6th & 7th May 2015

Due to forthcoming exams, the Club will be re-locating from Campbell College to First Holywood Presbyterian Church for the remainder of the school term and over the summer holidays. Unfortunately, as the Holywood hall is an election voting station, there will not be any fencing this week on Wednesday or Thursday (6th & 7th May). Please check the website for further announcements.

NI Junior Foil Series 2014/15 final rankings

This year there were two BFC NIJFS championship winners: Anna Vaughan in the U12 Girls and Emily Maginn U16 Girls. Full summary of the 2014/15 final rankings below, well done all who took part.
U10s - 7th Rowan Tolerton, 8th Rory Vaughan.
U12 Girls – 1st Anna Vaughan, 7th Emma Bennett.
U12 Boys – 10th Hugo Pettet.
U14 Girls – 4th Erin Maginn, 5th Phoebe McPherson.
U14 Boys – 2nd Finn McMullan, 5th Matthew McKay, 7th Rowan Luney, 11th Finn Tyler, 12th Charles Pettet.
U16 Girls – 1st Emily Maginn, 2nd Iona O’Neill, 3rd Ella Reid, 4th Rachel Smyth, 10th Bethany Craig.
U16 Boys – 7th Ben Sloan.

BFC 2014/15 NIJFS series trophy winners

NIJFS Round 6

Hunterhouse College hosted the sixth and final round of the 2014-2015 NIJFS last Sunday 26th April. BFC was well represented at the event, with members winning medals in 4 of the 7 age group categories. Full BFC results below.
U12 Girls – 1st Anna Vaughan.
U12 Boys – 10th Hugo Pettet.
U14 Girls – 3rd Phoebe McPherson, 7th Erin Maginn.
U14 Boys – 3rd Finn McMullan, 5th Rowan Luney, 7th Matthew McKay, 9th Charles Pettet.
U16 Girls – 1st Ella Reid, 2nd Iona O’Neill, 3rd Rachel Smyth.

BFC Round 6 medal winners

2015 Belfast Open

The 2015 BO was held at St Columbanus’ College in Bangor on 28th and 29th March, for full results go to the link in the website header. Congrats to Keziah on winning WF, also to Emily and Alastair on taking bronze in WF and MF respectively. ME and WE were held on Saturday 28th; Alastair was 10th, Conor 12th and Gerry 17th. MF and WF were on the Sunday, BFC WF results: Keziah 1st, Emily 3rd and Ella 6th. BFC MF results: Alastair 3rd, David 6th and Conor 12th.

Some Belfast Open moments
WE Final: Fiona Haldane v Sally McCarthy. ME Final: Jonathan v David Burnside.
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MF Final: Stephen Brown v Philip Slater. WF Semi: Emily Maginn v Keziah Beattie.
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Sunday morning MF
Photos by Andrew Brown

Easter 2015

The last training session before Easter will be Thursday this week (26th March). The Club will close for Easter holidays for the following 2 weeks. The first session back will be Wednesday 15th April, with all sessions running as usual that week.

Cadet British Championships 2015

The British Cadets were held this year in the Sportsdock in the University of East London. Three BFC fencers attended: Keziah Beattie and Emily Maginn in WF and Theo Miller in the MF. In the WF poules Keziah won 4/5 and Emily 1/5, while in the MF Theo was 5/6. Keziah and Theo both got byes into the L32, but Emily just missed the cut by 2 places to finish 42nd.  Keziah won her L32 fight but then unfortunately met and lost to the eventual competition winner in the L16, finishing 11th. In the MF Theo won his L32 and L16 fights, only to also meet and lose to the eventual competition winner in the L8, ending up 5th.

East of Ireland Open

Alastair and David travelled to UCD in Dublin for the 2015 EoI (Sun 15 Feb). Alastair was ranked number one after the poules in MF but was knocked out by the winner, Conor Nagle, in the quarters and finished 5th. David finished 13th.

Alastair wins a point against Conor in the L8