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Trinity College Dublin Hosted a National Ranking Fencing Event

Trinity’s Sabina Kelly Falke walks away with a bronze medal in the women’s event while Trinity men’s team fought to win a silver medal in the foil event

Published: February 26th, 2020

Trinity College Dublin recently hosted a national ranking fencing event, the Dublin Épée competition, with separate events for each of the men’s and women’s épée taking place throughout the weekend (22nd and 23rd February).

In the Women’s event, Sabina Kelly-Falke fought her way through to the semi-finals to claim a bronze medal. Sabina’s medal was her strongest result so far at a senior open event and demonstrates the progress she has made this season. Trinity’s two other competitors in the women’s event were Trinity student Angie Parisi and DUFC Alumni Camille Hindsgaul, who both made the quarter finals in a convincing all-round performance for Trinity’s women.

Trinity’s stand out performer in the 41 man strong Men’s Épée field was 4th year student, Sam Mitchell who reached the quarter finals where he was beaten by the eventual champion, Giacomo Pietrobelli. Ross Byrne narrowly missed out on joining Sam in the last eight when he lost a tight match 14-15.

Trinity had five teams entered in the foil event on Sunday including a mixed event with men and women competing with and against one another. The headline performance was from our Trinity Fencing men’s first team (Donncdha Carroll, Fearghal Donaghy (c), Ciaran Nolan, and Konstantin Syomushkin) who fought all the way through to the silver medal position. They were particularly impressive in the semi-finals where they came through in a tight 45-43 win against a strong UCC team. Trinity’s women’s first team lost out in the quarter finals, despite a comeback initiated by Carmel Comiskey and continued by Trinity Sport scholarship student, Anna Lee.

DUFC fencers have a busy few weeks coming up with Student Individual Championships this weekend followed by the club’s focal point of the year, the Fencing intervarsity competition, which take place in DCU on 7th and 8th March. The team will be looking to continue their winning streak and add a record equalling thirteenth title in a row – a run of unbroken success stretching back to 2008.