I 23 www.sport.ox.ac.ukWednesday leagues, reaching an impressive 148 goals scored in 26 games. Varsity had the Hos facing a tough task, with no one remembering a previous Hos Varsity victory. Nevertheless, coach Portwin ensured that the team "ran the curve" enough times to make sure that they crushed the Cambridge opponents 4-0. With four and a half Varsity wins out of six, three promotions, no relegations, the highest ever Men's Blues BUCS finish, and the best social atmosphere in the University, it has been a fantastic year! ICE HOCKEYBoth Men's teams had an extremely successful year playing as part of the British University Ice Hockey Association (BUIHA).The Men's Blues won all but two of their Division 1 South matches, losing away in London and drawing with Cambridge (Oxford won the Varsity Match in overtime, but the league only recognizes the score at the end of regulation), missing out on a division title by a solitary point to London. In the play-offs, however, the Men's Blues won both the conference semi-final against Cambridge and the final against London, going on to beat Newcastle in the National final.The Men's Blues also played three matches on a tour of central Europe, losing heavily to strong teams from the University of Bratislava and Charles University of Prague before recording a victory in a shoot-out against H C Fass of Berlin.The Varsity Match ended in a 7-6 overtime win for Oxford. The Men's Vikings won six and lost two of their league matches (with both losses coming on the back end of a weekend double-header), finishing top of Division 2 South for the first time. They scored the most goals and conceded the fewest in their division but were unable to repeat that form in the play-offs, losing 3-1 to Nottingham B in an extremely tight match. The score remained 2-1 until the Vikings pulled the goalie with ninety seconds remaining for an extra forward, leading Nottingham to score into the empty net with 20 seconds left. Unfortunately the Varsity challenge against an extremely strong Cambridge Eskimo team resulted in a 6-1 defeat for Oxford.The Women's Blues had an improved season, resulting in a 5-4 Varsity Match victory over Cambridge. There was improvement in their league form as well, with the team managing to win one match and draw two, with eleven losses. Additionally the Oxford Women were only held goal-less in three matches and only conceded double figures in three matches, finishing bottom of six teams as part of the English Ice Hockey Association's Women's Division 1 Midlands. The Women's Blues also played three matches as part of a European Tour to France, losing 14-3 to Grenoble, losing 13-4 to Meribel and losing 9-2 to Courchevel.JITSUOver the year, Oxford University Jitsu Club has participated in several regional courses, two gradings and two national events. The most recent of these, the Randori Nationals held in Telford, saw close to 1000 competitors and was an outstanding success for our Club. This year we took away three gold, two silver and two bronze medals, with the finals of the green belt nage waza competition being a particular highlight. In first place came Oxford's own Joe Dodds, and in second place Oxford's Ian Farr. Everyone who took part had an excellent time in what is always a tiring competition.The Atemi nationals at the beginning of the year saw several Oxford competitors reach the finals. Other highlights of the year include our very first Varsity Match, which promises to become a recurring feature. After several hours of battle, the newly purchased Varsity Shield went to Oxford, who won three events out of five.In the Michaelmas term grading the Club gained four new yellow belts, and two greens, four oranges and a purple belt in the Hilary term grading.2009-10 has been one of our most successful years yet; we are hoping to build on this to win even more medals at next year's nationals, and to keep hold of the Varsity Shield!JUDO2010 marks the 80th anniversary of the first Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Judo Match, when the teams first fought for the coveted Matsudaira cup. It is therefore fitting that this academic year has been a truly exceptional one for the Oxford University Judo Club.The Varsity Match typically serves as the focus of the competitive judo year, and the 80th anniversary made this year's match particularly important. Accordingly, we celebrated the event by holding the match in the Town Hall for the first time in over 40 years, in front of an audience of hundreds of students and locals, and subsequently hosted a formal dinner at St Cross College. The event received coverage on local TV and radio stations, and the feedback suggested overwhelmingly that the match benefitted greatly from being held in such a prestigious venue. Most importantly, all three student trophies (Men's Blues, Women's Blues, and Men's B Team) remained in Oxford at the end of the contest. This marked the eighth consecutive year in which the Women's Team have defeated Cambridge, reflecting the high standard of women's judo in Oxford. Meanwhile the Men's Blues match came down to a 4-4 draw, so three matches had to be drawn for a nail-biting re-fight, in which Oxford triumphed 3-0.Just two weeks after our success at Varsity, we had our most successful year in memory at the BUCS Judo Championships in Sheffield. We took seven medals in the individual championships, including outstanding gold medals for Ifor Capel and Rebecca Bayliss, both former presidents of the Club. The following day, our somewhat battered teams maintained their strong performance to secure a Team Silver Medal for the Women and Team Bronze for the Men.In November a large contingent of Oxford judo players travelled to the London Inter-University Championships, a new national student judo competition. In addition to several individual medals, the Oxford team was awarded the trophy for best Dan grade team, and then for best team overall. Also notable was Oxford's participation in an international student tournament in Paris, which saw four Oxford teams travelling to the Ecole Polytechnique in January. Despite extremely tough competition, our Women's Team and Men's Kyu-Grade Team both came back with medals from the event.
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