We were at BUCS this weekend with a team of 5 – Will, Dan,Giorgio, Josh and Andrew. Once again the cometition was part of the larger BUCS championship in Sheffield and the standard was high in both the Kyu and Dan grade categories.
After the usual trawl up the M1, everyone was weighed in and we had a nice tour of Sheffield in search of our hotel thanks to my brain dead sat-nav. Eventually we found our hotel (new and improved over previous years with no karaoke and good food!). Once checked 5 hungry players proceeded to try and clear out the kitchen before rolling into bed
Saturdays timetable combined with our lightweight team meant that we started with 4 players spread over 3 mats in the u73 categories.
Andrew, Josh and Dan all made it through their respective pools into the knockout stage.
Andrew in particular had a great start to the day winning all his pool contests by ippon. After winning the first round of the knockout with another ippon throw he met eventual winner Patrick Dawson in the second round and was thrown for ippon himself. Final position was a very respectable 7th from the category of 26. The icing on the cake was collecting the remaining points needed for his dan grade.
Josh won his first knockout contest before being eliminated while Dan lost his first contest to a strong player from Anglia Ruskin.
Will was fighting in the u66 category having not quite made weight for the u60s. Unfortunately he drew a pretty strong pool and didn’t make it into the knockout.
After raiding the hotel restaurant again and a good night’s sleep we were back at Don Valley Stadium for the team competition. Another tough draw meant our u73 players were faced with a lot of u90 players and the experienced 3 man team from Heriott Watt that would eventually take a bronze medal, so we didn’t make it out of our pool.
As usual the team competition saw lots of good judo and close matches. In particular the mens final between Oxford and Anglia Ruskin was a nail biting affair that went all the way to the final contest.
While we didn’t return with a pile of medals our new team members now know just what the standard is like and what they need to work on for next year.
More photos on our Flickr stream here : http://www.flickr.com//photos/southamptonuniversityjudo/sets/72157629623017603/show/