Dunstone fencers edge Goosewell in thrilling clash between schools
DUNSTONE Primary pupils had the final decisive cutting edge over their Goosewell rivals as young blades competed in an exciting inter-school fencing match.
Goosewell's swashbuckling team of Beau Edwards, Finlay Houlton and Sophie Newton had looked set to nail the victory until a late thrust from their Dunstone counterparts.
Evie Wheeler, Aimee Brownridge Tommy Hammond and Cameron Sutherland foiled Goosewell's efforts and secured a razor-thin 27-25 victory.
The narrowness of the winning margin demonstrated both Dunstone's and Goosewell's after-school fencing classes had been put to good use.
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Coach and catalyst for the initiative, international fencer Rhiannon Lawrence, said the extra-curricular fencing clubs and the competition were a great success and is eagerly anticipating staging more of the same for the youngsters.
She said all of the children had fenced really well and Lawrence thought it 'was great to see some new talent'.
Lawrence said: "It was brilliant to see children so engaged and excited about the sport. Both schools displayed great team spirit and sportsmanship throughout. I'm excited about next term's fencing already."
The children, Lawrence added, had been building up to the inter-school joust since September. The pupils had to fight against each other in their own school club in order to find the top players who would be put forward for the competition.
Goosewell had the edge in all of the fights until the penultimate round where Wheeler stole the lead and handed over the last fight to Hammond at 24-21.
The last fight was again close with a great come back from Newton, but finally Dunstone prevailed and went on to take the match by two points.