Fencing

The Fencing Club is held on Wednesday afternoons from 3.25pm to 5.00pm in the gym.  Boys from any year group are welcome to attend.  The club is coached by Katie Arup who is a past Olympian from the British Olympic Fencing Team.  Many fencers compete in the N.I. Junior Foil Series which consists of 5 rounds held over the months from November to April.  This year, in the Under 12 age category Matthew McKay finished in 1st place overall and therefore is the Under 12 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  In the Under 14 age category Aneurin Duffin- Murray also finished in 1st place and so is the Under 14 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  In the Under 16 age category Daragh Patterson finished in 3rd place and Theo Millar finished in 1st place, meaning that he is the Under 16 NI Junior Foil Series Champion.  Matthew, Aneurin, Daragh, Theo and Paul Verdon all qualified for the British Youth Championships which were held in Sheffield in May.  Fencers in Year 9 and above can enter the Public Schools Fencing Championships which are held each year at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.

Fencing: NIJFS Round 6

The final round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was held at Hunterhouse College on Sunday 26th April.

In the Under 12 event:

  • Dylan Gardiner finished in 6th place.

In the Under 14 event the final results were as follows:

  • Noah Brown 8th
  • Matthew McKay 7th
  • Nkosinathi Khumalo 6th
  • and Rowan Luney finished in 5th place.

In the Under 16 event

David Stewart and Michael Thompson finished in 6th and 5th place respectively. It was an all-Inst final with Aneurin Duffin-Murray fencing against Paul Verdon. In the end Paul took the gold medal and Aneurin finished in 2nd place, taking the silver.

The Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series consists of 6 rounds over a number of months and the overall top 3 winners of the series were also announced. In the Under 16 age category Paul Verdon finished in 1st place, meaning that he is the Under 16 NI Junior Foil Series Champion. This is a tremendous achievement for Paul and very well deserved!

Well done to all boys involved in a very successful fencing season!

NIJFS Under 16 Champion Paul Verdon

NIJFS Under 16 Champion Paul Verdon

The final of the Under 16 event Paul Verdon vs Aneurin Duffin Murray

The final of the Under 16 event Paul Verdon vs Aneurin Duffin-Murray

Under 16 event medal winners Paul Verdon far left and Aneurin Duffin Murray 2nd from left

Under 16 event medal winners Paul Verdon (far left) and Aneurin Duffin-Murray (2nd from left)

Fencing: NIJFS Round 5

The 5th round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was hosted by St Columbanus’ College on Saturday 28th March.

In the Under 12 event:

  • Dylan Gardiner finished in 7th place 
  • Morgan Kerr-Milliken finished in 6th place.

In the Under 14 event the final placings were as follows:

  • Matthew McKay 8th;
  • Nkosinathi Khumalo 7th;
  • Noah Brown 5th;
  • and Rowan Luney finished in 3rd place winning a bronze medal.

In the Under 16 event the final results were as follows;

  • Michael Thompson 6th;
  • David Stewart 5th;
  • Aneurin Duffin-Murray and Ben Sloan finished in joint 3rd place, both winning a bronze medal.

Well done to all boys involved on their excellent results! The final round of the Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series will be held at Hunterhouse College on Sunday 26th April.

Aneurin Duffin Murray during the elimination stages of the competition

Aneurin Duffin-Murray during the elimination stages of the competition

Ben Sloan and Aneurin Duffin Murray left with the medal winners in the Under 16 event

Ben Sloan and Aneurin Duffin-Murray left with the medal winners in the Under 16 event

Rowan Luney middle receiving his bronze medal

Rowan Luney (middle) receiving his bronze medal

Fencing Club: Public Schools’ Fencing Championships

Congratulations to the fencers who competed at the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in London.

On Tuesday 17th March, eleven pupils along with Miss Lamrock and fencing coach Katie Arup, set off to London for the three day School trip. On the first day the RBAI party had some time to shop in Covent Garden and they also visited The Shard. The next day began with an early train ride to the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre for the Public Schools’ Fencing Championships.

In the Junior Foil event Paul Verdon, Theo Millar and Ben Sloan finished in the top 16 (out of 103 competitors in this category).

The rest of the boys were reasonably well placed in the face of very strong competition from many of the large English school clubs.

Well done to all boys involved!

Aneurin Duffin Murray and David Stewart taking a break

Aneurin Duffin-Murray and David Stewart taking a break

Aneurin Duffin Murray competing in the first poule

Aneurin Duffin-Murray competing in the first poule

Ben Sloan competing in the knock out stages of the competition

Ben Sloan competing in the knock out stages of the competition

David Stewart competing in the first poule

David Stewart competing in the first poule

Fencers with Katie Arup and Miss Lamrock outside Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Fencers with Katie Arup and Miss Lamrock outside Crystal Palace National Sports Centre

Fencers with Katie Arup and Miss Lamrock outside The Shard

Fencers with Katie Arup and Miss Lamrock outside The Shard

Katie Arup with the Year 9 fencers

Katie Arup with the Year 9 fencers

 

Fencing: BYC Qualifier

The British Youth Championships Qualifier was held at Hunterhouse College on Sunday 8th March.

In the Under 14 event Noah Brown and Luke Macauley finished in 7th and 8th place respectively. Whilst Matthew McKay finished in 3rd place, winning a bronze medal.

In the Under 16 event Paul Verdon finished in 3rd place winning a bronze medal.

Matthew and Paul have qualified for the British Youth Championships and therefore will be representing Northern Ireland at the BYCs in Sheffield in May.

Well done to all boys involved and good luck for the BYC’s!

Matthew McKay 2nd from right with his bronze medal

Matthew McKay 2nd from right with his bronze medal

Matthew McKay and Luke Macauley competing in the poules

Matthew McKay and Luke Macauley competing in the poules

Noah Brown left in the direct elimination stage

Noah Brown left in the direct elimination stage

Paul Verdon with his medal

Paul Verdon with his medal

Fencing: NIJFS Round 4

The 4th round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was hosted by Hunterhouse College on Sunday 8th February.

In the Under 12 event:

  • Morgan Kerr-Milliken finished in 7th place whilst Dylan Gardiner finished in 5th place.

In the Under 14 event the final placings were as follows:

  • Patrick McColl 12th;
  • Nicholas Thomas 11th;
  • Rowan Luney 8th;
  • Nkosinathi Khumalo 7th;
  • Noah Brown 6th;
  • and Matthew McKay both finished in 5th place.

In the Under 16 event the final results were as follows;

  • Michael Thompson 7th;
  • Aneurin Duffin-Murray 6th;
  • David Stewart finished in joint 3rd place winning a bronze medal and
  • Paul Verdon finished in 1st place winning the gold medal.

Well done to all boys involved on their excellent results! The BYC Qualifiers will be held at Hunterhouse College on Sunday 1st March.

Aneurin Duffin Murray and Paul Verdon competing in the poules

Aneurin Duffin Murray and Paul Verdon competing in the poules

Morgan Kerr Milliken competing in the direct elimination stage

Morgan Kerr Milliken competing in the direct elimination stage

Under 16 medal winners Paul Verdon far left and David Stewart far right

Under 16 medal winners Paul Verdon (far left) and David Stewart (far right)

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