Golden girl Georgia shines for Ford

17:30 20 February 2014

Ford Judo Club's Georgia Howard tops the podium

Ford Judo Club's Georgia Howard tops the podium


Judoka impresses on Merseyside

Ford Judo Club’s Georgia Howard showed fine form to win gold at an event in Liverpool at the weekend.

After beginning with a good win in her opening under-36kg bout, when a failed attack from her opponent allowed Howard a good grappling opportunity, from which she pinned her rival on her back for 20 seconds, Howard lost her second fight to a Scottish rival.

That left her as runner-up in her group and facing the winner of the opposite group, another strong Scottish judoka, but Howard controlled the fight to claim victory and a place in the final.

Coach Bill Taylor said: “Georgia was fighting extremely well, learning from previous wins and losses.

“She is an intelligent girl and will always listen and act on coaching tips. In her final, Georgia had a young player who she trains with on a regular basis, so knew what to expect.

“A weak attack from Georgia put her in a vulnerable position but she managed to defend against a pin.

“A technical element was missing from Georgia’s attack and when I pointed that out she implemented it on her next attack to throw her opponent for a maximum 10-point win score. A well deserved gold medal.”

Clubmate James O’Shea, 15, competed in his own age group on Saturday and the older category the following day.

After a good first-round win in a GB ranking event, O’Shea came up against the eventual winner of the group and defeat sent him into the knockout round, where he lost to a golden score.

Taylor added: “James was giving away up to five years in age in the under-21 group but we had some technical improvements that needed to be worked on in a competitive situation which is quite hard to do in a club environment.

“I was really pleased with James’s efforts, he implemented all the points which were lacking the previous day.

“Although leading in his last fight with several scores, a slight lack of control saw his opponent finish the fight with a well-executed throw.

“I was really proud of the players this weekend, their judo is going from strength to strength.”


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