As most of you probably know, the BUCS judo championships took place this weekend (19/20 March). We took 5 players along this year – Matt, Herac, Andrew, Lachlan and Nathan.
Saturday is the individual championships where Matt and Herac both fought well in the kyu grade category to both take bronze in their respective categories.
Andrew, Nathan and Lachlan had less luck. Nathan fought well to get out of his pool and into the knockout but lost to the eventual silver medallist. Andrew and Lachlan had tough draws in their pools and didn’t manage to make the knockout.
The team championships on Sunday saw a battered team presented with a tough pool. The first contest went to Plymouth who eventually finished with a bronze medal; a turnaround saw Southampton beat Bangor whose team looked strong on paper but were at a disadvantage due to only having four men.
This left the final contest in the pool to decide whether Birmingham or Southampton would go through to the knockout with Plymouth. Birmingham had in theory been fighting at a serious disadvantage with just 3 players but having defeated Bangor, they were also able to make the experience of their players count and beat us 3-2.
So the final tally for the weekend was 2 bronze medals in u73kg Kyu grade and u90kg kyu grade categories.
As usual the standard at the weekend was high, the mood of players and officials was positive, and results were spread across a wider range of universities than has often been the case.