Last Saturday (14 April) the Mattekloppers went to the International Bartjetoernooi in Assen. The judokas competing on this day were Paula Borgonje (-57), Josine van Eck (-66), Marcel Schoëttler (-73), Stefan Sulkers (-90), Casper Manting(+90) and Tor Hermansen (+90). Our friends of the Mattekloppers Kim Smit (-57), Twan Hauch (-90) and Mark Breider (+90) were also competing.
Casper, Tor and Mark were in the same poule. Mark won his matches against Casper and Tor and lost his other match to become second. This was Tor’s first tournament in Holland. He won his match against Casper but lost his other matches. This was Casper’s second tournament ever and unfortunately he could not win a match. Nonetheless it was a good experience for all judokas and we hope they will compete in more tournaments!
This was also the second tournament for Marcel Schoëttler. He lost both his matches and was eliminated from the tournament, but another experience richer.
Stefan Sulkers and Twan Hauch were in the same poule and had to compete twice against the same opponents. Stefan won all his matches with ippon. He won with an armbar, a hold and a nice combination of ko-uchi-gari(leg throw), o-uchi-gari(leg throw) and uchi-mata(hip throw). Twan lost to Stefan but was able to win all his other matches with waza-ari. He won with a beautiful ippon-seoi-nage and morote-seoi-nage (shoulder throws).
Paula Borgonje and Kim Smit joined the tournament in the afternoon. Paula won her first matches by a hold and a ko-uchi-maki-komi(leg throw) respectively. Kim won her first match with two waza-ari’s. Then Kim and Paula had to face off in the finals. Paula won with two waza-ari’s to become champion in her weight. Kim had to fight after the finals for the second and third place. She won her match with waza-ari and became second.
After the tournament we went home and celebrated our succes in the pub in Groningen!