Referees News 2011
In attendance - Dale Gamble, Brian Noble, Peter Bibby
After arriving at Belgrade airport our transfer took us to Novi Sad via the scenic bumpy mountain route and at one point on a steep decline I thought we were on the wrong side of the road but thankfully at the summit the road had split into two earlier and was for descending traffic only!
When we arrived at our hotel they tried to charge us for the full previous week instead of just the days we were staying, after a lengthy discussion and some diplomatic negotiating they finally agreed to just charge us for the days we had booked. Upon reaching our rooms I have to say they were the smallest I have ever seen and they had a large pillar in the middle and the bathroom was a squeeze even for me!
On Thursday we attended the referees briefing and Brian re qualified his kata qualification for a further two years, there was no mention at the briefing regarding the new rule changes.
Day one -
It was good to see all the support for England at the competition, I was allocated to area three and after choosing my seat it the remained mine for the next three days.
First up was kata followed by kumite and I was used quite a lot and was involved in numerous bouts including semi finals and bronze finals.
On Peters area he was involved in the kata and was judge number one for a bronze final which was a first for him in Europe, well done Peter.
Brian was also well used on his area and was chosen for two finals, one kata and one kumite.
England had three finals so we stayed to support them and we secured three silver medals.
Day two -
We all returned to our areas and much the same as yesterday bouts were coming thick and fast, I was chosen for a kata final which is the first kata final I have done, Brian judged a kumite final.
Day three -
We all went to our areas again and I judged on the kumite minus 60kg final this was followed by the referees debriefing and we were praised for doing a good job and only major injury was reported which was in team kata!
My overall view of the is that we as english referees had a good tournament, but for me there was many bouts lost on penalities, and not enough won on scored points
EKF Chief referee