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Samurai continue successful streak
4:36pm Sunday 1st June 2014 in Sport
WORCESTERSHIRE’S Samurai club celebrate their 35th anniversary next Sunday with an annual get-together.
Former members are invited to come along to the Zortech Avenue premises in Kidderminster and renew old acquaintances.
The judo session starts at 10am before sports and social events in the afternoon.
Success on the judo mat continues for Samurai as Leah Grosvenor and Bryony Griffiths stormed to gold medals at the London Open Championships, while Nathan Gallacher bagged silver.
Grosvenor has looked in imperious form this year with golds at the Midlands and Scottish Open and only lost in the British Schools Championships final.
With that player having moved up a weight group, the Worcestershire girl looks untouchable and started with a demolition of a Pinewood player before a spectacular win against a Wolverhampton opponent.
A Hampshire rival was also beaten well to put Grosvenor into the final against a girl from Tonbridge.
In her closest contest, it was still one-way traffic and Grosvenor’s opponent picked up penalties for negative play, which secured gold for the Samurai player.
Griffiths took her first gold in a British cadet ranking event, moving her up to sixth place in the national rankings.
She had a comfortable route with maximum-point wins and was dominant in the final, scoring twice with no reply.
Gallacher could have made the under 34kg group but decided to move to under 38kg as preparation for moving into the cadets in autumn.
After beating Dorset and London opponents, he scored a winning throw against a Berkshire player to meet a Leicestershire rival in the final.
Despite dominating and going a score up, Gallacher suffered a lapse of concentration and his opponent rolled over to hold him.
Frankie Marston beat London and Berkshire players but paid for a single mistake against a Surrey girl and finished fifth.
Rob Alloway was fifth too, while Worcester Judo Club’s Sian Bobrowska won bronze with a determined display.