Shazamin Shaharani achieved a spectacular double gold in the men’s epee at the Chichester Open – in the individual and the team events. Congratulations to him!
OFC was well represented among the medals at the Southern Region foil competition on 29 April.
Chris Roughley and Juliette Armand took gold in the novice events, and Juliette also won silver in the senior women’s foil. Alex Perras won silver in the men’s senior foil, in a close match.
Extra congratulations to Juliette for qualifying for the GB Cup in June by reaching the top two in the senior women’s event.
The ever popular West Midlands Open attracted a strong entry from Veterans around the country including our own Caryl Oliver, Adrian Griffin and Malcolm Allton.
Adrian fenced his newest weapon, Sabre and fenced well in a strong field. He came 8th, losing his D/E bout to the eventual bronze medallist.
In the Men’s Epee, Malcolm fenced well in the pools to earn 8th seed position. He ended up in 13th position having also come up against an eventual bronze medallist in the D/E.
In the Women’s Epee, Caryl fenced well in the pools and earned No 1 seeding going into the D/E where she moved through to the final comfortably but not easily! The only bout she lost for the whole day was in the final against Marg Oniye and so came home with a silver medal.
First two photos below courtesy of Gillian Aghajan.
This Tuesday (27 March), we welcomed the university pentathlon teams for a friendly match ahead of their varsity match against Cambridge next week.
We fenced a modified version of one-hit Epee in teams of three up to three points. This was great fun, and it was really good to have some different fencers (and a new format) to spice things up. Good luck to the pentathletes for their match, and we hope you’ll come to train with us again soon!
Club members Adrian Griffin, Mark Leech, Malcolm Allton and Caryl Oliver were in action on 3-4 March at selection events for Great Britain Veteran Teams at the European Championships and World Championships. Congratulations to Malcolm and Caryl, who both won Bronze medals and so are automatically on the team for the Worlds! Caryl has also been selected for the Europeans.
Several club-members competed in the Southern Region qualifier for the GB cup last weekend (11th February 2018).
The Ladies Epee was combined with the Mens for the poules because there were not sufficient entries to run it as an individual competition. Anne finished second after a final where she adapted her fencing to counter her experienced opponent but wasn’t quite able to capitalize.
The Mens foil medal table was dominated by Oxford fencers, with Mark (3rd), Martin (2nd) and Shaz (1st). Martin’s semi-final against Mark and final against Shaz were two very-close matches on account of how well they all knew each other.
The Mens Epee was the largest event of the day, and Tim managed to finish 2nd following a close final. Cas and Tim met in the quarter-finals and fenced a close match that was even until 13-13 when Tim managed to pull ahead.
Well done to Anne, Shaz, Martin, and Tim, who have qualified for the GB Cup finals in June.
Well done to Eunmin, Tony, Caryl, Anne, Martin and Alasdair who were our valiant teams in the Town and Gown last weekend. It was a close match, but we were narrowly defeated by the university teams.
We will be entering men’s and women’s teams (hopefully) in all three weapons for this event, which takes place at Oxford Brookes Sports Centre on Saturday 3rd February 09:00 – 12:00. If you’d like to have a quick morning’s fencing against a couple of student teams, in any weapon then please let Tim know in the club or by email. We’d be particularly keen to hear from anyone who’s over 13 who’d like to fence Sabre!!
Southern Region have announced their BYC qualifiers for this year. Details below
When: Sunday 21st January 2018
Venue: Wellington College, Duke’s Ride, Crowthorne RG45 7PU
The OFC team at Alice Ruggles Memorial Épée team competition.
We didn’t win a prize but we didn’t get the wooden spoon either! Good day of fencing with support from Malcolm.