Plymouth fencers impress at home ranking competition
PLYMOUTH'S young blades cut a swathe through the opposition to bag a bunch of medals at the final junior ranking competition of the series.
The young epeéists secured 19 medals, including six gold, three silver and 10 bronze, in the Leon Paul competition held at Plymouth College.
The city's silverware collection was evenly distributed throughout the age categories and is a tribute to Plymouth Fencing Club's former Great Britain coach Andy Hill and his team.
Now it's the waiting game as the end of year national rankings are due out in two weeks and Plymouth Fencing Club members can only ponder on who has finished in the coveted top three positions in each age group.
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The tournament began in blistering fashion with Plymouth enjoying a clean sweep in the boys' under-nines category.
Zac Jackson, of Plymouth Fencing Club, won his final 10-9, with Ethan Anderson of Fletewood and Plymouth College Prep picking up bronze.
In the under-nine girls' Abagael Black took gold defeating Sidonie Sutcliffe of Chelsea 10-9 in the final.
Plymouth College Prep's Katherine Treharne bagged bronze.
The gold standard continued for Plymouth in the under-11 boys' competition, with Benjamin Andrews beating off the challenge from Justin Haddad of Chelsea 10-6.
Harry Knape of Hyde Park School took bronze.
In the girls' under-11 section, Plymouth Fencing club's Emma Andrews was another gold medal winner.
The Wembury School pupil defeated Eleanor Taylor of OPS 10-4 in the final, while Taylor Ashby of Devonport High School for Girls nailed bronze.
There were bronze medals for Plymouth Fencing Club's Devonport High School for Boys duo Alex Sells and Ned Wrigley after narrow semi-final defeats.
Some of the most competitive and best fencing came in the under-13 girls' category
Plymouth College's Tia Simms- Lymn defeated school-mate Catherine Bishop in the final.
Ensuring the city a clean sweep, Yasmine Fosu of Plymouth College and Devonport High School for Girls' Maddy Lee took the bronze medal.
All four girls are members of Plymouth Fencing Club.
The under-15 boys' final was a joust between Plymouth Fencing team-mates, with Devonport High School's Josh Wrigley edging out Tim Andrews of Plymouth College 15-12.
Plymouth College team-mates Chloe Hamilton and May Yuen won bronze medals in the under-15 girls' event.
Both girls are members of Plymouth Fencing Club.