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Six of our U20 internationals fenced this weekend on the final events of the 2015/16 Junior World Cup circuit.

Men’s Épée – Riga

Philip Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) and Jonathan Burnside (Foyle Fencing) emerged from the pools V3D3 and V2D4 respectively. Slater registered victories over Dubouski BLR, Tammoja EST and Vaivada LTU and progressed to the L128. Despite defeating Schouker SUI and English AUS, Burnside fell victim to the deep first-round cut and placed 119th overall.

In the DEs, Slater overturned the higher seed English AUS in the L128, breaching the L64 for the first time in his JWC career. Slater caused further upset in the next round defeating 28th-ranked Ogden GBR 15-14, but his winning streak ended at the hands of Marco Brinkmann of Germany. Finishing in the L32 of 148 fencers, this is Slater’s best result to date at junior level.

Women’s Épée – Burgos

Kerrie Johnson (Pentathlon Ireland) secured a victory over Patten AUS in the pool at Burgos, and came off the worse of 5-4 defeats by Stewart USA and Isola ITA to fall short of the cut for tableau. Johnson placed 143rd. With no pool victories, Rosie McGonagle (Foyle Fencing) finished 167th.

Men’s Foil – Aix-en-Provence

Phillip Cripwell (DUFC) travelled to Provence for the last World Cup of his Junior campaign. Unfortunately, a victory over Van Campenhout BEL was not enough to progress to the DEs, and Cripwell placed 144th.

Women’s Foil – Zagreb

Two victories in the pool – over Sophie Van Der Heijden NED and NI Open finalist Lucy Taylor GBR – earned a place in the tableau for Anna Lee (Pembroke FC), drawing world #50 Miyawaki JPN in the first round. Lee was knocked out 15-10, placing 104th of 144 fencers.

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