Cardiff Women vs. Surrey

The Cardiff University Women’s Fencing Team kicked off the season on Wednesday with a tense match against the University of Surrey team. Surrey were new this year to the premier league having recently inherited a number of international standard fencers. The Cardiff team were lamenting the loss of key fencers Lucy Ridsdale, Abi Difford, Tessa Lomax and Elen Tomlinson this year and were now entering their second year in the premiership, but still fielded a strong team.

The match began with sabre, traditionally the weakest aspect of the Cardiff repertoire, with Rosie Beeston (Team Captain), Amy Radford and Zoe Boreham taking a defiant score of 34 to their 45. This positive beginning bodes well for the rest of the season and gives a target to aim for in future as well as room to improve.

Up next was foil, where Flavia Allegretto, Amy Radford and Zoe Boreham fenced extremely well, with the score remaining tight throughout, leading up to a closely contended final bout where Surrey narrowly gained the upper hand to give a final foil total of 38 to their 45.

This left epée, which has traditionally been Cardiff’s strongest weapon, however a few tactical errors and the acquisition of plenty of epeeists by Surrey University this year gave Surrey an early lead, which proved too much for Cardiff to overcome, meaning that Surrey took a decisive 45-21 win in the epée as well. A special thanks goes out to UK number 4 for epée, Amy Radford who fenced all three weapons and gave a sterling performance as well as driving there and back!

This was a good start to the season one of the strongest teams in the premier league this year, giving a chance to shake off the rust from the summer as well as some pointers to improve for upcoming matches. All in all it was a lot of fun and the Cardiff Ladies are very much looking forward to facing Surrey again in their upcoming home match against the same team, where they intend to impose a new set of tactics in the hope of gaining the upper hand.