Today the club competed in the new Hampshire Judo Team Championships at our home venue, Southampton Solent University’s St Marys Leisure Centre.
In this the first event of the series, we competed against Southampton University Judo Club and Fleming Park Judo Club.
For some this was their first event, others a return to competing after time off ranging from months to years. All in all the standard of the Judo across teams was very high and exciting, with Ippon throws being the dominant score.
Our team fought amazingly well and below are the results of all the matches:
Southampton Solent (Southampton City) 3, Fleming Park 2.
In this close match, Fleming park took the initial lead when thier experience veteran Steve Kemish threw our Iain Muir for Ippon. This was followed by Gary Pike being caught by Fleming Park’s Steve Jones for another clean Ippon.
Ilya Kalugin then gained us our first win against Rob Brenner with his own Ippon score. Mohamed Sahed followed and caught Brad Manning for the fourth Ippon of the day, evening up the scores to 2-2.
Peter Boniface (Southampton) then faced up opposite Liam Carr (Fleming Park) for the deciding fight in the match. This nail biter was very even with Liam’s Ju Jitsu background making him a real danger especially on the ground. Luckily for us Peter was able to absorb the pressure and respond catching Liam for an Ippon and giving us the match!
Southampton Solent University (Southampton City) 4 – Southampton University 1.
In our second match of the day, we faced up against Southampton University for a “Derby Match”. The match started out with a suprise match, our very own Garry Pike fought Iain Muir; again one of ours in a friendly Heavyweight match up as Southampton University did not have a Heavyweight on with them. Iain caught Gary for Ippon opening up the account for the team.
Ilya fought the very skillful Daniel Spencer from Southampton University in a brilliant match that was very close but ending in our favor with yet another Ippon scored. Next up Mohamed fought Will Betts and Mohamed won the match comfortably by Wazari giving the team an unbeatable third win. Last to fight was Peter who fought Sarah Cooper, Sarah unfortunately did not have any other females to fight so chose to fight Peter rather than take the easy win by default, displaying the real Judo fighting spirit.
This made the final result 4-1 to us (although technically the result was a much closer 2-1 to us once we remove the first and last fights).
Fleming Park vs. Southampton University
The other match of the day was between the other two teams, another all Ippon affair between the other two teams attending. Southampton University winning the match 4-1 including another default winn for Sarah and a great display of shime waza by Liam Carr who strangled out Vlad Bist to give Fleming Park their only win of the match.
- Southampton City (Southampton Solent University)
- Southampton University
- Fleming Park
After the official matches were completed, we were able to have some individual matches where all participants got more fights. This was great fun with more big scores and Ippons being earned.
Unfortunately due to some miscommunication some teams were given incorrect times and missed the opportunity to compete with us, we look forward to meeting them at the next event which we will host on November 2nd at St Marys.
We were fortunate that the SonarTV team were able to film the event and we will post the video as soon as it is available! We would like to thank all the volunteers from BJA Hampshire who provided referees and officials as well as SportSolent, SonarTV and Hampshire County Council in particular who are supporting this new competition series possible!