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The first BUCS Trophy match for the Cambridge Women’s 2nd Fencing Team commenced in the wee early afternoon of 26 November against the nemeses of Norfolk, the University of East Anglia 1st team. Two sabreurs and a foilist took on the task of fencing epée, going up against two foilists and a sabreur. With neither side comfortable with the weapon, scoring was low and horribly unexciting with Cambridge winning the weapon 34-22, after one bout was called after a minute of play due to ‘non-combativity’ since, frankly, neither the Cambridge captain, nor her opponent could really be asked to try for points.
Sabre followed the uneventful epée, and a full sabre team for the Light Blue Ladies stormed to victory with a 45-22 win in the weapon. Sabreur Joyce, who sadly missed the weekend League tournament at Leicester, dominated over the UEA girls, allowing only five hits to be made against her from all three opponents combined.
Our heroes had a much tougher time in the foil, however, as UEA came with an astonishingly good foilist who helped her team to keep Cambridge from having another runaway victory. But in the end, the might of the Cambridge foil team prevailed to win the weapon 45-40. The match, needless to say, went to Cambridge with a final score of 124-85.
The 2014-2015 BUCS fencing season has started off with a bang (in one sense, almost literally) with the Cambridge University Women’s 2nd Fencing Team securing their first two victories in Leicester on 22 November, at the first of three tournaments for this year.
The first fight was against the Warwick 1st team, who began with giving the Cambridge girls a run for their money in epée with a surprisingly strong showing. New recruit Jessica put up an impressive display for a sabreur fencing epée (for the first time ever!) by winning ten points for the girls in blue, despite being subbed in by Eleanor in the third round. Warwick managed to hang tight, however, and kept the score close all the way to the end, with Cambridge just narrowly holding onto their lead and ending the fight 36-35 to Cambridge.
Unfortunately for Warwick, this was when Cambridge stopped warming up, and kicked things into full swing. Foil followed the epée, where Cambridge dominated their opponents with a 45-23 win. Newcomer Tiffany proved her place on the team by thrashing Warwick's anchor and holding strong against the others. A truly fantastic display in her first BUCS match ever, you'd never guess she first picked up a foil just over a year ago!
Sabre finalized Warwick’s thrashing with a 45-22 win to Cambridge. After a brief hiccup at the start, Cambridge got their mojo back and the rest of the match left a full string of fives in the Cambridge score column. End of match score was 126-80 to Cambridge.
After a brief break for lunch, the victory over Warwick was followed by a match against that arch-nemesis of the Light Blues, Oxford! Once again, epée was the starting weapon, and wary from the memory of Oxford 2nd’s strong 2013-2014 epée team, our Cambridge heroes decided to play a very cautious game. Scores remained low, as the Light Blue ladies took no chances and played for time, rather than hits. But the Dark Blues showed none of last year’s aggression, and foilist Harri scored an impressive 15 points in the weapon, allowing Cambridge to amazingly end the fight with a commanding 30-17 victory, despite having no actual epeeists.
Oxford, however, fought back hard in sabre, finding their aggression a little too much with a sabreur who had a penchant for hitting her opponent’s head with the guard of her sword, resulting in a cut lip for anchor Jessica in the early part of the fight. Illustrious captain, Alisha, took revenge for her teammate’s injury in the next fight against the over-excited Oxford battering-ram by taking a full 11 hits off of her, narrowing the points-gap to two. The Cambridge ladies rallied after that, but it was sadly too late, and although they kept the gap low, they lost sabre 45-38 to Oxford.
With the combined score at 68-62 to Cambridge, it all came down to the final weapon: foil. Cambridge started off well, but Oxford wasn’t about to let the Light Blues have an easy time of it, as the lead went back and forth between the two teams right to the end. In the penultimate fight, however, club president Eleanor overwhelmed her opponent in a 9-0 bout, leaving the way clear for anchor Harri to finish Oxford off, winning the weapon at 45-36, and the match at 113-98.