February 09

DCU Judo Grips Gold, Silver and Bronze

From intervarsities 09

Only those clever enough to run escaped the fire that was the DCU judo squad in NUI Maynooth this February.

Hundreds of judokas from around the country gathered for this year's national judo intervarsities competition. It was an intense day of bruises, bumps and, for many of DCU's entrants, medals.

Chamil Chamilov decisively thwarted all opposition on his way to 1st place in the middle kyu category, and Cormac O'Sullivan collected bronze and silver medals in the open and under 73kg weight divisions.

In the womens' tournament, Heather Murphy and Susan Phelan slammed, choked and strangled their way to the finals. By mid-afternoon these iron maidens had all but a few running for the hills. Heather took a silver in both the -63kg and middle kyu, and Susan claimed bronze in the -57kgs.

DCU dominated the -60kg men's category, with Peter Moran and Devin Anderson picking up gold and bronze respectively.

The excitement-highlight of the day was undoubtedly the Team event. DCU's A-team fought Trinity College down to the last man and, unfortunately, were defeated in the dying seconds of the fight. The team members (shown above) were awarded with silver medals for their efforts, having put on a performance that will no doubt leave TCD looking over its shoulders for next year.

Devin Anderson