O'Sullivan Cup - 2015
The 26th O’Sullivan Cup was held at Talybont Sports Hall, Cardiff, on 15th February. Fencers were drawn from clubs across South Wales. Though numbers were slightly down on last year, all competitors had a good day’s fencing and enjoyed the event.
Whitchurch Fencing Club is committed to making competitions more professional, and this year saw two new features to this end. This was the first time that the competition has used dedicated referees. The Club has also procured an FIE scoring box to use at competitions, which displays the time and the score. Competitors expressed their support for the introduction of such measures.
The competition offered an armoury, where competitors can have their weapons fixed for a nominal fee, as well as a Leon Paul mini-stand, a popular feature of the competition at which fencers could buy equipment at a discount rate. The refreshment stall was brought back by popular demand.
The competition was tightly fought throughout, with only a few points separating the top few players.
Round 1: William Meredith-Davies (Cardiff) took an early lead in the initial round, two points ahead of nearest rivals Gareth Law (Celtic Sword) and Adrian Stoneman (Cardiff).
Round 2: William remained in poll position in the second round, though Krystof Gibbon (Cardiff) had caught up with him to hold first place jointly going into round three.
Round 3: Krystof retained first-place position in round three and Adrian joined him, both of whom had inched ahead of William by one point.
Round 4: In the fourth and final round, William caught up with Adrian – both of whom finished on 26 points, while Krystof dropped behind by one point to take the bronze medal with 25 points.
Final Hit: A gripping one-hit fence-off ensued between Adrian and William, in which Adrian snatched the point to take the gold medal and become this year’s O’Sullivan Cup champion.
Final positions :
1st Adrian Stoneman (Cardiff) – 27 points
2nd William Meredith-Davies (Cardiff) – 26 points
3rd Krystof Gibbon (Cardiff) – 25 points
Notable Whitchurch Placements :
Rupert Nute only just missed the medal positions by one point, finishing fourth with 24 points.
Whitchurch Fencing Club is particularly grateful for the refereeing offered by Lynne Melia (Team Melia), Neil Powell (Whitchurch) and Steve Poyser (Whitchurch), and the Armourer Peter Smith (Wellington Swords), and thanks all those who took part in the competition.
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