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29-Nov-2010   -   Southend International Open 2010

The Southend International open  is a British C leval tournament that was held over the weekend of the 27th and 28th of November  in  Southend On Sea  U.K.

 Over 1200 competitors from Britain Europe and Asia took part in all age and weight divisions from U/14 to Seniors,  only one Australian competitor  Liam Yokoyama took part.

 This was Liam's final competition in Europe before returning home to Australia .

Liam was enterd in 2 age division, U/15 Saturday and U/17 on Sunday and weighed in in the  under 66kg division.

 On Saturday in a division with 16 competitors,  Liam faced 2  players on the way to the finals  who are on the England junior development squad and who recently medaled at the Junior British open.

 In the finals he was up against a player who recently took bronze at the Junior British Open in the 73kg division who had cut weight to make 66kg.

Like Liam this boy had won his pool and had scored some convincing wins against strong opposition.

 The final looked like being a closely fought match but in the end was won in very quick time by Liam who first scored wazari with a tai o toshi, yuko with ko uchi and finaly Ippon with Sode tsurikomi goshi  at 1:36, in a fine display of judo. 

 Sunday  Liam was entered into the U/17 66kg division and faced a field of 7 other  players in a 2 pools or 4 players each in  round robin format. To reach the finals you needed to win your pool and this Liam did winning  his 3 fights with ippon.

This put Liam at the top of his pool and into the finals where the top 4 players would battle it out for  medals and  place in the finals. 

 Liam won through to the finals and faced off against a young man who is ranked no 2 in the British Cadet (-17) 66kg ranking list.

The finals was hard fought and well played match and  both players fought well till full time  but unfortunatly Liam lost by 2 yuko's to his one.

 This brought Liam's medal tally for his three months in Europe to 1 Silver and 5 gold medals with a 7th place finish from a total of 7 competitions entered.


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