7TH DECEMBER 2008
Report by BFKKO Assistant Coach Mark Baker.
Thank you Mark K-L ;-)
On the 7th December, a select team from the Falcon Fight
Academy travelled to Bolton, to compete in the 1st ever
NORTH WEST WARRIORS Wako competition.
It was a bitterly cold day with frost on the ground, and a
temperature of -4C upon arrival. The Falcons soon warmed
up the arena with their combative style of fighting.
First up was little Tamsin Baker.
Tamsin managed a second place, in semi-contact, against
a very useful, lively fighter. It was a close fight with only
one point, the margin of victory.
Next up we had 3 girls all in the same category. They were:- Rose Baker, Hayley Donnely and Katey Adams (the newest member of the team). 1st up into the semi finals was Hayley competing against Katey. This was a good close fight, with Hayley just holding out for the win. Next was Rose against Natasha Ryan, (one of the better fighters in the country at under 16yrs). This was a very close fight. Rose managed to secure victory, with a sweet kick to the head, for 2 points in the last second!
The final was an interesting contest, with 2 girls who know each other very well. This was obvious, as the fight was level at 2-2 at the end of normal time. An extension of 30 seconds was needed for Rose to eventually run out the winner, and secure the title.
Next to compete at semi contact, was Luke Farmer.
Luke was competing in the over 84kg adult male, category. In the final, he fought a quality, experienced local fighter. Luke fought back from 4-1 down, to just miss out on extra time at 4-3. That was an impressive performance from Luke. Well done.
We then moved on to the light continuous fighters.
1st up was Jordan Waring. In the final, Jordan put in an excellent performance, clearly outpointing his opponent, to win the title. Jordan used this chance to show how well he is improving, ready for his move into the full contact arena soon.
Next to compete was Alex Evans.
Unfortunately Alex came across a much larger opponent in her fight. Alex put in an impressive amount of effort, showing great heart and desire. This was a top effort by Alex, well done.
Finally, we had Luke Farmer competing again. This time in the Men’s +84kg light continuous. I believe this was Luke’s 1st attempt at light continuous with the “big boys”.
He easily came through both his quarter final and semi final bouts, with some intelligent fighting. In the final Luke came up against a very good, experienced competitor. Luke gave everything in this fight. I could see how badly he wanted to be victorious! In the 1st round both guys really went for it, hell for leather, with some intelligent fighting thrown in, for good measure. In the 2nd round both guys gave their all, in an attempt to snatch the victory. Before the decision was announced, both fighters were given the applause, they deserved. In the end, it was a very close decision, with one of the judges scoring a draw! Luke deserves the all the credit getting so close to victory when achieving 2nd place. Nice one Luke.
A good day was had by all. The atmosphere was excellent, helped by the support of all the fighters’ families, friends and coaches. This was a great team effort by all involved.
Sub note from Kerry-Louise!
Thanks must also go out to the coaches Glynn Smyth and Martin Wheatley, and assistant coach Mark Baker. These guys all made sure that everything ran smoothly, for all members of the Falcon Fight Academy.