AGM 2019

Chairman’s Report

Once again our club remains strong and stable. Our membership is currently 73, and we have welcomed 17 new members to the club this year. We introduced 28 new beginners to the sport on the two courses that we ran, and also introduced 10 to epee and 12 to sabre.

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BYC Results 2019

Congratulations to Darcy who won Silver in the U14 girls Epee, in addition to 10th in sabre, and 17th in foil. An excellent result, and an achievement to be very proud of.

Congratulations to Jay who won Bronze in the U18 boys foil. This is a brilliant achievement and shows that Jay will be a force to be reckoned with on the senior circuit in the coming years.

Well done also to Noe, who finished 9th in U18 boys Epee, Luke who finished 32nd in the U12 boys Foil, and Eunmin who finished 26th in the U18 girls Epee.

Club Foil Championship 14th June

Friday 14th June is the club foil championship. Entries will be collected on the night, and we’ll decide the format based on how many are there. We will try to hold a Junior and Senior event, and results in this competition will count towards the Master-at-Arms trophy that will be awarded at the AGM.

Please arrive promptly for a quick warm-up so that we can start in good time.

Club Epee Competition – 24th May

Following on from our Epee course, the club Epee competition will be held this Friday. Everyone is welcome to enter, regardless of whether you’ve ever held and Epee before. We will decide the format on the night, depending on how many entrants we have.

Results in this event (in addition to the Foil and Sabre) count towards the master-at-arms trophy that we award each year to the most-successful member in the club competition.

Southern Region GB Cup Qualifier, 28 April

Three OFC fencers took part in this competition held at St Gabriel’s School in Newbury. All came home with medals!

Martina Zagaria, on her return to competitions, won a well-deserved bronze in the women’s foil.

Anne Tester took gold in women’s epee, and some good victories in the mixed poule against all the male epeeists.

Mark Leech won gold in the men’s epee, going undefeated through the day, finishing with a very intense and close final bout.

Anne and Mark both qualify for the national GB Cup, to be held in Nottingham in June. Well done everyone!

Martina, Mark and Anne with their medals

Sheet for the epee poule unique

Men’s epee DE tableau

Veterans’ Age Groups, 24 March

OFC  was well represented at this demanding competition at the Leon Paul Centre in London, and brought home several medals to prove it!

Adrian Griffin – Category 2 foil gold, 5th in sabre (and qualification for the European teams tournament!)

Anne Tester – Category 1 epee gold (also a good performance against the Category 2 fencers when the groups were merged)

Mark Leech – Category 1 epee silver (to his utter astonishment)

Malcolm Allton – Category 3 epee 6th

Congratulations everyone!

Mark Leech and Anne Tester

Disbelieving photo of the Cat 1 men’s epee results


Pentathletes v OFC – Round 2!

OFC welcomed the Oxford University pentathletes for a second match on 19 March. This time there were five teams of two, and another lively and enjoyable evening’s fencing.

Mark and Anne took top spot, with pentathletes Charlie and Sam not far behind in second place.

We hope there’ll be more matches and joint training in future!


British Youth Championships Qualifiers – Epee and Sabre

On 10 March several OFC fencers and friends took part in this age groups competition in Swindon. Well done for good performances against exceptionally tough opposition to Freya Leech, Ava Tester and Gabriel Tribe, and extra congratulations to Eunmin Na (bronze medal), Darcy Herring-Johnson (silver) and Noe Larrousse (silver in epee and bronze in sabre),who qualified for the British Youth Championships, to be held in Sheffield in May.


Photo: Anne Tester

Pentathletes visit the club

It was a pleasure to have the Oxford University Pentathletes visited the club last night. We fenced a one-hit epee teams match, which is a little different to the standard fencing matches to 5 or 15 that we’re all used to.

Seven fencers from each club took part, meaning that we had seven teams of two. OFC teams took the top two places – well done to Darcy, Tim, Anne and Mark, with the pentathletes making up the next two. It was a really fun night of fencing, and we can’t wait to do it again!