THREE members of Broughty Ferry’s Ippon Judo Club journeyed to Newcastle for a graded competition and came away with a haul of three medals, two of which were gold.
The results were particularly impressive in that two of the three fighters were entering their first contests.
The three fighters, Dave Lloyd, Val Duke and Trevor Jones, arrived in Newcastle just before lunchtime along with coach Dave Hammond and another car load of travelling support.
Orange belt Trevor, from Carnoustie, was lucky to have his pool called early. Stepping up to the plate, he quickly settled down and despatched his first opponent with a strangle.
Each fight thereafter his confidence grew as he made more and more attacks, seeing off three more opponents to take gold in his category.
Next up was Dave Lloyd, also of Carnoustie, in a heavyweight category. Dave’s fights, against far more experienced and bigger judoka took longer to sort out, but eventually he came away from the group undefeated, clutching a gold medal.
The club’s final contestant, Val, who had travelled straight from work, suffered an early defeat in his first fight but managed to put that behind him to completely dominate his next opponent before he came away with a silver medal.
Dave Hammond beamed: “I was very pleased with the results and the way the three of them fought.
“Newcastle is a hotbed of quality judo and the competition was tough.”
The success has enthused the three and with extra training scheduled and a summer school to attend in August they will be ready for further contests later in the year.
Dundee Ippon train at Forthill Sports Centre, Broughty Ferry, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Anybody wishing to join in, whether beginner or experienced, can call Dave Hammond on 07525451454 or Jo Philips on 07753637473.