Bronze for Brent's fearless fencers
PUBLISHED: 13:39 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 13:18 24 August 2010
BRENT'S Junior Fencing team won the bronze medal in the London Youth Games on Sunday, coming third in the event staged at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham. The squad of Matteo Paolini, Max Woollard, Harry Bird and Mark Howe...
By Ben Pearce
BRENT'S Junior Fencing team won the bronze medal in the London Youth Games on Sunday, coming third in the event staged at Goresbrook Leisure Centre in Dagenham.
The squad of Matteo Paolini, Max Woollard, Harry Bird and Mark Howe were drawn in a group with Tower Hamlets, Richmond and Wandsworth, and they beat all three of their opponents comprehensively to progress to the knock-outs.
There they faced neighbouring borough Camden, and in a hugely competitive contest Brent came out on top by 45 points to 40, winning them an extremely tough semi-final against an experienced side from Kensington & Chelsea.
Despite a valiant effort this proved to be a bridge too far, and Brent succumbed 45-23 as they missed out on the final, before picking up bronze medals as a deserved consolation prize.
And Brent added to their medal haul when the judo team, who were all from Willesden Judo Club which is managed by Jo Crawley, competed at Harrow Leisure Centre.
The junior boys took to the mats in the morning and had a good start when Joe Hobeika won bronze, while in the afternoon it was time for the seniors to take centre stage.
Shervin Sepanji took the gold in the boys' 66.5kg category, while Cevan Hudson made it a double in the event by winning the bronze in the same weight class.
Mantas Pivoras fought well to reach the final of the 81.5kg category, where he took silver, and Annie Mullen also took home a bronze medal for the girls, taking the team's overall tally to five.
The competition also saw strong performances from Brandon Ortega-Casey, Luke Bradish, Jack Galvin and Cevan Hudson, who, like their team-mates, all train at Willesden Sports Centre.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Brent & Kilburn Times. Click the link in the orange box above for details.