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 Success at the Exalibur Cup

The Excalibur cup was held on Sunday 1st February in Dalkey in South Dublin.  Well done to Matthew McKay in Year 9 who finished third and received a bronze medal in the Under 13 event.

Matthew McKay right with his bronze medal

Matthew McKay (right) with his bronze medal

NIJFS Round 3

Fencing Club:

The 3rd round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was hosted by Sullivan Upper on Saturday 17th January.

In the Under 12 event:

Jonathan marks finished in 11th place whilst Dylan Gardiner and Joshua Watters finished in 5th and 6th place respectively.

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

Rowan Luney 9th;

Nkosinathi Khumalo 6th;

Noah Brown and Matthew McKay both finished in joint 3rd place, each winning a bronze medal.

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

David Stewart 7th;

Michael Thompson 5th;

Ben Sloan and Aneurin Duffin-Murray finished in joint 3rd place, each 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 next round of the Junior Foil Series will be held at Hunterhouse College on Sunday 8th February.

Under 16 medal winners Ben Sloan far left and Paul Verdon far right

Noah Brown and Matthew McKay bronze medal winners

Fencing: NIJFS Round 2 2014

The 2nd round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was hosted by RBAI on Sunday 7th December. There was a great atmosphere in the Sports Hall and everyone was very impressed by the tasty treats and Christmas crafts on sale that were handmade by the Mums of the RBAI fencers.

In the Under 12 event:

Jonathan marks finished in 11th place whilst Joshua Watters and Dylan Gardiner finished in 7th and 8th place respectively.

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

  • Nick Thomas 15th;
  • Patrick McColl 14th;
  • Ross Chambers 13th;
  • Rowan Luney 10th;
  • Nkosinathi Khumalo 9th;
  • Noah Brown 7th;
  • And Matthew McKay finished in joint 3rd place, winning a bronze medal.

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

  • Michael Thompson 8th;
  • David Stewart 7th;
  • Ben Sloan 6th;
  • Aneurin Duffin-Murray 5th
  • and Paul Verdon finished in 1st place winning the gold medal.

Well done to all boys involved. Thanks to everyone who made the day such a success; in particular to Mrs McKay, Ms Graham, Mrs Brown and Mrs Verdon whose help was invaluable.

Dads working hard!

Dads working hard!

Fencing Coach Katie and Mrs McKay at the tea and coffee stall

Fencing Coach Katie and Mrs McKay at the tea and coffee stall

Matthew McKay far right - bronze medal winner

Matthew McKay (far right) - bronze medal winner

Nick Thomas and Patrick McColl taking a break

Nick Thomas and Patrick McColl taking a break

Noah Brown and  Rowan Luney in the direct elimination stage

Noah Brown and  Rowan Luney in the direct elimination stage

Paul Verdon far left - gold medal winner

Paul Verdon (far left) - gold medal winner

RBAI Christmas trees made by Mrs McKay

RBAI Christmas trees made by Mrs McKay

The competition in full swing

The competition in full swing

Fencing Club Success:Matthew McKay receives bronze medal

The Lord Killanin Trophy was held on Sunday 9th November in Dublin.  Well done to Matthew McKay in Year 9 who finished third and received a bronze medal in the Under 13 event. 

Matthew McKay middle received a bronze medal in the Lord Killilan Trophy in Dublin

Matthew McKay (middle) received a bronze medal in the Lord Killilan Trophy in Dublin

Fencing: NIJFS 2014 Round 1

The 1st round of this year’s Northern Ireland Junior Foil Series was hosted by Grosvenor Grammar School on Saturday 18th October.

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

  • Theo Fitch 14th;
  • Nkosinathi Khumalo 13th;
  • Noah Brown 10th;
  • Rowan Luney 8th;
  • And Matthew McKay finished in joint 3rd place winning a bronze medal.

In the Under 16 event Michael Thompson 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. The next round will take place on Sunday 7th December at RBAI.

Medal winners Paul Verdon and Matthew McKay

Medal winners Paul Verdon and Matthew McKay

Michael Thompson competing in the first poule

Michael Thompson competing in the first poule

Noah Brown competing in the 1st round of the NIJFS

Noah Brown competing in the 1st round of the NIJFS

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