Karate success

A FUNAKOSHI karate squad from the south-west has returned from the state championships with a swag of trophies.

The championships focused on national all styles and was held in Melbourne last weekend.

The squad of 14 members returned home with 20 trophies in their keeping.  

The squad also received an invitation to compete at the national championships in Melbourne on November 26-27 at the Sports and Aquatic Centre.

The state championships featured 250 competitors taking part in 39 styles of martial arts.

Results included Kathryn Milroy (fourth place in novice female forms and kata, novice female continuous sparring and novice female point sparring), Lisa Saunders-Guthrie (third place novice female forms and kata, first place novice female point sparring), Melissa Hoey (first place novice female forms and kata, second place novice female continuous sparring, third place novice female point sparring),  Sensei Jillian Cole (second place open female black belt point sparring, fourth place open female black belt forms and kata, first place veterans point sparring, first place and state champion veterans continuous sparring), Garrin Williamson (third place male 14-15 forms and kata), Brian Peach (fourth place veterans continuous sparring), Graeme Fuller (fourth place veterans black belt open point sparring and open black belt point sparring, third place creative weapons), Justin Glennen (fourth place male 12-13 point sparring), Synchronised kata team including Jillian Cole , Kathryn Milroy, Melissa Hoey (first place and state champion), Peter Conroy (fourth place in the male veterans forms and kata).