The epee was closely and energetically fought (if the shouting was anything to go by) with a pool round followed by the usual Direct Elimination (DE).
The final placings were:
|1 James Cross|
|2 Alex Vitali|
|3 Ben Warner|
|3 James Williamson|
|5 Alistair Smith|
|6 Steve Cowood|
|7 Gabor Illes|
(places 5-7 based on pool places)Ben, our Chairman, was on form in the pool round taking an early lead against the favourite Alex, who, also being beaten by James Williamson, had to be satisfied with 3rd place in the rankings. Ben taking 1st and earning a bye into the DE 2nd Round. In another trend against the pool ranking, 4th place James Cross then beat 2nd ranked James W in the semi while Alex came back strongly to beat Ben in the other semi.
The final battle between James Cross and Alex was close fought with Alex seeming to fade in the final stages as James went ahead to win.
Gabor started fencing in our Summer beginners class and recently moved to epee while Steve was a member until earlier in the year when he moved to north London and was an invited guest as he is clubless at present.Mixed Foil (11 entrants)
With a shortage of female fencers in recent years, many competitions are now run as mixed events. We then add several sub categories such as best beginner, best intermediate etc., to liven it up and encourage less experienced fencers to
take a thrashing join in in the name of experience!
There were two rounds of foil, the first with a random selection of ability in each with the top three from each pool forming a ‘Leaders’ second round pool and the remaining 5 a second, ‘Intermediates’ round pool.
|Helen McKean||2||Ladies Silver|
|Lee Horn||2||Mens Gold|
|Malgosia McHugh||4||Ladies Bronze|
|Andrew Nisbet||5||Mens Silver|
|Jordan Webb||6||Mens Bronze/Best Junior|
|Eva Szabo||1||Best intermediate Under 1 yr|
|Felix Gilbert||2||Musketeer with Best Potential|
|Natalie Fell||3||Best beginner|
|Sofiya Marynyak||5||Esteemed Musketeer|
In Round 1 Pool 1 Malgosia took 1st place with 5/5 victories, Andrew 2nd with 4 victories and Guilia (a new member) 3rd with 3. Dave, Eva and Sofiya coming up behind.Round 1 Pool 2 was led by Helen 4/4, followed by Lee 3 and Musketeer Jordan 2 with Felix and Natalie in the lower places.
In the 2nd Round Leaders pool there was something of an upset as it was won by Giulia 4/5, who defeated both Helen 3 and Malgosia 2 (and who both defeated Andrew 2, who couldnt hit a barn door that afternoon) but was herself defeated by Andrew 5:1! Just showing how individual fencing styles can make such a difference.Giulia originally learned to fence in her home town in Sicilly and joined us recently after a four year gap so a good day for her. In the ‘Intermediates’ 2nd Round pool Musketeer Felix and Eva both took three victories with Eva winning on indicators by a clear 7 hits despite Sofiya nearly foiling her result (pun intended…) beating her 5:2 to take her only victory! All round a good, fun afternoon’s fencing with guests Sam(antha?) and Giulia’s father, visiting from Italy, helping to consume the tea and coffee and Gabor’s son (age 7) testing the biscuits. Most of the older fencers and referees then retired to The Standard for further refreshment to round off the day. This turned into a slightly extended session as the road works blocked the exit from the pub car park for a while. Such a shame! Medals and Certificates will be presented as soon as possible and some photos should be available soon too.