Sixteen Sullivan Upper Fencers took part in Round 3 of the NI Junior Foil Series, held last Saturday 12 January 2019 in the Sullivan Sports Hall. A total of 7 medals were won by SUFC fencers from across 5 different age group categories.
With the winner of Round 2 out with a broken wrist (SU’s Sophia Cahill), year 8 Alexandra Ong, in her first competition, was left as the only Sullivan entrant in this category. She won all her poule fights and made the final, finishing with the silver medal.
There were 3 SU fencers in this age group. Charlie Beimers and Grace Houston were knocked out in the quarter-finals to finish 6th and 7th, while Alex Atkinson made the semis, but was beaten 10-15 by the eventual winner to take bronze.
In this, probably the toughest of the competition categories, Arnav Arava finished just outside the medals in 5th place, while Alexander Penny and Adam Caldwell both also made the quarter-finals, finishing 7th and 8th. Positions 9 to 12 were all filled by SU fencers: Cameron Kitchen, Keir Murray, Finn Neely and Edward Lilley (in his first competition).
SU dominance continued in this age group, with Victoria Morris winning her third successive gold medal and Izzy Evans taking her 2nd silver in a repeat of the final of Round 2. This time the beaten semi-finalists and joint bronze medal winners were Angharad King and Rachel McKillen.
Cormac Kitchen won his 3rd consecutive bronze medal in the U16s, his competition consistency carrying him to Number 1 in the rankings at this, the half-way point in the season.
Round 4 takes place on Sunday 3 February 2019 in the Queen’s Leisure Centre in Holywood.