Lucy and Carl went up to the Shropshire Open on 24th September. Carl’s shiny new car made the long journey almost a pleasure for the long journey to Telford.
The Shropshire Open takes place in the gorgeous setting of Wrekin College (incidentally where Graham from Allstar Uhlmann went to school) and the place looked great with two halls covered in insulated pistes with tower lights on each one.
Carl was looking to put into practice a few moves which he had been working on and did reasonably well in the poules. By his first DE he had found form and went comfortably into the second round. His next fight was against a young sabreur who gradually eased ahead to beat Carl, but not without being on the end of a couple of Morris Special quart parry ripostes. Carl finished up in 14th place in a field of 37, but more importantly, gained some valuable match experience before going to the Vets World Championships.
Lucy fenced well in the poules, but not well enough to turn adequate results into good ones and wound up in the dangerous middle area of the table. This put her up against arch rival Viv Frith. The pair have met on many occasions, with various outcomes, but this time Lucy made short work of Viv and went into the next round. Next up for the Seacourt sabreur was top seed Rachel Lasance who is a pretty useful sabreur from the Manchester area. Although Lucy was matching Rachel point for point up to half time, Rachel pulled ahead a couple of points and then, following an incident where Lucy collided with the guard and jarred her elbow, Rachel proved just too good. Lucy finished up 8th place out of 17 but was very pleased with a solid performance.