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This huge annual tournament took place in Wrocław, Poland over the weekend, attracting thousands of U15, U13 and U11 fencers at all three weapons from all over Europe.


U15s

Women's Foil

With pool victories against Naklika POL, Godau GER and Briciu ROU, Emilia Velma (Pembroke FC) seeded 69th for the tableau. Upset after upset followed, first taking out Musilkova CZE 15-10, then 5th seed Sedlakova CZE 15-12, followed by a 15-8 victory over Williams-Stewart GBR. In the L16 Emilia was knocked out 14-8 by Eszter Gyorgy of Slovakia. She placed 16th of 157 fencers.

Women's Épée
London-based épéeist Sophia Kalimtgis (Knightsbridge FC) defeated Filak POL, Włoczka POL, and Sarpkaya TUR in the pools and made the cut. She was knocked out 15-14 by Nowak POL and placed 90th of 182.


U13s

Men's Foil 

Pembroke FC's Claudio Sosa made the cut with victories over Skoczynski POL, Robbins GBR and Sloviak UKR. Receiving a bye through the first round, he convincingly overturned the higher-seeded Kolar CZE 12-2 in the L128. Claudio engineered further upset eliminating Scott-Payne GBR in a 12-11 nailbiter. He was finally defeated by Kiselev RUS and placed 30th of 230.

Matteo Sanvito (Pembroke FC) also made it out of the pools after defeating Kalkowski POL, Kamstra GBR, and Mauksch GER. He knocked out Toner TUR 12-11 but was knocked out by Sacharczuk POL, and finished 116th.

James Moriarty-Smith defeated Szopa POL in the pool but didn't reach the tableau. He placed 192nd overall.


U11s

Men's Foil 

Fencing in the U11s, Léon Gautier-Loftus beat three local fencers in the pool: Federow POL, Mozejko POL, and Siwek POL. He knocked out Długokecki POL 8-5 and upset Rut POL 8-7 in the L64. Léon lost 5-8 to Chaudhari GBR, having reached the L32 in a field of 172.

Myles Moriarty-Smyth registered pool victories over Laks POL, Swiatkowski POL, earning a place in the DEs. He was knocked out by Lizak POL, placing 106th.

Women's Foil

Erika Sanvito (Pembroke FC) placed 93rd of 133 after beating Wlodarczyk POL and Wasiak POL in the pool. Unfortunately she was the second fencer to miss the cut.

Men's Épée

Theodore Kalimtgis (Knightsbridge FC) defeated Waller CZE and Lachowski POL in the pools, going on to score an 8-7 upset over Cherciu ROU in the L128. He was knocked out by Paszak POL to finish 62nd of 153.

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Congratulations to the winners of this season’s Student Individuals, which were contested at Maynooth University over the weekend.

Men’s Épée:
Women’s Épée: Sorcha Mellon-Whelan (UCD)

Men’s Foil: Phillip Cripwell (DUFC)
Women’s Foil: Leah McHugh (DUFC)

Men’s Sabre:
Women’s Sabre:

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Congratulations to the fencers selected for the U23 European Championships, which take place in Minsk, Belarus from 21-25 April 2017. The selection panel was delighted to see two fencers qualify in both Men's Foil and Women's Foil, making it possible to select a full team in both events.

To qualify directly: top-half finish at an EFC U23 event.
To qualify for team place: compete at an EFC U23 event.


Men's Foil

Fencer Qualifying result
1. Stephen Brown [DQ] 3 results: 30th of 126 at Esslingen, 7th of 82 at Moedling, 30th of 110 at Rome
2. Phillip Cripwell [DQ] 1 result: 57th of 126 at Esslingen
3. James Brosnan 1 result: 60th of 110 at Rome
4. Kristofer Gwynne 1 result: 94th of 110 at Rome


Women's Foil

Fencer Qualifying result
1. Victoria Duxbury [DQ] 2 results: 11th of 71 at Budapest, 35th of 97 at Rome
2. Lucy Taylor [DQ] 1 result: 28th of 97 at Rome
3. Keziah Beattie 1 result: 81st of 97 at Rome

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Well done to Michalis Kirimlidis (Salle Dublin) who reached the L16 at the Turku sabre satellite this weekend. After defeating De Jong Skierus SWE and Kuusela FIN in the pools, Kirimlidis overturned Gander-Compton GBR in the L32. He was knocked out by Yildrim TUR, the eventual tournament champion.

Aidan Clarke placed 25th, knocked out by Escobar VEN, while Jamie Simpson finished in 28th place after facing Streets JPN. Simpson also competed in the épée satellite, placing 77th of 89 with a pool victory over Asaje-Polanco VEN.

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Fourteen NI fencers took part in the Public Schools' Fencing Championships in London last week, competing across all three weapons.


Junior Foil

Daniel Sigurdsson (Methodist College Belfast) earned the result of the tournament, taking bronze in a field of 106 in Junior Foil. Undefeated through two rounds of pools, he knocked out Howard-Higgins (Millfield), Lingajothy (Whitgift), Selvan (Winchester), and third seed Gerald Tan (Dulwich College), losing his semi-final against the eventual winner Alessandro Gill (Highgate).

RBAI's Matthew McKay reached the L16, eliminating De Jongh (Abingdon) and McDonald (St Benedict’s) along the way. He went out to top seed Brijeshwar Gautam (City of London) and finished 14th.  Rowan Luney (RBAI) placed 20th, knocking out McAllister (Charterhouse) but losing to Tarriq Roach (Whitgift).

33rd  Michael Thompson (RBAI)
49th  Nicosi Khumalo (RBAI)
58th  Noah Brown (RBAI)
65th  Callum Watson (RBAI)
92nd  James Kavanagh-Cranston (RBAI)
96th  Ross Chambers (RBAI)

Junior Épée

This year's only NI fencer to compete across multiple events, Michael Thompson (RBAI) placed an impressive 19th of 134 in the épée. Seeding 13th after the pools, he made the cut with a bye to the L64 and eliminated Sebastian Melph (Worth School). He was knocked out 15-8 by Mark Evgenev (Westminster).


Mount-Haes Foil

Four RBAI fencers competed in a field of over 100.

39th Peter Wallace (RBAI)
57th Kai Cheuk (RBAI)
67th Max Moore (RBAI)
89th Donal O’Brien (RBAI)

Mount-Haes Sabre

Max Cromie (Truro) placed 6th of 56 in minor sabre, seeding 3rd after the pools. He knocked out Kennedy (Elizabeth College) 15-1 and Mather (Warwick) 15-2, before being knocked out by clubmate and eventual silver medallist Darcy Holdsworth.

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Senior foilist Brendan Cusack fenced at the Long Beach Grand Prix today. He earned a place in the second round with pool victories over Matsuyama JPN, Santamaria Ayala COL, and Samora Geronimo DOM. In the preliminary 64, Cusack was overturned by Hassan EGY.

Placing 77th of 139 in this top-tier event, Cusack becomes our first fencer to qualify for this summer’s European Championships and World Championships. Congratulations!

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Well done to all our fencers competing this weekend in the European U23s series events in Italy and Poland.

Men’s Foil – Rome

Competing in a field of 110, Stephen Brown (QUB) pulled off another impressive European result reaching the L32. James Brosnan (University of Warwick) placed 60th, while Kristofer Gwynne (Durham University) placed 94th

Women’s Foil – Rome

Lucy Taylor (Edinburgh FC) achieved her best result of the season so far, placing 28th of 97 in Rome this weekend. Clubmate Victoria Duxbury was close behind in 35th place, while Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) finished 81st.

Men’s Épée – Gliwice

A stronger second outing on the EFC U23 circuit for Jonathan Burnside (Foyle FC / Ulster University) who placed 113th in Poland.

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2017 Belfast Open, hosted over 11-12 March by Belfast FC.

MEN’S ÉPÉE: Geoffrey Corcoran (Queen’s University Belfast)
WOMEN’S ÉPÉE: Camille Hindsgaul (DUFC)

MEN’S FOIL: Robbie Cockburn (Grosvenor FC)
WOMEN’S FOIL: Katie Gillespie (Queen’s University Belfast)

MEN’S SABRE: David Downey (Foyle Fencing)
WOMEN’S SABRE: Beth Taylor (Lisburn Gladiators)

Full standings can be found at our Results page.

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Brian Boru FC will host its first international training camp over the weekend of 31 March-3 April with the participation of the Romanian senior national team in Men’s Épée.

See the webpage for full details including schedule and registration: https://irishfencing.net/epeecamp2017/

Our Training Camps page includes a wide range of camps taking place around Europe for all weapons and ages.

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All three of our young fencers went out after the pools at the European Championships, which took place in Plovdiv this week. Frantz Aime placed 67th in Cadet Sabre while our Junior Men's Épéeists, Philip Slater and Paul Verdon, placed 102nd and 105th respectively.

FIE Refereeing Exams
Irish referee Sarah Steacy was also being put to the test during the week, and we are delighted to report that she has now qualified as an FIE referee.

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The 63rd Intervarsity Fencing Championships were hosted by University College Cork this weekend, with ten colleges contesting the title. The Frank Russell Trophy returned to Dublin 2 for a tenth consecutive year as Trinity College Dublin (DUFC) won their 40th overall title. Weapon champions were as follows:

Men’s Épée: Trinity College Dublin (DUFC)
Women’s Épée: University College Dublin

Men’s Foil: Trinity College Dublin (DUFC)
Women’s Foil: Trinity College Dublin (DUFC)

Men’s Sabre: University College Cork
Women’s Sabre: Trinity College Dublin (DUFC)

The 64th Intervarsity Championships will be hosted by Ulster University in Coleraine next season. You can learn more about University Fencing at the dedicated page.

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U23 international James Brosnan (University of Warwick) took gold on home turf, winning Men's Foil at the Warwick Open on Sunday. Kieran Patrick (Leicester University) placed sixth of 26.

In Men's Sabre, Michael Jacob (Shakespeare's Swords) took silver in a field of 24. He lost to clubmate Thomas Woodland in the final.