Hapoel and CADS triumph at Prof. Duffy Memorial Épée 2016

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DUFC hosted their annual team épée competition at Trinity College over the weekend, in memory of DUFC’s former Maître de Salle, the late Professor Patrick J. Duffy. Teams from across Europe contested the Men’s and Women’s Épée trophies, presented for the 28th time by Mrs Shirley Duffy. Men’s Épée Fencing as ‘Hapoel’, the triumvirate of… Read more »

Slater soars to L32 in Riga – JWC round-up

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Six of our U20 internationals fenced this weekend on the final events of the 2015/16 Junior World Cup circuit. Men’s Épée – Riga Philip Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) and Jonathan Burnside (Foyle Fencing) emerged from the pools V3D3 and V2D4 respectively. Slater registered victories over Dubouski BLR, Tammoja EST and Vaivada LTU and progressed to the… Read more »

Sabre World Cup: Luxardo Trophy results

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Our senior sabreurs were back in action this weekend for the fourth World Cup of the season. In the pools, Stephen Concannon had a victory over Saunders GBR and a narrow loss to Escuderos ESP, placing 144th of 175. Michalis Kirimlidis defeated Berezovsky ISR in the pool to finish 157th, while Aidan Clarke came 169th in the final… Read more »

Selection criteria set for Olympic zonal qualifer

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The IFF selectors have published the criteria that will be applied in selecting fencers for the European Qualifer to the 2016 Olympic Games. All fencers hoping to qualify for Rio should familiarise themselves with the criteria, which can be found in the Squad section of this website under Olympic Qualification. The deadline for selection is… Read more »

Northern Ireland Open results 2016

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NI Fencing held the Northern Ireland Open in Belfast this weekend. Nominated as the fourth event on the Irish National Circuit, we’d like to congratulate all of this year’s champions: Men’s Épée Winner: Geoffrey Corcoran (Pembroke Fencing Club) Runner-up: Conall Cromie (Truro Fencing Club) Women’s Épée Winner: Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) Runner-up: Kerrie Johnson (Pentathlon… Read more »

Cadets and Juniors selected for European Championships

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The following cadet and junior fencers have been selected to represent Ireland at the European Championships. The tournament takes place from 29 February to 9 March in Novi Sad, Serbia. Full details are available on the event website. Men’s Épée Juniors: Jonathan Burnside, Philip Slater Cadets: Paul Verdon Men’s Foil Juniors: Phillip Cripwell Cadets: Paul… Read more »

Duxbury reaches third round at World Cup in Gdansk

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Victoria Duxbury got off to a stellar start at the World Cup in Gdansk. She defeated Daniel AUS, Rivero VEN, Lin HKG, and Sheppard GBR in the pool, finishing V4D2. In a thrilling first-round match, Duxbury inflicted a 15-14 defeat on Kimberley Cheung HKG, who is ranked 80th in the world. She then faced Hungarian… Read more »

Tough day at the office for foilists in Paris

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The Challenge Internationale world cup in Men’s Foil took place in Paris today. David Alexander was V1D4, beating Hull AUS and losing to Khovansky RUS, Surwillo POL and Tofalides GBR by the slenderest of margins. Brendan Cusack also had one victory, over Souza BRA. They placed 158th and 169th respectively, fencing in a field of… Read more »

Elite foil training weekend: 20-21 February, Dublin

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The IFF is pleased to announce a high-level training camp for our elite foil squad, featuring guest coach Michele Venturini of Cercolo Scherma Mestre, Venice. Travelling with Maestro Venturini are three top foilists from the Italian junior team. Ludovica Bicego is currently world #34 while Caterina Pozzan is also in the junior top 100. Sebastiano… Read more »

Winter Blade 2015 to be downgraded from Tier C

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Following concerns raised by participants regarding the Winter Blade, which took place in Dublin on 12 December 2015, the IFF committee has concluded that this event will not be eligible for inclusion on the rankings at Men’s and Women’s Épée. This is due to technical issues in DT which meant that the event did not… Read more »

Irish fencers vie for medals at Scottish Open

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There was a strong Irish contingent in attendance at this year’s Scottish Open in Edinburgh. In foil, Victoria Duxbury and Anna Lee both finished V3D2 after the pools. Duxbury defeated Mhairi McLaughlin of Salle Holyrood in the L16 by a four-point margin, but was knocked out by Edinburgh clubmate Katie Smith 15-13. Junior fencer Lee… Read more »

L32s for Clarke and Concannon at Istanbul sabre

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Well done to our senior sabreurs at the Istanbul satellite over the weekend. Stephen Concannon and Aidan Clarke (both Salle Dublin) finished 17th and 32nd respectively in a field of 57. Aidan Clarke was V2D4, beating Dalgic TUR and Tan SIN and qualifying for second round. Clarke eliminated Oboladze GEO 15-8. He was knocked out… Read more »