The 2017-2018 NI Junior Foil Series was brought to an end with the final round (Round 6) held on Saturday 7 April in the Sullivan Upper Sports Hall. As usual Sullivan Upper was well represented, with 10 SU fencers taking part, two of them winning medals on the day: Ruzi Statham and Finn Neely, while Izzy Evans won an overall third place championship trophy.
Finn Neely, the only Sullivan fencer in the U12 boys for Round 6, made the semi-finals to finish 3th, completing the series in overall 5th place. Other SU overall series placings: John Kane 6th and Matthew Mallon 9th.
There were 6 Sullivan fencers competing in this age group for Round 6: Ruzi Statham, Izzy Evans, Victoria Morris, Alex Burke, Rachel McKillen and Angharad King. Ruzi made the podium with a third place, while Izzy, Victoria and Alex all made the quarter-finals to take 5th, 6th and 7th places. Rachel finished 9th and Angharad 10th.
Izzy’s consistently strong performances throughout the series secured for her the overall championship third place trophy, while Ruzi’s significant improvement in the later rounds brought her up the rankings to take 4th overall. Alex and Rachel, consistent last eight finishers all year, completed the series in 5th and 6th, while Victoria and Angharad, having both missed 2 rounds, ended up 9th and 11th overall.
Alexander Penny and Arnav Arava finished in the quarter-finals of Round 6 in 7th and 8th positions respectively. Their finishing order was reversed however in the final series rankings, with Arnav 12th and Alexander 13th. Cameron Kitchen didn’t attend Round 6, but finished the series in 17th.
Anna Vaughan and Cece MacMahon, though unable to attend Round 6, nevertheless had accumulated enough points in previous rounds to finish the series in 4th and 5th positions respectively.
Cormac Kitchen was the only SU representative in the U16s at Round 6, finishing just outside the medals in 5th place. A steady performance improvement throughout the series saw him climb up the points rankings to finish the year in 4th place overall. Jonathan Mallon, though he didn’t attend round 6, finished in 12th place overall.
SUFC Assistant Coach, Stephen Brown, pictured above, has just become Irish National Champion, winning the Men’s Foil Trophy yesterday 22 April in Dublin. Great to have the best foil fencer in Ireland coaching at Sullivan Upper Fencing Club!
David White, SUFC Coach