Congratulations to Freya, Ava and Vito, who took silver in the u14 épée.
Their only loss was a close one, and they dominated their remaining matches. Great individual performances and superb teamwork!
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
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.
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!
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.Continue reading
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.
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.
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.
The roadworks in Headley way are now complete, which means that the usual access to Rye is now open again. The school have closed the gates on Pullens Lane, so please don’t try to use that gate to access the site.
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!
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