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Frantz Aime defeated Rasulov USB and Tkachev RUS in the pool at the Coupe Heracles JWC in Budapest, but was unfortunately the fifth fencer to miss the cut.

  • Frantz Aime (CHC Chatelaine): 133rd of 175

Matteo Neri ITA held on to the title for a second year, and earned his second JWC gold of season against world #8 Elliot Bibi FRA.

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Close to 50 épéeists braved the cold on Sunday morning for the fourth annual Winter Blade at Dublin City University, run for the first time as a Tier B competition.

Yves Carnec (Pembroke FC) and Inga Gorceva (Brian Boru FC) were this year’s winners.

Full results:

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Congratulations to Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin) and Manon Nouvian (DUFC) who have become the first winners of the Belfield Sabre. The event was created and hosted by UCD with DT by John Jones, and is one of just two sabre-only competitions currently on the calendar (the other being the Vinnie Duffy Sabre at DKIT.)

38 sabreurs attended the event, with both Irish #1s earning gold.

Full results:

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Ireland’s representation didn’t finish with the Turin Grand Prix in this busy weekend for our international foilists.

European U23 Series

Junior fencer Anna Lee (Paris TA) fenced at the U23 event in Moedling, Austria. Defeating Marechal FRA and Tulen NED in the pool, she edged past the first-round cut to face Kraenkl AUT on home soil. Lee progressed 15-12 into the L32 for a draw against Valentina Ferrara of Italy. In her biggest upset of the day, Lee overturned the second seed 15-9, setting up a match against Melnikova RUS. Lee was knocked out 8-15 by the former JWC gold medallist, and Melnikova went on to take bronze.

  • Anna Lee: 16th of 44

View full Moedling results here.

European Cadet Circuit

California-based Genevieve Clarke started as she meant to go on at the Cadet Circuit in Tauberbischofsheim, earning victories over Mann GER, Lee USA, Del Bene ITA, and Wasilczuk POL – and with them, a bye into the L28. Clarke took down Marcotti FRA 15-12 before going out in the L64 to Rhodes USA in a career-best top 25% finish. In doing so, Clarke becomes the second Women’s Foil fencer to qualify for the upcoming Cadet Europeans and Cadet Worlds.

  • Genevieve Clarke: 54th of 222

View full Tauber results here.

300km northeast of Tauber, two more U17s were taking part in the Cadet Men’s Foil event in Halle, near Leipzig. Unfortunately Robbie Cockburn (Grosvenor FC) was forced to withdraw during the pools, while Matthew McKay (RBAI / Fence Like an Olympian) concluded the pools with no victories. Clubmate Daniel Sigurdsson placed 131st representing Iceland.

  • Matthew McKay: 210th of 227
  • Robbie Cockburn: 226th of 227

View full Halle results here.

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Thank you to all of our members who contributed to the Irish Open survey. The survey closed at midnight last night. Results and key findings are shown in our infographic below.

A number of the issues encountered at the National Indoor Arena are already being addressed, with a provider contracted for a full café service and a solution underway to reduce glare from skylights.

View the results of the Irish Open Survey 2017 here.

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Welsh Fencing hosted the 2017 Five Nations in Cardiff over the weekend. Ireland won seven of its team matches, defeating Wales in Men's Épée, Men's Foil and Women's Foil, Northern Ireland in Men's Foil, Women's Foil, and Men's Sabre, and Scotland in Men's Sabre.

Final standings

 1st  England
 2nd  Scotland
 3rd  Wales
4th Ireland
5th Northern Ireland

Men's Épée
1st  England
2nd  Scotland
3rd  Northern Ireland
4th Ireland
5th Wales

Women's Épée
1st  England
2nd  Wales
3rd  Scotland
4th Northern Ireland
5th Ireland

Men's Foil
1st  England
2nd  Wales
3rd  Ireland
4th Scotland
5th Northern Ireland

Women's Foil
1st  England
2nd  Scotland
3rd  Ireland
4th Northern Ireland
5th Wales

Men's Sabre
1st  England
2nd  Wales
3rd  Ireland
4th Scotland
5th Northern Ireland

Women's Sabre
1st  Scotland
2nd  England
3rd  Wales
4th Northern Ireland
5th Ireland

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We had three Irish fencers at the Gdansk U23 this Saturday. 

Stephen Brown earned a place in the tableau V4D2 (Koslicki POL, Szewczyk, Izycki POL, Chtioui POL), then edged past Nowosielski POL 15-14, then was knocked out by Kuceba LAT.

Lucy Taylor was V3D3 after the pools, defeating Wierzchowska POL, Avelleira VEN, and Jablonowska POL. In the first round of the tableau she knocked out Bessman POL 15-6, then went out in turn to Jelinska POL in the L32.  Despite a pool victory over Szemplinska POL, Keziah Beattie fell short of the cut.

  • Stephen Brown (Queen’s University Belfast) 24th / 69
  • Lucy Taylor (Edinburgh FC)  26th / 66
  • Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) 61st / 66

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Ireland is fielding a full squad at the Five Nations in Cardiff this weekend. Best of luck to each of our weapon teams!

Men’s Epee
Paddy Brennan, Tom O’Brien, Antoine O’Kelly, Dawid Kulka
(Reserve: Geoffrey Corcoran)

Women’s Epee
Lucy Johnson, Anna-Lise Mion, Kate Coleman, Sorcha Mellon-Whelan
(Reserve: Isabelle Clarke)

Men’s Foil
Conor Nagle, Philip Lee, James Brosnan, Rory Hayes
(Reserve: Killian Hanlon)

Women’s Foil
Anna Lee, Fiadhnait McDonough, Crystal Percival, May Fast

Men’s Sabre
Stephen Concannon, Michalis Kirimlidis, Tadhg Garton, Chris Mooney
(Reserve: Aidan Clarke)

Women’s Sabre
Gerda Ziemele, Imogen McGuckin, Erin Barclay, Una DeBhuinn

Team manager:
Duncan Salter

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If you are interested in coaching fencing, you are cordially invited to take part in the fourth Level 1 Fencing Coach (all weapons) course developed by Fencing Ireland, together with Coaching Ireland, which will run over three weekends this winter:

  • 16/17 December
  • 13/14 January
  • 17/18 February

This course is intended for anyone who is already coaching beginner fencers in their club and wishes to add to their skills, and anyone who wishes to start coaching fencing. Although experience as a fencer is useful, it is not a prerequisite for attendance or qualification.

We would suggest that each club should put forward at least two fencers/coaches for this Level 1 course. As the course will be held in Dublin, we will give assistance towards accommodation for attendees based outside Dublin.

The cost per participant will be €100 which should be paid at the time of booking. Candidates can book a place by completing the online form on our website and making payment at the same time.

Places will be limited. We should, therefore, appreciate receiving expressions of interest by Wednesday 29 November 2017 (note: deadline extended). Places will be allocated in order of receipt of application.

We are glad to announce that we are now in a position to deliver Level 2. However, progression to Level 2 or further within the Fencing Ireland Coach Development Programme is dependent on first having achieved Level 1. Even though a coach may have been coaching for some time without Level 1, it will be absolutely necessary to have completed Level 1 before being accepted for Level 2. We anticipate that in addition to coaches who have already completed Level 1 some time ago, there will be a further cohort of newly qualified Level 1 coaches after this course, and all will be eligible for inclusion in Level 2 course to be run towards summer 2018.

If you would like to receive more information or have any questions at all about the course, please contact either Nuala McGarrity (, or Colm Flynn (


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Ireland had three fencers in the Men's Foil satellite on Saturday and one in the Women's Foil on Sunday.

Irish Open champion James Brosnan scored victories over Fortuna UKR, Page GBR, Kiss HUN, Prokharau BLR, Stiklica SRB and secured a bye into the L64. He was overturned 15-13 by Sanchez VEN, placing 37th.

Stephen Brown found himself in pool 1, defeating Richter AUT and Nedeljkovic HUN for a place in the tableau. He overturned Tan of Singapore 15-11 in the L128 then went out 15-13 to Largenton FRA.

Also earning two pool victories – over Babanics HUN and Kim KOR – was Lachlan Sykes, who fell just short of the cut on indicators.

  • James Brosnan (University of Warwick) – 37 / 120
  • Stephen Brown (Grosvenor FC)  – 63 / 120
  • Lachlan Sykes (Salle Boston)  – 89 / 120

World #20 Alexander Choupenitch of Czechia won the satellite overall.

Keziah Beattie turned out for the Women’s Foil satellite on Sunday, with victories over Prusova CZE, Raudaskoski FIN, Sirbu ROU and Valero-Collantes SWE in the pool. Despite easily qualifying for the DE, she was overturned by Saveanu ROU in the L64.

  • Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC) – 35 / 76

Image by Miroslav Petrasco

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Foyle College hosted the Derry Open over the weekend, attracting a typically strong entry in sabre as student fencers from DKIT and IT Carlow made the journey. Well done to this year’s winners:

Men’s Épée: Riki Laurentiu (University College Cork)
Women’s Épée: Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)

Men’s Foil: Daniel Sigurdsson (Grosvenor FC)
Women’s Foil: Lara McClelland (The Fencing School)

Men’s Sabre: Kieran Dowse (MX Fencing)
Women’s Sabre: Beth Taylor (Queen’s University Belfast)

The national rankings at senior, junior, and cadet level have all been updated following this weekend’s events.

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Ireland was ably represented at the Cadet Circuit event near Helsinki with Sarah Steacy on refereeing duty and two young épéeists flying the flag.

Making her international debut, Sophia Kalimtgis defeated Palumbo ITA, Wetzker HUN, Sadler GBR and Leisti FIN to reach the tableau, only to be overturned 6-5 by Ritakallio FIN.

Close matches against Sivakumar SIN and Kroese NED weren't enough to take Isabelle Clarke through the tableau.

  • Sophia Kalimgtis (Knightsbridge FC) – 75 / 140
  • Isabelle Clarke (Brian Boru FC) – 138 / 140

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Fencing Ireland wants to make every Irish Open better than the last, and while we’ve identified our own areas for improvement over the weekend, we are eager to get your feedback.

Whether you fenced at the Satellite, the Irish Open, or the team competition, we are keen to find out how the weekend went for you: what worked well and should be kept for next year, and what went poorly/needs work.

This survey consists of around 25 questions in total (mostly multiple-choice), covering the following areas:

1. Transport, Venue, and Competition area
2. Individual events
3. Team events
4. General feedback

Feel free to write as much or as little as you like in the comments areas. The survey should take between 1-5 minutes and collects no personal/identifying information.

Results will be published after the form is closed on 28 November.

Click here to go to the survey >>

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Well done to the winners of this year’s Irish Open Fencing Championships!

Men’s Épée Satellite: Andrea Vallosio (Italy)
Men’s Team Épée: Denmark – Knudsen, Linnemann, Madsen, Olsen

Women’s Épée: Natalya Coyle (Brian Boru FC)
Women’s Team Épée: Brian Boru FC – Coleman, Gorceva, Mion

Men’s Foil: James Brosnan (University of Warwick)
Men’s Team Foil: Pembroke International – Brosnan, Brown, Lee, Sykes

Women’s Foil: Keziah Beattie (Grosvenor FC)
Women’s Team Foil: My Drinking Team has a Fencing Problem – Klinck, Pallesen, Percival

Men’s Sabre: Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin)
Men’s Team Sabre: US Metro Paris – Cadoret, Francois-Dainville, Gilmas, McNamee

Women’s Sabre: Niamh Spence (Cambridge University)
Women’s Team Sabre: DUFC – McGuckin, Nouvian, Rush, Sun

Photo by Fabrice Jolivet (Passion Photography)