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Fencing: Sullivan at Round 3 of the N Ireland Junior Foil Series

Last Sunday 5th March it was Sullivan’s turn to host a round of the 2022/23 NI Junior Foil Series. This was Round 3 and had 19 SU fencers competing across U12, U14 and U16 age groups. Six medals were won by SU fencers in total, 1 gold and 5 bronze.


Elijah Kelly, Thomas Morrow and Hugo Hazle were the SU entrants to the boys’ U12s. Elijah won 3 from 5 in his poule, then in the knock-out stage defeated clubmate Hugo in the quarter-finals to go through to the semis where he put up a good fight, but lost 7-10 to finish with a bronze medal. Thomas and Hugo both went out in their quarter-final fights to finish 5th and 6th. There were no U12 girl entrants.


There were 3 SU girls competing in the girls’ U14s, Cassidy Ogle, Lois Donald and Erin Keough. After taking 3 wins from 5 in her poule, Cassidy defeated clubmate Lois in the quarter-finals, but was then beaten in the semis, finishing in third place. Lois was 5th, while Erin lost to the eventual gold medallist in the quarters, finishing 6th.

In the boys’ U14s Sam Snoddy won 3 out of his 4 poule fights, but lost his quarter-final fight to end up just outside the medals in 5th place. Positions 9 to 15 were all taken by SU fencers: Tom Woolsey-Jensen, Rohan Nair, Adam Sugar, Thomas Gillespie, Ethan Dilworth, Riley Brown and Robin Tolerton.


Amelia Penny took a convincing 15-4 victory in the final of the girls’ U16s to take the points lead in the U16F age group rankings, while Alexandra Ong’s semi-final finish earned her bronze and 3rd place in the U16F rankings table.

In the boys’ U16s both Noah Currie and Myles Wilkinson won through to the semi-finals, Noah having knocked out clubmate Lennox Brown in the quarters. Both however went out at this stage to finish joint 3rd. Lennox finished 6th.

This was another great competition turn-out of Sullivan fencers, with a great set of results. Well done to all 19, and thanks to SU senior fencers Victoria Morris and Alexander Penny who attended the event as a fight referees.

Round 4 of the NIJFS will be on Sun 26th Mar 2023 in the Sullivan Upper Sports Hall.

David White

SUFC Coach

7 Mar 2023


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