SIX Fencers from Foyle Fencing Club will this week represent Ireland in a World Cup event in Kiev, the latest in a number of notable successes for the local club.
Niamh Spence, Anna Jackson, Lucia McCafferty, Eimile McSorley, David Connolly and Barry Quigley will be representing Ireland in Ukraine this weekend (November 3rd/4th) as the local club enjoys a highly successful start to the season.
Earlier in the season, the fencers travelled to Cork to take part in the South of Ireland Open where David Burnside won the Men’s Epee and Laura McElhinney claimed the Women’s Epee title with Anna Jackson in second place. At the same event, Niamh Spence won the Women’s Sabre and Richard Magee came second in the Men’s Sabre.
Foyle fencers dominated the epee and sabre competitions at the North West of Ireland Open where Niamh Spence won the Women’s sabre with Kathryn Marshall finishing third. The team took all the medals in both the Men’s sabre and Women’s Epee events. Richard Magee won the Sabre with James Nicholl in second while David Connolly and Barry Quigley finished equal third. Eimile McSorley won the Epee with Laura McElhinney in second place and Lucia McCafferty and Anna Jackson joint third. Rosie McGonagle completed the medal haul by winning the Under 16 prize.
At the Vinnie Sabre competition held in Dundalk recently, Foyle fencers won both events with Niamh Spence winning the women’s event with Kathryn Marshall in second place. Richard Magee won the men’s event with David Connolly in third place.
The next home competition will be the Derry Open on November 17th/18th in Foyle College which is a designated British National Regional Academy. Six times a year the best young fencers in the North meet at the venue with selected fencers from Ireland for a day’s training.