News Archive for 2016

13th December 2016

British Academy of Fencing Certification

Participants of the last beginners course, along learning and practicing the techniques of foil fencing, applied themselves to learning some theory, thereby satisfying the requirements of the British Academy of Fencing for certification.

Charlotte Heap proudly receiving her Bronze Certificate from club Chairman, Paul Halliday

Anyone interested in the BAF awards should see Tim Noble, who can supply study guides and further information.

27th November 2016

Yorkshire Youth League - November Leg

... Even more medal success for Bradford Fencing Club!

Sam Amos continued his quest for Gold in the U16 sabre and had some good fights against good sabreurs, but again came up short losing the final to his nemesis, Isaac Bull. So he returns home with another silver medal round his neck, with stiffened resolve to go one better next time.

He won't have long to wait as the YYL 2017 Series has already been announced ... with the first being in January.

Yorkshire Youth League Medals
Sam Amos with Silver Medal (Left) U16 Sabre

... and another medal, this time in foil.

Vyon Gera pulled an impressive display, his efforts rewarded with a bronze medal in this being his first competition! By the look on his face he is far from happy to stop there and so we can expect him to be pushing himself to greater heights in 2017.

Yorkshire Youth League Medals
Vyom Geras with Bronze Medal (Right) U14 Foil

2nd October 2016

Yorkshire Youth League - Leg 3 Burntwood Sword

... More Medal Success for Bradford Fencing Club

Sam Amos is an old hand at this fencing competition lark, and at Ackworth School recently added to his collection of medals in the Yorkshire Youth League under 16 sabre. So now he has another bronze to add to his bronze and two silvers. His quest for gold goes on.

Upstaging him was Alice Kukurozovic in her first competition. She entered the girls under 16 foil and won her first fencing medal, a gold!

This is their reward for consistent and regular attendance at club nights since they started fencing in the beginners classes at Thornton Recreation Centre. Sam has been a regular since before 2011 and Alice is always among the first to arrive and start getting kit out. She first appeared hiding beneath her baseball cap in January 2015 and has increased in confidence and skill (and aggression!) since.

So, please forgive the medal headline. Alas, “polite, committed young fencers are enjoying their sport” attracts less attention than “medal success” but be assured that success at Bradford Fencing Club is not measured in success, but in enthusiasm and enjoyment ... so come and join in and develop, in friendly competition.

Yorkshire Youth League Medals
Sam Amos with another Bronze Medal (Front) & Alice Kukurozovic with her Gold Medal (Behind)

24th-25th September 2016

British Veterans Winton Cup

Bradford Fencers en garde for Yorkshire

This year the Yorkshire team at the Veterans Winton Cup regional fencing competition had not one, but two Bradford fencers in its ranks!

As well as Tim Noble, in his fourth Vets Winton, was a very proud Paul Halliday and they can both claim to have made a positive contribution to Yorkshire's fifth place overall, Paul in the men's foil team and Tim in the men's sabre.

Although the competition is for over-forties, there are world champions amongst those fencing, and the action is keenly fought ... “It was a real privilege to represent Yorkshire” said Paul.

Men's Foil - Bradford's Paul Halliday (Right), Captain Nick Stokes (Center) & Colin Goodwin (Left)

Men's Sabre - Bradford's Tim Noble (Left), Captain Ev Van Gemerain (Center) & Stefan Leoponis (Left)

Folks interested in British Veterans Fencing should check their website.

28th June 2016

Yorkshire Team Foil Competition

Misspent Youth Fight Back!

Well done to both of our Bradford teams in the Yorkshire Team Foil, which took place in Penistone near Sheffield at the end of June.

A bit patchy, it could be said ... but Misspent Youth (Paul, Will, Guy) finished a very creditable 6th with a long fight back after a bottom seeding in the pools! Doomed Youth (Pete, James, Vyom) finished 10th after a number 8 seeding in the pools.

It seemed as if we would run out of fit fencers before the end, with dodgy knees, ankles, back, and an attack of vertigo! Congratulations to all who took part!

We have been consistent over the last few years in sending two teams to this excellent competition. It has to be said our consistent "below half-way" placings does result in the low preliminary seeding our teams suffered at this years comp, but 6th is a much better result for our top team. We should aim for steady improvement, and for more teams!

2nd May 2016

British Youth Championships

Congratulations to Sam Amos and to Jordan Garcia who took part in the British Youth Championships at Sheffield.

Jordan can claim to be the 62nd best under-16 boys foilist in the land, whereas Sam claimed 41st in the under-16 boys sabre and made a really good fight of his DE, going out 7-15 to the 24th seed.

Both did very well to qualify; and the finals are a big, daunting competition!

7th January 2016

The Bradford Leeds Fencing Challenge

Trophy to celebrate Bradford Fencing Club's Lottery Funded Sport England grant

To celebrate their recent Sports England Grant of £2200, Bradford Fencing Club challenged Leeds Fencing Club to a contest of arms. Unlike other sports, fencing does not have leagues or inter-club competitions, so an air of excitement preceded this engagement.

The challenge consisted of two competitions, one in foil and the other in sabre.

The Foil A Teams - Bradford's Paul Halliday, Will Lawrance & Lloyd Thompson;
Leeds' Moya McNamara, Nick Stokes & Kieran Sinfield;
John Crouch the Referee (Centre)

The Foil B Teams - Bradford's Lucas Naylor, Alice Kukurozovic & Vyom Gera;
Leeds' Ben MacKenzie, Paul Sinfield & Jess Ridout

The Sabre Teams - Bradford's Pete Fletcher, Tim Noble & Matt Settle;
Leeds' India Laborde, Alex Gray & Alison Ruff

Proceedings commenced with the more experienced foil fencers. Leeds A team comprising Chairman Nick Stokes, Moya McNamara, and Kieran Sinfield was pitted against Bradford's Paul Halliday, Will Lawrance, and Lloyd Thompson. Points in such contests are cumulative. Fencers fight bouts, and their scores are carried over to the next fight. The total determines the winning team. Leeds raced away to an early five-point lead, later extended to ten, but Will Lawrance clawed some of that back, and the match ended with a close 45-40 score in favour of Leeds.

The sabre contest was more one-sided. Alex Gray, Alison Ruff and India Laborde's competition experience was matched by Bradford's Tim Noble, Pete Fletcher and Matt Settle in the early bouts, but over the course of the last five fights a comfortable lead of five hits was extended to an comfortable 20, the final score being 45-25.

The day finished with a match between the less experienced members of both clubs. Fencers can compete almost as soon as they begin the sport, and two fencers on each team had completed their beginners courses only last September.

Leeds' early lead was turned around by Lucas Naylor of Bradford and built on by his team-mates Vyom Gera and Alice Kukurozovic, but lost again to the dominant Leeds captain, Paul Sinfield. Vyom and Lucas fought back and the lead changed hands for a third time. Bradford went into the last bout with victory in sight, but Sinfield had no idea of allowing such consolation. The scores were level at 44-44, with everything riding on the last hit . Sinfield's experience told, and Leeds won out, clinching an emphatic victory for the day.

The Bradford-Leeds Fencing Challenge trophy was presented to Nick Stokes.

Leeds Chairman Nick Stokes receiving the trophy from Bradford Chairman Paul Halliday

Bradford Fencing Club's recent grant has been employed in purchasing new equipment to give many more people the chance to try out this exciting sport.

1st January 2016

Happy New Year!!!

This is the time of year to look back over the successes of the last 12 months.

For Sam Amos this could be a "glass half-full" exercise. On one hand, he can look at three medals won at Yorkshire fencing competitions, two silver and a bronze. On the other, he has missed out on "the full set", in that the top prize of a gold medal eluded him!

With the New Year, maybe he can go for gold in 2016!

Sam Amos shows off his 2015 medals

The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme is well known for rewarding consistent achievement in a wide range of disciplines over a long period.

Lucas Naylor recently was awarded his, and part of his success was his application to the skill of fencing. He has been fencing for a couple of years at Bradford Fencing Club, and a proud moment for him was when the Club Chairman, Paul Halliday, presented him with his Silver foil award. This has required him to learn and demonstrate theoretical and practical fencing skills, and also master some of the rules and be able to referee fights.

With the New Year, maybe he can earn his Gold award!

Proud Lucas Naylor receives his Silver Foil Award from club Chairman Paul Halliday