Gosport prove the masters with dominant performances

Gosport aces Sarah Hopkins, Ronda Crompton-Reid, Roland Manuel and Derek Hopkins
Gosport aces Sarah Hopkins, Ronda Crompton-Reid, Roland Manuel and Derek Hopkins
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Four judo players from Gosport Judo Club made their mark in the High Wycombe Masters competition.

World, European and Commonwealth champion Sarah Hopkins showed her class with a strong performance.

She was competing in a pool of four, including two players she hadn’t faced before.

However, despite the unknown quality of the opposition, Hopkins did not let anything faze her in the Buckinghamshire event.

It was her first event of the year and she was quickly into the groove.

The first fight in her pool was finished in less than a minute as Hopkins delivered victory with maximum points.

It was a similar story in her second contest.

After taking hold she soon threw for maximum points again.

Hopkins’ last fight was for the gold medal and it proved a really close battle.

The clocked ticked down to full-time and neither fighter had given an inch.

It went to golden score and Hopkins secured success with a throw and hold down.

Derek Hopkins made his competitive return after illness and injury to secure a brilliant gold medal.

He had a run out in a pool of three and with his well-drilled throw won both fights with maximum points to the delight of the crowd.

Roland Manuel, who also trains regularly at Gosport, had a pool of three and came away with the silver medal.

Meanwhile, Ronda Crampton-Reid did well in her first masters competition to also secure a gold medal in the over-78kg category.

The Royal Navy judo star had three very good fights.

Her strong performances showed her hard work and training at the Gosport club has paid off.

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