OXFORD & CAMBRIDGE

VARSITY MATCH

Saturday 10th MARCH 2018

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Oxford & Cambridge
Varsity Fencing Match

Saturday 10th March 2018

Live Stream


The Match

The 111th Varsity fencing Match between Oxford and Cambridge will be held on Saturday 10th March 2018 at the Examination Schools, Oxford.

The first two matches will begin simultaneously at 10am and feature the Women's Blues and Men's Seconds teams. Following this at 1:15pm will be the Men's Blues and Women's Seconds.

About the Match

Each match is an exciting showcase featuring 12 fencers from each university fighting up to 135 hits in a relay system for a coveted trophey and bragging rights. As in previous years the Varsity Match will be held in the Examination Schools in Oxford, a beautiful 19th century Grade II listed building. The hall provides the perfect setting for the matches, giving a scenic backdrop whilst also offering spectators the chance to view two matches simultaneously in the same hall. Further, there will be large multimedia screens to provide additional information for spectators.


Live Streaming

For the fifth year the match will be streamed live on the internet. Further details will be announced before the event.

Spectator Information

  • Free Entry - No ticket needed
  • Doors Open at 9:15am
  • Souvenir Programme Available

Location



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Meet the Teams

Each team is composed of up to 12 fencers, made up of 9 starting fencers and 3 reserves. Members of the Men's and Women's Blues teams are eligible to receive a prestigious full or half blue; however the exact criteria varies between the universities.

Will Halliwell
Will Halliwell
SABRE - CAPTAIN
Antoine Ogier
Antoine Ogier
SABRE
Chris Lindsay
Chris Lindsay
SABRE
Jan Kruszewski
Jan Kruszewski
SABRE
Benj Schneider
Benj Schneider
EPEE - CAPTAIN
Ben White
Ben White
EPEE
Will Johnson
Will Johnson
EPEE
Liam Stigant
Liam Stigant
EPEE
Pascal Delany
Pascal Delany
FOIL
Vinton Cheng
Vinton Cheng
FOIL
Sebastian Monnet
Sebastian Monnet
FOIL
Justin Ko
Justin Ko
FOIL
Alex Schlindwein
Alex Schlindwein
FOIL - CAPTAIN
Alexander Day
Alexander Day
FOIL
Boya Wang
Boya Wang
FOIL
Lorenzo Marzano
Lorenzo Marzano
FOIL
Julian Ghosh
Julian Ghosh
SABRE
Elijah Granet
Elijah Granet
SABRE
Kristóf Juhász
Kristóf Juhász
SABRE
Ethan Ren
Ethan Ren
SABRE
Peter Robinson
Peter Robinson
EPEE
Bernardo Delarue Bizzini
Bernardo Delarue Bizzini
EPEE
Oliver Hope
Oliver Hope
EPEE
Jack Dawson
Jack Dawson
EPEE
Chiara McDermott
Chiara McDermott
FOIL/SABRE/EPEE - CAPTAIN
Avni Pande
Avni Pande
FOIL
Mirian Gabriela Arias Cuellar
Mirian Gabriela Arias Cuellar
FOIL
Maddi Pearce
Maddi Pearce
FOIL/SABRE
Helena Rodriguez Caro
Helena Rodriguez Caro
EPEE
Malindi Haggett
Malindi Haggett
EPEE
Maddy Whitfield
Maddy Whitfield
EPEE
Miranda Stevens
Miranda Stevens
SABRE
Paula Zamorano Osorio
Paula Zamorano Osorio
SABRE
Kirsten Beggs
Kirsten Beggs
FOIL/SABRE - CAPTAIN
Lucy Miller
Lucy Miller
FOIL
Gioia Casale
Gioia Casale
FOIL/SABRE
Elena Gelžinytė
Elena Gelžinytė
EPEE
Maddy Lee
Maddy Lee
EPEE
Sarah Marciano
Sarah Marciano
EPEE
Lara de Salis
Lara de Salis
SABRE

Contact

General Enquiries

Please contact the organising President Céline Brendler-Spaeth (St. John’s College) with any questions or queries via email: president.oufc@gmail.com.

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University Specific Contacts

OXFORD

CAMBRIDGE

History of the Match

Beginning in 1897, the Varsity Fencing Match is one of the oldest annual fencing matches in the world.

The first varsity match was held in 1897, with foil only for the first two years, a sabre match being instituted in 1899. At this time, the Cambridge club was a combined boxing and fencing club, and it was presumably to facilitate the organisation of the varsity match that the Oxford fencing club joined up with the boxing club. Fencing was clearly secondary in this arrangement, however. In the varsity match, there were only two foil bouts and one sabre bout, compared to a large number of different boxing weights. In the copies of the club rules that survive, regulations refer to rounds and weights, but not bouts or weapons. In the executive, there was never more than a couple of fencing names out of seven committee members. In 1913, the divorce between the boxing and fencing clubs was made complete. The varsity fencing match was held separately and was moved to a fencing salle in London, though it was still held in early March. The number of fencers was increased, to three foilists and two sabreurs. It was to stay that way until 1947. A poster survives advertising the 1914 varsity match. It was held at Tassart’s Salle D’Armes, Oxford Circus, London. Tickets were 2/6, obtainable from the club secretaries.

The first post-war varsity match was held in 1920, but the Oxford club did not really get active again until 1921. In 1924, a joint committee of Oxford and Cambridge Fencing Blues established the National Public School Championships in foil. Sabre and epée competitions were added later. In 1930, the Oxford Fencing Club presented a shield to the university fencing clubs of Oxford and Cambridge to be held annually by the winners of the foil sabre and epée matches. The epée was still held outdoors in the summer (the electric epée was developed in the 1930′s and adopted by the FIE in 1933, but had not yet made its way to Oxford) and was not considered part of the varsity match. Cambridge did not award a Half Blue for the epée match until 1947; thus the winner of the shield was not necessarily the winner of the varsity match. In 1932 and 1933, Oxford held the shield, while Cambridge won the varsity match. This happened again in 1936, while in 1939 the situation was reversed, and Cambridge won the shield while losing the Blues match. In 1926, the Crown Prince of Norway, later to become King Olaf V, fenced for Oxford and became a Half Blue. He fenced sabre, won one match and lost one match. The varsity match was still fenced according to the same format, with the epée match out-of-doors in the summer. When in Oxford, it was held in St. John’s gardens. In 1947, the sabre teams were increased to three-a-side, and Cambridge finally awarded a Half Blue for the epée. In 1951, all the matches were held together in March, with four-a-side teams, and in 1952 the present format was finally established, with three-a-side teams fencing on the same day. In 1966 the fencing club’s decade and a half of peregrinations finally came to an end, as the university included a fencing salle in the newly built Iffley Road sports building. It is too bad they made it just slightly too short to hold an electric piste! This salle remained the club’s home until 1996. The varsity matches seem to have been fenced here in alternate years, until 1971, after which the Blues and Assassins matches were held at Crystal Palace as part of a day of Varsity matches in “minor” sports for a decade, before reverting back to Oxford and Cambridge in the 1980′s. The match currently takes place in the respective Examination Schools of the two universities, but has taken places in other locations, including the Oxford Union Debating Chamber.

The first varsity match for women was in 1957, which suggests that a women’s team only really got organised after 1945. Right up to 1980, when the clubs merged, the women had a separate club organisation, though a Blue from the seventies remembers that they fenced with the men. The time of the Assassins vs. Cambridge Cutthroats contest has varied over the years, sometimes being at the same time, sometimes at a different time than the Blues. In 1989-90, the assassins match was moved back to the same day as the Blues, which makes for an exciting atmosphere.

[Abridged by Edmund Wareham from Dylan Reid, ‘History’, http://oufencing.co.uk/about/history/, (5/11/13).]