Saturday the 2nd of February saw six of England’s top fencers travel to the capital to take on the current BUCS champions and rising talents of the Edinburgh University Fencing Club in their first ever head-to-head. The crowds that had turned up to support their home team at the biggest fixture that the club has hosted for decades were treated to an intense and captivating sporting event.
First up was the epée weapon. The impressive range of titles from competing athletes such as Danielle Lawson (Senior Commonwealth Champion) and Elliott Grover (Senior British Championship Medallist) representing England, and Viktoria-Luise Koch (BUCS Champion) and Calum Johnston (6x Senior Scottish Champion) from the University of Edinburgh meant that this was going to be an interesting match. Unfortunately however, the England side was just too strong, winning 20-6.
The following weapon, sabre, also boasted a high calibre of athletes: Sarahjane Hampson (Senior Commonwealth Silver Medallist) and Aliya Itzkowitz (3x World Cup Meadallist). However, the match against Edinburgh’s Jamie Craze (Double U20 British Champion) and England’s Soji Aiyenuro (Senior Commonwealth Champion) left spectators on the edge of their seats. England’s win was secured by only one point (20-19) due to Edinburgh’s valiant efforts.
Concluding the event was the much-anticipated foil weapon, in which Edinburgh’s Senior British Champion Chloe Dickson would go head-to-head against England’s 4x Senior British Champion Ayesha Fihosy. Stepping up to the plate afterwards was Keith Cook (Senior British Champion) against Ben Peggs (Senior British Champion Medallist) in a match so intense, that breaks had to be had, allowing for both athletes and spectators to catch their breath. Much like the previous event, the score was close, with England edging ahead by four points (20-16).
The University’s Fencing Club President, Etienne Sadeghpoor said that it was a “very proud moment to see ten months-worth of planning come together” and that he felt that the event had “succeeded in not only bringing the Edinburgh fencing community together, but moreover the wider fencing world, which will hopefully lead to even greater success with similar events in the future.”
This is only the beginning of a very exciting season for the University’s Fencing team. The women will be hoping to retain their coveted BUCS Champion title at this year’s competition in February and the men are also intent on securing further medals for the club.