Southend International 2014


Commonwealth Games judo player Louis Plevin returned to the mat competitively at the Southend International which lived up to its name, attracting players from not only Great Britain, but also Sweden, Georgia and Holland.

Plevin, 17, is only recently back into serious training following his brief appearance at the Commonwealth Games and needed the competition to be hard as he will be competing in a months’ time at K2 Crawley in the Southern Area squad qualification event. However, Plevin was not disappointed,  in one of his bouts he fought a very tough player from Georgia who went on to win gold in the seniors and masters. Nevertheless, Plevin did well enough to take third equal and add yet another medal to his ever growing tally, plus 10 more points towards his 2nd Dan.

He also competed in the junior men (under 20s) and despite having to contend with bruising from the previous day, Plevin managed to pull off some good throws to win another bronze medal.

The masters section included Ady Carre, back in action again following his exploits at the British Masters Open Championships the previous weekend.

Having had to withdraw from the seniors the previous day due to an injury sustained at the British Masters, Carre still managed a number of close fought contests but he was obviously suffering from the effects of the previous weekend and was unable to add to the bronze medal he won in Kidderminster.

Angelo Dorey fared much better, defeating Mike Bisson, from Jersey, in his first bout and followed this up with a good win against a Belgium player which was enough to gain him a silver medal.

Many new contacts were forged over the course of the two tournaments and it is hoped that several UK clubs will soon be coming over to train with the local members.