Anglia Ruskin crowned champions at BUCS event

Published: 21 March 2011 at 13:03

Team toast Sheffield success while Williams takes home individual gold

Anglia Ruskin University’s judo team swept to victory in the British University and Colleges Sport (BUCS) Championships in Sheffield on Sunday, beating Loughborough University 3-2 in the final.

The team had already tasted success the previous day with British No 1 Danny Williams winning gold in the U73kg individual category.

Captained by former French junior international Nicolas Antolinos, Anglia Ruskin emerged victorious from the 18-team competition and in the process ended the University of Bath’s seven-year winning run.

Anglia Ruskin beat Strathclyde and Nottingham 5-0, edged out Manchester 3-2 and saw off London Imperial 4-1 in the group stages, before defeating Birmingham 4-1 in the quarter-finals.

They had expected to take on the formidable University of Bath in the last four. However, a shock result gave Anglia Ruskin the opportunity to face Edinburgh, who they beat 4-1 to secure a place in the final.

“Edinburgh beating the University of Bath threw us a little because everyone expected Bath to progress,”

admitted Anglia Ruskin judo coach Bob Challis.

“It’s fair to say that we had studied the Bath squad in detail and before the championships our team had been given DVDs of the Bath players in action. We knew nothing about Edinburgh, except that they had just beaten Bath.

“Loughborough were tougher than we expected but I think it is fair to say we beat them pretty convincingly in the final.

“I am very pleased we won as we have some fantastic players who really deserved it. However, we must now realise that Bath will come back stronger and their defeat will give a number of other teams added belief next year.”

In addition to Williams’ individual success in the U73kg event, Mike Stewart and Brian Koehn won bronze medals in the U60kg and U73kg categories respectively, while Josh Plant finished fifth in the U100kg competition.