Search

Kavanagh is king at BUCS

16:30 27 February 2014

Matt Kavanagh BUCS

Matt Kavanagh BUCS

Archant

Ford Judo Club youngster wins gold

Ford Judo Club’s Matthew Kavanagh showed superb form to win gold at the British Universities and Colleges Sports finals in Sheffield.

Kavanagh stormed to victory in his first two under-81kg fights in a combined total of just 10 seconds, before throwing his quarter-final opponent and pinning him for 15 seconds.

That set up a semi-final meeting with an Olympic athlete from Ghana and Kavanagh fell behind to two small scores.

But the youngster kept his composure and concentration to earn a 10-point throw and memorable win.

It was a similar story in the final as Kavanagh came up with another 10-point throw to the delight of coach Bill Taylor who said: “Matthew injured his shoulder in December winning the Junior National Championships and was rested for quite a while.

“Although he did a ranking event two weekends ago he pulled out of after his first two wins as his shoulder was twinging.

“This was a great decision by Matt as it was completely rested for this event. Matt took part in the team event on the Sunday and although the team was under par due to injuries they still managed to win a bronze medal.

“Matthew had 12 fights over the weekend with all being 10-point knockouts, I don’t know anyone that could have matched that form, so impressive.”

Kavanagh and clubmate Kelly Staddon have both been selected to represent GB in Portugal next month and will be chasing ranking points to compete at the world championships.

Both are looking for sponsors to help them on the big stage and anyone interested in helping can contact Taylor at fordjudoclub@hotmail.co.uk.

0 comments

Latest Romford Sports News

16:20
Young girls attended a special football festival in east London (pic: @ContiUK)

East London event introduces youngsters to sport

16:00
Dagenham & Redbridge boss John Still addresses his squad after the win at Bromley (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers fan Daniel Law is writing a blog during the 2016/17 season

14:30
Leopards coach Steve Ogunjimi talks to his players (pic: Graham Hodges)

British guard Adeluola joins ranks

12:00
Oliver Hawkins already has 10 goals for Dagenham & Redbridge this season (pic: David Simpson/TGS Photo)

Daggers boss delights in sumptuous attacking displays from his leading man

Romford boss Paul Martin issues instructions (pic: George Phillipou/TGS Photo)

Bowers & Pitsea beat Boro 5-0 on Tuesday and the Ship Lane squad will have team meeting tonight to discuss poor start to new campaign

Yesterday, 22:17
Lakeside Hammers' Richard Lawson (pic: Rob Newell/TGSPHOTO)

Belle Vue 63 Lakeside Hammers 28

Yesterday, 19:45
Marshalls Park's under-14 girls

St Martin’s 1 Marshalls Park 4

Yesterday, 18:05
Hornchurch manager Jim McFarlane (pic: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Brentwood Town, Dagenham & Redbridge, Barking, Redbridge, Ilford, Romford and Billericay Town all discover fate

Newsletter Sign Up

Most read sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

News from your area

WW100

Click on the banner above for full coverage of the centenary commemorations of the outbreak of the First World War.

Competitions

Kit yourself out and go Apple mad!

If you’re obsessed with Apple or just love a good gadget, this is a prize that will blow you away! An incredible £3,333 to spend on Apple goodies! How would you like to be the proud new owner of the Apple Watch?

VW Golf Estate

As we grow older it becomes more and more important to have means to travel about safely and quickly. Our friendship groups and families grow and the need to have a car that is not only safe but also fast and big enough for all our needs is ever more important. There are many cars on the market for such needs but none deals with them as efficiently or as neatly as a VW Golf Estate. These cars are build strong, long lasting and spacious for a reason. They cater to the needs of many and are some of the most popular cars currently on the market.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Romford Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now