The University of Nottingham (UoN) Fencing Team won all three disciplines of the first ever official Varsity fencing event to take control of the Super Wednesday series, with a 4-0 lead with 5 points available.

The first event of the fencing was the foil category, with Aimee Parsons, Will Ross and Adam Plastow bringing up victory with some hard graft in the face of some swift Trent movements.

“It did not take long for Dan Taylor, Mike Bales, Niall Ahearne to open up a 25-7 lead in the second weapon class”

Aimee Parson shows her foil skills.
Aimee Parsons shows her foil skills.

Adam Plastow’s 5-2 victory in the first round set the tone for an event where Trent were always kept at arm’s length, and when Aimee Parsons and Will Ross both performed strongly to take UoN to 15-11 after the first match-ups. The three of them all kicked on from there, winning 45-37 to give UoN the lead after the first weapon.

With sabre the fastest event of the three weapons, it did not take long for Dan Taylor, Mike Bales, Niall Ahearne to open up a 25-7 lead in the second weapon class, and the three showed some fantastic movement and parrying to lose just another two points before they took victory, by 45-09.

Just one point in the epee class would have given UoN outright points victory in the fencing competition, and Herman Chang duly obliged in a 5-3 victory in the first match of the class.

“Just one more event victory would give UoN a 2-1 lead going into the weekend’s events”

Nikoleta Rankova and Anthony Marsh helped Chang to complete the victory for the University of Nottingham team, with Marsh and Chang showing some fine footwork in particular in the final two games to give UoN a 45-21 epee victory, and a 135-67 victory overall.

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With that win, UoN took their fourth point of the Super Wednesday event, meaning just one more event victory would give UoN a 2-1 lead going into the weekend’s events.

Words by Connor Higgs

Images: Connor Higgs

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