RGS Fencers Triumph Again
After a hiatus due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, we were delighted to host a Fencing match against King’s School on Monday. This fixture, once a regular occurrence with both home and away matches, marked the return of this exciting tradition.
RGS hosted the event, fielding four teams while King’s School had two teams, one Junior and one Senior. The weapon chosen for the match was foil, and in the spirit of being gracious hosts, we accommodated this as the King’s pupils’ preference.
For many of our Junior Fencers, this was their inaugural taste of competitive Fencing, and some even experienced fencing with a foil for the first time. Despite these factors, they performed admirably. Will Broughton, Harry Groves, and Ewan Casey fought valiantly, ultimately falling short with a score of 25-19. Rishi Roughley, Sydney Cole, and Simon Herbert put up a strong fight as well, ending with a score of 30-23.
Our Senior teams, equipped with more experience in competitive Fencing and team matches, approached the encounter with confidence. They adeptly adjusted their tactics and capitalised on weaknesses in the opposition, even while Fencing with their second-choice weapon. As a result, the team of Callum Munday, Issy Pottinger, and Matthew Fallows secured an early lead and never let the victory slip away, triumphing with a score of 45-29. Meanwhile, Mirin Hitchings, Jacob Hartley, and Joe Kington engaged in a closely contested match, initially taking the lead, then falling behind, only to make a spectacular comeback in the final bouts, sealing their win at 45-34.
Congratulations to all the participants! It’s fantastic to see this longstanding fixture back on our calendar, and the friendly yet competitive spirit in which it was contested made it even more enjoyable.