Gold medals for CADS duo of Alexander Brincklow and Myles Ashforth at East Region event

CADS' fencers Alexander Brincklow, left, and Myles Ashforth, who struck gold at the East Region comp

CADS' fencers Alexander Brincklow, left, and Myles Ashforth, who struck gold at the East Region competiton. - Credit: Archant

Colchester & District Fencing Club enjoyed yet more success, when two of their fencers took titles at the recent Eastern Region Youth Championships, the qualifiers for the British Youth Championships.

Alexander Brincklow took the Under-14 boys’ foil title.

After ranking joint third in the poules, Brincklow powered through his first two DEs. In the quarter and semifinals, Brincklow beat the 11th and second seeds with confidence.

In the final, Brincklow took the lead against the other third seed and skillfully kept ahead the entire match to win 15/10, so taking the gold medal.

Rory Myatt won 5/5 poule fights to be ranked fifth, and then put on strong performances in his first two DEs. In the last eight, Myatt faced the third seed. Struggling in the first two periods, his opponent build up a massive lead, but Myatt fought back hard to gain another six hits to lose 8/15.

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Myatt finished fifth overall, earning a place in the BYCs.

In his first two DEs, Joseph Rance destroyed his first opponents, winning 15/1 and 15/3. In the last eight, Rance met the number two seed, losing to this physically powerful fencer. However, his final sixth ranking ensured his qualification.

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In the Under-16 boys’ foil, Myles Ashforth was ranked fifth after the poules, winning his first matches all 15/2.

Ashforth met the No. 1 seed at the semi-final stage. The score was level in the first period, but his opponent took the lead in the second period and Ashforth couldn’t pull it back, eventually losing 9/15 to win bronze.

In the U-14 Epee, Peter Calatayad kept his nerve to win 15/14 in the last eight. Calatayad then faced the second seed, and his more experienced opponent eventually took control to win 15/10, with Calatayad taking the bronze medal and qualifying for the BYCS.

In the U-16 Epee, No. 1 seed Ashforth survived nail-biting fights against the fourth and first seeds, winning both 15/14. In the final, Ashforth stepped up, leading from the start, and he placed the winning hit while on the back-line to take his fifth consecutive Eastern Region Epee title.

Ashforth already has bye for both weapons after winning Epee and getting a bronze in his age group at the BYC last year.

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