EDIT: The Namih cup has been postponed and will occur at a later date (TBC). The annual Namih Cup will be held on the 7th, 14th and 18th of December. The Namih Cup is a team foil competition where each team is comprised of one experienced, one intermediate and one novice fencer. Keep an eye on this post as it’ll be updated with news and results as they are released.
This week was our first home match, and as the saying goes, those who are closest are last to arrive. It was our turn as the home team to turn up after the away team arrived. Though I (Angie), being the #keenbean that I am had arrived over an hour before the match (Cancelled lecture – I’m not that keen) to be called away to get kit for said match. After awkwardly waiting at the bus stop outside Beit for 5 minutes, waving on buses as they stopped, for Grace to help with the kit. We went up to the cupboard and proceeded to chat for over half an hour with our lovely President (Carys). We even convinced her to referee for us. Score.
The team turned up to the hall for the match – arriving BEFORE the home team. Walking into the hall, there was a hope that maybe this time we would win the match. Little did we know the hall’s dank, dark appearance was some foreshadowing. We slowly started to understand a reason that the home team may have not arrived so early would be due to the smell of the hall – seriously that place smelt BAD. Though things looked promising when the home team arrived with only four fencers. (more…)
Imperial College Fencing Club is one of the largest sports clubs at Imperial College London. Through a strong BUCS presence, twice weekly training sessions and regular socials we support our members, from world-class fencers to complete novices, in épée, sabre and foil.
As the winter months set in and Christmas drew closer ICFC was busy fighting, competing having fun and procrastinating our heavy work loads. Training has continued as normal, with highlights such as ambidextrous fencing, and our strength and conditioning coaches attempting an Iron man of foil, epee and sabre matches and novel foil scoring system involving balloons for the novices for the end of term.
BUCS matches have continued, both the men’s and women’s 1sts having there first weekend fixtures. The men dominated their weekend in Oxford on the 16 and 17th of November, although with some almost photo finishes they won all th, see Camille’s match report for the full story. The women’s 1st team struggled more on their weekend hosted by Surrey on 23rd and 24th November , as although the epee and sabre teams did well, they were weak on foilists, see Emma excellent match report coming soon. The womens seconds have got through the first round of the cup on the 11th December and the men’s seconds and thirds continue to hold there own in there leagues and look forward to their cup matches. Thanks and good luck to everyone on the teams this term!
Socially the club has continued to be very active, as well as Union/Eastside trips after training, we had Christmas dinner (organised by our lovely social sec becky ) which was a success with over 25 people coming down to Hammersmith to listen to me make a fool of myself eating Christmas pudding and be festive. As a end of term treat our valiant Vice President Loek lead an expedition to our enemies to the North, aka UCl in a friendly match where we won 110-109, congrats guys.
In individual competitions we also had a very good term, the National Novice Championships at Warwick we sent out a few enthusiastic novices for their first taste of competition and they all did incredibly well with our very own Novice Captain Cosmin placing 3rd in foil. At the Beazley British National Championships sabreurs Maiyuran and Zoe both won bronze. Also Imperial Men’s Sabre team won the team nationals making them the best sabre team the country, well done guys!
Next term we looking forward to a huge amount of BUCs including the Individual Championships on 21st to 23rd February and BUCS Big Wednesday on the 26th March. Also over Valentine’s weekend we are going to Paris to fence at the Ecole Polytechnique in a team and individual competition called Challenge international d’escrime 2014. Watch your emails for detail on all of these! At the start of term the intermediate course is starting up for all novices continuing into the new year.
Its been a great first term for ICFC and we are looking forward to the new year,
The first fencing premiership BUCS tournament was held in Oxford two week ends ago, where the home crew as well as Cambridge, UCL, Bristol and the mighty Imperial crossed swords once again.
For two days, the valiant teams competed to take lead in the race for the coveted league title. Saturday started with an early 9am match against Bristol. Winning the weapon’s order toss, we decided to start with our foilists who were so pumped they had begun their warm-up the night before. Despite a tricky opposition, the team pulled off a promising 45-42 win. Sabre was up next, and we decided to sharpen the game. A ruthless and almost perfect performance by Chris “8pak” Lawrence lead to a 45-15 sweep, and left no time for the opposition to realise that their match was getting out of hand. This inspired the epee to finish off the match, scoring 41 points and giving the newly named “Pimperials” a comfortable win, 131-102.
Next on the list was the talented Cambridge team, an old rival that has been known to give Imperial fencers a hard time… Foilists were put up first and trailed by a few hits against a strong side. However as the match progressed, Imperial fencer “Super-Soren” Pfizer got increasingly angry, leaving no chances for a terrified Cambridge team. A beautiful finish by Glen “The Beast” Ostacchini turned the tables round and ended the match in a 44-42 win. Sabre was up next and felt pressured to perform after the textbook foil win. But the sabreurs were too proud to be outdone by another weapon and slashed their way through the opposite side to fetch a brutal 45-18 win. This provided a precious lead against Cambridge’s tricky Epee team. The epeeists did not take this as a sign to rest though, and battled to the finish getting an impressive 35 hits. This totalled to a 124-105 for Pimperials, showing the opposition who was really dominating the tournament. Not this year, Cambridge2far.
After a long tiring day of winning, the Imperial fencers gathered their forces to fight the Blues for Saturday’s last match. To the keen Imperial foilists’ disappointment, the weapon’s order toss was lost so the sabreurs reluctantly warmed up to start the match. Just kidding, they absolutely could not wait to kick some butt. The trio sharpened their swords and slew the Oxford sabreurs 45-15 with a star indicator by Didier “Old-School” Nolhmann. As Oxford’s strengths lying in Foil and Epee, the next match promised to be challenging. However Pimperial foilists kept it together, and with some swift attacks from Clyde “The Beard” Fare, reached a safe 36 hits against their on-form adversaries. The tension was at its peak as Epee started the last leg, needing 25 hits to win against the Blues. A difficult start showed that it was not going to be an easy finish. Wanna-be epeeists Camille Van Hoffelen and “M-Iron Man” used their sabre speed to confuse the opponents, pushing the Oxford team’s pride a little further into the ground with Maiyuran’s toe shattering foot flick. In the second half of the match however, Oxford changed tactics and played time. They were trying to avoid being hit, betting that their anchor would be able to catch it all up against our second-finisher. Little did they know that Jonathan “Ice-Croft” Ashcroft was the coolest man alive, and slowly took apart the top Oxford epeeist’s game in a thrilling penultimate bout. This gave the leverage for Harry “The Flick” Gulliver to finish off the match 45-25, winning overall by one point. Or as we like to call it, “one-ing” against the Blues.
After a well deserved lie-in on Sunday, Pimperials got ready for the last match of the tournament against an impressive, newly promoted UCL team. Sabre was set to start. The on-form UCL side fenced really well, but the sabre trio kept focus and won a comfortable 45-25. Epee was granted the arrival of resident star Jamie “The Hulk” Simpson direct from Bratislava U20 World Cup. His intimidating shouts and signature Green Mask spurred the team forwards. Harry “The Flick” Gulliver proceeded to destroy the opposition with his flawless technique in a 12 hit run, leading to a huge 38 points against an international standard UCL side. This left foil with a tense finishing task. A combative UCL side grinded away hits and kept up the suspense down to the last few seconds. Despite the building tension, a solid performance from “Super-Soren” and “Is it a sabreur, is it a foilist, is it an epeeist, no, it’s M-Iron Man” carried the Imperial team 2 points from the win in the penultimate bout. This paved the way for Glen “The Beast” Ostacchinni and his imperturbable concentration to shine at the tensest of moments and take the win by scoring 4 consecutive parries over the UCL finisher. Pimperial won the last match of the weekend 118-114, coming back home with a clean sheet and hunger for many more.
This week end proved to be a massive team effort, where the 10 Imperial men came together and showed how strong and talented they were. The other universities of the premiership have now been warned. Imperial is the team to fear for this year’s BUCS title.