Congratulations to Mark Leech, who is our 2018 Master-at-Arms. Mark fenced in all three club competitions, and managed to reach the finals of the foil, semi-finals of the epee and sabre. This high standard of consistency means that he wins the handsome Ralph Evans trophy as our most successful member in the club competitions.
Several club-members competed in the Southern Region qualifier for the GB cup last weekend (11th February 2018).
The Ladies Epee was combined with the Mens for the poules because there were not sufficient entries to run it as an individual competition. Anne finished second after a final where she adapted her fencing to counter her experienced opponent but wasn’t quite able to capitalize.
The Mens foil medal table was dominated by Oxford fencers, with Mark (3rd), Martin (2nd) and Shaz (1st). Martin’s semi-final against Mark and final against Shaz were two very-close matches on account of how well they all knew each other.
The Mens Epee was the largest event of the day, and Tim managed to finish 2nd following a close final. Cas and Tim met in the quarter-finals and fenced a close match that was even until 13-13 when Tim managed to pull ahead.
Well done to Anne, Shaz, Martin, and Tim, who have qualified for the GB Cup finals in June.
Well done to Eunmin, Tony, Caryl, Anne, Martin and Alasdair who were our valiant teams in the Town and Gown last weekend. It was a close match, but we were narrowly defeated by the university teams.
The OFC team at Alice Ruggles Memorial Épée team competition.
We didn’t win a prize but we didn’t get the wooden spoon either! Good day of fencing with support from Malcolm.
On 17th June, we hosted the Flying Friendship Cup at Rye St. Antony.
Salle Eton visited us on Tuesday 25th April for some friendly sparring against new opponents. They brought 7 fencers who fenced a mix of foil and épée. Rather than try to complete a teams match, we decided to maximise the number of fights we had against each other.
It was great to see the hall busy on a Tuesday night, and everyone who came along had a really good evening’s fencing.
Congratulations to our club member Erin, who won Silver with her school team at the British championships on the 25th February 2017. All the fencers in the team started out at OFC, and we are really proud of their achievement. Well done!
Congratulations to Ava, India and Xavi for their excellent Bronze medal at the BBO foil rally on the 4th December. Great job!
We had two teams in action at the London Region Team event on 27th November.
Our Épée team (Oxford B) consisting of Mark, Tim and Shaz won the Épée competition in a very tight bout that went to time in the final leg. Shaz lost priority, but then scored a fantastic touch on his opponent’s back hand to win the match 13-12.
Our foil team (Oxford A) consisting of Robin, Martina and Harry had tough seeding poules, and didn’t make it into the final 4. All three of our foilists held their own, especially Robin who was fencing in his first ever competition.
Our club master at arms for 2016 is Sion Carpenter.