BFC’s Finn McMullan was one of a few NI fencers who travelled to the 2012 Under 10 BYCs on the 20th May at Much Wenlock in Shropshire. After a nervous first poule, Finn gained composure and won 4 from 5 in the 2nd round, ending up with a ranking of 22nd out of 49. He then battled his way into the last 16 with 2 DE wins, but was then knocked out by the number 5 seed. This gave him a creditable 15th place finish, well done Finn!
Finn at the Under 10 BYCs.
This year’s UK School Games took place on the 6th – 9th May in the ExCel, the 2012 London Olympic fencing venue. Two BFC fencers were selected to the NI team, Victoria Duxbury for women’s foil and Callum Bodels for men’s foil. Callum finished 11th in the individual foil and Victoria 12th in the women’s. Victoria however went on to win a bronze medal in the women’s team foil competition along with her NI team mates Olivia Keyes and Lucy Taylor.
Bodels v Ridsdale in the men’s individual foil.
Victoria wins bronze in women’s team foil!
The British Youth Championships make up the major UK youth fencing event of the year, and this year’s took place in the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield over the weekend 5th – 7th May 2012. BFC had 4 junior members competing: Rachel Philpott, Keziah Beattie, Jake Bodels and Daragh Patterson; Jennie Pitt also qualified but didn’t attend. BFC results:
Under 16 Girls – Rachel 23rd.
Under 14 Boys – Jake 34th, Daragh 65th.
Under 14 Girls – Keziah 27th.
Jake at the BYCs in the EIS, Sheffield.
The 2011/12 Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was brought to an end with the 5th and final round of the series on the 28th April. This concluded an extremely successful year for the BFC juniors, with BFC fencers winning 3 of the 5 overall age group championships. Jake Bodels took the U14 boys top spot, while Keziah Beattie topped the U14 girls and Finn McMullan won in the U10s.
BFC overall 2011/12 NIJFS results:
Under 10s – 1st Finn McMullan, 6th Matthew McKay, 9th Natalia Szczepanska.
Under 14 Boys – 1st Jake Bodels, 5th Daragh Patterson, 7th Jack Walsh, 8th Theo Millar, 13th Ben Sloan, 13th Michael Law
Under 14 Girls – 1st Keziah Beattie, 10th Imogen Spence.
Under 12 Boys – 5th Jamie Doyle, 7th Reuben McCausland, 15th John Gildea, 17th Patrick Szczepanski.
Well done BFC juniors!
Finn is 2011/12 NIJFS U10 champ!
Keziah 2011/12 U14 Girls Champion.
Jake lunges to win a point, on his way to becoming 2011/12 U14 NIJFS Boys Champion.
The fifth and last round of the 2011/12 NI Junior Foil Series was held on Sat 28th April at Grosvenor Grammar School. In total nine members of the Belfast Fencing Club junior section took part across 4 of the 5 age groups. BFC results:
Under 10s – 2nd Finn McMullan, 3rd Matthew McKay.
Under 12 Boys – 5th Jamie Doyle, 7th Reuben McCausland.
Under 14 Girls – 1st Keziah Beattie.
Under 14 Boys – 3rd Jake Bodels, 3rd Daragh Patterson, 5th Theo Millar, 7th Jack Walsh.
Theo and Darragh fight it out at Round 5 of the NIJFS.