2013 NI Open

The NI Open took place last weekend, 26th & 27th of January in Avoniel Leisure Centre in Belfast. BFC members turned out in force in the women’s and men’s foil and ended up winning 3 of the available 8 foil medals! In MF Peter took bronze after winning a close-run quarter final with Stephen 15-14. In WF Victoria and Rachel made the quarters where both won tough fights to go through to the semis. Rachel finished with bronze and Victoria went on to the final to win silver after a close fight with Scot Mhairi De St Croix. BFC full results below.

Women’s Foil – Victoria Duxbury 2nd, Rachel Philpott 3rd, Keziah Beattie 7th, Lea-Holly McClenaghan 10th, Emily Maginn 11th.

Men’s Foil – Peter Brown 3rd, Stephen Brown 5th, Callum Bodel 10th, Alastair Houldsworth 14th, David White 16th, Conor McClenahan 17th, Theo Millar 19th, Jake Bodels 24th, Daragh Patterson 26th, John Doyle 28th.


                           BFC fencers at the NI Open

NI Junior Foil Series Round 3

The third round of the NIJFS was held on the 19th Jan at RBAI in Belfast. As usual there was a strong BFC turnout, with a total of ten medals won! In the U12s, Natalia, Finn and Matthew all won bronze. In the U14 girls, new BFC members Emily, Iona and Rachel S won gold, silver and bronze respectively. In the U16s Theo and Rachel P took silver, while Keziah and Daragh took bronze. Well done BFC juniors! Here’s the full BFC results.

Under 12 Girls – 3rd Natalia Szczepanska.

Under 12 Boys – 3rd Finn McMullan, 3rd Matthew McKay.

Under 14 Girls – 1st Emily Maginn, 2nd Iona O’Neill, 3rd Rachel Smyth.

Under 14 Boys – 7th Ben Young,13th Patryk Szczepanski, 16th Jamie Doyle.

Under 16 Girls – 2nd Rachel Philpott, 3rd Keziah Beattie.

Under 16 Boys – 2nd Theo Miller, 3rd Daragh Patterson, 5th Jake Bodels, 7th John Doyle.

2013 Scottish Open

It’s Jan 6th and the first competition of the new year is already over! Three BFC fencers made the trip yesterday to Edinburgh’s Meadowbank Sports Centre for the 2013 Scottish Open: Victoria for the women’s foil, Callum and Peter for the men’s. The poules went well for all three, with Victoria winning 8 from 8 over 2 rounds, Peter 9/10 and Callum 4/10. In the direct elimination, after 2 tough fights, Victoria made it through to the semis, but was knocked out by the UK WF No 8 Chloe Dickson. In MF, after an impressive performance in the poules, Peter got a bye into the L32 but was then narrowly beaten 15-13. Callum fought his way into the L32 but then lost to the UK MF No.6 and eventual winner Keith Cook. However, for Callum and Peter the day’s fencing wasn’t yet over, as they qualified for a secondary competition. Both entered for this, which Peter won, with Callum coming second. Well done all three! BFC results:

Women’s Foil – Victoria 3rd.

Men’s Foil – Peter 17th, Callum 27th.

Secondary Men’s Foil – Peter 1st, Callum 2nd.

Victoria, Peter and Callum at the 2013 Scottish Open

Victoria wins WF bronze at the Scottish Open