Issue 24 - 12 January 2016
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+ FIE Satellite: SAF Pokalen & Rehbinder Prize, Stockholm (Sweden)

Fencing on Saturday, Benedict Chambers was V4D2 in the seeding pool with victories over Svensson SWE, Jouffray FRA, Torven SWE and Heikkari FIN.  Geoffrey Corcoran (QUB) was also V4D2, beating Strom SWE, Vassallo ITA, Skold SWE and Rosenberg SWE. Both seeded well inside the top half and progressed with byes into the L64.

Chambers was knocked out 15-11 by Schmid AUT, finishing 44th of 104 fencers. Corcoran lost to Kimfors SWE in the same round to place 47th.

Rachel Conner (Laszlo's Fencing) made her debut at world level at the Rehbinder Prize. She defeated Lindgren SWE and Lejon SWE in the first pool and Wesslen SWE in the second. Unfortunately Conner was the first fencer to miss the cut for the tableau, and placed 51st of 67 fencers.
Image: Rolf Skuncke


+ FIE Satellite: Leon Paul Cup, London (UK)

David Alexander placed 14th at the Leon Paul Cup. A strong start to the day included victories over Servello ARG, Vinluan PHI, Zarettsky ISR and Mosiello ITA and a place in the tableau.

Alexander scored decisive victories over Ou TPE and Egyenes Porsok SVK in the opening rounds, before earning a place in the L16 with a 15-12 upset of Kuceba LAT. In the L16 Alexander faced Benjamin Kleibrink GER. Former Olympic champion Kleibrink, who also won Olympic bronze with the German team in London for years ago, progressed 14-5.

Brendan Cusack also performed well in the opening round, defeating Mindelof SWE, Di Martino ITA, Orszynski POL, and Scavasin BRA. He was overturned by Blumentals LAT in the L128 and placed 73rd.

Conor Nagle was V3D3 having beaten Wohlgemuth AUT, Archer GBR and Koren ISR in the pool. He also progressed to the DEs, but was knocked out in the L128 by Min Chen of China. Nagle finished 92nd.

Gavin Williams and Phillip Cripwell were eliminated after the pool and finished 151st and 159th respectively.


+ FIE Satellite: Istanbul, Turkey

Aidan Clarke and Stephen Concannon contested the Istanbul satellite on Sunday. Full results are still awaited pending finalisation by the FIE.

This weekend's fixtures


2016's World Cup season gets underway in foil. Victoria Duxbury will be fencing at the top level at Artus Court WC in Gdansk, Poland, while David Alexander and Brendan Cusack will be representing Ireland at the Challenge Internationale de Paris WC. Results from Paris will be streamed live via the event website from Friday, while a link from Gdansk is awaited.


Junior fencer Kerrie Johnson continues her Junior World Cup campaign at the Tournoi de la Ville de Dijon. Results will be posted throughout the day via the ASPTT Dijon website.


Ross Patton will return to the European Cadet Circuit in Mödling, Austria. Full results will stream live on the FUM website on Saturday.

+ Junior World Cup: Eden Cup, London

Our top junior, Phillip Cripwell (DUFC) contested the Eden Cup JWC in London on Saturday. Cripwell registered victories over De Greef BEL and Taponen FIN, as well as close matches against Monnet GBR and Sanguino POR and qualified for the DEs. He was knocked out by British #3 Rajan Rai and finished 84th of 124.



+ European Cadet Circuit: Wawel Dragon Trophy, Krakow (Poland)

Paul Verdon and Charlotte Slater, both #1 in the national cadet rankings, fenced at the Wawel Épée Trophy in Krakow.

Paul Verdon (Grosvenor FC/RBAI) fenced yesterday, defeating Thomee BEL and Petre ROU and easily making the cut. He was knocked out by Paysan FRA and came 139th of 203 fencers.  Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators) had a victory over Buschini ITA in the pool and placed 131st of 158 épéeists.

British Fencing to host 6W event in U14 Series

The European Fencing Confederation (which runs the existing Cadet Circuit) is piloting a new series aimed at U14 fencers i.e. those born in 2002, 2003 or 2004. On 20-21 February, the series will come to Chichester in the south of England.

If you'd like to fly the flag for Ireland at this event, full details and entry have now been posted by British FencingThis event will not require 800N gear, and all blades will be acceptable.

Scottish Open

There was a strong Irish contingent in attendance at this year's Scottish Open in Edinburgh.

In foil, Victoria Duxbury and Anna Lee both finished V3D2 after the pools. Duxbury defeated Mhairi McLaughlin of Salle Holyrood in the L16 by a four-point margin, but was knocked out by Edinburgh clubmate Katie Smith 15-13. 

Junior fencer Lee (Pembroke) eliminated Zoe Sudderick 13-12 to earn her place in the quarter-final, but her medal hopes were dashed 15-9 by Ruth Clarke, who went on to win silver.

Fencing in the men's event, Philip Lee (Pembroke) had a troubled start to the day with a V1D4 finish in the pools, but engineered a 15-7 upset against 8th seed Oskar Leimkuhler (St Andrews University) in the L32. He went on to lose 15-13 to Salle Holyrood's Comrie Saville-Ferguson in the L16.

Northern Ireland épéeist Sarah Cheung (Glasgow West End) placed 17th, after V2D3 in the pools and a tough first-round match against Jagoda Marzejewska of Salle Ossian.

Review of Winter Blade 2015
Following concerns raised by participants regarding the Winter Blade, which took place in Dublin on 12 December, the IFF committee has concluded that this event will not be eligible for inclusion on the rankings at Men's and Women's Épée. This is due to technical issues in DT which meant that the event did not proceed according to a standard format. 

The IFF appreciates that this will be unwelcome news for fencers who took part, however it is in the interests of all of Irish fencing that our national rankings remain fair and reflective (due to its impact on seeding and selection).

In this particular case, fencers were seeded at random at the outset of the tournament, resulting in very unbalanced pools, and this had a knock-on effect for the entire competition. The precedent for such situations is for the event to be moved down one weighting tier, which in this instance removes the event from the rankings.

Next Steps
To help eliminate misunderstandings around format and procedures, we will shortly be publishing a handbook for prospective tournament organisers. We also aim to provide formal DT training later in the season to ensure our clubs feel empowered to run ranked events with confidence.

It is our hope that next year's Winter Blade will proceed successfully and return to the rankings at Tier C, with the full support of the fencing community. Once again, the IFF wishes to congratulate the winners of this year's Winter Blade on their performances on the day. 

Referees needed for Excalibur Cup

The second competition of the Pembroke youth series will be taking place on Saturday, 30 January. Pembroke FC would like to invite referees, particularly in foil, to help make the event a success. If available to help, please contact

Thanks: "Have you ever wished your school had fencing?"

Thank you to all who responded to our December campaign, which has resulted in very valuable leads in the Dublin area. We are currently in negotiations to set up a new club in addition to our schools programme. Stay tuned for full details in the coming weeks!

16 January: NI Junior Foil Series, Round 3

The third instalment of the NIJFS takes place on Sunday 16 January at Sullivan School, Holywood, Co. Antrim. Age categories range from U10 to U16.

23-24 January: Northern Ireland Open

NI Fencing's flagship event, the NI Open, takes place at Grosvenor Grammar School in Belfast. This is the fourth event on the IFF National Circuit.

Saturday: Men's Foil, Women's Foil, Women's Sabre
Sunday: Men's Épée, Women's Épée, Men's Sabre

Online entry is available via the NI Fencing website. Alternatively, entry forms may be downloaded here and forwarded either by post or via email to .

30 January: Excalibur Cup

The Pembroke youth series returns to Loreto Abbey, Dalkey on Saturday 30 January for the Excalibur Cup. Age-group events in foil and épée will be contested from U7 to Junior (U20) level.

Foil: U7, U9, U11, U13, U15, Cadets (U17), Juniors (U20)
Épée: U13, U15, Juniors (U20)

Entry forms may be downloaded here.

30-31 January: Prof. Duffy Memorial Team Épée

The Duffy Memorial Team Épée, held in honour of DUFC's late Maître d'Armes Prof. P.J. Duffy, will take place over the weekend of 30-31 January. Online entry is now open.

Saturday: Men's Épée
Sunday: Women's Épée

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