Today was the second round of the Hampshire Team League, at Solent University’s sports centre in St Marys. It was nice to see one more team than last time and with most teams fielding a full 5 players the whole event felt like a positive step forward from the first round.
Four teams lined up, ourselves plus Fleming Park, Holbrook and Southampton City/Solent University. The event was fought in a round robin style so every team had 3 contests.
Southampton City and Fleming Park got things started with the win going to Fleming Park, then it was Southampton Uni and Holbrook. Ricardo, Szymon and Josh got things off to a flying start with ippon wins through a nice mix of throws and groundwork. After a debate about matching player sizes, Will got underway and deployed his favoured mix of sacrifice throws and groundwork to win with a submission. Final tally 4-1 to Southampton Uni.
Our next contest was another run of the local derby against the Southampton City/Solent Uni club. This time we seemed to be offering a submission masterclass with 3 contests ended with strangles and again a final score of 4-1 in our favour.
Our final contest was against Fleming Park and at this point we each had 2 wins apiece, making this effectively the final. It was always going to be the toughest match of the day for us and after Szymon put on another nice groundwork display to put us in the lead, Riccardo and Josh got caught out and both lost by ippon. Will was able to level things up with another groundwork win which put us at 2-2 and Charlotte in the hot seat. Her opponent had been looking dangerous with submissions by armlock in all previous contests, but after settling into the contest Charlotte scored 2 yukos and then finished up with a great ippon from Tani-otoshi in the last 30 seconds.
A good day of friendly competition with everyone scoring wins by ippon and we came out on top with 3 wins to Fleming Park’s 2.
Some pictures here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/southamptonuniversityjudo/sets/72157631927864511/
The next round is December 2 – can we field 2 teams next time?