Cardiff Crowned Welsh Champions

Last weekend Cardiff hosted the Welsh Universities' Fencing Championships for the first time since 2013. With Cardiff having won the majority of weapons for four of the last five years but losing out on the overall victory, due to the way points are allocated, there was a real desire to win the event.

The first day of competition saw Men's Foil along with with Women's Épée and Sabre contested. Men's Foil was a strong hope for Cardiff, with Chris Wild having one the event two years ago and narrowly missing out last year and Ed Sibrt having produced excellent results both on the national circuit and in BUCS matches. This year was much more favourable with Chris Wild reclaiming his gold medal, although he unfortunately knocked Ed out in the semi-finals. Women's Épée and Sabre continued the medal haul with Lauren Kearney picking up a bronze in the Épée and Tessa Lomax and Rosie Beeston both picking up bronze medals in the Sabre.

On the sunday Women's Foil and Men's Sabre and Épée were decided. Women's Foil proved to be a real strength for Cardiff with the university claiming three of the four medal places, with Cristina Mazzola (who also won best novice) winning a bronze medal and Flavia Allegretto and Elen Tomlinson winning the silver and gold respectively. Men's Sabre was rather quiet on the Cardiff front, with Men's Team Sabreur Tom brien running the competition, however Chris Wild managed to find enough energy remaining from his efforts the previous day to claim a bronze medal. This left just Men's Épée, in whcih Cardiff managed to collect their third gold medal of the the weekend through George Hawksworth, who came through a 15-14 final against Aberystwyth's Pete Bond to claim the title.

All this ensured that not only did Cardiff win more events than any other university, three out of a possible six, they also claimed the Overall Champions title, for the first time since 2006, with a convincing points win of nearly twice second places Swansea's score and more points the second and third combined. The final standings were:

Cardiff: 67 Points
Swansea: 35 Points
Aberystwyth: 29 Points
Bangor: 25 Points
Newport: 10 Points
Trinity St. Davids: 5 Points
Points are allocated by - 1st: 10 points, 2nd: 6 points, Last 4: 4 points, Last 8: 1 Point, Highest Novice (Foil only): 2 points.
Full results can be found here.