West Midlands Vets Open 2016

This is a first for Sutton, three members of the club entered their first Vets open. Being a Vets competition, you might think it would be easier than a seniors open, but that’s not the case as Charles Benke found out, coming 7th in the men’s foil, although he was unlucky as he ended up fencing the eventual winner in his second DE. For Mervyn Shine, this was his first competition. He entered the Sabre and was really pleased he didn’t come last and said he enjoyed himself. He now realises that fencing sabre in the club is a bit different to fencing sabre in a competition – a ‘bit quicker’

fencingGongs: Julie Foster, foil. She was very happy to come away with a silver medal particularly as she hadn’t read the paperwork properly and thought it was a local regional event, a bit of friendly fencing on a dull Saturday.


West Midland Foil BYC 2016

It’s that time of year again, the West Midland regional British Youth Championships and we broke last year’s record for the number of fencers who entered. Can we possibly enter more than 10 fencers next year? Everyone fenced really well, in fact it’s fair to say that it’s the best of them have ever fenced and once again some of the results don’t reflect how well they did. Plenty of gongs though:-

Gold (again)
Imogen Blakeley (U18 girls)

Oliver Nash (U16 boys)
Ben Crowley (U10 boys)

Liam Reid (U10 boys)
Dinah Tartaglia (U10 girls)

Other results

U14 boys
Matt McLaughlan came 9th, he was 7th after the Poules but started off badly in his DE and whilst he made a brilliant recovery, he just ran out of time.
Tom Losinski came 14th in his first competition and he hasn’t been fencing very long so it’s impressive that he entered at all.
Kieron Verschoyle came 13th.

U12 boys
Xander Heeks came 9th. This was an excellent result as it was his first competition and in fact, he was 6th after the poules.
Luke Crowley came 10th in the U14 boys, dropping from 8th position in the poules.



Presidents Cup 5th December 2015

Sutton sent two teams to the 2015 Presidents Cup. We didn’t manage to win it this year, but out of 13 teams we did come second and equal third which is pretty darn good! And if you are being picky, technically we had more victories than the other third placed team, so let’s say second and third….

Gong: Team Silver: Tomas, Imogen and Dave

Gong: Team Bronze: Waiman, Julie and Sam

2014 – 2015 Season Round-up

Its coming up to the end of the fencing season and news has been thin on the ground of late on this site as we have all been slightly busy with our lives. Nonetheless this masks the fact that this has been perhaps a bit of a corker of a year for the club. Not just the trophies and the silverware (more on those later), but for the fact that we have seen a number of new faces join our club, both in the junior and adult section who have made excellent progress and who are treading on the toes of some of the long term members who will have to up their game.

The other side of fencing, beyond technical excellence is competition,and this year Sutton Coldfield Fencing Club has raked in a number of gongs, punching once again above our weight, (or thrusting beyond our reach!)


Tomas Kazik
Shropshire Open – epee – Gold
Cocks Moor Epee Open – epee – Gold
Birmingham International Open – epee – Silver
West Midland Senior Championships – epee – Gold

Imogen Blackley
West Midlands BYC – Foil – Gold
West Midlands Senior Championships – Foil – Bronze

Oliver Nash
West Midlands BYC – Foil – Bronze.

Tomas Kazik, Dave Cox, Julie Foster
Presidents Cup (mixed team three weapon) – Champions

Plus Gavin Rudge achieved his Level 2 BAF Coachng award.

The victories and accolades above are not the full story however, because while we have had our share of successes this year we have also had many fencers who have taken or continue to the plunge into competition, and not just from the senior club, like Charles, Waiman and Archie who do continue to do us credit.

Imogen, Oliver and Danielle were selected to the BYC finals in Sheffield, which is an awesome achievement. We should also we should point out the achievements of our Junior fencers, many who competed in their first regional british youth championships and and represented their club.

To round off its been an excellent year for us, and as the summer approaches we begin to look forward to another year, to sharpening our newer blades for next year and perhaps teach thinking of teaching you some new tricks – without forgetting the basics of course! On a final note I would like to thank Archie for helping me Gavin and Julie with the youth section. Has the reflexes of a cat and eyes of a hawk, which you kind of need with the kids.

Birmingham International 2015

tomasTomas Kazik did the honours by coming second in the Men’s Epee event in this prestigious competition. He won all his matches except the very last one so a truly excellent result.

Ian also entered the Epee and Charles and Danielle entered the foil event. For Danielle, this was the first time she had entered this competition (hopefully not the last!)

British Youth Championship Qualifiers 31st January 2015

Sutton entered a record number of fencers this year, and for many it was their first competition. It was a very good day and the results don’t really reflect how well they did as many narrowly lost their DE by one or two points. Imogen and Olly did especially well coming 1st and 3rd in their age groups.

Boys U10
Benjamin Crowley (5th)

Boys U12
Jack Gaunt (10th), Matt McLaughlan (11th), Luke Crowley (12th), Ben Wharton (18th)

Boys U14
Olly Nash (Joint 3rd), Kieran Meakin (8th)

Boys U18
Archie Bunney (8th)

Girls U16
Imogen Blakeley (1st)

Girls U18
Danielle Birch (3rd)