Clyst St Mary’s Manning fences way to bronze at Milfield

14:51 12 February 2013

Ollie manning at the Millfield fencing event

Ollie manning at the Millfield fencing event

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Six youngsters from the Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club were in action at the South West Age Group fencing championships, held at Millfield School.

The top four in each group qualify for the British Youth Championships, to be held in Sheffield.

Alexis Jouan (Exeter) was seeded 11th after two rounds of poules, and then with a dramatic overturn of the seedings, he stormed through the Direct Eliminations beating the number six, three and then second seeds to fence the number one seed in the final round, claiming the silver medal and a trip to Sheffield for the British Youth Championships.

Equally spectacular was Finn Manning (Clyst St Mary) who had a shaky time in the preliminary pools of the Under-14’s due to a knee injury and was seeded 13.

In the Direct Eliminations, his superb blade work and timing, and fluid footwork came to the fore, leading him to beat the number 20 seed 10-1, then taking the number four seed to a nail-biting win at 10-9 before losing out to the number one seed, to take a bronze medal and qualify to represent the South West at the British Youth Championships.

Also fencing in the Under-12 boys foil were James Hands (Clyst St Mary), who soundly beat the number three seed in the Direct Elimination stage, and Ollie Manning (Clyst St Mary) who came fifth overall.

Both boys have another year in this age group, so expect to see them fencing in the Championships next year! Young Manning also deserves a mention as he was the only fencer entering two weapons – he also competed with the sabre, finishing fifth again, so narrowly missing out on going to Sheffield to fence in both events.

Also competing against some tough and experienced competition were Angus Hilton who was placed 10th in the Under-18’s foil and Henry Keate in the Under-16 foil, coming in seventh.

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