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Dublin University Fencing Club Crowned Intervarsity Champions for the Thirteenth Year in a Row

Published: March 10th, 2020

On the weekend of March 7th and 8th in DCU, Dublin University Fencing Club won the Irish Intervarsity’s Championship for the thirteenth year in a row in a streak stretching back to 2008. The latest title equals the record number of consecutive titles won from 1979 to 1991 which is also held by Trinity. It is Trinity’s 43rd title overall in the competition’s 66-year history.

To win the coveted Frank Russel trophy, Trinity’s teams competed in six events divided into men’s and women’s in each of the three fencing weapons: foil, épée, and sabre. Every match won in each event counted towards the score to determine the overall champions. Out of 36 matches fenced, Trinity won 33 to retain the Intervarsity’s ahead of UCD with 27 wins and NUIG with 23. While a strong UCC team beat DUFC Men’s Foilists and UCD Women’s Épée took the trophy ahead of NUIG and Trinity in third, Trinity were victorious in all other four events.

Both sabre teams from Trinity were dominant from start to finish winning every match. Despite facing fewer opponents in an event that was slightly smaller than the others, the Women’s Foilists knew they had a few tough matches to get through if they were going to retain the weapon trophy they have held every year since 2017. They did so by beating strong UCC and UCD teams. Routine wins against Ulster and NUIG rounded out a very impressive performance.

The toughest matches of the intervarsity’s were fought in the Men’s Épée. Trinity’s team was set to face stiff opposition from both UCD and NUIG as last year saw the team winning the Épée trophy by the narrowest of margins after a three-way tie on match victories at the top of the Men’s Épée table. The NUIG team were dispatched, which was particularly satisfying after they had won the encounter between the two teams last year. But it was the UCD match where the tension was at its absolute peak for the weekend – it all came down to the Men’s Épée captain, Sam Mitchell and UCD’s James Barden. The match went down all the way to the final point but Sam kept his cool to pick the perfect moment to launch an attack and win the match as well as setting Trinity up to retain the Men’s Épée trophy.

After the dust settled on a long, hard fought weekend, DUFC’s Head Coach, Colm Flynn, described the victory as “immensely satisfying, particularly as eleven of our twenty-five fencers were representing Trinity at the Intervarsity’s for the first time.” Adding that he was “so proud of how well everyone applied themselves and how well they fenced all weekend. Each fencer we sent out there gave everything for the team.”
DUFC’s attempt to set a record by winning a fourteenth consecutive Intervarsity title will be contested back at home, in Trinity, in 2021.

Dublin University Fencing Club Intervarsity Teams 2020

Women’s Sabre
Imogen McGuckin
Manon Nouvian (c)
Frances Quigley
Wardatul Ramzuna

Men’s Sabre
Matthew Coalter
Luke Dowling (c)
Tadhg Garton
Callum Kyle
Luke McRedmond

Women’s Foil
Carmel Comiskey (c)
Adri Hrabowych
Áine Heffernan
Anna Lee

Men’s Foil
Donncdha Carrol
Fearghal Donaghy (c)
Ciaran Nolan
Konstantin Syomushkin

Women’s Épée
Dearbhaile Collins (c)
Sabina Kelly Falke
Angie Parissi
Jennifer Quirke

Men’s Épée
Paul Begley
Ross Byrne
Sam Mitchell (c)
Paul Mulready