The 5th and final round of the 2021/2022 N Ireland Junior Foil Series was held last Sunday 3rd April in the Sullivan Upper Sports Hall. Fifteen SU fencers took part across 6 of the 7 age group categories.
Mia Morrow was again the lone girl SU representative the U12s. This time she didn't drop a fight all day, winning all her poule fights, all her direct elimination fights and finishing with a 10-6 win in the final. Sam Snoddy had a similar winning run through to the Boys’ U12 final where he met SU teammate Ben Wilson, Ben having just won a close-run semi-final 10-9. In the final Sam took gold, Ben silver, while Adam Sugar finished 6th.
Amelia Penny was another SU fencer to progress through both poule and knock-out stages without losing a fight, taking gold in the final with a 15-9 win over one of her Dublin rivals. There were in total 3 SU fencers in the Girls’ U14s, but unfortunately they were all in the same half of the knock-out tableau. This led to Lois Donald knocking out Phoebe Henderson in the quarter-finals and then Amelia beating Lois in the semis. Lois’s progression to the semis won her a bronze medal, while Phoebe finished 5th. In the Boys’ U14s Noah Currie won all his poule fights to take the No.1 seed position for the knock-out stage, with Lennox Brown making 3rd seed after dropping only one fight. Noah however fell in the quarters in a nail-biting 14-15 defeat. Meanwhile Lennox had a convincing 15-3 quarter-final win to go into the semis, though lost there to the No.1 seed, taking a bronze medal. Noah finished 5th, Tom Woolsey-Jensen 8th, Theo Beggs 9th, Myles Wilkinson 10th and Finnbharr McCracken 11th.
After the poules in the Boys’ U16 event Edward Lilley, the only SU entrant in the category, made 5th seed. He then had a hard fought 13-11 win in the quarter-finals but went out to the No.1 seed in the semis, winning a bronze. Meanwhile Alexandra Ong made the final in the Girls’U16s, but lost, coming away with the silver medal.
Sullivan Overall Series Results
After totalling of points from all 5 NIJFS rounds, Sullivan fencers finished in the following series positions.
This was a record year in terms of junior competition results for SUFC, finishing with 4 SU fencers taking N Ireland fencing championship wins:
Mia Morrow (U12F), Samuel Snoddy (U12M), Amelia Penny (U14F) and Alexandra Ong (U16F).
Also, another 3 SU fencers won 2nd and 3rd place championship trophies
Noah Currie (2nd U14M), Myles Wilkinson (3rd U14M) and Charlie Beimers (3rd U16F).
05 Apr 2022