Players get polished up

Clyde Challenge winners - Callum White (Bronze) (age 8), Cameron Riobertson (8) bronze, Jake Laird (13) silver; Amy Harris.
Clyde Challenge winners - Callum White (Bronze) (age 8), Cameron Riobertson (8) bronze, Jake Laird (13) silver; Amy Harris.

There could be a run on metal polish in Hallglen this week.

That’s because there’s been a bumper medal haul by the local Azami Falkirk judo club, based at Hallglen sports centre.

Hayden Murray (pictured, right) fought well in a difficult pool of martial artists at the Scottish age bands at Meadowbank Sports Centre last month.

The 13-year-old took a bronze medal in the under-46 kilogram event.

At the same meeting Natalie Boyle was third in the under-57kg group.

It was a significant achievement for the 18-year-old Boyle, since the competition was her first in more than two and a half years.

The awards earned the pair a spot in the Judo Scotland Talent Development squad.

Hayden and Natalie’s club-mates were also in action last weekend at the Clyde Challenge where more medals were won.

Bronze medals went to eight -year-olds Callum White and Cameron Robertson, and to Molly McBeath (12).

In his first competition Jake Laird - brother of Cameron Robertson - won a silver prize.

They were joined at the competition by Amy Harris (10) who is visually impaired but didn’t finish in the medal positions.

There wasd also glory in Taekwondo and karate.

Rachel Wright, from Tamfourhill-based Cumbrae TKD, joined Olympic Bronze medallist Lutalo Mohammad on the podium for the medal ceremony in the British National Taekwondo Championships in Manchester.

She won a silver medal among the 598 competitiors taking part from various clubs, age-groups and weights.

It was the 14-year-old’s first National competition and also her first in the Advanced Juniors category where she was up against far more experienced players.

At the karate version of the British championships, Kobe Osaka members won a Gold, four Silver and three Bronze medals over the weekend at the Kelvin Hall in Glasgow.

In the 12-13years female Kata Holly Martin won Silver and Sensei Paul won Gold in the over-35 years Kata event.

In the 11-13 year-old team Kata event the Kobe Osaka team with Holly Martin, Leigh Doran and Becky Morley won Silver.