Wednesday, 1 January 2020


Welcome to Adelaide Hills Fencing Club

We are dedicated to bringing the noble world of sport fencing to the residents of the Adelaide Hills.
Our club practises in the use of Foil, Epée, and Sabre, and provides all the relevant equipment for the beginner to come and try this magnificent sport.

Non-fencers are welcome on any training night to come and have a free try.


Members News & Announcements below:

Saturday, 8 October 2016

Upcoming Beginner's Course

Our next introductory fencing course is coming up.

Tell your friends!
Protect your family!
Weather any downfall of civilisation in style!



Tuesday, 20 September 2016

2016 Hills vs Swords Fundraising Event

Dear members,

It's time again for our exciting Golden Gauntlet. The annual battle between Adelaide Swords Club and our own AHFC where great food, drinks , friends, and flashy sword play reign supreme.
It is our major fund-raiser we hold each year, so bringing extra friends or family is a significant help.
When: 12th November from 3pm
Where: AHFC Training gym

For $10 you get the entertainment of junior & senior teams fencing, novelty fencing events, and dinner. Its excellent value makes it easy to bring people along. As an added bonus, lots of the Adelaide fencing community attend, so it's a great way to socialise with people you might have only met at competitions.

As a licensed event, drinks from the bar will be available at modest extra cost. As usual there will be fine wines, and this year we feature beers from excellent local micro-brewery Little Bang Brewing Company.

A reminder that our junior foil team is open for those U13's in their first year of fencing. This is a fine chance for our junior foilists to experience a teams style tournament in a fun and friendly environment. Any interested parties are encouraged to speak with Foil coach Dov.

Last year a lot of members jumped on board to assist with this exciting event, and in turn we made quite a name for the club amongst the community (as well as a tidy profit). I hope that this year with your help we can make it even better!

Club members and parents in the past have supplied cakes for the dessert table, and have approached local businesses for donations to our super successful silent auction tables. If you are able to help in any way please speak to any of the club committee members present at training, or email the club.


Kind regards,

Mel Malig-Spranz
President, Adelaide Hills Fencing Club


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

So many fencing!

Well done to all our club members who competed last weekend in the state tournaments. The hall was ringing with the clash of Hills blades:

Aidan - Intermediate Epee
Angus - U11 Foil
Ben - Intermediate Epee
Bohdi - U13 Foil
Byron - U13 Foil
Darcy - 1st, U13 Foil
Eleni - 3rd, Youth Intermediate Foil
Elsie - U11 Foil
Emerson - 1st, Novice Foil; 3rd, Intermediate Foil
Erwin - 1st, Intermediate Foil; Intermediate Epee
Felix - U11 Foil; U13 Foil
Henry - U13 Foil
Jackie - Novice Foil
James - U13 Foil
Nalin - 1st, Youth Intermediate; 2nd, Intermediate Foil
Oscar - 3rd, U13 Foil
Roshan - 2nd, Youth Intermediate Foil

Special commendations to Elsie, Emerson, Felix, and James for completing their first ever state comps, and a standing ovation to Hugo - too unwell to fence but came anyhow just to cheer on his clubmates!

Friday, 9 September 2016

Grant opportunity for junior members

Some of our youths may be able to cash in on this grant.

Young people find it difficult to meet the ongoing and significant costs associated with participation at sporting competitions, particularly those from regional areas.

The Local Sporting Champions program is an Australian Government initiative designed to provide financial assistance for young people aged 12-18 towards the cost of travel, accommodation, uniforms or equipment when competing, coaching or officiating at an official national sporting organisation (NSO) endorsed state, national or international sporting championships or a School Sport Australia state or national championships.
Link to application form:
Local Sporting Champions Program - Individual Application

Monday, 25 July 2016

2016 AFC Schools Championships

*NOTE* Apparently we need one more foilist for the SA Team...
The AFC School Fencer Championships offers the opportunity for school-age fencers to represent their State in a representative level competition.
Competition Format
Each State is permitted to nominate a maximum of eight fencers in each event, and each fencer is only permitted to compete in one event. Each event consists of an individual competition immediately followed by a team competition.
There are two age categories: 
 Intermediate – students up to the third year of secondary school in their respective states
 Senior – open to any school student
This means that States can send a total of 32 athletes in each weapon and gender (16 in each category). The two categories will be fenced as separate events, unless there are insufficient competitors, in which case the fields will be combined but separate medals will be awarded.
Equipment Requirements
Please see the AFF's Weapons Control Policy (click here).
Timetable
Start times are for the individual competition – the team competition will commence directly after the conclusion of each individual event
VENUE: Yeronga SHS, Villa St, Yeronga (click here).
SATURDAY 13 AUGUST
10:00 am   Men's Foil
10:30 am   Women's Foil
1:30 pm    Men's Sabre
2:00 pm    Women's Sabre
SUNDAY 14 AUGUST
9:00 am  Men’s Epee
10:00 am Women’s Epee
For more information contact Peter Creese (admin@qfa.org.au).
Registrations are now open for this event (click here).
During registration, you will be asked about your availability for selection to an internationally representative Australian Schools Team. The Team will be selected based on results from this event, comprising the Top 4 fencers in the Senior division of each weapon.  The Team will participate in a Training Camp (September 26 in Brisbane, immediately following the AFC Junior Championships). Following the camp, the Team will travel to New Zealand for a Training and Competition Tour. The tour will consist of training activities (27-28 September), followed by participation in the Oceania Junior Fencing Championships in Wellington (29 September – 2 October), before returning home on 3 October.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Upcoming exotic fencing camp

Blade Fencing in cooperation with the Fencing Federation of Thailand will organize the inaugural Phuket International Foil Camp 2016 at the Thanyapura Sport Resort on the beautiful Phuket Island of Thailand. This will be held from the 1st to the 10th August 2016. Fencers may join for the full 10 days, 7 days or 5 days.
The camp is designed to provide training and fencing knowledge among fencers of all ages and levels. In addition to that, we hope this camp will help us forge stronger ties and cooperative efforts among the fencing communities of Asia Pacific.  

Invited as guest fencers for this camp are Andre Sanita from the German National Team, together with 2 talented Japanese Junior National Fencers. Some of the best fencers from Southeast Asia will also be partaking. Another international foil coach will also join the camp.
 
Download the official brochure for the camp with additional information here.
 
The organisers truly hope that you will be able to join them for this wonderful training opportunity. The deadline for registration is the 1st July 2016.
Feel free to contact Nontapat Panchan (Blade Fencing KL) at phuketfencingcamp@gmail.com or call on +60122589760


Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Adelaide's Biggest Day of Fencing

The AFC#2 - Robyn Chaplin Memorial is on from Saturday 11th June to Monday 13th June.

Rob Thomas is organizing volunteers to perform the weapons check over the weekend for each of the events. This is an ideal way for some of our younger fencers to be involved in a national event and see some of the fencing over the weekend. Previous experience is not necessary as each session will be supervised and support provided for those that may not have performed this task before. The volunteers for the Robyn Chaplin make this such a well-respected event in the national calendar.

The weapons check opens on Friday evening and in the afternoon on Saturday and Sunday. In addition, weapons check is open for an hour prior to each event. The Friday evening and morning sessions on each day are normally the busiest of the weekend.

Please have a look at the timetable below and if you are able to volunteer for any particular time, please email Rob Thomas (robert.thomas@4first.net.au) or text or call 0419126947 (please leave a message if he is unable to take your call and he will get back to you as soon as possible).
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me..

Friday 10th June
6.30pm – 8.30pm

Saturday 11th June
8.00am – 9.00am (Open Men’s Foil)
10.00am – 11.00am (Open Women’s Sabre)
11.30am – 12.30pm (U23 Women’s Foil)
1.00pm – 2.00pm (Veteran Men’s and Women’s Foil)
3.30pm – 4.30pm

Sunday 12th June
8.00am – 9.00am (Open Men’s Epee)
10.00am – 11.00am (Opens Women’s Foil)
12.45pm – 2.00pm (Veterans Men and Women’s Epee and U23 Men’s Foil)
3.30pm – 4.30pm

Monday 13th June
8.00am – 9.00am (Opens Men’s Sabre)
10.00am – 11.00am (Open Women’s Epee)
1.00pm – 2.00pm (Veteran Men’s and Women’s Sabre)








Tuesday, 26 April 2016

End of term Report

Term 01 ~ 2016

Congratulations to our current club champions:
Oscar W. - Jnr Foil
Byron B. - Intermediate Foil (M)
Eleni O. - Intermediate Foil (F)
Henry H. - Senior Epee
Nick B. - Senior Foil
Honourable mentions also to Darcy & Sugar, for their excellent work in the finals of the Int. Foil - both matches were long and well fought, finishing 10/9.
I would also like to point out that we had 14 participants in the Snr Epee competition; attendance equivalent to the last FSA state epee tournament!
Addendum: Congratulations to Henry H. who made 8th in the Men's Epee at the recent U23 Australian Championships.
This is particularly impressive as he seeded 26th out of the pools but defeated both 7th & 10th ranks to make the top 8 in the country!

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There was a beginner's course run in the latter half of the term by Dov, Peter, and Henry. With a few of the graduates signing up for membership in the club; we welcome them to our humble academy.

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The FSA Girls Development Initiative was run at four schools in our region by Dov and Henry: Aldgate, Bridgewater, Hills Montessori, and Waldorf. Well done to all the participants and staff for bringing this sport to your school.

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The club is upgrading some of it's equipment; there will be new gloves arriving in the next month!
However we would specifically like to applaud all our current members who are investing in their own gear, and a special thanks those of you who have donated items to the armoury.


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Term 2 reconvenes on Thursday 5th May.



Monday, 11 April 2016

School Teams League

Information is now out for the school team league!
The comp is on again this year in terms 2 and 3. 

Any AHFC  fencer can fence for the club, you don't all have to go to the same school - we can build the teams for you if you don't have preferences. 

Download all the information here:
League Information
Summary & Permission Form
Please have a read through and let me know if you have any questions. 

How to sign up
Read through the attached information, and then return the permission slip to the club. Don't email and scan it back, please BRING A HARD COPY TO THE CLUB BY THURS 5th MAY (first class back).

Each team will need a Manager as well, so if you want to nominate for that please do so. 

They will be needing referees each week also (paid position!) so let Letizia know if you are interested in this as well.


 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

End of term tournament

Next week sees the end of term 1, which means...
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We're trying something a little different this time around; the tournaments will be split over the last two weeks (that's this week and next, folks) to enable those who like to compete in both foil and epee to do so.

Here is how it will work:

This Thursday (2016-04-07)
18:00-19:30 - Junior training as usual
19:00-19:30 - Intermediate & Senior Foilists warm up
19:30-Close - Intermediate & Senior Foil tournament; Epeeists as normal.

Next Thursday (2016-04-14)
18:00-19:30 - Junior Foil tournament
(NOTE: Intermediate fencers are expected to attend at this time to help assist & referee these matches)
19:30-Close - Intermediate & Senior Epee tournament; Foilists as normal.

Who will win the coveted Pauldron of Victory for next term?!


Saturday, 26 March 2016

No Training - Thursday 31st March

Hello dear members,
The school will be using their gym for a major fundraiser this week, so we are unable to hold our regular training session on Thursday 31st March.
In light of this - I will be keeping the club open after the beginner's group finish at 19:30 on Wednesday 30th March. All Intermediate & Senior fencers who normally start at this time are welcome to attend.

Apologies to our Junior (18:00) crew, but we will back to normal next week on Thursday 7th April.

Kind regards,
AHFC





Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Calling all ladies of the sword...

Fencing SA are proud to launch the inaugural Women's Fencing Day!
An opportunity for all of SA's female fencers to get together in a non-competitive environment.

Including
- personal training and yoga session
- keynote talk from one of SA's top female fencers
- introductory sabre session
- handicap foil and epee competition

$20 per person, includes morning tea and lunch

Also on offer: a try session for mums (or wives, or sisters) of any current fencers!
$10, includes come-&-try and morning tea.


 When: 10th April, 09:30 - 16:30

Where: Scotch College Gym

Payments are taken in cash on the day.
Email secretary@fencingsa.org.au for more information

Here is the link to the FB event page.
https://www.facebook.com/events/948862938525422/



Sunday, 14 February 2016


Attention parents of our junior intermediate fencers:

The ASC's Local Sporting Champions program offers grants of $500 for junior athletes (U/18) traveling to national and international competitions.

Applications for the current funding round close on 29 February 2016 - full terms and conditions are available here:
http://www.ausport.gov.au/particip…/local_sporting_champions

Monday, 25 January 2016

Hi all,
Welcome to 2016! We trust you have had a happy and safe break.

The club will be re-opening for training on Thursday 4th February, and there are a few things to note ahead of the fencing season resuming:

Membership due
Club membership fees are due for all members!
$300 for the year or $100 per term, and $50 for Associate Members (those who are full members of another club).
Membership forms are available for download here, which everyone needs to complete.

Fees can be paid by cash when you come in to the club, but we REALLY prefer if you can pay by EFT beforehand.

Police Credit Union
BSB : 805005
Account Number : 5216373
Account Name : Adelaide Hills Fencing Club
NOTE! Ensure your surname & initial are referenced clearly for validity of online transactions. Please provide a printout of your payment confirmation.
 

Fencing SA Affiliation
All fencers must be affiliated with the state body. Those of you who have been registered previously should have received renewal notices from Fencing SA already, those who haven't can do so here: https://memberdesq.imgstg.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=main&OrgID=20376, via the Fencing SA website http://www.fencingsa.org.au/

Please print your confirmation and bring it with you on your first attendance.
If you are unsure which category you should be registering for, club secretary Rebecca will attend during the first 3 weeks to assist.

Appropriate Attire

Yes, it's still summer and it's hot, but fencers must wear long pants if they wish to play with swords, but hey, we're not cruel, t-shirts are fine. Also, covered shoes - preferably sneakers if you want to avoid inconveniences like plantar fasciitis in the future.
Also; water bottles - bring one!


Supervision

It is preferred that parents stay to supervise their kids while at the club. If you are going to make drop off/pick up arrangements, make sure you discuss them with your child. Regardless of this, parents MUST sign their child in at the start of training.

Club Equipment

If you borrow club gear to take out of the club for competitions, make sure you write it down in the borrowing book, and then return it and sign it back in. If something is broken or not working, let someone know – don’t just put it back where you got it from. Things don’t get fixed that way!

Set Up & Pack Up

These should be shared by everyone – if you have fenced on a piste, you should help pack up somehow at the end of the night/when you leave. Senior fencers should be especially mindful of setting a good example for younger fencers.
Parents, if your child leaves clothes and things lying around at home, guaranteed they'll do it at the club.

Use of Club Space


Non-fencers have a designated 'safe zone' on the stage and in the kitchen. Any swordplay in these areas is strictly forbidden.
The storage room is out of bounds for all children.
Once bouting starts, coaches are usually giving private lessons in the North(Western) end of the gym. Fencers must be aware of coaches and the lines of their lessons.
Younger children (e.g. non-fencing siblings) must be supervised at all times.

So bleach your whites & polish your swords and we'll see you next week!

The AHFC crew.


Tuesday, 8 December 2015

2015 Club Finals

Well here we are again at the end of the duelling year.

This Thursday (10th Dec.) marks the final night of fun & stabbings at the AHFC, which means...

End of Year Tournaments!
All Junior and Intermediate foil fencers should arrive at 18:00 (6:00pm) for the mighty battle of Junior Champion!
Senior/adult fencers at the regular time of 19:30; 1-touch Epee & hopefully a play of Foils also.

Parents are encouraged to stay and spectate, kids are encouraged to fence like fury towards the acquisition of medallions!

Reminder: Any borrowed club equipment must be returned this week. Any outstanding fees to be settled on the night.

The AHFC staff and committee would like to thank all our members for a fantastic year of fencing.

Touche!


 

Monday, 26 October 2015

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the demonstration at the Callington Show this past weekend. It was a fun day with some super teams action on public display.
Well done, fencers of the hills!




Tuesday, 20 October 2015

AHFC Newsletter

1. Callington Show Demonstration
2. Golden Gauntlet – competition vs AHFC
3. Upcoming Competitions
4. Expression of interest – interstate refereeing
5. Save the date(s)!
6. Equipment discount offer



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1. Callington Show. This coming sunday (2015-10-25) the AHFC are providing a demonstration at the Callington Show. We currently need more fencers to help promote the club at this event. The times we are demonstrating will be; Seniors 12.30 - 1.30 and Juniors 2.30 - 3.30. Dov will be there setting up at 11:00.
Free tickets are available for those who can assist, and will be available this thursday at training. Come and enjoy this award winning regional event and show off being an awesome fencer as well! 


2. The Golden Gauntlet is the annual competition vs Adelaide Swords Club, and is our major fund-raising event for the year. This is on Saturday 14th November, from 3pm, at the AHFC training venue. Volunteers are required to help the smooth running of this event.

Donations of cakes for sale and/or items for the silent auction will be greatly appreciated, and will result directly in improved equipment for the club. Speak to Sarah at thursday training to organise your contribution.


There are two main events: junior foil (Under 13 and fencing less than two years) and open epée. Both events are mixed.There is also a novelty fencing event for school aged fencers 13+. Contact Dov if you wish to compete in any of these events.


The festivities will be followed by crépe dinner and a mystery movie (rated PG)!

Flyers with more information are available at the club.



3. State Championships are now upon us – meaning there are only 3 weekends of state level fencing left on the calendar!

24-Oct Sat    14:00 U17/20 Epée     14:45 U17/20 Sabre

25-Oct Sun   10:00 U15 Foil               13:00 U17/20 Foil



7 and 8 November: Novice, Intermediate, U13 and U11 events


22 November: Open and Veteran events

Entries are due by the Wednesday night prior to each competition. Automated calendar reminders will arrive via email one week before the cut-off time.
Remember to ask for help organising equipment if you need it.




4. The Friendship Cup is being held in Sydney on 21/22 November. We have a large contingent of U13s and U11s heading over, and we need to send referees! This is a paid opportunity (I think travel AND a per diem, but don’t quote me on that). More information from Bruce Oerman – president@fencingsa.org.au





5. Save the date for the following events:

- Friday 5 December: Fencing SA end of season presentation night, evening (time TBC) at Glenelg Surf Life Saving Club

- Saturday 12 December: ASC Festive Foil, Unexpected Epee and end of year BBQ (morning competitions and lunch time BBQ) 


6. Equipment discount offer. Get 15% off all orders on the Leon Paul UK site for the next two weeks.
Enter the code australia15 in the coupon code field on the shopping cart page and click the update button for the discount to be applied before you check out.
Terms and conditions apply. ONLINE ONLY OFFER. Valid on www.leonpaul.com only until 2nd of November 2015 at 12:00 PM GMT.

So get your head out of a stinky club mask and into your own!







Friday, 11 September 2015

New Club Uniform

So, the new club shirts and jackets are now available from The Uniform Shop in Mt Barker. Get on in there and get your green on!
The shirt is made from delightfully sporty material, and is quite comfy as a base layer for your fencing kit.
The jacket is hand-specific - it has a cheat sheet for the supinated lines, which makes it both warm AND a training aid!


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

AHFC Newsletter

1. Beginner's Course
2. Recent Achievements
3. Callington Show
4. The AHFC Movie
5. Accountant Wanted
6. Friendly Advice


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1.
The AHFC is running another Beginner's Course this term. It's not full yet, so if you know of anyone who should be doing this cool thing called fencing, get them to email the club.
The course starts next Wednesday the 19th of August, so grab them quick!

2.
Congratulations to all our junior fencers who have been doing so well in recent competitions - you may well have seen your name in the local paper!
A particular commendation to the School Teams League fencers. Our two teams have been doing SUPER excellently; the Junior Boys team dominating the field undefeated; and the Girls team in equal first place with only a couple of matches to go!

3.
The AHFC have been asked to do a demo at the Callington Show on October 25th; we will be doing two teams matches during the day, junior foil and senior epee. Please contact Dov to secure your place on a team.
Participants get free entry to the show for the day, and the opportunity to look awesome and fencey.

4.
We are applying for the Holden Home Ground Advantage grant in the next few weeks. Part of the requirements is a short video of the club. If you've got a great idea to showcase the club, film it! As an added incentive; if our application is successful, the director gets FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR 2016!

5.
Finally, the club is looking for an accountant to do a tax return and an audit, gratis of course! If any members (or member's parents) have special accountancy juju, and are able to donate a few hours to the club, we'd love to hear from you.

6.
Parry first; THEN Riposte!




Friday, 17 July 2015

AHFC Newsletter

1. Club re-opening
2. Up-coming comps
3. Beginner course
4. AFC 3

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1. Term 3 starts next Thursday, 23rd July! Woohoo!
Kids classes for Term 3 will begin at 18:00 as usual, adults at 19:30

Term fees can be paid as of now, cash at the club, or by EFT.


Please make the message/reference “T3 [surname]”

Also, if you haven't done it yet, remember to pay your annual Fencing SA registration HERE.

2. Up-coming state comps:
A) There are comps on this weekend, if you want to compete then email competitions@fencingsa.org.au You must have your own gear for these comps, as the club is not open to get any for you!

Sunday 19th July
    10:00 Open Foil
    10:30 Veteran Epee
    13:00 Open Epee
    13:30 Veteran Foil
    14:00 Open Sabre

We strongly encourage our younger fencers to enter the Under 11 and Under 13 comps! They are good fun and competitions are the best way to put what you learn at the club into practice. Speak to Dov about borrowing club gear.

25th July - Saturday
    14:00 Novice Foil
    14:30 Youth Intermediate Foil
26th July - Sunday
    10:00 U13 Foil
    10:45 Intermediate Foil
    12:00 U11 Foil
    12:30 Intermediate Epee


3. We have a beginner course starting in a few weeks! 6 week introductory course, starting Wednesday 19th August, 18:00-19:20.
Know anyone who is interested? Get them to shoot me an email!

4. AFC 3 (including U23 Sabre) is on in Melbourne, August 28-30. Entries are not open online yet but will be here: https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?ID=17404


Happy fencing, see you next week!






Thursday, 2 July 2015

Our sponsors are STILL awesome & cheesy!

Well swordsfolk, we've helped our major sponsors to get into the top 20 of the SA Food Awards, which is a great way for us to thank them for all their support of the AHFC. Now lets give them another boost to hit the top spot; it's still super easy to do!

Just go to:

OR 
and tick the little box next to their name then confirm your vote.

B.-d. Farms Paris Creek give us yummy cheese for pretty much every event we put on - they've even been supplying goods for the canteen being run by the club at the Schools Teams League every week!
 
Good luck B.-d., keep up the cracker-topping goodness!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

AHFC Newsletter

1. End of Term Two
2. Our School Teams - Update
3. Upcoming State Competitions
4. FencingSA Affiliation
5. Australian Masters Games - Competing & Volunteering
6. Equipment updates for competitions
7. Upcoming national competitions
8. Thanks for your assistance

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1.
End of Term is upon us once again, and this week is our last before break, which means...
Club tournament!
Who will win the prestigious AHFC Victory Pauldrons for next term?
Parents are encouraged to stay at the venue as spectators to this friendly event.
Normal start time - remember to bring water and your Grrr face.
Training breaks over the school holidays - please consult our calendar page for club closure dates.

2.
Well done to our Girls & Junior Boys teams who are competing in the FSA School Teams League. The lads have crushed Pembroke in the first of 4 matches, and the ladies have 2 victories (Glenunga & ASC Diamonds) and one defeat (ASC Sapphires) so far, with 2 matches to go.
Keep up the good fight, kids!
 
3.
Upcoming state comps are held at Scotch College, and you need to be there 15 minutes beforehand for roll call.
Make sure you check the equipment requirements on the Fencing SA website, and make sure you borrow the appropriate gear if you don’t have any.

Sunday 19th July
10:00 Open Foil
10:30 Veteran Epee
13:00 Open Epee
13:30 Veteran Foil
14:00 Open Sabre
 Saturday 25th July
14:00 Novice Foil
14:30 Youth Intermediate Foil
Sunday 26th July
10:00 U13 Foil
10:45 Intermediate Foil
12:00 U11 Foil
12:30 Intermediate Epee
  
4.
You need to be affiliated with Fencing SA if you wish to compete.
Registration ($30) for Under 11, Under 13 and Novice comps.
Licence ($95/$110) for all other state events for those competing in national comps.
Affiliation is done online here.

5.
Adelaide is hosting the Masters Games on the October long weekend! Updated information here, and more comp info here. You only have to be 30 years old to compete, and anyone can put a team together, you don’t even need to be from the same state!
ALSO
FencingSA are looking for volunteers for the fencing event at this year's Master games. 
As a volunteer you will receive some fantastic benefits including:
·         Uniform (including Polo Shirt, water bottle, lanyard and more!)
·         Meals during your shifts
·         Accreditation, which gives you access to all of the Games social activities
·         An invitation to the Volunteer Thank you function
·         Volunteer Certificate, Lapel Pin and invitation to participate in the Volunteer March of Appreciation
If you would like to assist as a volunteer for the 15th Australian Masters Games please register online HERE.
If you have any questions in the meantime or need assistance registering, please contact Bruce Oerman.

6.
Please read this article about use of blades and wires at National comps especially Leon Paul blades.
Please note that (for all national competitions) gloves are not permitted to have any holes – meaning where your body wire comes through! This will need to be stitched up before the comp, or you may wish to purchase a new one. Speak to Dov or Spud if you are unsure on this ruling.

7.
AFC 3 is in Melbourne, 28 – 30 August. Entries not open yet but the timetable is out, for you eager beavers out there.
Timetables for Junior Nationals and Open & Veteran Nationals are also out.

8.
Finally, thanks to all of you who took action in and behind the scenes of the club after the issues of last newsletter were raised. Those of you who have recently joined us, please have a read, and help make this humble establishment great!





Thursday, 28 May 2015

AHFC Newsletter

1. Club Fees
2. FencingSA Registration
3. Schools Teams League
4. AFC #2
5. Sign-in Sheet
6. Club Equipment

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1.
Club Fees are now WELL OVERDUE for term 2. If you are paying at the club please ensure that it is receipted by a member of the committee. If you are paying by direct bank transfer please email notification that you have done so. In both cases, if you are paying for a child, ensure that the child's name is referenced.
Remember: term fees are due at the beginning of each term.

2.
We have been made aware that there are a number of you who have not yet paid FencingSA registration. This is a compulsory payment, and ensures that you or your child is insured against injury, both in the club and at competitions.
Anyone not registered/licensed with FencingSA will be allowed to join the footwork portion of training but will NOT be allowed to engage in swordplay.
Note: the AHFC does not handle this fee. Register directly via the Fencing SA Member Portal.

3.
Schools Teams League is nearing once again, and additional training sessions have begun for team members. Well done to those of you who have formed teams - all the best for the coming competitions. A special thank you to the parents who have organised a canteen for these competition nights, and an extra-special thanks to Mel & B.-d. Farms Paris Creek for their delicious donations.

4.
The AFC #2 (Australian Fencing Circuit #2), otherwise known as the Robyn Chaplin tournament will be running during the coming long weekend. The best fencers of Australia & New Zealand will be in town for the event. Entry is free for spectators, come and see where the action is! Details here: http://robynchaplinfencing.com/

 5.
The AHFC Sign-in sheet must be filled out upon arrival at the venue. Part of the function of this protocol is to create a safer environment for our athletes, thus; Parents/guardians must sign in for junior attendees each night of attendance.
If you are up to date with your club fees your name will be printed on the list, if you have yet to pay (or your payment is still being processed) you will need to write your name in the space provided.
NOTE: All parents/guardians must drop off and pick up minors inside the building.

6.
The AHFC provides all the equipment necessary for beginners to participate safely in this sport. Unfortunately there have been increasing instances of equipment being left lying where it is dropped or otherwise not returned properly to where it belongs.
It is now the responsibility of parents to ensure their children replace equipment neatly & properly (jackets & lamés on hangers, swords in rack, etc.)







Monday, 18 May 2015

Our sponsors are awesome & cheesy!

Hey swordsfolk, here's a chance to help out our major sponsors for all their support of the AHFC and it's super easy - you won't even have to get up from your seat!

Just go to http://safoodawards.com.au/consumer/ and type:
B.-d. Farms Paris Creek 
into the little box under 'My favourite South Australian food business is:'

Thanks B.-d., it's our pleasure to give back to the people who give us yummy cheese!


Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Refereeing Course

Parents!
(and fencers)
We strongly urge you to consider attending the upcoming referee course provided by FencingSA.

The bonuses of being a referee are manifold:
Be active without the pesky drawback of being energetic!
You get to boss people around & make them follow the rules - even those bigger than you!
Learn more (and learn to see more, fencers) of the action on the piste.
But mostly because the club needs more referees to provide a safer club environment in which coaches can focus on coaching...
 

Sat 23rd (1 - 4pm) and Sun 24th (10am - 5pm) May, at Scotch College.
 

Special guest trainer David Mok is coming over from Melbourne! He's nice and he's funny and he REALLY knows his stuff.

Only $30, which includes morning tea and BBQ lunch on Sunday.
Email secretary@fencingsa.org.au to book a place.





Sunday, 3 May 2015

AHFC Newsletter

1. Term 2 Junior Training
2. Up-coming State Competitions
3. AFC 2 (Robyn Chaplin) Entries Open
4. Australian Masters Games
5. School Team League
6. Adult Beginners Course

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1. Term 2 Junior Training has resumed!
Term fees are now due. Remember, if you received a 'Sports Voucher' through your primary school, you can redeem it against your term or annual fees.

Also note: Thursday evening training has been shifted earlier by half an hour. This is to allow better supervision during the free fencing time.
Please arrive a little before 18:00 to sign in and prepare for the glory of battle!


2. State competitions coming up: 
16th May, Sat
14:00 Nov Foil
14:30 Youth Intermediate Foil
17th May, Sun
10:00 Open Foil
10:30 Veteran Epee
13:00 Open Epee
13:30 Veteran Foil
14:00 Open Sabre

Entry registration via email: competitions@fencingsa.org.au
Club members will receive automated reminder emails a few days before entries close.
Comps are $15 to enter (and $7.50 for second/subsequent comps on same weekend), and can be paid in cash on the day.

A bit of information about the comps:
Novice foil - open age but limited to people who have been fencing less than one year - this is measured from the date you were first affiliated with Fencing SA. Anyone who has been through an adult beginner course in the last year would be eligible, and encouraged to enter! Go beat up some beginners from the uni clubs! 

Youth Intermediate Foil - fencers must be aged under 17 as of the first of Jan this year (so if you have turned 17 already this year, you can still enter). This is a new category this year, aimed at fencers who have been in our classes for a while, or come in for a bit of bouting, but aren't ready for the open-age-intermediate comps. There are ability caps for this competition (i.e. anyone in the Squad, or anyone who has made a top 8 in an AFF competition with more than 32 competitors) so it's designed to keep the better Under 17 fencers out and let others have a go!

3. Entries are open for the Robyn Chaplin Memorial Tournament, aka AFC 2. 
This is an open national comp held in Adelaide over the June long weekend (6//7/8th June). 
More information can be found here, and entering online can be done here. Entries close 23rd May. 
This is the biggest event that FencingSA put on, and is a must see for any aspiring competitor.

Note: Leon Paul x-change masks will require the extra strap on the bib, as per FIE rules. If you do not have a strap on your bib and wish to compete, Jeff Gray can retro-fit them as a cost of $25 plus postage. Speak to Dov at the club for more information


4. Fencing is part of the Australian Masters Games this year.
October 3rd-5th (long weekend). This will be held in the Convention Centre! Anyone can enter, aged over 30 years. More information here and entries can be made here
There will also be teams events - if you wish to make up a team speak with Dov or Spud.


5. The School Team League is coming up later this term, and entry forms & information will be out soon. In the mean time, finalise your teams in preparation. Speak with Dov if you are unsure.
As the tournaments are held on a Thursday evening, the AHFC will be conducting special training sessions for the participants on Wednesday nights - 18:00-19:30 starting the week before the league begins.


6. Adult beginners have been curiously abundant recently!
With a few more we could run a special additional beginners group on Thursday night. So any parents who have been restlessly sitting on the sidelines watching their kids have all the fun, this is your chance! Also, any adult shaped friends you may know who might like to try an alternative and distinguished form of fitness, bring them along.
Course pricing will depend entirely upon numbers, but we'll need at least 4 more to get it off the ground. (Potentially) starting 14th May.



Happy fencing!