BFC fencers selected to represent N Ireland

Big congratulations to all the BFC fencers selected to N Ireland teams for this autumn, first at the Sainsbury’s 2014 School Games in September and then at the 2014 Commonwealth Fencing Championships in November.

The School Games are being held in Manchester this year, 4th to 7th September. Callum Bodels and Theo Millar are selected to the mens’ foil team, while 4 of the 5 selected to the women’s foil team are from BFC: Rachel Philpott, Keziah Beattie, Emily Maginn and Lea McClenaghan as reserve.

The Commonwealths are taking place 10th to 15th November in Largs, Scotland. Two BFC fencers are selected: Victoria Duxbury and Rachel Philpott, both to the women’s foil team.

Well done all 7! All the best to you and the whole NI team.

Summer opening

The Club will be closed for the first 2 weeks in July. It will recommence on Wednesday 16th July. We also anticipate that there will be no training for the week covering 6th-8th August. Otherwise, we expect training to continue at the usual times on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Friday sessions will also be available, but will be confirmed on a weekly basis subject to numbers expecting to attend. All sessions over the summer will be in First Holywood Presbyterian Church. Please check the website regularly for further updates.

BFC arrangements 28May – 06Jun

Wed 28 May – fencing on in church hall
Thu 29 May – fencing on in church hall
Fri 30 May – church hall available, text me at 07909 738628 if you want to fence, I’ll book it if enough show interest
Wed 04 Jun – fencing on in church hall
Thu 05 Jun – fencing on in church hall
Fri 06 Jun – as per Fri 30 May

Arrangements for 14-16 and 21-23 May

Arrangements for the next 2 weeks are:

Wednesday 14 May – no Club (hall unavailable)

Thursday 15 May – First Holywood Presbyterian Church

Wednesday 21 May – First Holywood Presbyterian Church

Thursday 22 May – no Club (hall being used for local elections)

There will not be a Friday session in either week.

Arrangements for 7-9 May 2014

The hall at Campbell College will not be available over the next few weeks due to school exams. The following arrangements have been made for the coming week.

Wednesday 7 May      Campbell College

Thursday 8 May          First Holywood Presbyterian Church

Friday 9 May               Club closed due to road closures for Giro D’Italia

Please check the website later in the week for information on arrangements for subsequent weeks.

Directions for First Holywood Presbyterian Church can be found at the following link https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/First+Holywood+Presbyterian+Church/@54.642865,-5.830199,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m2!3m1!1s0x4861a070b34592a3:0x7c2e8bae2d9aa4e1

NI Junior Foil Series final rankings

This year there were three BFC NIJFS championship winners: Matthew McKay in the U12 Boys, Keziah Beattie in the U16 Girls and Theo Millar in the U16 Boys. A full summary of the 2013/14 BFC final rankings below. Well done all who took part.

U10s - Marisa Largey 6th.

U12 Boys – Matthew McKay 1st.

U14 Girls – Ella Reid 3rd, Rachel Smyth 4th, Alex Armstrong 12th.

U14 Boys – Ben Young 5th, Finn McMullan 7th, Jamie Doyle 9th, Finn Tyler 13th.

U16 Girls – Keziah Beattie 1st, Emily Maginn 2nd, Iona O’Neill 3rd, Bethany Craig 5th.

U16 Boys – Theo Millar 1st, Darragh Patterson 3rd, Ben Sloan 6th, Jake Bodels 13th.

Belfast Open Moments

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James Nicholl in mid-fleche against Morgan Vondee in the MS final

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Rachel Philpott v Keziah Beattie in the WF semi-final that became the final after Victoria’s exit from the competition to catch a ferry!

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Acrobatics from Stephen and Paul in the MF final

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Harriet and Deanna in the WS final

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The Browns fight it out. Nice lunge Peter, but don’t roll your back foot.

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Belfast Fencing Club WF team

Photos by Andrew Brown and Michael Duxbury