Moreton Hall Fencers had a very successful day at the Grand Final of the inaugural Fencing Youth Series in Liverpool, coming away with an impressive hall of three medals and two overall series trophies.
The gala finals event was the culmination of four events spread across the North of England which attracted numerous fencers from across the country, including England and Great Britain internationals.
The day began with the U12s Girls’ Sabre event, where Zinnia was competing in her first ever competition. She grew with confidence as the poules went on, scoring hits and winning matches along the way to gain a third position ranking, going into the direct elimination stages. In a great semi-final Zinnia took it all the way to the wire, just losing out 10-9 in a tense encounter to gain a third place podium finish – a great achievement for a first competitive outing.
Without even lifting a blade for the U16 Girls’ Sabre the overall series championship had been wrapped up by Evie, with Lulu also securing the series third-place trophy. After the ranking poules Evie went straight to the final and Lulu progressed to a semi-final. In the semi-final Lulu put all her recent hard work into practice and fenced a close match against an opponent who has provided a tough challenge in the past. Despite a strong start the international experience of her opponent made the difference towards the end of the match with Lulu losing out 15-10.
In the final, Evie started strongly to race into an early lead, but an on-going ankle injury proved to be a decisive factor as the match progressed. With one eye on a major U17 event the day after and the series already won, Evie was forced to fence with a degree of self-preservation and despite a spirited effort lost out 15-11.
Evie and Lulu then stepped onto the podium to receive their overall series trophies and prizes. A well-earned reward for all their hard work and dedication across the season, putting Moreton Hall firmly on the fencing map. In addition to the exploits on the piste it was fantastic to see three Moreton fencers competing across two age groups – a feat that hopefully can be replicated and improved upon.
Finally, to add to an already successful weekend, Evie competed in the Hamlet Cadet Sabre in Stratford-upon-Avon on Sunday, which is one of the biggest U17 events in the country. Evie fenced very well, with some very positive results including an exceptional last 32 victory to secure a top 16 placing. This result will move Evie up to 9th in the England U17 rankings.