Fencing: Hunts have to settle for silver

Fencers from the Huntingdonshire club were in action again last weekend, when they hosted the County Captains 4 Weapon Invitation Championship at St Neots Leisure Centre. The competition, for teams consisting of a male foilist, a female foilist, an epeeis

Fencers from the Huntingdonshire club were in action again last weekend, when they hosted the County Captains 4 Weapon Invitation Championship at St Neots Leisure Centre.

The competition, for teams consisting of a male foilist, a female foilist, an epeeist and a sabreur, included teams from as far afield as Colchester and Chelmsford.

Hunts entered three teams and after the preliminary seeding rounds, Hunts A - Tracey Coates and Chris Convine (foil), Ivan Ward (epee) and Mike Ellis (sabre) - came through undefeated to be ranked number two.

The B Team - Lizzie Tozer, Ian Coates, Dan Tozer and Sarah Luff were the number five seeds, while the C Team - Barbara Scanlon-Carling, Richard Philip, Dan Sparrow and Matt Dalton were seeded six.


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During the seeding round matches, A Team member Ellis, the club's senior coach making his competition come back, had the misfortune to turn his ankle and had to retire from the event. The only replacement available was Mike Jarvis from Chelmsford B who had just been eliminated.

In the quarter finals Hunts A beat Chelmsford C 40-37 with Jarvis hanging onto a substantial lead against his own clubmate, while in the semi-final it was Coates who booked a place in the final with a 40-37 win.

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In the final against Colchester and District FC, a disastrous start to the match left Coates with just too much to pull back and despite getting more than 20 hits, Hunts went down 40-33 to finish with silver.

In the meantime Hunts B had narrowly missed out on the semi-finals, losing on the last hit - 39-40 against Chelmsford A.

Hunts C went out at the same stage losing to Cambridge A 18-40 going on to fence Hunts B in the 5th-place play off, which had the B team holding on to their ranking to win 40-23.

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