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WINNERS!! University Team deliver another outstanding performance at BUCS 2012 - Amended results

Sunday 18 March 2012

After setting off very early on Saturday morning, Manchester University's ladies Team Kata (Melissa Finlay, Cristina Finta and Alexandra Simon) was up first to defend their title as 2010-2011 champions. Cruising through the eliminations (not a single judge flagged against them), they dominated Nottingham in the final with an impressive Nijushiho and a very realistic bunkai- winning gold and keeping their title. Cristina also won bronze in Senior Ladies Kata, losing only to this year’s champion. Team Kumite was up next; our Ladies team (Alex, Mel, Cristina and Nicole Halsall) fought extremely well and claimed the bronze medal. Our Men’s team (Brian Kanyanga, Joe Hart, Kyriakos Solomou, Bogdan Avram, Ian Ingram, Michael Pearce and Prawira Saldin) went through to the final, losing to Heriot Watt after some fierce fighting, claiming silver.

Sunday was dedicated to Individual Kumite; Manchester collected three bronze medals (Alex in Senior Ladies U68kg, Brian in Senior Men U75kg and Kyriakos in Senior Men U84kg). Unfortunately due to head injuries, Sam Humphrey and Mike were unable to carry on fighting. Mel and Camille Sandaldjian went head to head in the second round, with Mel going on to win the semi-final by scoring three ippons (for jodan mawashis) and losing in the final to the EKF European Cadet Champion Alice Goudie.

13 competitors, 19 medals and OVERALL WINNERS, beating last years winners Edinburgh in the medals table, BUCS 2011-2012 has been another huge success for the club. Let us not forget Sensei Garry and coach Tom Thatcher who came along for this week-end and thank them for their fantastic support and advice.

We will be back for next year, for more medals and fun. Until then, huge congratulations to all who went, you have done your club, your University and your Sensei proud!

Report provided by Camille

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