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After a forced break due to the pandemic, judo is finally back as a competitive sport

06/21/22 – After a break of several years due to the pandemic, Rot-Weiss Visbeck eV hosted this year’s well-organized Tiger Cup tournament in Lutten. 90 clubs with 680 competitors from the age groups U13, U15 and U18 did not miss this first chance for a tournament after the long break. So did VfL Stade and sent 9 competitors to the tournament on Saturday and 3 adults on Sunday. Head coach Egon Krien was delighted that he was able to represent VfL Stade with 6 starters from the U13 age group, 3 starters from the U18 age group and 3 adults.

Jamil Hahn, Schamschad Hahn, Naomi Nobre, Josie Schmidt Petersen, Lasko Troike and Amir Yahaoui started in the U13.

Amir Yahaoui and Schamschad Hahn collected their very first competition experience. In the girls, there was an internal club fight between Naomi Nobre and Josie Schmidt Petersen for third place. It was always an unpopular situation among judokas, as club mates turned into opponents on the mat. However, only on the mat Josie Schmidt Petersen won the fight and Naomi was happy about the 5th place, which gives an impression of the good cohesion and team spirit within the Stade judo community.

Sallima Hahn, Laura Ohle and Kirill Schlej started in the U18s.

Sallima Hahn started in the weight class – 48kg and was able to win the first fight very quickly with a hold. In the final bout, she neglected her grip fight, lost control, and was thrown ippon. With 2nd place a great start after the competition break.

On Sunday, 130 participants were registered with the adults in Lutten. Felix Auer, Richard Redlich and Nicole Schlej competed for VfL Stade.

Felix Auer convinced with his will to win. In the preliminary fights he sometimes fell behind, but managed to make up for it and thus fought for second place.

Nicole Schlej also impressed with her performance. She met a very experienced and very strong fighter as an opponent, who was also placed at the German Individual Championship. “Nicole put up a very strong fight, had to admit defeat, but that was strong, as she was able to free herself from a very threatening situation three times on the ground,” said coach Egon Krien, who was with his protégés again on Sunday was found in the hall. She won the semifinals and took 3rd place.

The head trainer Egon Krien was proud of his competitors, because everyone was committed and motivated in the individual competitions and they all came out stronger with good personal performances from the first tournament after such a long break from competition.

Photo and text: Krien

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