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RDFC Pre-Season Invitational Tournament 2014

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The Harrison Fencing Club has been invited by the Lowell High School Red Devil Fencing club to compete in the RDFC Pre-Season Invitational on Saturday, November 8. The tournament will be held at the Lowell Middle School Gym in Lowell, Indiana, and events start at 8:00 am.

Given the relatively short distance for travel and small field of competition, this event is ideal for beginning fencers who want to a “taste” of what competitive fencing is like. Yet, it will still be a challenge for returning fencers. The schools in the Great Lakes Conference have always trained tough, smart fencers. If you are considering competitive fencing but are unsure, talk to Coach about your interests and concerns.

There is a fee for competitors but no charge for spectators. The cost will be $20 per fencer per weapon fenced. Also, this tournament will require foil bibs (on masks) for foil fencers. If you do not have a mask with a foil bib, don’t worry. We will discuss an inexpensive option at practice along with any other equipment requirements.

I will be asking for parent volunteers to help with transportation. For those of you who will not be competing, you can tag along to support your teammates as long as we have enough room for those fencing and their equipment. I should have a better idea of how many seats we’ll have available by the week of the tournament. Bring snacks, beverages (lots of water!), and a lunch or cash for concessions.

If you know that you’re ready to participate, you can get registered for the tournament by going to the AskFRED site. The tournament link is https://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=28059. If you don’t have a membership to AskFRED (it’s free) , read our post, Getting Ready for Competitive Fencing, to learn how to register for a membership.

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Club Equipment Order

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I will be placing the first club equipment order on Tuesday, October 21. If you would like to order any equipment, please have your order and money ready for on by practice on Tuesday. For those of you considering competition, there will be a few events where a lame bib will be required on your mask (foil fencers). If you have any questions about equipment, contact me as soon as you can with your questions.

If you are looking for some inexpensive items to round out your personal arsenal, check out our Gear for Sale category of the blog. We have some odds and ends that might interest you. 🙂

Watch the Finals of the Sabre World Cup Live

Photo credit: USA Fencing

Photo credit: USA Fencing

USA Fencing will be streaming the final rounds of the Absolute Fencing Gear Korfanty World Cup live from the University of Illinois at Chicago on Saturday and Sunday at www.usfencing.org.

The broadcast on Saturday will begin at 6:30 p.m. Central Time and will include semifinal and final rounds of the men’s and women’s individual saber competition.

If you missed the finals on Saturday, no worries. Competition on Sunday will feature the gold medal finals for the men’s and women’s team events with at 5:30 p.m. Central (time subject to change).

Sabre events are fast-moving and exciting to watch. Hopefully we’ll have the added benefit of expert commentary, which can help you get a better handle on fencing rules such as right-of-way. Enjoy!

Upcoming Event: Purdue Spring Open 2014

PFC-spring-openOn Saturday, April 12, 2014, the Purdue Fencing Club will host its annual Spring Open tournament. All three weapons will be on the event lineup, with mixed épée starting at 9:00 am, mixed sabre at 12:00 pm, and mixed foil at 2:00 pm. If you do intend to compete, plan on checking in at least 30 minutes before your event starts. You will NOT need a USFA membership in order to compete–this event is open.

To sign up, go to the AskFRED link: http://askfred.net/Events/moreInfo.php?tournament_id=24840

Good luck, and have fun!

Results: Harrison-Lowell Dual Meet

We had a great time in St. John today! Though we were small in numbers, everyone fenced well. Neither team had enough epee fencers, so it was just mixed foil and mixed saber. Our thanks to the Lowell HS Red Devils for inviting us to come, and thanks to the Northwest Indiana Fencing Club for hosting our friendly match.

My apologies for not posting any saber results (only because we did not have any Harrison saberists represented in the meet). Our Harrison fencers did well: Jack Stuckey got second place after a well fought bout, only to lose by one touch. Sarah Motley tied for third. Jacob Banes finished in fifth place. All a good showing considering we were facing some varsity level fencers! Lowell fielded a tough team, and it was a great opportunity to face them on the strip.

When we go to these events, I hear from others how impressed they are with all of you. You’ve learned a great deal in a relatively short amount of time, so you should be proud of yourselves. It’s rewarding to me as a coach to see all of you doing well AND enjoying your time while fencing. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m looking forward to the new season!

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International Sabre Fencers to Compete in Chicago

This weekend in Chicago hundreds of sabre fencers from all over the planet will be competing in the Korfanty World Cup sponsored by Absolute Fencing Gear. This is a rare opportunity to see international fencers just a couple of hours from home. Friday, May 3, will be the preliminary competition, and Saturday, May 4, will be the direct elimination rounds. Sunday, May 5, will be the team competitions, similar to the team competitions in the Olympics.

Tickets for the event are only $4-$6. The Korfanty World Cup will be hosted at the Flames Athletic Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. If you can be there, I strongly encourage you to attend! For tickets and more information, see the event website at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/346885. Also, since Absolute Fencing is a sponsor, I’m certain that they will have vendor tables set up so you can shop for your own gear while you are there.