Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
This is another polite reminder to all fencers that no car parking is allowed in the area immediately outside the sports hall (marked as a yellow no parking zone). The area should be kept clear at all times for emergency use, unless you are just dropping off equipment, after which your vehicle should be moved to the main car park.
Fencers should only park in the main car park. As you can appreciate, RFC wants to maintain a good relationship with the school, especially given we are essentially paying guests, so it is both courteous and proper to respect any conditions attached to our use of the school’s facilities, no matter how small they may seem to you, as these conditions are attached to the club’s continued use of the facilities.
The Southern Region’s GB Cup Qualifiers are being held on Sunday 28 April at St Gabriel’s in Newbury, at all weapons.
A link to the competition entry will be available on the SR website by the end of March at http://southernfencing.org.uk
Please note that whilst you may enter more than weapon for the Qualifiers, if you qualify from SR in two or more weapons then you would only be able to compete in one weapon at the GB Cup itself that is due to be held in Nottingham on Saturday 22 June.
The full entry criteria for the GB Cup can be found at https://www.britishfencing.com/the-gb-cup-2019 but in brief the conditions you need to meet are as follows:
RFC hosted teams from Egham and Morley in a return leg match. The RFC fencers were Steven Bateman, Philippe Barbasiewicz & Ashlee Grainger (RFC A), Lewie Jackson, Eda Onay & Leslie MacDonald (RFC B).
The RFC A team made a strong start, winning their first match against Morley B by 45 hits to 27. In their next match against Morley A, they again proved too strong and won 45-31. In their last match of the evening against Egham, the scores were even at 7-all after the first two bouts, but RFC soon built up a commanding lead to win 43-24.
RFC B had a slow start in the first bout of their match against Egham, but came from 4-3 down to have a lead of 25-18 at the halfway point, eventually winning 45-30. RFC B led strongly from the start of their next match against Morley B, winning 45-36. Their match against Morley A was by far the closest match of the whole evening, with the RFC team maintaining a lead of 5 hits for most of the match and finishing as victors by 45 hits to 42.
Well done to all our fencers.
Surrey University are hosting a 24 hour fencing marathon on Saturday 9th March (10am-10am) in aid of an employability scheme for young adults with the charity Sight For Surrey.
If anyone is interested in fencing (all 3 weapons in action) then any of our members are welcome to attend; the atmosphere is great and as it says above it’s for a good cause.
Another reminder that the club will be closed on Monday 4th February, as shown on our calendar.
Fancy some free practice and a free lunch? A final reminder of our demo at Reading train station next Saturday, 26 January.
We will principally have two activities:
A dedicated piste on which Club members can fence each other, with ongoing commentary by another member. (I’ll also bring my coaching jacket for anyone who wants a free lesson!)
Other members available to talk to members of the public, supervising them play with foam sabres, answering questions, giving out flyers etc.
The demo will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on the station’s main overhead concourse (adjacent to Starbucks).
We will reimburse reasonable travel costs/parking in addition to giving an allowance for lunch.
So far the following have volunteered:
If you can turn up for any or indeed all of the 10am-2pm slot then please let us know as soon as possible so we have an idea of numbers. This is a great opportunity not only for some free practice and food, but also for some much-deserved publicity for our Club and its members!
A total of 8 fencers from RFC (Alain Barbasiewicz, Lewie Jackson, David Hillier, Steven Bateman, Philippe Barbasiewicz, Ashlee Grainger, Niall Maynard, Dan White and William Hoodless) travelled to the Aldershot Open – hosted at the Army’s School of Physical Training – for the first major competition of the new year.
Ashlee Grainger was eliminated in the L32 of the Women’s Epee, losing by just one hit, 15-14, in a closely fought match.
In a field of 77 fencers in the Men’s Epee event, after the first round of pools the RFC fencers were mostly drawn in the same half of the direct elimination draws and so it was inevitable clubmates would need to fence each other.
In the incomplete L128 bouts, Dan White beat his opponent to progress to the L64 where he was then knocked out, whereas Niall Maynard and William Hoodless lost their L128 matches. Lewie Jackson also fell at the L64 stage to clubmate Alain Barbasiewicz.
David Hillier managed to progress as far as the L32, also losing to Alain Barbasiewicz, who then lost a close match in the L16. Alain’s victor then went on to knock out both Philippe Barbasiewicz in the quarter finals and Steven Bateman in the semis respectively, both in extra time by one hit.