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GRIFFITHS PINS DOWN ANOTHER TITLE.
Source : Carmarthen Journal, Wednesday, 15th June 1994.
They competed against defending National Champions and experienced Welsh Internationals. Every part of Wales was represented at this National competition, organised by the Welsh Judo Association, allotting the Welsh team managers the opportunity of assessing the available talent.
In the Young Menís category (under 19 years) Carmarthen has two competitors, Ceri Griffiths, 17, of Rhydargaeau in the open weight category group and Alun Evans, 18, of Llangunnor in the under 65kg category.
Ceri, a bronze medallist in last yearís championships, fought well and in an early round beat an established Welsh International, clinching a place in the final.
In the final he came up against a very talented opponent, the current British Schools Champion, which made for a very explosive fight.
Ceri has a score of Yuko (5 points) awarded against him but came back and threw his opponent for Wazari (7 points).
From this throw Ceri held him down for a submission (Ippon 10 points) becoming Welsh International Champion for 1994.
Alun had very strong competitors in his weight group, including Welsh internationals and Welsh squad members. However, he showed excellent competitive spirit to win a place in the final round. It was here that experience told and Alun lost to the eventual Welsh Champion by Ippon.
The senior competition started later in the day and saw three competitors from Carmarthen in the line up Ė Wayne Green of Llangunnor, Andrew Evans of Llangunnor and Kevin Thomas of St. Clears.
Wayne took part in the under 71kg category, this weight group having one of the largest number of entries of the day. The entries were divided into two pools, the winner and runner up in each pool fighting for the medal positions.
Wayne found the competition was very good but after some spirited judo found himself in a three way tie. He entered the fight-offs for positions and won a bronze medal.
Andrew had probably the hardest group of the day in the under 78kg weight category, there was a large entry of very talented and experienced fighters. Despite losing his first fight he came back and won his second by Ippon.
His next opponent was a very experienced International and Andrew gave a good account of himself but failed, on this occasion, to clinch a place in the final rounds.
The unluckiest competitor of the day was surely Kevin Thomas fighting in the under 95kg weight group. Kevin aggravated an old shoulder injury in the first minute of his first contest and was forced to retire from the championships.