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Welsh Team Selection


WVFA Team Selectors: Kel Brundle, Jeff Conover, Mark Robertson. Appeals to Chairman.

Eligibility for selection:





Mandatory membership of the BVF (for all open BVF veterans competitions and for Winton selection)

Membership of WVFA

Membership of BF

FIE license must be held for Veterans Commonwealths/ Individual European Championships, or if selected to represent GBR for European Teams/World's.



Teams are selected for the following events:

Home Nations Team:

Regional Veterans Winton Team: 

Celtic Challenge Team: Selection criteria is set out in the Celtic Challenge section.

Commonwealth Team selection: This is mandated by the Veterans Commonwealth Committee.

Calendar of Events 2019-2020

Results for the current season will be displayed here. 

Veteran Home Nations, April 6th 2019: The Justin Smith Trophy.

Held at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, hosted by the WVFA on Saturday 6th April 2019, followed by the Gala dinner at "Y Dosbarth".

England retained the "Justin Smith" Veteran Home Nations trophy for the 13th year. The final results are as follows:

1st Place: England (22points)

2nd Place: Scotland (16 points)

3rd Place: Wales (12 points)

4th Place: Ireland (10 points)

Men's Sabre, Silver Medal 2019 Home Nations 

With one loss by a narrow margin to England, the Welsh Veterans 2019 Men´s sabre team: Neil Bowd (Capt), Carl Morris, Ceri Thomas and Jim Crawfurd (former Gold Sabre Commonwealth individual medalist and Team Sabre Silver) took a very well deserved Silver.

Women's Foil, Silver Medal 2019 Home Nations

The silver place was a close run match against England: Maggie Myers gaining priority and taking the final point with seconds to spare, the team only losing to Scotland.

Team members: Marion Thomas (Capt), Margaret Myers, Catherine Fisher and a welcome new addition Allyson Hazell.

Women's Sabre Bronze Medal 2019 Home Nations

A huge thankyou to Marion Thomas and Clare King for stepping into the breech at (literally) the last moments to replace Lyn Robinson and Pat Shepherd-Foster (having to bow out due to illness). The ladies sabre almost acheiving Silver, losing to Sotland by 1 indicator thus taking the Bronze.

Ladies Sabre Team: Emma Waller (Capt) Lisa De Luca, Marion Thomas, Clare King.

Men´s Epee, Bronze Medal Home Nations 2019

The ME team took Bronze after hard fought, narrow defeats by the English and Irish ME teams. Stalwart of the team was Rob Brooks who had to make up points to 30 and 35 in 3min periods due to ongoing passivity being called in previous matches...we had a defib on standby as point after point was clawed back.

ME Team: Jeff Conover (Capt), Peter Davies, Rupert Nute and Rob Brooks.


Women´s Epee Team, Home Nations 2019

The ladies epee team fought valiantly throughout the day, just missing out on a bronze place by one indicator to the Irish, loosing 44-43.

Epee Team: Clare King (Capt), Catherine Bowd, Pamela Fairweather, Saskia Russell (a welcome new addition to the Epee team).

Men´s Foil Team, Home Nations 2019

If there had been an award for having the most fun throughtout the event this crew would have won gold.

The men´s foil team were highly supportive of each other throughout the event and fought with grit and determination.


Men´s Foil Team:

Ceri Richards (Capt), Kel Brundle, Richard Thomas, Nigel Betterton.

Veterans Home Nations 2018: Glasgow, Scotland 28th April 2018.

Congratulations to the England team on retaining the "Justin Smith Trophy" for the 12th consecutive year.

The final placings for the 12th Veteran Home Nations:

1st England

2nd Scotland

3rd Ireland

4th Wales

Thankyou to all the Welsh veterans who turned out for this event; to our newcomers who gave it their all against very strong teams from England, Scotland and Ireland.

In a nail biting first match against the England mens epee team, in the third and final period with the score at 44-44 at time, England having priority, Nick Lee and Chris Howser fencing for the final point in the reamining 5 seconds Chris fleched at Nick scoring the final hit, giving England the win. With the England mens team taking 3 victories giving them them the team gold, with the Welsh mens epee team taking the Silver.

Men´s epee; Wales Silver

Men´s Sabre; Wales Bronze

Veterans Home Nations; The Justin Smith Trophy. Dunloaghaire, Ireland, 5th May 2017.

Home Nations 2017. 

Hosted by Ireland Fencing on the weekend of 5th May.

We would like to thank the Irish as again they demonstrated their hospitality by providing a great day of fencing and fun, and a very convivial evenings entertainment and Gala dinner at the Royal Marine yacht club.  

The event took place on Saturday 6th May and the Welsh demonstrated their ability to adapt to changing circumstance by fencing in unfamiliar weapon categories to field full teams, and stepping in at the last minute to replace team-mates who were unable to attend.

England again retained the Justin Smith Trophy, with Scotland taking second place and Ireland third.

Although Wales came 4th, there were very close matches in all the wepaons, with Wales just being beaten.

Congratulations to the MS team who took Bronze and in a close finish, all coming down to indicators to see which country had gold, silver or bronze, the ME team taking Bronze - 6 indicators being all that separated the gold from the bronze.

Team Manager: Gillian Aghajan

Amended Teams:

MF: Kel Brundle, William David Thomas, Mark Robertson..

ME: Jeff Conover, Nick Lee, Peter Davies,

MS: James Selby, Jeff Conover, Peter Davies.

WF: Margaret Myers, Catherine Fisher, Marion Thomas.

WE: Pam Fairweather, Isobel Martin, Marion Thomas, Margaret Myers.

WS: Lyn Robinson, Pat Shepherd-Foster, Pam Fairweather.

Veterans Home Nations: 9th & 10th April 2016

Super Silver Sabreurs: Emma Waller, Gillian Aghajan, Pat Shepherd-Foster, Clare King.
Silver medallists: Jim Crawfurd, Steve Ellwood, Richard Hughes-Thomas, James Selby
Bronze medallists: Jeff Conover, Peter Davies, Rob Brooks, Mark Thompson.

The 2016 Veterans Home Nations; The Justin Smith Trophy was hosted by England Fencing in Durham.

Congratulations to  England for retaining the trophy for another year.

Fought over two days there were some closely contested matches with the Men's sabre team eventually taking the silver, losing out to the England team in a final exciting match.

It was a close run finish for the silver,  eventually coming to Wales on indicatiors in the final match, with England retaining the Gold.

Men's epee taking the bronze, with Ireland in silver and England taking the Gold.

Spirited performances were seen from the WE, WF and MF with WE & WF just missing out on bronze places.

Overall team standings

4 points = 1st, 3 points = 2nd, 2 points = 3rd, 1 point = 4th

Team/Weapon ME WF MS WS MF WE Total Place
Wales 2 1 3 3 1 1 11 4th
England 4 3 4 4 3 2 20 1st
Ireland 3 2 1 1 2 4 13 3rd
Scotland 1 4 2 2 4 3 16 2nd



Elegant Epeeists: Isobel Martin, Rose Gregory, Clare King, Pam Fairweather.
Flamboyant foilists: Marion Thomas, Catherine Fisher, Dawn Holland, Lyn Robinson.

Home Nations 2015

The Veterans Home Nations, for the Justin Smith Trophy, took place at the Welsh Institute of Sport, Cardiff on the weekend of 18th and 19th April.

By the close of fencing on Saturday England were heading the leader board having won the Men's Sabre, Men's foil, Women's Epee and Women's Sabre comfortably. There was excitement leading into day two with all scores being equal for Scotland, All Ireland and Wales. Literally everything hinged on the last event of the day, Women's foil, Scotland took an early lead and had a decisive victory against the England team, putting Scotland into second place overall, a cliffhanger of a match ensued between All Ireland and Wales to decide which country would take third place, with All Ireland just pipping Wales at the post with a 45-36 victory.

During the raffle and blind aution, many thanks to our sponsors, Leon Paul ltd, Allstar-Uhlmann, PTB-UK, the Fencing Shop - for their generous gifts, the Veterans raised a magnificent total of £800 which has been donated to The Macmillan Cancer Trust.

Thanks go to all the fencers from all the Home Countries who made the trip to Cardiff and made it a memorable occasion, to the refs, piste assistants, armourer and DT staff who gave of their time so unstintingly, and of course, the Welsh Team under Team Manager: Gareth Law.

Men's Foil  :Ceri Richards (Capt); Richard Thomas, Tak Chan, Kel Brundle

Men's Epee: Denis Calanan (Capt); Peter Davies, John Rees, GAreth Law.

Men's Sabre: James Longton (Capt); Richard Hughes-Thomas, James Selby, Jim Crawfurd.

Women's Foil: Maggie Myers (Capt);  Catherine Bowd, Marion Thomas, Catherine Fisher.

Women's Epee: Joanne Harvey (Capt); Catherine Fisher, Maggie Myers, Clare King.

Women's Sabre: Emma Waller (Capt) Gillian Aghajan Pat Shepherd-Foster, Lyn Robinson

Overall Results

1st England, retain the Justin Smith Trophy

2nd Scotland

3rd All Ireland

4th Wales

We look forward to England hosting the competition in 2016 in the North East, a choice from Newcastle, Durham or Hull.

Veterans Home Nations, Edinburgh, 26th-27th April 2014.

The Veterans Home Nations 2014 took place in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Organised by: Scottish Veterans  Venue: St Thomas Aquinas school, Edinburgh.

Dates: 26th -27th April 2014.

Team Manager: Mike Norfolk MBE

The results for the Veterans Home Nations:

England 1st, Scotland 2nd, All Ireland 3rd, Wales 4th.

On Saturday the Ladies foil and sabre teams each won one team match against Ireland, with ladies foil having a very narrow defeat(45-40) at the hands of the English team;with Men's sabre winning one match against the Ireland team. Wales needed two more victories to secure a third place overall from the remaining men's & ladies epee matches on the Sunday. In a very close fought and highly charged bout the Wales ladies epee team were victorious against the Scots team (44-43), leaving Wales with one more victory to find from the remaining men's & ladies epee bouts, unfortunately it was not to be, despite an early lead from John Rees against the Scots, they proved the stronger team, as did the English and the Ireland teams, and in a hotly contested final match and a truly valiant effort against the Ireland team the Welsh ladies were unable to make up the ground.

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