More Blackheath Action

Blackheath fencers, Laura La Delfa and Henry Fazakerley, took part in the Winter Novice & Intermediate Competition run by London Region on 27th January.

Laura took Silver in the Ladies Novice foil, after returning to fencing from a long break, and Henry came 5th in the Mens Intermediate Epee.

London Region now run the Winter and Summer N&I comps, a team event, the CAPITAL OPEN and the London Intermediate Championship, which is also the qualifying competition for British Fencing’s new GB Cup,  in addition to the London Region Youth Championships for under 18 year olds.

Blackheath Fencers in 2018 CAPITAL Open

London Region of British Fencing recently held their second annual CAPITAL Open competition and three club members took the challenge.

In the Mens Epee Henry Fazakerley came 10th/17
In Womens Foil Madelaine Brettingham came 5th/14

Our third member suffered an injury and did not do quite so well, so we will spare them the publicity, but well done to all three for facing such stiff competition in the name of the club

Blackheath host Morley Blades for friendly matches

On 1st November Blackheath welcomed Morley Blades for an evening of friendly club matches with 2 épée teams and one foil team each. In the first round of Épée matches our “Black” team made up of Henry, James, Gurlal and Deco won 45:23 against the Morley “D” team while our “Red” team comprising of Maël, Laura, Gianluca and Alex lost 39:45 to the Morley “S” team. There was then enough time to play the reverse matches in a shortened format to 27: Blackheath “Black” won 27:25 against Morley “S” after a close finish while Blackheath “Red” missed out 22:27 in their match against Morley “D”. In the foil match the final score ended as 45:15 to Blackheath. Thank you to Morley Blades for coming over for a very enjoyable and entertaining evening of fencing.
Blackheath vs Morley Epee teams 1st Nov 18
Blackheath and Morley Blades Épée teams (click picture for full size)

Term Dates Autumn 2018

The club will open for the 2018/19 season on Tuesday 11th September and Thursday 13th Half term 23rd and 25th October (to be confirmed) Last fencing days before Christmas are 6th December for Thursdays and 11th December for Tuesdays The Club Christmas Dinner is scheduled for Thursday 13th December  

Blackheath Members take London Intermediate Medals

At the inaugral London Region Intermediate Championship on 29th April Madeleine Brettingham added a Silver medal for Ladies Foil  to her collection while Decordoba Mitchell-Rowe took the Men’s Sabre Silver medal. Both will now represent London at the GB Cup Competition in Nottingham on 23rd June Well done guys!  

Competitions for Musketeers

ALL of these competitions require the fencer to be a registered member of British Fencing

For competition dates check the Event Calendar on the British Fencing website (see under Calendars on the menu)

ROYAL STENNICK CHALLENGE (A good first competition)
(U8/U11/U14/U18 [foil only]/ Adults [all weapons]) Held 2 or 3 times a year Location usually in mid or east Kent but its worth the trip (about 1hr 15m drive from Blackheath Club)
Andrew can email you an entry form.

KENT FOIL U10/12/14 CHAMPIONSHIPS  (A good first competition)
Check for dates. This is a club entry speak to the coaches. Fee £10

KENT FOIL U16 CHAMPIONSHIPS (A good first competition for that age group)
Usually around October/November
Usually held at Tonbridge School

British Youth Championship –  Southeast Region and London Region For those ready to go up a step. Although standalone competitions the top fencers qualify for the National Youth Championship, although this is optional. Complies with the usual age groups. The region you enter depends on the one you selected on your British Fencing membership record. For Musketeers, South East is recommended.

Newham Swords Junior Challenge (for slightly more experienced fencers)
Four competitions in the series collecting points Jan -Jun 2019. See calendar. Fencers come across the country to enter these so will definitely push your boundaries!
SportsDock, UEL, E14 2RD (20mins from Blackheath)

More information and entry here

Adult Beginner Training Classes – Summer Term

Due to unexpected building works we are not sure when our next Adult Beginners courses will start Please register on our email list and we will send you updates   All tasters and courses start at 7.30 and will finish around 9.30. We will have you fencing by the end of the evening! Bring trainers, loose fitting trousers/trackies or stretch leggings, T-Shirt and a drink Please check our when and where page for details of entering the school We look forward to meeting you.

Blackheath takes medals at London Region Competition

Blackheath past and present members made a good showing at England Fencing – London Region’s  Novice and Intermediate Competition at St Benedict’s School Ealing on 10th July. With five fencers competing and four taking medals out of a total entry of 46 fencers on this day of the Euro16 and Wimbledon finals that’s quite an impressive result! Mable Chambers, an ex Musketeer now at Kent University, took Gold in the Women’s Novice Epee. Having come 5th of 6 in the poules she says her best position is to be 7-10 down in the DE to motivate her to win! And she did! Gurlal Jagdev took silver in the Mens Intermediate Epee Stephen Wood took Silver in the Mens Intermediate Foil, under the Morley Blades flag but also a Blackheath Fencer in recent months. Valerio Radolovich, a beginner in September 2015, took Silver in Mens Novice foil (fencing under Morley Blades but now back at Blackheath after moving closer). And last but not least Decordoba Mitchell-Rowe, also a beginner in September 2015, came 5th in the Mens Novice Epee in his first competition Well done all of you! (Click pic for larger image) @FenceBlackheath #Greenwich #Lewisham