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National Judo Championships 2014

The Malta Judo Federation held its National Championships at the Bocci Drome, Cottonera Sports Complex. The event started with games for the 60 dragons who were on the mat, under the guidance of Sensei Joe Castillo, Sensei Gaetano Scerri, Sensei John Curmi and several club coaches, who organised games based on Judo FUNdamentals. The senior dragons had one minute randori (friendly competition). All dragons were called on the highest podium and presented with a gold commemorative medal by the President of the Malta Judo Federation, Mr Envic Galea.

The first contests were those of the Espoir (12 to 14 year old Judoka). The energy and determination of these young Judoka is very encouraging. 14 year olds, such as Kurt Camilleri, Jonathan Gatt, Katrina Esposito and Lara Castillo will definitely be significant elements in the Cadet National Team. The Espoir Sunday session held by Serge Dintimille and coordinated by Vito Aufieri keeps on proving to be successful.

The competition then proceeded with Cadet, Junior and Senior contests. Some of the more experienced cadets, such as Rebecca Zammit, Gabriel Debono, Alexander Esposito, Cormack Spiteri and Francesco Aufieri showed their superiority and skill on the mat. Alice Battistino made her debut as cadet at this event, and reconfirmed that she is an upcoming talent. In the senior categories, we saw the return of Kriss Law who this time contested the -66kgs and placed first. Marcon Bezzina was uncontested in her category, but fought in the -78kgs winning the category.

Mr Joseph Caruana, the father of Maltese Judo, visited the competition. Iz-Zuzu, as he is know amongst the Judoka, apart from catching up with his students, enjoyed watching his family members participating in the sport he loves so much. His son Lloyd was one of the 3 referees giving their service at these championships and his niece Ruby-Jo Bondin.

These contests which established the National Team Pool were held on one mat. This gave the opportunity to the President, Mr Envic Galea, and the Sports Director, Mr Alex Bezzina who recently attended the International Judo Federation refereeing and coaching update, to follow all the contests of the day, and observe and study the future champions. Mr Alex Bezzina also assisted the referees Mr Abdul Rahman Lativ, Mr Mario Cardona and Mr Lloyd Caruana. Other officials who were vital in the running of the event were the table officials Mrs Louisa Galea, Mrs Alexis Milne, and Mr Oliver Ciappara, and Dr Ivan Esposito who gave his services as a doctor.

The winners of the categories were:

ESPOIR

Tigne Judo Club: Kurt Camilleri (-42kg), Thomas Zerafa (-60kg), Nathan Falzon (-66kg), Emily Farrugia (-40kg), Katrina Esposito (-52kgs)

Tora Judo Club: Thomas Borg (-46kg), Jonathan Gatt (-55kg), Luca Martini (+81kg)

Kamikwai Judo Club: Cameron Gray (-34kg)

CADETS /

Malta Judo Academy: Gabriel Debono (-60kg), Francesco Aufieri (-90kg)

Tigne Judo Club: Cormack Spiteri (-66kg), Rebecca Zammit (-57kg), Alexander Esposito (-55kg)

Hibernians Budokwai Judo Club: Alice Battistino (-48kg), Nicola Battistino (-63kg)

Kamikwai Judo Club: Elton Zammit (-50kg)

JUNIORS

Tigne Judo Club: Alexander Esposito (-55kg)

Hibernians Budokwai Judo Club: Ruby-Jo Bondin (-70kg)

SENIORS

Malta Judo Academy: Kriss Law (-66kg), Francesco Aufieri (-81kg), Marcon Bezzina (-78kg)

Hibernians Budokwai Judo Club: Alice Battistino (-48kg)

 

Since Judo has several weight and age categories, some athletes were uncontested. The following were uncontested in their categories, however for the sake of playing, they contested other categories:

The Malta Judo Federation held its National Championships at the Bocci Drome, Cottonera Sports Complex. The event started with games for the 60 dragons who were on the mat, under the guidance of Sensei Joe Castillo, Sensei Gaetano Scerri, Sensei John Curmi and several club coaches, who organised games based on Judo FUNdamentals. The senior dragons had one minute randori (friendly competition). All dragons were called on the highest podium and presented with a gold commemorative medal by the President of the Malta Judo Federation, Mr Envic Galea.

The first contests were those of the Espoir (12 to 14 year old Judoka). The energy and determination of these young Judoka is very encouraging. 14 year olds, such as Kurt Camilleri, Jonathan Gatt, Katrina Esposito and Lara Castillo will definitely be significant elements in the Cadet National Team. The Espoir Sunday session held by Serge Dentimille and coordinated by Vito Aufieri keeps on proving to be successful.

The competition then proceeded with Cadet, Junior and Senior contests. Some of the more experienced cadets, such as Rebecca Zammit, Gabriel Debono, Alexander Esposito, Cormack Spiteri and Francesco Aufieri showed their superiority and skill on the mat. Alice Battistino made her debut as cadet at this event, and reconfirmed that she is an upcoming talent. In the senior categories, we saw the return of Kriss Law who this time contested the -66kgs and placed first. Marcon Bezzina was uncontested in her category, but fought in the -78kgs winning the category.

Mr Joseph Caruana, the father of Maltese Judo, visited the competition. Iz-Zuzu, as he is know amongst the Judoka, apart from catching up with his students, enjoyed watching his family members participating in the sport he loves so much. His son Lloyd was one of the 3 referees giving their service at these championships and his niece Ruby-Jo Bondin.

These contests which established the National Team Pool were held on one mat. This gave the opportunity to the President, Mr Envic Galea, and the Sports Director, Mr Alex Bezzina who recently attended the International Judo Federation refereeing and coaching update, to follow all the contests of the day, and observe and study the future champions. Mr Alex Bezzina also assisted the referees Mr Abdul Rahman Lativ, Mr Mario Cardona and Mr Lloyd Caruana. Other officials who were vital in the running of the event were the table officials Mrs Louisa Galea, Mrs Alexis Milne, and Mr Oliver Ciappara, and Dr Ivan Esposito who gave his services as a doctor.

The winners of the categories were:

ESPOIR

Tigne Judo Club: Kurt Camilleri (-42kg), Thomas Zerafa (-60kg), Nathan Falzon (-66kg), Emily Farrugia (-40kg), Katrina Esposito (-52kgs)

Tora Judo Club: Thomas Borg (-46kg), Jonathan Gatt (-55kg), Luca Martini (+81kg)

Kamikwai Judo Club: Cameron Gray (-34kg)

CADETS /

Malta Judo Academy: Gabriel Debono (-60kg), Francesco Aufieri (-90kg)

Tigne Judo Club: Cormack Spiteri (-66kg), Rebecca Zammit (-57kg), Alexander Esposito (-55kg)

Hibernians Budokwai Judo Club: Alice Battistino (-48kg), Nicola Battistino (-63kg)

Kamikwai Judo Club: Elton Zammit (-50kg)

JUNIORS

Tigne Judo Club: Alexander Esposito (-55kg)

Hibernians Budokwai Judo Club: Ruby-Jo Bondin (-70kg)

SENIORS

Malta Judo Academy: Kriss Law (-66kg), Francesco Aufieri (-81kg), Marcon Bezzina (-78kg)

Hibernians Budokwai Judo Club: Alice Battistino (-48kg)

 

Since Judo has several weight and age categories, some athletes were uncontested. The following were uncontested in their categories, however for the sake of playing, they contested other categories:

Tora Judo Club: Ethan Pawley (Espoir -50kg), Luca Martini (Espoir +81kg)

Tigne Judo Club: Nikki Lee Zammit (Espoir -36kg), Katrina Esposito (Espoir -48kg), Alexander Esposito (Cadet -55kg), Catherine Farrugia (Cadet -44kg), Nicola Cassar (Cadet -70kg)

Kinsu Judo Club: Gabriel Camilleri (Espoir -81kg), Emma Cassar (Espoir -63kg), Leslie-ann Portelli (Junior -78kg)

Malta Judo Academy: Francesco Aufieri (Cadet -81kg), Antonio Greco (Senior -73kg), Marcon Bezzina (Senior -63kg)

Kamikwai Judo Club: Luca Montebello (Senior +100kg)


Photos from the event are available on the MJF & ad Facebook Page

Full contest sheets are available online

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