The sole entry from Sutton this year was James Matthieson., who was entering his first competition.
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.
Fencers: Imogen and Jack.
Congratulations to Jack and Imogen who represented Sutton Coldfield Cadets and the West Midlands in the England Youth Fencing Championships in Hatfield. They fought well in a long and arduous competition and showing a lot of character against some of the best young fencers in the UK!
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.
Gongs: Jack Hawkins: Bronze U11 Boys Foil Imogen Blakely: Silver U13 Girls Foil
We would like to congratulate our cadet fencers for their recent strong showing at the Warwickshire Union age championships which were held on 6th of March this year. Jack Hawkins gained Bronze in the U11 boys, gaining confidence and accuracy as the tournament went on; Immogen Blakely won Silver in U13 girls foil. She fought through her DE’s to reach which she lost through the anrrowest of margins 14-15 after a tough final.
This is a good result for Sutton and a reminder perhaps how how different tournament is from a club night and a good chance to gain feedback on the encouraging skill development of our younger fencers.
Mens Foil: Charles Benke, Alex Smith.
Gongs: 3rd Place Charles Benke – Mens Foil
We would like to thank Charles Benke and Alex Smith for taking part in the Warwickshire county championship this year in the mens foil category. Alex has only recently started fencing competively and he gained a good result over the weekend. Charles however is an old hand at competitions showed everyone he still has some fire in him, battling to the semi-finals to gain a Bronze for Sutton Coldfield fencing Club. Hopefully this will continue the recent winning streak of silverware that the club has been gaining at regional level following the club’s emphatic victory in Novemeber’s Presidents Cup