Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
Members from RFC boasted an impressive haul of silverware from the Hampshire Open this weekend. Verity Hillier won the Ladies Epée, whilst Reading filled the entire podum in the Mens event - Ben Schneider gold, Calum Maynard silver, and Nick Dobie and Alex Sallons both bronze.
Alain Barbasiewicz was awarded the prestigious Epée Club’s Boris Berliand Trophy for the third successive year on Friday evening, followed by winning the Club’s Inns of Court Gold Cup held in London on the Saturday.
Well done to our Ladies team who came third at the senior national championships.
RFC travelled down to SFC for the first ever match between our clubs. RFC fencers were Alain Barbasiewicz, Philippe Barbasiewicz and Jeff Rosenbaum. A poule unique was fought with 5 fencers from SFC, with Reading claiming a resounding victory by winning 13 of 15 bouts contested. A date for the return match is expected in the next few months; check out a picture on our Facebook page.
We had FIFTEEN (!) juniors compete in the age group qualifiers, held at Bradfield College yesterday.
U14 Girls: Hannah Hornby (silver)
U16 Girls: Charlotte Williams (bronze)
U18 Girls: Odette Hornby (bronze), Ashlee Grainger (bronze)
U12 Boys: Gregor Macloed (bronze), Oskar Struger (gold)
U14 Boys: John Scriven (19th), Owen Foulkes (18th), James Radford (11th), Alex Gladen (9th), Matthew Boyer (6th) U16 Boys: Noam Rosenbaum (8th) U18 Boys: Felix Stansfield (5th), Peter Robinson (bronze), Ben Schneider (silver) Full results can be found here.
RFC were victorious in their return match against SEC on 26 February. Will Ross, Dave Hillier, Verity Hillier, Philippe Barbasiewicz and Alain Barbasiewicz competed in a pool unique, winning 52 of the 75 fights they had against the opposition.
A very enjoyable night with some good quality fencing!
Our next match is due to take place on 31 March against Swindon Fencing Club.
We had a successful return match vs Reading Uni Knight with our senior team emerging victorious from their relay match, and our beginners also triumphant from their pool unique. The senior team, winning 45-21, comprised Alain Barbasiewicz, Calum Maynard, and Dave and Verity Hillier. Our novices - Liz Sandford, Mark Foulkes, Andy Smith - won 8 out of the 10 fights contested.