Inter School Competition At The Manchester Fencing Centre.
Mosslands School were invited to put together a team of four year 7 and 8 students to enter into a friendly inter school Sabre competition
The Manchester Fencing Centre is the largest fencing centre in the UK with a dedicated 13 piste fencing hall, changing facilities, classroom and relaxation/viewing area. The centre is run by a group of coaches including former Commonwealth Sabre gold medallist Stuart Marshall. A growing number of schools are now taking up the sport in the Manchester area thanks to the coaching being offered by Stuart and the team at the centre and Mosslands School were invited to put together a team of four year 7 and 8 students to enter into a friendly inter school Sabre competition. Ben Walters 7F1, Joseph Ryan 7R1, Carl Mullen 8R1 and Jacob Keenan 8G2, along with team organiser Charlie Campbell and Coach David Gregory accompanied Mr Woodward to the centre on Wednesday 16th December.
There was time for a look around the venue and some training from our coach before the boys began their matches against the four other teams that attended on that day. Team fencing is run to a set score with each bout being scored over 5 hits but with a cumulative total for the team so the first bout goes to 5 hits the next is played until one team reaches 10, the next to 15 and the final match is to 20. Each member of the team fences once. The boys made a fantastic start winning their first match 20-5 and their second 20-6. The Mosslands coach David Gregory who is himself a commonwealth games silver medallist from the team epee competition and also British Epee Champion set the order for our boys to fence choosing each one according to the strengths that he saw in them. Carl and Ben alternated the starting position with Joe fencing third and Jacob taking the anchor slot. Our third match was against a very strong team with a fencer who has been to the British Youth Championships last year.
Our boys fenced really well and we led up to the last bout but the experience of the other fencer meant that they were able to close the gap and beat us 20-18. Our final match saw a return to our earlier winning ways beating our final opponents 20-10. 2nd place for our first outing as a team is a fantastic achievement and we have been invited to go back at the end of the next term for another inter school event. The boys had a great time and are looking forward to going back for another go. Well done lads.