Twenty Sullivan fencers took part in the 2nd round of the 2022/2023 N Ireland Junior Foil Series held last Sunday 5th February in RBAI in Belfast. Four of these were year 8s taking part in their first fencing competition: Elijah Kelly, Hugo Hazle, Rebecca Horner and Robin Tolerton.
Year 8 Elijah Kelly had an amazing start to competitive fencing, winning 3 out of his 4 poule fights, then winning through to the semi-finals to take a bronze medal. Thomas Morrow made the quarter-finals, finishing 8th, with Hugo Hazle ending up just outside the last 8 in 9th place. There were no SU U12 girls entered.
In the girls’ U14s, after knocking out SU clubmate Phoebe Henderson, Cassidy Ogle made the semi-finals but was beaten there to finish 3rd and take a bronze medal. Lois Donald, Phoebe, Erin Keogh and Rebecca Horner filled places 5th to 8th respectively. Tom Woolsey-Jensen was the highest placed of the 9 SU fencers in the U14 boys’ category, making the quarter-finals to finish 8th. Rohan Nair and Theo Beggs finished just outside the last 8 in 9th and 10th, while Adam Sugar, Riley Browne, Ethan Dilworth and Robin Tolerton also made the last 16 in 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th. Patrick John and Thomas Gillespie finished 17th and 18th.
Girls and boys were combined for the U16s and Amelia Penny, as the 2nd highest finishing girl in 9th place, took the U16 Girls’ silver medal. Noah Currie and Lennox Brown won bronze medals for joint 3rd, both having made the semi-finals, while Myles Wilkinson placed 11th.
A great turn-out of SU fencers at this competition, with some excellent results. Well done to all 20, and thanks to one of our senior fencers, Alexander Penny who attended the event as a fight referee.
Round 3 of the NIJFS will be held on Sun 5th March 2023 in the Sullivan Upper Sports Hall.
7 Feb 2022