Wycliffe School in Stonehouse held its first open competition just before half term, with pupils from Prior Park Prep taking part in the U10 Girls, U10 Boys, U12 Boys.
Judges congratulated Prior Park Fencers on their speed, stout defence and blade stroke variation in trying to secure hits. Their bravery, speed and determination were excellent, and bode will for the future with the Gloucester County Championships and Wiltshire County Championships in the Spring alongside the Regional Championships at the end of January.
In the U10 girls, Freya in Year 3, took part in her very first competition, securing a well-earned victory and going down fighting in her other bouts in a very encouraging performance, especially as she only started Fencing in September. Freya's sister Niamh, Year 5, won two bouts and lost four in her pool round, as competitive rustiness took its toll. After the pools, boys and girls were separated and ranked according to the number of victories achieved, hits scored and hits received. In a cruel twist of fate, Niamh and Freya were drawn together for the direct elimination. Freya finished 9th whilst her sister made it through to the finals against a pupil from Millfield, and won the match 10-8. Congratulations!
The U10 boys’ competition saw two of our Year 5 boys, Nicholas and James take part. Nicholas was entering his first competition whilst James was getting back into competition after the summer break. Nicholas picked up some good wins and put up strong resistance against all of his opponents. Some great Fencing from both boys, Nicholas finished 9th and James 5th.
The U12 boys’ competition was always going to be a competitive group, not least because of the three Prior Park boys together. Ed, Charlie and Ben all finished second in their pools, having lost one bout each. They were seeded 2nd, 3rd and 4th overall respectively. Each of them made it through their direct elimination rounds and were three of the four semi-finalists. With encouraging Fencing from all three boys, Charlie finished 2nd with Ben and Ed 3rd