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Fencing Ireland hosted the 2017 National Championships at Loreto Abbey Dalkey over 22-23 April. Over 100 entries were received across the weekend. Anna Lee (Pembroke FC) and Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin) were the only 2016 winners who managed to defend their titles. Congratulations to this year’s national champions!

Men’s Épée: Philip Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)
Women’s Épée: Rachel Conner (Laszlo’s Fencing)

Men’s Foil: Conor Nagle (Munster Blades)
Women’s Foil: Anna Lee (Pembroke FC)

Men’s Sabre: Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin)
Women’s Sabre: Kathryn Marshall (Foyle Fencing)

Full results including pools and tableaux are available via Fencing Time.

The Nationals marks the end of this season’s National Circuit; Pembroke Fencing Club has topped the 2016-7 medal table. The full list of National Circuit titleholders and the full club medal table is over on our National Circuit page.

End-of-season rankings are also now online following the Nationals.

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The European Championships for U23s began this morning in Minsk, Belarus, with three Irish foilists taking to the piste.

James Brosnan (University of Warwick) made the L32 today, defeating Egyenes-Porsok SVK, Schoppa GER and Khamzin RUS in the pool. He earned a bye into the L32 and was knocked out by Borodachev RUS. [Match video here.]

Queen’s University Belfast’s Stephen Brown also earned three victories in the pool, over Chastanet FRA, Finch GBR, and Files CRO. Brown drew Files for a re-match in the L64 and was overturned 15-8.

The newest member of the panel, Kristofer Gwynne (Durham University), defeated world #208 Tseven BLR in the pool but didn’t make the cut for tableau.

FINAL STANDINGS (of 56)
20th – James Brosnan
38th – Stephen Brown
51st – Kristofer Gwynne

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The Birmingham International took place over the Easter weekend. This is the first year in which the event has counted for ranking points at all three weapons, and it saw a very strong Irish turnout, yielding five L8s across the tournament and a bronze medal in Men’s Foil.

Men's Épée (91 entrants)

 5th  David Losonczi (Pembroke FC / En Garde)

24th Tom Storey (Leon Paul Épée)
28th Sam Mitchell (DUFC)

47th Duncan Salter (Brian Boru FC)

66th Dawid Kulka (Pembroke FC)
69th Sean Ryan (UCD)

Women's Épée (81 entrants)

13th Camille Boelt Hindsgaul (DUFC)

18th Rachel Conner (Laszlo’s)
26th Lucy Johnson (DUFC)

43rd Isabelle Clarke (Munster Blades)
54th Anna-Lise Mion (Brian Boru FC)

71st Emma Andrews (Plymouth FC)
74th Piroska Keresztes (Pembroke FC / En Garde)

Men’s Foil (117 entrants)

 3rd  David Alexander (Nottingham Cavaliers)
 6th  Stephen Brown (QUB)

11th James Brosnan (Warwick University)

22nd Alastair Johnston (Salle Holyrood)
24th Lachlan Sykes

35th Christopher Lennon (Salle Boston)

74th JG Couper (Salle Dublin)
82nd Philip Lee (Pembroke FC)
92nd Patrick Dempsey (Saxon)
97th Conor Nagle (Munster Blades)
113th Sean Patmore (DUFC)

Women's Foil (67 entrants)

 5th  Victoria Duxbury (Edinburgh FC)
 6th  Anna Lee (Pembroke FC)

12th Lucy Taylor (Edinburgh FC)

21st Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC)

49th Crystal Rose Percival (DUFC)

Men's Sabre (38 entrants)

 7th  Tadhg Garton (DUFC)

19th Mike Jacob (Birmingham FC)
28th Colm Kelleher (DUFC)
29th Patrick Hayes (DUFC)

36th Brian Crowley (UCD)

Women's Sabre (37 entrants)

24th Manon Nouvian (DUFC)

34th Bethany Rush (DUFC)
36th Anna Zink (DUFC)

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Congratulations to the fencers selected for the senior European Championships, which take place in Tbilisi, Georgia from 12-17 June 2017.

To qualify: 2 x Qualification from Poules to preliminary tableau at Senior WC/GP during that season.


Men's Foil

Fencer Qualifying result
Brendan Cusack [DQ] 2 results: 108th of 212 at Bonn WC, 77th of 139 at Long Beach GP


Men’s Épée

Fencer Qualifying result
Michael Geraghty 1 result: 188 of 271 at Budapest GP

Brendan Cusack has met the selection criteria directly with two qualifying results. Michael Geraghty has also been selected at the discretion of the FI board with one qualifying result. No other senior fencer has achieved a qualifying result this season.

The qualification period for the World Championships concludes in early June.

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The Irish Fencing League is holding its fourth annual ‘Elite 8’ gala final at St Conleth’s College, Clyde Road, Ballsbridge this evening.

The Irish Fencing League was set up by fencers seeking an opportunity to spar competitively between clubs away from the tournament environment. At the start of the season, fencers are assigned a ‘handicap’ and accumulate points based on performance in each bout.

Find out more details on the Irish Fencing League website. Best of luck to the finalists, who will battle it out for the overall title in this evening’s mixed competition.

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To celebrate the opening of the new youth-focussed Brian Boru Fencing Club and the expansion of Pembroke FC, there will be fun free taster sessions given by some of Ireland's most experienced fencing coaches during the Irish National Fencing Championships on 22 April.

Do you know a young person who'd love to try fencing? All children under 13 accompanied by an adult are welcome. Sessions will be half an hour each and coaches will be on hand to answer parents' questions. Booking essential!

Register a place at tryfencing.eventbrite.ie or check out our Facebook event.

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All four of Team Ireland’s U20 athletes were in action today at the Junior Worlds in Plovdiv, as individual events in Men’s Épée and Women’s Foil got underway.

Épée


Philip Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) scored victories over Linnemann DEN and Andrasfi HUN, with 5-4 losses to Lachiani ISR and Zhu CHN, but was the second fencer to miss the cut and placed 140th of 193.

Conall Cromie (Royal Holloway Fencing) defeated Azeri fencer Jahangirov while Paul Verdon (Grosvenor FC / RBAI) beat Ukraine's Yevgeniy Gorbachuk, placing 173rd and 180th respectively.
 

Foil

Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) defeated Rio Olympian Kontochristopoulou GRE and Ferjani TUN in the pool, but was the third fencer to miss the cut for tableau. She placed 83rd of 112.

Hard luck to our fencers on a hard-fought morning in Plovdiv and all the best to the Men’s Épéeists in the team event on Sunday.

Photos by Augusto Bizzi for the FIE. Top: Lachiani ISR flêches against Slater IRL during the pools; Bottom: Keziah Beattie between bouts.

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Beth Taylor (Lisburn Gladiators) defeated Radu ROU and took top-20 ranked Mexican fencer Valdez Andrade to the bel touche, placing 75th overall at the World Championships in a field of 85.

Pictured: Beth with her clubmate, épéeist Charlotte Slater, in Plovdiv today. Photo by Augusto Bizzi, FIE.

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Over 30 Irish fencers and pentathletes converged on the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown for a four-day épée camp hosted by Brian Boru FC

Four members of the Romanian national team were in attendance: Andrei Timoce (148th in the world), Alin Sbarcia (170th), Liviu Dragomir (297th), and Adrian Szilagyi (298th). 
For Sbarcia and Dragomir, this was a second visit to Ireland in six months, having taken silver and bronze respectively at November's Irish Open satellite.

The Irish presence included most of the national top 10s in épée, international pentathletes up to Olympic level, and a strong showing from cadet fencers.

The weekend culminated in a mixed tournament on Sunday, giving our fencers a chance to put theory into practice.

Pictured:

Sunday's award-winners are presented with their medals by camp organiser Radu Andrei (Brian Boru FC) and Fencing Ireland chair Philip Lee.


Results Summary

 1st  Andrei Timoce ROU
 2nd  Livia Dragomir ROU
 3rd  Alin Sbarcia ROU
 4th  Joffrey Martelly (Pembroke FC)

 5th  Yves Carnec (Pembroke FC)
 6th  Natalya Coyle (Pentathlon Ireland)
 7th  Dawid Kulka (Pembroke FC)
 8th  Adrian Szilagyi ROU

Best Juniors:  Joffrey Martelly (4th) & Isobel Radford-Dodd (22nd)


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Well done to the winners of the Galway Novice Foil, hosted by NUI Galway at Dalgan Sports Pavilion. Today’s event concludes this season’s circuit for fencers with less than two years’ experience. 


Men's Foil
 1st  Sam Mitchell (DUFC)
 2nd  Davin Barrett (Maynooth University)
 3rd  Adam Neville (UCD)
 3rd  Paul-Ryan Begley (DUFC)



Women's Foil
 1st  Aine Heffernan (DUFC)
 2nd  Emilia Mleczko (NUI Galway)
 3rd  Frances Quigley (DUFC)
 3rd  Phoebe Ireland (UCD)

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Well done to Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) who has reached the L64 in a field of 104 in Women’s Épée.

Charlotte defeated Akinci TUR, Loehr GER and Ong SIN in the pool, easily making the cut. In the DEs she eliminated Engdahl SWE 15-8 to reach the L64, where she went out 15-11 to fourth seed Schlier ROU. Charlotte placed 56th of 104.

A strong international season saw Frantz Aime (CHC Escrime) enter Cadet Worlds as 52nd seed, but despite close matches against Khalimbekov RUS and Dushamboyev UZB did not earn a place in the tableau. Frantz finished 91st of 97.

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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: