Leon Paul Junior Series

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On Sunday 13th April the intrepid Nobles once again took to the road to and competed in the Durham LPJS. Both showed that their fencing had once again made great strides with Fin winning Gold and Niamh taking Silver in their categories. A superb achievement for them both.

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The Talented Noble siblings keep on winning!

The Nobles had a very busy weekend over the 22nd and 23rd of March travelling to the Brixton LPJS on the Saturday and then to the Yorkshire LPJS in Halifax on the Sunday.

Fin With Gold at Brixton

Fin With Gold at Brixton

It was another medal winning weekend with Fin taking Gold in the plate competition in Brixton and Niamh taking Gold in Halifax on the Sunday. What an achievement, especially as this was her third competition in the space of 4 days!

Niamh with Gold at Halifax

Niamh with Gold at Halifax

Niamh Performs well at Crystal Palace

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Niamh Noble took part in the very prestigious Public Schools Championships at Crystal Palace in London. She fought really well showing great progress. She was ranked 7th out of 62 girls after two rounds of poules and was unfortunate to go out in the last 32, finishing 17th. Well done for taking part in this important competition.

EM British Youth Championship Qualifiers

Frisby Fencers were well represented at the EM British Youth Championship Qualifiers on Saturday 8th March in Mansfield. This competition is held to find the best fencers from each Region in the country to take part in the finals in Sheffield in May. Niamh Noble and Fin Noble both won Silver medals to qualify for the finals in the under 14 and under 12 categories respectively.

Silver Medalists Niamh and Fin

Silver Medalists Niamh and Fin

Kathryn Walkden fenced the best she had ever done in a competition and is gaining in confidence. William Atkinson survived a trying day and showed true spirit, narrowly missing out on qualification. Harry Palmer also just missed out in qualifying in the Under 14 boys, losing 15-14 in the last eight to one of the finalists. A great day by all of our fencers. Owen Jordan and Matt Bolton have already qualified for the finals thanks to their great performances last year.

Niamh and Fin at the LPJS event

On February 1st Fin and Niamh Noble travelled down to the new Leon Paul Fencing Centre to take part in the new LPJS event there. Fin won a bronze medal out of a field of 15 fencers, a fantastic achievement, which is shown in his happy face! Niamh also fenced really well against tough opposition. These two young Frisby Fencers are quickly gaining experience.
Fin with his Bronze medal

Fin with his Bronze medal

East Midlands Youth Championships

Frisby Fencers had 5 fencers at the East Midlands Youth Championships held at Mansfield on November 9th. We had a very successful day winning two Golds and One Silver. The Golds were won by Niamh Noble (Under 13 Girls’ Epee) and William Atkinson (Under 9 Boys’ Epee). Fin Noble won Silver in the Under 9 Epee. Kathryn Walkden took part in the Under 13 Girls’ Epee and Joseph Atkinson fenced in the Under 9 Boys’ Epee, both fenced really well. All the fencers were a credit to the club

Niamh Noble (Under 13 Girls' Epee) and William Atkinson (Under 9 Boys' Epee). Fin Noble

Niamh Noble (Under 13 Girls’ Epee) and William Atkinson (Under 9 Boys’ Epee). Fin Noble

Under 13 Girls The Boys

Owen Jordan ends the Domestic Season as the number 1 ranked Cadet and is selected to go to the World Championships

He has just received confirmation that he has been selected to represent Great Britain at the Cadet World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria from the 3-12th of April. He is part of a three man team. He has finished the domestic season as the number 1 ranked GB under 17 fencer with 13,377 points, a year younger than the second and third placed fencers. At the weekend he finished 7th out of 60, the highest placed East Midlands fencer, in the Cadet (u17) British Championships. He lost 15-14 to the eventual winner. On the Sunday he competed in the Junior (u20) Championships and finished 14th out of 57, again the highest placed fencer from our Region. He lost 13-11 on time to an experienced fencer from Brixton who finished 5th. This shows great progress as has another year at Cadet and 4 more years as a Junior.

Owen Jordan selected to go to the European Championships

Owen Jordan has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Cadet (U17) Championships in Jerusalem (23/02 – 27/02/2014). Owen is part of a 4 man squad going to the tournament. He has had an outstanding year both in the British Selection Circuit, where he won Gold and Silver at two of the events (Gateshead and Lancashire). These great performances meant that he was selected as part of the GB team to all 3 of the International events over the last couple of months. He fenced in the Cadet Men’s Epee International Competitions in Bonn, Copenhagen and Bratislava this winter. In Copenhagen he finished 11th out of 129, the highest ranked fencer from Great Britain at this event, and this last weekend he came 41st out of 268 in a very tough competition in Bratislava, losing 15-12 to one of the top 5 Hungarian fencers. He is a remarkable young fencer who not only competes at a high level, usually against fencers older than himself, but is an inspiration to our younger fencers. His standard of fencing and results meant that he was selected to fence in the Helsinki Men’s Epee (Under 20) this year for GB, but he chose to wait until he was older; he’s still just 15. We could not be more proud of him. 

Success at the London Leon Paul

On Saturday February 1st two young members of Frisby Fencers traveled down to London to compete in the London Leon Paul Junior Series event. This is a series of competitions that were created to introduce young fencers to competitive fencing and virtually all of the successful Great British international fencers started here. It was held at the new Leon Paul Fencing Centre; this is a purpose built fencing salle with state of the art competition pistes and scoring equipment – an experience in itself, just to fence there.

Finlay (10) and Niamh (12) Noble entered the Boys’ Under 11 Epee and the Girls Under 13 Epee. After two rounds of poules Finlay was ranked 3rd out of 15, winning 5 of his matches and only losing by 1 or 2 points in the other 3. He won his first Direct Elimination 10-3 against Archie Mount from Haverstock (a very well renowned club from London). His second DE victory was 10-7 against Muhammed Farnsworth from Dream. In the Semi Final he fenced Theo Cheshire from City of London Fencing Club and in a tight match lost 10-7. All of the other fencers except one were from London clubs. His superb fencing meant that he won a Bronze medal! His sister Niamh was ranked 8th out of 19 after the poules and went on to finish 12th, after losing a very close fight 10-8 to Maisie McCormack. They both fenced superbly and were a credit to the club. We are very proud of both of them!

Melton Times Article

If you would like to read a good write up on the East Midlands Youth Championship there is a nice article in the Melton Times (below is an extract):

Frisby Fencers sent five youngsters to compete in two categories at the East Midlands Youth Championships, held at The Samworth Church Academy, in Mansfield.

Niamh Noble and Kathryn Walkden entered the girls’ under 13s epee, while William Atkinson, Joseph Atkinson and Finlay Noble all took part in the under 9s boys’ epee.

Congratulations to all those that took part you make the club very proud.