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2012 Australian National Sumo Championships
8th July Broadbeach PCYC Gold Coast
Under 14 Combined Challenge
1st Brandon Thornton
2nd Kyle Thornton
3rd Jessica Lawand
Junior Heavyweight Women
1st Lauren Ivory QLD
1st Emily Knauth QLD
1st Emily Knauth QLD
2nd Lauren Ivory QLD
1st Indiana Easthope QLD
2nd Brandon Venter QLD
1st Masakatsu Ishiura Japan
2nd Guy Belgrove QLD
3rd Glenn Sullivan New Zealand
1st Tevita Fahina NSW
2nd John Traill NSW
3rd Peter Townsend QLD
1st Derek Boyer QLD
2nd Tevita Fahina NSW
3rd Jason Mareko NSW
1st Masakatsu Ishiura Japan
2nd James Mihaere New Zealand
3rd John Traill NSW
2nd New South Wales
3rd New Zealand
As the athletes begin to arrive at the Gold Coast for the 2012 Australian National Sumo Championships excitement is building.
10 am at the Broadbeach PCYC Broadbeach Waters Gold Coast $5 adults $2 children,
Japanese collegiate champion, Masakatsu Ishiura has decided he cannot resist the temptation to compete and test the skills of our local boys. On the borderline between light, under 85kg, and middle weight divisions, under 115kg, he is thinking about eating more or less to decide which level he would like to face. Either way he will be difficult to beat and will make a strong showing in the Open division where all weights compete together.
The Victorian Sumo Association is bringing 2 heavyweights to challenge Australia’s Strongest Man and winner of heavyweight and open sumo competitions, Derek Boyer, but they will have to take him on one by one! American football star Rob McKinnon is no pushover either and judo/jujitsu exponent, Joe Sauders, at the lighter end of the heavyweight scale, will be looking to come to grips with his larger opponents and use their mass against them
New Zealand’s heavyweight, James Mihaere, topping Derek’s 190 cm by another 8cm at 198cm has been toughening his fighting skills on the Kiwi Prowrestling circuit.
Sadly Oceania Lightweight champion Pat Promrrangka will not be bale to compete after a recent eye operation, taking some pressure off the other entrants in this division.
The late withdrawal of women’s star, Step Wong, leaves the women’s ranks depleted but we may see new talent emerge.
Expect plenty of action with junior matches as well and a men’s team event to finish off the day.
Sapporo Japanese Restaurant, 94 Willoughby Rd Crows Nest From 6.00 p.m. Monday, July 16th 2012
The Australian Sumo Federation invites you to a unique night of great food & entertainment featuring:
“SumoTaiko” on the Japanese drums
Sumo expert- Katrina Watts with live commentary on
Grand Sumo- Live from Japan on the big Screen.
Minaminoshima – ex Sumo wrestler and special appearance by Mongolian Traditional Wrestlers.
Sydney Soran Japanese Dancers
Go-Shu Australian Sake will be served with exotic nibblies and traditional
Cost $40 per head for Japanese food & free sake. Beer and wine available. (proceeds after costs to Australian Sumo Federation) Kids free but no sake. Prizes and surprises.
Please RSVP by Friday 13th July to Shu: firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring Sapporo on 9436-3435 for bookings.
Sumo enquires to Johnofuji Traill: email@example.com 0413 054 397
As the competition date nears things are heating up for the National Championships.
Not only will the results be used to select the Australian team for the 2012 Sumo World Championships in Hong Kong in October, but there are only 2 more chances to grab a spot on the Oceania team for the two major international competitions next year:
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For this reason New Zealand is bringing over 3 male athletes to compete in this event, hoping to qualify for Oceania team selection. Among them, heavyweight, James Mihaere, who won the 2010 Oceania heavy and open divisions, will be a danger to our Australian athletes. At 1.98 cm he tops both Australia’s current heavyweight champions, American football player, Rob McKinnon, and Australia’s Strongest Man, Derek Boyer, in height and James’ recent career in pro-wrestling has made him an even tougher opponent.
Rob McKinnon, who was 200kg at last year’s National championships in Melbourne has lost weight, but powerful former middleweight, Joe Saunders, had gone up a class to join the heavyweights. Joe placed second to Derek in the heavyweight and second to Rob in the open at the recent Queensland State titles, but is determined to get a gold in this competition.
Queensland lightweight, Guy Belgrove, who hones his skills in MMA, would like to follow up his 2010 Oceania and Queensland wins with a resounding success this time. His closest rival, 2012 Oceania Lightweight champ, Pat Promrangka, from Brisbane, is also an MMA fighter when not doing sumo, so their match should be an interesting style of sumo to watch.
Junior, Indiana Easthope, chose to compete in the senior division and took out the middleweight title at the Queensland Championship, but if he choses to do so again this time he will have to face experienced opponents like Nick Brown from New Zealand and NSW champion Tevita Fahina, who won both middleweight and open at the 2011 Nationals and middleweight at the 2012 Oceania Sumo Championships in New Zealand in April.
Among the female competitors, newcomer Emily Knnuth from a jujitsu background, showed great strength and skill in her first sumo competition, the Queensland State Championships, but veteran Steph Wong, who has represented Australia and Oceania internationally, has experience and strong fighting spirit on her side.
Athletes are coming from ACT, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia and Victoria to take part and we welcome new challengers on the day to our competitions, so there is always the possibility that an unknown may walk away with with a sumo title and a chance to start a new and exciting sporting career.
The competition is at Broadbeach PCYC 180 Monaco St Broadbeach Waters Gold Coast, starting at 10:00am ( 9am for athlete registration)
Admission $5 adults $2 children
Queensland State Championships 17th June Nerang PCYC Gold Coast
Heavyweight Lauren Ivory
Heavyweight Emily Knuuth
1st Emily Knuuth, 2nd Lauren Ivory
1st Kyle Thornton, 2nd Brandon Thornton
1st Guy Belgrove, 2nd Marshall Gardiner, 3rd Dan Bazzana
1st Indiana Easthope, 2nd Russell Kerkow, 3rd, Peter Townsend
1st Derek Boyer, 2nd Joe Saunders, 3rd Rob McKinnon
1st Rob McKinnon, 2nd Joe Saunders, 3rd Indiana Easthope
The competition was a mixture of newcomers and veterans to produce some exciting matches.
In the women’s event there were only two competition, Junior Lauren Ivory and senior Emily Knuuth, both competing for the fist time. In the Women’s Open Lauren took the first match and Emily the second, making it an exciting battle in a “best of three” challenge, with Emily taking the title.
The men’s lightweight was hotly contested with 2011 Oceania Lightweight winner, Guy Belgrove, taking the title again.
The Men’s middleweight was excitingly won by Indiana Easthope, a junior having his first matches in sumo, who followed this with an impressive 3rd in the Men’s Open.
The heavyweight division was contested by previous national winners Derek Boyer and Rob McKinnon, with skilled middleweight, Joe Saunders who had moved up a weight class. Derek prevailed with Joe in second place, the same position he achieved in the men’s Open where Rob was the victor.
We look forward to seeing these rivalries continued at the Australian National Sumo Championships on Sunday 8th July at the Broadbeach PCYC
8th July Sunday from 10:00 am at Broadbeach PCYC, Gold Coast
(180 Monaco Street, Broadbeach Waters 4226, Phone: 07 5538 5201)
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