Merseyside Open

Four BFC fencers made the trip to Liverpool last weekend for the 2013 Merseyside Open. In a field of 96, there were 2 rounds of poules: Callum scoring 3/5 & 4/5, Peter 4/5 & 4/5, Alastair 3/5 & 3/5 and Jake (one of the youngest competing) 2/5 & 1/5. In the DE Callum and Peter made the L32 at 25th and 26th, while Alastair and Jake were 39th and 72nd.

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       Team Belfast at the Merseyside Open

2013 East of Ireland

While Keziah was at the Brit Cadets, 11 other BFC fencers travelled south to the 2013 East of Ireland Open at UCD in Dublin, where for a second time BFC members won 3 of the 8 available foil medals. Victoria was in impressive form and won gold in the WF, with Rachel taking bronze, while in the MF, Peter also won bronze. There were L8 finishes for Callum and Stephen and L16s for Jake, Alastair, Conor and David. Our junior fencers also had a good day, as along with Jake’s 15th, Theo and Emily both finished just outside the L16 at 17th and 18th. Full results below.

Women’s Foil – Victoria Duxbury 1st, Rachel Philpott 3rd, Emily Maginn 18th.

Men’s Foil – Peter Brown 3rd, Callum Bodels 5th, Stephen Brown 7th, David White 9th, Alastair Houldsworth 12th, Jake Bodels 15th, Conor McClenahan 16th, Theo Millar 17th.

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Victoria and Rachel WF 1st and 3rd, Peter MF 3rd (with Maxton Milner).

Keziah at the British Cadets

The 2013 British Cadet (under 17) Championships took place last Saturday 9th Feb in Gillingham, Kent. Keziah was the sole home based NI fencer attending and, aged 14, faced a tough field of the UK’s top Under 17s. A strong performance in the poules gave her 3 from 6 fights, but lost 12-15 in the DE to give her a creditable 21st place finish. Well done Keziah!

Victoria at the Slough Open

Held last weekend in Rickmansworth in Hertfordshire, this was Victoria’s third UK Open of 2013. Following her superb performances in the Scottish and N Ireland Opens, at Slough she was ranked no.1 after the poules, then went on to finish 9th. In the latest UK Senior WF rankings, she is now placed 18th. Go Victoria!