This year’s Belfast Open was held on Sat 11th and Sun 12th of March 2017 at our venue at Sullivan Upper School in Holywood. As in previous years, it consisted of a 6 weapon senior event and a round of the NI Junior Foil Series (Round 5). This year there was a total of 143 competing, 75 senior and 68 junior fencers from all over Ireland. BFC had 8 entrants in the senior competition and 6 in the NIJFS event, results as follows.
Senior Men’s Epee: Alastair Houldsworth 14th, Gerry Boyle 21st.
Senior Men’s Foil: Alastair Houldsworth 3rd, David White 9th.
Senior Women’s Foil: Anna Vaughan 5th, Kate Todd 6th, Cece MacMahon 7th, Izzy MacMahon 8th, Alex Agar 9th.
U14 Men’s Foil: Hugo Pettet 14th.
U14 Women’s Foil: Anna Vaughan 2nd, Cece MacMahon 3rd, Madalaine Wison 11th.
U12 Woman’s Foil: Emma Yeaman 3rd, Emma White 6th.
Alastair wins the 2016 Derry Open men’s foil, retaining the trophy from 2015.
Kieran was 9th, David 11th, while Kate finished 7th in the WF. The previous
day Alastair and Tom competed in the epee, Alastair finishing 6th, Tom 11th.
Team BFC at the Derry Open (ex Tom).
Brilliant set of results for Alastair at the weekend at the WoI Open in Galway: bronze in the epee on Saturday, then silver in the foil on Sunday! In a huge ME entry (46), Alastair was ranked 12 after the poules, then proceeded to knock out the No.3 seed for his place in the semis against Romanian Laurentiu Ricuta. In the foil a hard fought 15-14 semi-final win against Rory Hayes took him through to the final against Conor Nagle. ………… ……………….2016 West of Ireland MF medallists
There was a strong BFC turn-out at last weekend’s NW Open held at the University of Ulster at Coleraine. On Saturday in the WF Keziah took gold, while Naivasha, Kate and Alex finished 5th, 7th and 8th, Naivasha and Alex in their first ever competition. The MF was won by Stephen with Kieran and Conor joint 3rd. Alastair was 5th, David 6th and Noah in his first competition, 17th. The next day in the epee, Alastair and Gerry were 9th and 16th respectively, while Kate was sole BFC representative in the WE, finishing 13th. Full results at: http://www.britishfencing.com/events/results/north_west_open_2016//. Textbook lunge from Alex takes a point in the WF Keziah in the WF final. ……… …. ….Naivasha Alastair and Kieran’s quarter-final fight …………………….. …………………………….Team BFC at the 2016 NW Open
The Scottish Open was held 15-16 Oct in Edinburgh. Three NI fencers took part in the women’s foil, Lucy Taylor, BFC member Keziah Beattie and ex-BFC member Victoria Duxbury. All three finished in the top 10: Victoria 8th, Lucy 7th and Keziah taking bronze after knocking out Victoria in the quarter finals. Full WF results at http://scottish-open.com/onewebmedia/SeniorWomensFoil.html
Congrats to Keziah on her bronze medal finish at the British U23 Foil Champs at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre in London last Sat 5th March, joint third with NI team mate Lucy Taylor. This, along with Stephen Brown taking bronze in the men’s U23 foil, added up to a successful weekend for NI junior fencers!
Keziah and Lucy joint third at the Brit U23s