The North West team descended into Nottingham again, to Nottingham Trent University for a weekend of fencing with 9 other regions.
We had a last minute scrabble to complete the Women's Foil team. After going through all the known options, we ended up using Hannah Heaps to start with and Emily Ruaux as the reserve (after completing her sabre duties). Hannah deserved my thanks and appreciation for accepting the role even though she'd never used a foil up till a couple of days before the competition and was the youngest competitor!
All the teams battled hard and fought as well as they could over the weekend with especially strong performances from the women's epee team of Katrina Smith, Jasmine Heaps and Emily Southern who won best team. Both of the sabre teams who finished second, and Jenny Schofield who only dropped one bout all weekend in women's foil.
We had a great team performance winning 8 matches and only lost a very close team match to South East.
It was nice to see some old faces back in the mix and wanting to compete again
Unfortunately we finished in second place even though we won the most matches outright!
The South East again won although it was very tight with their two draws being counted as victories on indicators.
Potentially one or two hits decided it in their favour, the closest it's ever been!