Evie and Lulu travelled up to Darlington to compete in the third instalment of The Youth Series on Saturday 18th May. Despite a very early start and long journey the girls arrived ready and raring to go.
After the first round of poules the girls warmed up to the occasion through fencing a second round – both managing to win more matches and score great points second time around. This was no mean feat, as the girls were fencing against fencers with vastly more experience than them, including three England internationals.
Following the ranking round they progressed through to the semi-finals. Evie, who was ranked top after the poules, won her match 15-4 to comfortably progress through to the final. Lulu had a tougher encounter against an experienced England international fencer and lost out 15-5, but it was very encouraging that she put herself into the right positions to score the points.
The final was a replica of the final of the Youth Series #2 in Manchester, and proved to be an equally close match. Despite a slow start Evie managed to take an 8-7 lead into the one-minute break. The match continued to see-saw back and fore, until at 13-13 Evie risked a defensive action that had not always come off earlier, yet proved to be successful this time, to move within one point of the gold medal. A final decisive attack off the line clinched the victory 15-13.
Both Evie and Lulu fenced very well at the event, with many positives for both girls and a real testament to their commitment to training and travelling to compete. They will both no doubt take valuable learning experiences from this event into the future.
This victory has moved Evie into an unassailable lead at the top of the overall series rankings, and Lulu is still on track to receive an overall series podium finish, with just one final event to go.
Thanks to Evie's success at the Youth Series, she is now ranked in the Top 16 in Under 17 Women Sabre in England.
Moreton’s fencing coach, Mike Evans-Jones, commented: "Both Evie and Lulu fenced very well in Darlington, with both fencers hitting great personal achievements. I know the girls will continue to build on this for next season as we look to expanding the opportunities for competitive fencing.”