Hampshire Closed 2013

March 17, 2013

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Final fling for the spring term was the Hampshire Closed competition, held this year at St Marys Leisure Centre in Southampton for the first time. The end of term and ongoing injury challenges meant we did not have as many entrants as we might have hoped for but 3 players turned out for an afternoon of Judo – Helen, Szymon and Will, along with occasional visitor to our club Peter

Szymon was first into action in the largest mens category, U81. A not entirely unexpected combination of ippon seoi nage and solid groundwork saw him comfortably through his pool and into the knockout. The pattern continued in the knockout, including a match up with Peter who was unfortunately pushed down to the repechage as Szymon worked his way to the semi final. This was the hardest contest of the day so far but a well timed throw for ippon saw the place in the final booked. Meanwhile Peter got to grips with the repechage and fought his way to a well deserved bronze medal after taking the decision in the repechage final against a strong but tired opponent.

With Szymon’s opponent in the final having shown some good judo we were geared up for the toughest contest yet. In the end however a beautifully timed seoi nage caught us all by surprise and Szymon was the gold medallist and Hampshire champion for 2013.

In the women’s category the number of entries was very low and Helen was part of a convoluted set of overlapping categories aimed at giving everyone a change to compete. There were some strong players present and unfortunately we were not able to see a repeat of the success from BUCS, and were left frustrated by a rather suspect definition of osae-komi! Will also suffered a little at the hands of hasty refereeing decisions with what looked like a solid strangle about to be locked in stopped rather too quickly and he was unable to make it into the knockout

On the whole a great event with a good atmosphere. It was good to see so many of the Hampshire clubs taking part and hopefully timing will allow us to enter more players next year, especially if it is held on our doorstep again

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What we’ve been up to

March 17, 2013

Things have been a bit quiet on the blog but we have been busy through the spring term. Here is a quick round up of competition activity

Hampshire Team Competition

The Hampshire Team League resumed in February after the Christmas break and it was nice to see a few more teams starting to make an appearance. In February we took second place behind Winchester Judo Club, while in March we were third behind Winchester and Holbrook.

As we have been supporting the competition from round 1 we have a solid lead overall going into the final round on April 7.

British Universities Championships

BUCS is our main target every year, and to make things interesting it moved a month earlier to the end of February making preparation a challenge with the exam period crammed in between BUCS and Christmas! And to make things more interesting our initial entry of seven players was reduced to 4 at the last minute by a variety of (mostly non judo related) injuries. So with some last minute panic over logistics sorted out, a depleted team left Southampton on Friday towards Sheffield with the weather forecast threatening snow. The journey was uneventful, weigh in was no problem, so after cramming hungry players with food we were all set for an early start on Saturday.

Stand out performances on the day were from Dan in the U66 Kyu grade category and Helen in U52 Kyu grades. Entry was large for most of the men’s categories and in Dan’s case 25 players meant 8 pools and a substantial knock out phase. Dan fought some nicely controlled contests throughout the day, winning his pool and all contests through to the semi final by ippon. Despite strong start in the semi final, a small error cost Dan the contest and he was left with the repechage final as his final contest of the day. Recovering from the loss of the semi final, and coping well with the aches and pains of a days judo, another calm and focussed performance led to a well deserved bronze medal.

After working hard to make the weight for U52, Helen was disappointed to be the only entrant. But that only seemed to fire her up for the combined U52/U57 category. She won both pool contests in short order with ippon throws and then made her way to the final with more attacking judo. Unfortunately the weight difference became apparent in the final and she was overpowered but had a worthy silver medal.

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Will and Szymon had less luck in the Dan grade categories which as usual saw a strong entry. Will was unfortunately unable to overcome clearly experienced players in his U66 pool. Szymon had more luck at U81 coming second in his pool and moving into the knockout. Despite many strong attacks he was unable to break through the defences of his scottish opponent in the quarter final and with the scottish player losing at the semi final stage there was no repechage opportunity either.

Despite only have 3 battered players to call on we duly turned out for the team competition on Sunday with the chance of points for Will and Szymon being the main driver. Unfortunately the draw was not on our side with strong opposition from Oxford, Bath and Warwick in our pool meaning an early exit for the motorway.

A good weekend’s effort with 2 good medals to show for it. Lets hope we can avoid injury problems next year!

More BUCS photos here : http://www.flickr.com/photos/southamptonuniversityjudo/sets/72157632850025042/