NIJFS Round 5 at the Belfast Open
Last Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th March the annual Belfast Open Fencing Tournament took place at Sullivan, incorporating Round 5 of the N Ireland Junior Foil Series. In the NIJFS event, sixteen SU fencers took part and between them won 9 medals: 3 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze.
Year 6 Prep fencer Sam Snoddy had an amazing day, first winning all his poule fights to take the no.1 seed position going into the direct elimination stage, then fighting his way through to the final where he had a convincing 10-2 win over the no.2 seed to win the gold medal.
Amelia Penny won 2 fights from 4 in her poule, then made it to the semi-finals where she finished 3rd to claim her 3rd bronze of the year. In the Boys’ U12s Prep year 7 Myles Wilkinson only won 1 poule fight from 4, but then turned it around with a strong 10-1 win against a higher seeded fencer in the quarter-finals to make it to the semis and 3rd place. Noah Currie finished just outside the medals in 6th place.
Year 9 Charlie Beimers gave an outstanding U14 performance, winning all her poule fights to gain the no.1 seed position going into the knock-out stage, then working her way through the rounds to the final where she defeated the no.2 seed 15-11 to win her first ever gold medal. Alexandra Ong finished 6th, while Sophia made it to the semis and 3rd place. In the Boys’ U14s Finn Neely won 4 from 6 in his poule to make no.2 seed, while Edward Lilley and Lewis Currie were seeded 5th and 7th. Edward and Lewis went out in the quarters while Finn went one fight further to the semis and a bronze medal.
Victoria Morris went 6 from 6 in the poule to take the no.1 seed position, then proceeded through the rounds to the final, which she won 15-9 to take her 4th gold of the year. Alex Atkinson was 4 from 6 in the poule to make 3rd seed, then won through to the semis and 3rd place. Izzy Evans, Angharad King and Rachel McKillen all made the last 8, finishing 5th, 6th, and 7th. In the Boys' U16s Alexander Penny and Keir Murray finished their poules with seedings 3 and 6. Alexander knocked Keir out in the last 8, then defeated ex-Sullivan fencer Arnav Arava in the semis to take a place in the final. Here he met the no.1 seed and current series points leader, but lost to finish with the silver medal.
Round 6 takes place on Sat 4th April 2020 in the Sullivan Upper Sports Hall.
Victoria attacks in the U16 girl’s final
Sophia v Charlie
SUFC at NIJFS R5
SUFC NIJFS R5 Medallists
U10 medallists – Sam 1st
U12 girls’ medallists – Amelia 3rd
U12 boys’ medallists – Myles 3rd
U14 girls' medallists - Charlie 1st, Sophia 3rd
U14 boys’ medallists – Finn 3rd
U16 girls' medallists - Victoria 1st, Alex 3rd
U16 boys’ medallists –Alexander 2nd