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Newsletter February – The Month of BUCS

It may be that February is shorter than other months, but would this stop ICFC from doing stuff? On the contrary! It appears to be a very competition and match loaded month.

 

Men’s 1st team tracked to Oxford to complete their second premier weekend. Since Oxford had been unable to make it for when we were hosting, there were some issues around re-organising it, so in the end it was declared a void. Other than that the second weekend in large mimicked the first with all victories bar against Cambridge, and Glen was named “BK MVP” for his efforts as foil anchor.

 

Both Men’s and Women’s 1st then had their first round of Championship knock-out matches at Ethos, against Manchester and Birmingham respectively. The matches were reasonably relaxed and were both won, the Men by 126-107 and Women 126-88. Semi finals are coming up this Wednesday, with the girls having to track to Cardiff (despite being the higher ranked team) and the Men greeting Edinburgh on home ground. Given that both win their matches, it’s off to Leeds in late March for the finals!

 

In Leeds we will also be joined by the Women’s 2nds who have had a brilliant season. Having had to travel a lot  for the Trophy knock-out matches, they have held their spirits high and gone on to first beat Exeter by 130-127 in the quarter finals and later Plymouth by 124-120. They have the final in Leeds on Tuesday 19th March (Championship finals the day after) against the winner of Aberdeen and Sheffield. As for their league, they had to leave a walkover against Surrey after being unable to field a team resulting in them being ranked 4th with two matches to go.

 

Men’s seconds are wrapping up their league and only have one match left. Their league has proven way to tough despite a good team, but the mood as still been kept on the good side of things and they trot on. Men’s 3rd have had their last match for the season and have ended on 3 victories and 3 losses, ranked 4th out of 7 in their league.

 

BUCS Individuals took place last week as well, and the club did well this year too. In Men’s sabre we had an all IC final between Maiyuran and Camille, who offered a good show before it ended 15-14 for Maiyuran. The other medal collected was by Caitlin in Women’s epee, meaning we had one of each value. All IC results:

 

Men’s sabre:
1. Maiyuran R.
2. Camille v H.
6. Henry G.
41. Loek J.
75. Shaun W.
98. Duncan L.
(108 entries)

Women’s Foil
9. Outi S.
15. Alice M.
72. Sarah C.
(90 entries)

Men’s Foil
26. Glen O.
40. Clyde F.
80. Ed C.
105. Shaun W.
118. Arnold N.
125. Dimitris V.
(134 entries)

Women’s Epee
3. Caitlin J.
8. Kat Y.
53. Becky R.
59. Charlotte L.
(100 entries)

Men’s Epee
16. Harry G.
66. Jamie S.
72. Jon A.
113. Tom P. (pulled out after poule because of injury)
(138 entries)

Women’s Sabre
5. Zoe R.
19. Emma H.
32. Jingles X.
(64 entries)

 

As if BUCS wasn’t enough, two teams went to Paris for the yearly international student competition hosted by École Polytechnique. Entered was one foil team of novices (Cosmin, Martin and George) and the Women’s 1st Epee team (Charlotte, Caitlin and Kat). The latter only came for the team event, but surprised the other teams by rocking up unknown and going on to win, whereas the three foilists fenced both Individual and teams. Final results have not yet been uploaded, but all competitors had great fun and are already looking forward to next year!

 

Finally, we have the AGMs coming up very soon, so by the next newsletter I will be able to announce the new committee! Don’t forget to stand for the positions (you can find a list of them here) by emailing fencing [at] imperial.ac.uk and get someone to second you!

 

Fencing love,

 

Charlotte

 

PS. If you have any more pictures we can upload, please email!

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