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 U11 and Adult Foil Championships

This Sunday (21st October) sees the Southern Region Foil Championships for:

Senior Foil (Ladies and Men)

Adult Novice Foil (Ladies and Men)

Entry will be £15 for each competition. The competition is being held in St. Gabriel’s School in Newbury.

Check-In Times (TBC):

  • Novice Foil – Check-in from 9:30 and event starts at 10 am
  • Senior Foil – Check-in from 11 am and approx start 11:30 am

Girls and Boys U11 All Weapons

The competition will be held in parallel with the adult competition at St. Gabriel’s and is open to any boy or girl who was 10 or under on the 31st December 2018. Competition is planned in all weapons. Enter here

Adult Epee and Sabre Championships – 28th October

Coming up the following week are the SR Epee and Sabre championships, which will also be held in St. Gariel’s. Entry via Sport:80 and more details here. 

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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Age Group Teams Competition -7th October

From Southern Region

Enter Here

Date:  Sunday 7th October
Venue: Play Football Arena, Unit 29 Bramble Rd, Kembrey Park, Swindon, SN2 8HB
Age to be determined as at 1st January 2018.

This is a great fun event for the regional young fencers to enjoy the environment of team fencing.  It is in my opinion one of the best competitions of the season.  It would be brilliant to see the young fencers that we see at the qualifiers having a go at the team format, I am sure you will enjoy the experience it gives you.  The entry fees are heavily subsidised to help encourage you all along.

Events:
Teams of three competitors. May be of mixed gender.  Can be club teams, school teams, just teams of friends, all welcome.  Please see website for details of equipment requirements etc.
U10 Foil.
U14 Foil, U18 Foil
U14 Epee, U18 Epee
U14 Sabre, U18 Sabre

Format: If numbers are sufficient, then a poule followed by DE for podium places.

Check-In Times (TBC):
U10/U14/U18 Team Foil – 9.30am check-in, plan to start 10am
U14/U18 Team Epee – 9.30am check-in, plan to start 10am
U18 Team Sabre – 11.30 am check-in, plan to start after U18 Team Foil approx 12-12:30pm so maybe slight delay.

Entry Fee:  Standard entries: Standard entry fee of £20 per team early bird then £24 for entries received by 10pm on Friday 5th October  ENTER HERE