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!

Southern Region Age Groups Team Foil

 

On 7 October Arthur, Aryan and Cohen took part in their first competition, in the Under 10s category, in which there were 10 teams. Between them they had combined fencing experience of only about two and a half years! Cohen’s mum Anne, who also took the photo, writes: “They conducted themselves well, and deserve to be proud. I am reliably informed that although this was an under 10’s comp (as at 1 Jan 2019), we were pitted against several 10 year olds and at least one 11 year old!”

Congratulations to all three for taking their first competitive steps.

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Upcoming Southern Region Events

Social Adult Development Day to include Lunch and a fun competition

Date:  Sunday 2nd September 2018
Time:  Start 10am Finish Approx 4pm
Venue:  St Gabriel’s School, Sandleford Priory, Newton Rd, Newbury, RG20 9BD
Open to Regional fencers aged 16yrs plus.
Cost: £18 to include buffet Lunch
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Development Day Open to All Fencers

Date:  Sunday 23rd September 2018
Time:  Start 10am Finish Approx 5pm
Venue:  St Gabriel’s School, Sandleford Priory, Newton Rd, Newbury, RG20 9BD

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This will be open to all, will include all development aspects. Full details will be available soon.

The cost to attend the day will be:

Fencers – £25 for the first family member and £20 for any subsequent members

£10 for the referee workshop with Luke Deamer. There will be the option to take a L1 exam and he will be around on the 21st Oct so anyone who would like a L2 assessment he will do that then

£10 for an armoury workshop with Andy Goodier

 

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.