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Posted: 22nd May 2018

Irish Interschools Fencing Championship

Eight teams from four schools contested the 2018 Inaugural Irish Interschools’ Championship hosted by Clongowes Wood College on Saturday 19thMay:

  • Clongowes Wood College
  • Dunamase College
  • Glenstal Abbey School
  • Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Clongowes and Glenstal took an early lead with both A and B teams defeating their opponents Dunamase and RBAI in round one. 
The RBAI A and Clongowes B match was closely contested with the lead switching six times before Jaime Palacios from Clongowes closed off the match 45-42 after starting 2 points behind his opponent. 
Clongowes A took victory in the last round one match beating Dunamase B team 45-23. The home side led from the start, resisting a 7-point effort from Dunamase fencer Dagmara Krol mid way through.

In round two Clongowes A beat Glenstal A 45-28 and claimed a place in the final. An early lead was created by Glenstal’s Ben Costello before Clongowes captain Kosi Ugwueru wrestled back control after which his side maintained a comfortable lead. 
They were joined in the final shortly afterwards by Clongowes B who defeated Glenstal B. The Clongowes team lead from the start despite a mid match rally by Glenstal’s Luke Fitzgerald. 
Jaime Palacios from Clongowes secured his team’s place in the final when he completed the match with a final score of 45-27.

The grand final pitched Clongowes A and B teams against each other while Glenstal A and B fought for bronze. Both matches followed form with the A team’s victorious 45-25 for gold and 45-34 for bronze. The trophies are awarded to the schools based on the final placings of all the teams using the points system applied by Fencing Ireland for the national rankings:

  1. Clongowes Wood College
  2. Glenstal Abbey School
  3. Royal Belfast Academical Institution
  4. Dunamase College
Kosi Ugwueru Dane Cormack
Alex Lee Jaime Palacios
Matteo Mazzoli Conor Crutchley
John Malpass Sean Hallissey


Match Report courtesy of Fencing Ireland

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