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Sisters Eden and Niamh Southgate compete against each for gold at the English Cadet Open in Walsall


By Sport Diss


The English Cadet Open in Walsall saw not just an all-Diss Kumo Judo Club final, but an-all Southgate battle for the gold medal.

Younger sister Niamh moved up a weight into the under 52kg category and battled to the final with three wins.

Sister Eden, meanwhile, came through the other side of the draw and beat her sister on penalties in a final that saw the two players reluctant to make a telling impact.

Niamh and Eden Southgate (7463431)
Niamh and Eden Southgate (7463431)

Head coach Howard Oates said: “To be honest you could have flipped a coin because neither of them wanted to attack – they had to go home in the same car after all!

“I had to take a neutral stance and I said to both before the fight to not inflict any damage.

“My sons Colin and David competed three times in European tournament finals and Colin won all of them – he was not as forgiving as Niamh and Eden.”

The siblings could potentially meet again this weekend at the Scottish Cadet Championship.

Elsewhere, the club’s latest British champion – Caitlin Sergeant – captained her Cambridge University Ladies team to a narrow win over Oxford, but overall it was Oxford that won the Varsity encounter.



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