Triple triumph for Veras Academy at Ilford tournament

Medal winners Mette McLarney and Andrew McLarney

Medal winners Mette McLarney and Andrew McLarney - Credit: Archant

Veras Academy scored a hat-trick of medals at the Kaizen Cup in Ilford, with Mette McLarney claiming a silver and a bronze.

After winning the first round of the first kyu Over-17 kata category on flags thanks to a strong performance of karurunfa, Mette lost out on points and had to settle for the bronze medal.

However, the Veras Academy fighter went one better in the first kyu Over-17 kumite category after easing through the first round.

A well-timed chudan gyaku-zuki gave Mette the deciding point in extra-time to take her into the final, but a 3-2 defeat forced her into the silver medal position.

The other medal came from Andrew McLarney, who was the youngest competitor in the first kyu and Over-17 open category, and eased into the final with a brace of 2-0 victories before succumbing to a 2-1 defeat in the final.

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