Southampton Uni vs Matsumachi

As many of you will know, last Tuesday was the most recent visit from Matsumachi Judo Club for another friendly team contest. This one was timed to provide some contest experience in the run up to BUCS at the end of term.

For this particular visit Matsumachi had a large party of 12 which meant that along with our own players the mat was more crowded than we have seen for some time.

After a warm up we decided to get the  team contest complete first before finishing the session with randori. With a little creativity we laid out a sequence of contests that meant everyone was presented with an opponent of approximately the right size and some players had the bonus of extra contests!


Matsumachi Southampton
Ben Grant X Josh Davies
Jacob Grant X Will Betts
Dan Grant X Dan Spencer
Phil Grant X Josh Davies
Marian X Giorgio Burella
Andrew Lastnka X Vlad Niste
Rad Zdziabek X Nathan Farmer
Jeremy Tucker X Riccardo Castelli
Greg Elderfield X Dan Spencer
Rad Zdziabek Richard Kapend
Bob Simpson X Will Betts

Some nice judo seen from each team, all contests ending with ippon apart from one hard fought draw, and this time the final score was in southampton’s favour with 8 wins to 3.


Some more photos and video on the club flickr page at


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