Eighteen Sullivan fencers took part in the 4th and penultimate round of the 2021/2022 N Ireland Junior Foil Series held last Saturday 12th March in the Sullivan Upper Sports Hall.
Mia Morrow was the lone SU fencer in the Girls’ U12s. After winning half of her 6 poule fights, Mia then fought her way through to the final where she lost to the No.1 seed to take the silver medal. There were 2 SU fencers in the Boys’ U12s: Ben Wilson, who was seeded 3rd after the poule stage and Sam Snoddy, who was seeded 4th. Ben fell at the quarter-finals, finishing 5th,while Sam battled his way through to the final to defeat the No.2 seed 10-8 and take the gold medal.
After the poule stage in the U14 Girls’ age group, Amelia Penny was top seed, having won all of her poule fights, while Cassidy Ogle, Victoria Meharg and Phoebe Henderson finished the poule stage with seedings of 4th, 5th and 6th. In the quarter-finals Phoebe went out, while Cassidy met Victoria, defeating her in a close fight 15-14. Cassidy was then knocked out by Amelia in the semis, earning Cassidy a bronze medal and Amelia a place in the final. Amelia then lost in the final to her constant Dublin based rival to take silver. The Boys’ U14s was very much a Sullivan affair, with 9 of the 13 entrants coming from SU. Myles Wilkinson was the highest placed of the 9 taking the silver medal, with Noah Currie right behind him with a bronze medal win. The other SU placings were: Fionnbharr McCracken 5th, Lennox Brown 6th, Rohan Nair 8th, Tom Woolsey-Jensen 9th, Theo Beggs 10th, Joshua Walker 12th and Rory Lowry 13th.
Charlie and Alexandra again met in the U16 Girls’semi-finals, with Charlie going through to the final and Alexandra taking a bronze medal. Charlie then lost 14-15 in a nail biting final to end up with the silver medal. SUFC had no entrants to the U16 Boys competition.
Only one more round remains in this year’s series and will take place on 3rd April in the SU Sports Hall. In the current points rankings going into the last round, SUFC fencers lead 4 of the 7 NIJFS age groups. Sam Snoddy leads the U12 Boys age group, Mia Morrow the U12 Girls, Amelia Penny the U14 Girls and Alexandra Ong the U16 Girls (SU has no U10 entrants).
Round 4 saw a great turn-out from SUFC and another excellent set of results. Well done to all 18 SU fencers, and thanks again to senior fencers Izzy Evans, Alexander Penny and Victoria Morris, who attended the event as fight referees.
09 Feb 2022