OFC at Blenheim Palace, August

OFC was invited to help set the scene for performances of Shakespeare at the reconstruction of the Rose Theatre at Blenheim Palace this summer.

Young and older fencers all participated with great enthusiasm, and it was a great opportunity to introduce a new audience to our sport.

Thanks to the actors and production team at the Rose for their support, and to all the fencers who took part.

Photos: Mark Leech and Anne Tester



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!

Martina, Mark and Anne with their medals
Sheet for the epee poule unique
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!

Mark Leech and Anne Tester
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!


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.

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