Winter Tournament 2007:
foil novice reports
by Sara Spence
competition has been running since 1998 and attendance increases year
with entries for 2007 standing at 61 for men’s foil and 29 for women’s
foil. While the male foilists had a
check-in which closed at 9.30am
- necessitating a 6am
start for some competitors - the women’s foil start time had a slightly
chivalrous air of 11.30am.
It was the
first individual competition for Coen Louwarts, Richard Devonshire,
Burgh and Sara Spence and with the advertised format being two rounds
followed by direct elimination with no one eliminated from the poules,
promised to be - interesting. (For
‘interesting’, read ‘very tiring indeed’.)
being determined to give no quarter, experience won out over novice
and all foilists went out in the DE first rounds, excepting Anthony
who placed a creditable 27th overall.
Highlight of the day:
Anthony’s strong performance in his second DE
against an opponent who went on to be placed second overall.
Injury of the day:
He shall remain nameless but someone forgot
their allen key from their back pocket. Which would not have been a
he hadn’t taken a fall. You know who you
Most revolting food of the day
Fig rolls. Sara,
you should be
ashamed of yourself.
Shock of the day
Being expected to referee.
as all novice fencers are still alive and kicking, we obviously didn’t
bad a job. May fencers with clean, clear bladework be forever blessed...
The venue was good and the event was smoothly
managed with no long
waits in between bouts. The only problem for us was that we found it a
difficult to support each other when we were not fencing as the pistes
spread out over three rooms. (The organizers said something about
the male foilists into the main sports hall, locking the door and
to fight it out amongst themselves. The
women foilists, of course, were trusted to behave themselves in the
The atmosphere was
friendly and people were approachable, making this
event a good novice entry-level tournament; The organizers were helpful
efficient, there was an armoury stand, Leon Paul had an equipment stand
cake and bacon rolls were freely available.
What else could you want? More info at
Slough Open, 4
February 07: Women's Foil
A field of 58 including 45 of the
UK top 100. After a slow start, the completion got underway and the
poules progressed fairly quickly. I was lucky to draw a kind
poule consisting of UK ranked 4, 25, 67 and 111. Generous
behaviour on the part of 4 and 25 who undertook most of the
reffing left the less experienced fencers to concentrate on
fighting it out amongst themselves.
I won against 67 and
111 , but was completely overwhelmed by 4 and 25, which meant she came
out of the poule in joint 34th position. Lack of focus and experience
and an inexplicable lapse of memory (I can't remember the score but
thinks it was 9/14) meant that I went out in her first DE
round which eventually timed out.
The current result table
puts me at 38 overall but the results table could change as a
fencer was black carded.
Surreal experience of the day:
Arriving half asleep and simultaneously seeing exactly the same
dog at dozen points in and around the leisure centre. A relief to
finally understand that the leisure centre was hosting both a
fencing tournament and a bearded collie best in breed show.
by Adam Steiner
Cambridge Winter tournament
Four brave Gadaski men gathered enough enthusiasm to make it
to the first competition of
2007. Adeel Iqbal performed spectacularly well, finishing 11th of
64 entries, a result he could only describe as "lovely jubbly".
The remainder of the men failed to shake off the Christmas cobwebs and
were hit many times on their slightly enlarged bellies. Dumi
has pledged to work off the effect of the mince pies and chocolate
consumption over the holiday season and we are expecting great things
at the Aldershot and Slough Opens.
Aldershot Open is organized by the
British Army and has become quite a big event over the last two years
having added a women's event to the traditionally men only
We sent two men; Adam finished 37th. Neither
felt compelled to sign up for desert fighting at the recruitment
Getting up unreasonably early on Sunday
morning to go to Slough may not be the world's best idea, but
nonetheless Gadaski entered three men and a lady into this year's
competition. Slough is one of the tougher competitions of the
year so it was nice that they decided not to cut anyone from the
DE. Rachel employed great tactics to make the last 32, a
result which will see her jump up the rankings. Shakespeare also
performed very strongly, coming in 48th.
again we would like to encourage any budding competitors, particularly
ladies, to speak to captains: Adam, Rachel or Sara about
Most of the competitions are listed in the calendar available on
Fencing Association website.
should be here but our sabreurs are more interested in drawing
cartoons... look further down!.