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Varsity Match between Cambridge and Oxford -
23rd February 2008

Varsity Match between Cambridge and Oxford

Picture shows victorious team with the Enoeda Cup and assorted trophies

Adam Tun
Ian MacLeod
Melissa Ruseler
Nick Worth
Chris Andrews
Paul Smith
Charlie Gray
Richard Poole (Chief instructor)
Simon Picot
Roman Sztyler
Nicholas Edwards
Irina Kraicheva
Joseph Poore
Madeleine Wood (Ladies captain)
Richard Morrisby
Gemma Coughlin
Andrew Routh
Tom Johnson (Mens captain)

The results from the 2008 Karate Varsity Match between Cambridge and Oxford are in and Cambridge has once again come out victorious!
Following up on last year's big win over the Dark Blues, the CUKC Squad travelled to Iffley Road Sports Centre in Oxford yesterday to defend the titles. The hard work, dedication, and spirit that each of the squad members has exhibited over the past months paid off as Cambridge retained the Enoeda Cup.

The day started off with the individual kata competition. Roman Sztyler and Simon Picot both gave outstanding performances of Unsu and Gankaku, which earned first and second place overall within the Men's A division respectively, thereby giving Cambridge the early edge. Madeleine Wood and Charlie Gray were the top CUKC Women's kata competitors, performing Nijushiho and Gojushiho Sho. Nicholas Edwards topped the Men's B division overall with a convincing performance of Gojushiho Sho.

The Team Kata event followed, and demonstrated a true strength for CUKC as we won in each division. The Men's A team consisting of Paul Smith, Ian MacLeod, and Tom Johnson performed Kanku Sho to overtake Oxford's Bassai Dai. The Women's team which included Madeleine Wood, Charlie Gray, and Irina Kraicheva performed a very strong Gojushiho Sho which won out over Oxford's Kanku Sho. Finally, the Men's B Team of Roman Sztyler, Nick Worth, and Nicholas Edwards performed an excellent Jion to win over Oxford's Heian Godan.

The final event of the day was kumite. The Men's A team performed exceptionally well, winning 7 matches, drawing 1, and losing only 2. Special commendation goes to Paul Smith, who despite receiving a blow to left eye about 20 seconds into his second match, skilfully took control over his opponent and won the round, making it two wins on the day. The Women's team exhibited extremely strong spirit, drawing with Oxford, 3 wins, 3 losses, and 2 draws. The Men's B team also fought very strongly, drawing with Oxford, 2 wins, 2 losses, and 1 draw.

After the competition was over, the points were added up and the winners of each division were announced. We are delighted to report that Cambridge came out on top:

Men's A Cambridge 100 - 52 Oxford Result: Cambridge

Women's Cambridge 75 - 75 Oxford Result: Draw

Men's B Cambridge 79 - 57 Oxford Result: Cambridge

Overall: Cambridge 2 wins, 1 draw Oxford 0 wins, 1 draw Result: Cambridge

Cambridge University Karate Club wish to thank all the referees from both KUGB and JKAE for officiating at the event and also all those Cambridge supporters who travelled to cheer on CUKC to victory.

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