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  • British National Championships 2012 - Scorpions win 4 Advanced Senior Titles & 1 Junior Advanced group

    This years British National Championships took place over the weekend of the 8th & 9th September 2012 at the Manchester Velodrome. Over 600 competitors took part with more than 73 clubs in attendance. Scorpions this year had a mixture of experienced players and also a chance for some of our young up & coming kids to compete at National level.

    Two of our most experienced players didnt let us down winning their 12th (twelth) & 9th (ninth) GOLD MEDALS.

    Saturdays groups were just for the advanced players who competed on the Daedo electronic body protectors. Cadets/Juniors & Seniors. Scorpions only had two cadets enter this year however one player (Ben Tucker) was unable to compete due to no entries in his division therefore was unable to win a medal for the team.

    Results - CAROLINE FISHER yet again proved she was still at the top of her weight group (senior female -53kgs) winning GOLD & becoming BRITISH CHAMPION for the 12th time! An outstanding achievement for anyone. Caz defeated her 1st opponent in style with a K.O after two head shots against Hynes of Stoke UTA Club, her 2nd match was against Seward of St Katherines who she beat after two rounds 18-0 (12 point gap rule) in the semi-final. Caz won Gold in the final after another 12 point stoppage against Gratsa of Doncaster All Stars 13-1. Her incredible record is below:

    Gold medallist & British Champion

    1998/1999/2000/2001/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012.

    STELLA WHITEHEAD also hit another milestone winning GOLD & becoming BRITISH CHAMPION for the 9th time! yet again another massive achievement from one of our ladies. Stella won the senior female -73kgs division defeating Slavin of Chi Taekwondo in the semi-final she then went on to win her final against Johnson of St Katherines 8-3. Stella's incredible list of results is below winning gold at every British National Championships since 2004 and also won gold at junior & senior in two of the years below:

    Gold medallist & British Champion

    2004/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2011/2012!

    1st time Senior Gold Medallist - were won by NIALL GIBSON who became BRITISH CHAMPION in the senior male -63kgs. Niall who has moved up a weight category since the last National Championships had to win 4 matches to win his group. Niall was in fine form all day winning his 1st match against Malik of Empsi 11-7, his 2nd match was against Belfiore of St Katherines who he beat by the 12 point gap rule 15-3. Niall then moved into the semi-final where he faced Palmer of Jaguar Tkd, Niall winning the match 14-9 to make the final. Niall's easiest match of the day was the final where he defeated Annison of Tkd Tigers by 12-0 and an early stoppage. Well Done to Niall on his 1st Senior National Title. BEN TALMAN was our other senior GOLD medallist & BRITISH CHAMPION this time at senior male +87kgs. Ben who has only been back training a year after a 10 year absence faced Thornton of Quest Tkd in the quarter final winning the Quest player 11-5 which set up a semi-final against Daryl Stokes. Unfortunatley Daz was injured in his quarter final and unable to compete in the semi-final therefore Ben received a bye. After a great day for Scorpions in the heavy weight category Ben faced Scorpion Team mate Daniel McGeoghan, Ben coming out on top winning the final 10-1. Well Done Ben!

    Junior British Champion EMILY WATSON became BRITISH CHAMPION for the 2nd time winning junior female -46kgs. Emily had to wait to see who she would face from Afsar of Team Ultimate & Worthington of South Hams Tkd after she received a bye into the final. Emily faced experienced Junior British Team Member Worthington who won a Bronze medal at the last Junior European Championships in 2011. Emily came out on top winning the match 6-4.

    SILVER MEDALS - Our other senior heavy weight entry DANIEL MCGEOGHAN, won 2 matches on his way to the final defeating Enguerin of Team Tkd 7-5 and beating Cookey of OTC in the semi-final 4-0 setting up a ALL SCORPION final. DANIEL BROWN won an impressive silver on day 2 in the kids combined -30kgs, Daniel had won 4 matches on his way to the final winning his 1st two matches by 12 point gap rule, against Salib of Original 18-2 & Worthington of Tkd Machine 16-2. Daniels quarter final was a little closer winning this match 9-6 against Hussain of Hadri. Daniel faced Law of Swat in the semi-final a player who had defeated Daniel in the two previous bouts. Daniel came out on top again with a 11-10 victory after golden point. Daniel finally lost out in the final against Greenidge of st katherines who had won all his matches by big scores all day, Daniel losing out in the final 1-13. SHANE BURGIN was another to impress, still only a 5th kup won silver in the kids combined -26kgs division. Shane received a bye in the 1st round before his 1st match against Hussain of Hadri Tkd, Shane winning 11-0 to make the quarter final. He then defeated Gnanapandithan of Gurumu Tkd 11-2 and Aleksandravicius of Bozdag Tkd 13-0 in the semi-final (12 point gap). He finally lost out to another Gurumu fighter (Belesh) in the final 4-8. RYAN HOLMES won a silver medal in the senior male novice division -68kgs. Ryan defeated Gurung of NJ Academy in the semi-final after leading the match 10-8 his opponent was disqualified for 4 full point deductions. Ryan lost his final to the more experienced Ferrigan of Tkd Academy Liverpool. LEWIS DAVIES (TM Scorpions) won his 1st medal at the National Championships winning his semi final in the junior male novice heavy weight division against Gallani of London Tkd Academy 12-8. Lewis narrowly lost his final against Bazrafkan of St Katherines 7-10. TERRI-LEIGH HENNESSEY competed as a child & a cadet winning two medals and silver in the cadet -33kgs novice divsion losing out to Thomposon of Tkd Academy Liverpool in the final. ASHLEY BALL (TM Scorpions) had an interesting day, he won silver after losing his semi-final 2-8 was re-instated after his opponent was disqualified for entering the wrong grade division. Ashley who is only 7th kup then lost out in the final to Hoolloy of Quest. FIROUZ CHANGIZI our only veteran fighter won a silver in the -58kgs losing out to King of Ultimate Thailand 4-16. LAURIE MCCLELLAND (Edlington Scorpions) won silver in the junior female -68kgs novice division however was unlucky as her division didnt have any player had to compete against a player from the heavy weight group who was around 25kgs heavy from Team Ultimate, good effort though against a much stronger player.

    BRONZE MEDALS - TERRI-LEIGH HENNESSEY won her 2nd medal in the kids combined -34kgs division winning her quarter final against Samson of Tan Gun 15-5 before losing out in the semi-final and to the eventual winner Hankin-Wray of Tkd Academy Liverpool. OLIVER BALL (TM Scorpions) won a bronze in the kids combined -23kgs. Oliver defeated Ridwan of Gurumu 23-11 (12 point gap) in the 1st round and made the semi-final after winning his quarter final against Hedley of Chi 8-4 lost a very close match in the semi-final 9-11. BRANDON NAYLOR won a bronze in the junior male -55kgs, Brandon who competed at -45kgs at last years National Championships competed for the 1st time in this weight group. Brandon won his quarter final 5-1 against STKDD but lost 2-6 in the semi-final this time. IAN BALL (TM Scorpions) was unlucky not to make the final in the senior male novice -74kgs, Ian narrowly losing his semi-final against Balan of Ki Tkd 10-12. RYAN BUTT (TM Scorpions)did a great job in the junior male -45kgs, winning bronze losing to the eventual winner from Nottingham. Ryan defeated Worthington of South Hams 3-2 before a 3-1 win in the quarter-final against Grimmett of Doncaster All Stars. KEVIN LIDGETT won bronze in the senior male -87kgs, Kev won his quarter final against Phillips of BJ Academy 2-8 and was unlucky to lose his semi-final against Mkrtchyan of Fulwood 6-7. ISABELLE ADAMSONS competed in the kids combined -20kgs bringing home a bronze medal losing out to the much older & heavier opponent from black widow Tkd. MACEY HENNESSEY the youngest competitor at the Championships had to settle for Bronze in the kids combined -23kgs after winning her semi-final 7-3 with only seconds remaining had to pull out with a stomach problem. STACEY HUGHES (Edlington Scorpions) won our last bronze medal in the junior female -59kgs.

    TROPHY WIN - Scorpions also won an unexpected Team award this year, winning the 3rd place best team from the advanced groups on saturday, only missing out on 2nd by 1 point and from 66 teams with 5 golds, 1 silver & 3 bronze. Scorpions also came 6th on sunday from the kids & novices with 8 silver & 6 bronze. Scorpions also placed 4th OVERALL out of 73 Teams from both days. Head Scorpion Coach Peter Adamsons said " We didnt expect to win a Team trophy this year with alot of our players moving up from cadet to junior & junior to senior but the players as usual didnt let me down" .

    Well done also to all the players who competed but didnt medal.

    Below is some images from the Weekend!

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isabelle & Macey

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