Preview: Varsity Fencing

Zach-Eaton-Rosen – Sports Reporter 12 February 2010

This weekend the fencing Varsity matches are taking place in Oxford. The fixture is highly competitive, with both teams fielding several fencers who have represented their country.

The men’s firsts put their 25-match unbeaten streak (since March 08) on the line, having beaten Oxford twice this season.

The most recent match was an incredibly tight encounter: the scores remaining neck and neck until the final bout. Valentin Dalibard was the man charged with the crucial task and was up to the job – final score 113 – 113, with Cambridge triumphing in foil and epee to take the match and the pre-Varsity bragging rights.

The women’s firsts have had a successful season thus far, beating Oxford in their most recent encounter.

A great team spirit is in evidence along with some very talented young fencers – but to win they will have to overcome an Oxford team containing a junior national champion.

The men’s seconds (the Cutthroats) gave a strong performance at their last team weekend securing a 100% win record.

Finally, for the women’s seconds, the pressure of a varsity match should be a keen challenge and a chance for captain Emma Burrow to see how far her team has come.

One to watch: Anthony Crutchett: this 4th year veteran and last year’s captain is a fan favourite due to his speedy footwork and great sense of timing.

In addition, the match against his brother, turning out as Oxford captain, should be a memorable highlight. This season Anthony has turned heads internationally, coming second in Amsterdam in November.

Zach-Eaton-Rosen – Sports Reporter