Rod Lane Memorial


The Rod Lane Memorial competition proved a medal fest for Guernsey Judo club coach, Ady Carre. The tournament held recently at the Samurai Judo club which is situated just outside Kidderminster attracted around 50 competitors from a number of clubs around the Birmingham area including two squads from Warwick and Sheffield Universities.

Competing first in the under 90 kilos, Carre came through in second place, winning a well deserved Silver medal.

However, in what should have been a time to recuperate before the start of the Open weight category, the organisers asked for volunteers to compete in the Over 90 kilos category as there were only two heavyweights entered. To the amazement of GJC head coach, Mitch Agnelli, Ady stepped forward and offered himself to fight the two judoka, both of whom tipped the scales at around 135 Kilos. However, undaunted at giving away almost 75% of his bodyweight, Ady put in a credible performance proving that all his efforts over the past year preparing Louis Plevin for the Commonwealth Games were not wasted.

Despite some fairly crude attacks from his two massive opponents, resulting in bruised and bloodied shins and ankles, Ady was presented with a Bronze medal from the organisers in recognition for his true fighting spirit, in accordance with the ethos of the Japanese samurai.

The Open category had some 30 entries who fought off two round robins and after 6 bouts, winning two in good style, Ady earned himself a further Bronze medal.

To sum up, Ady Carre had a total of 10 bouts over a period of 4 hours adding three medals to the British Masters Bronze gained only a month previously.