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Registration form this year’s pre-Nationals training weekend closes at midnight tonight (Wednesday 11 April).

Please see the event page for further details including a list of current sign-ups, or download the event flyer!

Places are strictly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Places will not be confirmed until completion of registration fee.

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Despite fielding teams in senior foil and épée, Verona was the first outing for any Ireland U20 team. As such, our foilists entered the competition unseeded and faced tough draws. 

The Women's Foil team was up first, facing a formidable Italian squad all individually ranked inside the world top 10. The underdog Ireland team came won two bouts of the nine, but were ultimately knocked out 45-29.

The potential in the Irish side is demonstrated by a quick glance at the L32 tableau, which saw nations seeded above Ireland knocked out by 40-point margins. Italy went on to lose to the USA in the semi-finals, with USA taking gold over Singapore 45-30.

Competing in a larger field of 38, Ireland was one of four unseeded Men's Foil teams and faced a L64 draw against Serbia. Anchored by junior #47 Veljko Cuk, team Serbia eked out a lead in the opening bouts until a 10-4 performance by Eoin Gronningsater put Ireland level, and our junior foilists were just one point adrift at the opening of the final bout. Ireland went out on a frustrating 45-43 scoreline.

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Genevieve Clarke (California Fencing Academy) put on an even stronger performance in today’s competition at the Cadet World Championships, having edged into the L64 in yesterday’s U20s.

Clarke finished the pool with victories against Carmona MEX, Malickova CZE, Pediaditaki GRE and Meulenaar NED. After defeating Carvalho POR 15-9 in the first round, she was knocked out by world #10 Scruggs USA.

Pembroke FC’s Emilia Velma bested Tasdelen TUR in the pool, but didn’t progress to the tableau.

  • Genevieve Clarke – 45th of 113
  • Emilia Velma – 98th of 113

East of Ireland Open semi-finalist Jake McGillion Moore (Fairfield Fencing Academy) earned his place in the L128 with pool wins over Costa POR and Slavchev BUL. Drawing Sirb ROU, he brought the 26th seed right down to the wire, but lost 15-14.

Matthew McKay (RBAI / Fence Like an Olympian) had a tougher time in the cadet pools than in yesterday’s juniors, going out of the competition after the first round.

  • Jake McGillion Moore – 101st of 139
  • Matthew McKay – 135th of 139

Good luck to the two Irish foil teams in tomorrow’s Team Junior World Championships. Both squads enter the draw unseeded, with the girls likely to face Italy in the first round and the boys’ opponents to be confirmed.

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All six Team Ireland’s foilists made it to the DEs in this year’s Junior World Championships in a bumper day that yielded two L32s and two L64s.

Junior Men’s Foil

A newcomer to the Irish squad, Eoin Gronningsater (Duke University) came out fighting in Pool 1. Victories over Zoons NED, Slavchev BUL, Bird GBR and Czartoryjski POL resulted in a bye through the first round of DEs. Despite entering his L128 match as the lower seed, Gronningsater overturned Goren ISR with an unequivocal 15-2 win. Gronningsater proceeded to the L64 to face the 4th seed, Breteau ESP, but once again refused to play the underdog and progressed 15-8.

The L32 brought another Spaniard in world #70 Alfonso Delbergue. Having kept the score level to 11-11, a lapse in composure during the second period saw Delbergue pull ahead to match point with three unanswered touches. However, Gronningsater was able to find another gear and even the odds at 14-14 – until a quick-fire riposte to the left shoulder brought Gronningsater’s run to an end.

Fencing at Junior Worlds in addition to tomorrow’s Cadet championship, Matthew McKay (RBAI / Fence Like an Olympian

defeated Argote VEN and Jahagirdar IND to earn a spot in the draw. He went out 15-6 to Spoljar CRO in the L256.

  • Eoin Gronningsater – 29th of 188
  • Matthew McKay – 135th of 188

Junior Women’s Foil

Four victories in the pool (Afi TUN, Koleva BUL, Werner GER and world #12 Ricci ITA) saw Anna Lee (TA Paris / Pembroke FC) easily into the pool. She defeated Guemmar ALG 15-1 to reach the L64, but a tough draw against an on-form Tieu USA saw Lee knocked out 15-7.

Cadet fencer Genevieve Clarke (California Fencing academy) warmed up for the U17 event with three pool victories in the U20s, defeating Matraszek CZE, May NZL and Herman AUS. She overturned the higher-seeded junior Chen TPE 15-6, reaching the L64, and went out of the competition at the hands of world #10 Yusova RUS.

Also on three pool victories, Finnula Mageras (Notre Dame University)
took out Carmona MEX, Tsukhishvili GEO, and Ceres MDA in her pool, then eliminated the higher-seeded Hany EGY 15-3 in the first round of DEs. Next, Mageras faced the 11th seed – and junior world #26 – Hajas HUN, however Mageras came out fighting and went through to the L32 with a 12-11 victory. Her run came to an end 15-9 against Jane Caulfield of Canada

Belfast-based Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) earned victories over Jorgensen DEN and Caleri ARG and a place in the DEs. However, in her first match, Beattie was knocked out by Serena Rossini, junior #1 and reigning world champion, who later proved unable to defend her title after seeding 25th for the tableau.

  • Finnula Mageras – 32nd of 141
  • Anna Lee – 54th of 141
  • Genevieve Clarke – 62nd of 141
  • Keziah Beattie – 104th of 141

Good luck to our cadet foilists, Matthew McKay, Jake McGillion-Moore, Genevieve Clarke and Emilia Velma, competing in tomorrow’s Worlds!

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The registration form for this year’s pre-Nationals training weekend is available below.

Please see the event page for further details including a list of current sign-ups, or download the event flyer!

Places are strictly limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Places will not be confirmed until completion of registration fee. Deadline for registration: Wednesday 11 April.

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All fencers hoping to compete in FIE or EFC events in 2018/19 will be invited to submit their competition programmes following the National Championships. The deadline for programme submissions is Saturday 30 June

The 2018/19 international calendars are already available to view:

Please consult our Selection Policy for information on qualification criteria. The full Ireland panel (indicating individuals who have qualified and the level of event each may enter) will be published on the FI website after the National Championships.

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Well done to this year’s Student Individual champions!

Men’s Épée: Jonathan Burnside (Ulster University)
Women’s Épée: Alisha Mullen (UCD)

Men’s Foil: Phillip Cripwell (DUFC)
Women’s Foil: Kirsten Siig Pallesen (NUI Galway)

Men’s Sabre: Nigel Johnson Steeves (University College Cork)
Women’s Sabre: Anna Zink (DUFC)

The 2018 SIs were hosted by Maynooth University.

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The 2018 Challenge Wratislavia took place from 22-26 March, inviting U15, U13 and U11 fencers at all six weapons to the Polish city of Wrocław for one of the biggest underage events in the world. Entry is open to all fencers prepared to make the trip, and this year saw a six-fencer delegation from Pembroke FC taking part.

U15 Boys’ Foil

Claudio Sosa Smatrala beat Harms GER, Pander POL and Man NED in the pools, advancing to the DE as 104th seed. Defeating Lymarenko UKR 15-7 in the first round, he drew the 24th seed Briggs GBR – but overturned the higher seed 15-8 to reach the last 64. Here, Claudio’s luck ran out as he was knocked out by Tymon Lewicki POL.

Despite defeating Rochet FRA, Matteo Sanvito finished the pool with five defeats and was cut before the DE tableau.

  • Claudio Sosa Smatrala – 59th / 223
  • Matteo Sanvito – 187th / 223

U13 Boys’ Foil

Victories over Skorupa POL, Alfven SWE and Gmurek POL saw Luke Sherlock into the DEs with an initial draw against Botló SVK. Luke progressed to the L64 with a comprehensive win 12-3, but his run was ended at the hands of Gafe LAT.

  • Luke Sherlock – 97th / 239

U11 Boys’ Foil

Concluding his pool with victories over Jakubowski POL, Firlej POL and Ciepłota POL, Leon Loftus-Gautier earned a place in the tableau with a bye through the L256. Leon held the far higher-seeded Koráb CZE to 7-7 before conceding the last point, and with it a place in the L64.

  • Leon Loftus-Gautier – 97th / 188

U11 Girls’ Foil

Erika Sanvito earned a victory against against Ormane LAT, but did not go through to the DEs in U11 Girls Foil.

  • Erika Sanvito – 134th / 155

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This year's European Championships will take place in Novi Sad, Serbia from 16 June. The 2018 World Championships run from 19 to 27 July in Wuxi, China.

  • Any fencer who reaches the DEs at a World Cup event is considered qualified. Remaining places may be offered to Satellite fencers who placed in the top 25% this season.
  • The interim panel for both events will be on announced Monday 23 April and qualified fencers will be contacted to confirm/decline their places.
  • Fencers attending World Cup/Grand Prix events after the selection date are still able to qualify for Worlds subject to available squad places.

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Brendan Cusack and Finnula Mageras flew the flag for Ireland over the St Patrick’s weekend, contesting the Anaheim Grand Prix in California.

Despite a close match against Paik USA, Brendan Cusack crashed out of Day 1 after the pools.

Finnula Mageras had a more fortunate run in the women's event.  Having seen off Zeiss USA, Brondum DEN and world #57 Samsonova RUS in the pool, the junior foilist was drawn into the tableau with a bye through the p128. Mageras was knocked out 15-7 by Ko Chaeyeong of Korea.

  • Men's Foil:  Brendan Cusack – 157th of 164
  • Women's Foil:  Finnula Mageras – 83rd of 140

View full results including pool sheets and tableaux via the Fencing Time page.

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Fencing Ireland is thrilled to host the 2018 Irish National Championships at Loreto Abbey Dalkey. Entry is open to any fencer who holds (or is eligible to hold) Irish citizenship.

Saturday: Men's Foil, Women's Foil, Women's Épée
Sunday: Men's Sabre, Women's Sabre, Men's Épée

All participants must be current members of Fencing Ireland with a competition licence.

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The all-island Intervarsity Fencing Championships took place in Coleraine this weekend, seeing ten colleges contest up to six weapons.

Final Results [PDF] with huge thanks to John Jones (DT).

Final Standings

 1st   Trinity College Dublin (V39) 
 2nd  University College Dublin (V31)
 3rd  Queen's University Belfast (V25)
4th: University College Cork (V20)
5th: NUI Galway (V16 + Boat Race)
6th: Ulster University (V9)
7th: Dublin City University (V4)
8th: Maynooth University (V4)
9th: IT Carlow (V2)
10th: Dundalk IT (V0)

In a landslide for DUFC, Trinity College Dublin reclaimed gold in Men's Sabre and Women's Épée (ceded last year to Cork and UCD respectively) to win all six weapon titles in addition to the overall prize. Second-placed UCD were eight victories adrift of the title on V31, with Queen's University defending a comfortable third with V25 to UCC's V20.

Coach Colm Flynn with the DUFC captains, showing off the "Magnificent Seven"  Image: Kayleigh McGinley

2018 sees DUFC's eleventh consecutive title and Trinity's 41st victory in the championship's 64-year history. Incredibly, only three other colleges have taken home the Frank Russell Trophy in that time: UCD, the Royal College of Surgeons, and Queen's University Belfast.

View the full list of past champions >>

The 64th Intervarsity Championships will be hosted by NUI Galway in spring 2019.

Weapon Titles

Men's Épée (9 teams)

 1st   Trinity College Dublin (DUFC) 
Ross Byrne, Donncdha Carroll, Sam Mitchell, Albert Sanfeliu

 2nd  University College Dublin
 3rd  Queen's University Belfast

Top scorer: Sam Mitchell (DUFC)

Women's Épée (6 teams)

 1st   Trinity College Dublin (DUFC) 
Camille Boelt Hindsgaul, Lucy Johnson, Eva Melly, Veronica Vaquero

 2nd  University College Dublin
 3rd  Queen's University Belfast

Top Scorer: Camille Hindsgaul (DUFC)

Men's Foil (7 teams)

 1st   Trinity College Dublin (DUFC) 
Phillip Cripwell, Fearghal Donaghy, Killian Hanlon Elliot Schneier

 2nd  University College Dublin
 3rd  University College Cork

Top scorer: Phillip Cripwell (DUFC)

Women's Foil (7 teams)

 1st   Trinity College Dublin (DUFC) 
Aine Heffernan, Leah McHugh, Crystal Percival, Ellen Thomas

 2nd  Queen's University Belfast
 3rd  University College Dublin

Top Scorer: Katie Gillespie (QUB)

Men's Sabre (9 teams)

 1st   Trinity College Dublin (DUFC) 
Luke Dowling, Tadhg Garton, Sean Healy, Alex Reilly

 2nd  University College Cork
 3rd  University College Dublin

Top Scorer: Tadhg Garton (DUFC)

Women's Sabre (7 teams)

 1st   Trinity College Dublin (DUFC) 
© Manon Nouvian, Imogen McGuckin, Bethany Rush, Anna Zink

 2nd  University College Dublin
 3rd  NUI Galway

Top Scorer: Manon Nouvian (DUFC)

The university season will conclude on 24 March with the close of the Student Individual Championships in Maynooth.

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Over 40? Entitled to represent Ireland or Northern Ireland? Want to fence and have some fun? This year's Four Nations Veteran competition takes place in Glasgow on April 28 and we hope to enter teams in all six weapons.

Download the invitation here >> 

Fencing Ireland would welcome expressions of interest from any fencer born in 1977 or earlier from the island of Ireland. Please contact with your most recent results and we will get back to you as soon as possible!