Reading Fencing clubs is always active with competitions against ourseleves and other clubs in the region.
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There were three RFC teams who travelled to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) for the first in another round of club matches.
The RFC fencers were – Chris Smith, Mike Smith, James Radford (RFC A), Rathish Punneli, Niall Maynard, Lewis Jackson (RFC B), Ashlee Grainger, Chris Pyrah, Josh Jackson (RFC C).
There were two rounds of team relay matches, with the RFC teams winning all but one match. RFC A won their final match against RMAS A in a very tight affair by 45-40, where both teams claimed slender leads for the first few bouts, before extending their lead towards the end of the match.
The full results were as follows:
RMAS A v RFC B – lost 45-34 RMAS B v RFC A – won 45-19 RMAS C v RFC C – won 45-24
RMAS A v RFC A – won 45-40 RMAS B v RFC C – won 45-18 RMAS C v RFC B – won 45-34
A return match will be hosted by RFC on 11th July, open to all fencers except those with international experience. If you are interested in fencing, please either email the club or speak to Phil.
Rebecca Mayle won the Women’s Epee in the recent Chichester Open.
Steven Bateman and Niall Maynard finished 28th and 41st respectively in the Men’s Epee.
Well done to all our fencers!
The England Youth Championships (BYCs) took place last weekend in Hatfield, with entrants having qualified by finishing in the top 3 places of the Southern Section championships. There were a couple of RFC fencers in action.
Elizabeth Ryan came 17th in the U11 Girls Epee and Aedyn Pratley was 45th in the U15 Boys Epee. Genevieve Pratley also came 6th in the U11 Girls Sabre.
Well done to all our fencers!
Well done Steve Bateman who is the new Southern Region epee champion. Also competing were Phil Barbasiewicz and Dave Hillier who reached the quarter finals and William Hoodless who went out in the last 32.
RFC’s kit is ready to order via the British Fencing Club Portal.
The direct link you need is: http://www.britishfencingshop.com/reading-fencing-club.html.
The portal means that you can order and pay online for your order whenever you want – with the added benefit that you don’t have to pester me. Please be aware that the supplier needs to order our in copies of our Club logo so, to begin, the first orders may take 2-3 weeks longer than usual but after that they will have a regular turnaround of less than 2 weeks.
A few reminders and news items to bring to your attention as follows:
RFC’s 70th birthday lunch takes place this Sunday (29th April) at Thames Lido in Reading, near the train station. Full details have previously been announced. There is still space if anyone is interested to attend. Please just let us know and also pay a £20 deposit. The club is putting money towards the bar which we are hoping will cover the drinks and mean you need pay no more than the £20.
The next round of matches with the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) will be held in the coming months and are open to any fencer with up to 4 years of experience. An away match will be held on Wednesday 20th June and a home match will take place on Wednesday 11th July. If you are interested, please either speak to Phil on a club night or email us.
The Southern Region Senior Epee & Sabre Championships are taking place on Sunday 20th May in Newbury. Entry details can be found on the SR website.
Our AGM will be held on Wednesday 18th July. As in the past, we will aim to start the AGM promptly at 1930 and finished as soon as we can. If anyone is interested in being elected to a position in the committee, then please remember to submit a Nomination Form beforehand.