Bronze All Round for Promising Young Fencers
Eight young King’s Hall fencers recently took part in the 2019 St Dunstan’s Foil and Epee competition, which was held at Millfield School.
In the Under 14 Epee, Maisie Everett was entered into a mixed poole, which means everyone fences each other – both boys and girls. With 15 high intensity fights, performing consistently was critical for any chance of a medal. The Year 8 pupil was fast and ferocious, securing 14 wins out of 15 and placing second overall.
In the Under 13 Girls’ Foil, Ella Francis and Freya Spencer supported each other well, despite having to face each other in the first match of the day. Through to the Direct Elimination and a tough fight to 15 hits, both girls dug deep and battled hard, securing their places in the semi-final. At the end of the competition, both came away with a bronze medal.
The Under 11 Boys’ Foil had a larger field, with Jack Besley supporting Julian Barnes and George Noble in their first competition. Julian rattled off some strong wins in the first and second rounds, dropping only two fights, which placed him in fourth seed overall as the competition entered the Direct Elimination round. Jack and George both managed to secure enough victories to put them through to their first Direct Elimination fight to 15. Julian and George both worked hard, dug deep and showed fierce determination. Due to his tough performance, Jack pulled off a cracking win, finding his form to make it through to the semi-final, where after a strong fight and a great effort, he won a bronze medal.
The Under 9 Boys’ Foil saw the first ever competition for Barnie Gothard, and a second competition for Connor Ewing. Both boys started well, securing two victories in the first round and placing mid table for the Direct Elimination. Barnie was drawn against the number four seed, where he stepped up a gear and won his way through to the semi-finals, where he came away with a well-deserved bronze medal.
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