2014 Belfast Open

The 2014 Belfast Open will take place over the weekend 12th and 13th April in conjunction with the final round of the NI Junior Foil Series. The two events are now open for entry on the NI Fencing website at http://www.nifencing.com/. Schedule below.

Saturday 12th
• NI Junior Foil Series: check-in varies according to age group (see separate NIJFS entry at http://nifencing.com/)
• Men’s Epee: check-in opens 12:00 closes 12:30
• Women’s Epee: check-in opens 12:30 closes 13:00

Sunday 13th
• Men’s Foil: check-in opens 09:00 closes 09:30
• Women’s Foil: check-in opens 11:00 closes 11:30
• Men’s Sabre: check-in opens 12:00 closes 12:30
• Women’s Sabre: check-in opens 13:00 closes 13:30

2014 Irish Nationals

The Irish National Championships, senior and cadet (U17), were held last weekend at NUI at Maynooth. The men’s foil events took place on the Saturday with BFC fencers in both the seniors and cadets. In the seniors Callum made the quarter finals, while Peter, Theo and David all finished in the last 16. In the MF cadets Theo won bronze. The women’s foil and men’s epee events were on the Sunday, with four BFC fencers taking part. Victoria took gold in the seniors without losing a bout, while Rachel was 5th and Emily 8th. Rachel won gold in the WF cadets, Emily finishing 6th. In men’s epee Gerry made the last 32 in 30th position. Congratulations to Victoria on retaining her Senior Championship trophy for the 2nd year running, to Rachel on taking the Cadet Championship and to Theo on his Cadet MF bronze medal. And well done all BFC fencers who took part. Full results at  http://www.irishfencingnationals.com/home/scoring.

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Sunday’s BFC competitors plus coach.

NI Junior Foil Series Round 4

Round 4 of the NIJFS took place last Saturday in Hunterhouse College in South Belfast, with BFC represented by 14 junior fencers in 6 of the 7 age categories. A total of 10 medals were won, including 3 golds: Matthew in the U12 Boys, Keziah in the U16 Girls and Theo in the U16 Boys. Full BFC results below.

U10 Mixed – 2nd Marisa Largey.

U12 Boys – 1st Matthew McKay.

U14 Girls – 3rd Rachel Smyth, 5th Ella Reid, 9th Alex Armstrong.

U14 Boys – 3rd Ben Young, 9th Jamie Doyle.

U16 Girls – 1st Keziah Beattie, 2nd Emily Maginn, 3rd Iona O’Neill, 3rd Bethany Craig.

U16 Boys – 1st Theo Millar, 3rd Darragh Patterson, 6th Ben Sloan.

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Round 4 BFC medal winners

2014 Belfast Open

The 2014 Belfast Open will be held on 12th & 13 April at St Columbanus College, Bangor, hosted by Belfast Fencing Club. Enter online at http://nifencing.com/.
Saturday 12th
• NI Junior Foil Series: check-in varies according to age group (see separate NIJFS entry at http://nifencing.com/)
• Men’s Epee: check-in opens 12:00 closes 12:30
• Women’s Epee: check-in opens 12:30 closes 13:00……
Sunday 13th
• Men’s Foil: check-in opens 09:00 closes 09:30
• Women’s Foil: check-in opens 11:00 closes 11:30
• Men’s Sabre: check-in opens 12:00 closes 12:30
• Women’s Sabre: check-in opens 13:00 closes 13:30

2014 East of Ireland Open

Victoria Duxbury and Emily Maginn were BFC’s representatives in the women’s foil last Saturday in the EoI at the UCD campus in Dublin, where both had a perfect start with 10 wins from 10 in two rounds of poules. Victoria went on to win silver, while Emily finished 5th. The men’s epee was also on Saturday, where Gerry Boyle finished 32nd. On Sunday Peter Brown, Conor McClenahan, Alastair Houldsworth and David White all took part in the men’s foil where Peter fought his way through to the semis to win bronze. David finished 13th, Conor 14th and Alastair 17th.

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Victoria and Emily at the East of Ireland

2014 British Cadet and Junior Championships

Three BFC fencers, Keziah Beattie, Rachel Philpott and Theo Millar, took part in the British Cadet and Junior Championships last weekend at the Sportsdock venue at the University of East London. All three are cadets i.e. U17, so fenced in the cadet event on Saturday 8th, but also qualified for the junior (U20) event on Sunday 9th. In women’s foil on Saturday Keziah and Rachel both won 3 from 6 poule fights and went on to finish in the L32, Keziah 23rd and Rachel 27th. In the men’s foil Theo won 5 from 6 in his poule, then went through to the L16 with a tough 15-14 win to finish 12th. In the junior WF poules on Sunday, Keziah won 4 from 6 and Rachel 2 from 5. Rachel finished in the L32 at 22nd, while Keziah defeated fellow NI fencer Olivia Keys in a close fight 15-13 to go into the L16 and finish 11th. In his MF poule, Theo won 2 from 6, but went on to beat a higher seeded fencer in the L64 15-12 to finish 31st. A great weekend’s fencing, well done all three!

2014 Slough Open

Victoria made the trip to Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire last Saturday for the 2014 Slough Open. From an entry of 47 she finished 11th having only lost two fights, one in the poules to the eventual winner and one in the L16 to the eventual silver medallist.