Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
A quick reminder that there will be no fencing this coming Monday (19 November) as the hall is unavailable for hire.
On that very note, a final reminder that the Club will also be closed on Monday 17 December for our Christmas meal. At present, however, we have only received deposits for 6 people.
We shall not run the meal with any less than 10 confirmed deposits so, if you would like to go - and after all there will be no fencing that evening - then please let us know, and pay the deposit, no later than end of this Sunday.
The venue is Thames Lido, where we had a fantastic time celebrating the Club’s 70th anniversary earlier in the year, with the added bonus that it is walking (/staggering) distance from Reading train station.
Full details about the evening, including how to pay, are in the News section of the website.
A total of 5 fencers from RFC travelled to Newbury for the 2018/19 SR Epee Senior Championships yesterday.
In the Women’s Epee event, Ashlee Grainger finished the event in 5th place.
In the Men’s Epee event, both Phil Barbasiewicz and Steve Bateman performed well in the two rounds of poules, being seeded 1st and 6th respectively. Jeff Rosenbaum and Matteo Bozzola (the latter having only been fencing for less than 6 months) were knocked out in the last 16.
Steve Bateman – the defending champion – was knocked out in a close match with the eventual runner-up at the quarter finals stage, whilst Phil Barbasiewicz was able to fight his way through some close matches to win the title 15-13 and maintain RFC’s hold on the trophy.
Well done to all our fencers.
Entries are now open for this event via the Sport80 portal, both for the age group (U12, U14, U16 & U18) and senior categories.
As a reminder, the competition takes place on Sunday 4th November 2018. The latest check-in time for all the epee events is 0930 and 1400 for all the sabre events.
The venue is Magdalen College, Waynflete Avenue, Brackley, NN13 6FB.
A team of 4 fencers from RFC (Alain Barbasiewicz, Lewie Jackson, Veronika Rogers and George Swain) travelled to Egham Fencing Club for a three-way match with Egham and Morley last Friday.
The RFC team included fencers who had only been fencing less than 6 months but there was a solid performance overall, with the RFC team winning two out of three matches.
RFC won their first match against Egham ‘B’ 45-30, before losing a tight match with Egham ‘A’ 40-45. RFC finished the evening with a 45-31 victory over Morley ‘A’.
A return match will be organized in the early New Year.
Well done to all our fencers.
RFC’s 2018 Christmas Dinner will take place on Monday 17th December at the Thames Lido restaurant, starting at 1930.
The address of the venue is shown below. Please note there is no car parking available at the venue, but there are car parks nearby. The venue is a less than 10 minute walk from the train station.
Thames Lido Napier Road Reading RG1 8FR
If you would like to attend, then you need to take pay a £15 deposit to RFC by Wednesday 14th November (see our website for details on how to pay). This will be deducted from the bill on the night. Your place is not confirmed without a full deposit. As in the past, RFC will make a contribution towards the dinner.
Please also let us know if you have any special dietary requirements, so we can pass this onto the restaurant. You can view the current menus on the Thames Lido website, but please note their menus change regularly, so whatever dishes are served at present will not necessarily be available at our dinner.
If for any reason you need to cancel, you must let us know by no later than Wednesday 14th November and you will get your deposit back, otherwise you will lose your deposit (as the restaurant will not refund deposits from that point).
Anyone wanting a place after this date is subject to the restaurant accommodating any extra people to our booking.
Please note if you try to turn up on the night without booking in advance, we cannot guarantee you a place.
Some upcoming local adult (over 13) competitions. All friendly and have been won by Reading fencers before.
The Hampshire Open 29/9/2018
The Bedford Open 7/10/18
Southern Region Championships 28/10/2018 website no updated yet
The Sussex Open 3/11/2018
The Berks, Buck and Oxon County Championship 4/11/2018 website not updated yet
All of these will require you to join British Fencing as a compete member
Sunday 2nd September 2018 10am - approx 4pm.
Adult (over 16yrs) Social Development Day including Buffet Lunch and fun Competition in Memory of Joan Mason who recently passed away. Entry available soon on Southern’s website.
To be held at St Gabriel’s School, Newbury, there will be a little light training in the morning, following lunch a fun competition for all weapons, wine for winners. Cost £18 including lunch.
David Lichfield will be around to PAT test club/regional kit and will be happy to help with any armoury questions.
FOR U16s - There will be a traditional Development Day on Sunday 23rd September with referee L1 training and an armoury course (Details to follow later), again at St Gabriel’s.