Channel Island Championships 2016


Thirty-nine junior (under 16 years of age) boys and girls fought out the recent Channel Islands Junior Championships at the Grammar School Dojo of the Guernsey Judo Club. Thirteen entries were from Jersey (5 from Torakan and 8 from the Jersey Judo club).

The standard of judo throughout the day was excellent, drawing praise from the coaches from both islands. A total of 50 bouts took place over the four hours of the tournament with, thankfully, only a few minor bumps and bruises but also many happy youngsters standing on the winner’s rostrum to collect their well deserved medals. 

The highlight of the day was the rematch of the recent Hampshire Championships with the gold medallist from Guernsey, Howard Joyce, and the runner up at that event, Jersey’s, Kieran Le Mottee.

Joyce was about to catch a plane later that afternoon in order to represent Hampshire at the Southern Areas Inter-Counties Team Championship in Worthing the next day, nevertheless, as expected, no quarter was given and at the end of a very close bout Howard once again proved that he had just that little bit more determination than his very good opponent and won a very entertaining match.

There were many more notable gold medal winners for Guernsey, Alexander Stewart at Under 30 kilos winning all 4 of his fights, with older brother Freddie also taking home gold at under 38 kilos.

At under 34 kilos there was a tremendous result for Lorcan Gallagher, pulling off some spectacular techniques, winning all of his 3 bouts against three Jersey opponents to gain the gold medal for Guernsey.

Lewis Bourgaize has improved considerably over the past few months, mostly down to the coaching from English Open Junior (under 21’s) Champion, Louis Plevin. The experience Lewis gained when winning a bronze medal in Hampshire recently resulted in a storming display of positive judo, knocking over all four of his opponents in quick time to win the gold medal, matching sister Grace who won hers earlier in the day.

The Jersey contingent won 5 of the 16 gold medals at stake, with the Guernsey judo club gaining the remaining 11, thereby retaining the CI Trophy for yet another year.

For many of the Guernsey competitors this was their first experience of competitive judo, especially the younger girls, but they all put up creditable performances and they should be proud that they took part in what was a very daunting introduction to the world of judo fighting.

Tournament Director and head coach of the Guernsey Judo Club, Mitch Agnelli, said he was delighted with the overall result and that the standard of judo and the spirit in which they were fought bodes well for the future of Channel Island judo. Thanks to all the Referees and Table officials who all gave up their time to help run the event.