BUCS Regional Sabre 2023
Max Callaghan, who has only been fencing for about 18 months, entered the BUCs regional individual men's sabre, intermediate/novice class and won himself a silver medal.
Well done Max.
IV Ciudad De Madrid Cup, men’s epee
Eric Lauga took part in the IV Ciudad De Madrid Cup, men’s epee (male 2 Cat)
Eric fenced extremely well to get a bye in the L64 and then winning his L32 10-7, L16 10-2, L8 10-3 and his semi-final 10-4.
He then had an extremely hard fight in the final against Ludovic Lesne of France and lost 10-6.
Even so what a great result for Eric taking a silver medal in such an international Vets Tournament.
Nico Ignacio wins the 2023 HFC Internal Sabre Tournament
The conclusion of 2023's internal HFC championships with the sabre tournament taking place. The deserved winner was Nico Ignacio!
There were several thrilling bouts throughout the night, Riccardo impressed in the pool, Keith nearly defeated Liz in the L8 (final score 15-14), and likewise Liz nearly stopped Nico taking the crown in the semi-final (score also went to 15-14).
In the end we had a great participation level for all 3 tournaments (entries for epee were 16, foil 20, sabre 11). Thank you all for taking part and ensuring a smooth running of the tournaments, and also to all those who helped to referee - especially Mike who contributed his refereeing skills to each.
Nathan Doherty wins the 2023 HFC Internal Foil Tournament
Thank you to all participants in thursday's foil tournament! I hope everybody enjoyed taking part and showing some competitive spirit across all skill levels. We had 20 entrants and it is quite remarkable we were able to complete a round of pools and all DE's in the 2.5h we had.
The foil tournament was a very interesting affair with entries from fencers who usually prefer sabre and epee and a good level of participation from less experienced fencers too. The result:
1st - Nathan Doherty
2nd - Matt Rowland
=3rd - Riccardo, Josh Coates
Nathan put on a clinical show throughout the evening and did not let up in the final, laying down a dominant final score of 15-4.
Recognition goes to Fred who put in a great performance to finish as best novice taking 11th place.
Eric Lauga wins the 2023 HFC Internal Epee Tournament and takes the Steff Epee Trophy
Thank you to all participants in yesterday's internal epee tournament. It was fantastic to see this small and friendly competition so hotly contested with fencers who do not usually do epee also joining in.
Throughout the evening close matches were fought in the pools and DE. A few upsets were recorded on the pool sheets adding a bit of spice to the DEs.
Semi finals were contested between Eric and Alex, and Matt and Artemis, recording scores of 15-13 and 15-8 respectively pitching Eric vs Matt in the final. Another close battle was fought and eventually Eric took the gold medal by one point, closing the match 15-14.
Congratulations to all, notable results being:
Artemis won his pool and took bronze
Stephen vs Robbo put on a great show in the L16
Max was best placed non-epeeist finishing 10th
Full results attached for anyone who is interested.
The foil tournament is scheduled for 28th September, there is still time to enter for anyone wishing to join in. The current fight for master of arms is between Artemis, Max and Liz with Artemis leading the way.
Leon Paul Summer Open 2023.
We had two members at the Leon Paul Summer Open. Max Tittmus took Bronze. John Prime finished 24th.
Congratulations to Max on his medal this builds on his recent result of 6th at the UK Arm Forces Championships.
Norfolk Open 2023.
We had a number of people from the club across the weekend fencing at Norfolk Open, final places are below:
11th Riccardo Sasso
15th Ali Zghaibe
19th Josh Coates
24th Ian Coates
6th Tracey Coates
2nd place with a silver medal Sam Luckman. Very well done Sam, great result.
5th Eric Lauga
20th Andy Luckman
22nd Julian Williams
Criterium Mondial Veterans 2023.
Eric Lauga travelled to Paris to take part this past weekend in the Criterium Mondial Veterans 2023.
Eric`s epee event was on the Saturday with over 40 entries from many different countries.
Eric got through to the L16 and then only just lost 9-10 and which put him in 12th place, when looking at the entry that was a very good result.
Well done Eric.
Cambridge Open Air 2023.
There were a number of club members at the Cambridge Open Air 2023 , an open air Epee competition. Tim Bissell had a succesfull day coming 6th.
The final placings for other club members was:
Andrew Luckman - 9th
Max Titmuss -12th
Michael Robinson - 20th
Peter Walker - 23rd
Gold at GB Cup 2023.
Nico strikes gold again at the GB Cup over this past weekend.
After winning gold at the Great Yarmouth Invitation epee and then sabre a month ago he has now added to his collection the gold medal in the men`s sabre at the GB cup. This event is a BFA National intermediate competition with fencers throughout the UK qualifying via their regions.
Congratulations and very well done Nico.
Double Gold at Great Yarmouth Invitation Epee and Sabre 2023.
We had two HFC fencers there, Maxim Callaghan and Nico Ignacio.
Although initially, they were only entering the sabre they were persuaded to enter both and make a complete day of fencing as the epee was in the morning and the sabre in the afternoon.
Nico had particular success taking Gold in not only his preferred weapon Sabre but in the Epee also!
Cambridge Leon Paul Junior Series 2023.
We had the first for many years a Cambridge Leon Paul Junior Series taking place at Netherhall School Cambridge.
This was foil only and with U9, U11, U13 and U15 both girls and boys events.
Monty took home a bronze medal coming third in the boys U15 event. Very well done Monty.
Eastern Region Senior Championships 2023.
A number of HFC members took part in the Eastern Region Senior Championships held at Stevenage.
Results as follows:
Men`s Foil –
Nathan Doherty came 2nd taking a Silver Medal.
Riccardo – 10th
Jacques Portal – 11th
Ali Zghaibe -13th
Women`s foil –
Ines Smith – 3rd taking bronze in her first fencing competition.
Men`s epee –
Matt Rowland – came 3rd taking a bronze medal
Tim Bissell – 6th. Highest ranked VET
Peter Walker – 17th
Men`s Sabre –
Nico Ignacio – 5th
Euan Smith – 8th
Congratulations to Nathan, Ines and Matt on their medals!
VET`s 4 Nations Home International 2023.
Over the weekend in Dublin the VET`s 4 Nations Home International was held. Eric Lauga was a member of the England squad, fencing men`s epee.
I am happy to report England won the event. The men`s epee was won by England, so well done Eric.
I also understand one of our ex-members Silvia Brown was part of the England women`s sabre team.
U16 Girls Foil at the Eastern Region BYC qualifiers 2023.
Livi had a successful days fencing in the U16 Girls Foil at the Eastern Region BYC qualifiers taking a bronze medal.
Veterans British Age Group Championships 2023.
Club members had a successful weekend at the Veterans British Age Group Championships with Andy Luckman winning silver in the men's 60+ epee. Also, Eric Laura took bronze in the men`s 40+ epee.
Congratulations to both.
Mercia Novice Open Epee 2023.
Club Armourer Tim Bissell had a successful day and won the competition.
Congratulations on your Gold Medal.
Leon Paul Mixed Pairs Epee Challenge Competition 2023.
Eric Lauga won gold fencing with Georgina Usher in team “BB”.
Congratulations on your Gold Medal.
London Region Winter Intermediate Epee 2023
Alex Zaretsky took the gold medal in the London Region winter intermediate men`s epee competition.
Alex beat Paul Willmott of Northampton club 15-14 in his semi-final and the same score beating Dominik Nawrocki of Egham fencing club. Alex likes to run to the wire with scores like that but he came out on top in each one, well done Alex, congratulations.
The Cambridge Winter Tournament 2023
There were a number of club members taking part at the Cambridge Winter Tournament on the weekend of 7th and 8th January 2023.
Congratulations to all those who fenced and in particular Nico Ignacio for his silver medal.
41st Jacques Portal
50th Josh Coates
51st Ian Coates
2nd Silver medal, Hannah Smyth (Former club member)
7th Tracey Coates
2nd, silver medal, Nico Ignacio
17th Euan Smith
26th Matt Butcher
20th Max Titmus
21st Matt Rowlands
22nd Sam Luckman
25th Andy Luckman
47th Alex Zaretsky
48th Tim Bissell
57th Peter Walker
64th Mike Robinson
The VET`s Guildford International 2023
There were a number of club members taking part at the British Veterans Fencing International at Guildford on the weekend of 7th and 8th January 2023.
Congratulations to all those who fenced and in particular Eric Lauga for his silver medal.
Men`s epee cat 1 - 2nd, Silver medal Eric Lauga
Men`s epee cat 3 - 6th Andy Luckman
Men`s foil, cat 3 - 19th Jacques Portal
Also in attendance were former members Silvia and Andrew Browne who aslo had medal success.
Women`s sabre, cat 4 – 2nd silver medal Silvia Brown
Women`s epee, cat 4 – 3rd bronze medal Silvia Brown
Men`s epee cat 3/4 – 17th Andrew Brown
Ireland/England Veterans Team 2022
On October 27th, 2022, Richard Sage of Huntingdon Fencing Club, took part in the inaugural Ireland / England veterans team fencing match.
Tony Bartlett, John Troiano and Richard Sage fought for England while Gerry Gajadharsingh, Adrian Lee, Philip Lee and Patrick Dight fought in the Irish team.
Founded in 2001 the well-established Pembroke Fencing Club hosted the match in Dublin. The match was a high standard, with Philip being the reigning European Veterans champion, and, at the recent Veterans World Championships in Croatia, John took the bronze medal with Tony 15th and Gerry 21st.
After a hard-fought match the trophy, generously donated by Adrian Lee & Partners, the Asset Management firm based in London and Dublin, was won by the England team. See photo with Richard, 2nd right.
RAF Open 2022
Nico Ignacio was fencing sabre at the RAF Open this past weekend.
Nico didn't drop a single fight in two rounds of poules. He was ranked 2nd overall after the first poules and then joint 3rd after the second round.
Nico entered the DEs with a first-round bye into the round of 16. He fenced against Stefan Leponis of Stockport Sword Club. He started off shaky losing, being 0-4 down. He started to turn the gears in the grey matter to be 8-6 up at the break to then close it out 15-10.
Nico then had the pleasure of fencing (Oskar) Jamie Klein from Cambridge University Fencing Club in the round of 8. He knows Jamie quite well on and off piste therefore for most of the match it was close until we got to 11 all. Nico managed to edge him out in 3 straight hits and finished the bout with his favourite stop cut. 15-11 was the final score.
Going into the semi-final, He had Daniel Twine to fence to who he lost 10-15. Daniel went on to win the event.
Northern Youth Challenge 2022
Monty entered the Northern Youth Challenge in Harrogate on Sunday the 2nd Oct. A small event but some good fencers there.
He fought well in his poule winning 4 of 5. He progressed well through the DE to semi-final where he was up against the person who beat him in the poule. Unfortunately, he still wasn't able to get the better of him but did get a Bronze medal.
CFA County Captains 4 weapon team event 2022
This is a fun competition with each team having 4 fencers:
Each must fence their opposite weapon fencer in the other team, fencing for 10 hits. It’s a relay style match with the team reaching 40 hits first wins.
The teams draw lots at the beginning of each match for the order of weapons, so there is an element of luck but this sets up so great and exciting matches.
HFC had two teams:
Nearly 4 nations - Tracey, Keith, Peter and Euan. Who finished 4th.
The team with no name - Ian C, Josh, Ian W and Livie. Who finished 10th.
BRC “A” grade 2022
On the 3rd Sept was the BRC “A” grade. Monty, Rochelle and Livi all entered.
Monty fenced well in his pool with 2 out of 5 wins against fencers ranked above him. He lost his DE bout and came 37th. Rochelle came 24th and Livi 39th.
Great Yarmouth Invitation Foil 2022
Great Yarmouth Invitation Foil on Sunday 21st August.
Two club members entered, Riccardo and Nico.
Mike Ellis was there as a ref.
It was a good event with a big range of fencing abilities, from novice right through to very good men`s foilist.
There were 4 students from Durham University who were on holiday in the area and entered which increased the level of fencing.
Both Nico and Riccardo made the last 16 but then lost their DE`s.
Nico came 9th and Riccardo 13th. Mike Ellis said
"I did not see Riccardo`s bout but I was the ref for Nico`s bout and it was very fast with many counter-riposte`s, some even going 4th or 5th."
Veterans Commonwealth Fencing Championships – London 2022
The Commonwealth Fencing Championships were hosted at the magnificent SportsDock venue in East London between 9th and 20th August. With competitors from over 12 Commonwealth countries, the competition covered individual and team events for junior, cadet, senior, veterans and para fencers so it was a true festival of fencing.
The East of England region was well represented in the veteran’s category.
The best result was in Men’s Epee with Chris Howser securing a very impressive 3rd place. Stephen Domek was the best of the rest at 13th. Other results in the men’s epee included Andy Luckman from HFC(45th), John Prime (68th), Peter Walker also from HFC (80th) and Andrew Brown (ex-HFC Member) representing Scotland got Gold in his age group. In the Ladies’ Epee Carol Ashman and Olga Carter came 51st and 57th, respectively. Silvia Brown (Ex-HFC Member) finished 45th in age group.
In Men’s Sabre there was also an excellent result for Julian Ghosh who came 8th with Simon Gladwell coming 65th.In the Ladies’ Sabre Tracey Russen was 27th. Silvia Brown finished 2nd in age group.
In Men’s Foil, Keith McWilliams and Richard Sage both from HFC reached the last 32 coming 23rd and 30th, respectively. In Richard’s case losing to the eventual winner. There was also Giles Rhodes who came 35th. Lisa Drage was the sole representative in the Ladies’ Foil and came 38th overall.
Thanks should also go to the organisers for such a wonderful event. With 66 individual and team competitions being held covering junior, cadet, senior, veteran and para categories, this was no small achievement. Some observations from the event:
A formal (and strict!) weapons control was in place and highlighted the need to maintain equipment. This was, perhaps, the most stressful part of the event for those unfamiliar with weapons control.
The standard of presiding was very high with all rounds being overseen by FIE presidents. Rules were strictly applied with red and yellow cards being awarded for various infringements including covering of target in foil. (Juniors/cadets – you have been warned!)
Whilst the event was competitive on the piste, the camaraderie amongst the fencers off the piste was very evident. If you have not taken part in a veteran event before, I would encourage you to do so.
Success at LPJS Foil 2022
Monty, Livi, Rochelle and Kyle all entered the Leon Paul Junior Series (LPJS) foil competition last weekend.
Livi fought really well. Went out in the DE to someone she beat in the poule which annoyed her. It was a tough comp. Well done Livi, always good practice.
Monty did well in the boys under 15 with some of his competitors ranked in the national cadets so it was a high standard and therefore was very pleased to get a medal coming third and picking up a bronze. Great stuff Monty, next a silver or even a gold!!
Rochelle was in the girl's U13 and fought her way to the semi-final but unfortunately lost and took home a bronze medal but that’s still a good result, well done Rochelle. Gold next time!!
Kyle in the boys U11 has improved a lot and got into Tableau of 16, finished 15 out of 30 fencers. Well done Kyle.
Local Fencers Attend European Veterans Fencing Team Championships Hamburg 2022
Veterans fencing is very active in the UK and across the world.
British Veterans Fencing (BVF) promotes and supports fencing for people over 40 years old.
Veterans fencing is split into age categories: Cat 1 (40-49 years old); Cat 2 (50-59 years old); Cat 3 (60-69 years old) and Cat 4 (70+).
Throughout the year BVF holds competitions, either divided into individual age groups or open to all fencers over 40. Certain competitions are used to select fencers to represent Great Britain but there are also smaller open competitions and team events. One thing common to all veteran events is a spirit of camaraderie and inclusivity
From Wednesday 25th May to Sunday 29th May 2022 the European Veterans Fencing Team Championships took place in the magnificent q.beyond Arena, in Hamburg, Germany. Eastern Region fencers Fiona Turnbull (ladies foil and epee), Chris Howser (epee), Andy Luckman (epee) and Richard Sage (non-fencing foil captain) were selected to take part.
From Richard Sage.
As you know I was non-fencing captain in the men’s foil. We beat Germany, Poland, France, Hungary then lost to Italy in the last fight in the finals so came 2nd with silver. But I wasn’t the only HFC club member there. Andy Luckman was in the men’s epee team who came fourth out of a field of 13 countries. A great team result.
If you are over 40 and are interested in knowing more about fencing in the veteran's competitions click here.
England Youth Championships 2022
The past weekend saw hundreds of young fencers descend on Hatfield for the 2022 England Youth Championships.
There was a number of young fencers who fence at HFC compete and below are the results, I hope I have not missed anyone.
Under 13 girls foil – Rochelle, Silver medal 2nd place, Excellent result Rochelle.
Under 15 boys foil – Monty, 12th place, Very well done, good result Monty
Under 15 boys foil – Arran, 22nd place, well done Arran
Under 13 boys foil – Alex, 25th place, well done Alex
Under 15 girls foil – Livie, 26th place, well done Livie
Under 15 girls foil – Jasmine, 27th place, well done Jasmine
Under 11 boys foil – Kyle Leung, 27th place, well done Kyle
These large competitions are never easy for young fencers, nerves can play a big part with so many fencers and people at the event, so I congratulate all our young fencers for entering and doing their very best.
WELL DONE TO ALL
British Youth Championships 2022
This past weekend saw the British Youth Championships (BYC) taking place in Sheffield.
This is the biggest youth competition of the year with well over 1000 young people taking part over 3 days in different age groups, weapons and gender.
For young people to qualify for this event they had to take part in their region's qualifying event and do very well.
The Eastern region was represented in all categories.
We had several members of HFC making the cut and qualifying for the BYC and competing against those who qualified from all the other regions of the UK.
Oscar qualified for the boy's U16 foil.
Oscar Won 4 out of 6 in his Pool and was ranked 30 out of 82. He then had a bye for the first DE.
He lost the third DE bout fencing against the No 3 ranked fencer.
Final position 27th out of 82.
Very well done Oscar
Monty qualified for the boy's U14 foil.
Monty fenced well in his pool and was ranked 49th out of 73 fencers.
He won his first DE bout winning 15-11 to progress to the last 32 but lost 11-15.
Final position 32nd
Very well done Monty
Livie (Olivia) who has only just joined HFC qualified for the girl's U16 foil and came 54th.
Great effort Livie
For all 3 young fencers just to qualify for this national competition is a great result. It is also a daunting experience to attend such a major competition with so many fencers attending.
Well done to all!
Great Yarmouth Epee and Sabre Invitation 2022
Mike (Rob) Robinson entered the men`s epee and came 8th, well done Mike.
Victor (Vlad) one of the ARU fencers that came to the club a few times entered both the men`s epee and sabre
In the men`s epee Vlad came 11th but in the men`s sabre he came 1st, Very well done Vlad.
It was very special for Vlad as his parents were visiting the UK from Romania for a few days and attended the event to see their son take GOLD.
Pictures from event available HERE
Richard Sage helps England to win at Veterans Home Nations International
Richard Sage was part of the men's foil team for England, winning all but one of his fights. This helped England win the men's foil as well as helped England win overall.
The results can be seen in the image.
Exeter Open 2022
Nico Ignacio travelled to Exeter for the Exeter Open this past weekend (Sunday 3rd April).
Nico had entered the men`s sabre.
Nico did very well in his pool, won 5 and lost only 1. That result gave him a bye into the L16.
He was knocked out in the Last 8, losing 15-8. Giving him a final competition position of 6th, see attached.
Good result Nico against some very good men`s sabreurs.
Leon Paul Junior Series 2022
The Leon Paul Junior Series took place on the 26th of March at the Leon Paul Fencing Centre. HFC member Rochelle had a very successful day fishing first in the under 13 girl’s foil. Very well done Rochelle, great result.
Riccardo and Monty also attended the competition entering the boys U15 event. They were 17th and 19th out of 29 after the 2 poules. Riccardo made it to the last 16, but Monty got eliminated.
Eastern Region Individual Championships 2022
The Eastern Region Individual Championships took place on Sunday 27th March 2022 in Stevenage. The club had a number of members entered in four events and the results including 3 medallists are below. Well done to everyone that took part and congratulations to the medallists on their successes.
Women`s foil – Hannah Smyth – SILVER, 2nd place
Men`s sabre – Nico Ignacio, BRONZE, 3rd place
Women`s sabre – Liz Bujor, BRONZE, 3rd place
Jacques Portal and Arran MacLennan took part in the men`s foil.
Cambridgeshire County Sabre 2022
The Cambridgeshire County Sabre took place at HFC on 17th March. The club had four members competing and took three medals as below. Congratulations to the medal winners and all that took part.
Women`s Sabre –
Liz Bujor, GOLD, 1st place
Men`s sabre –
Nico Ignacio, SILVER, 2nd place
Euan Smith, BRONZE, 3rd place
Dan Tozer, 5th place
Cambridgeshire Junior Foil 2022
On the 27th Feb, the Cambridgeshire Fencing Association held a Junior Foil competition at the Stephen Perse School Cambridge.
There were 3 competitions, U11, U14 and U16. Each event was mixed male and female.
There was very good support for the competitions with over 60 entries across the 3 competitions.
Must have one of the biggest turnouts for the county for some time which speaks highly of the interest in fencing with young people in Cambridgeshire.
Huntingdonshire Fencing Club had an interest in a number of young people entering who fence at our club.
In the under 11 competition, Laura came 12th. This was Laura`s first competition, well done Laura.
In the U14 competition, Rochelle Leung came 1st. Rochelle has only just joined HFC. Great performance Rochelle and look forward in seeing you fence more at HFC.
In the same event Monty came 3rd, Monty is also a new member to HFC of about 3 weeks or so. Well done Monty.
In the U 16 competition Riccardo came first, great result Riccardo. Again, Riccardo has recently joined HFC approx. 3 weeks ago.
Aaron came a very creditable 3rd as Aaron has only just returned to fencing after a 3 year layoff due to a change in school. Well done Aaron good result.
Also in the U16 was Grigori who came 9th. This was Grigori`s first competition, well done Grigori.