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JANUARY2015THESWORD2525THESWORDJANUARY2015ROUNDUPWhitchurchShieldWhitchurchFencingClubhostedtherstWhitchurchShieldintermediateepecompetitionatTalybontSportsHallatCardifUniversityonSundayOctoberth.MichaelClemitsontheclubsecretaryoWhitchurchFencingClubexplainedthereasonorrunningthecompetitionIntermediateencersrepresentthecorebodyotheencingraternityandasaclubweeltitwasimportanttocaterortheircompetitiveneeds.EntrantstotheWhitchurchShieldweredrawnromacrossSouthWales-romCardifandBarryaswellasurtheraeldromSwanseaMonmouthshireandCarmarthen.ParticularlynotablewastheamountosupportandencouragementoferedbythosewhorunotherlocalclubsinSouthWales.LynneMeliadirectoroTeamMeliaprovidedexpertreereeingassistance.PeterRussellandFranWhalleyoRussellSwordsinCardifwhohavebeensupportivethroughouttheorganisationotheeventalsoreereedorthecompetitionandlentscoringsetsincludingametalpisteandFIEscoringequipment.GarethLawromCelticSwordsinSwanseawasawelcomecompetitorinthecompetition.AterthemenspoolsroundsGeorgeHawksworthCardifwastherstseedcloselyollowedbyZacClabonRussellSwordsthehighestrankedcompetitoratthecompetition.Inahotlycontestedsemi-nalmatchbetweenZacClabonandJoeStoateCardifthatnished4-ZacwasinchedoutbyJoe.MathieuKristCardifandGeorgeHawksworthmetinthesecondsemi-nalwhichsawGeorgewinningacomortable-4victory.ThenalwasanothertightlyoughtcontestthoughGeorgegainedanearlyleadagainstJoeandkeptittowina-victoryoverhisCardifclubmate.JacobTuckerCardifwasawardedtheprizeorthehighest-placedbeginnernishingsixthplaceanimpressiveresultespeciallyconsideringthathehasonlybeenencingoreightmonths.InthewomenscompetitionEmmaGordonCardifandSueKoMonmouthHaberdashersSchoolorGirlsweretherstandsecondseedrespectivelyaterthepoolsround.Intherstsemi-nalEmmaGordonsawofJulieMacnamaraWhitchurchina-4victory.ElinGordonCardifbeatthenumberseedSueKo-inthesecondsemi-naltojoinhersisterinthenal.Emmawentontotakethegoldbeatinghersister-8.Theeventwasullyreereedthroughoutallstagesothecompetitionanditoferedreasonablypricedrereshmentsortheconvenienceothecompetitors.NextyearitishopedthatanarmouryserviceandLeonPaulequipmentmini-standcanbeoferedattheShield.WhitchurchFencingClubwouldliketothankeveryonewhohelpedatandcompetedinthecompetition.ForfullresultsoftheWhitchurchShieldanddetailsofWhitchurchFencingClubseewww.whitchurchfencing.co.uk.MensEpeewinnersromlettorightJacobTuckerhighest-placedbeginnerMathieuKristjointthirdJoeStoatesecondGeorgeHawksworthrstZacClabonjointthirdPhotobyMichaelClemitsonWomensEpeewinnersromlettorightSueKojointthirdEmmaGordonrstElinGordonsecondJulieMacnamarajointthirdPhotobyMichaelClemitsonThe