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|2006-09-23 12:00 - 2006 Commonwealth Fencing Championships|
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|News Flash - update on Day 5, 24 September, Women's Epee Teams and Day 4 Saturday 23 September Men's Epee Team and Women's Foil Teams:|
Day 3, 22 September - Men's Individual Foil and Women's Individual Epee
Day 2, 21 September - Men's Individual Epee
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Day 5 results Women's Epee teams to follow, see above
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|DAY 5 Sunday 24th September|
Three fencers, seeded 6th from the individual event placed New Zealand against 3rd seed England. A solid and patient performance from all the New Zealand women bore the fruits of victory. Leading from the beginning the fencers slowly and carefully pulled away. After her first bout, the replacement of Highton by Crook showed the weakness of the English from the beginning.
4-2 Beer vs Maynard
8-8 Revoe vs Beadsworth
10-8 Hope vs Highton
15-10 Revie vs Maynard
24-15 Beer vs Crook
29-25 Hope vs Beadsworth
34-30 Revie vs Crook
40-35 Hope vs Maynard
45-36 Beer Beadsworth
For the semi-final bout NZ drew 7th seeded South Africa who had already eliminated the number 2 seed India. All the fencers were cautious and tentative. After the first match the score was 0-0. It level pegged then South Africa’s Barlow pulled a three hit lead from a tense Revie. Jessica Beer pulled the score back to a one hit lead at 24-23 which included a stream of doubles from counter-attack on Jess’s attack. Kathlene Revie fenced a very focused three minute bout conceding just one hit to level the score 24-24. Jenny Hope put the hammer down and edged the lead ahead with the score 25-27. Jessica confronted a switched on Barlow. An early hit to Jessica was won when Jess forced Barlow off the back of the piste. Barlow fought back and with 3 seconds remaining the score was level 32-32. Time expired and a final minute was commenced. The hall was silent. Jess edged forwards, pushing Barlow to the rear of the piste. A quick attack from Jess and the New Zealand team’s red light illuminated. The New Zealand team erupted. They raced to celebrate with Jess but quickly backed off so the fencers could salute and shake hands.
This marks a mile stone in New Zealand fencing history. A Commonwealth Fencing Championship medal is assured. The first to have been won in 36 years since the inception of the Commonwealth Fencing Championships.
0-0 Barlow vs Hope
7-7 barnes vs Beer
9-8 Huang vs Revie
10-9 Barnes vs Hope
14-11 barlow vs Revie
23-24 Huang vs Beer
24-24 Barnes vs Revie
25-27 Huang vs Hope
32-32 Barlow vs Beer
32-33 Barlow vs Beer
In the final match New Zealand faced the top seed Australia.
Their top fencer Amber Parkinson led off with a mere one hit lead against Jenny Hope and the score 4-3 at the change. Jessica put the hammer to the metal against Catherine MacKay and reversed the lead to a four hit difference in New Zeland’s favour 6-10. As Haswell cam on for the third bout the Australian’s announced they would be subbing MacKay off for their reserve Hartley.
Revie punished any sloppy fencing by Haswell and stretched the lead to seven points with the score 8-15 in NZ favour. Hartley put on a good showing realing in the NZ lead by 3 points. But Hope managed to extend the score line at the change to 16-20. In the fifth bout, NZ’s number 3 fencer, Revie confronted Australia’s number one and conceded 6 hits, however was able to inflict a punishing 5 hits. At the change NZ still led by 3 points 22-25. Haswell then had to face a hot Beer, who piled on 5 more hits but conceded only 3 so extended the lead further to 5 hits. 25-30 at the change.
For the last three bouts Australia was on the mat. Revie put her foot on the throat and kept it there. Even though Hartley scored 7 hits, Revie countered with 5 punishing points to keep New Zealand 3 points ahead. 32-35 at the change.
Haswell was only able to make 3 points while Jennifer Hope poured on the gas to take a 5 hit lead with the score 35-40 at the change.
Amber Parkinson did not have any replies to Jessica Beer. Parkinson’s 3 points were countered by Beer ramming in 5 for a victory by 8 points, 38-45 and Commonwealth Fencing Championship team gold medal.
Overall a fantastic team effort by three wonderful fencers, showing the power of three, by taking on the number 1 seeded Australians and winning hands down, fair and square. Now the new Commonwealth Fencing Champions for the next four years.
DAY 4 Saturday 23 September
Women’s Foil Teams:
The New Zealand women worked hard but were beaten by the strong and steady fencing for Singapore.
3-2 Coleman vs Tay
3 – 10 McDonald vs Ng
9-15 Wenborn vs Wong
10-20 McDonald vs Tay
13-25 Coleman vs Wong
18-30 Wenborn vs Ng
20-35 McDonald vs Wong
24-40 Wenborn vs Tay
26-45 Coleman vs Ng
New Zealand fenced off for 9th place against South Africa. After some dazzling gymnastic displays, including an attack with commando style forward role Monique led the team to a final victory.
Men’s Epee Teams
Based on the final placings of our top three team fencers New Zealand was seeded 8th and drew 9th Seed India for their first qualifying match for the last eight.
Martin Brill, the Team Captain, very skillfully drew the top of the score sheet. NZ fencers took number 1 (Kyle Macdonald), 2 (Jared Cahan), 3 (Rock Cahan) the Reserve Andreas Sesun.
The rationale for the order of bouts choice was we wanted our strongest fencers to have the last bout and the weakest, to finish first. Because of the order of fencing the opponents, the top of the score sheet is preferable (being 1,2,3). After the first three bouts the top of the sheet team has the best chance of leading the score (all thing being equal) – which influences the match tactics, whether we are leading or chasing with regards the score.
The first match was against India, which was a great opportunity to put in to practice team fencing tactics, as with most people, hey all three have a natural inclination to go after the hits, rather than be patient and allow the opposition to come to them.
So the match had a slow beginning, then in the 4th, 5th and 6th bouts the Indian fencers succumbed to the pressure of being led on the score, which allowed our fencers to severly punish their mistakes.
New Zealand vs India
3 - 1 Rock Cahan vs Atom
10 – 3 Macdonald vs Athokpam
12 - 4 J Cahan vs Singh
17 - 7 Macdonald vs Atom
21 – 7 R Cahan vs Singh
30 – 15 J Cahan vs Athokpam
Macdonald & Singh; tactical replacement called by both team captains with Sesun & Ramnil
35 – 16 Sesun vs Ramnil
37 – 19 J Cahan vs Atom
45 – 24 R Cahan vs Athokpam
New Zealand victory 45-24
NZL then went on to fence number one seeded Canada. The same order was selected … why change a winning formulae? In the end the end Canada was just too strong – in fact from the very beginning they were too strong – three hits scored by New Zealand in the first three bouts put Canada in an unassailable position – they were head and shoulders, way above our level. A privilege to have fenced them.
New Zealand vs Canada
1 – 5 R Cahan vs Pelletier
2 – 10 Macdonald vs Linteau
3- 15 J Cahan vs Lelion
5 – 20 Macdonald vs Pelletier
7 - 25 R Cahan vs Lelion
9 – 30 JCahan vs Linteau
Macdonald & Lelion ; tactical replacement called by both team captains with Sesun & Ramnil
13-35 Sesun vs Leblanc
14- 40 J Cahan vs Pelletier
19 – 45 R Cahan
Canada resoundingly beat NZL 19-45. Their first step towards their Commonwealth Championship Men’s Epee Team gold medal.
The final match for the men’s epee team was against Scotland which they won. George Liston their number was their danger man, inflicting ,most of the damage. The final score 37 – 45 for Scotland put New Zealand in to 8th place behind Australia.
DAY 3 Friday 22 September
MEN’S INDIVIDUAL FOIL – 41 fencers:
Wayne and Blair were warmed up, and the first round pool had its moments. Blair had 3 victories from six bouts with steady fencing. Only one bout was a 50/50 that sadly went the Welsh way. On the next piste, Yuan (Wayne) Cui held his own with 3 victories from five bouts. His commenced a little tentatively, favouring to protect his rear (right) ankle that was a little tender from a strain a couple of weeks ago. As the day progressed he grew in confidence.
First round result was 18th seed for Wayne and equal 22nd for Blair leading to a bye for both Blair and Wayne into the direct elimination tableau of 32.
In the De32, of his 4-15 loss to Keith Cook the slight pocket rocket from Scotland, Blair said “I was comprehensively out fenced. He was very neat and tidy, with lightening fast feet, and millimeter control of distance.”
Across Kings Hall, Wayne confronted a “BIG” Scottish highlander. The score stretched out to 2-7 against Wayne. Summoning up his ballistic speed, Wayne clawed the score back to 12-12 with just seconds remaining in the third period. Time expired, Wayne won the priority and when the referee said “Allez” the pressure was on. Wayne was driven back towards the rear limit, a step back parry riposte and a single red light announced “Victory” and progression through to the DE16.
Wayne’s bout was against the tall 19 year old Kember of England. With the score at 0-9 against Wayne it looked like all over rover. By the end of the first perion the score was 1-12. Pierre Harper, the England Coach was slouched very relaxed in his chair. In the minute break there was a brief discussion with Martin and advice on managing the distance, increasing the tempo and making use of the parry riposte.
The next three minutes saw the score inch back … 2-12, 3-12, 4-12. Then Pierre Harper started to equally inch a little more upright in his seat … 5-12, 6-12, 7-12. A broken blade and his foil was replaced with Wayne’s last working foils. Blair leaped in to action and started converting his right handed weapons to left for Wayne. Then there was another break. Kember was exhausted. The third period recommenced and Wayne continued to work hard, in fact very hard … 8-12, 9-12 … by now Pierre Harper was sitting bolt upright! The scoring continued but Kember finally managed a few hits. The score inched on to 12-14 and sadly the green light illuminated one time too many and the referee awarded the hit and bout to Kember. Spontaneous applause burst out and echoed around the stadium.
Pierre Harper wasonce again slumped relaxed back in to his chair.
Wayne saluted everyone. He stood tall. Kember relieved, they shook hands. Wayne thanked everyone, the team and his supporters. For having lost he was also a winner.
Men’s Foil Commonwealth Fencing Champion Joshua McGuire Canada. Vice-Champion Keith Cook Scotland – a sizzling final.
WOMEN’S INDIVIDUAL EPEE:
Round one saw Kathlene Revie have a great pool, taking 4 victories out of six bouts. Jessica Beer fenced steadily and Jenny Hope produced some wonderful hits and all qualified with byes through to the DE32. Kathlene then had an atrocious moment or fifteen and the opportunity to continue slipped away. A river of tears. The best place to cry is in the showers … but at Kings Hall there are no showers or changing rooms. Only the toilet blocks.
Jessica and Jenny each drew the opponent they dreaded most – each other. Kiwi against Kiwi. The line honours went to Jessica.
In the DE16 Jessica demolished the Welsh fencer and progressed through to the last 8 and a chance of a medal.
Jessica was up against a Canadian, Switzer. Accompanied by an Australian coach in the arena she began the match. Unable to take the initiative and score singles, double hits inched the score closer and closer after the break to 15. Sadly her personal hoipes and those for New Zealand’s first Commonwealth Fencing Championship gold, silver or bronze medal faded. Switzer’s red light illuminated one last time as a final stop sign for Jessica.
However, Jessica won the 6th place, the highest placing in an individual event of any New Zealand fencer at a Commonwealth fencing Championship. The organizers have, for the first time, provided Commonwealth Fencing Championship medals for 5th to 8th places.
Women’s Epee Commonwealth Fencing Champion – Switzer, Canada.
Vice-Champion Amber Parkinson, Australia
DAY 2 Thursday 21st September
Men’s Individual Epee:
Seeding in to the first round of the men’s epee was good with all (Kyle, Jared, Andreas and Rock) placed between 10th and 16th. This being the result of the team members all having a world ranking from having earned points from Challenge Australia.
From the first round of pools:
Rock Cahan, 10th on initial seeding, victories 3out of 6 bouts (pool of 7), seeding after round 1 23rd
Andreas Sesun, 12th on initial seeding, victories 3 out of 6 (pool of 7) seeding after round 1, 25th
Kyle Mcdonald, 13th on initial seeding, victories 3 out of 5 bouts (pool of 6), seeding after round 1 20th
Jared Cahan, 14th on initial seeding, victories 3 out 5 bouts (pool of 7), seeding after round 1, 12th.
The round 1 performances was fairly evenly spread across the competition of pools.
Kyle and Andreas had seedings that put them in to the incomplete DE of 64 and suffice to say that they had an atrocious round – a very bad day at the office. Eliminated early.
Jared and Rock got byes through to the DE 32.
Jared had a blinder of a first period against Jonny Willis of Northern Ireland. But from then on it all went pear shaped. On the oter side of the stadium, Rock was causing havoc with the Canadians, playing with their heads. But sadly with the score at 14-14 it was Pelletier who pulled the rabbit out of the hat.
DAY 1 Wednesday 20th September
The Kings Hall Belfast is a rather agricultural venue. Tractor displays and big rig trucks. The training hall has a very agricultural ambiance. The scent of cattle beast was not so evident after ten minutes. After finding the fencers who did not arrive on schedule for a couple of days, the bags that arrived a day late, the emergency credit cards to replace lost /stolen cards, day one of fencing began with a vengeance.
This the ninth Commonwealth fencing Championships with 17 Countries is by far the largest ever held.
First up Women’s foil, 43 fencers, reduced to 42 by the none-arrival of the fencer from Sierra Leone. Six pools of seven. Fiona McDonald faced a trial by fire. She quickly discovered why many were saying her pool was by far the toughest. Strong and intimidating opponents racked up the rhythm and tempo, all played havoc with her nerves. Each hesitation was profited on by her opponents. Sadly no victories, scoring only five hits put her at a disappointing 39th place into the incomplete direct elimination tableau of 64.
On the piste beside Fiona was Lydia Wenborn strongly supported by her family – mum, dad, sister, brother in law, nephew and niece. Lydia, quiet and in control fenced a really solid first round pool. She managed the moments well, retained her composure, strong focus. Any flicker of hesitation, self-doubt seemed to be shrugged off with a clear commitment to get on with the action and work it. She took the opportunities that presented themselves and came away with 3 wins and 3 losses and was 22nd seed in the direct elimination tableau and a bye straight to the DE 32.
Monique Coleman started started her pool on fire with a blistering 5-0 victory. A long break in the pool due to a fencer presenting on the piste with an excessively small lame jacket and the replacement was painfully slow. This clearly delayed progress and took the heat out. In Monique’s third bout a twinge of anguish passed through us all as Monique indicated that her shoulder was feeling the pressure. A call for ice was made and assistance was quickly on hand. With caution she fenced carefully and patiently through to the end of the pool, with 2 victories and taking a 28th seed, to fence in the incomplete direct elimination tableau of 64.
In the DE Fiona really took the bit between the teeth. She was determined and pushed through any fear and cast aside her Indian opponent 15-11 (exact score to be confirmed).
Monique also demolished her Northern Island opponent (15-7). Beginning patiently she nothched up the victory with astute and careful fencing. Perhaps it could have been done more quickly, but under the circumstances of the need to minimize the shoulder stress it went well.
Now that all three fencers were in the DE of 32, the fencing went up a notch. Sadly the outcome for all three was the same, defeats. However each fencer had their moments – of special mention was Lydia who began by taking the score to a 2-0 lead. This was sadly lost and at the minute break the score was 11-4. She came back in the second period really well. But the late run was not early enough to avoid the 15-9 loss. The last period of the bout had the score rate 5-4 was in favour of Lydia
Final palcing details …. TO BE ADVISED
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