Return to Rye St. Antony

From Tuesday 21st August we will return to our regular venue of Rye St. Antony in Headington. There will be no Friday session on 24th August on account of the bank holiday, and Friday sessions will resume as normal from 31st August.

 

2018

Chairman’s Report 2018

I hope that you have had a successful and enjoyable fencing season. 

This year, we held two beginners courses and introduced 32 people to the sport. We have welcomed 15 new members to the club either graduating from our beginners courses or joining from elsewhere. What’s especially great is that our Friday sessions regularly have more than 35 attendees, which is much higher than it’s been historically.

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Summer Fencing at Radley College

As in previous years, our summer training sessions will move to Radley College sports centre from Tuesday 3rd July. Please note that there will only be Tuesday sessions from 8pm to 10pm, no Fridays. The final session at Radley will be Tuesday 14th August, and we return to regular Tuesday and Friday sessions at Rye St. Antony in Headington from Tuesday 21st August.

If you don’t own your own kit, please arrange with a committee member to take away a jacket, mask and plastron for the summer before Friday 29th June since we will only take electric boxes and weapons to Radley. See below for directions.

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GB Cup, 23 June 2018

Another great result for Shazamin Shaharani, winning the inaugral men’s foil GB Cup in Nottingham.

Martin Carter, OFC coach, also fenced and achieved a very respectable 8th place considering he has been carrying a long-term injury.

Both were the qualifiers from the Southern Region competition held earlier this year.

 

Southern Region Foil

OFC was well represented among the medals at the Southern Region foil competition on 29 April.

Chris Roughley and Juliette Armand took gold in the novice events, and Juliette also won silver in the senior women’s foil. Alex Perras won silver in the men’s senior foil, in a close match.

Extra congratulations to Juliette for qualifying for the GB Cup in June by reaching the top two in the senior women’s event.

Veterans’ West Midlands Open

The ever popular West Midlands Open attracted  a strong entry from Veterans around the country including  our own Caryl Oliver, Adrian Griffin and Malcolm Allton.

Adrian fenced his newest weapon, Sabre and fenced well in a strong field.  He came 8th, losing  his D/E bout to the eventual bronze medallist. 

In the Men’s Epee, Malcolm fenced well in the pools to earn 8th seed position.  He ended up in  13th position having also come up against an eventual bronze  medallist in the D/E.

In the Women’s Epee, Caryl fenced well in the pools and earned No 1 seeding going into the D/E  where she moved through to the final comfortably but not  easily!  The only bout she lost for the whole day was  in the final against Marg Oniye and so came home with a  silver medal.

First two photos below courtesy of Gillian Aghajan.

 

Oxford University Pentathletes friendly match

This Tuesday (27 March), we welcomed the university pentathlon teams for a friendly match ahead of their varsity match against Cambridge next week.

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We fenced a modified version of one-hit Epee in teams of three up to three points. This was great fun, and it was really good to have some different fencers (and a new format) to spice things up. Good luck to the pentathletes for their match, and we hope you’ll come to train with us again soon!

Veterans Selection Event

Club members Adrian Griffin, Mark Leech, Malcolm Allton and Caryl Oliver were in action on 3-4 March at selection events for Great Britain Veteran Teams at the European Championships and World Championships. Congratulations to Malcolm and Caryl, who both won Bronze medals and so are automatically on the team for the Worlds! Caryl has also been selected for the Europeans.