East Devon fencers triumph at Glastonbury

21:50 03 July 2014

The Dunstan fencers

The Dunstan fencers


Sidmouth and East Devon Fencing Club’s young fencers bring back gold and silver medals from Glastonbury!

Kenan Palmer, a pupil at Bassetts Farm Primary, Exmouth, won the gold medal in the Under-11 boys foil.

The youngster was seeded second after the poules in a group of 12 and he went on to win his elimination bouts 10-4, 10-7 and 10-6.

He combined good point control with well timed simple attacks, keeping his cool against some stiff and determined opposition.

Alexis Jouan who attends Isca College, Exeter, was unlucky not to reach the top in the Under-13 boy’s foil – an unfavourable refereeing decision in the final costing him the gold.

He won all but one of his other bouts and took home a silver medal.

Both boys have represented the South West in the British Youth Championships’ held each year in Sheffield.

Coach Val Morrish was delighted with the day. She said: “I’m so pleased with how our club members fenced. They are all highly competitive, skilful and thoughtful, but still able to win with grace, and lose with dignity.”

In the Open event Finn Manning, who attends Clyst Vale Community College, Broadclyst, was placed a very creditable fourth overall, competing against many of the west-countries top adult fencers.

Coach Val Morrish said: “Finn’s strength is the speed and accuracy of his riposte. He can observe and analyse his opponents in the course of a bout and adapt his tactics accordingly.”

Some of the fencers took advantage of the trip to Glastonbury to climb the Tor, as a warm-down.

Morrish remarked: “It hasn’t changed much since my last visit - in 1956!”


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 08:57
Avocet being put through its paces by the crew in the race from Topsham to Shelley Beach

After the success of the Turf Lock row in the summer, Exmouth Gig Club members weren’t behind the door in committing to take part in a Sunday row to Topsham and back, writes Phil Gater.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:57
Exe SC Sailability event

This year has seen another milestone for the Sailability project, writes Rex Frost.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:57
Withy 2nd XV action versus Crediton II

Withycombe made sure the form book ran true as they underlined their table-topping status to put hosts Newquay top the sword, beating the Cornish side 72-5.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:57
Witjycombe Under-13 action V Brixham

Withycombe Under-13s were worthy 55-5 winners when they entertained Brixham.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:57
Withycombe Under-10 action

Withycombe Under-10s were unlucky at Brixham where they had travelled with a much depleted squad of twelve to face the stern challenge of the hosts and were ultimately beaten 18-10.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:57
20151004 Copyright onEdition 2015©
Free for editorial use image, please credit: onEdition

Withycombe RFC U12's team at The Land Rover Premiership U11's Rugby Cup, Exeter - Land Rover is a proud supporter of grassroots rugby and a partner of the Land Rover Premiership Rugby Cup for nearly a decade. Land Roverâ We Deal In Realâ campaign aims to champion grassroots rugby on the global stage during Rugby World Cup 2015. Follow @Land RoverRugby #WeDealInReal

For press contacts, contact: Michael White at Fast Track on E: michael.white@fasttrackagency.com or T: +44 (0)20 7593 5200

If you require a higher resolution image or you have any other onEdition photographic enquiries, please contact onEdition on 0845 900 2 900 or email info@onEdition.com
This image is copyright onEdition 2015©.
This image has been supplied by onEdition and must be credited onEdition. The author is asserting his full Moral rights in relation to the publication of this image. Rights for onward transmission of any image or file is not grant

Withycombe Under-12s were comfortable winners when they hosted Brixham at Raleigh Park.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:56

Following the narrow defeat at Tavistock the previous week, Exmouth Under-14s were confident that they were capable of securing a much needed win when Tavy arrived at Imperial Road.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:56

Exmouth Quins continued their unbeaten season with a 41-23 victory at Cullompton II.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:53

The East Devon seniors played a three-ball better ball, at 3 Ball Better ball, writes Paul Willoughby.

Read more
Yesterday, 08:51
Football generic picture

Budleigh Reserves went down 3-0 at Bickleigh in a Fresha League Premier Division game, writes Conrad Thomas.

Read more

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Photo Orders
Family notices
Google Plus
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

Search for a job in Exmouth

Find planning applications