July 15th, 2008
|04:50 pm - British Champs ...|
Well ... after coming 3rd at the Scottish Championships, I thought it would be a delightful irony to be an Australian winning (or getting a medal) at the British Championships too ... but it didn't happen, alas. I came equal 59th out of 112, not a bad result, but not great either, which about sums up the way I was fencing.
In the pool round, I wasn't quite all there, and didn't really fence my best - not least in two bouts where I was 3-1 and 4-2 up, respectively, before losing both. Or the bout where I was 0-4 down before I figured out the correct strategy to use, losing 3-5. Or the bout I lost 1-5 to someone I regularly fence in Scotland and normally get much closer to (to be fair, he had a very good day, and had the narrowest loss to the eventual winner and British no. 1 in the L32).
So, I was seeded 72nd in the round of 128 DE phase.
The DE bout started badly too - near the end of the first period, I was 3-9 down.
I finally started moving and reacting a bit better at the end of the period, with the help of some yelling and bouncing around, and caught up a couple of hits to finish 5-9 down before the rest minute. In the second period, I was fencing much better, and traded hits for a while to reach 11-14 down - and then went on to win, 15-14 ! Poor rwrylsin, who had been watching me fence, was a nervous wreck by this stage, and I wasn't much better, so I went off and rested for a while in preparation for the next bout.
The next bout started much better than the previous one - I was 4-2 up at the first break, and tied at 7-all by the second one, but I lost a few hits early in the third period, and couldn't find consistent ways through my opponent's defences before the end, finishing at 11-15.
I have to wonder what might have been if our car hadn't broken down last Tuesday, meaning that we had to hire a car on Friday evening, and also disrupting my sleep pattern on a week where I was on the slightly-early shift at work (7:30 - 3:30). Stress and lack of sleep seem to make for a bad combination before a fencing tournament. Oh well, on to the next one (sometime in September, after the China trip. Eeek, we're going to China in 18 days !).
 We arrived at the outskirts of Sheffield at around 11:15pm - and then didn't find the hotel until 1am. Absolute nightmare trying to find out where we were and where the hotel was and how to navigate the obligatory mediaeval-patterned maze of twisty streets. Finally got to bed around 1:30am, not what I was looking for with a 7am start.
Current Mood: tired
|we're going to China in 18 days!|
Where are you competing in September?
One of the girls I work with, who is originally from Kent but lives in Melbourne, does a lot of fencing and intends to compete in a competition in the UK in September.
We're planning on attending the Highland Open in Inverness, assuming they get themselves organised.
Other (bigger) September UK comps that might be of interest: The Essex Open
and The Bristol Open
Unless she's a sabreur, in which case the Hamlet Open is the one to be at.
She's considering both the Essex and Bristol Open. She knows people who know you so keep an eye out for Emma Ryan when you are all back in Melbourne.