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’
Gongs: 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.
Tomas Kazik acquired yet another Gold Gong for himself and Sutton in the Men’s Epee. The man will need a bigger medal cabinet soon. Sadly, Stuart Willis didn’t do so well in the Men’s Foil but this was his first competition and at least he now has a good idea of what it is like to compete and as the only Foilist from Sutton this year, deserves a medal just for turning up!
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:-
Imogen Blakeley (U18 girls)
Oliver Nash (U16 boys)
Ben Crowley (U10 boys)
Liam Reid (U10 boys)
Dinah Tartaglia (U10 girls)
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.
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.
Tomas Kazik started the year off well by coming 6th in the Cambridge Winter Epee Men’s tournament on 2nd January 2016 Total number who entered – 58