Irish fencers competed across all three weapons at this year’s Welsh Open in Cardiff.
The result of the weekend came from junior Anna Lee (Pembroke). Competing in a field of 37, Lee and Dublin-based Joana Ramalho seeded 12th and 13th respectively after the pools and progressed easily into the L16. Joana was knocked out by Bethany Ellis and finished 12th. Anna defeated Grace Williams 15-9 and went on to eliminate Ellis 15-7 for a place in the semi-final. In an extremely tense match, Anna lost 15-14 to take bronze.
In Men’s Foil, David Alexander (Nottingham Cavaliers) placed 11th of 66 entries, losing 15-13 to England 5 Nations foilist Matt Billing. Patrick Dempsey (Saxon) placed 49th.
An impressive day for Irish junior international Kerrie Johnson (Plymouth) ended in the L16, defeated by Mhairi Spence of the Scottish 5 Nations team. She placed 12th of 67 épéeists. Her Northern Ireland teammate and fellow Irish international Rachel Conner (Laszlo’s) placed 20th. Pentathlete Eimear O’Neill (Plymouth) finished 56th.
Birmingham-based Michael Jacob progressed to the L32 in Men’s Sabre with victory over Thomas GBR, but was knocked out by British junior champion Will Deary. He finished 32nd.