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.


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


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


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.

Veterans’ West Midlands Open

The ever popular West Midlands Open attracted  a strong entry from Veterans around the country including  our own Caryl Oliver, Adrian Griffin and Malcolm Allton.

Adrian fenced his newest weapon, Sabre and fenced well in a strong field.  He came 8th, losing  his D/E bout to the eventual bronze medallist. 

In the Men’s Epee, Malcolm fenced well in the pools to earn 8th seed position.  He ended up in  13th position having also come up against an eventual bronze  medallist in the D/E.

In the Women’s Epee, Caryl fenced well in the pools and earned No 1 seeding going into the D/E  where she moved through to the final comfortably but not  easily!  The only bout she lost for the whole day was  in the final against Marg Oniye and so came home with a  silver medal.

First two photos below courtesy of Gillian Aghajan.


Veterans Selection Event

Club members Adrian Griffin, Mark Leech, Malcolm Allton and Caryl Oliver were in action on 3-4 March at selection events for Great Britain Veteran Teams at the European Championships and World Championships. Congratulations to Malcolm and Caryl, who both won Bronze medals and so are automatically on the team for the Worlds! Caryl has also been selected for the Europeans.

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