Elite Epee Senior Open Women's Series
Following the expansion of the Men's series, we have planned for the single women's event to expand into a 3 event series with a Grand Final in December 2017. Full details to follow along with full update of page.
Next Event - Event 3 - 19th November 2017 - Manchester Fencing Centre
Event 1 - Saturday 8th April 2017 - Oundle School - Results -
Event 2 - 16th July 2017 - Newcastle Fencing Centre - Results -
Event 3 - 19th November 2017 - Manchester Fencing Centre
Grand Final - 10th December 2017 - The Peterborough School, Peterborough
Series Points race to qualify for the Grand Final can be viewed at www.epee.me.
2017 Series Entry Form -
Enduring Form - -Tired of filling in forms form competitions, complete this one and with no commitment to future events, you can enter by sending an email and paying entry fee by BACs.
Entry List- (updated list to be added shortly )
Please check your entry is recorded correctly, you will not be emailed that your entry has be received (even if you ask to be) as entries will be updated promptly to the website.
Event 3 - Manchester - Check-in Time
Check-in close for Manchester event - 1.30pm.
Outline of the New Elite Epee Women's Series
Following the huge success of the Elite Epee Men's Events over the last few years, plus the new expanded series this season, and requests by the Women's epee scene, the first Women's event ran successfully in July 2013 and it is planned for events to be run on at least an annual basis in future.
Following the cancellation of the 2016 event due to clashes with other events in the Calendar, this is a relaunch of the Women's Elite Epee event, with the hope that if successful further events can be added in the future.
For 2017 we are going to run 3 Women's series events followed by a Grand Final to match in with the Elite Epee Grand Finals weekend.
The events are being supported by Allstar/Uhlmann UK, BladesBrand UK, OPS Epee Club and Redhill & Reigate Epee Club who will all be helping with the kitting out of the event.
Due to the slightly smaller entry for the Women's events compared to the Men's events, though we have in the past use the World Cup format, for the 2017 event onwards we will plan to use the Traditional Open format with a capped entry to allow a single wave of poules in the venue.
Format - 2017 series-
One round of Poules of 7 (or 6), all fencers promoted
Direct Elimination to Final
Please note - There is no plate competition at this event.
We have been able to secure the use of Oundle School Sports Centre for Event 1 of the series in April. Full details on entry form. This venue has used for the Elite Epee Junior series last season as well as many Northamptonshire county events as well as the British Youth Under 10 Epee, and we are very fortunate to have the use of this venue for the event.
For event 2 and 3 we will run the Women's events on the afternoon of the Men's events at Newcastle and Manchester Fencing centre, to use facilities fully.
All kit must conform to the British Fencing regulations (see www.britishfencing.com). 350N breeches (minimum) and 800 Newton plastrons are required. Weapons will be tested at the event from the first round for weight and travel and cards will be given for failures (and if spare weapons/bodywires are not with you by the piste). All fencers should ensure that the equipment they are wearing fits correctly, with suitable overlap, especially between jackets & breeches. Referees will be specifically requested to ensure this is the case.
Special Rules for this event
'Double spooling' may be used in the first round of this event where possible if it is needed to speed up change-overs. As such fencers must be attached to the spare spool and ready to get on the piste immediately after the previous fight finishes. Referees will be asked to Yellow card repeat offenders who are delaying the poule. Poule fight orders will be posted at the end of the piste so there is no excuse for not being ready. This technique will save over 30 minutes on a poule of 7 and is required to give us all the later start time.
There will only be a limited kit stand at the event (via the Armourer) for pre-ordered kit and emergencies (socks, bodywires, blades etc), this is due to the lack of sales usually made at single weapon Epee events and the additional cost/time that it would take to have a full stand. If you have specific items from the BladesBrand or Allstar/Uhlmann range, please contact Chris to confirm this is available at an event and then Graham at the Allstar shop on 01784 255522 to order so those items can be taken along (please give enough time for stock to be shipped in if out of stock).
All 3+ niff fencers (GBR top 30 as of 01/03/2017 for example for April 2017 event) are guarenteed entry as long as their entry is received by closing date (subject to overall entry limit). All other entries are allocated on a first come basis (on entry received date). Please note if you leave it to the last minute and you are not in the top 30 you are likely to miss out. We will have reserves so if you realise after entering that you can not attend the event (even the day before), please inform me so I can give your place to another fencer.
Seeding for the event will be baed on the Senior Epee Rankings available on the British Fencing website as of the Thursday prior to the event. Foreign fencers with world rankings in the top 150 of the world rankings will be seeded at closing date by comparing their world ranking to the British fencers and slotting in accordingly.
With the change to a series structure all prize funds will be combined for the Grand Final. As such though there will be the Trophy (which is returned for following event) and Medals, there wil be no other prizes at those events. Referees, helpers etc will be offered a small payment for their time taken in attending.
To attract the highest niff possible to the event, all 10 niff ranked fencers as at the date of the event will have their entry fee cheques returned if they compete at the event.
We hope to be able to pay all referees and organisers approximately £40 to £50 for a full day helping to cover expenses etc in attending. Some specialist positions may receive a higher amount (first aid etc).
Withdrawals/Refunds - As we encourage fencers to enter the senior Open events as early as possible, we will offer fencers refunds of their entry fees if they do need to withdraw from the event. However to receive a refund the request to withdraw must occur at least 4 weeks prior to the event in question as otherwise staffing and other costs would have been planned with certain entry numbers and the event risks its financial viability. Refunds will be subject to a ₤5.00 administration fee.
Grand Final Prizefund
The prizefund will come entirely from entries for the Women's series events, taking into consideration the costs etc involved in reunning those events. As such the more entries to events the bigger the likely prize-fund pot will be.
We plan to run a refreshments stall with sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot and cold drinks at Event 1 of the series in Oundle. Proceeds from this stand will go into the OPS Charity fund to assist with cost for OPS fencers attending International competitions.. We are hoping that the other vanues will be running refreshments for the other venues.
If you have any questions regarding the event, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 event did not take place due to clash on the calendar
Full Results Summer 2015 Event -
Full Results Summer 2015 Event -
Full Results Summer 2014 Event -
Full Results Summer 2013 Event -
Video of Women's Epee Final July 2013- http://youtu.be/JI_V28u3rrw
Coutesy of Ely Atoure