As you are aware the Coronavirus, COVID-19, has spread rapidly through the world and has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation.
The board of Fencing Ireland have been reviewing developments as they occur and evaluating the impact on our sport. Following a board meeting this morning we have decided that the Irish Nationals 2020, due to be held on 4/5th April, will be postponed until later in the year. In tandem with that, we are also suspending all further events until after Easter.
The executive management team will continue to review further developments and will update members as the situation evolves.
Desmond Gilhooly, Hon. Chairperson Fencing Ireland On behalf of Fencing Ireland Board and executive management teams
The McGillion-Moore siblings put in a pair of strong performances to round out the involvement of Team Ireland at the Cadet & Junior European Championships in Porec, Croatia.
Katie McGillion-Moore improved on her 50th place finish in cadet foil with a 48th place finish in the junior event while her brother Jake McGillion-Moore placed 40th in men’s foil.
Jake went V3D3 in the poules, with victories over Maior (HUN), Iurin (UKR) and Slezak (CZE). The 3 victories were good for 38th seed in the knock out rounds where he lost to the 27th seed from Austria Lechner. Finn McMullan won one poule match against Cmiel (CZE), which was unfortunately not enough to progress to the Direct Elimination round.
Katie was V2D4 in the poule, with victories over Sitova (LAT) and Williams-Stewart (GBR). Katie’s seeding of 48th put her up against 17th seed Udovichenko of Russia in the L64, where she lost 15-11. Genevieve Clarke had a single victory over Gaydos (ESP), which was unfortunately not enough to progress to the Direct Elimination round.
Well done to all our amazing youth fencers and particularly to Katie and Jake McGillion-Moore!
Claudio Sosa Smatrala (76th of 102) kicked off Team Ireland’s involvement at Cadet European Championships in Porec, Croatia with a 15-11 direct elimination loss to Tsybulia of Belarus.
Claudio’s qualification to the knockout rounds came with a dominant win over Serbian Dusan Zeljkovic. The one win and a 5-4 loss to the Danish Jonas Karlsen proved enough to progress on indicators, seeding 76th.
In Cadet Women’s Foil Kaitlyn McGillion-Moore started the day strongly with 3 poule stage victories over Soriano (ISR), Cretnik (SLO) and Carus Bird (GBR). The 3 wins were good enough to secure Kaitlyn 47th seed and a bye through the first round of Direct Elimination bouts. Kaitlyn was eliminated 15-11 by 18th seeded Rousseau of France and finished in an impressive 50th place.
Despite a close-fought match against Manescu (ROU) Isabella Keniston-Cooper was unable to register a poule victory and finished 87th.
Attention now turns to the Junior events where Kaitlyn McGillion-Moore will be joined by Genevieve Clarke in women’s foil. In Men’s Foil Jake McGillion-Moore and Finn McMullan will be our Junior representatives.
Congratulations to Finn McMullan who met the qualifying standard for Junior Euros and Worlds this weekend at the Leszno Junior Foil World Cup where he finished 130th.
Finn joins the five young foilists who have also met the qualifying standard for Cadet/Junior European Championships in Porec, Croatia in Mid February as well as or the Cadet/Junior World Championships in Salt Lake City, USA at the start of April.
Other top performance for Genevieve Clarke at the Bochum Junior Foil World Cup. She finished 63rd after an impressive 15-4 win over Chusid. Genevieve, of course, has already met the qualifying standard for Junior Euros and Worlds.
It’s our pleasure to announce the below fencers have qualified for the Cadet European Championships in Porec, Croatia in Mid February as well as or the Cadet World Championships in Salt Lake City, USA at the start of April.
*The Selectors have accepted a result of top 50% at a Cadet world cup as qualification for Juniors. We were only able to do this as they will not displace other fencers solely competing on the Junior circuit.
All at Fencing Ireland wish to congratulate all of the fencers for this incredible achievement. We wish them all our very best and hope its a valuable experience.
Eoin Gronningsater got his international season off to a great start with a Bronze medal in the Mexico City Mens Foil Satellite, following up on his silver medal in the Mexican satellite a year ago.
Eoin got off to a hot start in the poule stage dropping only 1 bout to Diego Cervantes of the host nation. He proceeded to a number of convincing wins over Marin (MEX), Beltran (MEX) and Shih (TPE). He concluded the competition with a 15-10 loss to British Olympian and world #17 Marcus Mepstead.
Mepstead would go on to lose a closely contested to final 15-12 to Maximilien Van Haaster of Canada.
Michalis Kirimlidis finished 60th of 88 in a very deep and strong field at the Ghent Mens Sabre satellite.
Michalis was 2V and 4D in the poule stage but with 2 controversial 4-4 losses. He is was not able to overcome the low seeding resulting from these losses and lost 15-5 to Ho (HKG) who was knocked out by eventual champion Edern Annic of France.
In Turku, Finland our female Epeeists had a mixed day.
Lorette Laschetti started the day with 3V and 3D which set up a very harsh L64 draw bout against multiple World Cup Medallist and Olympian Erika Kirpu who progressed after her underachievement in the poule stage.
Lucy Johnson also started the day with 3V and 3D and likewise drew a tough L64 as she was eliminated by world #45 Yoshimura (JPN)
Annalise Mion won a single pool match against Salminen and did not progress to the elimination round.