Bratislava World Cup Junior A Grade

Last Saturday Victoria travelled to Bratislava in Slovakia to compete in her first World Cup Junior A Grade event. In an international field of 142, she won 2 from 5 in her poule and then went on to finish 103rd. Well done Victoria!

Read Victoria’s own account of her trip to Bratislava and her experience of her first Junior World Cup event at

2013 Derry Open

Well done to all BFC fencers who turned out for last weekend’s 2013 Derry Open in Foyle College. In MF there were 2 medal winners, silver for Stephen and bronze for Callum, with Alastair and Kieran finishing in the last 8. In WF Rachel won bronze, Keziah was 5th and two of our junior fencers, Carly and Emily, increased their competition experience with 9th and 11th placings. Gerry also turned out for his first event of the year in ME. Results below.

Women’s Foil – 3rd Rachel Philpott, 5th Keziah Beattie, 9th Carly McCullough, 11th Emily Maginn.

Men’s Foil – 2nd Stephen Brown, 3rd Callum Bodels, 5th Alastair Houldsworth, 8th Kieran Debbadi, 9th Peter Brown, 10th Theo Millar, 14th Conor McClenahan, 19th Daragh Patterson, 20th David White.

Men’s Epee – 20th Gerard Boyle.

Irish Foil Rankings

Following her recent West of Ireland win and last 8 finish in the Welsh Open, Victoria moves up to No.1 in the Irish women’s foil rankings. Also, after his recent West of Ireland win and 3rd place at the Welsh, Stephen is now 2nd in the Irish men’s foil. Well done both!

2013 Welsh Open

Three BFC fencers travelled to Cardiff last weekend for this year’s Welsh Open: Victoria, Callum and Stephen. Callum was knocked out by the no.1 seed to finish 30th, while Stephen put in a superb day’s fencing to win bronze. Victoria also put in a great performance to finish 8th in WF.

NI Junior Foil Series Round 1

Well done all BFC junior fencers who took part in the first round of the 2013/14 NIJFS last Saturday at Grosvenor Grammar. Results below.

U12 Boys – 1st Matthew McKay.

U14 Girls – 3rd Rachel Smyth.

U14 Boys – 5th Finn McMullan, 10th Ben Young, 12th Jamie Doyle.

U16 Girls – 1st Emily Maginn, 2nd Iona O’Neill, 5th Bethany Craig.

U16 Boys – 2nd Daragh Patterson, 3rd Theo Millar, 5th Jake Bodels, 10th Ben Sloan

West of Ireland Open

Last weekend, 26th and 27th October, seven BFC fencers made the trip to the West of Ireland Open in Galway. Victoria won gold in WF, with Rachel taking bronze. In MF Stephen won gold, Alastair bronze, with Peter, Conor and David finishing 8th, 14th and 16th.

WoI photo

Victoria and Rachel: WF medal winners at the West of Ireland


BFC men’s foilists at the WoI