Wednesday, November 07, 2007

RMC Invitational, Nov 3, Kingston

RMC Invitational is the biggest team tournament in North America and a great opportunity to fence in a friendly environment. For quite a while now, the Royal Military College in Kingston has been inviting teams from Canada, USA and Great Britain for an annual rendezvous. The event is always open and accessible to local fencers, regardless of their level. Last year, EMR was represented by a female epee team who came very close getting a medal with a 4th place among 27 participants. Unfortunately, the ladies could not join the competition this time, but we prepared and sent a male team to replace them!

ME Teams: Since no formal restrictions regarding club affiliation apply at RMC Invitational, we invited Yann Bernard from Bois-de-Boulogne to join the troops with Ilya Krouglikov and Jean-Claude Beaudoin. Yann is a former member of national epee and foil teams with a lot of valuable experience! Although retired from international competition and seldom training, he remains a constant threat in all national tournaments. Defeating all opponents in the round of pools, our team went on winning two DE matches before yielding the silver medal to OTT from Ottawa at 41-45. EMR won the next bout 36-35 in overtime (thank you Yann!) against TFC-A from Toronto to end the day with bronze medals. Congratulations, team! 12 hours of fencing were certainly worth a souvenir...

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