Coughlans clean up

16/09/2018 // by admin

Maeve Coughlan in full control at the national championships.JUDO
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AOIFE Coughlan overcame Commonwealth Games representative Catherine Arscott for the first time to claim a maiden senior national judo title recently in Wollongong.

The dual Gippstar winner edged through to the women’s 70 kilogram senior final bout after a marathon semi-final, which ended in a golden score Ippon-throw victory for the Traralgon Judo Club member.

The final also went to golden score, replicating the corresponding bout at the 2013 open, but this time the result went Aoife’s way.

Aoife backed up to claim the 70kg junior title in her return to competition after a break earlier this year.

Sister Maeve Coughlan also achieved a near flawless weekend competing in the cadet, junior and senior 63 kilogram divisions, bringing home a medal of each colour.

The current world number two junior has enjoyed a great run of recent success, including gold and silver medal efforts at the International Judo Federation World Ranking List competitions in Hong Kong and Macau.

TJC was well represented at the championships, with eight Judoka – from under 12 to masters – joining a 90-strong Victorian team.

Zach Nabulsi and Noah Nightingale both reached finals in their respective divisions to come away with silver medals, while Aaron Nabulsi managed bronze in the under 55kg division.

In his final year competing in the senior boys division, Jordan Nabulsi secured his third national title, despite giving away several kilos to his Northern Territory opponent Joshua Fong.

Axel Nightingale also fought well in his first national event.

With a shoulder injury ruling him out of the Commonwealth Games team, Eoin Coughlan acted as an assistant manager for the team.

Eoin, however, returned to competition at the Southern Cross Open this month after a shoulder reconstruction to claim the 81kg division and resurrect his bid for an Olympic berth in Rio.

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English lesson and a giant killer

16/09/2018 // by admin

Terrance English being presented his national championship trough by 9th Dan Kyokushin Master John Taylor.
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Seven year-old Elaina Domagala is presented her silver medal by ninth dan Kyokushin master John Taylor.


A 12-month layoff proved merely a speedbump for Traralgon Budokan, Kyokushin fighter Terrance English, who took out the Australian Heavyweight full contact title this month in Sydney.

Returning from knee surgery to the scene of his 2012 national crown, English fought a “brilliant strategic fight” to win the final, which impressed even the most experienced fighters in attendance.

Kyokushin branch chief and seventh dan black belt Gary Viccars said it was one of the finest bouts he had ever witnessed.

“It was the best tactical fight I have ever seen,” Viccars said.

“He fought an experienced Shin Kyokushin black belt and he took him to the cleaners.

“This guy had an attitude but it did not faze Terry and when he got angry he hit him with some of the best shots you would see anywhere.”

English was one of nine Traralgon Bodokan fighters competing at the AKKA Kyokushin Karate Nationals.

Aaron Nabulsi also claimed gold, defending the 12 years boy’s crown with five unanimous victories, besting a field of 40. Elaina Domagala proved a surprise package in the non-contact division, earning the tag of “giant killer” from Viccars.

The seven year-old blitzed through her preliminary bouts convincingly, before a narrow split decision loss in the final. Traralgon also entered Jordan Nabulsi, who reached the third round before bowing out, while Zach Nabulsi, Johnny Kavadias and Athena Kavadias gave strong accounts.

Traralgon Kyokushin Dojo newcomer Jai Rowson made everyone take notice by winning three bouts to take the national title.

“(It was) an amazing performance to win the champions trophy over much higher graded opponents. He is one to watch in the future,” Viccars said.

Sherriden Trevena also fought at the event.

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In a state of fear

16/09/2018 // by admin

Omar’s brother was killed in Iraq and his body dumped at a mosque. Eight other relatives are in Iraqi prison and he has no contact with them. He does not know if they are still alive. photograph bryan petts-jonesOmar* sometimes stops himself from picking up his mobile phone when it starts ringing.
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Six years ago the Latrobe Valley resident was on the phone with his brother, who was living in Iraq, when the latter was taken by a group of Shia men. He was later killed and his body dumped at the mosque where he had worked as an imam.

“He was talking to me and asking me how to take photos because he had a newborn baby (and then) I thought the line was disconnected,” Omar said.

Omar said his mother chased the gunmen and threw stones at them to defend her son, unaware she was being shot at.

The militias then told Omar’s parents to leave Iraq or they too would be killed.

He said the men even wrote a sign and placed it in front of the family’s Basra house threatening anyone who would rent or buy the property.

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