The UK took four girls to Antalya to compete, Under 48kg Lisa Newton, Under 55kg Kathy Gifford, Under 63kg Rachel Wheatley and Anna Mayne. All four girls got medals on the day.
The first female fight of the day was Lisa Ward v Lisa Newton which went the full six minutes with Ward securing a three point hip throw takedown early on in the round and getting three points for a side control with seconds to go, Ward winning 6-0 on points. Ward then went on to beat Romanian fighter Mirella Melciv within fifty seconds by a kimura half way up the girls back! Due to the category having only three competitors it was a round robin and Lisa Newton beat Mirella Melciv 15-0 on points to gain the silver medal.
In the under 55kg division Felicia Oh got a bye to the second round, Kathy Gifford UK beat Courtney Martell USA and then Kathy fought Felicia Oh and was outpointed. Kathy then fought for the bronze against Christina Rodriguez and won to gain third place.
Ireland’s Aisling Daly under 63kg drew Tara La Rosa in the first round and was eliminated by a points victory by Tara. UK’s Rachel Wheatley beat Christina Raguil FRA and went on to face Tara, Tara beat Rachel. On the other side of the bracket Anna Mayne UK got a bye to round 2 and Christina Coats USA was eliminated by Lloudmila Soundovkova from Russia. Making the final an exciting match up between Tara La Rosa and Lloudmila Soundovkova, which I believe was the only match in the whole tournament to go to extra time, with Tara winning her division. Rachel had to fight Anna Mayne also Team UK in the bronze play off, beating Anna by triangle.
It was a really enjoyable experience, good atmosphere, can’t wait for the next one (which is rumoured to be in the US)