Club Championship 2017 – Results and Photos

Last weekend the club hosted this year’s Club Championship, which was another huge success. The event, which coincides with the club’s 60th anniversary, included a hog roast and a competition for all three weapons.

Results

Foil:
Gold – Michael
Silver – Florent
Bronze – Lajos and Joe
Best novice – Kirstie

 

 

Épée:
Gold – Philip
Silver – Peter
Bronze – Geoff and Ollie

 

 

Sabre:
Gold – Tony
Silver – Ollie
Bronze – Jonathan and Michael

 

 

 

 

Master at arms:
Michael

 

 

 

 

Here are some more photos from the day, courtesy of Mike Ellis.

BF SAFETY COMMITTEE NOTICE – MASK SAFETY

Below is a message from British Fencing.

Following an incident at the Junior Nationals, please will all referees, competition organisers and officials pay careful attention to the following:

  1. Referees should give a yellow card if a fencer comes on the piste wearing a mask that is not safely secured even if it has not fallen off. (This is a preventative measure)
  2. A yellow card should be given whenever a mask falls off during a fight.
  3. The mask should be confiscated unless the referee is confident that immediate remedial actions are sufficient. If any doubt, the referee should ask the lead armourer or senior official to check the mask on the fencer.
  4. If the mask falls off again it should be confiscated.
  5. All those involved in running competitions have a responsibility for safety, whatever their role. Anyone can step in if they think a fencer is at risk due to an ill-fitting mask or one that is not secured correctly.
  6. Dangerous examples include:
    1. – metal tang pulled out away from the head
    2. – weak Velcro
    3. – loose elastic strap (loss of elasticity)
    4. – long hair tied up under the elastic strap so pushing it higher up the head (hair should always come out above this strap so improving mask stability)
    5. – mask too large so that it does not fit firmly between chin and top of head
  7. The Competition Organiser must be informed straight away.
  8. Every incident must be recorded with these details:
    1. Name of fencer – age – weapon – date – time – event – round of event
    2. Name of official – role – contact details
    3. Mask brand – type – photo if possible
    4. What happened and cause(s) as far as can be ascertained
    5. Action taken – confirm yellow card given
  9. Full report to be sent to head office and the competition organiser.

It is unusual for a mask to fall off but it should never happen and we all have to do everything we can to prevent an accident

Three Counties League – Watford vs. Luton (Home)

On Wednesday 14th of June, we had a Three Counties League match at home against Luton. We won foil by 5 matches to 4, and won épée by 6 matches to 3. This was our best win so far this league! Our next match will be against Salle Hadalin at home, on Wednesday 19th of July.

If you’re interested in fencing for your club, please contact the Team Captain, Michael, at events@watfordfencingclub.co.uk.

Success at the Herts Team Championship!

On Saturday 3rd of June, Watford fencers achieved great success at the Herts Team Championship 2017. Marcos, Michael and Florent won bronze in foil, Tony, Philip, Ian and Peter won gold in épée (the first time we have won it since 2013!), and Kirstie, Harry and Tony won gold in the novice foil category!

Well done to everyone for such a fantastic result!

Club AGM – 28th June 2017

Watford Fencing Club’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) will take place in our usual venue on Wednesday 28th June 2017. The AGM is an opportunity for members to vote on important issues for the club, and to hear about the club’s finances. AGMs rarely take long, and will be followed by free fencing as usual.