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Congratulations to the winners of this year’s East of Ireland Open, the fifth event on our National Circuit.

Men’s Épée: Giovanni Buzzi (DUFC)
Women’s Épée: Anna Lise Mion (Brian Boru FC / Pembroke FC)
Men’s Foil: James Brosnan (University of Warwick)
Women’s Foil: Anna Lee (Pembroke FC)
Men’s Sabre: Lothar Winiger (CH Chatelaine)
Women’s Sabre: Naomi Lee (Shakespeare’s Swords / AFU)

Full standings can be viewed on our East of Ireland Results page.

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Fencing Ireland extends its congratulations to the new Olympic Council of Ireland board, elected at last night’s EGM. We look forward to working with the new team on the road to Tokyo 2020.

President: Sarah Keane (Swim Ireland)
1st Vice President: Colm Barrington (ISA (Irish Sailing Association))
2nd Vice President: Robert Norwood (Snowsports Association of Ireland)
Secretary: Sarah O’Shea (Snowsports Association of Ireland)
Treasurer: William ‘Billy’ Kennedy (Cycling Ireland)
Executive Committee:

– Georgina Drumm (Athletics Ireland)
– Ciaran Gallagher (Gymnastics Ireland)
– Robert Johnson (Hockey Ireland)
– PJ Nolan (Cycling Ireland)
– Darren O’Neill (Irish Amateur Boxing Association)
– Denis Toomey (Paralympics Ireland)
– Lochlann Walsh (Triathlon Ireland)

The Fencing Ireland committee offers its warmest thanks to our former president Tom Rafter for his diligent service with the OCI.

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A top-half finish for Brendan Cusack at the World Cup in Bonn. Victories over Teliporandidis GRE, Dahlin DEN, Wikstrom SWE and Fujino JAP earned a bye directly into the preliminary 128, where he was knocked out 15-7 by world #32 Takahiro Shikine of Japan.

Fencing at his first senior World Cup, Stephen Brown (QUB) defeated Fernandez VEN and put in a strong showing against Aspromonte ITA, but missed the cut for tableau and placed 177th of 212.

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Competing in a huge field of 234, our junior épéeists fenced their first JWC of 2017 outside Helsinki on Saturday.

Philip Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) defeated Pozzi SUI, Vasaraudzis LAT, Jutila FIN, and Stormark NOR, earning a bye through the first round of DEs. He was overturned by a determined Sertay KAZ in the L128, finishing in 80th place.

Paul Verdon (Grosvenor FC / RBAI) went without victories in the pool and placed 228th overall.

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Catalonia played host to an EFC under-23 foil event following its FIE Satellite World Cup. Stephen Brown and Phillip Cripwell were among the 71 competitors.

Both fencers scored twin victories in the first round, with Cripwell beating pool opponents Lopez Gomez and Alonso while Brown defeated Ou and Ferreres, earning places in the DE tableau.

Brown knocked out Sergio Lacasta 15-12 but lost to Pivovarov RUS 15-9 in the L32, placing 28th. Cripwell went out in the same round, overturning Llenas ESP in the L64 only to go out against Lauria ITA, finishing 31st.

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The Coupe d’Europe in Men’s Sabre was hosted by the Italian city of Padua, alongside the Luxardo Trophy individual World Cup event.

National Club champions Salle Dublin represented Ireland, placing 8th overall. The European championship went to Fiamma d’Oro of Italy.

There were two Irish entries to the World Cup event. Without victories in the seeding pool, Michalis Kirimlidis and Aidan Clarke placed 172nd and 182nd respectively at the Trofeo Luxardo World Cup in Padua.

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Competing in the U17 Cadet Women’s event, Emilia Velma (Pembroke FC) defeated Mugnier FRA, Hales GBR and Giardinieri in the first pool, qualifying for the second round. A single victory over Foillard FRA – combined with strong indicators – saw her through the cut for tableau. Emilia was knocked out 15-5 by Acurero VEN, and placed 101st of 182.

There were two Pembroke fencers in the U14 Minor Men’s event. James Moriarty-Smyth was unfortunately eliminated after the first pool, placing 314th. Claudio Sosa Smatrala was able to beat Guilley FRA, Bunel-Adde FRA and Guma Leal ESP to reach the second round of pools. In Round 2 he defeated Vang FRA, Dorfer GER, and Chapruis FRA to seed 139th of 321 fencers for Day 2 of the event.

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Stephen Brown (QUB) defeated Pettinato ARG and Figal ESP to earn a place in the tableau, where he was knocked out 15-10 by Matthew Billing GBR. Phillip Cripwell (DUFC) scored victories over Grimaldi ITA and Alderman GBR, going out 15-11 to Breteau ESP. Brown and Cripwell tied for 51st place in a field of 70.

A frustrating pool saw Alastair Johnston (Salle Holyrood) beat Milesi ESP and lose 5-4 to Sadiq GBR and Zoons NED. He made the cut on indicators and was eliminated by former Panamerican champion Servello ARG, placing 55th.

Conor Nagle concluded the pools with a similar record, with a victory over Post NED and bel-touche losses to Guitian Montes ESP and Head GBR, but was the first fencer to miss the cut and finished 57th.

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Well done to the teams from Pembroke Fencing Club and Colchester Fencing Club who have won the 2017 Prof. Duffy Memorial Team Épée, hosted by DU Fencing over the weekend. 24 teams took part over two days.

Men’s Épée saw an all-Pembroke final. In Women’s Épée, silver went to German team Essener FG. Hosts DUFC took bronze in both events, with Brian Boru Fencing Club and Fechtclub Leipzig completing the podium.

Men’s Épée Champions: Pembroke Far Far Away (Joseph Carnec, Yves Carnec, David Losonczi, Joffrey Martelly)
Men’s Épée Runners-up: Pembroke FC (Ido Ajzenstadt, Paddy Brennan, Antoine O’Kelly, Duncan Salter)

Women’s Épée Champions: CADS (Nicola Hull, Julie Henson, Mariette Mason, Megan Redding)
Women’s Épée Runners-up: Essen (Beffina Graf, Annika Graf, Charlotte Reinhold)

Full standings can be found on our Results page.

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Well done to the 2017 champions of the Northern Ireland Open, hosted by NI Fencing at Grosvenor Grammar School this weekend.

MEN’S ÉPÉE: Conall Cromie (Truro FC / Royal Holloway)
WOMEN’S ÉPÉE: Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)

MEN’S FOIL: David Alexander (Nottingham Cavaliers)
WOMEN’S FOIL: Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC)

MEN’S SABRE: Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin)
WOMEN’S SABRE: Francine Robb (Shakespeare’s Swords)

Full standings can be found on the Results page.

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Today at the Challenge International de Paris, Brendan Cusack (Empire United) was V2D4 after the pool, defeating Ferjani TUN and Lecocq BEL and conceding the bel touche to Chastanet FRA and Braun GER. After passing the cut with a bye into the preliminary L128, he was knocked out 15-11 by Rajski POL and placed 149th of 210 foilists.

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The following fencers will travel to Plovdiv, Bulgaria for both the European Championships in March and the World Championships in April.

WE: Charlotte Slater*
WF: Genevieve Clarke
MS: Frantz Aime
WS: Beth Taylor

ME: Conall Cromie, Philip Slater, Paul Verdon
WF: Keziah Beattie*, Lucy Taylor*

*unavailable for European Championships

Following strong international results at Junior level this season, we are delighted to select épéeist Philip Slater to train at the FIE’s fully funded pre-Worlds camp in Plovdiv.