Club profiles: Fencing

Fencing

Fencing is the sport of fighting with blades. Olympic or competitive fencing is divided into three weapon categories:

-Foil

-Sabre

-Épée

Fencing is one of only five activities which has been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games since its inaugural in 1896. The other four being Athletics, Cycling, Swimming and Gymnastics.

History

Established in 2004.

Achievements

2018:

- UU hosted intervarsities this year with Galway placing 5th.

Kirsten Siig Pallesen (WF) places 2nd at Easts and 1st at Student Individuals. She also represnted Ireland at the Student 4 Nations competition in Leeds. 

- At Maynooth Novice Grainne O'Connor placed 1st in WF, Nathan Boles placed 2nd in MS and Odile Van Deventer placed 2nd in WS.

- NUIG hosted the Galway Novice competition. Grainne O'Connor placed 1st in WF and 3rd in WE while Odile Van Deventer placed 3rd in WE and Callum Baldrick placed 3rd in ME.

2017:

- NUIG placed 5th this year at the Intervarsities in UCC.

- Kirsten Siig Pallesen (WF) places 2nd at Souths and 1st at Wests.

- At Galway Novice Emilia Mleczko placed 2nd in WF.

- At Schull novice Grainne O'Connor placed 1st in WF and Sadhbh Skehan placed 2nd in WS.

- At Intermediates Niamh Keogh came 3rd in WS.

2016: 

- Intervarsities held in Maynooth with NUIG coming in 5th place.

- At Schull in ME Patrick Kennedy placed 2nd and Callum Baldrick placed 3rd, Liz Friel placed 3rd in WE while Emilia Mleczko placed 3rd in WF.

2015:

- Both Fiadhnait McDonough and Marie Carkill placed 3rd in WS at the West of Ireland Open this year.

- Zilvinas Zukauskas came 3rd in MF in the Galway Novice while Ciara Keighron also came 3rd in WF.

- NUIG placed 5th in the 2015 Intervarsities held in Queen's University Belfast. It was also the first time the club was able to field all 6 teams. 

- NUIG hosted a new competition, the Galway Open.

2014:

-Both Fiadhnait McDonough and Marie Carkill placed 3rd in WS at the West of Ireland Open this year.

-NUIG finished 5th of 10 Universities in the 2014 Intervarsities held in UCD.

-Fiadhnait McDonough captained the WF Irish team at the Student 5 Nations which took place in Birmingham, England.

-Fiadhnait McDonough came 2nd in WF and 3rd in WE at Student Individuals. Also awarded All-Weapons Champion.

-Fiadhnait McDonough finished in the last 8 at the Northern Ireland Open and is currently ranked the highest student fencer in WF.

-Successes in Maynooth novice cup including:

· 1st Men’s Foil: Ronan Cranny

· 1st Men’s Sabre: Derick O’Flynn

· 2nd Women’s Sabre: Marie Carkill

· 3rd Men’s Epee: John Noel Masterson

· 3rd Men’s Sabre: Paul McGowan

-NUIG hosted the first Galway Novice Cup in which Seán Clarke, Derick O’Flynn and Marie Carkill took 3rd place in foil.

2013:

- Men's Epee finished 13th in the Duffy Memorial Cup in January.

- Fiadhnait McDonough finished 10th in the Women's Foil Event and 9th in Women's Sabre at the East of Ireland Open.

- NUIG came 6th of 12 Universities in the 2013 Intervarsities held in UL.

- Women's foil came 3rd in the rankings also @ UL, defeating 4 of 6 Universities that they faced.

- Men's Foil Team: Tim O'Callaghan, Finn Krewer, Christoper Thong and Brendan Masterson medaled Bronze in the Irish Team National's Evens.

2012:

- Fiadhnait McDonough won silver in Women's Sabre at our own hosted West of Ireland Open.

- Former club member Mark Loughnane claimed silver in Men's Epee at the West of Ireland Open.

- Fiadhnait McDonough won Gold in the novice competition Schull in 2012, with Ciara Flannery winning Silver.

Prior 2012:

- Numerous top ten finishes from members in national competitions.

- Two members represented Ireland in 5 nations.

- Zoya Syomina was ranked no.1 in womens foil.

- Marianne van Dyke represented Ireland in 2010 for the Student 5 nations and the Quad match.

Intervarsities

Interversaties will be held in NUIG in March 2019.