Fernwood Sword Club
It was a good weekend for our fencers who travelled up to Linlithgow for the Leon Paul Junior Series Scotland competition yesterday.
Arthur Eakin continued his good run of form by winning his first medal in the LPJS series, an excellent effort as he is in the younger year of the U13 boys' foil. He won all five matches in the first round of poules, which was mixed. His top win was a 5-2 victory against Zoe Wagstaff of Salle Holyrood, who was otherwise unbeaten in the poule. He followed it up with six straight wins in the second poule. Arthur was delighted to beat the current leader in the U13 boys' foil LPJS rankings, Nye Ulferts Kilpatrick, of Salle Holyrood, 5-4. He followed this up with wins in the DEs to the semi-final, where he met up again with Kilpatrick. The Salle Holyrood contingent had compared notes and Kilpatrick got his revenge with a convincing win. This takes Arthur to equal 8th place in the LPJS rankings.
Meanwhile, regular guest fencer Ethan Dakin was also cutting a swathe through the opposition, winning all his poule matches in both rounds and working his way through his DEs with calm and composure. He beat Alexander Heal, of Sussex House in London, 10-3 in the final, to take gold and move up to equal first place in the LPJS U11 boys' foil rankings.
Finally, Elizabeth Flitcroft was taking part in her first LPJS competition in U13 girls' foil. She had mixed success in the two rounds of poules and came away ranked 6th in the seedings for the DEs. She handled her L8 match well but wasn't able to win through, finishing in 6th place - earning her 25th place in the current LPJS series rankings.