans did a strong kata but the win was given to his opponent. Chris now moves on to senior events only and wish him well in his Senior career. Aimee Sell in her last Junior event had a first round bye and performed a good kata Supa Empi but she too was denied the win. Aimee has had a good Junior European and World Career winning a silver and bronze in team kata at European level, 2 individual silvers and a bronze at European level and a World Bronze medal. Medalling in every age event at Junior level. Aimee now prepares herself for the Senior events and we wish her well.
Some of the fighters took to the stage today with Charlotte Hope winning her first round on the referees decision to then go on and face a Spanish opponent. Charlotte was unlucky in this round and unfortunately didn’t make repecharge. Jed Thompson was competing in his first Junior Europeans and was all fired up but his opponent was too strong taking the win 4-0 from him and again no repercharge. Next was Will Tatham it was always going to be difficult facing an athlete from the home team and lost by the narrowest of margins 0-1. Unfortunately his opponent didn’t make the rounds so no repercharge for Will. Lastly was Georgina Lawson she won her first round convincingly taking the win from Norway 4-1 this ensured her place in the next round where she faced Denmark. Georgina’s opponent from Denmark proved too strong on this occasion winning 4-1. Denmark progressed allowing Georgina to enter repecharge where she faced Germany, a close fought match but the German snatched away Georginas chances of going further. Some good performances from the squad and a lot to be learnt from today’s competition. Tomorrow we have the juniors competing fingers crossed for some medals.
All the preparation has now been completed, the final training session was held today while the Head of Delegation John DeBono ensured everyone was registered correctly.
The squad are looking sharp, focused and prepared and tomorrow they get their chance to shine. There has been a change in the schedule with the all the male kata categories taking place first, starting with the cadets at 9am Cypriot time check here for times https://www.sportdata.org/wkf/ausschreibungen/69/Timetable-List.pdf
Good luck to all our competitors don’t forget there is a live stream so you can watch all the action as it happens (1) English Karate Federation Ltd – Governing Body
After an early breakfast the whole squad trained together. The weather is warm and sunny so training took place outside, the squad spent 2 hours training then had some downtime. A briefing was held by the kumite coachs and the kata had an extra session in the afternoon. During the day we saw teams from, Russia, Poland, Turkey and Azerbaijan arriving and with tomorrow being registration day, the atmosphere is starting to build. The squad have one final training session tomorrow afternoon before the competition begins.
Well after a delay of 40 minutes at Heathrow the squad departed for Cyprus. The flight was good and we finally arrived at the hotel about 7:30pm. After checking into their rooms we all then met for dinner in the main restaurant. The coach’s and Head Of Delegation John Debono spoke to the squad and everyone seemed happy and ready to get on with the job ahead. The squad will be training on Wednesday and Thursday with Kata kicking off the competition on Friday.