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    2014 News

    End of Year Awards and Report

    End of Year Report.pdf  

    Year End Awards
    Judoka of the Year - Kyle Flannery
    Best Effort - Joe Carroll &Joseph Robertson
    Most improved Students - Kieron Hardaker &Jack Dugdale
    Most Successful Judoka - Jack Ross

  • 20 Dec End of Year Party, Wallsend

  • 06-14 Dec BJA British Championship, Sheffield

    Jack Ross and Leah Anastasi took partin the British Championships, Cadets and Juniors, both gave good performances against the best fighters in the country.

    Jack pictured fighting Sam Hall, the number one Junior in the UK and second seeded Senior only to Ashley Mckenzie...
    Jr Gold Medallist and SR Silver medallist....

    Leah pictured fighting Jodie Caller the number one Ranked Junior in the UK, who also took a Silver in the Seniors the next day

    06 Dec Judo Course & Grading, Wallsend

    30 Nov BJA Kendal Graded competition

    Seven students from Battlehill Judo Club competed in the Coloured Belt and Black Belt Championship at Kendal recently with some great results.
    First up were the juniors where Jenni Francis, Ellie Hutton and Sean Young won all of their fights each taking away Gold medals for their efforts.
    Although Kieran Hardaker came up against competitors of much higher grades, he put in a great effort and claimed the Bonze medal in a hard fought pool.
    The seniors were up later in the day with Paul Coupland and John Stone up against each other in the Men's Kyu Grade Open. Paul just managed to get the better of John in a close fought fight to take the Silver medal with John finishing in a well deserved third place for the Bronze medal.
    Finally it was Leah Anastasi's turn to take to the mat, she was a glutton for punishment and entered both the Women's Kyu Grade Open and also stepped up to enter the Women's Dan Grade Open. Leah did amazingly well and came away with Bronze medals in both categories bringing a final medal tally for the day to 3 Gold, 1 Silver and 4 Bronze

    16 Nov Battlehill Novice Competition, Seghill Cramlington

    Battlehill Judo clubs hosted an open Judo competition at Seghill, Cramlington which was a great success with 9 clubs in attendance. The event was purely for novice students with less than 12 months of Judo experience

    Gold Silver Bronze 4th
    u8 Girls u22kg Diana Morasan Taylor Chrisp Kasey Patten
    u8 Girls u33kg Emily Mitchell Shaylin Burns Riuth Davies
    u8 Boys u21kg Barry Dobson Charlie Hutton Tom Common Josh Sayers
    U8 Boys u24kg Steven Fawkes Ronnie Hamison Lewis Anderson Ashton Gradwell
    U8 Boys u26kg Jack Dougdale Dylan Bewick Ethan Burton Liam Doughy
    U8 Boys u30kg Joe McGrinty Ewen Henderson Sam Armstrong
    U8 Boys u32kg Daniel Morasan Rhys Hardaker Callum Sanderson
    U8 Boys u39kg Ian McMornie Corey Needham James Cooper Jack Gibson
    U12 Boys u26kg Joe Carrol Paul Thompson George Pattison Oliver Short
    U12 Boys u27kg Lewis Burton Madox Fuller Daniel Jarvie Jackson Ord
    U12 Boys u36kg Ben Grimwade Owen Hardwker Oliver Anderson "Big" BillyBone
    U12 Boys u53kg Joseph Robertson William Nicholson Marcus Robson Callum Milner
    U12 Girls u26kg Jenni Francis Romy Dunlop Millie Haynes
    U12 Girls u34kg Emma Kerry Anna Redshaw Rachel Bate
    U12 Girls u50kg Danielle Fitzpatrick Jessica Bate Mollie Lovatt
    U16 Girls u50kg Hanah Kerry

    Medal Tally Gold Silver Bronze 4th
    Battlehill Judo Club 7 5 0 0
    Crawcrook judo Club 5 3 5 0
    Fordley Judo Kwai 2 1 2 2
    Butokokan Judo Club 1 3 4 1
    Westgate Judo Club 1 0 1 1
    Seghill Judo Club 0 2 0 3
    Juno Mich Judo Club 0 1 0 0
    Terminus Judo Club 0 0 2 1
    Washington Judo Club 0 0 1 0

    Sun 16th Nov BJA Southlands Judo Comp, Middlesbourgh

    The club had two competitors who travelled to the event, both performing excellent judo to secure gold medals. Ellie Hutton in the u12 years 6th mon event and Jack Ross in the u16's cetegory.

  • Sun 26th Oct Judo Course with Olympian Karina Bryant

  • Judo students and coaches from multiple organizations travelled from across the country to attend a Judo master class at the Parks leisure center, North Shields where they were put through their paces by soon to be five time Olympian Karina Bryant.
    Karina Bryant is one of the UK’s most successful heavyweight female fighters. After a prolific judo career as a junior player, in which she won two Junior World Championships and one European Junior Championship, Karina Bryant made the tricky transition from junior to senior level judo almost effortlessly when she won her first senior European title in1998. She is a 5 time world silver medalist and two time bronze medalist. She is also a four time European champion. Tall and strong, yet also skilful, Bryant’s repertoire of techniques include a powerful Tsuri-goshi, Tani-otoshi and Tsuri-komi-ashi. In 2003 Karina was voted European female judo player of the year and was in the Sunday Times top ten sportswomen of the year. The pinnacle of her career came when she competed in her 4th Olympic games in London in 2012 where she took an Olympic Bronze medal. Karina took time out of her hectic schedule to travel to the north east for this course before she sets off to Australia to train for her fifth Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
    Dermot Heslop (British Judo Association Technical Officer) 6th Dan travelled from York for the event and stated “It is an honour to train with such a prestigious judoka who is a credit to her sport”.
    The event was organized by Simon McKenzie from and was a great boost for the area.

  • Sun 9th Nov BJC NCYP, North Shields
  • Students from Battlehill Judo club took part in the annual Northumberland clubs for young people’s judo competition held at the Parks Leisure centre in North Shields. There were over 120 competitors taking part in the event and Battlehill had a fabulous days outing returning with a clutch of 13 medals from 17 entrants.

    Primary (under 10 years) results Owen Hardaker runner up, Batman runner up, Joseph Robertson Bronze, Shaylin Burn Silver, Jenni Francis Gold, Joe Flaherty Gold, Charlie Hutton Silver, Finn Obrian runner up, Ellie Hutton Gold
    Junior results Jack Ross Gold, Kieron Hardaker Gold, Sean Young runner up, Kieran Jackson Bronze, Kyle Flannery Silver, Kieran Tweedy Bronze
    Senior results StoneyG 4th place, Leah Anastasi Silver. Pictured:Charlie Hutton, StoneyG, Ellie Hutton, Shaylin Burn, Leah Anastasi, Joseph Robertson, Jenni Francis, Jack Ross, Sean Young, Kieron Hardaker, Kyle Flannery. Joe Flaherty and Owen Hardaker.

    19-Oct Newcastle Stampede

    14 coaches and students took part in the Newcastle stampede, a 10K cross country adventure designed to push everyone to the limit. With unique and challenging obstacles designed by the Outdoor Fitness Company, 103 Field Squadron and 21 Engineer Regiment to push you to your limit.
    The team entered the event in crisp white judo suits and found a quick shortcut from white belt to black belt. All monies raised by the club will be in aid of the British heart foundation.
    Pictured (bottom row) Cheryl Harris, Leah Anastasia, Mohamed Gadema, Malcolm Young, Will Heavens, Kieran Tweedy, Kev Corden (Top row) Steve Smith, Paul Coupland, Simon Carter, "Big" BillySnowdon, Mohammad Barootkobian, Simon McKenzie, Tony Harvey

  • 18-Oct Butokukan Competition, Newbiggin
  • A great club result with 6 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze awards.

    Gold Awards to David McMorine, Kieran Hardaker, Shaylin Burn, Jack Ross, Joe Flaherty and Ellie Hutton
    Silver Awards To John Lloyd, Danielle Fitzpatrick, Kieran Tweedy, Charlie Hutton, Kieran Jackson and Ian McMorine
    Bronze Awards to Sean Young, Joseph Carroll and Jenni Francis
    Runners up Joseph Robertson and Kyle Flannery

    Total fight count = 37 wins , 13 losses , Great day had by all

    11th-Oct BJA Great North Open, Gateshead

    Well Done to everyone who competed in the Great North Open, which saw over 250 top quality players travel to the area to compete in the 3 and 4 star BJA Event.

    Kieran Tweedy Gold - Higher Grade Boys Group 4, Liam Banks Bronze - Higher Grade Boys Group 4, Simon Carter Silver - Masters Men Under 81kg, Leah Anastasi 5th Place - Senior Women Under 57kg, Jack Ross 7th Place - Cadet Boys Under 60kg

    Full results from the day can be found here...

    27-Sept, BJA Northern Open, Newcastle

    The North East open Judo championship held at Westgate Centre of Sport, Newcastle was well attended by over 100 competitors from numerous organisations including British Judo Council and British Judo Association. Battlehill Judo club based in Wallsend were well supported with nineteen students in attendance.

    In the under 10 years Primary events, Shaylin burn won a Silver in u22kg category, siblings Owen and Reece Hardaker took runner up and bronze awards in the u28 and u32 categories respectively. Ian McMorine gained a bronze award in the u36kg event, and Ben Smith runner up in the boys u32kg. Joseph Robertson and Joe Flaherty were both undefeated in their pools, and met in the final of the o36kg group, Joseph winning the Gold and Joe the silver. Jenny Francis won three from three contests to secure the gold in the u25kg category,

    Over 10 years and under 16 years saw Kieran Jackson giving away 5kg to compete in u35kg event with team mate Shaun Young and gave a good performance, both receiving runner up awards. Chloe Harris took runner up in the u40kg group, whilst Kyle Flannery secured a bronze in the u55kg. Ellie Hutton lost in the final of the u35kg category and gained a silver award. Jack Ross and Kieran Hardaker entered the boys o60kg event, Kieran fighting players with far greater experience, was not deterred and gave a fine performance, whilst Jack was clinical in winning four from four contests with Ippon (maximum points) to claim the gold medal.

    Seniors Will Heavens and Simon Carter were in a pool of eight players in the u81kg section. Both team mates demonstrated a great knowledge of the sport winning four contests, Simon was able to reach the final where he was narrowly defeated to return with Silver. Lea Anastasi secured 4th place in the senior ladies u73kg group

    26-Jul, Weekend Course, Barrasford

    Students from Battlehill Judo Club were joined by Seghill and Fordley Judo clubs for their annual Judo weekend at Barrasford, Northumberland. Culminating in a family BBQ with Students, coaches and parents.

    22-Jun, Destination Judo Training Course, Durham

      15-Jun, BJA Graded Competition, Kendal

      Kieran Hardaker 65kg Silver Kieran tweedy 60kg Bronze Sean young 32kg Bronze Kyle Flannery 58kg Bronze John stone 92kg Bronze Jack Ross Silver Silver Leah Anastasia Gold

      14-Jun, BJC Novice Competition, Wallsend

      Joe Flaharty 4w gold u41 Cheryl Harris 1w gold Senior Ladies, Kieran Jackson 1w 2L bronze u35, Ben Smith 2w 1L bronze u30, Rhys Hardaker 2w 1L bronze u30, Finn OBrian 3L bronze u26, Joseph Carroll 3w gold u24, David McMorine 2w 1L silver u98, Tony Harvey 1w 1L silver u78, Danielle Fitzpatrick 2w gold u48, Owen Hardaker 4w 1L gold u27, Ian McMorine 2L bronze u34, Ewan Gray 3w gold u32, Luke McMurry 2L bronze u40, Kieran Hardaker 3w gold o48, Kyle Flannery 2w 1L silver o48, Ella Tait 2w 1L silver, Catherine Martin 1w 1L silver, Saffron Gadema 2w gold o48, Jasmin Gadema 4w gold, Shaylin Burn 2w 1L silver

      07-Jun, BJC Open Championship, Westgate Road

      Sean young 31kg 4th place
      Kyle Flannery 58kg Bronze
      Kieran Tweedy 59kg Gold
      Jack Ross 58kg Gold

      Simon Carter 83kg Silver, Open Bronze
      John Stone 92kg Silver
      Leah Anastasi Bronze

      18-May, AJA East Midlands low & Open Grade Comp, Leicester

      Students from Battlehill Judo Club took a 400 mile round trip to attend the Amateur Judo Association's Junior & Senior Championship in Leicester.
      The championship was very well attended with over 200 competitors in attendance from Amateur Judo Association (AJA), British Judo Council (BJC) and British Judo Association (BJA) clubs.
      Sixteen students took part, returned with a fabulous medal tally of 5 Bronze, 4 Silver and 5 Gold.
      Six year old Shaylin Burn gave a brave performance in the u25kg event, whilst her brother Sean Young had 4 straight wins and was defeated in the final to take the Silver in the u35kg group, Murray Cairns also in the same group showed some good judo but narrowly missed the final stages.
      Daniel Dizyee and Kieran Jackson were both in a group of over 30 people in the boys u30kg event, both demonstrated great skill to win Silver and Bronze respectively.
      Joe Flaherty was the smallest and youngest in a group of 10 in the u40kg category, but that did not prevent him from winning 2 from 4 contests to take the Bronze award.
      Kieran Hardaker was undefeated in the novice boys over 50kg to secure the Gold, whilst Harvey Cairns took a Bronze in the u45kg.
      Chloe Harris won 3 from 4 contests to win a Silver in a large group of u40kg girls, whilst her mother, Cheryl Harris won all 3 fights in her first ever competition to take the gold medal.
      Jack Ross and Kieran Tweedy competed in the under 57kg & over 57kg groups respectively, each with tough groups but both winning 3 contests to secure two more gold medals for the club, 15 year old Jack also entered the senior men's category and after another four contests against experienced players he gained a Bronze award.

      Leah Anastasi took the Bronze medal in a tough group of senior ladies.
      Our three senior men were unfortunate to be in the same pool, with 5 men in the over 90kg category competing for the honours.
      Mohammad Barootkobian, Simon Mckenzie and John Stone had seven wins between them to take all the honours with Gold, Silver and Bronze medals respectively.
      This is the first time the club has attended this event, and all players did the club and the North East proud with some excellent Judo.

    • 15-May, South Shields Judo Club Competition
    • Ewan Grey Gold
      Kieran Hardaker Gold
      Kyle Flannery Bronze

      13-Apr, BJA Develop Comp South Shields

      1st Place Saffron Gadema, Kieran Hardaker, Will Heavens, Dave McMorine
      2nd place Kyle Flannery, Chloe Harris, Sean Young
      3rd Place Kieran Jackson, Ewan Grey, Alex Thompson, Mo Gadema, John Stone
      4th Place Cameron Grey, Jasmin Gadema

      12-Apr, Chloe Cowen Junior Course, Wallsend

      Great Judo Course at Churchill with Olympian Chloe Cowen,with 48 students and coaches

      30-Mar, BJC Graded Competition, Benfield Road

      Runner Up Awards to Owen Hardaker, Isaac Thompson, Medhansh Guar and James Lowden
      Bronze Awards to Daniel Dizyee, Shaylin Burn, Luke McMurray, Sean Young and Chloe Harris
      4th place to Finn Obrien and Alex Thompson
      Silver Awards to Kieran Jackson, Kyle Flannery and John Stone
      Gold Awards to Joe Flaherty, Kieran Hardaker and Danielle Fitzpatrick

      16th Mar, Judo Course & Grading, Wallsend

      30 students from Battlehill & Seghill Judo clubs attended a Judo course at Churchill Community College run by "Big" BillySnowden & Kevin Corden.
      Students were also examined for promotion by Malcolm Young, Steve Smith & Simon McKenzie.
      Junior Promotions were
      Kano 1 Shaylin Burn, Rhys Hardaker
      Kano 2 Jack Dugdale, Terry Harvey, Dylan Kemeling, Matthew Doris, Ben Smith, Megan Coupland, Owen Hardaker
      Kano 4 Finn O'Brian, Joe Flaherty
      Kano 6 Isaac Thompson
      Kano 7 Daniel Dizyee

      1st Mon Murray Cairns
      2nd Mon Kieran Hardaker, Kieran Jackson
      3rd Mon Luke Devall-McMurray, Yussef Gadema, Jasmin Gadema
      4th Mon Chloe Harris
      6th Mon Kyle Flannerly, Sean Young, Saffron Gadema
      11th Mon Chris Sayers
      Senior Promotions
      5th Kyu Carrie Patterson, "Big" BillyCorulla, Cheryl Harris
      Will Heavens and Paul Coupland also completed their first stage of BJA 1st Kyu (Brown Belts).

      15th Mar, BJA Strength & Conditioning Course, North Shields

      Sam Dunkley International GB Player and Strength and Conditioning Expert, BJA Technical Officer hosted the course which was attended by Mala Young, Kev Corden, Steve Smith & Simon McKenzie

      10th Mar, Neil adams Course, Gateshead

      14 Students from Battlehill attended the course organised by Destination Judo, always a privaledge to be coached by the best Judoka GB has ever had.

      23rd Feb, BJA Graded Competition, Kendal

      Kendal Judo Club hosted their BJA Open Coloured Belt Competition for novices through to Black belts, and Battlehill Judo Club joined 190 competitors from England and Scotland taking part. Sean Young won all three contests in the boys u30kg to secure a Gold Medal, Luke Deval McMurray won three from four contests to win Silver in the boys u35 event. Jack Ross and Kieran Tweedy both competed in the boys u60kg category, Jack winning all three contests to secure Gold, whilst Kieran won three from five contests in a close pool to gain the Silver award. Mohammad Barootkobian entered the Black Belt open and was competing against international GB players, he gave a fine performance to gain a bronze award. John Stone was undefeated in the senior men o95kg category winning all three contests to gain a very hard fought Gold medal. Bronze medals were also won by Megan Moody, Kieran Hardaker, Chloe Harris, Kieran Jackson, Connor McKenzie, Saffron Gadema, James Lowden, Chris Sayers.

      9th Feb, BJA Nottinghamshire Red Belt Rumble

      Seven competitors travelled to Nottingham for this event, Kieran Hardaker winning Silver whilst Chloe Harris, Harvey Cairns, Murray Cairns, Kieran Jackson & Luke DevalMcMurray all took Bronze awards.

      25th Jan, BJA Kendal Team Event

      Battlehill entered two teams in the event, Dan grade team of Florian Cerbelle, Mohammad Barootkobian & "Big" BillySnowdon who took the Bronze award. The Kyu grade team of Paul Coupland, Will Heavens, John Stone and joining us from Fordley Judo Kwai Graham Madderson, gave a good performance to take the Silver Award

      19th Jan, BJA Nottinghamshire Orange Belt Competition

      Students gave a great performance at an event which had reached its capacity.
      Joe Moody was undefeated in the u24kg event to gain the Gold award, whilst his sister Megan lost one fight to return with Silver. Sean young missed his weightcategory by 0.1kg so had to enter the higher u34kg event, where he reached the last 8 from a pool of 17