Oundle, Peterborough & Stamford Epee Club - News
See the OPS Epee Club Facebook page for our most up to date news and more competition results through the year.
Please check specific club days for up to date information on which nights we will run through the summer.
May 2018 - British Youth Championships Gold
Rachael Lever bacame the Under 16 GirlsBritish Champion with a very strong performance at the Championships in Sheffield. Full report of facebook page with all club fencer's results.
March 2018 -
Club Coach, Chris Howser won the British Veteran Age-group Epee championships for the Over 40 category, winning 100% of his matches in a massive poule unique. This secures Chris's Qualification to the European Veteran Team championships in Holland in May.
October 2017 -
Jess Varley wins European Bronze medals in both Ladies Team and mixed reay team at the under 24 European Pentathlon Championships. Also Maisie McCormack and Rachael Lever qualify to represent GBR at Cadet European Circuit (under 17), and Amelia McCormack qualifies for Under 20 (Junior) GB squad for Under 20 World Cup events.. Well done to all of them..
September 2017 - Stamford Fencing Club Launched
Following the great success of our Oundle and Peterborough sessions, the club will be launching a Stamford session on 12th September at Stamford School. See Stamford Fencing Club session tab for details.
30th April 2017 - British Youth Championships Finals Sheffield
Only a couple of medals at this year's event. Daniel Carey-Evans wins Silver in the Under 12 Boys Epee event and Rachale Lever in 7th won a bronze for making the final tableux in the Under 16 Sabre. Some other strong performances, but sadly missing out on medals detailed on facebook page.
9th April 2017 - British Youth Under 10 Epee - Oundle
Two medal performances for local fencers. Isabella Howser coming 3rd and Freya Thorold 5th to both tae home bronze medals. Full performance details on Facebook Page.
25th & 26th February 2017 - British School Team Championships
With the event at Millfield School this year, it was deemed too far to travel for many of our school teams, however the Prince William School team of Ellie Tinsley, Maisie McCormack and Rachael Lever just missed out on a clean sweep of weapons in the year 9/10 girls events winning the Foil and Sabre events and coming 2nd in the Epee. Well done to the team.
9th September 2016
Junior selections for the Pentathlon World Championship (Under 20), have been made and OPS fencer Jess Varley has been selected as part of the GB team. Good luck to Jess at the event in Cairo next week.
6th September 2016
Amelia McCormack becomes the first OPS Fencers to be selected for GBR representation at Under 20 (Junior) level for Epee World Cups. Really well done and good luck at the Internationals.
3rd July 2016 - Cadet & Junior British Championships
Amelia McCormack secures her best result of her career, taking 7th place in the Under 20 British Championship. Full results for club fencers on facebook page..
27th & 28th Feb 2016 - British School Team Championships
Gold, Silver and two Bronzes for local school teams. Full details on OPS Facebook page.
24th December 2015 - England Selections
After a strong year for our youth fencers, 5 of them have been selected to fence for England at the Wroclaw International event in March. William Ferguson in the Under 13 Boys, along with Rachael Lever, Ellie Taylor, Maisie McCormack and Niamh Noble in the Under 15 Girls.
1st November 2015 - Elite Epee Junior Series Event 1
Great win for William Ferguson in the Under 13 event, winning 10-9 in a thrilling final. Top 8 spots to Adam Duffy who was knocked out in the Under 13 Boys by William and Maisie McCormack in the Under 16 Girls event.
5th September 2015 - Northamptonshire County Senior Champs
Senior County Champions are Amelia McCormack and Chris Howser (6th in row). Also great fencing from Nigel Middleton 5th and Idris Hillier 7th in his first senior event outing. All our other less experienced fencers did well also, with Paul Chenary, having only started fencing a few months age, winning 4 out of 6 fights in the second round of poules, a great achievement.
Whilst this epee event was taking place, Will Ferguson was trying out foil, and was the top under 12 fencer and 3rd placed overall, at this event which included a range of under 10, under, 12 , under 14 and under 16 fencers. Really good going for his first fun foray into another weapon.
4th & 5th September 2015 - Sainsburies Uk School Games
Well done to Matthew Lever in being selected to fence for Scotland at this event.
26th July 2015 - OPS BBQ
Good evening had by all.. Few weeks away from competitions over the traditional summer break. First event back is the Kidderminster Under 20 British Ranking Circuit event at the end of August.
19th July 2015 - Eastern Region Epoil Championships
Amazing fencing by our youngest fencers in this event catering for fencers in year 1 to 4 at school.
Well done to our event winners
Year 1-2 Girls - Izzy Howser
Year 1-2 Boys - Bradley Letts
Year 3-4 Girls - Tilly Stephen-Smith
Year 3-4 Boys - Fabian Wyer-Roberts
12th July 2015 - EEJS Grand Final and Elite Epee Mens Summer Open
More great results for club fencers with Rachael Lever turning the table on Henrietee Hadaline who beat her at the EYCs and winning the final by a clear margin. The result was followed up with Ellie Taylor 3rd and Maisie McCormack 6th n the same event. Daisy Reeves Turner fought well to secure 7th place in the Under 11 Girls event.
The real surprise of the day was in the Senior Mens Summer Open with club coach beating 2014 British Champion David Gregory (currently ranked 15th in GBR) 15-13, Paul Sanchez-Lethem (3rd on British Rankings) 15-12 and Matt Henderson (7th on GB Rankings) on his way to the semi final of this high ranking event, losing out to former World Under 20 Champions, Phil Marsh who ended up winning the event. Thanks for all the support to our fencers at the event.
21st June 2015 - England Youth Championships
Medals for Ellie Taylor in Under 13 girls winning silver, with clubmate Rachael Lever taking Bronze.
2nd, 3rd, 4th May 2015 - British Youth Fencing Championships - Sheffield EIS
Another set of great results from club fencers, with top 8 places for Theo Edwards (U18 Boys), Ellie Taylor and Rachel Lever (both U14 Girls). The other stand out result which really did exceed expectations what Peter Schulman coming 11th in the Under 14 boys event, which was an exceptional result for him. Full results on the club facebook page.
12th April 2015 - British Under 10 Championships
Well done to all our local fencers attending the event, top 10 finishes were secured by Boys 7th Adam Taylor (OKCMS), Boys 8th James Cookson (OKCMS) and Girls 9th Bronwyn Haynes..
11th April 2015 - Northampton County Championships
Great event for OPS and school feeders to the club, with every gold medal fought for going to one of our fencers, as well as lots of Silvers and bronzes.
1st Izzy Howser Nassington Primary
1st Adam Taylor OKCMS
1st Augustus Wyer-Roberts King's P'boro
1st Lotti Trewick OKCMS
1st Peter Schulman OPS
1st Rachael Lever OPS
1st Idris Hillier OPS
1st Christy Schulman OPS
1st Matthew Lever OPS
1st Amelia McCormack OPS
18th March 2015 - Public School Fencing Championships
Well done to Niamh Noble in a quarter final spot at the Mount Haes girls epee event, along with Tabby Pattison who reached the last 16, before losing 13-12 to get into the L8.
14th/15th March - Eastern Regional Youth Championships (BYC Qualifier)
Lots of great results again for local fencers- Under 12 Girls 1st Ellie Tinsley, =3rd Lottie Trewick & Taylor Sheehan, Under 12 Boys 1st William Ferguson, 2nd Augustus Wyer-Roberts, =3rd Ethan Waller & Reuben Wild, Under 14 Girls - Grace Wyer-Roberts 2nd, Under 14 Boys =3rd Peter Schulmann & Alex Alcock, Under 16 Girls 1st Tabby Pattison, =3rd Chloe Elkington, Under 16 Boys =3rd Marcus Arnold, Under 18 Girls 2nd Amelia McCormack, Under 18 Boys 1st Theo Edwards and finally Rachael Lever 1st playing in the under 14 girls sabre... A really really good set of results, especially when you add another 6 fencers with Byes straight to the BYC finals (Ellie Taylor, Rachael Lever, Maisie McCormack & Daisy Reeves-Turner), or who have qualified through other regions (Niamh and Finn Noble). Will have loads of local fencers at the BUC finals in May.. Well done
8th March 2015 - Britis Veterans Championships
Chris Howser wins his first 'British Veteran's Championship' gold following a silver in 2013 (and did not fence in 2014). Added link to the club was that he beat club visitor, Steve Domek in the Final. This event was for fencers over the age of 40..
28th Feb/1st March 2015 - British School Team Championships
Great results for both OKCMS and King Peterborough. Triple gold to the year 7/8 girls taking the titles in Foil, Epee and Sabre. Kings School Peterborough followed the lead with a Gold in the Year 9/10 girls and Bronze in the Year 9/10 Boys events. Full report on the OPS facebook page..
14th February 2015 - British Cadet Championships
Top result or the club went to Ellie Taylor reaching the top 16 in this Under 17 British Championship as a 12 year old. Stunning result. Full details on facebook page
10th January 2015 - Cambridgeshire Youth Epee Championships
Well done to all our local fencers attending, with every title won by OPS fencers or those attending club feeder schools. Under 8 Girls Izzy Howser, Under 10 Girls Bronwyn Hayes, Under 12 Girls Ellie Tinsley, Under 14 Girls Niamh Noble, Under 16 Gils Tabby Pattison, Under 10 Boys Toby Tinsley, Under 12 Boys Stephen Alcock, Under 14 Boys Alexander Alcock, Under 18 Boys Theo Edwards. Full results and podium photos on the Elite Epee Events Facebook page (+ additional photos on the OPS Epee Club facebook page)..
3rd January 2015 - Cambridge Winter Open
More great results for club fencers. Supurb 3rd place for Theo Edwards, last 8 for Amelia McCormack and Last 16s for Kate Howser & Joshua Myers.
13/14th December 2014 - EEJS event 3 - Oundle
Only Ellie Taylor and Rachael Lever reach the medal places, both 3rd in Under 13 girls. However lots of encouraging performance by other club fencers.
13/14th December 2014 - Cadet Winton
Great experience gained by Tabby Pattison representing the Eatern Region for the first time. Well done.
16th November 2014 - Commonwalth Veterans Championships, Largs Scotland
Chris Howser, the clubs only entry wins from an entry of over 80 men to become Commonwealth Champion. After impressive poule rounds where Chris scored 60 hits and only conceeded 11, he continued his form and lead every match he fought to take both the 40-50 age-group and the overall veterans title. On the following day the team event took place and the England team narrowly lost out to Canada to take Silver. A good couple of days..
15th November - Cocks Moor Epee
More medals for club fencers with this time Ellie Taylor winning the U13 girls with Maisie McCormack 2nd. With Will Furguson 3rd in the Under 11 boys it was great fo our younger fencers. In the afternoon the 64 seniors arrived and Theo Edwards ended up 3rd, with Josh Myers making the 1/4 finals. Well done to all
8th/9th November 2014 - Packwood Epee LPJS & Millfield BSC Cadet Event
Two wins for fencers who attend OPS Epee Club, Finlay Noble in the U11 Boys and Maisie McCormack in the U13 Girls. Great going to both of them. And Izzy Howser at her first LPJS event (at the age of 5) acually won a match (her first in competition) in the under 9 girls event.
At Millfield event, Ellie Taylor lead the OPS fencers with a strong 20th place, which for a 12 year old in this Under 17 event is great going. Amelia McCormack reaced the last 32 and on the Saturday Matthew Lever scored his best result of his Cadet career with a great top 32 placing.. Congratulations to all of you.
1st & 2nd November 2014 - Elite Epee Junior Series 2014-15 Event 1
U11 Girls - 10th Daisy Reeves-Turner, 12th Abby Furguson, 13th Isabella Howser
U13 Girls - 3rd Rachael Lever, 5th Eleanor Taylor, 7th Maisie McCormack
U16 Girls - 10th Grace Wyer-Roberts, 17th Tabby Pattison, 29th Christie Schulman
U13 Boys - 11th William Furguson
U16 Boys - 28th Marcus Arnold
Well done to all those taking part.
15th October 2014 - Selection for GB International Cadet Squad
Following on from Theo Edwards selection last season, Amelia McCormack becomes the first OPS girl to be selected for a GB Cadet squad after some strong consistant results at the Selection Circuit events. Well done
6th September 2014 - Northamptonshire County Championships
With the new fencing season upon us the club has again started in fine form. Club Coaches Chris and Kate Howser retained their County titles, however both were pushed hard by up and coming young local fencers.
Chris, having gained 3rd seed after the preliminary round and following a fairly straight forward last 16 match drew club-mate Josh Myers. Following a tight match Chris scraped through to leave Josh in 6th place. Following a great set of preliminary rounds Matthew Lever was seeded a very strong 8th seed, however in the last 16 he drew the far more experienced Paul Willmott from Northampton and ended up placed 9th. In the top half of the draw Theo Edwards from the club was also fencing well and fenced through to the Semi Finals where he drew Matthew Bolton (Touche Club) and lost narrowly to set Chris up with a tough match to retain his title. With a strong start Chris created a lead of several points and though Matt fought back, Chris won the fight 15-12 to retain the title for the fifth year running.
The Women's Preliminary Rounds saw Club fencers take 3 of the 4 top places with Amelia McCormack seeded 1st, Kate Howser 2nd and Jes Varley 4th, along with Jacqui Lever 7th. In the Quarter-finals this pitched Kate against Jacqui, which Kate won to leave Jacqui positioned 7th, and with Jess and Amelia also winning, the club was guarenteed 3 of the 4 medals available, and by luck the 4th semi-finallist was also a Peterborough based fencer, however one who fences at the Northampton club. In the Semi-Finals Amelia and Jess met and after a nip and tuck battle, Amelia won the match on the final hit to reach the final with a 15-14 scoreline. In the other semi Kate worked hard to secure a win and ensure the club a second title. In a exciting final Kate showed her experience to take the title.
Club Member Positions
Kate Howser 1st
Amelia McCormack 2nd
Jess Varley 3rd
Jacqui Lever 7th
Chris Hower 1st
Theo Edwards 3rd
Josh Myers 6th
Matthew Lever 9th
At the same time as the Senior Epee Championships, the County Junior Foil event took place. Rachael Lever, an Epeeist, ran riot over the other fencers in her age-group to win the Under 12 event and ended up runner-up in the Under 16 event to boot. Well done.
29th June 2014 - England Youth Championships
More great results for club fencers, with our top performances in the Under 13 girls where OPS had 4 fencers in the top 16 places. With Rachael Lever 3rd, Grace-Wyer-Roberts 5th, Ellie Taylor 9th and Nimah Noble 13th, the club has great depth in this age-group, as another of our top girls Maisie was missing due to injury. Top 16 places also went to Tabby Pattison in the Under 15 Girls (16th) and William Ferguson (11th) in the Under 11 boys. Great experience was also gained by Milie Rye (17th) and Daisy Reeves-Turner (24th) in the Under 11 Girls, Reuben Wild (23rd) in the Under 11 Boys and Henry Hart (47th) in the Boys Under 15s. Well done to all.
3rd May 2014 - British Youth Championships
Well done too all our fencers who attended. Our best event of the weekend was the Under 12 Girls with Rachael Lever winning the clubs first National title and being followed up with strong performances by Eleanor Taylor in 5th and Maisie McCormack in 6th. Full report on the club facebook page.
Apologies for break in news, very busy few weeks with Holidays and running mutiple events. Will catch up ASAP.
8th March 2014 - East Midlands BYC Qualifier
Eight additional fencers who attend OPS Epee club qualified for the British Youth Championship Finals to add to those who had byes from last year's BYC championships (who gained 8th place or better then). Golds went to Rachael Lever (U12 Girls Foil, she already had a bye for Epee), Eleanor Taylor (U12 Girls), Tabby Pattison (U14 Girls) and Theo Edwards (U18 Boys). Silvers were won by Finlay Noble (U12 Boys), Taylor Sheeham (U12 Girls), Niamh Noble (U14 Girls) and Josh Myers (U18 boys).
Also great performances were displayed by our other club fencers who lost in the quarter finals, so missing out on the top 4 spot needed for qualification, bad luck to Thomas Lemmon (U12 boys), Oliver Lemmon (U14 Boys), as well as Adian & Illias Panchal, both who have only fenced for a matter of months, who made life very difficult for the other Under 16 boys entries who had years more experience.
1st & 2nd March 2014 - British School Team Championships
Saturday saw the year 9/10 girls from Prince William school, the first team the school has ever entered to an event, winning silver, narrowing losing to the massively experienced Alleyn's school.
Sunday saw the Year 5/6 and year 7/8 teams compete and how they did compete. The year 7/8 girls from OKCMS dominated their event with Rachael Lever, Ellie Taylor, Holly Farrow and Amber Mills complete the event undefeated to take the title. The Year 5/6 Girls team consisting of Maisie McCormack, Chloe Elkington and Millie Rye went on the rampage in their first match winning by an impressive 45-4 scoreline and after winning their remaining two first round matches by a clear margin, went on to win their semi final again by a canter. In the final the faced a very experienced Faulkner House school who had fencers all with two or more years of fencing behind them and the OKCMS girls fenced to an amazing level. With just 2 matches to go the team were 4 hits down, however an amazing bout by Chloe (who has fenced for less than a year) pulled the mach to level against an opponent who has been fencing for 4 odd years to leave Maisie level going into the final bout of the match. A couple of misses gave the advantage to Faulkner house, however at 44-40 down Maisie pushed on to pull back to 44-43, however a double then gave Faulkner house the win in a thrilling contest. The OKCMS B'team competed well with Taylor, Ellie and Florrie coming in 6th place.
The Under 14 boys saw teams from OKCMS and Kings Peterborough compete in a large field of 15 teams. The OKCMS team, Ollie, Ollie and Peter, had a horrible draw and lost both their first round matches to go out (one against Whitgift School) at that point. Kings however won their two matches and secured a quarter final spot, however were unlukily drawn against last year's champions (and this year's runners up) Whitgift school and went out placing 5th. Great performance by Ben Naylor, Alex Alcock, Henry Hart and Harvey Stephens-Dunn.
15th/16th February 2014 - EEJS Event 3 - Oundle
More great results for OPS fencers. The top results went to the Under 13 girls with Eleanor Taylor taking second and Rachael 3rd, both losing to Ellie Parmar who fenecr at OPS sister club, Redhill & Reigate Epee Club and who Chris coached for several years. This guarentees both Eleanor and Rachael spots in the end of season grand final. Amelia McCormack narrowly missed out on a medal in the Under 16 girls, with a quarter final place finish. Top boys result wen to Luke Braithwaite with a stunning 6th place in the Under 11 boys.
Full results can be found in the Junior Series section of the site.
2nd February 2014 - Uhlmann Trophy - Leeds
Great senior experience was gained by Josh Myers at this event. Out of a field of 37 fencers Josh fenced well and lost out in the Last 8 to eventual event winner Scott Willis to come 6th. Good result.
1st February 2014 - LPJS Leon Paul Centre
After some strange results in round 1, local fencers in the Under 13 girls event were seeded to meet in the earlier DE rounds with Nimah Noble losing to Maoise McCormack in the last 16, however with the winner of that then facing number 1 seed Ellie Taylor. Ellie came out winner against Maisie and with Rachael Lever losing norrowly also in the quarter finals, only Ellie made the medals taking a solid 3rd place.
19th January 2014 - Cambridgeshire Youth Epee Championships
Well done to all the local club/school fencers who attended the championships. Special congratulations to the 10 Oundle/Peterborough based fencers who have become Cambridgeshire County Age-Group champions -
Under 8 Girls - Abby Ferguson
Under 8 Boys - Ralph Stephens-Dunn
Under 10 Girls - Daisy Reeves-Turner
Under 10 Boys - Rueben Wild
Under 12 Girls - Rachael Lever
Under 12 Boys - Stephen Alcock
Under 14 Girls - Tabby Pattison
Under 14 Boys - Marcus Arnold
Under 16 Girls - Amelia McCormack
Under 18 Boys - Theo Edwards
For full event results, please look at the Cambrideshire County age-group tab on the left.
14th & 15th December 2013 - Elite Epee Junior Series Event 2
Stars of the show at this event held in Oundle were our Under 13 Girls, who all still have another year in the event. Ellie Taylor fenced with a control and assurence that would not ge expected at this age and having been 3rd seed after the poules, calmly went about the task of defeating opponent after opponent, including Redhill & Reigate's Ellie Parmer (who beat Maisie McCormack in the Quarter finals) in a technically excellent semi final, to reach a the final.
In the top half of the draw, Rachael Lever fenced with great confidence to take number 1 seed after the first round and then dispatched opponents 8-2 and 15-10 to reach the Semi-Finals. She then defeated, Event 1 winner, Messina Herrling 14-10 to make the final an all OPS match. Ellie's excellent form continued to dispatch the spirited Rachael 15-5 in a dominant performance.
U13 Girls Local fencers results
1st Eleaner Taylor OPS
2nd Rachael Lever OPS
7th Maisie McCormack OPS
9th Niamh Noble OPS
17th Jessica Mickley OPS
The Under 11 girls event saw 10 local girls take part in their first competitions. Top spot went to Millie Rye who reached the Quarter Finals.
U11 Girls Local fencers results
8th Milie Rye OKCMS
9th Ella Wared Kings P'Boro
10th Freya Stephens-Dunn OPS
11th Georgia Pluke Kings P'boro
12th Ellie McLair OKCMS
13th Iliana Saenko OKCMS
14th Florrie Loseby OKCMS
15th Zoe Richardson Laxton Jnr
16th Isabella Goldsmith OKCMS
17th Rachel Kelly Peterborgh School
With Amelia McCormack off representing Eastern Region at the Cadet Winton, it was left to Tabby Pattison and Chrisie Schulman to carry the fight in the Under 16 girls event. Losses in all her first round fights left Christie languishing in 22nd place after round 1, however in the last 32 she gave Redhill & Reigate's Alys Edwards, who was 12th seed and has fenced for over 5 years compared to Christie's one, the fright of her life to take her to 14 all, with the fight won by Alys on the final hit. Tabby had a solid first round winning 3 of 5 matches to enter the knock-out as 10th seed. A controlled 15-9 win over Mathilda Grinling saw her face number 6 seed Elena Palano. After fencing really well for most of the match which Tabby lead, a 30 second lapse of concentration saw Elena turn the match on its head and with Tabby having to rush due to time becoming short was doubled out to a 15-13 scorline. Tabby's performance shows that she can really compete again at the higher level and that she has the potential to become a real competitor in this tough age-group.
U16 Girls Local results
10th Tabby Pattison OPS
21st Christy Schulman OPS
The Under 16 Boys event was a tough event and career best first rounds at EEJS events for Marcus Arnold and Matthew Lever (both only losing 1 fight) put them seeded in 4th and 10th place respectively. Marcus won his first match 15-3, however could not continue that form into the last 16match to go out 15-12. Matthew just did not get the luck after such a good first round, drawing a former British Youth medallist Luke Jones in his first knock-out match who Chris coached from a beginner at Redhill & Reiagte Club for 5 years when Chris lived in Surrey. Luke won 15-10, however Matthew performance at every event is getting better and better.
U16 Boys Local results
10th Marcus Arnold OPS
18th Matthew Lever OPS
24th Alexander Richardson - Ondle Sch
25th Ben Naylor Kings Pboro
28th Ciaran Wells Kings Pboro
30th Henry Hart Kings Pboro
31st Harvey Stephens-Dunn Kings Pboro
The Under 13 Boys saw 3 local fencers take part. Only Oliver Lemmon had much experience of competition and both he and Oliver Hamilton managed 2 wins in round 1. Oliver Hamilton went out to Luka Piecefield, another of Chris's old Surrey fencers, in the last 32, along with Thomas Stegeman who had had a very difficult day, however Oliver Lemmon won his first DE match to make the top 16 where he lost to 4th seed Steven McPherson.
U13 Boys Local results
13th Oliver Lemmon OKCMS
18th Oliver Hamilton OKCMS
24th Thomas Stegeman OKCMS
With many of our Under 11s having never fenced in competition before it was great that every one of them won matches in round 1 of the competition. With Luke Braithwaite, Josh Hull receiving a bye into the last 16, Willaim Furguson beat Oliver Haines to join them along with James Buck who beat Liam Kew. In the last 16 the ights were tough with all four knocked out at this stage.
U11 Boys Local results
10th Josh Hull The Pboro School
11th Luke Braithwaite OKCMS
15th James Buck OKCMS
16th William Furguson OPS
17th Ollie Haines OKCMS.
Finally well done to all the local fencers who competed and I hope you had a good experience at the event, whatever your final placing.
8th December 2013 - Cambridgeshire Youth Team Foil event
Though non of our team actually train in Foil (different weapon to what we do at club). A team of Rachael Lever, Ellie Taylor and Maisie McCormack made their way down to Sawston Village College (near Cambridge) to give foil a go. Rachael had entered a few foil competition for fun, however for Maisie and Ellie this was their first go at the weapon. The girls stormed through their opponents and in the Semi-Final Maisie caught up from a deficit to get the team into the final and in the final Rachael returned Maisie's favour with a storming last match to catch up a deficit and win the team title, against team mainly made up of boys. Great going to the 3 of them.
7th December 2013 - British Senior National Championships
O.P.S. epee clun had 4 fencers attending this flagship event. In the mens event (3 OPS fencers) with a full 30% cut after the first round (down to 64), Josh Myers, in his first British Championships, managed to get hits on all his opponents, however finished in 87th place. Fraser Stephen-Smith won 2 of his 6 matches, however missed out on getting through the cut by 1 hit and placed 66th.
Chris Howser had a 3-3 win loss record and was ranked 38th after the first round. In the round of 64, chris faced 27th seed David Stewart-Watson, who had beaten Chris 5-2 in the first round, however Chris started strongly to build a solid lead and finished the match with a 15-9 victory. In he round of 32 Chris's opponent was number 6 seed Tomas Curren-Jones from Brixton. In a thrilling contest in which Tomas lead for much of the match, Chris again clawed his way back to lead 14-12, however two hits for Tomas took the fight to the last hit and a well timed counter-attach gave Chris a 15-14 victory. In his next match again Chris started slowly against Shetland's Chris Rocks, but again as time went on Chris pulled back a 6 hit deficit to record a 15-13 victory to reach the quarter finals. In the quarter finals Chris faced Nick Perry from Haverstock and after a close match that only ahad a hit between the fencers for the first 6 minutes, Nick pulled away in the final 30 seconds when Chris had to pust to catch up hits. A final placing of 8th is pretty good going as Chris generally coaches rather than fences at club.
Kate Howser was the clubs only representative in the women's event and won 3 of 5 matches in round 1 to be seeded 25th. A solid 15-12 win over Helen Dack took Kate to the top 32, however she then met London Olympian Corinna Lawrence who knocked Kate out and went on to win the whole event. Kate's final position of 25th is also very impressive as Kate has never trained properly for Epee and had not picked up an epee since the last competition she attended.
24th November 2013 - Packwood LPJS Epee, Herts Foil
Continued success for OPS fencers with Eleanor Taylor winning the U11 Girls with Maisie McCormack 3rd and In the Under 15 Girls Event, Amelia McCormack taking a solid Bronze as well. Rachael Lever travelled to the Herts Foil LPJS for a fun day out and secured a 7th place at the event after winning her last 16 match 10-0. Well done to all 4 of the girls.
17th November 2013 - London Docklands LPJS Foil
Rachael Lever attended the event for a bit of fun and came away with a very creditable 6th place out of the field of 16. Good result considering she is not allowed foil lessons.
16th November 2013- Cocks Moor Wood Epee Championships
Two entries in two events and 2 great medal performances. Ellie Taylor takes gold in the Under 11 Girls event after a first round poule which she was No1 seed after, and 10-0, 5-3 and finally a close 10-9 victory in the final to take the title. Well done Ellie.
In the Men's Open event, Joshua Myers competed in a field of 58 and after a strong 1st round performance was 4th seed. With a bye through the last 64, he drew Northampton's Paul Willmott (not an ideal opponent for a first DE) with Joshua winning out 15-11 to make the last 16. Impressive wins then against Robert Alcock (Salle Joseph) 15-7 and 5th Seed Dimitri Tcherukine (Birmingham FC) 15-8 took Joshua through to the Semi-finals where he was finally beaten by Gloucester's Jan Gerboc in a close 15-12 match. This is Joshua's best Senior result to date and should help boosting his senior National ranking further into the top 100.
10th November 2013 – LPJS Event Millfield School
After a busy Saturday at the the EM region youth event, some very enthusiastic club fencers decided to brave the hail storms and make the 400 + mile round trip to Somerset to boost their LPJS rankings.
In the Under 11 Girls event, a repeat of the EM event final occurred with both Maisie McCormack and Eleanor Taylor fighting through to the final, however with a very different result, with Ellie winning out 10-4 to guarantee being ranked no.1 in the LJPS rankings for 2013 with a perfect 100 points ranking with 4 event wins, with 2 events still remaining in 2013.
In the Under 15 Girls Amelia McCormack added to her Canterbury LPJS event win with her second LPJS title of the season which should boost her LPJS ranking into the top 5.
In the Under 13 Girls event Niamh Noble reached the last 8 before losing out to CLFS fencer (where OPS coach Chris used to coach). This result will keep Niamh around 4th or 5th on the LPJS rankings which is really good going.
Well fought to all of you and I hope you slept well on the way home and have really thanked your parents for the amount of time they have spent driving you all around the county this weekend. They deserve a glass of wine (or maybe a bottle or two).
9th November 2013 – East Midlands Youth Championships
Great club results at this year’s championships as per below –
U11 Epee - Maisie McCormack - this is also Maisie's first individual gold medal. Well Done Maisie!
U13 Epee - Niamh Noble
U11 Foil - Rachael Lever, who went through the whole competition without receiving a single hit against her!
Also, all in epee
U9 Boys - Finn Noble - Silver, William Ferguson - Bronze
U11 Girls - Eleanor Taylor - Silver, Rachael Lever - Bronze
U13 Boys- Peter Schulmann - Bronze
U13 Girls - Christie Shulmann - Bronze
U15 Girls- Amelia McCormack - Silver
U15 Boys - Matthew Lever 8th , Kieren Wells 10th.
Well done on a great set of results for fencers who attend the club.
26/27th October 2013 – Elite Epee Junior Series Event 1
The top club result was achieved by Eleanor Taylor taking Bronze in the Under 13 Girls Event, with Maisie McCormack 5th and Rachael Lever 7th respectively to put all 3 in the driving seat to reach the grand finals again this year.
In other categories William Furguson came 15th in the U11 Boys, Matthew Lever 24th in U16 Boys and Amelia McCormack 14th and Tabby Pattison 22nd in the U16 Girls Event.
We will have farmore of our fencers attending event 2 in Oundle come December..
20th October 2013 - BSC Gateshead Under 20
Theo Edwards continues his run of fine results by placing 15th in this event and giving his Cadet (Under 17) ranking a real boost and will probably put him well into the Topm10. Continued strong results for Josh Myers with a last 32 and a Last 64 for Amelia McCormack is a good result considering she still has 5 or 6 years left in this age-group. Well done to all of you.
12th October 2013 - LP Ladies Epee Open
Kate Howser scored her best result since switching from Foil to Epee with a solid Top 16 placing at this high quality event. The result should boost her points total (even after the loss of her British Championship points from last year) and should move her well into the 30s of the November 1st British Rankings from her October 1st position of 42.
5th October 2013 - LP Mens Epee Open
Chris Howser took 10th place in the first ever event to be held at the LP Fencing centre to help boost his national ranking, however with the senior nationals having moved to December and Chris losing a last 8 from last year's British Championships, he may well be on the slide from his current 11th place in next month's update..
1st October 2013 - Double celebrations
Well done to Theo Edwards on his selection as part of the GB Cadet (under 17) squad for the Bonn European Circuit Event. The first OPS fencer, since the club was lauched to gain GB squad selection at any level. In addition Joshua Myers has jumped up the senior rankings to, for the first time for him, break into the GB Top 100 ranked fencers, by moving up to 98th. Well done to both of you..
29th September 2013 - LPJS - Wellington
Wel done to Maisie McCormack with a solid 2nd place at this event, which moves her to 2nd on the 2013 LPJS rankings behind clubmate Ellie Taylor in the Under 11 Girls category.
29th September 2013 - Lanc BSC Cadet Event
Well done to Theo Edwards on a gret 5th place at this event, losing to the eventual winner in the Quarter Finals. This result shoots Theo up to 11th on the British Cadet rankings and up for possible British Squad selection for the upcoming International event in Bonn. Both Amelia McCormack and Matthew Lever also attended and fought well in what was a great event to build up experience as they are still young in the age-group. Well done to all three. More detail can be found on the OPS Epee Club Facebook page.
21st September 2013 - Bristol Open
Top club result went to Chris Howser with a top 16 place, to hopefully keep his to 16 British Ranking for the upcoming events in October.
14th September 2013 - Northamptonshire County Championships
A new season and the first event of meaning is the county championships. With both last year's winners, Chris & Kate Howser attending again, it was very much up to the other fencers to push hard to try to knock them off their perches. Kate stormed through 2 rounds of poules with just a single defeat to Chris to be 1st seed after the poules in the Womens event. Chris had a harder time, having lost to Abdul Al Tayib in Round 1 and Andrew Brown in round 2 to be seed 4th in the mens event. With Joshua Myers fencing well and taking 2nd seed and Theo Edwards 5th seed having met Josh in both the first two rounds. The seeding meant that following a win by Theo over club mate Mathew Lever in the last 16, Chris and Theo met in the Last 8 which proved to be a very close match with Chris winning out 15-13. Joshua was proceeding with little hassle with a confident approach and cruised into the Final in style. Chris drew Abdul, who beat him in the poule, however Chris sped to a 6-1 lead and them kept ahead to make the final. In the wome's event Kate beat OPS's Jacqui Lever in the Semi Final and then Sylvia Earl in the Final to retain the title with a little to spare. Whilst all this was going on, 11 year old Rachael Lever was having fun in the Under 16 foil event. After beating 3 of the 4 girls in round 1, Rachel was seeded 2nd and had a bye to the semi-finals, the gap between rounds however did not help her and she went out in the semi to take 3rd place, however in an Under 16 event, for an 11 year old fencing a weapon she does not train for, this is still impressive. In the Mens Final between Chris & Joshua, Chris copied his Semi final tactic and clawed a lead at the start of the fight and managed to hold the advantage through the match to take the title for the 4th consecutive year. For the club to take 2 Golds, a Silver and a Bronze in the Senior Epee events (2/3rds of the medals up for grabs) is pretty impressive, especially when last year's Silver Medallist Fraser Stephen-Smith and our highest Nationally ranked women's fencer Beatrice Verastegui were unable to attend the event. Well done to all.
14th June 2013 - Elite Epee Womens Open
Really good preformances by our 4 entrants at the first running of the Elite Epee Women' Open. Beatrice Verastegui won two great 15-14 matches, including one against 9th seed Eryn Spinlove to reach the last 16 where she was defeated by Leo McKinnon who is a top 10 GB ranked fencer 15-12 to place 16th. Kate Howser secured 21st following a strong 1st round performance and top 64 win, losing to 6th seed Katrina Smith. Amelia McCormack, aged just 14, stepped up a huge level having only before entered low key senior events and showed she can compete at this level. A 3 win/3 loss first round secured a bye straight into the last 64 where she lost to the far more experienced Jenny Yate from Cardiff to secure 47th place and a huge boost to her senior national ranking. Jacqui Lever, who only started fencing had a very strong poule , however managed a win and had a score of 5-3 to former GB number 1 Jo Maynard, before losing to number 3 seed Elisabeth Powell from the Malvern club.
All three of Beatrice, Kate and Amelia should get a boost to their GB rankings when the August rankings are published, Well done Ladies...
13th July 2013 - Elite Epee Junior Series Grand Final
For a fairly newly establshed club to qualify 5 fencers to the Elite Epee Grand Final was an achievement, however for fencers to win a full set of Gold, Silver & Bronze is really good going.
The Under 11 Girls event saw 3 of the 8 fencers competing coming from the OPS club. After the initial seeding round, Ellie Taylor took 2nd seed and drew Maisie McCormack (7th) in the Quarter-Finals which unfortunately took Maisie out to finish 7th following a 10-7 scoreline to Ellie. Ellie continued her great progress with a 10-9 win against Knightsbridge's Sophia Kalimtgis to make the final. In the other half of the draw clubmate Rachael Lever (4th seed after round 1) took out Alisha Arden (Knightsbrigde) 10-7 and then the number 1 seed Henrietta Hadalin by an impressive 10-4 scoreline to make the final. Here the clubmates met and after a close match Rachael won to take her first Grand Final title by a 10-8 scoreline.
In the Under 13 Girls, Tabby Pattison fenced really well in the seeding round to take a great 3rd seed, however failed to carry that form into the quarter-finals, losing to April Adyenka to place 5th.
In the Under 16 Boys, Theo Edwards fenced superbly to be seeded no 1 afer the initial round, winning the quarter final match against Escrime Adacemy's Joseph Dulac 15-10, he went into the Semi-Final against Joshua Stevens. Following the closest of matches Theo just missed out on the wrong side of a 15-14 scoreline to place =3rd. This was actually Theo's first Elite Epee Podium and as he is moving up out of the age-group next season it was his last chance.
Well done to all of you who qualified for this event...
23rd June 2013 - England Youth Championships
Under 11 Girls - Well done to Rachael Lever on winning the clubs first ever EYC medal coming 3rd (dispite an injury). Maisie McCormack placed 5th after losing to Maisie in the quarter finals, with Eleanor Taylor 9th and Jessica Mickley 23rd in her first ever competition.
Under 13 Girls - Bot Tabby Pattison (14th place) and Grace Wyer-Roberts (29th) were knocked out by Plymouth's Yasmine Fosu who ended up in 7th. Sophie Rouwenhorst 34rd had a tough draw, however Grace and Sophie have another year in this age-group, so will be sure to get stronger results next year.
Under 15 Girls - Amelia McCormack, in winning her her Last 64 match with a stunning 15-4 scoreline, narrowly lost out in the top 32 to 15-13 to eventual Silver medallist Ellie Hind. Her final position of 28th hardly reflects her performance on the day.
Under 11 Boys - With a lot of inexperienced or fencer with another year in the age-group, this was very much an event to gain experience for future years. The top local result went to Augustus Wyer-Roberts in 28th place, Stephen Alcock 30th and William Furguson 32nd, however with another year in the age-group for all 3 boys these were really solid results. Other placings included Myles Holdford 33rd, Thomas Lemmon 34th, Ethan Waller 35th and Thomas Stegeman 36th.
Under 13 Boys - Marcus Arnold showed real maturity at the event and after a great 1st round he was ranked 7th, following a bye through the last 64, a 10-7 win over Oscar Plant he was finally knocked out by Finn Redfern 8-7 to place 9th in England. Well done. The rest of the local fencers were pretty new to this level of fencing, however all the boys performed well placing - 34th Alex Alcock, 39th Oli Lemmon, 46th Harvey Steophens-Dunn, 47th Henry Hart, 50th Ben Naylor & 52nd Daniel Spiby.
Under 16 Boys - Dax Beresford Wylie had a geat round 1 wining 5 out of 6 matches to be ranked 10th after the poules, however following a bye in the last 64, was caught cold by James Odgers to finish in 18th place. Matthew Lever never really woke up on the day and finishes in 49th.
Well done to all those who attened and we look forward to more success in next year's event.
4th, 5th & 6th May 2013 - British Youth Championships Finals
Club fencers attended the event with fairly low expectations as most of our fencers were either young in their age-group or fairly inexperienced. But they exceeded expectations with some really good results.
On the Saturday the Girls Under 16 and Girls Under 12 events took place. Starting first was Amelia McCormack had a very hard poule with all her opponents having fenced for far longer than her and she ended up losing all her first round fights, however with 3 running close. In her direct elimination match she drew Ellen Bradley who had been fencing for over four times as long as Amelia and Ellen won 15-9. With Amelia still in the Under 16 age-group next year, I am sure she will place far higher than this year’s 47th place.
The lunchtime start saw Grace Wyer-Roberts, Rachael Lever and Maisie McCormack compete in the Girls Under 12 event. The first round went extremely well for Grace who after a first fight loss to Jacqueline Oien, who was one of the top seeds, Grace won the rest of her fights to win 4 out of 5 fights and be 6th seed going into the knock out rounds. Rachael also fought well in a strong poule, winning 4 out of 6 fights to be seeded 9th with Maisie, after a slow start, winning 2 fights out of 5 to be seeded 21st. In the first knock out round Maisie beat number 12 seed Alex Stewart from Scotland 10-7 to reach the last 16, Rachael beat North-West’s Hannah Heap 10-1 and Grace defeated another North-West fencer, Caitlin Lockwood 10-5.
In the top 16 fight offs Maisie and Grace were unable to beat their opponents losing 10-5 and 10-7 respectively to Taylor Ashby and eventual winner Charlotte Slater from Northern Ireland. Rachael continued her good day with a great 10-8 win over South-West’s Becci Curwen to reach the quarter finals. The quarter-finals saw Rachael matched off against the number 1 seed and event favourite, Ellie Parmar; who was one of Chris Howser’s fencers when he coached in Surrey. Following a very exciting first period Rachael was only down 7-5, however Ellie’s superior experience showed as she defeated Rachael 10-5. Rachael’s final placing of 7th was the highest of any girl in the event with another year left in this age-group, so a very impressive result. With Grace in 9th and Maisie 16th, this was a great haul of results for this event.
Sunday saw Christy Schulman and Tabby Pattison in the Under 14 Girls fencing, along with Oliver Lemmon in the Under 12 Boys and Josh Myers in the Under 18 Boys. Having only started fencing in September, Christy was really only attending this event to gain experience, having surprised everyone qualifying for the event by taking 2nd at the East Midlands qualifier, she started the event well and was 2 fights up and 3 down in the first round to take 30th seed and then drew 35th seed Olivia Nicholl from the West Midlands in the last 64. The far more experienced Nicholl won through to place Christie 35th. Tabby qualified to this year’s final via her 3rd place in the under 12 event in 2012. In round 1 Tabby lost her first match to eventual champion, Tia Simms Lymn, however fenced well to win all but 1 of her other 4 matches to take 22nd seed. In the Last 64 Tabby beat Eve Megaw 15-6 before losing to London’s Larissa De Liedekerke to place 24th. Though not as spectacular as last year’s result, being in the bottom of the age-group makes a huge difference at this age and next year will again be her chance to perform to her potential.
Ollie Lemmon only started fencing in September and again did well to even qualify for the Under 12 boys BYC finals through the East Midlands qualifier, like Christie he out-performed expectations, in the first round, winning 3 out of 5 matches and beating fencers who had fenced 2 or 3 times as long as he has and only losing the two matches by a single point. That placed him as 15th seed and gave him a bye into the last 64, however a two hour gap before facing 18th seed broke his concentration and was defeated by Scotland’s Robbie Brown to place 21st out of a field of 41.
Josh Myers was our only Under 18 entrant and started with a 4 win, 2 loss (one 5-4 loss to eventual champion, Tommy Curren-Jones) to take 9th Seed into the DE. With a bye through the last 64 and a close win 15-14 against 24th seed William Parr in the last 32, Josh met 8th seed Thomas Hoffman and was defeated to be placed 10th, which considering Josh has only fenced a few years compared to many of his opponents 8 or 10 is really impressive and shows potential for the future in Under 20 and senior events.
Monday saw Theo Edwards and Dax Beresford-Wylie representing the club. A 5-6 and 4-6 win-loss record for Theo and Dax respectively saw them take 8th and 20th seed into the DE. In the Last 64 Dax lost narrowly 15-14 to 45th seed Tete Essien to place 33rd, with Theo having a bye to the last 32 with his high seeding. The draw was then not kind with Theo drawing eventual champion Ollie Steed, however Theo only lost 15-9 which is a step up from past matches against Ollie and ended up 18th. Disappointing as almost any other fencer around Ollie’s seeding would have given Theo a great chance to progress, however that is fencing for you.
As an overall picture the club’s fencers have done remarkably well considering that 2 years ago the club did not actually even exist. To get 3 top 10 finishes along with additional top 20 spots shows the club is starting to develop strength in depth, which is the long term goal for the club.
Well done to all that qualified, which shows you are some of the best fencers in the region, let alone being competitive at National level fencing which I felt everyone showed at the weekend. Yu all did the club very proud.
26th April 2013 - Beginner Course Dates announced
The next 6 week beginner course is set to start on 13th May at The Peterborough School. For details and application forms, visit the Beginner Course page on this website.
21st April 2013 - British School Team Championships
Four students from Oundle and Kings Cliffe Middle School fought their way to become U11 British School Team Champions in Epee Fencing at the British School Team Championships held at Brunel University on 21st April, with storming 45-21 and 45-12 wins againt their opposing teams. The four girls Rachael Lever, Eleanor Taylor, Sophie Rouwenhorst and Maisie McCormack started fencing in September 2011 at school and also train at OPS Epee Club with their coach Chris Howser. At the same competition the school also had two U11 boys teams who were placed 6th & 10th. In the U13 boys, two teams from The Kings School, Peterborough were placed 3rd & 9th.
14th April 2013 - Durham LPJS
OPS recorded a clean sweep of medals in the Under 11 Girls, with Ellie Taylor taking the title, Maisie mcCormack runner-up and Rachael Lever 3rd. This now ranks them Ellie 1st, Maisie 2nd and Rachael 3rd on the U11 Girls LPJS Rankings.. In the Under 15 Girls Amelia McCormack took bronze along with Matthew Lever winning Bronze in the Under 15 Boys to take him to the number 2 spot as well. Well done to them all.
14th April 2013 - Leeds Open
Following a really good first round where Josh Myers gained 7th seed out of 61 fencers, Josh scored an impressive 15-3 win to reach the last 32 stage, however came across the very experienced Max Telfer, who had beaten Josh's OPS teammate Theo Edwards in the Last 64, who knocked him out 15-8. Josh has been recording some very solid first round poule results recently and these great seeds will develop into top final results with time. Final placings Josh Myers 20th, Theo Edwards 36th.
21st March 2013 - Challenge Wratislava - Poland
Ellie Taylor made the long trip to Wraclaw for this event which is generally seen as the biggest and strongest in Europe for Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 fencers. After a 5 up, 1 down poule she was Seeded 11th out of 95 and progressed through the DE rounds with 8-5 & 8-6 wins prior to going out to Poland's Patrycja Zietek and finishing in 11th.
20th March 2013 - Public School Fencng Championships
Well done to Josh Myers and Jess Varley, who both reached the quarter finals (both placed 7th we believe) in the Senior Boys and Girls events respectively.
17th March 2013 - Packwood Epee Cup Event
Only Ellie Taylor attended the event and she won the Under 11 Girls. Well done.
10th March 2013 - LPJS Canterbury
Well done to Amelia McCormack in winning the Under 15 event, along with Maisie McCormack coing 2nd in the Under 11s..
9th March 2013 - East Midlands British Youth Championship Qualifier
Well done to all our OPS fencers who have joined Tabby Pattison, who had a bye to this year's BYC Finals, on the qualification list for the British Youth Chanpionship Finals by making the semi-finals or better today at the East Midlands Qualifier -
Under12 Girls - Grace Wyer-Roberts 1st, Maisie McCormack 3rd
Under 12 Boys - Oliver Lemmon - 3rd
Under 14 Girls - Crissie Schulmann - 2nd
Under 16 Girls - Amelia McCormack - 3rd
Under 16 Boys - Theo Edwards - 2nd, Dax Beresford Wylie 3rd
Under 18 Boys - Joshua Myers - 1st
Really bad luck to our other fncers who almost all just missed out by a hit or two to progress through. Well done to all of you that came and had a go.
3rd March 2013 - British Veterans Championships
Chris Howser took Gold in the 40-50 year old section of the event, however lost to Neil Mallett (50-60 age-group) in the overall final..
2nd March 2013 - Cambridgeshire Youth Epee Champs
Well done to all who took part, especially winners from the club, Augustus, Marcus, Dax, Ania, Rachael & Tabby. Full results on Cambridgeshire Youth tab of this site.
23rd February 2013 - Ashton LPJS Epee
Ellie Taylor and Rachael Lever continued their run of good form taking the Gold and Silver in the Under 11 girls event. Well done to the two of them.
16th/17th February 2013 - Elite Epee Junior Series - Event 3
Further great results for club fencers with Ellie Taylor winning the Under 11 Girls event, with Maise McCormack 3rd and Rachael Lever 7th, pretty much gaurenteeing them places at the end of year EEJS Grand Final. Tabby Pattison and Grace Wyer-Roberst secured quarter final placings (6th & 8th) which keep them up in the running to also make the end of season invitational event. Well done to all of you, as well as the other club fencers who also competed and gained valuable experience for future events.
16th/17th February 2013 - Northamptonshire County Youth Epee Championships
A great set of results for OPS fencers and the club's feeder schools with our fencers winning all but one of the titles (the other going elsewhere as we did not have any fencers competing in that catagory.
County Titles were won by Ellie Tinsley (under 10 Girls), Rachael Lever (Under 12 Girls), Tabby Pattison (Under 14 Girls), James Farrow (Under 10 boys), Oliver Lemmon (Under 12 Boys), Peter Horne (Under 14 Boys) and Theo Edwards (Under 16 Boys). Full results are listed in the Northamptonship Youth section of this website.
9th February 2013 - East Midlands Beginner & Intermediate Championships
Double Gold to Jacqui Lever in her first ever compeition taking both Beginner & Intermediate Ladies titles. Andrea McCormack also performed well to secure Silver in the Beginners event and Bronze in the Intermediate Womens event. Matthew Lever (only 14) fenced excellently winning all his matches in the First round to be seeded 2nd after round 1 of the beginners, however lost out 15-13 in the Semi-Finals to secure Bronze which he then matched in the Interdediate event. Well done to all three club fencers who attended and to their coaches on the day Maisie and Rachael.
5th February 2013 - Slough Open
Beatrice Verastrgui scored her best result in years taking 6th at this strong Slough Event. En-route to the Quarter-finals she took out club mate Kate Howser who placed 27th. Chris Howser lost again to Haverstock's Toby Blench (a repeat of the Miller Hallett event), however this 15-14 defeat was as close as could be and Chris finished in 18th.
27th January 2013 - Eastern Region British Youth Chapionship Qualifier
Rachael Lever continued her great form of the recent EEJS event, but went one step higher in winning the Under 12 Girls Catagory.so securing her place at the British Youth Championships in May. In tough events, both Marcus Arnold (Under 14 Boys) and Matthew Lever (Under 16 Boys), failed to qualify at the last hurdle, by getting knocked out in the quarter finals. Well done to all three for their hard work on Sunday.
26th January 2013 - British Veterans Age-Group Championships
Club Head coach, Chris Howser followed up his win at the Aldershot Open, with a win in the 40-50 age-group of the Veterans Age-Group Championships. This was Chris's first Veterans event and he finished the event undefeated.
26th January 2013 - Brixton Leon Paul Junior Series
Eleanor Taylor wins Gold at Brixton Under-11 Girls Epee LPJS
To win Eleanor completed 4 DE fights and beat the 3rd seed, Messina Herrling, 10-9 in the quarters, 2nd seed, Gisela Chung Halpern,10-5 in the semi and then 1st seed, Sophia Kalimtgis, 10-7 in the final. This is OPS's first epee LPJS gold."
This great performance by Eleanor was followed up by a great 8th place for Dax Beresford-Wylie in the Under 15 boys even. Dax, who having only started fencng last summer, has been securing some amazing results and was placed higher than lots of fencers who had been fencing for many years. This is very impressive in a sport where experience is usually a very key factor to success.
12th January 2013 - Aldershot Open
Chris Howser continued his strong run of form by beating Commonwealth Veteran Champion, Jason Scrimshaw in the final. In an event which had over 80 competitors, the points gained should egde Chris up a spot or two towards the top 10 target he is trying to achieve by the March rankings. Kate Howser also travelled to the event finishing a solid 7th out of a field 25 or so and again these points should move her up into the Top 50 when the February rankings are published.
1st January 2013 - British Senior Epee Rankings
Chris Howser starts the new year ranked 13th on the Senior Mens Epee Rankings up 49 places from the Jan 2012 ranking of 62nd. Josh Myers in 363rd and Theo Edwards in 516th will be the ones to watch his year with them moving to compete in more senior open events. Kate Howser has moved to 51st on the Ladies ranking after attending only a very few events after having no ranking as of Jan 2012. Onwards and upwards for all.
16th December 2012 - Elite Epee Junior Series - Event 2 - Oundle
A gold and Silver for Ellie Taylor and Rachael Lever in the Under 12 girls with Ellie winning the first EEJS gold in the clubs history. Full write up to follow.
Our Under 11 Girls stole the show at this very strong event by taking the top 2 spots with Ellie Taylor beating Rachael Lever in the final. Rachael had a really tough draw in the knock-outs having had a difficult poule round and had to beat Messina Herrling (number 1 seed) in the quarter finals, followed by Henriette Hadalin in the semi-finals (10-9 final score). Maisie McCormack also fenced well, however after her 2nd place at Event 1, succumbed to a very focused Ellie Taylor in the Quarter-finals to place 7th. On their first competitions Lauren Eke placed 10th and Ellie Tinsley 12th with encouraging performances.
Other club placings - Under 13 Girls - Grace Wyer-Roberts 6th, Tabby Pattison 13th, Holly Farrow 17th, Sophie Rouwenhorst 20th, Christie Schulman 21st. Under 16 Girls - Amelia McCormack 26th. Under 11 Boys - Inaky Turner 12th, James Farrow 15th, Thomas Stegeman 16th, Augustus Wyer-Roberts 17th, Myles Holdford 19th. Under 13 Boys - Marcus Arnold 11th, Peter Schulman 25th, Peter Horne 26th, Oliver Hamilton 28th, Oliver Lemmon 29th. Under 16 Boys - Theo Edwards 7th, Dax Beresford-Wylie 12th, MAtthew Lever 29th.
Well done to everyone, especially all of those who dove head-first into competing at one of the strongest youth events of the year as their first ever competition.
9th December 2012 - LPJS Plymouth
Ellie Taylor continues her great form at the Leon Paul Junior Series with 2nd at this event and ends the LPJS season 4th in the Under 11 rankings, however none of the others above her have another year leaft in the Under 11s and Ellie still have a year in the age-group so she is top of her year.
Well done again..
25th November 2012 - Leicestershire & Rutland Fencing Championships
Joshua Myers wins his first senior county championships. Great result.
25th November 2012 - Packwood LPJS
Well done to all club fencers attending this event. Medals were won by Ellie Taylor (Bronze, U11 Girls), Amelia McCormack (Silver U15 Girls) and Theo Edwards (Bronze U15 Boys). In the Under 11 Girls Rachael Lever secured a 7th place with Maisie McCormack 12th in a very strong field.
17th November 2012 - East Midlands Youth Championships
Fencers from the club again fenced well to bring home a good haul of medals from the event. The domination of the under 12 girls saw Ellie Taylor winning Gold, with Maisie McCormack Silver and Rachael Lever Bronze. In the Under 14 Girls Amelia McCormack matched her sister in winning Silver, in the under 14 boys Marcus Arnold came 5th and in the Under 17 Boys Epee Joshua Myers and Theo Edwards took a bronze each. Theo had earlier in the day got a bonus by winning the Foil event as well. Well done to you all.
11th November 2012 - LPJS Bath
Sophie Rouwenhurst, after a less than successful first two rounds which saw her seeded 7th, turned on the style in the DEs and knocked out Niamh Noble (Frisby Fencers), followed by 2nd Seed Alisha Arden (Knightsbridge) and then team-mate Ellie Taylor to reach the final of the event. After a great attempt, she succumbed to the much more experienced Ellie Parmar (R&REC, one of Chris's school fencers from Surrey) in the final. Great results for Sophie 2nd and Ellie Taylor 3rd as well as Rachael Lever, who though finishing in 7th, had a great first 2 rounds and went out in the quarter finals following some interesting refereeing decisions.
I will update other club fencers results when they become available as nothing has been published yet.
3rd November 2012- BSC Surrey Event
Great result for Joshua Myers coming 12th at the Under 17 British squad selection event. After a great first two rounds where Theo Edwards was ranked 19th, he lost to Jamie Stuart (who Chris Howser has coached for many years) to be the highest ranked fencer eliminated in the last 64 so placing 33rd out of a field of 56.
28th October 2012 - Elite Epee Mens Open (Ashtead, Surrey)
Chris Howser followed up his last 8 at the British Championships a few weeks ago, with a Bronze medal at what is one of the top 3 opens on the British calander. Following a 5-1 win to loss ratio in round , Chris secured 4th seed from those in the first round to give him a bye to the round of 64. Here he faced Matt Edger and following a really tough match survived to win 15-14. Next was Brixton's Paul Sanchez-Lethem, ranked 16th in the GB rankings who Chris managed to beat 15-12, followed by Anthony Avis - 15-8. This took Chris to the quarter finals and a match against James Harris (GB ranked 8th) and following a difficult match he found himself 14-12 down with little time remaining in the match. With 3 close hits Chris managed to win the match to reach the semi-final against Andrea Bombrini (Milan-Italy). This was another close match with Chris taking a lead and then Andrea catching up and leading by a hit with just a few seconds left on the clock after almost 9 minutes of fencing complete. A quick hit saw the scores leveled and the fight extended into any additional minute of 'sudden death' extra time. After a close exchange Chris misses a flick hit to Andrea's shoulder and the Italian on the match to reach the final and Chris's day was over. Andrea ended up winning Silver losing to British Champion, Dudley Tredger, 15-14 in the final to complete a day of really close matches.
This result will give Chris another boost to his ranking, which the endn of October update will be published shortly, and will probably mean a return to the top 16 of the British rankings after several years out of serious competitive fencing and the possibility of international selection for the world cup circuit..
27th/28th October 2012 - Elite Epee Junior Series Event 1 (Ashtead, Surrey)
Really encouraging results for our youngsters, however lots of 1 hit defeats to so how small the margins are between success and getting knocked out in fencing. The star performance of the event went to Maisie McCormack with a brilliant 2nd place out of a field of 21 in the Under 11 girls. Following a solid first round she went into the knock-out rounds in 6th seed and following wins over Lulu Willett (Bexley) 10-8, Megan Haine ( CLFS) 10-1, Henriette Haladin (Salle Haladin) 10-8, she was edged out 10-9 in the final, however this was Maisie's best ever result and is very encouraging for the future. In the U11 Girls Rachael Level and EllieTaylor both had great 1st rounds, being seeded 3rd and 9th respectively, however after a first DE bye, lost 10-9 in the last 16, placing 9th and 10th.
One hit losses were repeated through the event for club fencers, with Tabby Pattison losing out 15-14 in the Under 13 Girls after a great 4th seed after the first round, finishing in 9th and a 15-14 loss for Marcus Arnold in the Under 13 boys to finish 14th and Inaky Turner losing 10-9 to eventual bronze medallist Alaxander Truuvert. Solid results were also recorded by Theo Edwards, 13th in the Under 16 Boys, Matthew Lever 34th (after another 15-14 loss) and Amelia McCormack 27th in the Under 16 Girls. The event was really tough for Amelia and Matthew as they have only fenced for about a year, wheras most of their opponents have many years of competition experience, so their improvement from past events was noticable. Well done to everyone for representing the club so well.
13th October 2012 - BSC Gateshead/Newcastle
Solid result for Joshua Myers in one of the tough British Selection Circuit Under 20 events, taking 22nd out of a field of 70 fencers. With 3 more years in this age-group there is much still to come from Joshua.
7th October 2012 - Senior British Club Team Championships
From an initial seeding at the start of the event of 17th out of 19 teams taking part, the club's mens team consisting of Chris Howser, Fraser Stephen-Smith and Oli Price started off well with a 45-32 victory over Shetland FC followed by a 45-32 win over a Haverstock 'B' team which included former British Champion, Alistair Gerrard and was the team which started the event as 4th seeds.
After these premiminary match wins the OPS team was seeded 4th and by luck again drew Haverstock 'B' (now 13th seeds) again in the first round (Last 16) of the knock out round. Following a 5-0 inital bout to take the match lead, the match was a formality with Haverstock B never getting close to catching back that lead and OPS eventually winning 45-33. In the Last 8 the club faced Malvern College 'B' and again a 5-0 1st bout win set up a lead for OPS that the Malvern team were never able to threaten, the match ended in a 45-35 scoreline in favour of OPS and guarenteed the club its first ever British Club Team Championship Medal.
In the semi final OPS came up against a Haverstock A team who were 1st seeds and consisted of the main team fencers ranked 2nd, 4th and 5th in the individual british rankings who all train several times a week and all current GB international fencers. This was a big ask for the OPS team consisting of 3 fencers who, due to family commitments, train a tny fraction of that amount and it showed with Haverstock winning the match 45- 28.
With Haverstock A going on to win the title 45-21 in the final against Sheffield University, the OPS team result of 3rd and only losing to the eventual winners was a real surprise for some. However the experience of the team showed when it counted in the earlier rounds and for a club which did not exist 14 months ago to be winning medals at National Senior level is a sign of where the club is aiming to go longer term.
6th October 2012 - Senior British Individual Championships
Starting from 97th on the British Womens Epee Ranking Kate Howser has given her ranking a huge lift by placing 26th at the event and should rise about 40 places in the rankings from this result. A really solid result since Kate is just learning the weapon after recently moving from doing Foil. Chris Howser continued his strong start to the season with 6th place in the mens Epee which should jump him well into the top 20 of the British Rankings from his 28th starting position.
24th September - Beginner Course starts at our new Monday session at The Peterborough School
23rd September 2012 - Shropshire Open Epee
More solid reults for OPS fencers with Jess Varley securing her best ever senior results coming second in the Ladies Epee, with Kate Howser 5th, both losing to the eventual winner Sue Hannay.
Chris Howser also came second beating former GB internationals John Chalmers and Alistair Gerrard on the way to the semi finals. In the semi finals Chris beat current GB top 10 fencer and winner of last weekends Bristol Open, Matt Henderson, before losing arguably to a weaker opponent in the final. That is fencing!!!
22nd September 2012 - Manchester Cadet International
Theo Edwards secures a exceptional 11th Place at this top ranked Under 17 event. After being ranked 7th after the poules, Theo had a bye through the Last 64 and fought through to lose out to Oliver Stead in the last 16. Joshua Myers also fenced and had been ranked 24th after the first round and after beating his Last 64 opponent lost out in the Last 32 stage to Sam Boyle.
17th September 2012 - New Club night launches
The club add a second night of fencing at the Peterborough School.. See OPS Epee Club page for details..
15th September 2012 - Nortahmptonshire County Championships
Six fencers attended the Northamptonshire Championships at Moulton College and came away with a near swep of the medals on offer. Our only womens competitor, Kate Howser won the Ladies event beating an occasional visitor to the OPS Club, Sylvia Earl beaten in the final. In the mens event the club took first, second and third places with Chris Howser taking the title, with Fraser Stephen-Smith losing in the final and Theo Edwards in 3rd spot. Joshua Myers 9th and Matthew Lever18th fenced well in their first Northamptonshire County Championships.
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1st September 2012 - Essex Open
The new season started with strong results for Chris & Kate Howser, both securing top 16 results at the Essex Open.
22nd July 2012 - Norfolk Open
Chris and Kate Howser ventured out to this open event in Norwich along with a few other brave club fencers. Chris and Kate took a silver each in mens and ladies events to help with their national rankings rise. Congratulations also to Joshua Myers in 15th, Theo Edwards 34th and Matthew Lever 40th in the mens event.
1st July 2012 - Cambridge Open Air Open
Chris Howser wins the mens event beating Dudley Tredger 15-14 in the final with Kate Howser runner-up in the Ladies event.
24th June 2012 - England Youth Championships
Though no medals were secured by OPS fencers, the quantity making it through to top 16 stanges was very impressive. Top placing goes to Grace Wyer-Roberts in the U11 Girls reaching the quarter finals. Other notable performances were secured by Eliie Turner, Maisie McCormack, Rachael Lever (all U11 Girls) and Tabby Pattison (U13 Girls) who all reached the top 16 stage. After only a year of the club being in existance these results are showing real potential for the future.
12th May 2012 - Warwick LPJS Event
Well done to all the club/local fencers attending for some very encouraging results. Phoebe Oliver lead the way with an amazing 3rd place in the Under 11 girls, with Rachael Lever 7th, Ellie Taylor 9th and Maisie McCormack 14th. Edmund Corker took 8th place in the boys under 11, with Tabby Pattison 14th a very strong Under 13 Girls event. Joshua Myers secured 3rd place in the Under 17 boys with Jessica Varley doing one better with 2nd in the Under 17 girls.
It is great to see all the fencers making great strides forwards and I look forward to seing even more improvements for the England Youth Championships at the end of June.
5th, 6th,7th May 2012 - British Youth Championships
Tabby Pattison wins bronze in the Under 12 girls epee to win the clubs first individual national medal in the first year of the clubs existance. Grace Wyer-Roberts and Phoebe Oliver, both with another year in this age-group took 15th and 33rd respectively in the Under 12 girls. Marcus Arnold came 17th in the Under 12 Boys, with Amelia McCormack 35th in the Under 14 girls event. Herman Leung's 31st place in the Under 14 boys, Joshua Myers 22nd and Theo Edwards 41st in Under 16 boys, along with Marlena Razali's 18th in the Under 18 girls event shows a great range of talent in the local area. Well done to all of you.
11th March 2012 - British School Team Championships
A team of 4 year 5 girls from Oundle & Kings Cliffe school secure Silver in the Under 11 event. With another year for all these girls to compete in this catagory, if gives the school a great chance of even more success next year with this team.
4th March 2012 - Nottingham Open
Jess Varley takes a great 13th place out of an entry or 29. Her best Open result to date.
11th February 2012 - East Midlands Beginner/Intermediate event
Another great result for Theo Edwards securing silver in the mens epee event.
5th February 2012 - East Midlands Qualifier to British Youth Championships
Well done to all of you that fenced at this event, especially Marcus Arnold (U12 Boys), Tabby Pattison, Phoebe Oliver, Grace Wyer-Roberts (U12 Girls), Herman Leung (U14 Boys), Amelia McCormack (U14 Girls), Theo Edwards (U16 Boys) and Marlena Razzali and Jessica Varley (U18 Girls) who have all qualified to fence at the British Youth Championships Finals at Sheffield in May. Great results for you all and for such a new set-up to be gaining this type of success so quickly shows how hard all of you are working to be your best.
28th January 2011 - Brixton LPJS Event
Congratulations to Theo Edwards for his 3rd place in the Under 15 Boys event at what is one of the toughest LPJS events of the season. Great Result
8th January 2012 - Northampstonshire Youth Epee
O.P.S. and local school fencers went home with the majority of golds as well as a host of other medals, see tab on left for full results. Titles for local fencers were won by Inaky Turner U10 Boys, Eleaner Taylor U10 Girls, Marcus Arnold - U12 Boys, Tabby Pattison U12 Girls, Amelia McCormack U14 Girls, Joshua Myers U16 Boys, and Jessica Varley U18 Girls. Well done to all thosementioned above as well as our other local medallists.
19th November 2011 - East Midlands Youth Epee Championships
A great haul of medals for club/local school fencers with Jess Varley winning Gold in the U17 Girls, Silvers to Tabby Pattison (U11 Girls) and Marcus Arnold (U11 Boys), with Bronzes going to Rachel Lever and Hugo Bell.
All of the clubs fencers reached at least the quarter finals, including Maisie McCormack 5th (U11 Girls), Inaky Turner 5th (U11 Boys), Beatrice Wells 6th (U11 Girls), Rebecca Leadbetter 6th (U14 Girls), Amelia McCormack 8th (U14 Girls) and Matthew Lever 8th (U14 boys).
Well done to all the squad taking part, superb for most of your first competition.
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17th September 2011 - Northamptonshire Senior Epee Championships
Chris Howser retains the championship he won in 2010 with a win in the finals against Bedford's John Prime.
8th September 2011 - Launch of OPS Epee Club
Under 11 Girls medallists for OPS.