Shrewsbury School

Success in the Public Schools' Fencing Championships 2013

Monday 1 April 2013

This year, we had 12 pupils competing in the national Public Schools' Fencing Championships, which took place just after the end of the Lent Term at Crystal Palace.  The event attracted 1,392 fencers from schools throughout the UK, with competitors travelling from as far afield as Northern Ireland, Scotland and the Channel Islands.  Competitions were held in all three weapons – foil, epée and sabre – for boys and girls, at three age group levels.

The full report follows from coaches Ken and Andrew Holding, but the highlights were Marco Lee's fifth place in the Junior Foil, and Arthur Cheng's tenth place in the Senior Epée.

In the junior foil event Marco Lee finished in fifth place, losing out to the silver medallist Stewart in the quarter finals, after being ranked in first place throughout the preliminary rounds.  In the same event Ross Viljoen finished in a respectable 28th place.

In the senior foil, Harry Cox and Jack Viljoen both reached the last 64.

Lucy Petch finished in 26th place in the girls senior foil – her first major competition, paving the way for more of our girls to compete next year.

Junior epée saw an incredible 47th place for Elvis Mak who did so well in such a strong field of fencers.
Arthur Cheng fenced brilliantly all day in the senior epée and achieved a well deserved 10th place much above what was expected; the past year has seen his fencing improve dramatically with well-timed counter attacks being his forte.  In the same event Charlie Godman missed reaching the last 16 losing just 13-12 against Tidmarch in a most thrilling and nail-biting fight.

In the senior sabre all five of our boys – Harry Cox, Jack Viljoen, Arthur Cheng, Jonty Small and Charlie Godman – reached the last 32 which shows the strength in depth of our sabre squad. Three of our boys missed the last 16 by only the odd hit.

In the junior sabre we did, however, have a last 16 fencer with Ross Viljoen finishing in 15th place and was very unlucky not to have reached the last 8. A excellent day’s fencing from Ross.

Overall an outstanding performance from all of the fencers who took part;  with thanks to all of the support staff who helped  make it happen, and special thanks to O.B.  Chris Williams for coming to help us in our time of need.

Ken/Andrew  Holding
www.wrekinsword.co.uk

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