Issue 41 - 9 May 2016
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Satellite: Trekanten International, Copenhagen

Victories over Abidogun GBR, Sanchez VEN, Persson SWE and Gillman GBR saw David Alexander safely into the tableau as 15th seed. In the L32, he met Christopher Nagle of Australia. A tough bout went right down to the wire, but Alexander was knocked out 15-14.

Conor Nagle got off to a rocky start in the pools, defeating Ericson SWE and Risco PER but suffering four defeats. He progressed to the DEs to face the higher-seeded Poppel SWE, whom Nagle overturned 15-10. His L32 opponent was seventh seed Lim CAN; Nagle engineered his second upset of the day with a 15-11 victory, taking him into the L16. In the quarter-final, he became the second Irishman to be thwarted by Christopher Nagle, falling to his Australian namesake 15-9.

Of 58 fencers, Nagle and Alexander placed 8th and 20th respectively.


Satellite: Leon Paul Cole Cup, London

All four of our Men’s Sabreurs all went out before the L16 at the Cole Cup satellite. 

  • Michalis Kirimlidis scored victories over Aktas TUR and Wrase GER along with narrow losses to Winiger SUI and Ghosh GBR. He was knocked out 15-10 by Mogg GER and finished 19th.
  • Michael Jacob made his international debut today, defeating Notzon SUI and Hilliard GBR. Progressing to the tableau, he lost 15-11 to Wrase GER in the L32 to place 21st at his first satellite.
  • Junior fencer Fionn Flynn was V2D4 in the pools, beating Howes GBR and Novellini ITA. He drew British #5 Jonathan Webb for the first DE, losing 15-7. Flynn finishes 23rd overall.
  • Despite a close match against Mogg GER, Aidan Clarke concluded the pools with no victories and finished 29th.


Satellite: Leon Paul Cole Cup, London

Lucy Johnson faces Ukraine's Anhelina Hoshko in the L16. Photo by DU Fencing.

DUFC fencer Lucy Johnson defeated teammate Camille Hindsgaul (representing Denmark) and British junior #2 Lawson GBR in the pool. Qualifying for the tableau, Johnson drew Geroudet SUI and upset the ninth seed 15-13. In the L16 she faced Hoshko UKR; Johnson was knocked out 15-6, placing a fantastic 16th of 32 fencers at her very first satellite.

Rachel Conner secured a victory over Lancey GBR, but a tough pool featuring three fencers from the British top 10 yielded no other victories. She placed 28th overall.

Next week's fixtures 

As the senior international circuit resumes, no fewer than eight Irish fencers will be flying the flag on the satellite circuit, across all three weapons.

Villa de Madrid World Cup, Madrid (Spain)
Good luck to Aidan Clarke and Michalis Kirimlidis at the Madrid sabre World Cup from Friday. 

St Duje's Cup satellite, Split (Croatia)
Rachel Conner will be back on the piste at the Women's Épée satellite taking place in Split this weekend. Best of luck!


NI Junior Foil Series, Round 6

Well done to all of the fencers who took part in the sixth and final round of the 2015-16 NI Junior Foil Series.
On behalf of the Youth Committee, Fencing Ireland sponsor Adrian Lee presents David White with an award thanking NI Fencing for another fantastic Junior Foil Series.
Round 6 was hosted at Lisburn Racquets Club on Saturday. Medallists were as follows.
U16 Men's Foil
 1st  Daniel Sigurdsson (Grosvenor FC)
 2nd  Luke Wallace (Grosvenor FC)
 3rd  Michael Thompson (Lisburn Gladiators)
 3rd  Robbie Cockburn (Grosvenor FC)
U16 Women's Foil
 1st  Rachel Smyth (Sullivan Upper)
 2nd  Ella Reid (Sullivan Upper)
U14 Men's Foil
 1st  Jonathan Connery (Grosvenor FC)
 2nd  Matthew McKay (Fence Like An Olympian)
 3rd  Rowan Luney (RBAI)
 3rd  Noah Brown (RBAI)
U14 Women's Foil
 1st  Erin Maginn (Sullivan Upper)
 2nd  Sarah Shaw (Hunterhouse College)
 3rd  Catherine McConvey (Fence Like An Olympian)
 3rd  Phoebe McPherson (Sullivan Upper)
U12 Men's Foil
 1st  Claudio Smatrala (Pembroke FC)
 2nd  Matteo Sanvito (Pembroke FC)
 3rd  James Moriarty-Smyth (Pembroke FC)
 3rd  Luke Sherlock (Pembroke FC)
U12 Women's Foil
 1st  Dasha Lee (Pembroke FC)
 2nd  Alice Peardon (Pembroke FC)
 3rd  Rose Carmichael (Fence Like An Olympian)
 3rd  Lou Jacquemin (Fence Like An Olympian)
U10 Mixed Foil
 1st  Jessica Magee (Pembroke FC)
 2nd  Leon Gautier-Loftus (Pembroke FC)
 3rd  Thomas Zeeuw (Pembroke FC)
 3rd  Eoghan Ó hAnluain Fay (Pembroke FC)

Correction: Results of U14 Men's Épée

Apologies to the medallists in the Minor Men's Épée, who were incorrectly identified in last week's Junior Nationals coverage. The statement should have read as follows:

Dario Regazzi (Ravenwood FC) knocked out top seed Steve Donaghy (Grosvenor FC) 15-14 in the minor semi-final. Despite seeding bottom after the pools, Cian Carberry (Fence Fit) upset second seed Andrey Savickis (Ravenwood FC) 15-14 in the quarter-finals, but was denied a place in the final by Paul Hopkins (Ravenwood FC) 15-8 l. Regazzi won the final 15-8.


European Veterans Championships (Team)

The 2016 European Championships are taking place in Medway, Kent. As is usual for the Veteran Europeans, the individual and team events are held in alternate years, with 2016 hosting the team tournament. Each team match uses a 'best of nine' format

The first Irish squad to participate this year was our Men's Épée team in the Grand Veterans (over-60s) division. The Ireland team consisted of Pat Lynch, Tom Rafter, Michael Ryan, and Eric Kemp, who placed 12th overall.

In Women's Épée, the veterans team featured Kathrin Chambers, Marie McGinnity, and Anna Lise Mion. They were knocked out of the main tableau 5-0 by a tough French team, and fenced the Spanish veteran team in their seeding match. The Irish women placed 11th.


Team selected for European Championships

Fencing Ireland is delighted to announce our national team for the 2016 European Championships! This year’s Europeans take place in the Polish city of Torun from 20-25 June. In addition to the individual tournament, we are thrilled to send a Men’s Foil  squad to contest the team championships.

Men’s Épée: Benedict Chambers, Philip Slater
Men’s Foil: David Alexander, Brendan Cusack, Conor Nagle
Men’s Sabre: Aidan Clarke

Victoria Duxbury (Women’s Foil) and Stephen Concannon (Men's Sabre) also qualified for selection but will not be travelling.

End-of-season rankings go live

Following last month's Nationals, the senior end-of-season rankings were posted earlier this week. Unfortunately the Fencing Ireland site is undergoing maintenance at the moment, however we would like to congratulate the fencers who topped the senior, junior, and cadet rankings as of the end of the season.

Senior Rankings 2015/16

Men’s Épée:
Ido Ajzenstadt (Pembroke FC / Hapoel Ashkelon)
Men’s Foil:
Phillip Cripwell (DUFC)
Men’s Sabre:
Stephen Concannon (Salle Dublin)

Women’s Épée:
Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)
Women's Foil:
Joana Ramalho (Pembroke FC)
Women's Sabre:
Beth Taylor (Lisburn Gladiators

Junior Rankings 2015/16

Men’s Épée: 
Philip Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)
Men’s Foil:
Phillip Cripwell (DUFC)
Men’s Sabre:
Fionn Flynn (Salle Dublin / DKIT)

Women’s Épée:
Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)
Women's Foil:
Anna Lee (Pembroke FC)
Women's Sabre:
Beth Taylor (Lisburn Gladiators

Cadet Rankings 2015/16

Men’s Épée: 
Paul Verdon (Grosvenor FC / RBAI)
Men’s Foil:
Paul Verdon (Grosvenor FC / RBAI)
Men’s Sabre:
Ross Patton (Foyle FC)

Women’s Épée:
Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)
Women's Foil:
Charlotte Slater (Lisburn Gladiators)
Women's Sabre:
Beth Taylor (Lisburn Gladiators


23-24 July: Celtic Challenge

Entries are already rolling in for the 2016 Celtic Challenge, to be held at DCU this July. This competition is for fencers aged over 40 from one of the participating Celtic regions. For full details, registration form and current entry list, see our Celtic Challenge webpage!

27-28 August: South of Ireland Open

The 2016-17 National Circuit will kick off with the South of Ireland Open at UCC in Cork.

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