Gladstone star Adrian Robertson (facing) shows the form which earned him the Orica Open Judo tournament title.
Gladstone star Adrian Robertson (facing) shows the form which earned him the Orica Open Judo tournament title.

Adrian makes a stunning judo return

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

FORMER Olympian Adrian Robertson was all smiles after making a successful return to action by winning the Orica Open Judo tournament at Ferguson Park on Saturday.

In his first competition after a severe knee injury, Robertson showed all the class which took him to the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, winning the senior men's open title from Gladstone Judo Club team-mate Matt McConnell.

Speaking after his victory, a delighted Robertson expressed how happy he was just to get through injury-free.

'It is just great to be back and winning was a bonus for me,' Robertson said.

'My expectations were not too high coming in and I thought I would just give it a go and see what happened.

'The knee is getting better all the time and it passed with flying colours today.'

Robertson also wanted to thank the support of his home crowd and put out the call for any people who were interest-ed in judo to give the sport a go.

'The Orica tournament is great for the public to come out and have a look at judo, so hopefully we can see a few down at the club on Wednesday and Friday nights,' he said.

Of the other Gladstone competitors in action, Joanna Ford was victorious in the Senior Open Women, Morgan Ford won the Senior Heavy category, while Renai McLouchlin, Jake Bailey and Jacqui Riches were also successful.



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