A slightly smaller contingent trekked up the coast for 2 National events, the inaugural National Schools Competition and the 2019 Gold Coast International Open.
-Crosby Peake Schools U34 1st -Sergey Phillips Schools U27 3rd -Lilly Zollinger Schools U36 2nd -Gypsy Edwards Schools U36 4th -Ben Zollinger Schools U38 4th -Marwan Abdelfadil Schools +50 1st -Max Zollinger Schools U40 3rd -Will Zollinger Schools U45 3rd -Phoenix Edwards Schools U50 Unplaced -MIna Woo Schools U48 1st -Clarissa Vumbaca Schools U48 2nd -Sergey Phillips Junior Boys U27 Unplaced -Crosby Peake Junior Boys U34 2nd -Marwan Abdelfadil Junior Boys +50 1st -Lilly Zollinger Junior Girls U36 3rd -Ben Zollinger Junior Boys U38 5th -Max Zollinger Senior Boys U40 3rd -Will Zollinger Senior Boys U45 1st -Bianca Tandean Senior Girls U44 2nd -Mina Woo Senior Girls U48 1st -Clarissa Vumbaca Senior Girls U48 2nd -Phoenix Edwards Senior Boys U50 3rd -Jacinta Vumbaca Cadet Women U57 5th -Jacinta Vumbaca Junior Women U57 Unplace d -Isabella Vumbaca Junior Women U48 1st -Bjorn Tandean Junior Men U66 2nd -Isabella Vumbaca Senior Women U52 2nd -Bjorn Tandean Senior Men U66 2nd -Scott Young Masters Men U81 1st
Another huge representation from Budokan with 27 athletes contesting 29 divisions in this event. They won 12 First Places, 8 Second Places, 4 Fourth and 2 Fifth Places, a great effort overall. Unfortunately Max Z had no division. Results: -Isaac MurkinsMONS noviceU271st -Ethan ZhangMONS gradedU241st -Joey ZhaoMONS noviceU242nd -William DongMONS noviceU312nd -Jackson YoungMONS gradedU311st -Crosby PeakeJuniorsU341st -Bryan ZhangJuniorsU342nd -Ben ZollingerJuniorsU382nd -Rhys ContiJuniorsU425th -Marwan AbdelfadilJuniors+501st -Nickan AshouriJuniors+502nd -Finn McPhersonJuniorsU304th -Sergey PhillipsJuniorsU272nd -Eva MurkinsJuniorsU402nd -Will ZollingerSeniorsU451st -Phoenix EdwardsSeniorsU501st -Mina WooSeniorsU481st -Bianca TandeanSeniorsU484th -Ali McPhersonSeniorsU48Unplaced -Vicki VorillasSeniorsU574th -Max ZollingerSeniorsU40No fights -Peter CheonKyu (O/G)U601st -Montanna PoulsenKyu (O/G)U572nd -Reza AshouriKyu (O/G)U811st -Logan O’BrienKyu (B/B)U811st -Daniel KennedyKyu (B/B)U81Unplaced -Reza AshouriMastersU811st -Daniel KennedyMastersU814th-Scott YoungMastersU815th
Liam Stewart, Bjorn Tandean and Isabella Vumbaca represented their respective universities at the Australian University Games with the following results:
2019 Brasilia Grand Slam – Brazil 6-8 Oct 19 Really proud of Nathan and Josh. This was a great chance for me to work with them again at the coalface from the training at home on the mat and in the gym, and in Sao Paulo in the final preparation, to the competition itself. Everything went well albeit a hard draw with Josh picking up Guatamala in the first round and #2 Seed WRL #11 Takabatake (BRA) in the second round and Nathan picking up #2 Seed WRL #12 Lombardo (ITA) in his first round. Josh had a solid first match with a good Waza-Ari from Kouchi-Makikomi and then some great transition to Ne-Waza and the win from a Shime (strangle) submission. With Takabatake, Josh worked very hard albeit BRA's attacks had a greater impact on the match. The referee was very harsh with Josh's first Shido for a negative attack and then his third shido was also harsh ending the match prematurely. This was a disappointing way to end this competition but some fine Judo from Josh and some valuable OQ points. Nathan's match-up was difficult stylistically but he implemented a great gripping strategy and set an aggressive pace using his feet and a combination of left and right attacks. Lombardo was imposing with Sode and Kata-Guruma attacks and it was the latter which caught Nathan for a borderline Ippon with just on a minute to go. Again, some great fighting but without a win, unfortunately unrewarded for OQ points this time. The boys have proven that they are competitive against WRL top 10-15 athletes so I hope that more good preparation in Israel and some confident fighting in Abu Dhabi will reap the rewards they so richly deserve.