September Bulletin

  • 01/09/2017

Our Under 23’s clinch national trophy                                                                  Download pdf

NSW has retained the Charles Stanmore Trophy for Under 23 Championship points.

The last round of the U23 Championships – Men’s & Women’s Sabre – were held in conjunction with AFC3 in Sydney and our sabreurs ensured we held onto the Trophy which was first presented last year.

NSW finished the U23 Championships with 388 points ahead of Victoria on 300. Points are calculated by taking the first four individual placings from each state.

The trophy was donated by Richard Emmerick in honour of NSW Olympian Charles Stanmore who competed in individual epee and all team events at the Helsinki Games in 1952.


U23 Men’s Sabre Champion Alexandre Douglas with William Campbell (SA) and bronze medal winners James Boyd-Hoare and Jack Snell from NSW.


Strong showing by NSW fencers in AFC3

Our fencers competed in all three of the men’s open finals at AFC3 and in one of the women’s open finals.

In Open Men’s Sabre, James Siu snapped up the gold, with James Boyd-Hoare taking silver and Alexandre Douglas bronze.

In Open Men’s Foil, Sholto Douglas prevailed over the Victorians to win gold.

And in Open Men’s Epee, Mark Morris knocked out some big names to reach the final and take silver.

In Open Women’s Epee, Lisa Gemmell won silver and Sarah Osvath bronze.

Miya Herman and Violet Hull scored a brace of bronzes in Open Women’s Foil and Sian Webster also won bronze in Open Women’s Sabre.


Our veterans also competed well with golds to Min Yi Du (sabre), Sarah Osvath (epee), Andrey Tyshchenko (foil), Marvin Song (epee) and Davide Wheeler (sabre).

Silvers were won by Melissa Yeung (epee), Harriet Jordan (sabre), Annabelle Ballard (foil), Radu Vintila (sabre) and Richard Purdie (foil).

Bronze to Kelly Durant (epee). Age category golds to Annabelle Ballard, Duncan Fairweather, Volker Hrovat and Richard Purdie.


AFC Open Men’s Sabre NSW fencers James Siu (gold), James Boyd-Hoare (silver) and Alexandre Douglas who shared bronze with Queensland’s Simon Leitch.

 Sholto Douglas takes gold in the AFC3 Men’s Open Foil ahead of Victorians Chris Nagle (silver), Matt Foster and Tyler Reynolds (bronze).


Pretty happy with that! Mark Morris relishes his silver in AFC3 Open Men’s Epee with gold medal winner Kristian Radford (Vic) and bronze medallists Lachlan Crook (Qld) and Alex Burgun (SA).


AFC3 – NSW Veteran Epee fencers Sarah Osvath and Melissa Yeung win gold and silver with Isobel Ellis (WA) and Maria Kirby (SA) bronze. Annabelle Ballard won 60+ gold and Coraine Sopru (WA) 70+ gold.


A big thanks from Kaye

NSW President Kaye Mahoney says a big ‘thank you’ to all the NSWFA members who pitched in to help present a very successful AFC3 at the NSW Fencing Centre. It was the first time the Centre hosted a national competition and it met the challenge. Visitors from interstate remarked on how good it looked and how well it worked.

All the events started on time and were run efficiently by the DT team of Denise Dapre, Edwin Lapitan, Heather Claydon.

The café volunteers were kept busy serving café lattes and other delicious home-cooked food and drinks. A special thanks to team leader Liz Diskin and her helpers – Sonia Hely, Carla Ciccarelli, Sarah Mekertichian, Noriko Morota-Chu, Madeleine Fairweather, Kayt Spano, Emila Perosh.

Food donated by Carla Harbison-Hardge, Emila Perosh, Judy Lovas, Tracy Ayres, Carla Ciccarelli, Scott Hull, Sue Boydell and Dimi Giovani.

Weapons check was efficiently managed by Jason Morris, Ben Diskin, Adam Reynolds, Sam Salemi, Paul Kurtyka, Dimi Giovani, Claire Daniel, James Hull, Christina Bui and Duncan Fairweather.

Caitlin Taylor, Hugh Cotman and Dimi Giovani kept things ticking over on the fencing floor.

Thanks everyone for a great team effort.

School’s (nearly) out for the year

The 2017 schools fencing season has drawn to a close with the Senior Girl’s and Boy’s Team Championships completed.

In the last round of the school 19 teams competed in the Senior Boy’s Foil Team Championship with Sydney Grammar School again taking home the trophy.

The final round of the new Under 15 Boy’s Foil Team Premiership will be fenced on 9 September.

Sydney Grammar School Captain of Fencing, Gregory Lam, presents the Senior Boy’s Foil Team Championship to Grammar principal Dr Richard Malpass at assembly.


While St Aloys takes epee

St Aloysius A won the Senior Boy’s Epee Team Championship in a tight tussle with Sydney Boys High School A.

The St Aloysius A Team Murray Peh, Luke Rizzo, Emilio Lapitan and Joseph Mayer with their coach Jeff Gray

And Sydney Girls High School scoops epee

NSWFA President Kaye Mahoney with the Senior Girl’s Epee winners – Sydney Girls High School with gold and PLC taking silver and bronze.


Young visitors from China

A team of eight Under 13 fencers (six boys and two girls) from the Hangzhou Youth Sports Centre visited the NSW Fencing Centre on 12-13 August to take part in events that weekend, including the Under 15 Club Team Championships.

The visit was arranged by Leo Yang from Z&L Fencing. Leo says our young visitors enjoyed the opportunity to meet NSW fencers and test their skills.

Under 13 fencers from Hangzhou are presented with certificates recording their visit to the NSW Fencing Centre.


And a feast of fencing at Wagga

When:                     23rd and 24th September 2017

Where: The Riverina Anglican College, Farrer Rd Wagga Wagga                                                                              (Near main entrance to Charles Sturt University)

Registrations close 15min before posted start times

Start Times: Saturday:                                                                 Sunday:
9:15am:    Open Foil                                                                       9.00am: Open Epee
11.00am:  Novice Sabre                                                               10.30am: U/15 Foil
12:30pm:  U/13 Foil                                                                     12.30am: Open Sabre
13:30pm:  Novice Epee                                                                13.30pm: Novice Foil

Cost:   Entry Fee $25 for the first event ($15 for each other event). Pre-registration will receive a $5 discount on each event. Pre-registration closes 16th September.

Entrants must be registered with NSW Fencing Association or their State Association.

There will be some equipment available for hire (let us know in plenty of time) Tracksuit pants may be worn in novice events. Electric bib for foil is not required.

Contact :  Julian on 0409 227 955 or email ;

There will be  a  dinner on the Sat evening at the end of the days events. Everyone welcome to enjoy a friendly meal with all your fencing friends. Adults $25, children $15, Family $50 (2A,2C)Please indicate your attendance (and the number in your party) when you pre-register. These numbers are essential for catering purposes.


Epic Epee in the Mountains

Mountains FC is hosting the Western Sydney Epee Championships at Lawson in the Blue Mountains on Saturday 30 September with Open and Novice (mixed) events.