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Emyr secures another Welsh title.
Source : Geoff Griffiths, Saturday, July 18, 2009.
The only lady attending was Catrin Davies who fought in both the under 16 weight group and the senior open. In the junior competition she fought her way through the early rounds with no difficulty to reach the final. The final was a major battle with both fighters showing consummate skill but in the end Catrin lost out by the narrowest of margins to return with a silver medal. In the 16 years + age group Catrin put up a spectacular performance getting, once again, to the final. In the final she fought a seasoned competitor who finally managed to beat Catrin but she came back to Carmarthen with a senior silver medal.
Gareth Davies was in a very strong pool of under 55kg fighters, all of the finalists being Welsh Squad members, who showed some great skills on the judo mat. Gareth, unfortunately, was unable to put together a good enough run of throws and techniques to get into the final. However he showed grit and determination in getting the bronze medal.
Carl Downing was probably the unluckiest competitor when he injured his shoulder in the early rounds when fighting the world masters champion in under 81kg. He had to pull out prematurely when the shoulder began to give him trouble; he did however get to the bronze medal position.
Finally the last competitor was Emyr Ap Sion who was fighting in the under 73kg category. Again an injury dominated his thinking when he suffered from cramp of the legs in each of his fights. He gave of his best and found the going tougher than it should have been He fought through the early rounds in agony but made it through to the final where he met an experienced fighter. The final was a titanic struggle with each trying everything to get that winning throw or hold. It was a pleasure to see the final whistle and Emyr gaining the North Wales open crown.
Louise Beard, club coach, said "These championships were a tough test for these fighters and they came through with a determination which shows Carmarthen has strength in Judo. There are many within the Club who, I'm sure, will eventually emulate these young people and follow them through to success in competitions."