London Fencing Club
April 2013 Newsletter, No 49
  Tournaments • Club Championships Coaching time table

Tournaments round upLondon Team

The 2012/13 fencing season kicked off to a great start for London fencing club.

Kicking things off, Adam Steiner finished an impressive 3rd place at the Cambridge Winter Open. Starting as the 10th seed after the poules he had a fairly comfortable journey until coming up against the experienced David Lowe in the L8, narrowly beating him 15/14. Unfortunately, Adams hopes of reaching the final where dashed in the Semi’s by the eventual Winner.

Next was to mark the return of Adeel Iqbal who has kept away from the Individual Fencing circuit for some time and choosing to focus on team events. He kicked off his season competing at the Slough Open, but was knocked out by the number 1 seed finishing 23rd out of 120. Next he competed at the Hampshire open, this time finishing 2nd. It was a gruelling day of two rounds of poules and some closely fought DE bouts one of which was against the Current 2012 British Champion and the defending champion of the Hampshire Open, beating him 15/14 in the Semi-final. Unfortunately, he was defeated by a Hungarian International in the final.

Our next medallist was Matilde Casaglia. Matilde (pictured) impressively took the silver at the Birmingham International ahead of a very strong field that saw her cause a few upsets on her way to the final. Unfortunately and although having put in a valiant effort she was defeated by the British No.6 in the final.

In great performance, Alessia Dalla Pria won her first ever Open in Britain at the Invicta tournament held in Canterbury. She Put in a dominating performance throughout the day, defeating many strong opponents . She totally outclassed the British number 10 in the final who was unable to penetrate her defence. The spectators were treated to a master class demonstration by Alessia of well prepared attacks.

Congratulations to all our fencers!

If you're interested in attending competitions, all you need to do is to get a full set of kit, BFA membership and have a look at the competitions' calendar on the BFA website. There are plenty of competitions open to everyone and sometimes there are also special competitions for novices. Please talk to our senior fencers for more guidance.

Coaching time table

For the epeeists attending on Thursdays at Finsbury centre. From this week this session will have an extra coach, Eszter, who is available for lessons from 7 pm.

The online lessons booking system will soon be updated. So do not be surprised if you'll see some new features, and please be patient and forgiving encountering any hick ups. It's IT!

As usual the there won't be training during May Bank holidays. Monday fencers are welcome to attend any other session  instead.

Club Championships

The annual tournament is scheduled for Saturday, 6 July, 12 am - 5 pm. Please make a note in your diary! All weapons welcome and the exact schedule is to follow shortly.

 Tim Gadaski
newsletter editor

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