Yesterday was the Alumni Sports Day that we took part in for the second time. I have just checked and the Last time we were part of it was in 2007 and that time we had 6 man teams and the final result was 3-3 with the win awarded to the university by points.
This time we had a range of alumni along to join in the fun, ranging from those who had graduated in the 80s, to ex-captain Matt who graduated last year.
After a warm up and a quick assessment of the attendees we drew up a 7 person team draw that let most attendees take part in the competition. Everyone fought with enthusiasm and although some people had done little judo recently or were relatively new to the sport we saw a great range of techniques and some very close contests.
The alumni team took an early lead with 3 wins and that left the university players with a lot of work to do if they were to win again.
Josh turned the tables by submitting Matt in the 4th contest with a strangle. Dan however then turned the tables by holding Richard for Ippon after a hard fought match.
Current club captain Andrew took on Filipe who is returning to judo after a break and they fought hard for the full 4 minutes with neither able to break through the others defence to register a score. Finally it was left to Ricardo to finish on a positive note for the university team, holding down Andy for ippon.
So the final result was 4-2 to the alumni team. Full results below
|Hakan Pekmeczi||–||2m40s||10 (throw)||Paul Gregory|
|Vlad Niste||–||2m10s||10 (hold)||James Haestier|
|Oli Maurice||–||1m21s||10 (throw)||Mark Blundell|
|Josh Davies||10 (strangle)||1m21s||–||Matt Vincent|
|Richard Kapend||–||3m33s||10 (hold)||Dan Varndell|
|Andrew Douglass||–||4m00s||–||Filipe Araujo|
|Riccardo Castelli||10 (hold)||1m21s||–||Andy Middleton|
The session finished with some more informal randori before we retired to the pub to keep Andy happy! If we can get even more people along to do the same thing again next year that would be great so if you are in touch with anyone else who used to be in the club, then let them know and get them to drop us a line. And hopefully those who were unable to come for a variety of reasons this year will be able to come next time.