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Fencing

Introduction

“You haven't seen a thing until you've seen this man fight. My sword is sharp. My heart strong. My spirit ferocious - and I am going to live. Let the swords clash. Let the fight begin.” 
― Carew Papritz

The art of combat has been around since time immemorial, and humankind has spent centuries perfecting the various forms that make up Martial Arts. Fencing, with its storied (and, indeed, bloody) past, has throughout its history been crafted by the expert hands of Spanish, French and Italian swordsmen – resulting in a thrilling, complex and elegant sport with three different disciplines (or sword types):  Épée, Foil and Saber. Fencing is one of the handful of sports that has been in every single modern Olympic Games, and here in South Africa it continues to grow. The Wits fencing club has been contributing formidable athletes to the pool of South African fencers for 81 years, making it one of the oldest sports clubs at Wits, and 2017 will be no different. Regardless of what you’re looking for in a sport – poise, aggression, style, fun, a few bruises here and there – fencing has it all.

And it helps that being a swordsman is just objectively cool.

2018 Review

Wits Fencing Club 2018 Results

 

2018 marked a peak of the Wits Fencing Club’s performances in the past 10 years. Our comradery, dedication and skills have proven our potential and earned us more than mere medals. We have attended and competed both regionally and nationally in all forms of tournaments and further hosted tournaments of our own. Our standards have risen with the training of an internationally recognised coach.

 

2018 is a year of rocketing growth. Wits Fencing Club members now consistently medal at tournaments and have also been able to send Wits fencers overseas to compete in the Commonwealth Games.

 

Our fencers have been trained, tested and ranked. Here are some of the results:

 

Regional:

GFA 1 (Gauteng Regional Ranking 1):

Senior Foil:

Andrea Cabanac — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Senior Epeé:

Andrea Cabanac — Third Place, Bronze Medal

 

GFA 2 (Gauteng Regional Ranking 2):

Senior Foil:

Daniel Chen — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Andrea Cabanac — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Junior Foil:

Mahlatse Maseeme — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Senior Epeé:

Andrea Cabanac — Third Place, Bronze Medal

 

GFA 3 (Gauteng Regional Ranking 3):

Senior Foil:
Daniel Chen — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Andrea Cabanac — Second Place, Silver Medal

Junior Foil:

Mahlatse Maseeme — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Senior Epeé:

Andrea Cabanac — Third Place, Bronze Medal

 

Gauteng Championship (Final Gauteng Regional Ranking):

Senior Foil:

Daniel Chen — First Place, Gold Medal

Mahlatse Maseeme — Second Place, Silver Medal

Andrea Cabanac — Second Place, Silver Medal

Tarryn Maggs, — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Junior Foil:

Mahlatse Maseeme — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Senior Epeé:

Mahlatse Maseeme — Third Place, Bronze Medal

Junior Epeé:

Mahlatse Maseeme — Second Place, Silver Medal

 

Overall Regional Ranking:

Senior Foil:

Daniel Chen — First Place

Andrea Cabanac — Second Place

 

 

National:

FFSA Limpopo Open (South Africa National Ranking):

Senior Foil:

Andrea Cabanac — Second Place, Silver Medal

 

FFSA Kwazulu Natal Open (South Africa National Ranking):

Senior Foil:

Andrea Cabanac — First Place, Gold Medal

 

Overall National Ranking:

Senior Foil:

Andrea Cabanac — Second Place

 

 

Special Congratulations to the following members for making the Commonwealth Games selections and participated in the Commonwealth Games on the 23 - 28 November 2018

Andrea Cabanac — Representing South Africa in the Senior Women’s Foil category

Dwight Frankie Snyman — Representing South Africa in the Senior Men’s Foil Category

Contact Us

Chair: Daniel Chen | Email: 1476100@students.wits.ac.za

Sports Officer: Njabulo Xulu | Email: njabulo.xulu@wits.ac.za

Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/Witsfencing1

Instagram: @witsfencers

2016 Review

- Internal Ranking Tournament hosted at Wits.

2016 marks the first year that the Wits Fencing Club hosted an Internal Ranking Tournament. This tournament, which was held in August 2016, was established on the basis of formalising the performance of the Wits Fencers and providing the competitive edge within the Club required to take it to the next level of intensity. Independent referees were provided by the Gauteng Fencing Association and the tournament was deemed a success by the fencing officials and the fencers themselves. 2017 will see two more of these Internal Ranking tournaments.

- Provincial Tournaments

2016 is also the first year since 2013 that the Wits Fencing Club participated in Provincial Tournaments. In January 2016 we registered 18 of our members with the Gauteng Fencing Association (GFA) so as to become members and thus take part in the provincial tournaments which take place throughout the year.

We attended the GFA Ranking 2 tournament in April and GFA Ranking 3 tournament in July and the tournament results were as follows: Epee Male Senior

Results out of 40 Fencers in total.

11) HARRILALL Mikesh        RSA WITS        

17) GAYNOR Michael            RSA WITS        

18) MOGANE Karabelo          RSA WITS        

23) GUSINOW Roy                 RSA WITS         

26) MOKHELE Oageng           RSA WITS        

31) FROHLICH Steven            RSA WITS        

33) MOHLALA Mduduzi        RSA WITS        

34) FISHER Jonathan              RSA WITS        

35) MICHEL Kevin                 RSA WITS        

37) GELDENHUIS Jacquest    RSA WITS        

 

Epee Female Senior:  Results out of 25 fencers

   9) KRIGE Uma                      RSA WITS        

10) MAGGS Tarryn                 RSA WITS        

11) CABANAC Andrea           RSA WITS        

14) GOLDSCHAGG Sarah      RSA WITS        

18) ROGERS Thalia                RSA WITS        

19) FOURIE Vera Jean            RSA WITS        

21) CERIMAJ Natalija             RSA WITS        

23) SWARTZ Farron               RSA WITS        

25) LANDSMAN Claudia        RSA WITS        

 

            - National Tournaments

This year also makes the first year since 2013 that the Wits Fencing Club participated in National Tournaments.

  • Western Cape Open in May.

Results: 6th Andrea Cabanac , 8th Natalijia Cerimaj, 9th Uma Krige, 12th Farron Swartz, 14th Vera Fourie, 15th Thalia Rogers

 

RANKINGS

Current Provincial Rankings in Gauteng

Junior Men’s Epee:6 Wits fencers placed in Top 40 Junior Provincial Ranking.

Senior Men’s Epee: 11 Wits fencers placed in Top 40 Senior Provincial Ranking.

Junior Women’s Epee: 9 Wits fencers placed in Top 30 Senior Provincial Ranking

Senior Women’s Epee: 4 Wits fencers placed in Top 20 Junior Provincial Ranking

Current National Rankings in South Africa, Senior Women’s Epee:7 Wits fencers placed in Top 50 Senior National Ranking.

Medals won

2 Bronze medals achieved at our first provincial tournaments this year.

Uma Krige came 3rd in Junior Women’s Epee at GFA Ranking 2 Tournament.

Kevin Michel came 3rd in Junior Men’s Epee at GFA Ranking 2 Tournament.

Gallery

 

 

 Western Cape Open 2017

 

 

 Gauteng Closed 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About

Practices times:

Mondays:         5pm – 7pm                  Experienced Fencers

Wednesdays:   5pm -7pm                    Beginners

 

Venue: Bozzoli Sports Hall, East Campus.

 

Coach: Andrei Kovrijnykh.

Champion Foil fencer from Russia.

 

Fee:                 R1200 per annum, credited to student account. Includes Wits Sport T-shirt

Club house:     Located behind Wits Science Stadium on West Campus.

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