Ireland was among 18 nations represented this weekend at the Malmö International Épée in southern Sweden. There was success for Pembroke FC as Duncan Salter and Paddy Brennan placed inside the L64 (45th and 62nd respectively.) Also competing in the field of 146 were:
Jamie Simpson (Imperial College – 74th)
Alastair Houldsworth (Belfast FC – 81st)
Dawid Kulka (Pembroke FC – 85th)
Scott O’Malley (Brian Boru FC – 95th)
Achilleas Floudas (DUFC – 131st)
Gerard Boyle (Belfast FC – 137th)
DUFC’s Camille Hindsgaul placed 46th of 64 in Women’s Épée. There was good news for expat coach Benedict Chambers (FFF Stockholm) who saw Sweden’s Sophie Haarlem into the final.
Veteran events also took place on Saturday, with Duncan Salter placing 5th of 21 in Category A and Gerard Boyle finishing 8th in Category C.
In Sunday’s team competition, Pembroke FC (Brennan, Kulka, Salter; pictured) overturned MF Malmo 2 45-32 to progress to the L16. They were knocked out of the main tableau 45-22 by BYF Oslo, the eventual winners.
Entering the repechage Pembroke lost 45-36 to NJF Oslo (NOR) and then to UF Uppsala 2, placing 16th overall out of 32 teams.
Mixed IRL (Houldsworth, O’Malley, Simpson) lost their first match 45-34 to DIF Stockholm while DUFC were defeated 45-18 by HFK Hellerup (DEN). The Irish teams met in the first round of repechage, which was won 45-34 by Mixed IRL. The team went on to beat KFK Kalmar (SWE) 45-40 and FGS Schaffhausen (SUI) 45-43. They lost their last match 45-34 to MF19 Malmo and finished 18th.
Following their loss to Mixed IRL, DUFC went on to defeat Foersvarsmaktens Musketoerer (SWE) 45-37, then lost narrowly to UF Uppsala 3 (SWE). They placed 28th.