Well done to all of the Northern Ireland fencers who competed at the British Youth Championships in Sheffield over the bank holiday weekend!
Of the 78 entrants, Jonathan Connery was the highest-placed Northern Ireland fencer. Following a bye into the L64, Jonathan was knocked out 15-9 by Barbour (Scotland Central) and placed 40th.
Finn McMullan and Matthew McKay also earned byes into the L64. Finn was defeated 15-13 by Howarth (Wales), while Matthew lost 15-12 to eventual bronze medallist Ashforth (Eastern). Finn and Matthew placed 47th and 48th respectively.
Noah Brown progressed to the L64 over Koyupinar (Guernsey) with a 15-3 victory, but was denied a place in the L32 by Strange (London) and finished 52nd. Rowan Luney knocked out Scott (North East) 15-6, but came 62nd after a 15-9 loss to Daniel (Eastern).
Sarah Shaw overturned Hudson (West Midlands) 15-14 only to meet the second seed Raiyat (West Midlands) in the L32. She placed 29th of 53 entries. Katie-Rose Williams knocked out Gibb (South East) 15-11 but placed 30th after a loss to Emily Beardmore (Southern).
Reaching the L16 in a field of 64 foilists, Daniel Sigurdsson defeated Johnson (North West) 15-13 and overturned 6th seed Wilson (Southern) 15-6, before losing to Ashby (London) in the L16 to place 16th overall.
Robbie Cockburn placed 25th. He defeated Cronin (North West) 15-10, but was knocked out by Deering (South East). William Girvin eliminated Roberts (Scotland Central) 15-14 before going out against Gill (London) and finishing in 26th place. Luke Wallace also made it to the L32. Having knocked out Wallendahl (London) 15-5, he fell short against Suha (North West), going out 15-12.
Guennou (London) kept Michael Thompson from a top-half finish, knocking him out in the L64 to place 44th.
With two NI fencers among the 48 entered for U16 Women’s Foil, Charlotte Slater eliminated Canty (Wales) 15-7 and knocked out Smyth (Eastern) 15-8 for a place in the L16. She was defeated by top seed Brown (North East) and placed 15th. Clubmate Ciara Cormican was knocked out by Cheema-Grubb (South East) 15-8 and placed 38th.
Sarah Shaw defeated Edwards (Wales) 15-10 but went out to 5th seed Kryzyzaniak (London) 15-9, placing 27th of 52. Zoe Peden lost 15-5 to Fielding (Scotland Central) and finished 42nd.
William Girvin knocked out Goss (Guernsey) 15-5, Carey (East Midlands) 15-9 and third seed Wake (Yorkshire) 11-9. In the quarter-finals, William lost 15-10 to Shepherd (Yorkshire) who went on to reach the final. William came 7th of 54 fencers. Michael Thompson seeded 5th after the pools, receiving a bye into the L32. He knocked out Brown (Scotland Central) and went on to place 11th after a 15-9 loss to Papadopoulos (Scotland Central).
Competing in épée as well as foil, Charlotte Slater reached the L32 with 15-8 victory over Foniciello (Scotland East). She was knocked out 15-11 by top seed Palano (London), finishing 29th of 55 competitors.
Three other NI fencers went out in the L64. Zoe Stanley was knocked out 15-13 by Mitchell (East Midlands) and came 40th. Emily Johnson lost 15-6 to Counter (North East) and finished 50th. Sabreuse Beth Taylor placed 53rd after losing 15-11 to Curwen (South West) – the same Curwen whom Beth eliminated in the L32 of the sabre.
Beth Taylor received a bye into the L32 to beat Curwen (South West) 15-8. In the L16 Beth lost 15-12 to third seed Yang (London), finishing in 14th place out of 39 fencers. Ciara Cormican knocked out Shakespeare (West Midlands) 15-13, but lost to Ware (Wales) 15-11 and came 29th.