Double bronze for Irish fencers at Birmingham Open

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The Birmingham International Open took place over the Easter weekend. Foil Irish #1 David Alexander (Nottingham Cavaliers) took home bronze, competing in a field of 86 foilists. Chris Lennon (Salle Boston) reached the L16, while Phillip Cripwell (DUFC) was the only Irishman in the L32, placing 21st.  Patrick Dempsey of Saxon FC came 68th and… Read more »

Olympic Zonal Qualifier selections

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As the pre-Olympic season nears its close, the lineup for the Rio Games is almost settled. The top individuals and top national teams have been awarded places after an exciting year on the World Cup circuit. Victory at our own Dublin satellite helped Dutch épéeist Bas Verwijlen win the final European individual place. Our fencers will have a… Read more »

Upsets abound at Belfast Open 2016

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There were upsets across the weapons in a small but tough Belfast Open. After top seed Philip Slater went out in the L16 (to Pembroke cadet Antoine O’Kelly), foilist Alastair Houldsworth edged 15-14 victories all the way to the Men’s Épée title. Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) continues to look unstoppable, having won three of the… Read more »

Good luck to épéeists at Budapest Grand Prix

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Benedict Chambers (FFF) and Geoffrey Corcoran (QUB) will compete at the WestEnd Grand Prix in Budapest from tomorrow. As the final FIE event before the selection cut-off, Budapest is the fencers’ last chance to earn a place at the European continental qualifier for the Rio Olympics.

Success for Irish students as UK university season wraps up

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Three Irish internationals fenced for their universities this week as the 2015-16 BUCS season came to a close. Foyle Fencing sabreuse Kathryn Marshall competed with the victorious University of Surrey team at yesterday’s BUCS Championship final in Sheffield. The Surrey women’s 1st team faced the University of Edinburgh, whose foil squad included Irish Olympic hopeful… Read more »

Medals for RBAI at Public Schools Fencing Championships

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Nine fencers from the Royal Belfast Academical Institution fenced at the PSFC in London last week, all participating in the foil events.  The Public Schools' events are split into three age groups: fencers in 1st-3rd year contest the Mount-Haes trophies, 4th-5th years compete in the Junior events, and the Senior competitions are for pupils in 6th-7th year. Having competed… Read more »

Veteran Four Nations preview

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Our veteran fencers are heading to Durham next month as part of an all-island team at the Veteran Four Nations. Find out more about the event and our veteran team in the veterans bulletin!

Student Individuals takes place at Maynooth University

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Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Student Individual Championships: Men’s Épée: Dawid Kulka (IT Tallaght / Pembroke FC) Women’s Épée: Camille Hindsgaul (DUFC) Men’s Foil: Phillip Cripwell (DUFC) Women’s Foil: Laura Mirakoff (UCD) Men’s Sabre: Tadhg Garton (DUFC) Women’s Sabre: Ragnheidur Gudjonsdottir (DUFC) Full standings are available on the Results page.

Foilists chase World Cup points at Havana Grand Prix

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The second foil Grand Prix of the 2015/16 season took place this weekend, with three Irish fencers travelling to Cuba to compete. As the final world event before selection to the Olympic qualifier, Havana offered a final chance to earn a decisive World Cup point. With victories over Aguirre VEN and Matyas HUN, Brendan Cusack… Read more »

Three sabreurs in the L32 at Normann Jørgensen Cup

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Well done to our Men’s Sabre team, who fenced at the Copenhagen satellite today. Irish champion Stephen Concannon beat Candeias POR, Notzon SUI and Howes GBR in the pool to seed 16th. He met Contreras CHI in the first round and was overturned 15-9, finishing 17th of 37 fencers. Fresh from Intervarsities, Aidan Clarke registered… Read more »