The Pinewood U13 boys foil team of Zac, Angus and Ben won bronze at the British Schools Team Championship on Sunday, facing the best fencing schools from across the country. It was an up-and-down event, with each of the team members ‘stepping up’ and delivering strong performances throughout the day.
The first poule match was against the Westminster Cathedral Choir School, which turned out to be the least threatening of the day’s opponents. There were noteworthy performances from Zac, who won two of his bouts 8-1 and 7-1, helping the team to a commendable 45-16 victory.
Up next was the might of fencing specialists (and pre-tournament favourites) Sussex House A team, boasting three fencers who regularly compete on the national circuit. Whilst there were a few bouts that ran close, there was only one individual victory and the result was fairly conclusive – a 45-19 defeat.
Our final poule match was against Aldwickbury School. They may have been an unknown quantity before the event but, in the end, there was no need to worry. Pinewood was simply too strong across the team and won eight out of the nine individual bouts, with Angus scoring notable victories and Ben not dropping a point in his three wins. The final score was 45-22 – enough to give the Pinewood team fourth seeding for the knock-out stage and a direct entry into the medal play-offs.
As luck would have it, we faced the same Sussex House A Team in the semi-final. They were again too strong for us and whilst Ben put in a strong performance on the anchor leg it was not enough to undo the inevitable: another 45-19 defeat.
With Sussex House A and B teams winning Gold and Silver, the Pinewood boys should be very proud of their Bronze achievement.
Well done also to the U11 boys Epee team (Brett, Joao Filipe, Harry and George), who won the Plate competition. Not making it to the medal event after the pools they did very well to win the plate and finish fifth overall.