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
OFC welcomed the Oxford University pentathletes for a second match on 19 March. This time there were five teams of two, and another lively and enjoyable evening’s fencing.
Mark and Anne took top spot, with pentathletes Charlie and Sam not far behind in second place.
We hope there’ll be more matches and joint training in future!
On 10 March several OFC fencers and friends took part in this age groups competition in Swindon. Well done for good performances against exceptionally tough opposition to Freya Leech, Ava Tester and Gabriel Tribe, and extra congratulations to Eunmin Na (bronze medal), Darcy Herring-Johnson (silver) and Noe Larrousse (silver in epee and bronze in sabre),who qualified for the British Youth Championships, to be held in Sheffield in May.
Photo: Anne Tester
It was a pleasure to have the Oxford University Pentathletes visited the club last night. We fenced a one-hit epee teams match, which is a little different to the standard fencing matches to 5 or 15 that we’re all used to.
Seven fencers from each club took part, meaning that we had seven teams of two. OFC teams took the top two places – well done to Darcy, Tim, Anne and Mark, with the pentathletes making up the next two. It was a really fun night of fencing, and we can’t wait to do it again!
We will be holding the first of our regular friendly competitions this Friday. We will start straight after warm-up and footwork, so please be ready to fence promptly. The format will be decided based on how many entries we have, so please arrive on time!
This competition is for younger fencers, and offers a great opportunity to qualify for the British Youth Championships.
It’s not far away, at Swindon Indoor Football.
Full details will be posted on the Southern Region website here:
We return to our regular Friday and Tuesday sessions at Rye 4th January. See you there to blow away the Christmas cobwebs!
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.
Report by Anne Tester, photo by James Kingston