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BUCS big weekend special

  • 18 February 2020
  • 8 min read

'Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice – Bethany Hamilton.'

'True Champions aren't always the ones that win, but those with the most guts! – Mia Hamm.'

Welcome to a bumper edition of the Weekend Wash Up as we report on how our Individual competitors got on at BUCS Big Weekend in Sheffield! Don't go anywhere as there's some amazing news as Pompey went in search of BUCS Individual Gold, along with news from Men's Futsal 2nds and their final league match of their campaign. With so much to get through let's get going shall we!?

First up here's our very own, Louise Fell, with an update from the Judo and Karate Championships –


After many Judoka didn't make weight, GB's Emily Niven competing in the Women's Dan Grade -70kg event, was incredibly aware of how tough a battle she would have to medal at BUCS this year. Having recently moved up a weight class, she was already on the back foot, and was not expecting to get far in the competition. After seeing her draw, she felt confident that she would win her first game, but felt that her BUCS title challenge was all but over as in her second round she was drawn against the No.1 seed, who had been unbeaten in this weight class for numerous years. Winning her first round by Ippon, she nervously approached her second round encounter. It was a well balanced match, with both opponents not really having many chances to secure points, when with around 2 minutes to go, out of nowhere Emily threw her opponent, Loughborough and GB's Annie Boby, securing the Ippon! This took Emily straight through to the final, guaranteeing Portsmouth a medal! As for the final, Emily took on Eleanor Young from USW and again won by Ippon to take Gold for Pompey!

So huge congratulations to Emily! We're all incredibly proud of you! What a result!

Gold Medal Winner BUCS Judo Women's Dan Grade -70kg

Emily Niven - University of Portsmouth. BUCS Points: 12


Rochelle Walters went into this competition quietly confident of success, as she is currently the reigning U23 British Champion. In the 68+ category, and standing at roughly 5″11, it became quickly evident that none of the girls in her group knew how to deal with Rochelle, so she steamrolled through her rounds, straight to the Final – never conceding a point. However, in that Final she was fighting against a live-wire, so knew she needed to be on her guard, and on her guard she was! Both competitors received multiple warnings for avoiding contact to prevent the scoring of points, which stunned the crowd to silence, as they realised that the first to get another warning or the first to score a point would determine the outcome of this bout. Rochelle battled on, and with a triumphant cry, landed a shot to her opponents shoulder blade, scoring a vital point. Rochelle managed to keep the score this way until the final buzzer, meaning that she won an intense BUCS Final 1-0, to secure Pompey a second Individual Gold!

A magnificent achievement, and again you've done us proud Rochelle, congratulations on a phenomenal performance!

Gold Medal Winner BUCS Karate Women's Senior Kumite +68kg

Rochelle Walters - University of Portsmouth. BUCS points: 12

Next up, here's Badminton President, Gavin Wan with a rundown of how they got on in BUCS Individuals this weekend –


Men's Singles:

Tom Wood made it into the 3rd round after 2 great wins in the opening stages. Although Jonny Avery beat his first round opponent, he unfortunately lost to a strong, Zach Daniels in the 2nd round. Darren Chai beat 3 opponents, battling through a blister on the ball of his left foot before he lost to Kaylan Jensen in the Last 32 in the Main Draw.

Women's Singles:

Michelle Lau got a bye in the first round and played a good 3 setter in the 2nd round to ensure a 3rd round game, but her opponent proved too strong, which unfortunately meant she went out, just 1 win away from the Main Draw. Cynthia Sathiyarajan also got a bye and won through in the 2nd round but her opponent got the upper hand in her 3rd round match and won in 2 straight sets.

Mixed Doubles:

Tom Wood and Gavin Wan won their first match comfortably but with Wan's knee causing him too much pain to carry on playing at the pace of their opponents the pair lost in the second round. Darren Chai and Jonny Avery won 3 matches, winning each in 2 Sets, until they met Alex Cook and Ben Jarvis to lose out in the Main Draw.

Women's Doubles:

Weishan Low and Emily Beach got a bye in the 1st round and won their 2nd game comfortably but their opponents were too strong in the 3rd round, denying them a place in the Main Draw.

The whole club had a great time and it was a fantastic experience for everyone. All the players have said they now see where they place against other top universities and will practice harder for next year's tournament! The atmosphere was superb and the support from Louise, Paul and Gez was fantastic, as they came and watched every game we played. A super thank you from us to them!


Now we have an update from Swim, and their VP Sophie Card, on how they got on at their Long Course Competition.

Love was definitely in the air between our Portsmouth swimmers and Ponds Forge Swimming Pool, and we started the weekend with some brilliant relay swims from both our men and women teams, with the Women finishing 25th and the Men making the 4x100m Freestyle Final, coming in 6th place overall. We then followed these team performances with some fantastic Individual swims across the weekend. Special mention goes to Jamie Robertson who made the 50m Backstroke Final and swam a time of 26.94, coming 9th overall. We also had some Long Course Personal Best swims from Aimee Felstead who swam her 50m Freestyle in a time of 28.84 seconds and Maya Semyonova-Hoyland who swam a 31.31 in her 50m Backstroke, coming 16th out of 82 swimmers...and we didn't stop there. Our freshers did the team proud this weekend with Michael Pentland swimming the 100m Freestyle in 56.48 seconds and Tom Conte finishing the 50m Backstroke in 30.49 seconds.

Both the Men and Women Freestyle Relay teams beat Southampton, with the Women's team going on to beat Southampton again in the Medley Relay. Overall, the weekend was a success and was made even better with the support of each and every member on Swim team, not forgetting those watching our live stream back in Portsmouth! Now it's time to focus on Varsity!

Athletics Indoor:

Athletics attended the BUCS Indoor Championships and put in some of their best performances for years with several Season and Personal Bests recorded as well as a standout performance from Denesha Rocastle in qualifying for the Final of the Triple Jump.

Here's the pick of their results provided by Sprint Captain, Caitlin O'Reilly.

Long jump:

  • Charles Hervey - 5.25m (S.B)

Triple jump:

  • Denesha Rocastle - Triple Jump - 10.85m (Qualified for final)
  • Sam Piper - 11.63m (Indoor P.B.)

High jump:

  • Jasmine Mccallum - High jump - 1.55m (S.B)


  • Victoria Butler-Clack - 8.65s (P.B.)
  • Kehinde Adenuga - 7.53s
  • Clinton Obijuka - 7.13s (P.B.)


  • Clinton Obijuka - DQ


  • Marcus Levett - 56.92
  • Barnaby Dougal - 53.47 (IPB)

4x200m men's relay

  • 1.35.19 s

Athletics Cross Country:

Next we catch up with Cross-Country Captain, Hannah Barnard with news of their recent trip to Edinburgh.

At the end of January, 20 athletes made the long journey up to Edinburgh to represent the university at BUCS Cross-Country, where we had at least one person competing in all four races. We had huge success in the men's Long Race with Jacob O'Hara getting a Portsmouth record with his fantastic result of being the 58th finisher.

Results from the races are below, listing finishing places and times –

Men's Short – 8km

  • 272 – Cameron Maguire – 31:48
  • 315 – Robbie Carson – 32:34
  • 336 – Cole Lakin – 32:55
  • 387 – Joel Bontems – 33:52
  • 472 – Ben Haynes – 35:47
  • 517 – Simon Slattery – 37:05
  • 538 – Karl- Eric Laid – 37:54
  • 591 – Brandon Mallett – 40:50
  • 623 – Charles Hervey – 45:01
  • 628 – Ross Clithrow – 46:26

Women's Short – 6km

  • 237 – Amy Johnson – 28:42
  • 433 – Ceri Abbit – 33:39
  • 482 – Abigail Campbell – 39:37

Men's Long – 10km

  • 58 – Jacob O'Hara – 35:00
  • 154 – Joe Palmer – 37:30
  • 172 – Adam Dart – 38:13
  • 230 – Felix Smithson – 40:00
  • 243 – Charles Taylor – 40:37
  • 260 – Dan Slayford – 41:21

Women's Long – 8km

  • 89 – Hannah Barnard – 34:26


And finally, we're ending on another high note as despite Men's 2nds 4-3 defeat at Roehampton they completed their season on Sunday securing the SE3A title with 6 wins from their 8 matches, giving them 19 points; a full 9 points clear of 2nd placed St.Mary's, who have 2 matches left to play. A great season for the 2's who will now be playing Tier 2 Futsal next season. Congrats to the team on this achievement as all attention now turns to Men's 1sts and their crucial end of season matches as they go in search of the Double, starting with Surrey 1sts at Home on Sunday in their Home Semi Final in the Conference Cup. Kick Off is at 3:30 pm at Spinnaker.

So there we are then, what a way to wash up this week, with Two BUCS Gold Medals and a League Title secured!

Congratulations again to Emily and Rochelle on their magnificent performances in Sheffield! It's been a long time since we recorded Gold medals in any categories outside of Boxing at this event, so this means a great deal – thanks for doing your University proud guys!

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