Master At Arms 2019

Congratulations to Justen, who is our Master at Arms this year. Justen finished second in both our Sabre and Foil competitions. These excellent results mean that he wins the handsome Ralph Evans trophy as our most successful member in the club competitions.

Justen with the Ralph Evans trophy

Junior Master at Arms

This year, for the first time in many, we have run junior Sabre and Epee competitions in addition to the regular Foil competition. This means that we have been able to award a Junior Master at Arms. This year, Xavier won the crown for his second place in both the Foil and Epee competitions. Well done Xavi!

Summer Fencing at Radley College

As in previous years, our summer training sessions will move to Radley College sports centre from Tuesday 2nd July. Please note that there will only be Tuesday sessions from 8pm to 10pm, no Fridays. The final session at Radley will be Tuesday 20th August, and we return to regular Tuesday and Friday sessions at Rye St. Antony in Headington from Tuesday 27th 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 28th June since we will only take electric boxes to Radley. See below for directions.

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AGM 2019

Chairman’s Report

Once again our club remains strong and stable. Our membership is currently 73, and we have welcomed 17 new members to the club this year. We introduced 28 new beginners to the sport on the two courses that we ran, and also introduced 10 to epee and 12 to sabre.

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BYC Results 2019

Congratulations to Darcy who won Silver in the U14 girls Epee, in addition to 10th in sabre, and 17th in foil. An excellent result, and an achievement to be very proud of.

Congratulations to Jay who won Bronze in the U18 boys foil. This is a brilliant achievement and shows that Jay will be a force to be reckoned with on the senior circuit in the coming years.

Well done also to Noe, who finished 9th in U18 boys Epee, Luke who finished 32nd in the U12 boys Foil, and Eunmin who finished 26th in the U18 girls Epee.

Club Foil Championship 14th June

Friday 14th June is the club foil championship. Entries will be collected on the night, and we’ll decide the format based on how many are there. We will try to hold a Junior and Senior event, and results in this competition will count towards the Master-at-Arms trophy that will be awarded at the AGM.

Please arrive promptly for a quick warm-up so that we can start in good time.

Club Epee Competition – 24th May

Following on from our Epee course, the club Epee competition will be held this Friday. Everyone is welcome to enter, regardless of whether you’ve ever held and Epee before. We will decide the format on the night, depending on how many entrants we have.

Results in this event (in addition to the Foil and Sabre) count towards the master-at-arms trophy that we award each year to the most-successful member in the club competition.

Southern Region GB Cup Qualifier, 28 April

Three OFC fencers took part in this competition held at St Gabriel’s School in Newbury. All came home with medals!

Martina Zagaria, on her return to competitions, won a well-deserved bronze in the women’s foil.

Anne Tester took gold in women’s epee, and some good victories in the mixed poule against all the male epeeists.

Mark Leech won gold in the men’s epee, going undefeated through the day, finishing with a very intense and close final bout.

Anne and Mark both qualify for the national GB Cup, to be held in Nottingham in June. Well done everyone!

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Martina, Mark and Anne with their medals

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Sheet for the epee poule unique

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Men’s epee DE tableau

Veterans’ Age Groups, 24 March

OFC  was well represented at this demanding competition at the Leon Paul Centre in London, and brought home several medals to prove it!

Adrian Griffin – Category 2 foil gold, 5th in sabre (and qualification for the European teams tournament!)

Anne Tester – Category 1 epee gold (also a good performance against the Category 2 fencers when the groups were merged)

Mark Leech – Category 1 epee silver (to his utter astonishment)

Malcolm Allton – Category 3 epee 6th

Congratulations everyone!

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Mark Leech and Anne Tester

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Disbelieving photo of the Cat 1 men’s epee results

 

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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