The overall winners of the inaugural 20+ in Christchurch. Bryan (Baz) Clark, Sabre Martin Brill, Epee Nora Erler, Foil
Thanks to Mid-South and Marguerite for proposing this new event and our host, The Fencing Institute. It was a great opportunity to bring together our adult fencers for fun fencing and to enjoy a social event. We thank Chris Bell, Sally McCance and Hamish Clarke for their refereeing and floor controlling. We also thank Kate and Martin Brill for organisation. Then finally a massive thank you to all the participants and especially to those who went that Extra Mile and traveled by road and plane from Dunedin and Wellington. See you all again next year.
The competition format was the classic and simple one round of pools followed by direct elimination … but with one special twist. The pool bouts were a fought out on the best of three to five hits (three, three minute bouts with one minute rest between each set – shades of Wimbeldon, game, set and match!).
Yes, there was plenty of fencing for all.
Many of the pool bouts went right down to the wire and needed the deciding third to determine victory. It was exciting. There was drama and tension a plenty. With the games often tied at one all, the third called upon the fencer's resources and more often their resourcefulness.
Congratulations to Barry (Baz) Clark on taking on all the events, and not only on cleaning up the Sabre event but most of all, a moral victory because if there had been a “Master of Arms” then Baz would have bragging rights on that as well.
In the Epee a very long in the tooth fencer had collected together his old epees and was made very welcome. Martin Brill returned to the piste after a year long lay off, attracted by the fun of the event rather than the competition itself. Going into the last third of an early bout Martin was heard to remark about the noise of a passing train “that’s not a train that’s me gasping”. However, in a closely fought direct elimination final which saw Andreas Sesun swap to a post grip epee, it was Martin Brill who was victorious.
The foil event (mixed) was equally challenging with another long toothed but spritely fencer taking to the piste. Kate Brill donned foil gear (some begged and borrowed from her son). Nora Erler, however showed great form and great qualities, skillfully dominating throughout. She maintained composure throughout the direct elimination and final to take out the event as the overall winner, with Andreas Sesun picking up the Men’s foil prize.
The barbecue on Saturday evening and spot prizes were appreciated. Bryan “Baz” Clark stole the show at the awards and is now entitled to be called “Gentleman Baz” for his gallant withdrawal from the “Extra Mile” prize which was awarded to Fiona McDonald from Dunedin’s Claymore Swords, as the fencer who traveled the furthest.
Thank you to everyone. It was fun
Good luck, best wishes for the Christmas season and the New Year. We will see you all next year for the 2010 edition of the Over 20’s. Watch the calendar, for some time early in 2010.
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