Pentathletes v OFC – Round 2!

OFC welcomed the Oxford University pentathletes for a second match on 19 March. This time there were five teams of two, and another lively and enjoyable evening’s fencing.

Mark and Anne took top spot, with pentathletes Charlie and Sam not far behind in second place.

We hope there’ll be more matches and joint training in future!

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British Youth Championships Qualifiers – Epee and Sabre

On 10 March several OFC fencers and friends took part in this age groups competition in Swindon. Well done for good performances against exceptionally tough opposition to Freya Leech, Ava Tester and Gabriel Tribe, and extra congratulations to Eunmin Na (bronze medal), Darcy Herring-Johnson (silver) and Noe Larrousse (silver in epee and bronze in sabre),who qualified for the British Youth Championships, to be held in Sheffield in May.

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Photo: Anne Tester

Pentathletes visit the club

It was a pleasure to have the Oxford University Pentathletes visited the club last night. We fenced a one-hit epee teams match, which is a little different to the standard fencing matches to 5 or 15 that we’re all used to.

Seven fencers from each club took part, meaning that we had seven teams of two. OFC teams took the top two places – well done to Darcy, Tim, Anne and Mark, with the pentathletes making up the next two. It was a really fun night of fencing, and we can’t wait to do it again!

Berks, Bucks and Oxfordshire Christmas Foil Rally, 2 December

The festive atmosphere of the BBO Foil Rally was a great place for some of our junior fencers to gain experience (or more experience) of team competition.  Amidst the Christmas lights, fairies, French hens, geese allez-ing, turkey foils and the occasional (Foiliz Navidad) bull, matador, piglet and pirate, our teams wielded “Foils Around the Christmas Tree”, and brought “Piste on Earth”. Even our spare fencer found a two-person team to join, proving indeed that “It’s a Wonderfoil Life”. Well done to Esther, Luca, Vito, Ava, Cohen, Xavier and Ruby, for putting in a long day of fencing.

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Report by Anne Tester, photo by James Kingston

Southern Region Epee Championships, 28 October

Oxford Fencing Club was well represented at the Southern Fencing Region Epee Competition today. Well done to Mark Leech, Eunmin Na, Matt Pickering, Shazamin Shahrani and Anne Tester for a good effort. Matt earned himself a silver medal, while Eunmin, Shaz and Anne came away with bronze. Mark was just outside the medals in fifth. Special mention for Eunmin’s performance in the poules (in which she beat the eventual Ladies gold medallist among others) which was outstanding!