Judo Bendigo goes on gold rush at champs

JUDO Bendigo capped another great year as it went on gold rush at the state championships in Keysborough.

The club's tally at the end of the one-day competition was seven gold, two silver and one bronze.

Leading the charge was Campbells Forest's Bryan Jolly.

The teenager competed across three divisions and won gold in the cadet (under-18) under-50kg, under-21 under-55kg, and senior under-60kg finals.

The Carlile sisters, Sancia and Amila won their weight classes in the under-15 girls' competitions.

Louis Mott triumphed in his under-15 boys' weight class.

Judo Bendigo sensei (coach), Ben Donegan fought and won in the senior men's under 81kg division.

Silver medallists were Allan Jolly, under-21 years under 81kg, and Phil Cursons in the senior men's 100-plus category.

Ziggy Lau was a bronze medallist in the under-12 years.

Judo Bendigo clubmate Anais Mott was fourth in his under-12 years weight class.

Thea Sestoso competed strongly  in the senior women's division.

The titles were the club's final hit-out for the year.

"It was another outstanding tournament," Donegan said of Judo Bendigo's success.

"Every player in our squad of 10 fought really well."

Bryan Jolly was the recipient of the Cyril Michelsen Trust Fund award in the 2012-13 Bendigo Advertiser-WIN Television Sports Strar of the Year.

Sports Star is proudly sponsored by Bendigo Bank.

Next major tournament on the judo calendar is the ACT Open in February.

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