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
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.
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
1st England, retain the Justin Smith Trophy
3rd All Ireland
We look forward to England hosting the competition in 2016 in the North East, a choice from Newcastle, Durham or Hull.
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.