Competition Archive



BBO Picnic 2015

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What a superb end to the three county competition season this year for Oxford Fencing Club.

The annual BBO County Fencing Foil Picnic, held at Moulsford Prep School on 6 June, was attended by a high number of OFC members. The format allowed matching of an U14 to an U18 to form a team. Fencers were chosen at random from all clubs and 23 teams were formed. The day saw each team fence at least 10 bouts to give everyone a good chance to score as many points as possible. The standard of fencing was quite high overall and the behaviour of all participants was commendable. After a full day’s fencing everyone was ready for the fantastic spread organised by the BBO Committee. This was followed by the AGM and prize giving. Many thanks to the organisers Kate, Gordon, Milind and Raza.

OFC took home 1st place with Bianca Brooke clutching at half of the trophy (see picture). This is  a beautiful sculpture of two fencers engaged in fencing created by our own Martin Carter and entitled to the late Matthew Thompson, for many years coach at OFC. The full list of results follows but a particular mention is due to the fantastic duo of Erin Waters and Gordon Hardie (yes, he’s under 18) who formed a team together and reached 3rd place with ease. Gordon says of Erin: ‘ Erin is a real star of the future. She’s only been fencing 8 months so before her first bout I told her that her target was to get one hit and to make sure she had no more than four hits against her at the end of time. She won 5-2. No problems there then’

Well done to all who participated. Training continues throughout the summer at Rye until 3 July and at Radley College (Tuesdays only) from 7th July.

1st Bianca, 3rd Erin/Gordon Hardie, 5th Alex Hardie, 6th Ed, 8th Jay, 10th Theo, 11th Iona, 13th Martina Zagaria, 16th Dylan, 19th India.


Friendly against Three Rivers Young Blades Fencing Club 6th March

Photos by Mike Ellis


Bristol LPJS, 21st February

IndiaAfter three days of training at the LP Centre over half-term, India George competed in the girls’ under 11 foil.  India was ranked 9th out of 11 after the only poule, with 1 victory recorded.  She then won her Last 16 Direct Elimination bout against a more experienced fencer.  Her second DE she was up against the leader of the poules who, on the day, was unable to cope with India’s left handedness and that was an easy victory too.  India then met an experienced fencer from our neighbouring club Salle Oxon in the Semi and was even ahead at one stage, but went down a fighting 8-10.

India’s mum said, ‘I think we had an element of luck and things definitely went our way on the day.  Being left handed helps when your technique still has a long way to go!’

We’re sure that with her hard work and training India will be winning more medals soon.  Well done and good luck with the rest of your LPJS season!


Master at Arms Trophy 2014



BBO Christmas Foil Rally, 7th December

image20 teams battled it out all day at the BBO County Fencing Foil Rally held at Moulsford Prep School.

Among elves, reindeers and Santas of all shapes and sizes, our two teams held their ground with BB team (Iona, Bianca and Maria) coming 15th and HH team (Dylan B., Theo and Witold) coming 9th overall.

Well done to both teams for technically excellent fencing, good sportsmanship and cheer.image1-081214


BBO Epee & Sabre Championships, 16th November

BBO Sabre FredThere was a small number of OFC entries for this competition and the younger club members did themselves proud.

The epee was held in the morning and Alex Hardie won gold in the u18 category and Heloïse Hardie won gold in the u16.  Meanwhile Gordon Hardie  and Alex Karle were competing in the senior event but didn’t trouble the medal table – finishing 6th and 7th.

Then in the afternoon was the chance of the sabreurs and again OFC came away with a gold, this time when Fred Azzopardi won the u18.  Alex Hardie picked-up a second medal of the day with a bronze.

Dockside Foil, Leon Paul Junior Series, 9th November

november 2014 016Darcy Herring-Johnson was thrilled to win the U9 girls LPJS round held at Newham Swords.  There were fifteen girls altogether, divided into three poules of five.  Darcy came through two poules with no losses.  She had to fight a barrage against another girl who had not lost in the poules, and won the final 5-1.  Grace George, fencing in her first LPJS round, narrowly missed earning herself a medal too in the same category.

India George, also fencing in her first Leon Paul, had a more difficult time in the U11s against more experienced opponents, but enjoyed the event and making new fencing friends.


Friendly Epee Match

Reading Fencing Club hosted a match with Oxford Fencing Club (OFC) on Wednesday 29 October, which ended in an overall draw of 2-all. Two adult teams were fielded by each club.  OFC ‘A’, made up of Ben Schneider, Alexander Karle and Jax Bowers, won against RFC ‘A’ by a narrow margin with a score of 45-43, whilst the RFC ‘B’ team beat OFC ‘B’ (Caryl Oliver, Malcolm Alton and Sam Hughes) 45-29. RFC’A’ then beat OFC ‘B’ in an extremely tense ‘golden hit’ decider, 42-41 and OFC ‘A’ had another close match, just beating RFC ‘B’ in the last 5 seconds 37-36.

An Under 18 poule unique was also run, with Messina Karle of OFC coming second, only losing to the eventual winner – RFC fencer Noam Rosenbaum.

A return match hosted by Oxford Fencing Club will be arranged for the New Year.

BBO Foil Championships, Langley, 19th October



The county foil competition (well three counties actually: Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire) saw OFC win a fantastic haul of medals – here’s the role of honour:-
GU10 – Gold Darcy; Silver Pola; Bronze Grace
GU12 – Gold India
BU12 – Gold Theo
BU14 – Gold Dylan ; Bronze Noé & Jay
GU16 – Gold Heloïse
BU16 – Silver Dylan M
BU18 – Silver Alex
Women – Bronze Martina
Men – Gold Mark; Silver Martin; Bronze Ed & Gordon
Also starring – Bianca, Witold, Shaw & Dylan W

The day saw excellent fencing throughout and provides a very good stepping stone for future competitions for our young fencers.  It also demonstrates the breadth of talent that we enjoy at OFC.  Additionally, during the day Alex was able to take his Level 2 refereeing practical exam which he passed with flying colours.

Camden Foil Leon Paul Junior Series, 11th/12th October
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The club had two fencers entered for this competition and both came away with medals.  Darcy Herring-Johnson took second place in the U9 Girls.  There were eighteen girls entered.  After two sets of poules, she had 9 wins and 1 loss.  There were two other girls with the same result, so they went to a three-person barrage for first, second and third places.  After playing each other, they all had one win, one loss, so it went to points.  Darcy took second and was thrilled!  Meanwhile,Heloïse Hardie took the bronze medal in the U15 girls.  She was 3rd of the 21 fencers entered after the poules, had a very close victory in the quarter final (7-6 at the end of time) and then lost her semi-final 8-15.  Alex Hardie enjoyed reffing and was particularly pleased when, at the end of the day, the organizers presented him with a pay cheque!

Manchester Cadet, 4th October
This is a home international round of the European u17 championship with all the foreign fencers travel to Britain.  Heloïse Hardiestarted the day very well and had a good qualifying round.  She beat all the Brits in her poule plus a Slovakian but lost to a Singaporean girl.  She was thus ranked 7th overall of the 75 entrants and 2nd of the Brits.

Heloïse easily went through her first Direct Elimination bout and was now into the Last 32.  Then things started getting complicated with the competition as there was system called ‘repêchage’, basically each fencer had to win two out of three DE bouts to get into the Last 16.  Heloïse came up against two very strong opponents from Slovakia and Holland who knocked her out of the competition and she was ranked 25th overall and 7th Brit.

Alex Hardie fenced too in the very strong boys competition.  He succeeded in his pre-event target of beating ‘the cut’ (where the bottom 20% qualifiers are automatically eliminated) but was knocked out in his first DE by a very strong Greek opponent.  Alex was ranked 92nd of 116 fencers.


Cardiff LPJS, 6th September
11-D15B3EFA-586044-480-100Darcy Herring Johnson won first place in the U9 Girl’s Foil, taking home her first gold medal!
Her first poule was mixed with boys and she won 4 out of 5 bouts, with an indicator of +14.
The second poule was all girls, and Darcy won every match, including defeating the top ranked U9 LPJS girl.  It was an amazing experience for Darcy.
She learned a lot about how a competition works and what it feels like to play so many matches one after another.

Meanwhile Heloïse Hardie made it double gold for OFC,
winning the U15 Girl’s Foil – a great start to a busy Autumn of fencing!

Having passed his Level 2 refereeing theory exam over the summer, Alex Hardie was able to get some good practical experience reffing several poules and direct elimination bouts.


Leon Paul International U9 Foil, Leon Paul Centre, 2nd August

11-9C66EC38-720450-480-100Well done to Darcy Herring-Johnson who won silver in her first major competition.  Darcy was one of only 2 girls to enter, so they combined the boys (8 entries) and girls into a poule unique of 10 where they all fenced each other.  Out of her 9 bouts, Darcy won 6 and lost 3, an excellent result: winning her bouts through offensive and aggressive tactics (she was fearless!).

Darcy was ranked fourth after the poule.  They went into Direct Elimination for the boys, and Darcy and the other girl played each other in a final.  Darcy had beaten the girl in the poule (5-3), but in the final lost to her (10-7) in a tightly contested match.  It was 4-4 after the first two minutes, and then 6-6, and then Darcy took the lead 7-6, but the other girl fought back and triumphed.  So Darcy was awarded silver, and came away from her first major competition having learned a lot!

One-Hit Epee Poule, OFC, 26th August
Last Tuesday evening seven OFC members tried fencing pentathlete-style:
first to hit wins, if no score after 60 seconds then double defeat.

We certainly rattled through the bouts quickly; one lasted just 2.5 seconds when Ben immediately fleched his opponent.  It certainly does make for a different game as there is no chance learn your opponents tactics.

Make one mistake and you’re out.
Miss and your opponent will have take the opportunity to hit you.

Vicky showed her experience as a proper pentathlete winning 5 victories from 6 fights. Then we had a three-way split for 2nd; on 4 victories each were Ben, Heloïse and Mark.

Thanks everybody for a great evening of competitive fencing.


July 2014

London Open 27th July

James and Will FotherbyCongratulations to Will Fotherby and James Fotherby for their performances in the men’s sabre event at the London Open 2014, on Sunday 27th July. Will won the bronze medal, losing 14-15 in the semi-finals to Soji Aiyenuro, who won the tournament; James finished 8th, losing to his brother Will, in the L8

London Open Podium

Much Wenlock Olympics, 13th July

The OFC under-13 team of Paige, Jayand James had an enjoyable day fencing in this very friendly event, which draws competitors from all over the country.  The team finished in a creditable 6th place against some very experienced opposition.  Martin Carter finished top OFC fencer in the senior men’s competition.  He made it into the Last 8 before cramp got the better of him during his bout and he had to abandon the fight, eventually being classified in 8th position.  Alexander Hardie just beat father Gordon, being ranked 13th and 14th and Ed Williams finished 22nd.  In her first seniors competition Heloïse Hardie won gold against much more experienced opposition.

OFC Sabre Championships, 1st July
The final club championship, this time for sabre, was held on the final club session at Rye before the summer.  It quickly became apparent that there were those club members who knew what they were doing with a sabre and those who, well, didn’t!  Jorge won the competition with 7 victories and second was Clive (5V).  The next three fencers all had 4 victories and indicators and were only separated by hits gained; Mark 3rd, Martin, 4th and Alex S 5th.  Thanks to Rob for reffing.


1) Jorge
2)  Clive
3)  Mark
4)  Martin
5)  Alex S
6)  Gordon
7)  Alexander
8)  Zak

Master-At-Arms ‘Ralph Evans’ Trophy

Trophy1The sabre competition provided the final leg for the trophy.  With one win and two third places Mark was the clear winner with Martin in second place.  After the epee Ben had been just one point behind Mark but he chose not to enter the sabre and dropped down the order.  Thus the fine trophy has returned to Mark’s mantel piece.Full Results

For earlier competition results see competition archive.



English Youth Championships, 28/29 June, Hatfield

Heloise_EYC_silverHeloïse Hardie was delighted to finish second in the under-15 girls epee.  On the way she defeated both the #1 seed and last year’s winner plus receiving a colourful collection of bruises on her sword arm.  On the previous day Heloïse had competed in the foil and was 5th – the third time she’s finished in the position in this competition.  Putting a strong showing in the under-13 girls epee was Messina Herrling who finished 7th.  Paige Tierney was beset with bodywire problems (including breaking one into two pieces!) and finished 37th of the 46 starters in the girls under-13 foil.

OFC Epee Championship, 24th June

We used a poule-unique of nine fencers to determine the club’s top epeeist.  Mark led the way, with 7 victories, from Ben (6) and Martin (5).  Several fencers in the field prefer alternative weapons but a fun evening was had by all as they tried their hand at something new.

1)  Mark

2)  Ben

3)  Martin

4)  Alexander

5)  Gordon

6)  Alex

7)  Jorge

8)  Vicky

9)  Zak

Fencing Picnic, Moulsford, 22nd June

Located in a beautiful setting on the banks of the Thames, the Moulsford sports centre makes an ideal setting for a friendly, fun competition like the Picnic.  It’s an under-19 foil competition where the participants are split into pairs and fence in mini relays.  Ten OFC fencers made the trip with Theo’s pair being the most highly ranked at the end of the day in 4th place in the field of 24.

Theo loved the competition today – had a really good time and finished with a 5-0 which was a nice finish. Nice encouraging partner too”, said Theo’s dad.

Young OFC fencer Grace said, “A great experience – you have to go!” and sister India remarked, “A great way to improve your fencing but also amazing fun – plus the picnic was epic!”.  Meanwhile their mum commented, “We all had a great time.  The girls felt they gained good experience from fencing unknown opponents and they also had a fun social time.”

Other participating OFC fencers were:- Ali, Edmund, Jay, Dylan, Shaw, James, Darcy.

The Flying Friendship Cup, 14th June

Congratulation to both Sam Hughes and Martin Carter who won bronze medals in Brussels.  Read Sam’s report here.

Under-14 Club Foil Competition, 20th June

Knowing that she was fencing for a prize of a large bar of chocolate, Heloïse made sure victory was hers in the OFC u14 foil competition!  Behind there were some very close bouts.  Jay made amends for a slow start in the poule to finish second with Paige and Ben closing out the top four.  Theo was top under-10 and Darcy did well too, making the Last 8 via a fierce encounter with India.

1)  Heloïse

2)  Jay

3)  Paige

=)  Ben

5)  James

6)  Theo

7)  Shaw

8)  Darcy

9)  Joseph

10) India

11) Grace

OFC Foil Championship, 17th June

Congratulations to Dan Pooley for winning the 2014 OFC Foil Championship.  A dropped fight in the qualifying round saw Dan in a lowly fifth place.  However, come the Direct Elimination round, and with everything to do, he moved imperiously field defeating Martin 15-10, Mark 9-5 and, in the final, Ben 10-7.  Ben qualifying second and came back from 1-8 down to beat Gordon 15-13 in a mammoth bout on his route to the final.  These results also count towards the OFC Master-At-Arms trophy.


1)  Dan

2)  Ben

3)  Mark

=) Stephen

5)  Martin

6)  Gordon

7)  Alex

8)  Brendan

9)  Martina

10) Ann

11) Zak

Portsmouth LPJS, 14th June

Heloïse Hardie won bronze medal having been beaten in a tough semi-final 4-5 in extra time.  Despite almost ten minutes of fencing time the score was very low (the bout was to 15!) as both fencers played a defensive game.


Under-10 Foil Competition, 13th June

The poule round saw India as top qualifier, but all four fencers had at least one victory.  India then had a very close semi-final match against Darcy, winning just 10-8.  Meanwhile, Joseph was able to make amends for his loss to Bianca in the poule by beating her in the other semi-final.  This set-up a final between Joseph and India which saw the former winning by 10-5.  Thanks to all for making this event a success.

1st  Joseph

2nd India

3rd Bianca and Darcy

Scotland LPJS, 8th June

Heloïse Hardie won gold in the girls’ under-15 foil in the Scotland LPJS, held just outside Edinburgh.  Heloïse took control of the final and won comfortably, but had a scare in her semi extra time – a nail biting bout.  The first round of qualifying poules saw the girls mixed in with the boys so Heloïse was delighted to have a chance to beat them too!  It was a long return journey to make in a weekend but the gold medal made it all worthwhile.


Senior Foil, Southern Region, 18th May

Adrian Griffin was very pleased to take a hard-fought gold medal in the region’s adult foil competition.  Martin Carter backed-up this result by winning bronze – two OFC medal winners! Steven Li was also placed 6th.

Pro-Am Competition : Friday 23rd May

Following the end of our latest beginners’ course last week, we mixed everybody up – novice, intermediates and old hands alike – into teams of three for a fun evening of semi-serious competition.  Congratulations to the winning team of Joseph, Martina and Alexander.  They put in an impressive, unbeaten performance during the evening.  Behind them, the remaining four teams were all very evenly matched.  Every team had at least one victory and to decide the finishing order it was necessary to compare the match scores.  Thanks to everybody involved for making the competition run so smoothly, and particularly to James for organizing the event.

1) Joseph, Martina, Alexander : 4 victories, indicators = +10

2) Matt, Jo, Jay,                    :  2v +1

3) Grace, Zuzanna, Paige       :  2v  -1

4) Will, Darcey, Harrison        :  1v  -4

5) India, Bianca, Iona            :  1v  -6

Warwick Epee LPJS, 17th May

AH21Alexander Hardie:  6th, boys’ under-17.  Qualified 5th from the poules and then lost a very closely fought Direct Elimination fight; 14-15.

During the bout he was the more proactive fencer, forcing his opponent to retreat to his back line and was working on his preparation to attack when the ref called halt because the spool wire had gone slack and was lying dangerously on the piste.

This happened on two or more occasions and was unfortunately rather disruptive during the fight.

Heloïse Hardie: 6th , girls’ under-15. Heloïse only lost two poule fights and was ranked 4th overall.

Heloïse went through the L16 easily but then lost out in the L8 to a GB squad pentathlete.

At this point of the day Heloïse said she really must learn to hit the arm!

Beginners Competition

The latest foil beginners course ended Friday with the traditional competition amongst the participants.

Starting with 2 poules before the DE all the current crop of beginners took part.  William was crowned the winner after a tough semi-final against Matt and and even tougher final against Eva.  Rebecca was the other semi-finalist with Alex and Ifzal getting close to the semi’s.

A special mention for the junior’s; Sam, India and Grace for their competitiveness and sportsmanship.  Thanks also to Dan and James for officiating. All the beginners are invited back to the club’s pro-am on Friday 23rd May.

Hampshire Open, Portsmouth, 11th May

A trio of senior OFC foilists ventured down to the south coast.

They competed in two rounds of poules and then in the Direct Elimination rounds improved their finishing positions.

Dan Pooley knocked out the #3 seed to join Jean-Alexandre Perras in the Last 8.

The eventual positions were; 7th Jean-Alexandre Perras, 8th Dan Pooley, 14th Stephen Li in a field of 29.


British Youth Championships: EIS, Sheffield, 3-5th May

ben1Congratulations to Ben Schneider for winning gold in the under-16 epee and Messina Herrling for winning bronze in the under-12 epee at this prestigious event. Thus OFC fencers won two of the three medals won by the Southern Region.  Here’s a link to British Fencing’s report on Ben’s final match

Ben’s Report

Other OFC fencers were in action across all three weapons too.

James Fotherby  : 5th under-18 sabre

Heloïse Hardie    : 12th u14 foil, 14th epee

Alexander Hardie: 22nd u16 epee, 29th sabre, 34th foil

Ali Cornforth      : 34th under-14 epee

Noé Larrouse     : 50th under-12 foil

This is a tough event, with a huge number of fencers in each weapon and age group.  Well done for representing the Southern Region – and the club – in such an inspiring manner.



European Cadet Championships, Jerusalem, 24th February

ahBen Schneider, representing GBR, finished 36th in a field of 86 fencers. He had a really excellent poule result, ranked 19 after the poules, then got knocked out 15-11 by fencer representing Ireland. He was glad to finish in the top half as he will receive ranking points for future events.  Ben was also in the epee team which finished 8th out of the 19 countries


Cadet & Junior British Championships, Newham, 8th/9th February
The weekend saw back-to-back three weapon competitions, Cadet u17s on Saturday and Junior u20s on Sunday.  Ben Schneider fenced in both epee competitions.  On Saturday he was disappointed to finish only 23rd Cadet epeeists but made amends on Sunday in the older Junior age group, finishing 24th of the 57 fencers.  Meanwhile, in the Cadet foil Alexander Hardie was ranked 55th in the field of 79 and Heloïse 21st of 48 girls (Heloise’s first competition in the age group).  A special mention should go to ex-OFC member Lydia Stanier, who made a special trip back from Germany, and won bronze in the Cadet epee and a very impressive gold in the Junior epee.


Challenge CEP  Marathon Fleuret , Paris, 1st/2nd February
photo 3This is a huge competition which takes two days to complete, with fencers being eliminated after every round.  Alexander Hardie fenced in under-17 category, fencing began at 7:30am (that’s 6:30am UK time!).  He avoided the cut after the first round of poules but unfortunately the second round poule proved too strong and he was knocked out.  He was ranked 209th of the 223 fencers.  Meanwhile, Heloïse Hardie was fencing for the England squad in the ‘minimes’ under-15 category.  She beat ‘the cut’ during the first two round of poules.  Her day was then completed with a mini Last 32 competition of lower ranked fencers who competed for the remaining eight places of qualifiers for Sunday.  In Heloise’s last bout she was 6-6 with a French girl, so they went into extra time with each needing just one hit to make the second day of the competition.  The pressure was on but Heloïse came good and made the valuable hit.  Then Sunday started again at silly o’clock with another poule.  Unfortunately Heloïse didn’t win a bout – losing one 4-5 in extra time – but spectacularly managed to frustrate a top French seed by restricting the score of the bout to just 0-3.  It was very amusing to see the other girl questioning the referee, her foil, Heloise’s lame, anything to explain her lack of hits, when of course the answer lay in Heloise’s hard work.  Nonetheless, Heloise’s Parisian adventure was over; she was ranked 98th of 266 fencers.





Southern Region Age Group Foil, Fareham, Sunday 26th January

Noé Larrousse won gold in the under-12 boys, Heloïse Hardie won gold in the under-14 girls and Alexander Hardie won silver in the under-16 boys.  Congratulations to all three medallist who have now qualified to represent the Southern Region in the British Youth Championships in Sheffield in May.  Meanwhile Alisdair Cornforth finished 9th in a field of 19 in the under-14 boys and his older brotherEdmund was 7th in the under-18 boys.


Congratulations to Ben Schneider who is currently 4th in the national Cadet Epee rankings.  Over the last couple of months he has competed in Bonn (72nd), Copenhagen (30th) and Bratislava (141st) resulting in him qualifying for the European Cadet Epee Championships in Jerusalem at the end of February.
Club pro-am competition 10 January

Our fencing in 2014 started with a lively pairs competition, in which beginner fencers formed teams with those more experienced. Particular thanks to James,Peter and Dan for helping run the event.


1: Anne & Paige (8v)
2: Theo & Jay (6v)
3: Bianca & Martina (5v)
3: Harrison & Dylan (5v)
5: Darcy & Gabriel (4v)
6: Joseph & Peter (2v)





Beginners Competition 20 Dec 2013

The final fencing Friday of the year saw the recent crop of beginners enter their first competition to celebrate the end of their 8 week course. There were 2 poules on the electric piste presided by James and Dan and it was a close run contest.
The contestants were: Harrison, Bianca, Leo, Sharon, Darcy, Julia, Melanie, Joseph & Jacob all new to fencing at the end of October this year when the course started.
All the early rounds were hard fought but the last four were Harrison, Sharon, Julia and Jacob. Eventually after a tense to-and-fro final Jacob was victorious over Harrison by 10 to 7.
Congratulations to Jacob for his well earned victory and to all the other participants. Thanks also to James, Dan and Rosemary for their help in making the course so successful. All beginners will be invited back for the club pro-am in January.




Millfield Cadet Sabre, 24th November

J11We had planned to enter three teams, unfortunately this event proved very popular and only one OFC team appeared in the entry of 22.  Heloise Hardie and Shaw Worth, with Maria from Thame Duellists, joined forces to compete under the team name of Tang-Tastic and applied festive tinsel to their masks.  Our team had five team matches over the course of the day, winning three of them and losing the other two just 4-5.  This left our intrepid trio in 7th place overall.  Great fun was had by all.
Full results, Score sheet.

Congratulations to James Fotherby who won the bronze medal, losing 14-15 in the semi-final, in the field of 43 sabreurs.
With the points from this competition, James has qualified to be  a GB squad member at the Camden International Cadet Competition in January, which is taking place in the Copperbox in the Olympic Park.
James is also captaining the Southern region Men’s Sabre team for the Cadet Winton Competition at Millfield in December.

Hertfordshire LPJS, 24th November

What a difference a week makes!  Heloïse Hardie cruised through the single poule round only dropping two hits.  This set-up an easy route through the direct elimination rounds until the final.  After a motivational chat from one of the other fencing dads Heloïse held her nerve: the score went 7-2, 7-7, 8-8, 10-8.  Gold!  A great way to finish the year and Heloise’s participation in the under-13 age group.


© Mike Ellis Photography / TRYB


Newham LPJS, 16th November

Heloïse Hardie’s day got off to a stressful start when she discovered she’d left her breeches at home!  <Note to self as ‘fencing parent’: check kit thoroughly yourself before leaving home> Fortunately the competition organizer was prepared to make a mercy run home to pick-up a pair for Heloïse to borrow.  Heloïse then appeared to be trying to win the competition by having the fewest points scored against her.  She won two of her pool fights just 2-0 and lost one 1-2, and was still ranked 4th of 27 fencers having dropped only that one fight.  Okay she won several bouts 5-0 too, but you get the picture.  Heloïse got a bye into the L16, won that fight 4-1 and was knocked out 4-7 in the L8 by the 5th seed.  Unusually the #1 and #2 seeds were knocked out at the same stage so Heloïse wound-up 7th overall.


Premier Foil Junior Series 16 November

Paige Tierney travelled to Southampton for the final Prand Prix of the series. She finished 5th in the Girls U11, but managed to secure the bronze position for the whole series.


Bonn, Cadet Circuit, Epee, 9/10th November

Ben Schneider, representing GBR, was really pleased about the weekend competitions – ‘one of the best weekends ever’ – and he came back with all sorts of anecdotes about coaching, referees etc. and one broken weapon (‘a brilliant stop hit’). He was extremely close to making the last 64 (15-14 in the DE) and was very happy about how he did generally. Overall Ben finished 72nd of the 204 fencers and was second in the GBR squad, so was happy about that too. The team competition on the next day was a smaller affair with 18 teams competing, most people having left. The GBR contingent had four teams and Ben’s team finished 11th – again happy with this. Copenhagen next on 7/8th December!



Elite Epee Junior Series & Leon Paul BSC Boys’ Cadet Epee  

Ben Schneider has had two excellent results in recent days. He won the Elite Epee JS, event 1, on 26th October, then came third in the Leon Paul Cadet BSC competition in London on 2nd November.  Well done on both counts Ben – you really are at the top of your game!  Full results

OFC Fencers Win Medals Across The Country, 12/13 October

Malcolm Allton and Ben Schneider shared bronze medals in the Bedford Open Epee – well done for fixing the results so you didn’t have to face each other during the Direct Elimination.  Meanwhile,Sylvie Brown competed in the women’s epee competition in Bedford.

Further north, Clive Ambrose Williams won bronze in the Coventry Open Men’s Sabre and Tim Stephens was placed 7th in the men’s epee.

Meanwhile at the Camden LPJSHeloïse Hardie won bronze in the girls’ under-13 and Alexander was placed 7th in the boy’s under-15 foil competitions.  The organizers had arranged for the top GBR fencers to referee, a particular highlight for Heloïse was for her poule to be reffed by GBR #1 Richard Kruse.

Seven OFC fencers, in all age groups, all three weapons, both genders; demonstrating the breadth of talent we have in Oxford.  Well done all!


World Veterans Fencing Championships, Varna, Bulgaria 1-6.10.13 

Congratulations to Sylvie Brown for being part of the GBR sabre team that won bronze at the recent World Veterans Championship.  She was the highest scoring member of the GBR team.  Sylvie also finished 5th in the individual sabre competition and, demonstrating the depth of her talent, represented GBR in foil and epee too.

BBO Foil Championship, Moulsford, 6th October

OFC scooped-up all the MF medals with Martin Carter winning gold, Jonty Haberfield silver and Ed Williams and Gordon Hardie bronze. Meanwhile Heloïse Hardie won gold in the GU14, Edmund Cornforth Bronze in the BU18, Alexander Hardie silver in the BU16 and Theo Cambell bronze in the BU10. Well done to all! Full Results




Theo had a terrific time.  He was so chuffed to medal in his first event and impressed himself that he could hold his own and take a few points off more experienced fencers.  He was shattered by the end though. 
Congratulations to Ben Schnieder for being selected to represent GBR at the Cadet epee in Bonne in November.


Bristol Open, 21st/22nd September

Ben Schneider came about 47th out of 151 senior epeeists. Only 3 cadets got into the last 64 and Ben was pleased to be one of them.  He was knocked out in his second DE match 15-11 by an ex-Olympic (1984) fencer, Jonathan Stanbury. It was a hard match but Ben fenced very well and for much of the match he was level or slightly ahead. The two older fencers who beat Ben (one in the poules andthen Jonathan) both took time to talk to him 

after their matches and gave helpful advice, which was really good of them.

The competition was run with a two wave system with one round of poules (with top 16 ranked not taking part) followed by some DE’s, then a cut (plate competition offered to these people), then further rounds of DE’s, this time with the top 16 included.

Full results

Meanwhile, recent OFC member Nuno Esteves was 18th out of 72 in the men’s sabre. Full Results





Bristol Premier Foil Junior series September 21
Paige Tierney gained 3rd in the under-11 girls foil. She now lies joint first overall, with one round remaining.


London BSC Junior Foil : 8th September
They’d decided to mix the Cadets (u17) in with the Juniors (u20) so it was always going to be a tough day.
Alexander Hardie qualified 58th of 88, winning 2 poule fights and losing four.
His first Direct Elimination was against a fencer ranked 71st. Hmm, that doesn’t sound too tricky –
trouble is the opponent is covered in GBR logos and bunting, and so are his mates.
So a national level fencer who’s had a really bad start to his day.
Unfortunately Alexander was knocked out of the competition 13-15.
A fighting performance!

Bromsgrove BSC Epee : 1st September
Ben Schneider was 25th in a field of 89 at the competition – and 8th in the cadets –
so he’s satisfied, although he felt he could have done a bit better in the first round of poules.
He knows the standard now so will be more prepared next time.
Meanwhile former OFC member Lydia Stanier travelled back from Germany and finished 2nd in the women’s event.



Much Wenlock Olympics; Senior Men; 14th July

Father and son team of Gordon and Alexander Hardie entered the men’s foil competition – Alexander’s first senior event.  It wasn’t really about the overall result but where the two  finished relative to each other.  The day was toasty-hot, particularly so under all those layers of protective clothing.  After the two rounds of poules Alexander qualified 8th and Gordon 18th in the 30 men field.  Alexander won his Direct Elimination bout, and Gordon didn’t so victory went to Alexander in the intra-family competition.  Alexander was then knocked out in the next DE round.  Result: Alexander Last 16, Gordon Last 32.  Gordon said, ‘It’s a fair win for Alexander – I’m just glad to see that all the coaching has paid off!’


Then Gordon found that he had qualified for the Plate competition, and as #1 seed!  This gave him a bye into the second round of the DE and a bout against a younger chap.  It was so hot that the only way to survive was to finish the bout as quickly as possible, which Gordon was able to do despite the sizzling conditions.  Then into the semi-final against a very defensive fencer with a very quick riposte who proved just too strong, but a bronze medal was the reward!


This is a great competition which would benefit the OFC intermediate adult fencers.  The whole day is carried-out in an atmosphere of friendly competitiveness, with fencers of a wide range of ages and experience.  With the plate competition there is a second chance to win the big prizes even if you are knocked out of the main competition at an early stage.

Much Wenlock Olympics; Under 13 Team; 14th July

Noe, Heloise and Paige represented OFC in the under 13 team competition.  They faced Wrexham in their first poule fight, it was a closely fought battle which ended 43-34 in Wrexham’s favour. OFC regained their form in the next poule fight and cruised to a 45-17 victory against the Three Pigs team.  They met the Three Pigs team again in their first DE and once again won impressively 45-19, qualifying for the final six.  Facing an all male team from the Three Rivers Young Blades club, the OFC had a difficult fight ahead of them, they displayed some excellent fencing and team work but unfortunately the TRYB team claimed a 33-26 victory in a nail biting match. The OFC three finished 6th overall out of 12 teams.



White Horse Team Trophy, 30 June
Ed Beaumont
(f), Tim Stephens (e) and James Fotherby (s) achieved an excellent third place out of 17 teams, equalling OFC’s best placing in this event. Meanwhile, OFC members Martin Carter (f) and Volker Halbach (e) fenced well in the poules, but the Abingdon team of which they were part was unable to make it far through the DE.


Bill Hoskyns Open Men’s Epee, Kidderminster, 29th June

Ben Schneider is very, very pleased with himself – he came 12th, out of 90 adult men.  A high point was the match where he got him into the Last 32 because he was 14-10 behind and still managed to win this match. He just said he was so determined that this chap wasn’t going to beat him and, somehow, he got past him. The organisation of the competition was fiendishly complicated – 2 rounds of pools followed by direct elimination with repechage.  This meant that although the competition was run really efficiently Ben started fencing at 9.30am and finished just after 6pm, with really only short breaks between rounds. Luckily, Ben had been warned by a fellow OFC club member that this competition was an endurance test so he was prepared. Full results


Dockside, Leon Paul Junior Series, London, 29th June

Heloïse Hardie qualified just 12th of 28 under-13 girls’ foil having dropped three fights in the two rounds of poules and then she went on to win the silver medal!  Heloïse lost the final 4-7 and received a nasty gash in the back of her hand but was very pleased with the final result.  Meanwhile Alexander Hardie won half of his poule fights and lost his first Direct Elimination fight leaving him 19th of 35 fencers in the under-15 boys’ foil.



England Youth Championships, Hatfield, 22/23 June


Gold        Messina Herrling              Girls under 11 epee

Bronze    Ben Schneider                  Boys under 15 epee

9th          Heloïse Hardie                  Girls under 13 foil

18th        Alexander Hardie               Boys under 15 foil

18th        Noé Larousse                    Boys under 11 foil

55th        Paige Tierney                    Girls under 13 foil

56th        Harry Vaughan-Williams     Boys under 13 foil

Messina’s dad said,  ‘It was a fantastic day for Messina (and parents :-)) and we are very proud of her. Fencing on the show piste and winning was not something any of us will forget anytime soon. We all still have big smiles on our faces…’.


Alexander  dropped just one bout in his poule, qualified 16th overall in the huge field of 76 fencers but lost his Last 32 fight and slipped to 18th overall.  He was pleased with his performance in his final appearance at the EYCs, next year he will be too old.

Heloïse was disappointed to be knocked out in the Last 16.  She had qualified from the poules in 4th place overall having conceded just one hit but another small lefthander proved her downfall in the Direct Elimination rounds.



Pro-am” Pairs Competition, 21st June

We ran the Pairs Competition using the Swiss system (using a newly downloaded app to do the pairings!) and we completed three rounds for the twelve pairs who took part. Experienced fencers fenced experienced fencers & beginners fenced beginners. After three rounds, the bout scores were as follows:

It was great to have so many participants with lots of enthusiasm, and  to see the more experienced fencers helping their less experienced counterparts. It was a great way to start to integrate the beginners into the club as a whole and everyone enjoyed themselves. Well done all.  Thanks to James, Dan and Peter for making sure the evening ran smoothly.


Saturday 15th, BBO Fencing Picnic,

Moulsford School was a fabulous place for the fencing picnic – the grounds and facilities were superb.  James was paired with Izzy, a 14 year old boy from Slough and they got straight into some serious practice.  James and Izzy and another pair had won all their bouts and had to fight for first place. It was a tight match with the scores going for and against but Izzy fenced brilliantly and took the pair to victory.  The fencers celebrated at a barbecue prepared by the BBO – a great day all round!


Club Competition Results

Senior Foil, 19 June

In a rerun of many previous battles, Mark Leech and Martin Carter faced each other in the final, with Mark finishing the winner on this occasion.


  1. Mark Leech
  2. Martin Carter
  3. Edward Beaumont

= Alexander Hardie


Full results will be posted shortly.


Senior Sabre, 11 June

Nuno Esteves and James Fotherby finished top of the poule, and eventually faced each other in the final, with Nuno taking the honours. Non-sabreur Martin Carter snatched a couple of good victories.


  1. Nuno Esteves
  2. James Fotherby
  3. Jorge Esteves

= Mark Waddington

  1. Martin Carter
  2. Mark Leech




U14 Foil, 7 June

A good night’s fencing from all with an excellent result from Gabe who was able to outperform several more experienced fencers. Thank you to Sam for organizing everybody and to James for refereeing.


  1. Heloise
  2. Gabe
  3. Bryan

= Will

  1. Paige
  2. Vince
  3. Noé
    8. Harry
    9. Antonia


Senior Epee, 4 June

Ben Schneider continued his good competitive run, defeating Volker Halbach in the final.


  1. Ben Schneider
  2. Volker Halbach
  3. Alex Karle

= Tim Stephens


Mark Leech (through illness), Malcolm Allton and Sylvie Brown withdrew after the poule.


Portsmouth, Leon Paul Junior Series, 1st June 2013

Heloïse Hardie won silver in a field of twenty under-13 girls.  In the poules she managed to beat the British no.1 5-4 in extra time.  This is the first time Heloïse has managed to beat this particular opponent in three years of trying so she was very pleased with her performance.  The next time Heloïse was to meet the no.1 fencer was in the final.  On this occasion Heloïse’s opponent showed her obvious class and carried the day.  However, some comfort can be gained by the fact that she held on for almost three periods of fencing before losing.


In the boys under-15Alexander Hardiewon half his poule fights and qualified 11th of 21 fencers.  This gave him a bye into the Last 16 where he came-up against the sixth seed.  Alexander fenced well but went down a fighting 13-15.  He was very frustrated with some of the hits that were judged to go against him in such a tight bout….

Photo courtesy of mrc photo




Independent Association of Prep Schools Championship,18 May

Beatrice Reynardcompeted in the Girls U9 foil at the IAPS championship on Saturday. It was a real learning experience for Bea, she was 7 out of 11 after the pool rounds but fought her way to the final
very aggressively. She was 7:5 up in the final at the break, but the other girl got some good coaching and came through
to take victory by just one point, finishing 8:7. Well done Bea an excellent result taking second place.More Photos


Southampton Premier Foil Championship 18 May
Paige Tierney took part in the GU11 foil on Saturday, she had strong competition but worked her way through tan exciting final.  Paige just missed out taking gold by 4 points, instead she had to settle for silver.

Southern Region Novice and Senior Foil, 12 May

Three members from OFC travelled down to Reading, focused and determined on an early Sunday morning.  Karen Kruska, Brendan Jackson and Dan Pooleywere joined by regular OFC visitor Dominic Harris atthe large sports hall on the university grounds.

The novice event had two rounds of pools, mixed gender. Karen did particularly well in the pools, scoring three hits on the men’s competition winner, and winning three of her fights. An excellent result considering Karen has only recently completed the beginner’s course and that it was in a mixed pool!

Karen took her semi-final to within 7-seconds of full time, winning 15-13, proving her fitness and footwork was up to the challenge. Karen was pleased to be pitted against Sophie Abrahams in the final, as Karen had won their previous bout in the pools. However Sophie really upped her game and was able to push Karen, taking the lead at one point. After the break Karen was able to focus, control her point work and finish the fight 15-12. An excellent win and an excellent first competitive result for Karen.

The senior foil competition had just one round of pools, also mixed. Brendan was able to win two of his pool fights, being seeded 10th.  Dan was the top seed out of the pools, which gave him a first-round bye.

Brendan’s DE fight against Michael Bradbury was extremely close, Mike winning 15-13.  Brendan couldn’t quite unravel Mike’s fencing style, who was able to put his extra fencing experience to good use. Brendan was able to analyse the fight afterwards and certainly got some valuable experience for his next competition.

Dan won his quarter-final against Andrew Courtney, mostly on tempo and footwork, looking to deliver feint-direct, disengage to the sixte line.

Dan’s semi-final was against the southern section “Master at Arms”, Sam Gibbs, who is an excellent fencer at all three weapons. His superior timing and footwork gave him an early lead, putting Dan behind or equal at both breaks. Only in the last session did Dan take the lead, winning the bout in the last session with a spur of extra fitness and a few well-timed stop-hits.

The men’s final between Dan and Austen Rose was much more technical, with Austen completing several compound attacks and compound ripostes. The score was matched at 5-5 and 8-8 at the breaks. Going into the final session Dan made a series of tactical errors, which Austen skilfully monopolised on, winning the bout 15-10.

Final Results

Men’s Senior Foil

Daniel Eric Pooley – 2nd

Dominic Harris – 9th

Brendan Jackson – 11th

Women’s Novice Results

Karen Kruska – 1st

British Youth Championships, Sheffield 4-6th May

OFC fencers acquitted themselves well at this three day competition held at the prestigious EIS in Sheffield.  There were about sixty fencers in each weapon/age/gender category and they all had to qualify for the privilege to represent their regions.  OFC fencers were an integral part of the Southern Region squad.



Heloïse Hardie           GFU14   11th

Paige Tierney            GFU12   23rd

Noé Larousse            BFU12   26th

Alexander Hardie       BFU16   32nd

Will Drake                 BFU14   35th



Ben Schneider           BEU16  17th



James Fotherby         BSU16   13th

James Beazley          BSU16   28th



Noé Larousse had a steady poule with three victories from six bouts that left him in 32nd place.  He cruised through his L64 direct fight which left him to face the no.1 qualifier.  Noé showed great spirit and was nearly matching his opponent deep into the third period before he unfortunately lost a couple of late hits and was knocked out 7-10.


Alexander Hardie was drawn in an incredibly difficult poule which included three England fencers and the eventual competition winner.  He managed to defeat one of the England fencers but with only one other victory he was left in 49th position after the poule round.  This set-up a DE fight with one of those same England fencers as in the poule, and this one had defeated Alexander 0-5.  However, Alexander was able to adapt his fencing so that his opponent wasn’t able to use his previous tactics and Alexander won 15-10.  For the L32 fight Alexander’s opponent was yet another England fencer who this time proved too strong and he was defeated 7-15.


Heloïse Hardie cruised through the poule, only dropping one fight.  She then had a DE fight against a very tricky opponent who kept ducking very low, without any sanction from the referee, but Heloïse was eventually able to secure the victory.  Her next opponent really stretched her, but Heloïse fenced hard and secured the win but her L16 opponent proved too strong.

Paige Tierney had a good start to her poule winning her first two fights with relative ease.  She then faced stronger opponents in her next three fights, but she fought back well to finish her poule with a victory. Being ranked 24th after her poule she faced an opponent from Northern Ireland in the DE, Paige won impressively with a score of 10-2. In the last 32 she faced an old friend from TA’s in a closely fought battle ending 8-3 in her opponents favour. She finished 23rd and top of the GU12 foil in the southern region.Ben Schneider had a very good poule result and qualified sixth overall.  However, after a bye into the L32 Ben came up against a fencer with a very unusual style which he couldn’t get to grips with and he was disappointed to be knocked out 11-13.

Though no longer an OFC member, we do need to mention Lydia Stanier who travelled back from Germany to participate in the competition.   She fenced in both the u16 foil and epee – both on the same day.  The epee competition started early in the day and Lydia went on to win gold.  Then the foil competition started in the afternoon.  Lydia reached the semi-final before her legs gave-up – after twelve hours of fencing – and she had to settle for the bronze medal




Warwick Epee LPJS 27th April

Congratulations to Ben Schneider for winning gold in the under-15 boys.  With just one week to go to the British Youth Championships this is an ideal result for his preparation


Winton Cup, 20-21 April

Five OFC members (Sam Hughes, Edouard Beaumont, Richard Booth, Martin Carter and Mark Leech) and one regular visitor (Stephen Li) travelled to Nottingham to take part in this prestigious competition as part of the Southern Region team. As expected, the fencing was tough but enjoyable. Southern fought hard, but ended up 8th out of the 9 teams present (although the Women’s Epee team, featuring Sam, was second in its group).


Statford Upon- Avon team competition. 13 April

The OFC travelled to King Edward VI school with a U14 mixed team consisting of Heloise, Paige and Harry, finishing 4th overall.  Getting off to a slow start they conceded their first 2 matches 27-45 to Salle Oxon and 38-43 to Wrexham. OFC found their feet in the next round facing Redditch B in a exciting and nail biting match that finished 44-45 in Redditch’s favour. Redditch A were the final opponents and the OFC team displayed some excellent fencing, helping them to a 45-41 victory. Well done to Harry, Paige and Heloise for an extremelly good effort against some tough opponents.



World Juniors Fencing Championships, Poreč, Croatia ;

9 April

Men’s Sabre;      Nuno Esteves                 71st of 105





Birmingham International, 30/31 March

Men’s Sabre;         Clive Ambrose-Williams     33rd,

                                 Nuno Esteves                       34th of 70

Women’s Epee;     Sam Hughes                         47th of 69



“Pro-Am” Competition, 26 March

We had eight beginners mixed in with seven more experienced fencers to form five Pro-Am foil teams. Well done to Dexter and Tom, who were able to overhaul the heavy points deficit handed to them by “pro” fencer Gordon in two of the matches to win the competition overall. This was also Isabelle’s last evening fencing with us as she is now returning home to Germany


1st 4V Dexter/Tom/Gordon

2nd 3V Karen/Brendan/Isabelle

3rd 2V Laura/Rupert/Dominic

4th 1V Vicky/Freddy/Mark

5th 0V James/Konsteantin/Dan

Elite Epee Junior Series, 24 March

Another excellent result for Ben Schneider. His grandmother Rosemary writes: “Benj came 5th in today’s competition, so he’s very pleased. His first two matches in the poules were against the England fencers who are near the top of the whole series and he won both of those 5-4. He was seeded 3rd after the poules (Nick Dobie was 1st) and went through to the last 8. In his final match, the score was 13 each after the 3 sets of 3 minutes, so it went into an extra minute. His opponent got the advantage then scored a point in the extra time.” Full results:


Public Schools’ Fencing Championships, Crystal Palace 19-21 March

Congratulations to the OFC fencers, who got excellent results.

Junior Epee:    Ben Schneider      2nd overall in a field of 126.

Junior Sabre:   James Fotherby   9th,

Junior Sabre    James Beazley     11th in a field of 71.

Junior Foil:      Ben Schneider      21st in a field of 119.


Beginners’ competition, 19 March

On the last evening of the beginners’ course, the participants took part in two poules, testing bothe their new-found fencing and refereeing skills.Rupert Alesbury and David Adey topped their respective poules, with David finishing just ahead overall – by one indicator point. We hope all the latest beginners will return for next week’s “Pro-Am” competition, and we look forward to welcoming them to the club


Finchley Foil LPJS, 17 March

Heloïse Hardie was 3rd in the Girls Under-13s in today’s Finchley Foil LPJS. She led the field of 20 girls after the first round of poules. In the second round she dropped a fight and went down to fourth in the overall standings. In the DEs Heloïse cruised into the semi-final, where she came up against an old foe (and a friend) who proved too strong, leaving Heloïse to collect the bronze medal.



Friendly Match v Swindon Fencing Club, 12 March

As ever, this was an excellent evening’s fencing against a very strong club. The Men’s Foil team (Richard, Dan, Alex) lost 35-45, losing their way a bit after a strong start, and the Mixed Foil team (Dominic, Isabelle, Brendan) lost a close and exciting fight 41-45. The Epee team (Mark, Tim, Sam) were ahead througout, finishing winners 45-40. Thanks to the Swindon fencers for coming out, and we look forward to our next matches.


Keele Open, 3 March

Mark Leech finished 13th in the Men’s Epee.


Southern Regional Epee and Sabre, 10 March

Congratulations to Ben Schneider, James Beazley and James Fotherby (BU18 Sabre), who all qualified for the British Youth Championships at this event in Reading. Commiserations to the other OFC fencers who took part – better luck next year!

BU16 Epee

1th Ben Schneider

9th Alexander Hardie

BU14 Epee

5th Will Drake

6th Luca Roth

BU18 Epee

12th Edmund Cornforth

(Final sabre results not yet available)

BU14 Sabre

7th Will Drake



Marathon Foil, Paris, 23-24 February
Heloïse Hardie
was part of the England Under-15 Foil squad of twenty-four fencers, plus officials and coaches, including our very ownMatthew Thompson, which flew to Paris on Friday 22 February for the Challenge CEP Marathon Fleuret. There were in the region of 1000 fencers representing thirty countries, shared between the boys and girls under-15s (Minimes) and the under-17s (Cadets). It was a very well-organised event with a friendly atmosphere, despite its size.
Fencing started at 7:20am (local time!) on Saturday morning, so it was possible to be knocked out of the competition before “second breakfast”. Heloïse easily beat the “cut” with victories over an American girl and a French girl and with three defeats in her first round poule. In her second round poule she scored a victory against another French girl and an Israeli but had two further defeats. This set-up a Direct Elimination fight with a fellow England squad member (though Heloïse had never fenced her before) and lost 2-10, breaking her favourite blade in the process! It was a great experience to attend such a competition. Heloïse finished 146th out of 230 girls, which means that she beat more than 80 girls in the rankings. She still has two more years in this age group and is determined to qualify again next year and improve on her position.

Hampshire Open, 24 February

Clive Ambrose-Williamswas 19th in the Men’s Sabre.Full results


Bristol Premier Foil Championship Febuary 23
Paige Tierney gained 3rd in the under-11 girls foil. She had a strong poule, qualifying second overall missing out on first by one point. Unfortunately Paige lost out to a strong opponent in her Direct Elimination.


Junior Heracles Cup, Budapest, 17 February

Nuno Esteves’ father Jorge said this about his most recent event: “Nuno competed on Sunday on another Junior World Cup sabre event. In a strong field of 130 fencers from 24 countries, he finished 85th. In the poule, he won two fights and lost three (two of them by 4-5); he qualified to the L128 where he lost to a German fencer by 9-15. This was, so far, his best result in world cup competitions. He will now be spending a week in Budapest training before competing in the European Junior Championships on 5th March in Budapest.”
Well done to Nuno. Full Results



Slough Open, 2 and 3 February 2013
In Men’s Sabre, Nuno Esteves was a good 12th, and Clive Ambrose-Williams was placed 31st. Sam Hughes finished a solid 13th in the Women’s Epee.



Southern Region Age Group Foil, 27 January
OFC’s junior members had another impressive day at this qualifying event for the British Youth Championships, taking home five medals between them. Full Results

Paige Tierney won gold in the GU12
Alexander Hardie won silver in the BU16
Heloïse Hardie won bronze in the GU14
Will Drake won bronze in the BU14
Noé Larousse won bronze in the BU12
Beatrice Reynard was 5th in the GU10
James Magé was 17th in the BU12
Harry Vaughan-Williams was 8th in the BU14
Edmund Cornforth was 6th in the BU18
Maria Uebele was 6th in the GU18























Southern Region Epee Competition, 13 January
Mark Leech
finished 11th. He said: “This was a really enjoyable competition, where the quality of fencing was at least equal to that of the smaller Opens I’ve been to recently. Mid table is a fair result, although there were only a few hits between high or low in the rankings.”




“Pro-Am” Club Competition, 21 December

Our fencing in 2012 ended with a lively pairs competition, in which beginner fencers formed teams with those more experienced. Particular thanks to Peter Joyce for heling run the event.

1st: Mark and Daria

2nd: Ben and Bella

3rd: Bryan and Maria

4th: Peter and Connor


Hereford & Worcester Open, 8 December
Sam Hughes was 14th in the Women’s Epee, while Sylvia Brown was 20th. In the Men’s Epee Malcolm Allton was 28th.


Leon Paul Junior Series 2012

Congratulations to Heloïse Hardie, who finished joint third overall in the U13 Girls’ Foil. She scored one second, one third and two fifth places, showing that consistency is as important as scoring outright wins to gain a good championship position. Full results


Dormagen FIE Junior World Cup Sabre, 1 December

Nuno Esteveswas placed 119th out of 154. His father, Jorge reports: “He fenced better than in his previous one in Poland two years ago. With 2v-4d in the poules he managed to qualify to the L128, where he lost to an Ukranian. This was despite suffering an hamstring strain in his penultimate poule fight. He couldn’t lunge so in his last poule fight, which he won, he had to rely primarily on counter attacks and parry-ripostes. In the L128, however, the Ukranian was too strong. Dormagen is the hardest junior world cup competition. In the context of GB fencing, four were cut after the poules, three went out in the L128, one made the L64 and one the L32. Despite the injury, a positive result for a first year junior fencer. Next, recover and Udine World Cup on 5 January.”

Here is a video of his warm-up lesson – Video


BB&O Foil Rally, 2 December
Depleted by winter illnesses, only two-thirds of an OFC team took part in this pre-Christmas event. Nevertheless, Solly Slim and Maria Uebele finished a respectable 15th out of 27th teams


Newham LPJS, 1 December

Heloïse Hardie finished 5th out of 19 in the girls’ under-13. It was a very strong field and Heloïse only lost three bouts out of 10in the two rounds of poules. This set up a fight in the Last 8 with another of the top girls, which Heloïse lost 5-10. Newham was the final round of the 2012 Leon Paul Junior Series, but as yet the final championship positions have yet to be published.


Friendly Foil Match v Stowe School; Friday 7th December
Four teams travelled from the well known school to do battle at Rye against OFC – and the home side won 4-0. The under-11 boys (James, Noé, Finn) won 45-27, the under-16 boys (Harry, Will, Solly) won 43-24, the under-16 girls won (Heloïse, Maria, Paige) won 45-19 and the under-20s (Alexander, Maddie, Lorcan) won 45-41. This evening was run in a very friendly manner and will be repeated in the New Year. Thanks to Malcolm, Martin and Richard for refereeing and thanks to Kathy, Michael, Jane and Rosemary for catering and support



















Hertfordshire LPJS, 25 November

Heloïse Hardie finished third. She qualified first from the poules but was then beaten in the semi-final by the same girl the she beat in the semi in Southampton last weekend.



Image © / For more great images of this fight, see here.


Southern Region Age Group Team Competition, 18 November

Well done to the U13 foil team of James Mage, Alisdair Cornforth and Finn

Pollock, who took bronze. James’ mum Jane said: “Alisdair worked hard as the no. 1 player but all fencers were ‘in their zone’, doing their best and they scored some amazing points. James had encouragement from a fencing coach when he employed some good tactics against a big left hander. Finn fought very well, kept excellent focus and was a great sportsman. It was an excellent team effort and they were pleased to be in the medals.” Harry Vaughan-Williams and Noé Larousse, representing their school, were in the second-placed team.

Meanwhile, in U16 epee Bryan Kidd, Luca Rothand Johannes Halbach were placed sixth, but Ben Schneider, fencing for his school, was in the winning team. The U20 foil team of Maddie Bonham-Jones, Maria Uebele and Edmund Cornforth finished fifth, despite a particularly strong individual performance by Edmund.


Southampton Junior Foil Championship, 17 November

Heloïse Hardie finished second – a result which means that she finished equal first in the overall GU14 championship, a fine achievement. It was a good day for OFC as Paige Tierneyfinished third in the GU11.


Cocks Moors Woods Epee Championships, 17 November

Mark Leech was placed 10th in the Men’s. “It’s an OK result, but still lots to re-learn about competitive fencing,” he said.


Friendly Senior Match v Oxford University Fencing Club, 13 November

A good turnout by both sides ensured a lively evening’s fencing. OFC’s results were convincing for the epee team (Mark Leech, Tim Stephens, Sam Hughes and Ed Beaumont), which won a poule by 13 victories to 3, and for the foil team (Brendan Jackson, Dan Pooley and Martin Carter), which won by 13 victories to 2. In sabre, the home side (Clive Ambrose-Williams, Mark Waddington andFredrik Azzopardi) lost two close relays 43-45 and 40-45, despite an excellent individual performance by Fredrik. Special mention must also go to Tristan Hale and Richard Booth, who fenced for the visitors. An enjoyable evening ended with drinks at the White Horse across the road. Thanks to OUFC for coming, and we hope to see some of them again at our regular club nights.


Welsh Open, 10 November

Sam Hughes was an impressive 16th out of 77 entrants in the Women’s Epee. “It is all the more impressive as I was 50th out of the poules and then had a lot of hard work to do!” she said. Meanwhile, Clive Ambrose-Williams was 45th and Nuno Esteves 34th out of a very strong field of 94 in the Men’s Sabre. Full results


BB&O Foil Competition, 4 November

Congratulations to all the OFC members who took part in this competition – they won eight medals between them. Full results

1st Martin Carter
2nd Gordon Hardie
7th Brendan Jackson

6th Maria Uebele
1st Alexander Hardie
7th Solly Slim
BU14                                                      Photos courtesy Ed Hancock
1st Ali Cornforth

2nd Harry Vaughan-Williams

1st Heloïse Hardie

2nd Edmund Cornforth
3rd Lorcan Carnegie

7th James Magé




Friendly Junior Match v Swindon, 2 November
A good spirited encounter! The under-13 foil team (Harry Vaughan-Williams, Heloïse Hardie, James Magé) won victory by the narrowest of margins, 44-43. The epee team (Ben Schneider, Johannes Halbach, Will Drake) narrowly lost 41-45. The match featured an impressive fightback by Ben in the final bout. Unfortunately, the under-16 foil team (Alexander Hardie, Bryan Kidd, Lorcan Carnegie,Solly Slim) were rather overshadowed by a strong Swindon squad and lost 22-45. Thanks to the Swindon club for travelling over to us, Martin for refereeing plus Jane and Rosemary for providing tasty refreshments.




Ghent FIE Satellite Tournament, 20 October

Nuno Esteves  finished an excellent 27th in the Men’s Sabre. In the first round of poules he took five victories to only one defeat. The second didn’t go so well, with three defeats to two victories, but he’d done enough (including beating the GB no. 3) to earn a bye into the L32. Here he matched his Hungarian opponent point for point until the final stages, eventually losing 11-15. This is his best senior international result so far. Full results


Veterans World Championships, 19 October

Congratulations to Sylvie Brown, who won bronze in the 70+ Womens’ Sabre. Full results


Sussex Open, 14 October

Congratulations to Sam Hughesfor her silver medal in the Women’s Epee. Meanwhile, Tim Stephenswas 49th in the Men’s Epee. Full results (scroll down the page)

                                                                                                                          Nuno (right) in action at Ghent

Bedford Open Epee, 14 October                                                          

Malcolm Allton  was a good 28th in the Men’s, while Sylvie Brown  finished 13th in the Women’s.


BB&O Epee and Sabre competition, 14 October

Well done to the OFC members who travelled to Langley – they brought home four medals, two of which were won by Will Drake: gold in the U14 epee and silver in the U14 sabre. Meanwhile, Ben Schneider  won silver in the U16 epee, with Johannes Halbach  fifth.Volker Halbach  was third in the Men’s Epee. Full results


Coventry Open, 13 October

Mark Leech  was placed 23rd in the Men’s Epee after fencing well in a tough poule but making “a mess” of his tactics in the DE. Full results


Beazley British Championships, 6 and 7 October

Sam Hughes was delighted to be placed 24th in the Women’s Epee, while Ed Beaumont was a good 58th in the Men’s Epee. The teams went well too – Sam’s lost 3rd place by 5 points, having fenced the national team twice, while Ed’s was 12th out of 19.



Senior match vs Swindon Fencing Club, 26 September

Three teams from OFC braved the rain-filled roads to Swindon on a Wednesday night. The foil team (Richard Booth, Martin Carter,Brendan Jackson) arrived a little late, and struggled to warm up during their relay, losing 28-45. The sabre team (Clive Ambrose-Williams, Sylvie Brown, Andy Cooke) fell short 35-45, but the epee team (Malcolm Allton, Mark Leech, Volker Halbach) won 45-42 in a match that was close and tense throughout. Thanks to Swindon for having us for a good evening’s fencing (and providing food!), and to Gordon Hardie for acting as reserve.


Shropshire Open, 23 September
Clive Ambrose-Williams  just missed the Last 16, finishing 17th of the field of 34 men’s sabreurs.



Bristol Open Sabre 16th September
Clive Ambrose-Williams  finished 39th in the field of 75.


Southampton Premier Foil Series, 15 September

Heloïse Hardie  was 2nd (GU14) after her final was disturbed by a strong argument between the ref and a bystander which really upset her.  Heloïse’s opponent was a good fencing buddy from Newham but the incident did rather spoil their fight. Alexander Hardie  was 13th of 22 in the BU14 and Paige Tierney  5th of nine in the GU11, both losing valiantly to stronger opponents in their DEs.


Essex Open, 2 September

Sam Hughes was pleased to achieve seventh place in the Women’s Epee, having used good tactics throughout the day. Full results


Hamlet Open, Men’s Sabre, Stratford-upon-Avon, 1 September

Congratulations to our club members who competed in this huge event of 119 fencers:


Clive Ambrose-Williams            47th

Nuno Esteves                          70th

Jorge Esteves                         108th

Full Results


Clive commented: “When I arrived at the Hamlet I had pushed away all thoughts of expectation. It was the largest number of entries I had seen at a competition and so I wanted to focus on my performance. Danny has put in a lot of hard work with me over the last few months which helped me draw on my learning from my lessons. Whilst I had a good result, I’m also a realist and understand that a large percentage of this result made up from luck on how my Pool and first DE panned out.”



OFC Pairs Competition : Friday 24th August
Four pairs of foilists battled it out in a series of mini-relays in one of our regular club friendly competitions.  Heloïse and Dan were the victors, not dropping a single fight.  Well done to all, and especially Emma who faced much more experienced competitors so enthusiastically.

1) Heloïse : Dan
2) Will      : Tristan
3) Paige    : Richard
4) Emma   : Gordon



Much Wenlock olympics 15 July

Heloïse Hardie, Bryan Kidd and Paige Tierney represented Oxford fencing club in the U13 team competition, finishing 3rd out of 9 teams.

Winning their qualifying poule beating Hamilton Academicals 45-10 and Much Wenlock 45-37 only to be beat 45-29 by Redditch Youth Fencing and 45-22 by Ninja rabbits from Scotland in the top 3 Poule.

Lydia Stanier Also came 3rd ot of 18 in the womens individual foil, well done to all fencers for an outstanding effort.

Image: Paige, Heloïse and Bryan collecting their bronze medals.


Beginners Competition 3rd July 2012
Last Tuesday saw the current beginner’s course come to a close with a competition amongst the course participants.
8 of the beginners took part and two poules and a round of DE saw Justintake the plaudits as last man standing. He managed to beat a feistyGabe in an entertaining final by 5-4 with seconds to spare.

Honourable mentions go to Nico, Katy, Emma, Paul, Antonia and Pedrfor making the competition such a high standard. Our thanks also go to Matthew Thomson for coaching the 8 week course and toGordon and Martin for refereeing.


1st July 2012 Bill Hoskyns Open Epee,Kidderminster

Congratulations to Sam Hughes for coming 10th out of 34 in the women’s epee. Full results




EYC 23-24 June

Well done to all the OFC fencers who made the trip to the England Youth Championships in Hatfield. Lydia is obviously benefitting from her recent epee training in Germany and made winning her gold medal look easy! Alexander was very pleased to make the Last 16 in epee and to be able to give some England fencers a run for their money. Thanks too to Matthew Thompson who worked on the organization of the competition and to Richard Booth who was a referee.
1st Lydia Stanier GU15 Epee

6th Lydia Stanier GU15 Foil

8th Heloïse Hardie GU13 Foil

16th Alexander Hardie BU15 Epee

20th Alexander Hardie BU15 Foil

28th Paige Tierney GU11 Foil

40th Harry Vaughan-Williams BU13 Foil

47th Noé Larousse BU11 Foil

57th Bryan Kidd BU13 Foil

23rd Ben Williams BU13 Sabre

24th Ben Schneider BU15 Epee

Full results


White Horse Team Trophy, Abingdon, 24 June
OFC was well represented at this regular event – the Oxford team of Mark Leech (foil), Clive Ambrose-Williams (sabre) and Volker Halbach (epee) was complemented by an Abingdon team that included two Oxford fencers, Martin Carter (foil) and Tim Stephens (epee). With an unprecedented 17 entries from all over the country this year, both Oxon teams performed well, with all fencers well placed after the poules. They both came up against extremely strong teams in the later stages of the DE and couldn’t get through to the semi-finals despite stout resistance. Final positions were creditable: Oxford fifth, and Abingdon seventh. As ever, this was a lively and friendly competition, and made for an excellent day’s fencing.


Senior Foil Competition, 19 June

This competition took the form of a gruelling poule unique to 15. Dan Pooleywas last man standing at the end of the evening.

  1. Dan Pooley
    2. Richard Booth
    3. Mark Leech
    4. Jonty Haberfield
    5. Martin Carter
    6. Arran Strutt

OFC under-14 Foil competition, 15 June
The club under-14 competition resulted in a closely fought final between Heloïse and Ben, won by the former 7-6 in extra time. Noé deserves a special mention for his superb 5th place and was best placed under-10. Well done to all of our under-14s who

demonstrated what talented fencers they’re becoming.

1) Heloïse

2) Ben
3) Harry
=) Will
5) NoéNathaniel

7) James

8) Lukas

9) Bella






OFC Sabre competition, 25 May

Well done to Nuno Esteves, who took the club sabre title, defeating Danny Godfreyin the final. Non-sabreurRichard Boothachieved a creditable third place, alongside Andy Cooke. A normal club night just about accommodated a round of poules and all the necessary DE matches. Once again, regular sabreurs were joined by fencers of other weapons on an entertaining and hard-fought evening.
1) Nuno Esteves
2) Danny Godfrey
3) Richard Booth
=) Andy Cooke
5) Martin Carter
6) Jorge Esteves
7) Jonty Haberfield
8) Mark Leech
9) Gordon Hardie
10) Kat Chzen
11) Ben Worsfold
12) Ben Williams



Southern Region Senior Foil, 13 May

Martin Carter added another bronze to his medal collection after defeating a very strong opponent in a hard-fought Last 8 bout, but felt just that little bit too tired to make his way through to the final.


Premier Foil Championship, Southampton, 12 May
Heloïse Hardiewon gold in the GU14.  After an early start (and an even earlier start from Oxfordshire) Heloïse began slowly in the poule and dropped a couple of bouts. Fortunately the sports drinks  kicked in just in time for the DEs, as Heloïse had to fence at her best to defeat some very tough opponents. Meanwhile, Paige Tierney gained valuable experience in the GU11, finishing 8th.


OFC Epee Competition, 18 May
Congratulations to Mark Leech, who, using left-handed tricks and a longer reach, beat Sam Hughes in the final of the club epee competition. Jonty Haberfield and Ben Schneider qualified from the poules in first and second places, but they were both defeated by representatives of the Hardie family – though they in turn were unable to resist Mark and Sam in the semi-finals. Held on a regular Friday club night, the competition’s timing was tight, but we still managed to squeeze in a round of poules and a Direct Elimination. This was a very friendly competition where epee novices had a chance to mix it with experienced epeeists.
1) Mark Leech
2) Sam Hughes
3) Alexander Hardie
=) Gordon Hardie
5) Jonty Haberfield
6) Ben Schneider
7) Malcolm Allton
8) Sylvia Brown
9) Alec Jones
10) Philip Ashton-Rickardt




Sam training on a typical OFC club night.  Photo courtesy of Mario Mage 



British Youth Championships, 5-7 May

OFC members took three out of the five medals won by the Southern Region as a whole at this event. Great personal performances across all three weapons and all age groups show the depths of talent throughout the club. Special mention must go to Lydia Stanier, who won the Girls’ Under 16 Epee, and then reached the last 8 of the Girls’ Under 16 Foil on the same day.


Lydia Stanier          1st GU16 epee

Nuno Esteves         3rd BU18 sabre

Heloïse Hardie        3rd GU12 foil

Lydia Stanier          5th GU16 foil

Libby Caffrey          12th GU16 sabre

Ben Schneider        22nd BU14 foil

Ben Schneider        24th BU14 epee

Patrick Caffrey        34th BU16 sabre

Alexander Hardie    38th BU14 foil

William Drake         50th BU12 foil

Ben Williams          53rd BU14 sabre

Arran Strutt             54th BU16 foil

Edmund Cornforth    55th BU16 foil



Full results

Nuno receiving his medal



Friendly Foil Match v Salle Oxon, 27 April

We shared honours with our near neighbours, Salle Oxon, with victory by the under-14 team with a relay score of 45-29 but a close defeat for the under-16 team 39-45.  This was a great opportunity to gain some pre-British Youth Championship practice at competitive fencing and great fun for all involved.  The OFC squad consisted of Alexander, Arran, Ben, Edmund, Heloïse andJason.


Cardiff LPJS, 22 April

Heloïse Hardie achieved another good result with second place in the GU13. Full results


Birmingham International, 7 and 8 April

This tough and large event was attended by three OFC fencers. In the Men’s Foil Richard Boothwas unfortunately knocked out in the first round of DE. Meanwhile, Marion Nemitzwas placed a respectable 27th in the Women’s Foil. Samantha Hugheswas 53rd in Women’s Epee.


World Cadet and Junior Championships, 31 March-3 April

Nuno Estevestravelled to Moscow at the end of March to take part in the individual sabre events. In the cadet competition, he won all his poule fights but was knocked out in the L64, finishing a respectable 44th. In the junior competition, he won two out of four poule bouts, but in the DEs lost to a Ukrainian who had come second in the 2009-2010 European junior championships. Nuno finished 76th. His father Jorge commented: “Overall, a positive championship, but there’s still a lot to do to get to a higher level.”   Full results



Pro-Am Foil Competition, Friday 30 March

We held one of our regular club events where fencers of all abilities are put into teams for a relay competition.  Eighteen fencers  were divided into six teams and the overall victors were Jessie, Jason and Jonty.  Well done to all for making it such an enjoyable evening.


Posn  Victories  Team

1           4            Jessie, Jason, Jonty

2           3            Noé, Paige, Martin

3           2            Solly, Peter, Mark

4           2            Artemis, Jay, Gordon

5           1            Bella, Heloïse, Ben

6           0            Rosalba, Fiona, Alexander


XXXV International Children’s Fencing Tournament Challenge Wratislavia, Poland, 22 March

At this large and prestigious event Lydia Stanier continued her run of superb results. After qualifying fifth out of 125 in the poules of the Girls’ Epee, she progressed to the final, the only UK fencer to get past the L8. In the later stages she held her nerve to gain two very close victories. She ended with the silver medal, in her only defeat of the day. Congratulations to her!   Full results


Public Schools Fencing Championships, 22 March

Patrick Caffrey, fencing for Harrow, came a healthy 8th (out of 64) this event held at Crystal Palace. His team also won the trophy for best performance by a team with fewer than 25 weapon entries – they scored 101 with their nearest competitor scoring 70.   Full results


Invicta Open, 17-18 March

This competition attracted a number of international entrants, mainly from Europe, but including a group of Chileans preparing for the World Championships. There were fine performances by OFC fencers: Lydia Stanier was third in Women’s Epee and Marion Nemitzfifth in Women’s Foil. Malcolm Allton refereed the Women’s Epee final (Japanese v Italian), and the Women’s Foil semis and final, the latter won by one of the Chileans. Malcolm reported a good atmosphere throughout, and that the later stages were all very hard fought. He was pleased to be asked to present the Women’s Foil prizes.    Full results


Eton LPJS, 17 March

Heloïse Hardie was seventh of 26 in the Girls’ U13, being knocked out by the eventual winner 5-8 in the L8. Harry Vaughan-Williamswas 21st of 42 in the Boys’ U13, losing against a very skilled fencer in the L32.    Full results



Southern Region Age Group Foil Competition, Newbury, Sunday 26 February

Well done to all the OFC fencers who attended this important event.  The club came away with three medals and four fencers qualified for the British Youth Championships later in the year.  Heloïse Hardie won gold in the under-12 girls, Alexander Hardie won bronze in the under-14 boys and Edmund Cornforth won bronze in the under-16 boys.  Meanwhile, not winning a medal but still attaining BYC qualification was Ben Schneider, who was 5th in the BU14 and will now be representing the SR in both foil and epee.  Paige Tierneywas 6th in the GU12 and missed out on BYC qualification by just one please.  Maddie Bonham-Jones was 6th in the GU18 and Jason Turner 14th in the BU18.  Harry Vaughan-Williams and Nathaniel Moatti finished 9th and 10th in the BU12 having qualified in the poules 1st and 3rd.


Keele Open 25-26 February

This friendly competition, in its first year as a full Open, once again made for an excellent day’s fencing. On Saturday in the Men’s Foil,Mark Leech was sixth, only missing out on the medals by a single hit, despite a sequence of kit disasters. Jonty Haberfield was 15th, having met an excellent international fencer in the Last 16 (full results). On the Sunday, in the Women’s Foil, Marion Nemitz was an excellent third place (full results).


Slough Open, 4/5 February

As ever, this competition was well attended, despite the snow, and serveral OFC members were present. In the Men’s Sabre, Jorge Esteves came 9th, Nuno Esteves 10th and Clive Ambrose-Williams 27th. In the Women’s Epee, Sam Hughes was 26th, and in the Women’s Foil Marion Nemitz was 34th.


Friendly Junior Foil Match v Salle Oxon, Friday 3rd February

The under-14 team of Alexander, Ben and Bryan proved too strong for Salle Oxon and cruised to a relatively easy victory of 45-20 over the visitors.  Meanwhile the under-12 team of Bella, Gavin and Nathaniel were involved in a much closer match with the advantage between OFC and Salle Oxon changing several times.  At the end of the final period the score was 33-34 with Salle Oxon taking a well deserved victory – sharing honours on the night between the two clubs.  Thank you to Steven and the Salle Oxon squad for making the journey over and contributing to a fun evening.  We plan to arrange a return match later in the year.



Men’s Cadet Sabre, Camden, 28 January

Nuno Esteves started his first poule fight well leading 4-0 before losing concentration and losing 4-5.  Fortunately he then won three of his remaining five bouts to qualify 69th of the 130 fencers present.  Nuno was then knocked out 8-15 in his first Direct Elimination fight leaving him 74th overall.       Full results


Bristol Premier Foil Championship, 28 January

OFC gained two bronze medals with Paige Tierney gaining 3rd in the under-11 girls and Heloïse Hardie 3rd in the under-14s.   Both girls had strong poules, qualifying second and first in their respective age groups.  Unfortunately Paige lost out when an opponent she had beaten in the poule fought back strongly in the Direct Elimination and knocked her out of the competition.  Meanwhile Heloïse, experiencing DEs scored up to 15 for the first time, had a bye into the Last8, won 15-3 in her Last4 bout and lost 5-6 in extra time of her semi-final.


Paige receives her medal.  Heloïse (left) v opponent whose trainers wouldn’t have passed our clean floor policy!


Friendly Match v Swindon FC

On 24 January, Swindon Fencing Club came to Rye for a friendly match. Overall honours were shared on a good-spirited evening. The mixed foil team (Lydia, Marion, Ryan) won 45-22 and the beginners’ foil team (Craig, Heloïse, Maddie) won 45-28. The epee team (Mark, Martin, Sam and Kate) narrowly lost a poule unique 7 victories to 9. The men’s foil team (Dan, Jason, Richard) lost 32-45. The sabre team (Ben, Danny, Hussain) won one match 45-41 but lost a second 28-45. Thanks to the Swindon team for trekking across on a dark, damp night and to Richard for organizing the OFC teams.


Cambridge Winter Tournament

On 15 January, Marion Nemitz was placed 8th in the Cambridge Winter Tournament women’s foil (results). The previous weekend, Sam Hughes was also placed 8th in the women’s epee at the Aldershot Open (results).


Southern Region Epee & Sabre, 15 January

Congratulations to Ben Schneider for winning the silver medal in the Boys’ Under14 epee in Reading.  He lost the final by just one hit (9-10) and has now qualified for the British Youth Championships later in the year.  Luca Roth was placed fifth (having been top qualifier after the poules) and Alexander Hardie was sixth in the field of fifteen boys.  After the poules the OFC boys were placed 1-2-3 but Luca and Alexander were unable to continue this form into the Direct Eliminations.               Full epee results

Ben and Alexander swapped their foils for epees for the day.

Pictures courtesy Immage


The sabreurs also had a good day.  Nuno Esteves was 2nd in the BU18, Patrick Caffrey 3rd in the field on nine BU16, Ben Williams3rd BU14, Cecilia Caffrey 3rd GU18 and Libby Caffrey 2nd GU16.  All of these fencers have qualified for the BYCs.                                                   Full sabre results



Cadet Winton

Cecilia, Libbyand Patrick Caffreywere all selected for the Cadet Winton sabre over the weekend of 17-18 December. Their teams’ results were mixed, but all three fenced well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


Elite Epee Junior Series, December 18th

Congratulations to Lydia Stanier on winning the last girls’ U16 competition of 2011.  She has now won two out of two in the 2011/2012 Elite Junior Series and has a commanding lead in the points standings.     Full Results


OFC Pro-Am Foil Competition, December 9th

Congratulations to the team of Malcolm/Heloïse/Sarah who won all their matches to lead the field ahead of Solly/Sylvia/Alexander.  Both teams won Leon Paul branded sweets.  This was a fun competition to introduce our new beginners to the rest of the club.  Well done to all, we saw some great fencing!  Thank you to Richard for reffing all night long.

1) Malcolm/Heloïse/Sarah

2) Solly/Sylvia/Alexander

3) Zane/Maddie/Dan

4) Craig/Pete/Jonty

5) Rebecca/Bryan/Martin

6) Lorcan/Jason/Ben

7) Jessie/Paige/Mark


BBO Foil Rally, December 4th

The OFC Tinsel Feet team, sporting tasteful red tinsel around their ankles (James Magé, Maddie Bonham-Jones and Jason Turner) did very well, coming 10th out of a field of 27 teams.  Jason was the star fencer, losing only one bout.  Tinsel Feet beat Jingle Belles (Headington) 5-1 and Rampaging Reindeer (also Headington) 5-4, but were defeated 2-5 by Frosty The Armed and Dangerous (a mixed team).

There was great support from parents as Tinsel Feet had to wait over two hours to start their first bout.  There was a fantastic atmosphere and was well worth the trip on a cold December morning.  Hopefully we can get some more participation from Oxford next year!


James takes on a Christmas tree!  The other Tinsel Feet team members look on.



There was a slight height difference between the members of the Tinsel Feet team.


Elsewhere several OFC members starred, though they weren’t fencing for the club.  Most noteworthy were Edmundand Alisdair Cornforth, representing Joscas in the Muppet Fencing team, who won the overall prize.


Edmund and Alisdair, along with their third team member, hold the impressive Foil Rally trophy.


Meanwhile Lydia Stanier’s Cheese and Crackers Oxford High School team finished 24th.


Newham Leon Paul Junior Series, December 4th

Heloïse Hardie was sixth in the field of 21 under-11 girl foilists.  She was beaten 9-10 by the same girl who knocked her out of the previous LPJS round in Camden, just missing out on the medals on both occasions.  Meanwhile Alexander Hardie had a good result finishing 12th out of 33 in the under-13 boys foil, he was pipped 7-10 in his L16 fight.


Autumn 2011 Beginners Competition 

The OFC Autumn 2011 beginners’course ended on Friday 2nd December with a mini poule amongst the beginners’ class.


The entrants were Isabella, Haroun, Harriet, Katie, Zane, Jessie, Solly and Lorcan.


Under the watchful eye of their coach, Malcolm Allton, all the competitors fought well with bothIsabella and Haroun in particular punching above their weight against some tough senior competition.


At the end of the poule it came down toZane and Lorcan, with 6 victories each, to go head to head. With time running out both fencers fought well with Lorcan finally taking the honours and being crowned the overall course winner.


Beginners fence electric at the completion of their course; Zane v Lorcan.





Southern Region, Age Group Team Foil & Epee Competition, November 20th

The OFC under-16 foil team had a great result, winning gold against local rivals Swindon.  Qualifying went well with the OFC team ofLydia Stanier, Alexander Hardie and Edmund Cornforth heading the field of ten teams.  A bye through to the semi-final saw a tough match against a team of tall fencers from Escrime who were beaten with good performances from all OFC fencers.  In the final OFC trailed Swindon until Lydia took the piste for the final bout 35-40 down, but she fenced superbly to win 45-44 with just 20 seconds remaining on the clock.  Meanwhile the OFC under-13 team of Heloïse Hardie, Alisdair Cornforth and Paige Tierney finished third of eight teams.  They dropped just one match out of four but it was sufficient to put them behind the Dragon team, which included OFC fencers Nathaniel Moatti and Harry Vaughan-Williams, who finished second.  Meanwhile OFC fencer Ben Schneider was representing Abingdon School in the under-16 epee; his team finished third.  A special mention to Johannes Halbach who travelled all the way down to Reading but didn’t have a chance to fence in the under-16 epee competition because his OFC team mates were involved in the over-running foil event and had to return home without even picking-up a weapon.


The lamé wearing OFC under-16 team of Alexander, Edmund and Lydia with their gold medals.  Also in the photo are Alisdair, Ben and Heloïse.



Friendly Match, OFC v Oxford University Intermediates, November 15th

We shared honours with the OUFC Intermediates when they visited us on a Tuesday club night for a friendly match.  It was an easy victory for the strong OFC epee team of Richard, Mark and Lydia; winning 45-28.  However, foil was a different matter with a super-sized poule unique mixing the OFC and OUFC fencers together.  OUFC took the win but the outcome was only decided in the last couple of bouts.  Well done to OFC fencers Fiona, Hannah, Maddie, Rosalba, Theresa, Dan, Jack and Ryan.  For some this was the first experience of competition with opponents from outside the club, and all OFC fencers did very well.


European Cadet Circuit, Sofia, November 12th
Nuno Esteves was in Sofia, Bulgaria representing Portugal at one of the European Cadet Circuit Sabre events. Seriously debilitated by a chest infection, he nevertheless managed to make the Last 32. In the first round of poules, Nuno won 4 fights and lost 2, followed by 3v-3d in the second round of poules. He then knocked-out a Romanian fencer by 15-14 in the Last 64 before losing to a Bulgarian 8-15 in the Last 32. Nuno finished 28th in the competition. In normal conditions, he would have made the Last 16…next time.

Sevenoaks Cadet, BFA Nominated Event Sabre Cadets Selection, November 5th

Nuno Esteves finished 3rd out of 39. He was 6th after the poules, then through to the Last 32 (15-14), L16 (15-8), L8 (15-14 coming back from 13-8 and 14-10!). Nuno was knocked-out in the semi-finals to the current U17 British champion (11-15).  It was a very tough competition with Nuno fencing well.



BBO Epee Championship, Langley, November 5th

Ben Schneider was the only representative of the club present but made a great impact by winning gold in the boy’s under-14 epee competition.  It was only a small field but the result is one of which Ben should be very proud.



Allstar Cup, Wolverhampton, October 30th

Congratulation to Sam Hughes for winning the bronze medal.  Sam was knocked out in the semi-final with a score of just 13-15.  Many of Sam’s competitors had a higher national ranking and she was very pleased with her performance.                                    Full Results


Sam training on a typical OFC club night.  Photo courtesy of Mario Mage.



FIE Satellite, Ghent October 23rd
Nuno Esteves’ first experience at a FIE senior sabre competition. Nuno finished 49th out of 61. He fenced well but lost three matches at 5-4 in the second round of poules. Frustrating but overall positive experience which helped him preparing for further competitions.


Congratulations to Lydia Stanier

Lydia’s recent string of strong results means that she is now England #1 under-15 girl foilist and England #1 under-15 girl epeeist.  Quite a unique double achievement which will see her representing the country in Paris and Wrocklaw in the New Year.


Swindon v OFC, Friendly Junior Foil Match, October 26th

Two OFC junior teams braved a cold dark night to travel to a mid-week away friendly match at Swindon FC.  The under-12 team (Bryan, Heloïse, Paige and James) enjoyed victory, winning 11 bouts to 5 for the home side.  Meanwhile, the under-16 team (Ben, Alecand Alexander) fared less well, losing 45-35 in their relay match.  Thanks to Swindon for their hospitality and to the OFC fencers and parents to make it a friendly yet competitive encounter.  Plans are underway for a rematch at home in the New Year.


Berks, Bucks & Oxon County Foil Championship, Langley, October 16th

OFC had a remarkably successful day with each one of its thirteen attending club members returning home with a medal!  Perhaps the most outstanding feat was that of the men’s foil where OFC took a clean sweep of all the medals.  Jack Jeffery won gold, beatingJonty Haberfield 15-14 in a very close final.  The bronze medals were won by GordonHardie and Martin Carter.  The U14 boys almost completed a clean sweep too; Alexander Hardie took gold, Ben Schneider silver and Bryan Kidd bronze.  The U12 girls also had a strong showing with Heloïse Hardie winning gold and Paige Tierney silver.  More golds were won by Edmund Cornforth in the U16 boys and Nathaniel Moatti in the U12 boys.  Further bronze medals were won by Maddie Bonham-Jones in the U18 girls and James Magé in the U10 boys.  Well done to everybody and thank you to all fencers and supporting parents who made it such a successful day for the club.               Full Results


Nathaniel Moatti (left) receives an off-target hit


The OFC squad display their prizes


Paige and Heloïse battle it out in the final of the girls’ under-12 final


Coventry Open; October 15/16th

Nuno Esteveswas 6th and Jorge Esteves15th in the field of 28 men’s sabruers and Kat Chzhen 10th in the women’s sabre . Meanwhile, in the men’s foil Richard Boothwas 17th out of 52 entrants and recent OFC memberIssie Winneywas 3rd in the women’s foil.   Full results


Camden LPJS, October 8th 

Heloïse Hardie was 5th out of 18 entrants.  After the first round of poules Heloïse was ranked first.  Despite winning all her fights in the second round, poor indicaters dropped her to third.  Heloïse was then knocked out in the Last8 9-10 in extra time by the eventual silver medalist.


GB under-17 National Championship, Sheffield; October 1st

Congratulation’s to Lydia Stanier for her superb 3rd place in the women’s foil on Saturday against very tough national opposition.  Just for good measure Lydia finished 38th out of 69 in the u20 women’s epee on Sunday.  Pretty good for a fourteen year old!                   Full results




15th World Veterans Fencing Championship, Porec, Croatia; September 29th

Congratulations to Sylvia Brownwho was classified 5th in the women’s epee.  She was knocked-out by just a single hit, 8-9, in the Last 8.  Sylvia had finished the poule stage in third place having won four out of five matches.                                                               Full results

Friendly match v Swindon, September 28th 

The OFC senior foil teams suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Swindon FC.  The ‘A’ team, comprising of Richard, DanandGordon, lost 39-44 with the close result thanks largely to a couple of great come-back bouts by Richard.  Meanwhile the four man ‘B’ team ofMartin, Ryan, Jontyand Philiplost 44-60, suffering at the hands of a strong home club team.  One of the Swindon team members was a wheelchair fencer so our squad were given the great new experience of competing whilst sitting down – and not being able to run away when the going got too tough!


Southampton Premier Foil Championship, September 18th

It was double gold for the OFC girls withPage Tierneywinning the GU9 and Heloïse Hardiewinning the GU11.  Both looked classy with neither dropping a fight as they progressed to their overall victories.  Meanwhile the BU14 was saw Alexander Hardiefinish 9th(disappointed to be knocked out of the L16 5-6 in extra time) andBen Schneiderfinish 15th in a competitive field of 19.


Bristol Open, September 18th

Jack Jeffries, newly returned to fencing after a twelve year break, entered this prestigious open competition to gain some valuable foil experience.  Here’s his report;


It was a great experience, and I had a lot of fun. It bought floods of memories back, which was nice. We were split up into pools of seven, I had GB and IRL and other highly ranked fencers! I lost all 6 fights however scored 2 points against a chap and 1 off another. It was such fun. We then had a short break and I had to fence a chap who was ranked 50th!!!!! I lost BUT the score was 15 – 5 so I was pleased with that. I was knocked out so I entered the plate competition. I fenced a chap and it lasted a while and really got into it, best fight of the day and lost 15 – 9. A very good day out. And in the main comp was ranked 79th out of 83 something like that!!! Not last.


Veterans Winton Cup, RAF Cosford, September 11th

Malcolm AlltonandSylie Browncompeted in the East Midland epee teams.  Both men’s and women’s teams scored 6 victories out of 8 matches.  These results gave the East Midlands joint second place overall.


Essex Open, September 4th

Sam Hughesentered the women’s epee and was very pleased with her 23rd place out of the 55 entrants.  Sam’s first DE fight was against an old club mate who she beat but she was then knocked out of the L32 by the eventual silver medallist.  Full results here:



Southern Region Triangular report
Saturday 23rd July 2011 – This was a very enjoyable day’s fencing. Jonty and Mark were part of the BB&O foil team, with three members from Newbury; the BB&O epee team featured some fencers from Reading; there was no BB&O sabre team (which meant we had lost before the day began). They fenced Wiltshire, losing 15 victories to 10, refereed Wiltshire v Hampshire, and then were thrashed by an extremely strong Hampshire team 19-6.Jonty and Mark both thought they could have fenced a little better, but they each got some good wins against both oppositions, and the atmosphere was excellent throughout. Next year, if we could organise a heavily OFC foil team and rustle up a few sabreurs, outright victory could be on the cards.


Much Wenlock Olympics

OFC had a fantastic showing at the 125th running of the Much Wenlock Olympics. Lydia Stanier took the women’s foil gold medal, winning a huge shield along with her gold medal. In the u13 foil team OFC also took gold. The team of Alexander Hardie, Bryan Kiddand Heloïse Hardie beat teams from Russell 37-33, Wenlock 38-28 and Joscas 45-22 to scoop first prize. Tony Robinson, with attendant TV crew, was an interested spectator.

OFC u10 foil

Paige looked the class of the field as she took overall victory in the size 0 foil competition on Friday 1 July. In second place Gabrielput in a magnificent performance showing skill and aggression that will serve him well in his fencing career. Michael and Lukas shared third place, Michael having qualified second in the poule but not being able to keep it up in the direct elimination. 


June 2011

White Horse trophy, Abingdon

A three-weapon team of Volker L (f), Mark Le (e) and Mark W (s) finished third in this prestigious local competition on 26 June. Our team qualified fifth of the eight entered, eliminated the home Abingdon squad in the last 8 before suffering the same fate at the hands of a strong team from Saxon.

Full results


England youth championships

We had a number of junior club members participating over a hot weekend in Hatfield. Lydia Stanier took bronze in the GU15 épée (and thus has qualified to represent England in Poland again) and 8th in the GU15 foil, losing by just one hit. Heloïse Hardie also lost by one hit in the Last 8 of the GU11 foil, finishing 5th. Paige Tierney finished 18th in the same event, at one point being 3-1 up against the eventual gold medalist in their poule fight. Fredrik Azzopardi finished 19th in the BU15 sabre. Johaness Halbach finished 23rd in the BU13 epee with Alexander Hardie 31st in the same event. Alexander also finished 40th of the 79 entries in the BU13 foil. Alisdair Cornforth was 29th and Harry-Vaughan-Williams 35th in the BU11 foil. Edmund Cornforth was 55th in the BU15 foil. Well done all! Full results


OFC senior mixed foil

There was a good number of entries for this event, held on the evening of Tuesday 21 June, and we only just got through all the bouts in time.

1) Volker L 8) Ben

2) Richard 9) Alexander

3) Lydia 10) Hannah

Mark 11) Fiona

5) Ryan 12) Jonty

6) Gordon 13) Bill

7) Frank 14) Janina

This proved to be Volker’s last appearance at the club as he returned to Germany the next week, but he left us as club foil champion.


BBO fencing picnic

The club had a great turnout for this fun foil event, and we came away with some medals too! Out of the 27 pairs entered:

1) Heloïse 9) Edmund

2) Alexander 11) Alisdair

5) Ben S 24) Ben W

6) James & Gordon 26) Bryan

7) Jonty


OFC intermediate foil

On 17 June there was a low turn-out, but much fun was had by all–and it is reported that no blood was spilt. Philip took the honours from Peter, Jason and then Gabriel. The report continues;

We did try a chair lift lap of honour for Philip around the sports hall but different heights of participants meant he kept falling off. I told him his prize fee of £250 and a pair of socks would be on its way from the committee shortly.


OFC v Stowe School

Honours were shared between the clubs as OFC A won 45-25 and OFC B lost 42-45. The A team (Alexander, Edmund, Heloïse) never looked in trouble and eased through to victory. Meanwhile the B team (Kevin, Peter, Alec) was altogether a more nail biting affair. At one point OFC B trailed 9-20 before making up the deficit and leading 40-39 with just one more bout to fence. Sadly Stowe’s final fencer was stronger then ours and they were able to retake the lead and victory. A big thank you to Martin for refereeing all night.


Portsmouth LPJS

Heloïse Hardiewas beaten in the GU11 final 8-9 in extra time and is determined to go one better next time. This was her third silver medal in this year’s series.


May 2011

Chichester open

We had a strong club showing in the women’s épée with Lydia Stanier finishing third and Sam Hughes seventh. Ironically both OFC members were knocked out by the same opponent in hard-fought bouts; nonetheless an impressive showing from both in the field of 32. Full Results


OFC u14 foil championship

After a week of qualifying poules and then a week of direct elimination Alexander finished as club champion. He beat Ben 10-6 in the final, having beaten Heloïse 9-4 in their semi-final. Bryan was the other semi-finalist. There were some close fights all through the field and good experience was gained from participating in a proper competition. Well done everbody! Special thanks to Richard for refereeing all night.

1) Alexander   7) Oengus

2) Ben            8) Gavin

3) Bryan         9) Lukas

=) Heloïse     10) Michael

5) Johannes  11) James

6) Paige        12) Toby


OFC sabre competition

After épée last week, this time we gathered for sabre. Danny eased out to a 15-10 victory over Andy, who in turn had just shaded Olly B 15-14 in the semi-final. Meanwhile, Richard is making a good case for the unofficial title of club master at arms with a third place to back up his second at épée last week.

1)Danny      6) Gordon

2)Andy        7) Ralph

3)Richard    8) Olly F

———      9) Fredrik

5) Mark      10) Ben


British youth championship u10

Paige Tierney travelled to Much Wenlock on 15 May to take part in the BYC for the youngest of fencers. Her first poule went well, her second less so, but she still qualified a creditable 11th. Unfortunately Paige then lost her first DE fight and she was eventually ranked 17th of the 27 GU10 foilists. Full results


Camden LPJS sabre

Congratulations to Cecilia Caffreyfor winning the GU17 section of this very competitive event, which even attracted international fencers. After his poules Patrick Caffrey was classified 20th of 27 BU15 sabreurs but lost his first DE. Meanwhile, Libby Caffrey’sresults in the GU15 have yet to be published by the organizers …


OFC épée competition

A dozen OFC members gathered for an enjoyable Tuesday night of épée competition. Tim was the eventual victor with an 11-10 win over Richard in the final. Jed also put in a superb result, qualifying second from the poule round, but was unable to continue in the DE.

1) Tim        7) Ryan

2) Richard  8) Gordon

3) Sam      9) Jed

Volker  10) Martin

5) Ralph   11) Melanie

6) Jonty    12) Alexander


Brighton Open

On 8 May Shaun Woodfinished 29th of the 40 entries in the men’s foil. Full results


Warwick LPJS épée

At the Warwick Leon Paul junior series épée event on 8 May Lydia Stanier was placed 6th out of 22 in the GU15 category, Luca Roth22nd and Johannes Halbach26th in the field of 54 BU13. Full results


British youth championships

Held in the Sheffield EIS over the three days of the May Bank Holiday weekend, the club had a great showing with ten junior members qualifying to represent the southern region, making 10 per cent of its entry. Lydia Stanier won silver in the GU14 épée and bronze in the GU14 foil, after being knocked out in a rather bizarre non-combativeness ruling. Lydia’s two medals represented two-thirds of the total southern region haul of three. In foil Heloïse Hardie was 6th in the GU12, being knocked out of her last 8 match 9-10. Harry Vaughan-Williams was 20th in the BU12 and Hannah Shaw 22nd in the GU18. In the épée Luca Roth was 9th in the BU12 and Alexander Hardie29th in BU14. Meanwhile in the sabre Nuno Esteves finished 16th in the BU16, Libby Caffrey 14th in the GU16, Cecilia Caffrey 14th in the GU18 and Patrick Caffrey 29th in the BU14. Full results

April 2011

Birmingham international

At this prestigious event held on 23-24 April Sam Hugheswas placed 55th in the women’s épée, Nuno Esteves 41st and Jorge Esteves70th in the men’s sabre, Kat Chzhen40th in the women’s sabre, Richard Booth59th in the men’s foil and Issie Winney37th in the women’s foil.    Full results


Stratford-upon-Avon u14 sabre

Patrick Caffrey reached the last 8 in this competition, which took place on 10 April.  He was placed 4th after both rounds of poules having lost just one bout.  He then received a bye in the L32 and won his L16 fight 10-3.  Patrick then lost in the L8 9-10 in a close fought encounter with a home club fencer.

Full results


Friendly match: OFC juniors v Swindon juniors

Strong junior teams from Swindon FC notched- p a 2-0 victory over OFC on Friday 8 April.  With several of the OFC fencers either holidaying or saving themselves for Saturday’s England Fencing training day there was an opportunity for some new faces to represent Oxford. The A team of Harry, Bryan and Toby (from our pre-Christmas beginners class) went down 12-45 to the impressive Swindon side.  Meanwhile the B team of James, Paigeand Michael B faired slightly better, but still lost 19-45.  James took an impressive six points in his last bout, fighting to the bitter end.  As a consolation, at the end of the night our A team took on the Swindon B team. This was a much closer match which could have gone either way, until Swindon eased ahead at the end to beat OFC 41-45.  Thanks to Malcolm and Ralph for refereeing and to Swindon for making the trip across to see us.


Friendly match: OFC v Swindon

On 5 April a return visit by Swindon FC almost filled the hall with five simultaneous matches (35 fencers in all). In a very friendly but competitive evening the home men’s foil A team (Volker L, Will, Richard) won 45-32, men’s foil B (Mark, Ryan, Philip) won 45-36, ladies’ foil (Issie, Sophie, Janina) lost 37-45, épée (Malcolm, Ralph, Sylvia, Volker H) won 80-79 (with Malcolm making-up a five point deficit to take the final point and victory), sabre (Jorge, Hussain, Kat, Olly) lost 36-45.


Pro-am competition

April fool’s day saw the latest ‘pro-am’ competition, designed to mix the recent beginners with the more experienced club fencers in a fun competition. Teams of three fencers of mixed abilities (generally experienced, intermediate and beginner) fought against each other in relays up to 15 hits. A total of eight teams entered.


posn      exp/int/beg                        fights        victories     win ratio

1)           Richard/Peter/Alec              4                  4              1.0

2)           Alexander/Janina/Toby         4                 3               0.75

3)           James/Philip/Lukas             4                  3               0.75

4)           Will/Heloïse/Paige               5                  3               0.60

5)           Ryan/Michael F/Gabriel       4                  2               0.50

6)           Shaun/Sophie/Gavin            5                  2               0.40

7)           Isabel/Rosalba/Lisa             4                  0               0.00

8)           Kevin/Bryan/Michael B        4                   0               0.00


The number of teams and the four pistes allowed almost constant fencing. Thanks to Ralph, Olly and Malcolm for reffing and ensuring the event’s free running.



March 2011

Coventry LPJS sabre

At the LPJS sabre event at Coventry on 27 March Patrick  Caffreywas 14th among the u15 boys; there were much smaller entries in the girls’ events, in which Libby  Caffrey was 3rd in the u15 and Cecilia Caffrey 2nd in the u18 categories. See Coventry sabre.


Challenge Wratislavia

Lydia Stanier  took 16th place among 125 entrants in the u15 girls’ épée at the challenge Wratislavia in Wrocław, Poland, on 24 March. In the last 16 Lydia lost 11-15 to another British girl, who took the silver medal. Another tremendous result.


Packwood épée

On 20 March Alexander Hardiewas 5th out of 9 in the boys’ u14 épée at Packwood Haugh school, near Shrewsbury. He topped his poule but lost 11-12 after extra time in the DE. A very enjoyable day, despite the long drive.


Invicta open


Fencing against experienced adult opponents in her first open competition Lydia Stanierput in a brilliant performance to take third place in the Invicta open épée in Canterbury on 19 March. Many congratulations!


At the Eton LPJS foil event on 12 March Edmund Cornforthfinished 17th out of 25 u15 boys, and Alisdair Cornforth17th out of 26 u11 boys, both doing well in the poules before losing in the first round of DE. Well done, solid  performances.


Keele open

Congratulations to Mark Leechon his bronze in the men’s foil at theKeele open on 5–6 March.


Match v Stowe

On 4 March there was a friendly against Stowe School. It was a lively occasion, though the home side perhaps fielded overly strong lineups. OFC A (Martin, Richard, Jonty) won 45-7; OFC B (Ben, Edmund, Alexander) won 45-25; OFC girls (Sophie, Hannah, Heloïse)won 45-17; OFC girls lost 30-35 against Stowe boys A.


Nuno in Europe

At the European cadet championships in Klagenfurt, Austria, on 1 March Nuno Esteves, representing Portugal, was placed 64th in the sabre. His very tough poule included an Italian, a Ukrainian, a Macedonian, a Frenchman, an Austrian—and a Brit!  Nuno secured one victory, but not the second that would have taken him into the DE of 56. Great experience at a very high level.


February 2011

Southern region foil


At the southern region foil championships at Bradfield College on 20 February Jason Yuentook the silver medal and Martin Carterbronze; Mark Leechwent out in the first round of DE, finishing 10th. In the age-group events Hannah Shaw was 3rd of 5 in the u18 girls and Edmund Cornforth6th of 11 u16 boys; Harry Vaughan-Williams, won the boys’ u12, with Alistair Cornforth in 8th place; Mia Bilesfenced well in her first ever competition to finish 8th out of 11 u14 girls. Harry and Hannah will join Lydia Stanier and Heloïse Hardie, whose placings last year give them byes, in the British youth championships. Well done everyone!


Sherwood LPJS foil

At the Sherwood LPJS foil at Nottingham on 19 February Heloïse Hardie was 2nd in the u11 girls, losing 4-5 in the final. As there were only three u11 girls they joined the boys in the poules, where Heloïse beat 8 out of 10.


Hampshire open

Congratulations to Sam Hugheson taking the silver medal in the women’s épée at the Hampshire open on 12 February, losing just 14-15 in the final. Sergey Skorokhodovwas 18th in the men’s foil.


OFC v Swindon FC

On 9 February no fewer than six OFC teams travelled to Swindon, where they received a most hospitable welcome. Swindon won five of the matches, mostly by a fairly narrow margin reflecting what a good match it was. The scores (OFC first) were: men’s foil (Richard, Jason, Sergey) 39-45, women’s foil (Izzy, Sophie, Fiona) 27-45, intermediate foil (Peter, Kevin, Philip) 38-43, junior foil (Alexander, Harry, Heloïse) 41-45, (mixed) épée (Will, Malcolm, Tim) 45-26, mixed sabre (Shaun, Andy, Sylvia) 43-45. See Sophie’s photos.


Challenge CEP – Marathon Fleuret 2011

Lydia Stanier fenced as part of the England squad in this competition held in Paris on February 5th.  She finished a very creditable 123rd out of 260 entries in the minimes dames class.  Rather frustratingly she was knocked out of the DE by a fellow England squad member – just like last year!


Slough open

At the Slough open on 5–6 February Nuno Esteves was 19th and Shaun Wood 31st in the men’s sabre; Katy Chzhen was 15th in the women’s sabre;Volker Lorenz was 40th, Will Knight 63rd, ShaunWood 65th and Richard Booth73rd in the men’s foil; SamHughes was 34th and JasmineSumeray59th in the women’s épée.


January 2011

Camden international cadet

On the weekend on 29-30 January Nuno Esteves represented Portugal in this important sabre competition on the European circuit. Nuno’s father, Jorge, reports that in the idividual event on the Saturday ‘Nuno managed to get through to the last 64. He went out to an American who finished 5th overall. Nuno finished 61 out of 106.’  It can be added that Nuno finished top of those fencers representing Portugal.


Results here
On Sunday was the team competition.  Jorge goes on to say; ‘Nuno fenced for Portugal in the team event.  Although they lost the three matches against Italy ‘A’, GB ‘C’ and Belgium, on average they scored 25 hits per match with Nuno scoring half of those. Good experience overall, but he’s knackered…’


It’s great to see an OFC fencer competing on the international stage and we wish Nuno well in future competitions at this level.


Southern region age group épée and sabre

At the regional youth championships at Newbury on 23 January Olly Stanier was 5th in the boys u18 épée. Alexander Hardietook the bronze medal in the u14 épée; unfortunately in his first DE bout he met Johannes Halbach, who was nudged down into 11th place.Luca Rothtook bronze in the u12 boys épée (being knocked out of his semi-final by just one hit; 9-10). Lydia Stanierwon the girls u14 épée, and like Alexander and Luca qualified for the British youth championships later this year. Jasmine Sumeray(representing Headington School) was 3rd in the girls u18 épée. In the sabre events Nuno Esteveswas 1st out of 4 u16 boys, Cecelia Caffrey was 3rd of 3 u18 girls, Libby Caffrey3rd of 3 u16 girls and Patrick  Caffrey3rd of 5 u14 boys; all qualified for the BYC. Well done everyone!   Full results

Kenilworth LPJS

A the Kenilworth Leon Paul junior series events on 16 January; Lydia Stanierwon the final of her first girls u15 event 15-5, Heloïse Hardiefinished second out of five u11 girls and Alexander Hardie12th out of 32 u13 boys.


Aldershot and Cambridge result

At the Aldershot open on 9 January Sam Hughes came 11th in the women’s épée. At the Cambridge open on 16 January Nuno Esteves was 9th, Jorge Esteves 11th and Shaun Wood 19th in the sabre.


December 2010

BBO Foil Rally

This fun, Christmas-themed team event was held on 5 December.  Martin Carter, Sophie LambandBryan Kiddcombined to come second in the field of nineteen teams.  A super result!  Martin handicapped himself, reducing his long reach by using the shortest size 0 foil.  Despite this they won four of their five matches and were only beaten by the eventual winners 4-5.  Elsewhere another OFC member Edmund Cornforthwas fencing in his school team and came seventh.  It was a tiring day but much enjoyed by all.  The Foil Rally makes three competitions in one weekend attended by various OFC members.


Newham LPJS foil

Heloïse Hardiewas 5th in the u11 girls foil in Newham on 5 December. This result means that she ranked a creditable 2nd overall in the championship.  Meanwhile,Alexander Hardiefinished 22nd of the 28 u13 boys after a couple of tough poules.


Hereford & Worcester open

Well done to Sam Hughes and Jorge Esteves for a couple of great results from the H&W open held at Dudley on 4-5 December. Sam was 12th out of 28 in the women’s épée and Jorge 10th out of 34 in the men’s sabre.


OFC Pro-Am competition

This event, held on 3 December, aimed to mix the recent beginners with the more experienced club fencers in a fun competition. Teams of three fencers of mixed abilities (generally experienced, intermediate and beginner) fought against each other in relays up to 15 hits. A total of eight teams entered.


Posn     Names (Exp/Int/Beg)                        Fights  Victories       Win Ratio


1)         Richard / Edmund / Michael B                5           5               1.00

2)         Johannes / Peter / Oscar                       4           3                0.75

3)         Philip / Gabriel / Toby Li                         3           2               0.66

4)         Mark Le / Michael F / Rosalba                4           2               0.50

5)         Mark La / Alex F / Toby La                     4           2               0.50

6)         Alexander / Harry & Gavin / Daniel          3           1               0.33

7)         Luca / Jason & James / Lukas                4           1               0.25

8)         Heloïse / Paige / Olivia                           5           0               0.00


This proved a remarkably successful format as the number of teams and the four pistes allowed almost constant fencing. Thanks to Ralph, Martin and Jonty for reffing and ensuring the event’s free running.



November 2010


At the British universities and colleges championship in Gloucester on 27 November Richard Booth  came 39th out of 117 male foilists.


southern region team competition

The OFC u14 épée team consisting of Lydia Stanier, Johannes Halbach and Luca Roth won gold at this competition held at Aldershot on 21 November. Unfortunately the u19 foil team of Hannah Shaw and Edmund Cornforth(plus guest) didn’t fare so well in their small but competitive field. Elsewhere in the competition, other OFC members fenced for their alternative club’s teams or guested. Oli Staniershowed épée is in the family by winning silver in his Abingdon school u19 épée team. Harry Vaughan-Williams fencing for Dragon school, with Alexander Hardie guesting in the same team, finished just out of the medals with 4th place in the huge field of twelve u14 foil teams.


Bath LPJS épée

Lydia Stanier won the girls under-13 event held on November 14th.  With this result she secured the overall championship victory. This is particularly impressive as she had already won the LPJS foil championship for her age group.  Over the course of 2010 Lydia has scored a total of ten individual LPJS wins of the eleven events she has entered.


BBO épée and sabre 

There were disappointingly few entrants to the BBO épée and sabre championships on 7 November, but several young OFC fencers took the opportunity to gain valuable competitive experience. To increase the number of fights different age-groups were sometimes mixed into a single poule. In his first competition, despite being by far the youngest in his épée poule of u14 boys and u16 girls, Luca Rothfenced impressively, in particular with lightning hits to the foot, against taller opponents to win 3 out of 6 fights.  In his Direct Elimination fight he was clearly fencing much better than his opponent, especially on timing and point control, but this time his opponent’s greater height and reach proved too much. He shows much promise as an epeeist and took a bronze medaI to reinforce this fact. Lydia Stanier showed her usual class and picked up the gold in the girls’ u14 epee winning the final 10-1.  In the sabrePatrick Caffrey, Libby Caffreyand Cecilia Caffreyfenced very determinedly in the poule; Patrick received gold as the sole u14 boy in the poule and Libby Caffrey was 2nd of the two u16 girls; Cecilia did well in the poule and gained a bye to the girls’ u18 final, where she could not overcome a more experienced opponent. In the men’s épée a sleep-deprived Mark Leech slumped to an uncharacteristic 11th place out of 13.   Full Results

Cambridge LPJS

On 6 November Alexander Hardiewas placed 14th in a field of 37 u13 boys and Heloïse Hardie 5th out of 9 u11 girls.  The competition ran very late, Alexander’s L16 fight didn’t finish until 6pm which made for a very long day–more so for the more competitive fencers.


October 2010

Coventry Open

In the men’s foil of this event held on 30-1 October Richard Booth and Jason Yuen finished 15th and 16th out of the field of 48.  Both had tough poules results before moving up the field during the direct elimination.  Meanwhile in the men’s sabre; Nuno Estevesfinished 9th and Jorge Esteves 11th out of the 33 entrants.  Well done to all.  Full Results


Alençon veterans

At the veterans’ épée tournament at Alençon on 30 October Malcolm Allton was 6th in the men’s event and Sylvia Brown 7th among the women.


BBO foil championships

Fifteen OFC fencers entered the Berks, Bucks & Oxon foil championships at Langley on 17 October, and came away with five gold, two silver and four bronze medals. In the men’s foil Sergey Skorokhodov was 2nd, Gordon Hardie and Jonty Haberfield joint 3rd, andRichard Booth 6th; in the boys’ u16 Edmund Cornforth was 2nd and Andrew Prescott6th; the girls u14 was won by Lydia Stanier and the boys’ u14 by Alexander Hardie; Heloïse Hardie won the girls’ u12, with Paige Tierney in 3rd place; Paige also took gold as the only u10 girl in the event; Harry Vaughan-Williams won the boys’ u12, with Alisdair Cornforth 7th and Bryan Kidd  8th; in the boys’ u10James Magé was 3rd and Michael Brozhko 5th. Congratulations to all our fencers on such a tremendous performance!   Full Results  BBO images


Allstar open

At the Allstar open in Walsall on 17 October Sam Hughesdid well to finish 11th in a small but highly ranked field in the women’s épée.




The foil match against Rutherford Appleton Laboratory FC on Tuesday 5 October provided a full and enjoyable evening of fencing. The strong OFC A team (Mark Leech, Will Knight, Alexander Hardie, Jonty Haberfield) won their match 12-4, while the OFC B team (Mark Lawrence, James Soper, Fiona Jefferson, Sophie Lamb), with two members who have been fencing for less than a year, performed really well to win 9-7.  full results


Sussex Open

Many congratulations to Sam Hughes on taking third place at the Sussex open épée at Portslade on 2 October, ‘My first ever medal!’ full results


British Cadet Epee Championship

Jasmine Summeray finished a very creditable 38th out of 53 in this prestigious competition held at the EIS in Sheffield on October 2nd.   full result



September 2010


Bristol Open

Sam Hughes was in action again at this large open competition on September 19th.  Sam successfully fought her way through the ‘first wave’ to win a place in the ‘second wave’ poules.  There all of her opponents were in the top 17 of the national rankings.  Sam commented, ‘It was just like being in the Nationals all over again!’   She eventually finished a very creditable 69th place of the 90 women epeeists entered. Results


Premier Foil Championship – Southampton

Heloïse Hardie made a one-off appearance in this championship on September 19th, finishing 3rd in the field of six U11 girls.  She very much enjoyed being back on the piste after the summer break.


Manchester Cadet Sabre

On September 18th Nuno Esteves finished 16th out of 47 in this prestigous competition.  After the poules, Nuno was 24th with four victories and two defeats, but was only seperated from the fencer all the way up in 13th place by indicators.  He was then victorious in two rounds of direct elimination 15-5 and 15-12 before being defeated 8-15 in the last sixteen. Results


Essex Open

Sam Hughes had a competitive day in Colchester on September 5th when she finished 22nd of the 50 women epeeists. Results



July 2010



Norfolk open

Will Knight made the trip to Norwich on July 17th to compete against 65 fellow foilists.  He finished in a creditable 24th place.


Much Wenlock olympics

On 11 July the OFC u13 team of Lydia Stanier, Alexander Hardieand Heloïse Hardie finished 3rd out of 8, losing 36-45 to Glastonbury in the semi-final. In the qualifying poule, the OFC team beat Russell 45-16 and Headington 45-14 whilst losing to Glastonbury 27-41.  Flora Todd also fenced, representing Headington.  Will Knightfinished 7th out of 21 in the men’s foil, being defeated by the eventual winnerOFC u14 foil

Entry to the club under 14 foil event on 9 July was affected by the overlap with the delayed intermediate foil course. There was however a small but high-quality event, won by Alexander Hardie, with Edmund Cornforthin second place and Bryan Kidd and Ali Cornforthin joint 3rd place.


West Midlands veterans’ open

Congratulations to Malcolm Alltonon winning the men’s épée at this event, held at Dudley on 3–4 July, to Jorge Esteveson taking 3rd place in the men’s sabre and to Sylvia Brownon her 8th place in the women’s sabre. For a full report see BVF newsletter.


OFC pairs

On 2 July our beginners and experienced fencers joined forces to have an enjoyable pairs competition.  This time the pairing of Mark Lawrance and Martin Carter came away champions with four victories.  With three victories came the pair of James Soper and Tania Lejeune, just two hits ahead of Philip Ashton-Rickardt and Will Knight, also with three victories.  Thanks to all participants for a great evening.

June 2010

BBO fencing picnic

25 pairs, mixed  between clubs, competed at the BBO picnic at Bloxham on 27 June. Congratuations to Alexander Hardieon being half of the winning pair. Gordon Hardieand Michael Brozhkowere 5th, Bryan Kidd’s pair was 6th, James Magé’s11th and Heloïse Hardie’s14th. Another excellent performance in depth by our younger members.


White Horse trophy

Three OFC teams entered the White Horse three-weapon team competition at Abingdon on 27 June. OFC A (Will Knight, Sam Hughes, Nuno Esteves) were 5th, OFC B (Mark Leach, Volker Halbach, Jorge Esteves) were 6th, and OFC C (Tania Lejeune, Katarina Eklund,Tom Plant) 9th.


Arnold epee LPJS

Held at Blackpool on 27 June, there was no time to visit the beach as Lydia Stanier took third in this round of the Leon Paul Series. With three competitions on the same day, seventeen OFC fencers were in action simultaneously.


OFC men’s foil competition, 22 June


       1) Will Knight                      2) Ralph Evans

3=) Mark Leech                   3=) Martin Carter

5) Gordon Hardie                 6) Alexander Hardie

7) –                                     8) Danny Keyes

9) Nuno Esteves                 10) Rupert Welply


In the men’s foil competition; epeeists and sabreurs joined in, making a great night’s club fencing.  Will reversed the result of the poule fight to edge out Ralph in the final 10-7 – upholding the foilists’ honour in their own weapon.  Will’s L8 fight had been close, having been taken to 8-8 by Alexander before Will showed his experience to take the last two points.  Thanks to all for making this such a fun event.  Full results.


England Youth Championships, 19/20 June 

On Saturday Lydia Stanier took gold in the girls’ U13 epee and then on Sunday took gold in the girl’s U13 foil.  A truely outstanding achievement!  In addition to the silverware, Lydia has gained automatic selection for the England squad to represent the country in the Paris foil and Warsaw epee events next year.  Meanwhile, Heloïse Hardie was 5th in the girls’ U11 foil, losing just 4-2 in her L8 fight after the full six minutes of fencing time.  Alexander Hardie was 19th in the large field of 60 boys’ U13 foilists and Harry Vaughan-Williams was 25th in the boys’ U11 foil.  For the sabreurs; Nuno Esteves was 9th in the boys’ U15, Patrick Caffrey 9th in the boys’ U13 (frustratingly being knocked out by somebody he had beaten in the poule) and Elizabeth Caffrey 6th in the girls’ U15.

Full results.


London Open, 20 June

Will Knight took 20th in the foil event.  Despite the field being surprisingly small, only 35, a number of international fencers were participating, making the later rounds of the DE particulary tough.


OFC women’s foil competition, 15 June


         1) Jin Ai Yap                       2) Tracy Philips

3=) Tania Lejeune                3=) Katarina Eklund

5) Mary Lightbody                6) Fiona Jefferson


In her final week before returning to New York, Jin Ai showed class to take overall victory.  Tracy used her demon parry-riposte to good effect to take second.  Tuesday-only fencers met Friday-only fencers for the first time while others were taking part in their very first competition.  Thanks to various non-participating fencers for help with the refereeing.  full results


Bromsgrove Schools Challenge

Lydia Stanier entered this event, held on June 13, and won both the U14 foil and the U14 epee competitions.


Portsmouth LPJS

On June 6th Lydia Stanier was again victorious in the girls’ U13 foil event.  That’s now five victories from five in this chamionship for Lydia this season.


OFC under 10 foil competition, 4 June


        1) Heloïse Hardie                 2) Harry Vaughan-Williams

3=) Ali Cornforth                  3=) Michael Brozhko

5) James Magé


Our young foilists battled it out on a very warm evening during the half term holiday.  We saw some great fencing and everybody should be proud of their achievements.  Well done!  Thanks to Mark for reffing all night.   full results 


Friendly v Oxford University Intermediates

On June 1st there was a friendly three weapon relay match against the intermediates of Oxford University fencing club.  The men’s match started with Jonty Haberfieldfencing the foil leg of the competition, though he found his opponent a little stronger and OUFC took a 13-10 lead.  Then Jorge Estevestook over sabre duties and converted the deficit into a 30-26 OFC lead which Volker Halbach, fencing epee, stretched to a comfortable 45-33 victory for the home club.  Meanwhile, the women’s competition became a two weapon match when OUFC were unable to field an epeeist.  Jin Ai Yap fenced foil and put OFC into an impressive 15-1 lead.  This set up an incredibly close finish when Helen Williams found her sabre opponent able to outscore her during a well-fought, one hit victory for the uni women, 30-29.


May 2010


Chichester Open

On May 30 Sam Hughes finished 11th in the women’s epee competition after losing to her nemesis in her last-16 match.


British youth championships

At the BYC in Telford on 23 MayHeloïse Hardie, representing the southern region, was 3rd in the girls u10 foil. Another medal–many congratulations!


Camden LPJS sabre

At the Camden LPJS sabre on 16 May Cecilia Caffreywas 3rd in the u17 girls, Elizabeth Caffrey8th in the u15 girls, Nuno Esteves 14th in the u15 boys and Patrick Caffrey 12th in the u13 boys.


Sheffield open

At the Sheffield open on 16 May Sam Hugheswas 10th out of 32 in the women’s épée andWill Knightwas 31st out of 79 in the men’s foil.


Wrexham LPJS

It was a double gold for OFC members in Wrexham on 5 May when Lydia Stanier won the u13 girl’s and Heloïse Hardiewon the u11 girls’ foil events.  Lydia’s success came despite feeling under the weather at the beginning of the day.  With four LPJS victories already this year, Lydia has an unassailable lead in the championship.  In a surprisingly competitive u13 boys  event Alexander Hardiewon his first DE fight before losing to the 2nd seed.


OFC sabre competition, 4 May


1) Mark Waddington              2) Nuno Esteves

3=) Jorge Esteves                3=) Gordon Hardie

5) Will Knight                      6) Danny Keyes

7) Mark Leech                     8) Jin Ai Yap

9) Helen Williams               10) Arthur Nichols


The club sabre competition saw the regular sabreurs joined by a smattering of foilists.  Laughably, the latter even needed to be shown how to dress for sabre before the nuances of sabre timings could be gamely explained by Jorge.  In return the foilists were able to demonstrate remarkable quantities of beginners luck and, in a couple of cases, left-handedness to get them in among the regular sabreurs before experience held sway with a well deserved 15-12  victory by Mark W over Nuno in the final.  Full Results


British youth championships

Five OFC members qualified for theBritish youth championshipsheld at the English Institute of Sports in Sheffield on 1-3 May. With another outstanding performance Lydia Stanierwon the girls’ u14 foil (winning a cup engraved with previous winners’ names dating back as far as 1961) and was 12th in the girls’ u14 epee, while Jin Ai Yap was 31st in the girls’ u16 foil, Patrick Caffrey36th in the u14 boys’ sabre, Dan Barnes 42nd in the boys’ u16 foil and Alexander Hardie 53rd in the boys’ u12 foil.  Well done to all our fencers.


April 2010


Friendly v Stowe School

On Friday 30 April there was a junior foil match against Stowe School. The Stowe boys (supplemented by our own Oengus Mallett) won 6-2 against an OFC team of Edmund Cornforth, Alexander Hardie and Johannes Halbach, while our girls’ team of Jin Ai Yap,Hannah Shaw and Tania Lejeune balanced this with a 7-2 win. Many thanks to James Kendalland Will Knightfor refereeing.


OFC épée competition, 27 April


1) Ralph Evans   2) Mark Leech

3=)  Will Knight  3=) Volker Halbach

5) Joe Rogers    6) Oli Stanier

7) Tim Ryley      8) Kata Eklund

9) Martin Carter 10) Olly Bickley


Ralph had a slow start to the evening’s proceedings, only qualifying 5th in the poules round, but going on to beat Will 15-12 in the semi-final of the direct elimination and Mark 15-3 in the final.  Will used his energetic foil style to qualify first but was eliminated by Ralph in their close L4 encounter.  Volker produced the surprise of the competition in his first ever épée competition–he qualified last in the poules–but when it really counted proceeded all the way to the L4 of the DE, elimating the 2nd and 7th seeds on the way.

Full results


Warwick LPJS épée

Lydia Stanier continued her great form in the LPJS épée series with another victory in the girls’ U13 competition on April 25th.


Oxford Veterans Mixed Sabre

Jorge Esteves was 8th in the field of 21 veteran sabreurs held on April 17th.


Senior Winton cup

Sam Hughes represented the southern region as part of the women’s épée team.  Southern were only very narrowly beaten into third place among the eight regions participating.  This competition was held over two days in the impressive EIS facility in Sheffield on 10-11 April.


Birmingham international tournament

At the Birmingham international tournament over the easter weekend Dan Barnes was placed 44th in the men’s foil and Will Knight65th. In the women’s épée, where there was a strong overeas entry, especially from Italy, Sam Hughes was 68th.



March 2010


Coventry sabre LPJS

Nuno Esteveshad a great day’s fencing on 28 March when he came 6th out of a field of nineteen.  Nuno lost his L8 fight 13-15 having led up to eight hits and then traded points all the way to 13-all before his opponent, the eventual competition winner, took the last two hits.


Keele open

This competition, held over the weekend of 27-8 March, is not as competitive as most other open events as the top 100 ranked fencers are asked not to enter.  Jason Yeun entered both the épée and foil competitions with Mark Leech going in for just the épée.


Jason emailed to say;

I came 3rd in the foil on Sunday (they were not that generous on medals – we had to fence for the 3rd place as well). In the semi-final, it was 5-5 after the first bout, 9-9 after the second bout and 11-15 at the end. What a game!


And here is Mark’s epee report;

Jason was a very good 7th in the epee, having won 6/8 in the poules.  I watched his L32 fight which he won, looking relaxed and confident.  Unfortunately I had a terrible day and only finished 27th.


The competition was a step up from the Southern Regionals in terms of quality and size, but nowhere near as big and tough as a full-scale Open. It was also very friendly and pretty well organised – only one extended break between rounds. I would expect quite a lot of OFC fencers to be able to do well another year.


Pairs competition

On 26 March there was a very enjoyable foil competition in which members of this term’s beginners class were paired with more experienced fencers. The event was won by Volker and Johannes Halbach, just ahead of Ali-Asghan HamiduddinandAlexander Hardie, level on victories and indicators and separated only by hits scored. For full results see pairs results. Many thanks to Martin for refereeing all night long.


Challenge Wratislavia


In the u13 girls’ épée at the huge Challenge Wratislavia competition in Wrocław, Poland, on 25 March Lydia Stanierdid fantastically well to take 13th place out of 131 entrantsfrom 11 countries, the highest placed English girl in her age category.


OFC v Abingdon

On 23 March there was a lively friendly match between OFC and Abingdon FC (with a few OFC regulars fencing under their alternative AFC affiliation). The home foil team (Will Knight, Jason Yuen, Tim Wright, Janina Cordes) lost 5-11 to AFC (for whom Dan Barnesscored 4 victories) while the OFC épée squad (Mark Leech, Jasmine Sumeray, Tim Ryley, Ralph Evans) drew 8-8. The sabreurs completed a hybrid poule and then a relay in which an OFC team (Jon Leung, Clare Salter, Arthur Nichols, Tom Plant) lost 35-50 to an AFC  team that includedJorgeandNuno Esteves.  A good night’s fencing all round!


Invicta open

At Canterbury on 21 March two OFC members entered the mens’ foil. Will Knight was placed 29th after being knocked-out by an exceptionally tall Dutch fencer who was to go on to win a bronze medal. Meanwhile Jason Yeunwas placed 45th when he lost his DE fight just 14-15.



Lydia Staniercontinued her dominant form at arguably the most prestigious of LPJS rounds on March 21 when she won the girls’ u13.


Public schools fencing championships

This three-day event benefitted from OFC participation when Jasmine Sumeray, representing Headington School, took part in all three weapons. The event was held at the famous Crystal Palace venue on 16-18 March. Jasmine finished 29th out of 63 in the girls’ juniorépée, being knocked out by the number 3 seed 10-15.  She also finished 20th out of 44 in the foil and 22nd out of 38 in the sabre. A very creditable performance–well done!


Southern region age-group teams

The southern region age-group team competition on 7 March ended in some confusion as there was not enough time to complete the event; the u14 final has yet to take place. Our u18 foil team (Dan Barnes, Jin Ai Yap, with Jonathon Hegartyof Abingdon) was placed 2nd and our u14 foil team (Johannes Halbach, Edmund Cornforth, Alexander Hardie) was 10th out of the 15 teams entered.  This was Johannes’s very first competition and he made a valuable contribution to the team.  Ben Worsfold,entered in a team with two non-OFC fencers only one of whom turned up, seized the opportunity of valuable competitive experience.


Nottingham open

At the Nottingham open on 7 March both Jorge and Nuno Esteves reached the last 32. Nuno was placed 24th and Jorge 25th, having lost to the eventual winner.

February 2010


Ashton épée & foil LPJS

Lydia Stanierhad an outstanding weekend at Ashton on 27-28 February when on the Saturday she won the girls’ u13 épée and followed that by winning the girls’ u13 foil on the Sunday. Heloise Hardiewon bronze, competing in a field of just three u11 girl foilists andAlexander Hardiewas 10th in the u13 boys’ foil.


Hampshire open

Dan Barneshad a character-building competition at the Hampshire on 20 February.  He finished 44th in the men’s foil after losing his first DE fight against an accurate hitting opponent.


Sherwood foil LPJS

On 13 February Heloïse Hardiewon the Sherwood girls’ u11 foil at Nottingham. As there were only 3 u11 girls they joined the u11 boys in the first round of poules, where Heloïse beat four out of five boys.  Alexander Hardie finished 12th in the boys u13.  His L16 fight was a repeat of his SR semi-final against Felix Sudderick.  This time Alexander really made his opponent sweat and led for a while, before eventually being defeated 6-10.


Slough open

At the tough Slough open tournament on 6 February Dan Barnesexceeded all expectations by finishing 41st in the men’s foil, before being knocked out by the eventual bronze medalist.  Will Knightsustained a painful ankle injury in the second bout of his pool and was eliminated in a brave fight by the other bronze medalist, finishing 58th.  Martin Carterwas placed 72nd of the 92 starters after loosing 15-14 in a game which saw the control see-saw between each oppenent, even with Danny shouting from the sidelines!  In the men’s épée Oli Stanierwas 66th in the huge field of 132.  Meanwhile, in the women’s épée Sam Hughes was 42nd and Kata Eklund, in her first senior competition, 86th of the 90 starters.  In the men’s sabre Nuno Esteveswas 32nd and Jorge Esteves33rd after an Esteves v Esteves L64 match.


Paris CEP foil

At the Paris CEP u15 foil on 6-7 FebruaryLydia Stanier did remarkably well to achieve 40th place out of 186 girls despite being one of the youngest competitors.  Lydia finished the fourth highest of the squad of ten English girls.


GLL Camden international cadet sabre

Nuno Estevesrepresented Portugal in this tough, high-level event.  Unfortunately he had a poor result in his pool and finished 109th with only the top 100 qualifying for the remainder of the event.



January 2010  

Southern region championships

Held at Reading on 31 January, Sam Hughes was 2nd in the women’s épée (losing just 14-15 in the final); Will Knight and Jason Yuenshared 3rd place in the men’s foil, with Martin Carter in 7th; Kata Eklund was 5th and Hannah Shaw 8th in the girls’ u18; Dan Barneswas 2nd in the boys’ u16 foil; Jin Ai Yap was 2nd and Jasmine Sumeray3rd in the girls’ u16; Lydia Stanier won the girls’ u14 foil and Edmund Cornforth was 11th the boys’ u14; Alexander Hardie was 3rd in the boys’ u12 foil, and Heloïse Hardie was 6th in the girls’ u12.  These superb results have meant that five OFC members have qualified for the British Youth Championship in May.  Well done to all.

See SR photos.


Here’s Alexander’s competition report:

We arrived about 2pm. I got changed and waited for the poule. The poule was amazing. I won all my four fights. Then came the D.E ( Direct Eliminations ) round. I was confused, at first, because my name wasn’t on any of the score sheets, but this was only because I had a bye to the next round. On my first D.E fight I knocked my opponent  out of the competition  ( score 10-8 ). Then in the next round I beat my opponent again ( 10-3 ).  On the next round ( the last four ) I got knocked by a boy called Felix ( 10-3 ), who eventually won the competition. Overall, I finished in joint third out of 23 fencers and got a bronze medal.  


Essex open

At Colchester on 24 January, Sam Hughes did well to achieve 31st place out of 64 entrants in the women’s épée. Sam is edging up the national rankings and was delighted to have beaten the fencer currently positioned 25th in her L64 bout.  In a small but high-quality sabre event Jorge Esteves finished 15th, being eliminated by the eventual winner, while Nuno Esteves was 24th in the field of 28.

Kenilworth LPJS foil

On 17 JanuaryLydia Staniercontinued where she left off at the end of last year with her first win of the 2010 LPJS season in the girls’ u13.  She lost just three points in her first pool and continued that momentum all the way to victory.  Heloïse Hardietook 2nd out of the three fencers in the girls’ u11.  Alexander Hardiecame a solid 14th in the large field of 29 fencers in the boys’ u13.


BBOépée & sabre

Also on 17 January Kata Eklundwon the girls’ u18 épée and Edmund Cornforth came second in the boys’ u14 épée .  This competition took place in Langley, Berkshire.


Cambridge open

Sam Hughes finished 11th  in a field of 32 women épéeistes on 17 January.  Jorge Estevescompeted in the men’s sabre, being beaten 15-13 in the L32 to finish in 17th place.


December 2009

Congratulations to Lydia Stanier on her selection for the England u15 foil squad for the Paris CEP marathon on 6-7 February.


On 6 December OFC members had a very successful day at the BBO foil rally.  Our top team, fencing under the nom d’escrime de The Foxford Papier Maché Squad finished second, just a flip of a coin (there was nothing else to seperate them) ahead of our next team Foily the Snowman in third.  With four teams in total, OFC had the largest entry from any club and the results showed that we have quality in depth too.  And, just for good measure, the Foxford squad snaffled the best dressed team award!  BBO foil rally photos

2nd The Foxford Papier Maché Squad – Dan Barnes, Ben Worsfold, Alexander Hardie

3rd  Foily the Snowman                     – Mark Leech, Jin Ai Yap, Bryan Kidd

8th  Diamond                                    – a Headington School team including Flora Todd

19th Spanglely Christmas Baubles     – Janina Cordes, Edmund Cornforth plus guest

22nd The oX-Factor                           – Gordon Hardie, Heloïse Hardie, Gavin Tasker


Lydia Stanier was 2nd in the Bath LPJS U13 girls’ épée on 6 December.


On 5 DecemberSam Hughesdid well to finish 24th in the women’s épée at the Hereford & Worcester open, losing just 14-15 in the last 32.


Lydia Stanier won the U13 girls foil at the Newham LPJS andDan Barnesfinished 6th in a very strong field in the U15 boys foil on 5 December.  Dan thus achieved his aim of finishing in the top 8 overall of the U15 boys foil championship.


On Friday 4 December this term’s beginners were paired with more experienced members of the club in a friendly pairs team competition. With 12 pairs taking part not all the matches could be completed, but the final ranking was topped by Kate MacIver and Mark Leech, just ahead (on a count of hits) of Tania Lejeune and Olly Bickley. Pairs Competition Result

November 2009

Over the weekend of 29-30 November Sam Hughescompeted in the London open épée.  Sam writes:  I only made 70th (I blame being half asleep and having an equipment malfunction which I only noticed on the Sunday) but I did compete in the teams and we came 2nd!  It was my first ever medal!  Yey!


On 22 November Lydia Stanierwon the U14 girls’ épée at the southern region championships, confirming her qualification for this year’s British youth championship.  Jorge Esteveswas 3rd in the men’s sabre. Oli Stanierand Kata Eklundboth finished 6th in the boys’ and girls’ U18 épée respectively.


On the weekend of 14-15 November at the Welsh open Dan Barneswas 82nd in a field of 109 in the men’s foilJorge Estevesfinished 61st in the sabre, losing 15-7 to the eventual silver medalist in the L64.  Meanwhile Nuno Esteveswas 76th in the field of 84, having lost just 15-11 in the first round of the DE.  Jorge reports; It was a difficult competition with a quite a few top 10 ranked fencers. Good experience anyway.


On 10 November he club had a friendly team match for intermediate adults against the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory FC.  Their ‘intermediates’ proved more competitive than OFC’s with our A team defeated 3-6 and the B team going down 2-7.  Using both pistes simultaneously, we managed to squeeze in a bonus match between OFC A and RALFC B, which we won 6-3.  This was a very friendly match and was the first experience of competition for several OFC members.  We hope to arrange more matches of a similar nature over the next few months.  Thank you to Jonty Haberfield, Fiona Jefferson, Danny Keyes, Helen Williams, Ben Worsfold, Tim Wrightand all the RALFC fencers for making it a great evening.  Thanks too to our chairman for refereeing all evening.


On 7 November at the Cambridge LPJS; Lydia Staniermissed out on winning the girl’s U13 foil by just one hit when she met the championship leader in a hard-fought final and was beaten 10-9.  Heloïse Hardiefinished 5th out of 7 in the girl’s U9 foil in her first LPJS competition.  Alexander Hardiefinished 14th in a strong field of 33 in the boy’s U11 Foil.


At the Coventry open sabre on 1 November; Nuno Esteveswas placed 6th with Jorge Esteves16th out of a field of 29.  Jorge reports;Nuno fenced really well and finished the 2 rounds of poules in 4th with 10v and 2d. In the quarter finals he lost 15-12 (he came back from 3-8 down at half-time) to a cadet who is 15th in the national rankings.


Congratulations to the combined Abingdon and OFC team who finished 3rd overall in the Wellesbourne team trophy on 1 November. Martin Cartercompeted in the men’s foil with Sam Hughes and Kata Eklund being the  full complement of women epeeistes in the combined team.  Sam writes:Martin did really well even though he had a cold.  Kata dropped just 3 fights and I dropped 2 … in fact I was in the running for best WE and only lost on a couple of indicator points.


October 2009

The weekend of 17-18 October was a very successful one of fencing for the Stanier family.  Lydia Stanierwon the girl’s U13 épée at thePlymouth LPJS.  Meanwhile, Lydia’s brother Oli Stanierwas 69th out of 115 at the Bedford open épée.


OFC members had a super day at the BBO foil championship, on 18 October, winning a total of eight medals.  In the girl’s U10,Heloïse Hardiewon gold (she was the only entrant!) and then proceded to win silver in the girl’s U12 with her size 0 foil, 3″ shorter than her opponents’ size 3 foils!  AlexanderHardiewon gold in the boy’s U12.  Dan Barneswon gold in the boy’s U16 and Ben Worsfoldfinished a character-building 5th.  Edmund Cornforthwon silver in the boy’s U14 and Jin Ai Yap won silver in the girl’s U16.  In the men’s competition, Mark Leechand Martin Carter won a bronze medal apiece with Gordon Hardie placed 6th.


On 10-11 October, at the Allstar cup, Stratford-upon-Avon (formerly the Leicester open), Sam Hugheswas 23rd in a field of 39 in the women’s épée.  Jorge Estevesfinished 30th and Nuno Esteves32nd out of 53 participants in the Men’s Sabre.  Jorge writes: In the last 64 Nuno won 15-11 and I won 15-5. In the last 32, Nuno lost 15-11 to the guy who finished 6th and I lost 15-5 to the winner. On the whole, a good day


On 10 October, at the Camden LPJS foil, Dan Barneswas 5th in the boys u15.


On 3 October, at the Sussex open women’s épée; Sam Hugheswas placed an impressive 7th in a field of 34, being knocked out of the quarter final 15-13 by an opponent who was to go on to win the silver medal.


On 3 October at the Sheffieldmen’s cadet foil (U17) Dan Barneswas placed 52nd in a field of 78.


September 2009

On26 September, at the Manchester cadet tournament; Nuno Esteveswas placed 61st in the men’s sabre, having come up against an eventual semi-finalist in the first round of the DE.


On 20 September, at the Bristol open; Sam Hughesbattled a huge field of 127, and a temperamental spool, to finish 84th in the women’s épée competition.


On 19-20 September, at the Amberton (Leicestershire) LPJS foil, Lydia Stanierqualified second and finished 3rd in the girl’s U13, after her opponent craftily ran her out of time in the semi-final.  Dan Barnesfinished 6th in the small, but England-stripe laden, field of the boy’s U15.  Alexander Hardiefinished 8th out of 22 in the boy’s U11, having failed to reach the semi-final by just one hit.


July 2009

On 12th July at the 123rd Much Wenlock Olympian games men’s foil championship

Dan Barnes was 3rd, 7th Martin Carter 7th and Mark Leech 8th out of 25 competitors.  In addition, Lydia Stanierwas a member of a team of three U13 foilists who won their competition.  Well done to all. Mark reports: Dan had an absolutely fantastic day, winning 6/8 in the poules and giving the eventual winner a hard run in the L4.  Martin and I were waylaid by a diversion on the way to the venue and didn’t have time to warm up before fencing started (I am still in pain!).  We didn’t have great poules, but got through easy first D/Es (15-2 to me; 15-3 to Martin) to face the no.2 and 5 seeds respectively in the second round. Lots of complaining about the refereeing ensued when we took leads (my opponent may have been right about who had right of way, as I was ducking his fleches to my shoulder and counter-attacking, but seemed to have forgotten that he had to hit me to get the point – the fact that only my light kept coming up seemed not to have reached him). Anyway, we both got through, just about. Martin narrowly lost his L8 fight against a fencer with England stripes, and I lost 14-15 to Dan (grrrr), who was continuing his amazing form. Dan’s semi was close until the final few hits, when the other chap got the right distance for his flicks to the chest. It was a well organised competition, with very little waiting around. Despite the moaning from the top fencers (even when they won in some cases!) it was friendly too. There were definitely enough good fights to make it a fine day out. More Oxford fencers next year?


June 2009

On 28 June at the White Horse trophy competition held at Abingdon (an adult three weapon team competition);

Oxford A – Martin Carter (F), Nuno Esteves (S), Edouard Beaumont (an epeeist from Abingdon FC) came third, being knocked out in the last four by Abingdon B.
Oxford B – Paddy Ford (F), Mark Leech (E), Richard Wharton (a sabreur from Abingdon FC) came 13th out of 15, being knocked out by Saxon A in the first round of D/E.
A very hot but excellent day’s fencing. The standard was high, so Oxford A’s performance was impressive.


On 27-8 June at the English youth championshipsLydia Stanier was placed 5th out of 24 in the U13 epee and 9th out of 42 in the U13 foil; Nuno Esteves was placed 8th out of 23 in the U15 sabre; Dan Barnes was placed 17th out of 52 in the U15 foil; Alexander Hardie was placed 20th out of 59 in the U11 foil


On 21-3 June at the Mediterranean champioships in Lisbon Nuno Esteves represented Portugal in the individual cadet and junior sabre events and junior three-weapon team competition. Nuno came 7th in both the cadet and junior sabre events.


On 21 June  at the BBO fencing picnicGordon and Heloïse Hardie came 4th, Ben Worsfold’s pair was 5th, Dan Barnes’s 6th andAlexander Hardie’s 17th.


On 6-7 June at the LPJS Portsmouth and Southsea foil, Lydia Stanier came 3rd in the U13 girls and Alexander Hardie 5th in the U11 boys.


May 2009

On 31 May at the Oxfam open, Daniel Barnes came 18th in the foil event.

On 31 May at the LPJS Haverstock epee, Lydia Stanier came 2nd in the U13 girls.

On 31 May at the Hertfordshire open sabre, Jorge Esteves finished 53rd and Nuno Esteves came 65th.

On 17 May at the LPJS Camden sabre, Nuno Esteves came 8th in the U15 boys.

On 15 May at the Oxford Fencing Club u14 foil competition, Alexander Hardie came first, Max Rutter second, Ben Worsfold third and James du Buisson fourth.

On 10 May at the Winterfold Challenge, Alexander Hardie came 5th in the U12 foil.

On 9 May at the LPJS Wrexham foil, Daniel Barnes came 3rd in the U15 boys and Lydia Stanier came 3rd in the U13 girls.

On 8 May at the Oxford Fencing Club u10 foil competition Bryan Kidd came first and Heloise Hardie second.

On 3 May at the 1st Open European youth championships in Klagenfurt, Austria, Nuno Esteves (representing Portugal) finished 9th in u14 boys sabre.