BFC will be closed this week (starting Monday 17th February) for half-term. Fencing is back on as usual next week.
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.
Victoria and Emily at the East of Ireland
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!
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.
Congratulations to Victoria on reaching the number one spot in the Senior Irish Women’s Foil Rankings!
The Club will be open as usual on Friday from 7.00-9.00pm. Good luck to all those who are fencing in competitions over the weekend.
Congratulations to Victoria for her win in the NI Open women’s foil! Also to Rachel for taking home WF bronze. The 2014 Open was held last weekend in its usual venue at Avoniel Leisure Centre, and saw a superb turn-out of BFC fencers, 15 in total. Other notable performances on the day included last eight finishes for Keziah and Peter. Full BFC results below.
Women’s Foil – Victoria Duxbury 1st, Rachel Philpott 3rd, Keziah Beattie 6th, Carly McCullough 12th, Lea McClenaghan 17th, Rachel Smyth 18th, Emily Maginn 19th.
Men’s Foil – Peter Brown 8th, Callum Bodels 11th, Theo Millar 12th, Daragh Patterson 14th, David White 18th, Alastair Houldsworth 20th, Conor McClenahan 24th, Jake Bodels 25th.
Rachel, Peter and Victoria at the 2014 NI Open
NIJFS round 3 was held at Sullivan Upper School on Sat 18 Jan. As usual there was a good BFC junior turn-out, eleven competing, eight of whom returned with medals. Gold was won in the U12 boys and U16 girls by Matthew and Keziah. Two silvers were won, by Emily (U16 girls) and Theo (U16 boys), and four bronze, by Rachel (U14 girls), Ben Young (U14 boys), Iona (U16 girls) and Daragh (U16 boys). Full BFC results below.
U12 Boys – 1st Matthew McKay.
U14 Girls – 3rd Rachel Smyth.
U14 Boys – 3rd Ben Young, 7th Finn McMullan, 9th Finn Tyler.
U16 Girls – 1st Keziah Beattie, 2nd Emily Maginn, 3rd Iona O’Neill.
U16 Boys – 2nd Theo Millar, 3rd Darragh Patterson, 5th Ben Sloan.
The Scottish Open took place last weekend in Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh, with Victoria and Peter this year’s only BFC entrants. In the MF poules Peter put in a strong performance, winning 3 from 5, losing the other two 4-5 and 3-5. He then won through to the L32 before being knocked out to finish 26th. In WF Victoria won all her bouts from 2 rounds of poules, giving her a 4th place DE seeding and a bye into the L32. She then fought through to the L4 and a bronze medal before being knocked out by the UK No.4 Catriona Sibert. Well done Victoria and Peter. Full results at http://scottish-fencing.co.uk/results/2014/01/12/scottish-open-2014-results.