Eastern Region U18, U16, U14 & U12 Championships & GB Finals Qualifying Competitions, Day 1 results: Today Timmy Adams, Emily Eames and Sarah Eames travelled up to St Ives in Cambridgeshire to compete in the Eastern Region Junior Championships. The region covers Herts, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire. Timmy, who has been fencing for less than one year, and is one of the youngest in his age group, fenced in the U12 foil. Timmy fought well against strong opposition, and gained promotion to the direct elimination where he was unlucky to be paired against a higher ranked fencer and despite fencing strongly narrowly lost to an older and more experienced fencer. This placed him 18th in the East of England. Emily Eames was next to fence and won all but one of her fights in the first round of the U14 girls foil. This ranked her highly in the direct elimination where she beat her first opponent, putting Emily into the last 8, where she lost to one of the highest seeds in the competition. This placed her 6th out of the 15 fencers in her competition which meant Emily just missed out on qualification to the GB finals. Finally Sarah Eames fought in the U18 epee. This was also a tough competition made harder by her agreeing to fence the boys as well as the girls to gain more experience. Sarah fenced well; at the end of the first round was seeded 3rd going into the direct elimination. In the semi-final, Sarah came up against an experienced opponent to whom she had lost 5-1 in the first round. In the first to 15 hits, Sarah started cautiously and was 6-2 down at the first break. In the second part Sarah fenced with more confidence and managed to pull back to only two hits behind for most of the rest of the fight until her opponent pulled away towards the end and beat her 15-11. This was a creditable performance which means she qualifies for the GB Youth finals to be held at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield at the beginning of May.
More success for Welwyn Hatfield FC at the Eastern Region Championships and British Finals Qualifier: . . . . Emily and Sarah Eames travelled back to St Ives today for Day 2 of the regional championships and national qualifiers. . . . Emily fenced first, taking part in the U14 epee competition. She fenced strongly in the poule section and was undefeated against all girls and boys in her age group . This placed her 1st seed going into the direct elimination. In the final, Emily fenced against a competitor representing Brentwood School, one of the UK's leading fencing schools for many years . Despite this being Emily's first epee competition, she fenced strongly, scoring with awkward attacks and led for most of the fight, but narrowly lost 15-14 to a more experienced fencer, winning the silver medal. . . . Meanwhile Sarah fenced in the poule section of the U18 foil where she won most of her fights before progressing through to the direct elimination . In the final of this competition Sarah relied on her penetrating attacks and fighting skills to beat her opponent 15-6, and win the championship. . . . These two excellent results have earned both sisters qualification for the British Youth Finals in May .