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


Excalibur April 2012

Once again, Julie Foster took part in the Inter-county Excalibur competition as part of the women’s foil team. Gavin Rudge was down as reserve but found out at the event that he was now an essential part of the men’s foil team. This rather ruined his plans for the day which consisted of sitting in a pub somewhere with a beer and newspaper. However, as always, a good time was had by all and this year, Warwickshire came 5th overall.

Presidents Cup November 2011

There was a record number of teams in the Presidents cup this year. Sutton entered just one team consisting of Ian Bullock (Epee), Dave Cox (Sabre) and Julie Foster (Foil). There were were lots of great fights and for a while it looked like we might retain our winning number one spot from last year but we were finally narrowly beaten by the Squirrels from Stourbridge.

Gongs: Team silver.

Crystal Open 15th May 2011

Fencers: Gianfranco Muresu (Foil) Ian Bullock (Epee) David Cox (Sabre)

Gongs: Team Silver

Sutton Coldfield once again fenced in the Crystal Open this year, one of the few team competitions on the fencing calendar, gaining second place. It was a good result for the club, who did well in the pool rounds, with the fencers placing 2nd 3rd and 4th in Sabre, Epee and Foil, giving the team an initial first place seeding before the direct elimination rounds. The iitial DE bouts were fairly straightforward with Sutton Coldfield cruising to the semi-final without much difficulty. Here they faced the British Veteran team. In a close fought battle Sutton Coldfield beat the wily Veterans winning 30-28, with Gianfranco breaking down the initial lead that the vets had built up, but not after some controversy involving the scoring equipment.

The final against Wrekin however did not go well for Sutton. With a favourable roll on the fencers sequence (Wrekin were able to field their strongest fencer last) and tired from their battle with the British Vets, Sutton eventually succumbed despite some last minute heroics from Ian Bullock.

Overall this is still a good result for Sutton who improved on their 3rd place from last year.

The Presidents Cup, 28th November 2010

Sutton Coldfield Fencing Club sent forth two teams for the Presidents Cup, a regional mixed weapon competition, and managed to carry away 1st place against eight other regional; teams:

Team A : Beth Stanton (Foil), Ben Phillips (Epee), Terry Stanton (Sabre)
Team B : Gavin Rudge (Foil) Charles Benk (Epee) David Cox (Sabre)

Gongs: First Place – Team B, Angela Roberts Trophy: Julie Foster

Team B won the competition with the team working well together and beating all opposition that came their way, including a 15-0 thrashing of one of the BFC teams. This was a vindication for all the hard work and training drills that the fencing club has put in over the year.

Team A also performed strongly winning four encounters. Beth Stanton competed in her first competition as a foillist, and Ben Phillips pulled off the best feat in the competition by bringing the team back from an 8 point deficit to win their final match.

Julie Foster as the highest ranked female foillist in the competition won the regional Angela Roberts Trophy, an honour that she is no stranger to.

This is an excellent result for the end of the year and we hope that 2011 will bring us more silverware.