The Channel Island Championship


Channel Island Fencing Championships A visit from the Chairman of the British Fencing Association to act as a referee and oversee the competition was not enough to stop Jersey taking the lions share of the honours in the Channel Island Fencing Championships. Jersey Fencers Nigel Beadsworth and Marcia Lee won 7 of the 10 trophies on offer.

The first trophy on offer was the Mens Epee; this was Beadsworth favourite event. The semi final between the Jersey fencer and Guernsey's Meyrick Simmonds proved a comfortable package for Beadsworth. The other semi final was a much harder affair with Guernsey fencers Martin Corbet and Michael Beasire competing for a place in the final. Michael raised his game used his long reach to ensure a comfortable win over his opponent. The final proved a very close match, Nigel using his experience to gain a small lead, but Michael peaked at the right time and would not let his opponent pull ahead. The fight climaxed in a nail biting finish with Nigel winning by 15 hits to 13 with only 7 seconds left on the clock.

The Mens Sabre was perhaps the most open of the weapons with a number of fencers able to take the trophy. The greatest threat to Beadsworth taking a second title of the day came in the semi final of this event against Martin Corbet. This was a very close semi final with neither fencer establishing a clear lead the fight went down to the wire Nigel winning by 15 hits to 14. The other semi final was between Kees Zandfleet and Andrew Durham, another close run fight with Kees the victor by 15 -13. In the final Beadsworth managed to set up a small lead and Zandfleet could not close the score giving the second trophy of the day to Beadsworth by 15 - 10.

The mens foil saw the Jersey fencer dominant again, meeting Michael Beasire in the semi finals, Michael was unable to reproduce his previous form and Beadsworth reached his third final. The second semi final was an epic struggle between Martin Corbet and Meyrick Simmonds. Over the season there have been many struggles between these two fencers and this was no exception. Corbet established an early lead but Simmonds methodically reduced this over time to establish his own lead, a late flurry from Corbet saw the scores tied at 14 all, Meyrick took the last hit to claim a 15 - 14 victory. The final saw a tired Meyrick take on the Jersey fencer, but was unable to counter the long range flick hits of his opponent, a late rally saw Simmonds reduce the deficit but the gap was too great and Beadsworth claimed a clean sweep for Jersey.

The ladies foil provided Guernsey only trophy. Naveen Rahman reached the final with a number of controlled victories over her opponents. Marcia Lee from jersey was the other finalist. Naveen however, was fresh from the British youth and public school championships and in no mood to hand her foil trophy over. This was proven when she dominated the competition and defeated her opponent to retain the trophy.

The ladies epee was a more open event; Julie Dyer had a very close fight in the Quarterfinals against Jean Jorgensen, Julie only claiming victory on the last hit. The semi finals were both very close but went according to the seedings with Marcia Lee claiming a close victory over Catherine Taylor to reach the final. Naveen met her old adversary Julie Dyer in the other semi final. Julie could not maintain the performance that got her past Jean Jorgensen and Naveen cruised through to a second meeting with Marcia. The final started as a cagey affair but Marcia soon got into her stride and counter attacked herself to a comfortable lead. Faced with the unusual experience of being behind. Naveen rallied herself and tried to stage a comeback but her opponent did not let her get too close, as the time expired Naveen was forced to take more risks and this played into the Jersey fencers hands, who used these opportunities to crawl further ahead. Marcia gained some revenge for the foil competition and took the epee trophy.

The Ladies Sabre competition proved a novel event for Naveen, as this was the fist time she had entered a competition of this weapon. The rapid coaching sessions before the event played of and using her natural skills at the sport, managed to fight her way to the finals with a victory over Jersey Fencer Caroline Facey in the semi finals. Her opponent was once again Marcia Lee who was having a superb competition. Marcia disposed of Catherine Taylor to reach the finals. The final was very close. Eager for revenge after the epee final Naveen pulled out all the stops and fenced with great maturity to prevent her much more experience opponent, at this weapon, from pulling ahead. The final score was a credit for Naveens determination but a victory for the Jersey fencer by a very close 15 - 13.

The novice competition saw victory for Guernsey fencers, this competition for fencers with two years or less experience showed a bright light in the future of Guernsey Fencing. In the mens competition Andre Barnes was dominant brushing all aside with a comfortable win over Adam Bonner and met Mark Childs, who had a close 15 - 13 win over Jersey novice Sandeep Kembhavi. Andre kept up his winning ways and barnstormed his way to a comfortable victory using his reach to good advantage.

The ladies competition was a more gentile affair with the final between Gail Childs and Lisa Edmonds. Gail reached the final with victory over Linda Jones in the Semi finals, while Lisa had to get passed Chris Mahy to secure her place. The final was a close run match with Gail just managing to retain a lead to take the title by 15 - 11.