Another great competition spoilt by the way it was again unfortunately run!! Hurry up and wait once again became our mantra for the day. I'll just point out a couple of areas in which I and I'm sure just about everyone who competed reckon could be improved upon -
One set of scales are you kidding me????
An assigned official to each division/group who/what/where????
Open Weight divisions being called to weigh in? What the?????
Being called to weigh in at 0930 and then not actually weighing in until 1230.....
On the plus side the competition was of an extremely high standard and the sportsmanship displayed exemplary. The officials were fair although a universal interpretation of the scoring system needs to be refined. I particularly enjoyed watching the many black belts compete this year and will finish with this:
Please Peter de BEEN run the VICS/AUS CUP/PAN PACS
GI SATURDAY..... NO GI SUNDAY........
Apart from all of the above I still had a good day. Pommie Paul and Travis were first up in the 79kg white belt no gi division. Both fought very well with Trav getting pipped on points in his first match and Paul winning his first match with a nice armbar and then losing his second match on points. I lost my first no gi match by a point but was still happy with my performance. Jeroen psyched out his opponent in the purple belt gi 97+kg division and went straight through to the final. Dave was up on points in his first Blue belt 85kg Gi match then got caught in an armbar towards the end. Trav again fought very well in his first Gi match going down on points and Pommie Paul won 3 matches before losing his forth on points. I managed to win my first two gi matches then got armbarred in 17 seconds by one of Rodney ELLIS'S boys from Southern Cross Jiu Jitsu in the semi-final. He went on to win the division which gave me the bronze medal. Dave fought the same guy in No Gi and lost by an advantage. Jeroen had an extrememly tough Gi match against a monster and lost on points to take the silver medal. Rickasauros of course squashed everyone who dared step on the mat with him and took out the Gold Medal in the Open Weight Adult White Belt division. He pulled out of the Gi division because competing at 10 PM wasn't that appealing after a long day of Hurry Up and Wait!!!!!!!!!
I'm slowly uploading all of the action on to YOUTUBE so if you type in 2008 Pan Pacs in the search engine you'll find them. There are already a number of fights up there from other people including Jeroen's first No Gi match. See you on the mat....