Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Fencers battle for top honours at national championships

Fencers battle for top honours at national championships

The Junior School fencing team of Thomas Vardy (Year 5), Samuel Davidson, Toby Aberdeen and Daniel Thompson (all Year 6) travelled to Millfield School for the British School Team Fencing Championships, where they would line up alongside 15 other schools all vying to be crowned British Champion.

In a tough epee field, only eight teams would progress through from the poule stages meaning the RGS team would need at least two victories to advance.

They opened the competition with a comfortable and determined victory over their first opponents. Their second game against L'Ecole de Battersea was a tighter affair and despite a determined effort to reduce the deficit, the boys lost 44-45.

A gruelling wait ensued as other results came in, but the boys secured a quarter-final spot where they would face L'Ecole de Battersea again.

Even more determined, the boys put in a phenomenal performance with Sam securing a strong start before Toby stretched the lead further, putting Thomas and Daniel in great positions to retain our lead and control the game securing the victory with a resounding 45-26 result.

The semi-final saw RGS take on Sussex House and despite the boys' best efforts, the more experienced Sussex team (who'd go on to win the championships) would win 45-37.

Although the boys didn't advance to the final, they still left with a bronze medal, and for a group of fencers who are relatively inexperienced it is a tremendous success and on they can be very proud of.