Impressive performance in London from Glasgow University Muay Thai

Glasgow University Muay Thai saw 6 fighters take part in an interclub down in London involving 9 English Universities including Kings College, Queen Mary, University College London (The hosts) and Westminster to name a few. This was the first time GUMT traveled anywhere further than Stirling for a fight and the first time GUMT had competed in a contest with so many different universities. 

 We had 3 non-decision fights: Shane Seeley, Melanie Poynor and Katie Hsia. We also had 3 decision fighters, this means that the fights had a determined Winner/loser, something we’ve never had the chance of experiencing yet at Glasgow. Here is a brief summary of all the individual fights. 

 First fighter of the event was Shane Seeley(76kg) taking on Russell J.(78kg) from Aston, Shane began sparring only 3 months ago and his first fight was a mere 2 weeks ago at the Glasgow Interclub but this was not something you would have gussed. Confident, Shane had a strong right kick going for him the whole fight and landed a couple of early head kicks during the first round. It was a well balanced fight from both sides. 

 Next up was Katie Hsia, nicknamed “the truck” for good reason. Katie (58kg) took on India B. (58kg) from Kings College. Katie landed some very strong punches early on and some quality kicks however, India proved to be a tough opponent and the fight started off heavy on both sides. Both fighters were asked to bring the level down early on but it was a strong finish on both sides. 

 Our 3rd and final non-decision fighters was Melanie Poynor (50kg) taking on Audrey Y(63kg!) from Warwick University . Melanie is also new to Muay Thai Sparring and this was her very first fight! Warwick’s fighter was 5kg heavier than she was supposed to be and yet, Melanie accepted the fight and did extremely well. We could not be prouder at GUMT.

 The first of the decision fights, Srijan Rai, a known Muay Femur (Technical fighter). Srijan has been a long-term member of the club and his excellent Muay Thai knowledge and commitment to the sport was very evident in this fight. Srijan (72kg) took on Sam M(72kg) from Warwick. This was a very composed fight on Srijan’s part playing the cool, calm and collected persona fighting with a smile on his face right through to the end. There was no doubt in the crowd’s mind that Srijan was the winner at the end of this fight and it didn’t look like he’d broke a sweat. 

The second decision fight of the night can only be described as blood, sweat and tears. A true dog fight, and what many believed to be the performance of the night featuring GUMT’s own treasurer Shereif Kholeif (79kg) vs Kabir (72kg) from Royal Holloway. Both fighters immediately started with a mixed flurry of punches and low kicks, with neither fighter backing down from the brawl. Shereif displayed his strength in the clinch, using his weight effectively and executing multiple throws. However, the later rounds proved to be a true test of heart from both fighters. Shereif was visibly shaken after round 3 as he was rocked from multiple knees to the body. He whispered to the team “I’m exhausted, those knees hurt too much.” Coach McGinnes told him to give everything he had for the last 90 seconds as the fight was too close to call. Shereif marched into round 4 and unloaded everything he had, multiple uppercuts and a barrage of knees in the clinch sealing the victory. A true display from the underdog and incredible human endurance from both fighters. 

The headliner of the evening saw our very own Ronan Farrell (66kg) take on Jelson Sagay (78kg) from Westminster. This was truly an epic David vs. Goliath. Warwick’s fighter Jelson coming in with; 5 years’ experience over Ronan’s 3; having an extra 12kg which could not have been mistaken for anything apart from pure muscle and having a semi-pro record on the K1 fight scene. Jelson came out hard in the first round, heavy punches and using his weight effectively to drop Ronan onto the floor more than once. What really worked for Ronan throughout the fight was his left kicks, repeatedly landing liver kick’s which eventually proved to be too much for Westminster’s elite fighter. Being the closest call of the night according to the judges, the win was awarded to our very own Muay Tae(kicker) Ronan Farrell giving Glasgow the 3/3 on the decision fights. 

 An impressive feat for GUMT winning our first 3 decision fights in GUMT history. GUMT is extremely proud of the team and the support we got from all of Glasgow whilst we were down in London via social media. Thank you to everyone for the support! We could not have done so well without it!

Glasgow beat Strathclyde in razor-close match

After a long wait, Wednesday 30th November saw Glasgow’s Mens polo take on their biggest rivals, Strathclyde University. This being the first time the two teams have ever come face-to-face in a BUCS league, this was no ordinary league match, with the top spot in the league, and Glasgow’s dignity, at stake. Both teams had every single one of their top players down at the Stevie for what looked to be a ferocious clash. Glasgow were fortunate to have a much larger than usual home crowd by poolside to spur them on.

Strathclyde started the match off well by winning the first quarter swim off, a disconcerting start for Glasgow. The match had a slow start for the first few minutes until Glasgow’s top left-hander Rob Slater put the first goal in. Within the next minute, Glasgow had intercepted Strathclyde’s possession and Slater scored his and Glasgow’s second goal- an optimistic sight for the away team. Strathclyde rebuttled with a goal of their own, scored from the pit position. Determined, Glagow pushed on with James Pulham and Robert Bauchmann (sadly playing in his final league match) scoring a goal a-piece putting Glasgow in the  comforting position of a 4-1 lead going into the second quarter.

The second quarter began with a Strathclyde exclusion. Glasgow had the advantageous opportunity of a man-up attack but they failed to capitalise on it and the scoreboard remained unchanged. Nevertheless it was followed by goal from Slater, increasing Glasgow’s lead to a respectible four goals. The next few minutes saw Strathclyde score their second goal of the match and Glasgow captain Nacho Diez score a fast break, making the score 6-2. The remainder of the second quarter saw things take a turn for the worst for Glasgow with Strathclyde clawing back three consecutive goals and slashing Glasgow’s lead to only one goal. Nerves were beginning to set in for the Glasgow supporters as the match looked to be a lot closer than anticipated.

Strathclyde only increased their momentum in the third quarter, smashing in another goal and putting the score at 6-6. The home team committed two major fouls during the third quarter giving Glasgow two man-up attacks to attempt to regain their lead. However, be it for psychological pressure, a solid Strathclyde defence or a combination of both, Glasgow were unable to make anything of either of them. Finally, Soma Molnar scored a well-needed goal for Glasgow- their first in eight full minutes of play- to an enthusiastic reaction from the Glasgow crowd. Slater, having a relatively weak quarter until now, also scored his fourth of the match reviving Glasgow’s earlier lead. With the score at 8-6, tensions were running high in the pool as both teams could tell that this was going to do down to the wire.

The first attack of the final quarter kicked off with a Glasgow exclusion. Strathclyde played their man-up well tactically but couldn’t put the goal away, a bit of good luck for Glasgow that they certainly needed. Fortunately for Strathclyde they were given another chance less than a minute later, which they managed to put away, narrowing Glasgow’s lead once again. Glasgow carelessly gave away another exclusion; this time Strathclyde managed to score, meaning the score was at 8-8 with only minutes left on the clock. Rob Slater, the highest scorer of the match thus far, put away the ninth and winning goal for Glasgow. Strathclyde had a couple of chances in the late stages of the match, but in the end Glasgow held strong with a close but well-deserved 9-8 victory over their fiercest rivals. Both teams played some fantastic polo over the course of the match, and are no doubt looking ahead to their second clash next semester.

Final Score
Strathclyde (Home) 8 – 9 Glasgow

Team List (Goals)
1. Navid Esmaeili
2. Soma Molnar (1)
3. Andrea Benecchi
4. Marc Gurun
5. Robbie McGhee
6. Martin Kartau
7. Rob Slater (5)
8. Ignacio Diez (1)
9. Robert Bauchmann (1)
10. Scott Chisholm
11. James Pulham (1)
12. Kostas Tsimvrakos
13. Niall McRoberts

Trampoline go to Aberdeen

SSS League 2, Aberdeen, 19/11/2016

The second SSS competition took place in Aberdeen this weekend. We took 17 members competing over a wide range of categories.

After a 4 hour bus journey we arrived in time for the first flight of Novice and Intermediate ladies to warm up. Our first medal came from Sarah Watson. She performed two stunning routines giving her a fantastic score of 47.3 which earned her a very well deserved second place. The next category was intermediate men where our only male fresher competed. This was only his second competition and he did extremely well completing all 20 moves and collecting himself a bronze medal. Our two elite competitors: Emily Duff and Josh Watters were our next medalers, Josh taking silver for elite men and Emily bronze for elite ladies. Finishing off the individual categories we had Mhairi Kristoffersen, another fresher, showing off her sky high, beautifully performed, 6.70 difficulty score routine in Pro-Elite Ladies. She pulled it off perfectly with a double back summersault achieving a bronze medal.

Everyone did so well and we could really see the improvement from dedication to training and hard work since the League 1 in October.

The competition finished with a fun fundraising synchro roulette where you pay £2 to enter your name and get paired with anyone from any club from any category level on the day so they only get a chance to practice their routines once or twice. We had quite a few members from Glasgow taking part as well as helping out, judging and marshalling. Courtney and Jill ended up being paired together despite Courtney being advanced and Jill intermediate. They worked really well as a team and came second winning a box of chocolate. Mhairi was paired with an advanced competitor from Edinburgh and also kept well in sync placing third.

The competition rounded off as usual with a social bringing all the clubs together in a local nightclub in Aberdeen. The theme was emoji’s and everyone put in great amount of effort to their costumes and had a fun filled night.

Comfortable win for Men’s Polo puts Glasgow top of the league

On Wednesday  9th November our Men’s Water Polo team travelled to Aberdeen for their away match against Robert Gordon’s University. After a disappointing loss to Edinburgh 2nds in their previous match, the Men’s Water Polo team were looking to capitalise on what they hoped to be an easy win against RGU. Glasgow had been knocked off 1st place on the league table by their previous loss and this was their chance to recover the top spot, if things went their way. Despite a 3 hour minibus journey the team arrived in Aberdeen feeling confident but not complacent- with some of their best players in the line-up they knew they had the upper hand.

Fresher (and team boy) Niall McRoberts won the swim off, starting a Glasgow attack. After losing his defender Rob Slater received a pass in and easily put away the first goal of the match for Glasgow. RGU’s first attack was saved by Glasgow keeper Navid Esmaeili, and Slater reacts with a well-timed fast break, beating the RGU keeper and scoring Glasgow’s second goal. RGU began to put up a fight, scoring two consecutive goals by taking advantage of some weakness in the Glasgow defence as well as an exclusion. Slater scored another fast break before the end of the first quarter giving Glasgow the slightest of leads, but the away team were beginning to feel the nerves as the match looked tighter than they were anticipating.

Glasgow’s confidence came back in a fantastic second quarter. With the RGU having only two substitutes to Glasgow’s five, the home team were beginning to show fatigue and Glasgow were out-swimming them at every turn. Slater was dominating the pool with a tremendous six goals scored in the second quarter alone, including a lob over the keeper’s head and a particularly impressive backhand shot from outside five metres. Angus Gill, a first year playing his debut match, scored his first goal in a one-on-one with the keeper. James Pulham also scored for Glasgow this quarter with a nice  shot from pit, putting the scoreboard at a healthy 11-3 at the halfway point of the match.

Some drama ensued after goalie Esmaeili cramped his leg before the third quarter started (yes, before). Scott Chisholm, due to his previous keeping experience, took one for the team and substituted in for the injured keeper. Whilst this was not ideal, Glasgow’s lead was significant enough that they were not panicking, and as it turned out they had nothing to worry about, with  the temporary keeper making some good saves and Slater maintaining his excellent form by scoring a handy four goals that quarter. Robbie McGhee also added to Glasgow’s score count after playing well throughout the match.

With Glasgow ahead 16-5, the victory was in the bag in the final quarter. Nevertheless the team still gave it their all to the very end, with Slater- by far the top scorer of the match- putting another three in for Glasgow. RGU kept the quarter level with another three goals of their own, and the final score was a stunning 19-8 to Glasgow. The team could not have hoped for a bigger win, increasing their goal difference and returning them to the top of the league.

Final Score
RGU (Home) 8 – 19 Glasgow

Man of the Match: Rob Slater
Next Match: Aberdeen at Home, Wednesday 16th Nov

Team List (Goals Scored)

1. Navid Esmaeili
2. Robert Buchmann
3. Euan Smyth
4. Marc Gurun
5. Robert McGhee (1)
6. Angus Gill (1)
7. Robert Slater (16)
8. Nacho Diez
9. Adam Amory
10. Scott Chisholm
11. James Pulham (1)
12. Niall McRoberts

Rifle put in a strong performance at Edinburgh leg of the SSS GP

The start of the SSS Edinburgh GP weekend could not have been bumpier for Glasgow, as a 7am start left us fighting icy roads and exhaustion to make it the Edinburgh University Sports Union a mere six minutes before disqualification. However, now that we had made it we were not about to throw away the effort and proceeded to put in our strongest performance so far this year.

Shooting in a foreign range is always disconcerting to some extent, as the position and techniques we have honed in our own familiar set-up must be adapted and maintained in a new space. Combining that with time constraints and trying to keep kit and team members organised can prove testing, especially in a space designed to accommodate a single club; now packed with shooters from all over Scotland.

Despite these circumstances, the team pulled together excellently, with many of our members shooting above their personal averages, some of whom had only picked up a rifle for the first time in September and still managed to hold their own among stiff competition. Notable results include our Ladies’ Captain and Treasurer Olga Goryunova scoring her first perfect 100, our Pairs securing both 1st and 2nd (and consequently the team of Four comprised of both Pairs achieving 1st), the main team of 8 and Ladies’ Triad placing 2nd, Individual 2nd places both overall and in A-Class by Calum Macdonald, and 2nd place in B-Class from Oli Hawes.

Threes aiming make it Three in Three

Glasgow Mens Hockey 3s vs Dundee 2s

The threes came into this game on a high after two back to back 5-0 wins, but faced stern opposition in a recently relegated Dundee 2s. With this in mind the threes made a strong start to the game forcing the Dundee keeper into some superb saves. However with a lack of clinical finishing the half began to draw to a close, but not before a quick counter attack by Dundee who showcased some clinical finishing of their own. And so against the run of play the first half ended 1-0 to the Dundonians. After a rousing team talk by our captain the threes came out for the second half raining to go. With this new found passion, attack after attack followed culminating in a great chance for sagar who showcased that clinical finishing we had been lacking in the first half. But this didn’t deter Dundee and with some rash sweeping aerials they began to create some good chances but were kept at bay by some great saves by Jack. Glasgow were still in the game at this point and after a great ball across from Jake to Matt who with a deft touch put it in the side netting. Scenes. And with the comeback complete it was champagne hockey from Glasgow with Matt and Jake exemplifying some tiki taka hockey and some unbelievably unexpected majestic turns from Jake and Maitland the threes were in control. This new found confidence was boosted even more by some phenomenal support from the ones at the sideline and with the game drawing to a close our captain Liam got himself in on the act with a composed finish to the bottom corner. Game over. Special mention to Dylan as man of the match with a great performance pulling the strings in midfield. Another special mention to Calum Davidson getting donkey for taking a free hit and taking it straight back out of play.

Sailing Club host another successful Glasgow Grouse Team Race at Bardowie Loch


glasgow-grouseWhen the idea for the Glasgow Grouse was first pitched, we worked out a break-even point of 9 teams. We decided to be ambitious and aim for 12 entries. Now, just over four years on, the event attracted 24 teams, with another 6 having to be turned away (as much as we wanted to use the #biggerthanbusa hashtag!).

The previous week of towing and preparation left 24 boats rigged, siphoned and ready to go on the water. The only problem was that the water was a perfect mirror, and the forecast didn’t offer much hope of improvement. It was left to Glasgow’s overworked helpers to supply the frustrated teams with bacon rolls and pasta. Eventually the decision was made to can at 1400, whereupon the breeze set in as the last bus was pulling out of the gate. Fortunately for the race committee’s sanity, it didn’t hold, and everyone was able to head to the ceilidh regret-free.

The ceilidh can only be described as a complete success, with only one trip to A&E resulting, and this year it wasn’t even from Manchester. The next morning, the loch was still glassy though, and there was no sign of any breeze on the horizon. People started muttering about a cancellation. Newcastle were edging towards their minibus. The race committee were working out how to get a result for a 24-team event in under 10 races. Just when it seemed like we were going to have to scrub Rule 42 and declare a free-for-all, a westerly force 2 crept over the hill at the end of the loch soon after 11 and settled down on the racing area.

With 60 races to get through to complete the group stage, we were going to be pushed for time, but the crack race management team were able to keep things moving at a brisk pace. By 3 o’clock, the 24 teams had been whittled down to 8, with the top two teams from each group advancing to quarter finals.

The first quarter final saw Edinburgh A comfortably dispatch Newcastle A. RNCYC beat Strathclyde Green, Strathclyde Blue defeated BDKMG, and Edinburgh Import were victorious over Newcastle B in the other quarters.

With the wind threatening to die things rolled straight into the semi finals, with RNCYC beating Edinburgh A with a 1-2, and Strathclyde Blue doing the same thing to Edinburgh Import, besting them off the line and holding the combination all the way around the course.

The final was then between RNCYC and Strathclyde Blue in a best-of-three showdown. In a tight first race, RNCYC crossed the line in a 2-3-4, after both teams had kept the umpires busy the whole way around the racecourse. In the second, they won the start, securing a 1-2-4 by mark 1, and holding it to the finish, retaining the Glasgow Grouse.

As always, massive thanks to everyone who made the event run so smoothly, in spite of tricky conditions. Greg the PRO, Ruaridh and Ali on the beach, Fitz, Fester and Tor who always run a mean start boat, all the umpiring team who, like all umpiring teams, never made a bad call, James Logan for the loan of his RIB, Leanne Fischler for the photography, Doros the bosun, Smith the helper coordinator and the hordes of volunteers who did every job imaginable from lifting boats to cooking bacon.

And of course a few additional thank yous to our sponsors, Your Book List, Dram, Viper and Summer Sail Week, and to Clyde Cruising Club and Glasgow University Sports Association, whose support is vital to getting us on the water.

Overall Results:

Winner: RNCYC
Runners Up: Strathclyde Blue
Third Place: Edinburgh Import
Fourth Place: Edinburgh A
Other Quarter Finalists: BDKMG, Strathclyde Green, Newcastle A, Newcastle B

Group Stages:

Pos Team Name Wins
Group A
1st Edinburgh A 5
2nd Newcastle B 4
3rd Glasgow Beige 3
4th Big Booty Bitches 1
5th Aberdeen 1
6th Manchester Blue 1
Group B
1st RNCYC 5
2nd Strathclyde Blue 4
3rd Manchester Purple 3
4th St. Andrews 2
5th Edinburgh D 1
6th Aberdeen Skite 0
Group C
1st BDKMG 4
2nd Strathclyde Green 4
3rd Manchester Yellow 3
4th Glasgow Blue 3
5th Edinburgh C 1
6th Annandale 0
Group D
1st Edinburgh Import 5
2nd Newcastle A 4
3rd The Synergistic Koalas 3
4th Glasgow Green 2
5th Strathclyde White 1
6th Edinburgh B 0

For more photos check out the report on Yachts and Yachting –

First SSS Trampolining competition of the season

SSS League 1, Dundee 22/10/2016

This was the first SSS competition of 2016/17 involving 11 different Scottish Universities. We took 21 competitors from a variety of trampolining backgrounds, including a great turn out of freshers, with at least one person representing Glasgow in all but two categories.

We arrived on the Friday evening in time to join Dundee in their training session allowing our competitors to warm up and practice their routines before the competition the next morning. The competition ran from 10:00 till 16:00 with two panels allowing two flights (of around 10 competitors) to compete at the same time.

Our freshers who had never been on a trampoline before coming to university did brilliantly. We had two competing in novice ladies who managed to complete all twenty moves.

Austin decided to challenge himself and go straight in for intermediate men, where his first routine was lovely. During his second routine, he landed his 6th move on one foot meaning the judges stopped marking and his score was only out of fifteen instead of thirty, however he managed an impressive 10.9 which proves his execution was very good and we have high hopes for him in future competitions.

Our medals came from Liam, who hasn’t competed in a student competition since 2012 but became a student at Glasgow again this year studying Medicine, taking bronze in inter-advanced men with a very neat routine; Courtney, who is in his final year, competing in advanced men completed two very nice routines and took bronze; and Emily who came second in elite ladies with our highest score of the competition at 50.600.

The day finished with a social with all the universities at Dundee Student’s Union which was lots of fun and a great way to meet new people who we will be seeing at competitions throughout the year keeping a friendly and welcoming atmosphere.

Overall the competition highlighted the hard work everyone had put into their routines and has shown us all the potential to improve individually and as a team at League 2 in Aberdeen.




John Hepburn Visit (23/10/16)

On Sunday the 23rd Glasgow University Kendo Club played host to a man known to almost be the father of Scottish kendo, if not British kendo itself – John Hepburn sensei (7th Dan, Skyedokai). A teacher to many of the kendo high grades, including Gerry Kincaid (6th Dan, GB, Norway and Taiseidokai) and Steve Bishop (6th Dan, Edinburgh Kendo Club), GUKC were honoured to have a private seminar session with him, as well as Glasgow’s resident Dennis Smith sensei (5th Dan). Hepburn sensei had travelled down from Skye to spend time at our dojo, and hence this was both a rare and extremely valuable opportunity to learn from the best of the best.
After a brief warm up, Hepburn sensei elected to take our beginners for a forty five minute session on basics and footwork, and then general cutting technique, Hepburn sensei introduced a new type of technique to them. This was an entirely new technique and one that the beginners had never seen before. They were left to try out this technique under the guidance of myself, and then they were invited to watch our general free fighting practice, known as kieko.
All of the armoured members of GUKC had an opportunity to fight against and learn from both Hepburn sensei and Smith sensei, both very talented kendōka in their own right. Watching both of them fight was an amazing spectacle, and each of us learned many valuable lessons about how to better our own kendo. Even just watching this was important for the beginners, as they could see the end result of their hard practice in action.

Overall Sunday was a day that was inspirational to each and every one of us, as Hepburn sensei’s teaching method and general energy is something that we will ever forget. We hope to welcome him to one of our practices very soon, and will continue to practice his techniques for our own self betterment.


GUKC Members and Beginners alongside John Hepburn sensei (fourth left, front row) and Dennis Smith sensei (sixth left, second row).


GUMHC 3s victorious in the Battle of Glasgow

Strathclyde 3 vs Glasgow 3s

The threes got their first win under their belt after an excellent performance against Strathclyde at Stepps. The game started off well with some sweet passing round the back with the full backs, Finn in particular making great in roads into their D. This pressure eventually told with Glasgow winning their first short corner of the match and with that the first goal from a well worked ball to left slip to provide a simple finish for Angus. This lead only spurred Glasgow on making them hungry for more goals so much so that after a lung bursting run upfield, centre back Michael Rendle slotted home from the middle of the D. With continued pressure down the right hand side from Finn almost brought another goal after a mazy run into the D culminated with a phenomenal reverse that rattled the post. After some great pressing from the forwards yet another short corner was won and with that came the third with the same routine to left slip this time with a tidy finish from Adam Cybulski.

So the threes came into half time with a comfortable 3-0 lead after playing some of their best hockey this year. After another rousing speech from our captain, Liam Roberts, the threes were ready for more of the same in the second half. The second half continued in the same vein as the first with Glasgow attack after attack, after some scrappy play in the D the ball broke to Matthew Balmer and with a great strike he put it into the bottom corner to make it 4. However as the half wore on tired legs began to show as Strathclyde carved out some opportunities but some good saves from Jack Warburton and last ditch defensive tackles Glasgow continued to defend their clean sheet. With full time looming another Glasgow attack brought another goal as the ball was driven across goal Ariff was on the spot to tap it in, a real poachers goal.

After a hard fought victory Glasgow enjoyed some match teas with Strathclyde at their union and proceeded to win both boat races, a good day all round for the threes. Special mention to Jake Horne as man of the match for some great link up play up front and donkey goes to Michael Rendle for somehow getting his name wrong in the huddle.

Final Score- Strathclyde 3s  0-5 Glasgow 3s