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The recently held 9th Gloucestershire Open was a success for the County Players which included a small Squad from the Dowty Club, who enjoyed their most successful Gloucestershire Open to date. A group of eight Players, evenly spread through groups A & B, managed to secure a total of seven medals.

This included four Golds, with Scott Bedford, Tommy Sheerin, Kayden Rudman and Poppy Leney all securing top spot in their respective categories. There was also a Silver medal for Helena Harvey who unfortunately picked up a shoulder injury in the process, and well-earned Bronze medals for Callum Woodham and Nathan Berrecloth. The eighth player in the Squad, although not medalling, was Edward Holder who nevertheless put in his usual committed performance.

On Wednesday 14th Dec, the Club will hold its annual awards evening in the main Dowty Sports and Social Clubhouse. This gives the Club and its members an opportunity to recognise the years competitive and overall membership successes throughout the year. The evening is run on the American supper concept, and as well as the awards there is a quiz to conclude proceedings.

Pete

This year's Area teams event always had the potential to be a bit of an anti-climax for the County after last year's achievements when the Glocestershire County teams won every category they entered.

However with a team entered in every category, both the County's youngsters and Senior Players competed as reigning Champions, but with the six other Counties of the area lifting their efforts, we were given a reminder that last year counted for little this time around, and last year's Golds became Silver medal positions this year, and in the case of the Senior team event, we had to be content with Bronze position, with top performances from Somerset A, and Bristol getting themselves onto the Bob Taylor shield as Champions once again, and well done to them. Our youngster, pre Cadets & Cadets along with our Senior Ladies team nevertheless all put in excellent efforts in achieving Silver medal positions, and we now look forward to next year.

It's good to see that the Area team event is well and truly back, it's well run, and long may it continue.

During the team weekend, two players from Bradley Stoke, represented Great Britain at the European Open event in Glasgow, with a third, Pete Miles having been selected, but unable to compete due to injury. The two, who did compete, James Hayes and Lele Nairne, were by no means overawed by the event with Lele securing a win and a seventh place finish.

Four Players from the Dowty Club competed at this year's British Masters Championships in Edinburgh with Dean Douglas retaining his British title with four wins at -90kg, and Martin Davies with two wins took his first National Masters medal with Bronze at -81kg.

Just a reminder that the 8th Gloucestershire Open takes place on Nov 19th at its usual venue at Newent Leisure Centre.

Pete Salter

Five Junior Players from the Dowty Club took part in the West Open event at Hutton Moor this past weekend, and although I was unable to be there myself, the Dowty Coaches reported back on a good performance from the Squad.

Helena Harvey competing at +52 Kgs continued her recent excellent form with a Gold medal performance, particularly good for a high quality Open event.

Another good performance came from Scott Bedford competing at -30 Kgs who recorded 3 wins in winning a Bronze medal.

Callum Woodham was just seconds away from a medal at -27 Kgs, but still finished with a 5th place. Tommy Sheerin recorded a win and 7th place, and Edward Holder competing at by far his highest level also put in a good performance.

Pete Salter

At the Samurai Green & under Scott Bedford and Edward Holder both took Gold; Helena Harvey and Callum Woodham Silver; Tom Holder, Tommy Sheerin and Jack Terry all took Bronze.

At the Coventry Mini-Mon Kayden Rudman took Gold.

At the Samurai Orange & under Scott Bedford and Kayden Rudman took Gold, while Tommy Sheerin and Jack Terry took Bronze.

At the West of England Junior Closed competition Helena Harvey took Gold, Scott Bedford and Callum Woodham Silver and Tommy Sheerin a Bronze.

At the High Wycombe Senior Masters Competition Maria Ritchie took Gold, Dean Douglas Silver and Bryan Butler Bronze.

Devon Mini-Mon
Kayden Rudman Gold

Samurai Orange & under
Scott Bedford Gold
Kayden Rudman Gold
Tommy Sheerin Gold

Two of the five Players who earlier in the year qualified for the British Schools Finals, have competed successfully in the Finals event held at the EIS in Sheffield. At the earlier Area qualifying event, James Dobson, Helena Harvey, Tommy Sheerin, Nathan Berrecloth and Harry Stone all medalled and therefore qualified for the Finals.

The Finals, held over two days, were full of quality Players from around the Country, but two of the Dowty Players Helena Harvey and Nathan Berrecloth put in excellent performances with Helena taking a Gold medal at +63 kg, and Nathan a Silver medal at -73kg. All five of the Finalists had prepared well for the event with Harry the next closest to a medal having fought but lost for a Bronze.

John Lockey is the latest Dowty Senior to gain his 1st Dan, Black Belt status within the British Judo Association. John completed his points tally at a recent grading in Worcester. John's career in Judo took a rather unusual route whereby he followed his two son's Nathan and Jonathan, who are already Dan Grades at the Dowty Club, and having driven his son's around the Country to many events, decided to have a go himself.

Dowty Judo Club players have made a busy competition start to the year with successes at various events. At a British Schools qualifying event, five Players qualified for the Schools final event in Sheffield in early April. The qualifying criteria for the finals gave automatic entry for Gold and Silver medallists, with Bronze winners also being considered at a later date in the event of places available. James Dobson & Helena Harvey both qualified as Gold medallists, Tommy Sheerin and Nathan Berrecloth went through as Silver medallists, and Harry Stone has also been accepted for the finals as a Bronze medallist. Callum Woodham also won Gold at the qualifying event, but is to young to take part in the Sheffield finals.

At a Samurai Mini-me event, Kayden Rudman took a Gold, and at the Yate Star event Callum Woodham and Jack Terry both took Gold medals.

At an event in Wales, Tommy Sheerin won the the first of his three Gold medals within a week. His second came at the Samurai green and under event, which was followed by his third at an event in Coventry. The Samurai green and under was particularly successful for the Dowty Club. As well as Tommy's Gold, Callum Woodham also took Gold, and then there were Silvers for Kayden Rudman, Scott Bedford, Edward Holder, and Helena Harvey, with Jack Terry taking a Bronze.

As well as these Junior successes, Senior John Lockey has achieved a significant success in his quest for the coveted Black belt by completing the required competitive points tally at a Grading in Worcester. John now has to complete the theory requirements of his Dan grade in order to complete his promotion and join son's Nathan and Noddy as Black belts at the Dowty Club.

I reported last year on a number of competition successes from the Counties Players, and I am pleased to report this year on another, if even more successful year in 2015. Our two leading competition Clubs in the County, Bradley Stoke and Stroud continue to lead the way on the competitive front with success at Area, National and International level. The successes are too numerous to mention them all, but Players.....

Here is the rest of Pete's report.

The Dowty Judo Club have held their 2015 awards evening. The event took place in the main Dowty Sports and Social Clubhouse, and was attended by some 90 Players, Junior and Senior, along with parents, guests and supporters of the Club. Pete opened the evening with his usual summary of the year both on and off the mat including an update on the fortunes of Dowty Sports and Social Ltd, which is the umbrella organisation under which the Judo Club operates. Pete reported on another good year for the Judo Club both from a membership point of view and various successes at the playing level which we will see rewarded during the evening. Pete emphasised that whilst competition success is rightly rewarded, the recreational player is also important to the overall fabric of the Club, and is also recognised.

The awards ceremony was followed by an American supper consisting entirely of food supplied by the Club's members, and then came the Quiz which over the years has acquired something of a legendary status and organized by Don Quinn and Bryan Butler.

The full list of Award winners was as follows:

Performance Awards:
Helena Harvey
Tommy Sheerin
Scott Bedford
Kayden Rodman
Edward Holder
Maria Ritchie
Martin Davies
Chris Andrews
Callum Woodham
Seb Kazmeirski

Spirit of Judo Awards :
Goshia Jurgielewicz
Cornelia Smith

Achievement Awards :
Bryan Butler
Dean Douglas

Players Player Awards:
Tommy Sheerin
Dean Douglas

Keith Wolvendale Shield:
Mike Woodham

Paul Chadwick Shield:
Don Quinn