Silver for Black Knights siblings

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Three junior Black Knights travelled to once again to the Midlands to compete in the WKA British Open Championships.

Brother and sister Ewan and Riona Hartley both reached the finals.

Riona had a tough time with a much bigger German girl. The referee stopped the bout in the first round as Riona was being dominated, so silver it was.

Ewan had a great final, as both lads were up for it, with fast exchanges of kicks and punch combinations.

Ewan bossed the first round, and his opponent came back strong in the second to take it, so it was all in the last round.

The lads touched gloves and once again there was combination after combination, Ewan going forward all the time. Unfortunately the judges gave it to his opponent.

There was a nice sporting gesture from the opposition coach, who told Ewan’s corner he thought he won it. Ewan should be proud with a good showing and silver medal.

Ryan Marsden still getting into the new age and weight division had a very good lad in the semi-finals.

He was a little faster than Ryan and he also used some techniques that the referee didn’t pull him for.

Ryan held his own and went the distance and was defeated on points. His opponent went on to win the division.

Coach Allan Clarkin said: “I’m always proud of any student that has the mental strength to compete.”

Black Knights are now in training for their big event the ICO British Championships in June.