Golden girl Georgia shines for Ford
17:30 20 February 2014
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.”