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Tatum shoots up the judo world rankings

Posted on Friday 20th April 2018 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Tatum Keen, wearing her Croatia Cadet Cup silver medal, with coach Pete Douglas.

Bradley Stoke Judo Club player Tatum Keen has shot up from 90th to 18th in the world rankings following an outstanding silver medal-winning performance at a prestigious international competition in Croatia.

The success has come despite Tatum suffering a serious knee injury at the Adidas International Judo Cup in The Hague last November. Overcoming injury and illness, Tatum battled through to become British champion for the third time and then gain selection for the GB Identification Squad, entitling her to attend European Cadet Cup events.

On the second weekend in March, Tatum travelled as one of only seven girls in the England squad, and the only 52kg, to attend the Croatia Cadet Cup in Zagreb, one of the most well-known tournaments for young judokas worldwide, having grown from 220 participants to more than 800 judokas from 36 countries.

Tatum was ranked 90th in the world before going to the competition, out of 50 girls entered into her weight category, and was in pool C with the number 3 seed. Her first fight was against a strong Austrian who had previously won a European medal. After a tough fight where Tatum nearly got caught with a big throw, she managed to hold the girl down and win to get through to the second round.

In her second fight, Tatum came up against a very tall Serbian, but she won with an arm-lock and progressed to the third round, which was her highest achievement so far in a Cadet Cup.

Next, Tatum came up against the number 3 seed from Israel. The fight was a tough battle and went into ‘golden score’. With a change of tactics, Tatum managed to throw her opponent and won in the fight, therefore progressing to the pool final. Here, she came up against another strong Israeli and managed to win this fight with a confident display of judo, thereby winning her pool and unbelievably progressing to the semi-final, where she was up against the number 1 seed from Italy who is an excellent strong fighter and had looked confident all day. Tatum attacked and looked confident throughout the fight and with just over a minute left to go, she managed to hold down her opponent and win the fight.

In the final, she came up against the number 2 seed from Austria and after a good battle, she was eventually held down by the stronger, more experienced player and came away with the silver medal.

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Local judo club successful at home and abroad

Posted on Saturday 8th October 2016 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Judo Club under-12s on a training and fun weekend in Devon.

A report by Nathan Young, secretary of Bradley Stoke Judo Club.

Firstly, we would like to congratulate the Thornbury judoka and friend of the club Sally Conway on her fantastic bronze at the Rio Olympics. Sally produced some fantastic judo and was very unlucky not to find herself in the gold medal fight. Sally is a true inspiration to our members.

Unlike most sports clubs the judo club operates all the way through the summer, with a full schedule of events in the calendar. We have had a great turn out at our training sessions with record numbers in attendance especially on a Thursday evening. On the competition front it has been full on with members of the club travelling to Spain, Poland, Berlin, Croatia and many parts of the UK for the domestic events.

In Europe, we had several players take part in the top level Junior European Cup fixtures in Spain and Poland with great success. Steph Walker travelled to Spain and brought home a bronze medal and this was followed up by Lele Nairne bringing home a bronze from the Junior Cup in Poland. This was a great achievement as this was Lele’s first competition back after 16 months out injured with a leg injury. Pete Miles also attended the cup in Poland and came back with a 7th place. Roy Walker travelled to Croatia to take part in the European Veterans’ Cup and also came back with a 7th place in a very tough tournament.

On the domestic front, Bradley Stoke continued to deliver fantastic results at the West of England Open Championships in July, bringing home numerous medals in the under-12, 15, 18 and senior categories. The club were also proud to have three of our judoka selected for the 2016 UK School Games that took place at the end of August in Loughborough. Tatum Keen and Eleanor Young were selected for England and Sam Ashton was selected for Wales. Tatum Keen produced the judo of the weekend, winning gold for England in the under 48kg category. Tatum was the youngest in the group at 14 but defeated opponents that compete in the under-18 and 21 age groups. One of the opponents Tatum defeated recently won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Judo Championships in South Africa in the under-21 category. Tatum then won a bronze medal in the team event. Eleanor Young battled to a well-deserved bronze in the under-63kg despite having to contend with illness on the day. Sam Ashton came away with 5th place for Wales in a very tough group.

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Judo black belt for 15-year-old Eleanor Young

Posted on Friday 15th May 2015 at 12:04 am by SH (Editor)

Bradley Stoke Judo Club's Eleanor Young (2nd from left) is presented with her black belt.

Bradley Stoke Judo Club has grown significantly over the past couple of years and is proud to boast members who attend from as far afield as Wales, Swindon, Bath, Weston, Cirencester and Cheddar. However, nothing pleases the club coaches more than when locally based members achieve success and reach new levels of excellence.

The latest club member to achieve this is 15-year-old Bradley Stoke resident Eleanor Young who obtained her 1st Dan black belt at a recent national competitive grading in High Wycombe. In Judo you are only able to obtain your black belt once you reach 15 years of age and it is one of the few martial arts where you have to competitively fight to achieve the required level.

On the day, Eleanor was one of the youngest girls with many of the other competitors being in their 20s and 30s, so she had a tough task ahead of her. At a competitive grading, a fighter needs to successfully complete a two stage trial before they can claim their black belt.

In the first stage, Eleanor was required to beat two opponents by the maximum ippon score to qualify for the 2nd stage 3 fight line up. In the 2nd stage she was required to fight three competitors in quick succession with no rest and defeat them all by the maximum ippon score. Any failure to obtain a win by ippon would have meant instant elimination, but thankfully Eleanor’s skill meant she achieved a fantastic result.

Eleanor started her Judo career at the age of 9 at Baileys Court Primary as part of the club’s school programme. From there she moved up to main club and has gone from strength to strength, winning many medals at home and abroad. She is currently a member of the England Under-18 Squad and recently competed at the European Cadet Cup in Berlin.

Photo: Eleanor Young (2nd from left) is presented with her black belt.

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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BSTFC teams progress to next round of cup

Posted on Wednesday 25th September 2013 at 9:02 am by Connor Summers

Bradley Stoke Town FC.

The Bradley Stoke Town FC (BSTFC) A and B teams have both progressed to the next round of the cup following their matches last weekend.

The game between the A Team and Filton Athletic took place on the top field of the Jubilee Centre. A successful game for the A team, the final score ending up 4-3, and beating a team two divisions above (Filton coming from Division One of the Bristol and Suburban League). Chris Sheppard, Adam Gardiner and Dave Dinely scoring the goals for the A Team.

The B Team beat Cosmos Reserves 4-1. Frank P got the first goal for the Bradley Stoke team, setting them on their way for the rest of the game. Mike Tait then took his chance well to give the team a two goal cushion. Luis took the third goal for the team before half time, putting the game to bed – a well taken goal with some excellent build up play to create the chance.

Manager Steve Kerton must have said something right, as, with eight minutes left to play, Bradley Stoke went 4-0 up before a consolation goal for Cosmos brought the final score to 4-1.

There was one other game at Bradley Stoke this weekend as the First Team took on high-flying rivals Hambrook in a close game that ended in a 2-2 draw, Lukas Kavoukas and captain Tom Smyth taking both of the goals for Hambrook, in amongst the Bradley Stoke goals that were scored by Nathan Corney, with a well taken finish at the back post and Adam Townsend, who shot through a small crowd into the bottom corner. After a brief fight for the win, the final whistle went and the points were shared.

Youth football

• Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under-12s 0-3 Frampton Rangers

• Bradley Stoke Youth FC 1-0 Saltford Stars

• Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under-11s Colts 1-3 Ashton Boys

• Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under-11s Juniors 1-4 Dearswood

• Bradley Stoke Youth FC Under-10s Wasps 4-10 Stoke Lane Athletic

• Bradley Stoke United Under-13s 1-10 Henbury Colts

• Bradley Stoke United Under-11s 3-4 Bath City Youth

• Bradley Stoke United Under-10s 4-1 Ashton Boys

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