Pupils En-Garde at IAPS Fencing Event
King’s Hall fencers gave a good account of themselves when they took part in the Independent Association of Preparatory Schools (IAPS) National Fencing event 2019 at Millfield School recently. For a number of them this was their first ever taste of a competition.
In the girls’ Under 11 Foil, Year 6 pupils Freya Spencer and Ella Francis were up against young fencers who had been competing for over a year, but both managed to secure at least two wins to qualify for the next round.
Courtesy of a bye, Ella secured her place in the last 16, while Freya secured a place in the next round. She fought bravely against the eventual bronze medallist, ending up 15th overall, with Ella claiming 12th place.
In the boys’ Under 11 Foil, Year 5 pupil Jack Besley, in his first competition, showed great promise and excellent technique, winning through to the second round, ending a credible 27th out of a strong field.
In the Under 13 competition, Year 8 pupil Maisie Everett represented the school in both Epee and Foil. In the Epee, seeding third after a great performance in the pools, Maisie was on fire and went on to eventually beat the second seed with a fantastic 10-4 victory to make it to the final, where, after hard fought contest, she lost 10-5. While in Foil, after a shaky start against the number 2 seed, she showed her determination, and although she took control to gain a solid lead, her opponent fought back to win 10-9.
This was a great all-round performance from the King’s Hall fencers, who can feel justly proud of the way they represented themselves and the school.
Published on: Wednesday, June 5, 2019