GB Cup Qualifier

Several club-members competed in the Southern Region qualifier for the GB cup last weekend (11th February 2018).

The Ladies Epee was combined with the Mens for the poules because there were not sufficient entries to run it as an individual competition. Anne finished second after a final where she adapted her fencing to counter her experienced opponent but wasn’t quite able to capitalize.

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The Mens foil medal table was dominated by Oxford fencers, with Mark (3rd), Martin (2nd) and Shaz (1st). Martin’s semi-final against Mark and final against Shaz were two very-close matches on account of how well they all knew each other.

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The Mens Epee was the largest event of the day, and Tim managed to finish 2nd following a close final. Cas and Tim met in the quarter-finals and fenced a close match that was even until 13-13 when Tim managed to pull ahead.

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Well done to Anne, Shaz, Martin, and Tim, who have qualified for the GB Cup finals in June.

Town and Gown Teams – 3rd February

We will be entering men’s and women’s teams (hopefully) in all three weapons for this event, which takes place at Oxford Brookes Sports Centre on Saturday 3rd February 09:00 – 12:00. If you’d like to have a quick morning’s fencing against a couple of student teams, in any weapon then please let Tim know in the club or by email. We’d be particularly keen to hear from anyone who’s over 13 who’d like to fence Sabre!!

Team Epee Competition – Leicester, 17 December

Calling all OFC epeeists for a team (or teams) to enter the Alice Ruggles Memorial Trust  event at Leicester University on 17 December.

This looks like a good event, as all teams are guaranteed five matches, and check-in is at a civilised 11am.

Last time OFC entered a team competition, we came away with gold!

Full details of the competition are available here.

Closing date for entries is 22 November, so please get in touch asap if you want to take part.fullsizeoutput_a0a

Foil Rally – 3rd December 2017

The Berks, Bucks and Oxon Foil Rally is being held on Sunday 3rd December at Langley Grammar School. Entries will be via the Sport:80 website.

This is a fun, team event aimed at junior fencers.

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Last year, our team managed an excellent third place, and will be delighted to tell you how much fun it was. If you’d like to take part and are struggling to find a team, please let the committee know and we’ll try to hook you up with some team-mates.

One-Hit Epee – 14th November

We will be holding our monthly one-hit epee evening on 14th November during the regular club session. This is a fun epee continuum where you fight for first point with the winner of each bout staying on until they are defeated. It’s great practice for winning crucial points and trains you not to rush in.

Everyone’s welcome, even if you’ve never held an Epee before – beginners luck can be a wonderful thing!

Club Socks for Sale

We have special fencing socks with the club logo embroidered on the back for sale. These are comfy, stretchy socks with a padded section at the front to alleviate hits on your legs and a padded sole.

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The socks are white with a dark blue logo embroidered on the rear. Two sizes are available: medium (size 3-6) and large (size 6-11). The socks cost £8 per pair, or two pairs for £15. Please email chairmanofc@yahoo.com if you’d like to purchase some socks and we will arrange to bring them along to the club to pick-up.