Really encouraging results for our youngsters, however lots of 1 hit defeats to so how small the margins are between success and getting knocked out in fencing. The star performance of the event went to Maisie McCormack with a brilliant 2nd place out of a field of 21 in the Under 11 girls. Following a solid first round she went into the knock-out rounds in 6th seed and following wins over Lulu Willett (Bexley) 10-8, Megan Haine ( CLFS) 10-1, Henriette Haladin (Salle Haladin) 10-8, she was edged out 10-9 in the final, however this was Maisie’s best ever result and is very encouraging for the future. In the U11 Girls Rachael Level and EllieTaylor both had great 1st rounds, being seeded 3rd and 9th respectively, however after a first DE bye, lost 10-9 in the last 16, placing 9th and 10th.
One hit losses were repeated through the event for club fencers, with Tabby Pattison losing out 15-14 in the Under 13 Girls after a great 4th seed after the first round, finishing in 9th and a 15-14 loss for Marcus Arnold in the Under 13 boys to finish 14th and Inaky Turner losing 10-9 to eventual bronze medallist Alaxander Truuvert. Solid results were also recorded by Theo Edwards, 13th in the Under 16 Boys, Matthew Lever 34th (after another 15-14 loss) and Amelia McCormack 27th in the Under 16 Girls. The event was really tough for Amelia and Matthew as they have only fenced for about a year, wheras most of their opponents have many years of competition experience, so their improvement from past events was noticable. Well done to everyone for representing the club so well.