Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
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.
A return match against Egham and Morley will be hosted by RFC on Wednesday 27 February 2019. Fencing will start at 1930.
This is open to all fencers and if you are interested in this, please either email us or speak to Phil at the club.
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.