Friday the 8th February 2019, saw unparralleled crowds gather at Potterrow to watch Edinburgh University’s Kickboxing Club take on their ultimate rivals, Loughborough, in a night of intense and action-packed fighting.
With rounds being divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced, the inclusive event showcased fighters who were well-experienced to those who had only taken up the sport in September.
The beginners started off the evening with a bang. Their agility and moves in the ring were anything but novice on both sides. A highlight of this category was the fight between Loughborough’s Hope Li Anne and Edinburgh’s Emily Johnston. Having only started the sport at the beginning of the academic year, Johnston put up a brave fight, however the aggressive approach from Li Anne from the get-go captivated the crowds and lead to her to victory. Edinburgh however wasn’t ready to give up just yet as Harrison Coneboy went on to secure the first win of the evening for the team in his fight against Kieran Westwood-Chappell, with Saoirse Healey also winning her match against Loughborough’s Hannah Kiely-Smith.
The standard had definitely been set and the intermediate fighters had a tough act to follow. However, the category reached a climax when Edinburgh’s Robert Osyda brought his A-game and managed to win a third match for the home team against Loughborough’s Harry Collier.
Spectators waited in anticipation for the final segment of the evening: The advanced category. The first match was a competitive fight between the captain of the Edinburgh team Tsengel Enkhbat against alumnus Oskar Ulvestad, exhibiting perfectly the talent that is produced by the club. Briony Smith and Georgia Haven ended the evening with a dramatic round of punches and extremely high kicks.
Despite Edinburgh’s best efforts, Loughborough managed to secure the win with a final score of 6-3. The atmosphere and energy from the crowd at the end of the evening proved however that the home team had definitely done us proud.