Recent Success for Dublin University Fencing Club
Published: Nov 18th, 2019
Dublin University Fencing Club recently won a streak of titles at the Irish Open, the Schull Novice Cup 2019, the ‘Belfield Sabre’ event and the Derry Open 2019.
The Irish Open 2019:
The Irish Open 2019 is the most important event in the Irish fencing calendar, this year it took place on the 26th – 27th October at the National Indoor Arena. The women’s sabre event was an all Trinity final with Manon Nouvian, Frances Quigley and Anna Zink placing 1st, 2nd and 3rd. This was the first Irish open win for Manon Nouvian and the first senior national medal for Frances Quigley. The women’s Epee event was an all Trinity alumna final with Lucy Johnson and Camille Boelt Hindsgaul placing first and second. This is Lucy Johnson’s second Irish Open title, previously winning the title as a Trinity student in 2016.
The Schull Novice Cup, 2019:
The Schull Novice Cup 2019 recently took place in University College Cork from the 2nd – 3rd November. Novice events are only open to those fencing under two years, foil events are the biggest of the weekend as this is the weapon that most people start off training with in Ireland and so has the most novices competing. In the men’s foil event Trinity students, Konstantin Syomushkin and Luke McRedmond placed first and second. This was a very strong performance from Luke McRedmond who only started fencing 8 weeks ago and walked away from the Schull Novice Cup 2019 with a bronze medal. This was Konstantin’s second year of fencing, winning a tight final 15 – 14 and showed great mental strength to come back from 12 – 14 down to win.
Belfield Sabre and The Derry Open 2019:
The DUFC women’s team retained the Team Nationals title at the ‘Belfield Sabre’ on the 9th November at UCD while Wardatul Ramzuna walked away with a gold medal in the individual ‘Belfield Sabre’ event. The Derry Open 2019 took place at Ulster University on the 16th – 17th November where Zoe Franznick took away gold in the women’s epee, Sofiya Woodcock won silver in the women’s sabre event while Sam Mitchell took home a bronze medal in the men’s epee.
Several DUFC fencers have been announced to represent Ireland at the 2019 Five Nations competition taking place on the 23rd November in DCU including Trinity Sport Scholarship student Anna Lee who competes in the women’s foil event and Bethany Rush who competes in the women’s sabre event.