Sword Play

November 09th, 2017
Sword Play
If you’ve ever fancied trying out a new, left-of-centre sport then you should clear your calendar on Saturday, November 18 for the Adelaide Hills Fencing Club’s annual Golden Gauntlet.

The fundraiser will feature fencing matches, demonstrations and novelty events.

“It will be a really fun event as it’s a really intellectual sport to spectate,” head coach at Adelaide Hills Fencing Club Dov Spinks said.

“It’s a good opportunity for the general public to see something different and little known because it’s not often you are able to see it live.

“This year’s event is a special one because we’re also hosting the final of the teen tournament being run by the Adelaide Swords Club too.”

Alongside members of the Adelaide Swords Club from North Adelaide, members from the Adelaide Hills Fencing Club will display some impressive swordsmanship for spectators on the day.

“There will be two standard teen fencing matches,” Dov said.

“One will go for about half an hour and the other about three quarters of an hour, so people will be able to sit down and get stuck into watching.

“The highest level fencers from both clubs will also perform a demonstration which you wouldn’t usually see in a standard fencing tournament.”

With all of the exciting sword fighting spectacles you’d be hard pressed to pick a favourite feature.
“The Golden Gauntlet is usually the highlight,” Dov said.

“It’s the main event so it’s quite an exciting fencing match but of course there’s a whole bunch of smaller events stretching into the evening.”

The event is sure to be entertaining for both fencers and non-fencers.

“It’s a great family occasion with novelty events for a range of ages and demographics,” Dov said.

“Many older folks would enjoy it too because they come from a time that fencing was much more prevalent.”

Adelaide Fencing Club President Carlos Rendo echoes Dov’s thoughts about the event.

“Everyone always has a really good time and it’s a great wrap up of the sporting year,” he said.

“It’s not often we get everyone in the sport together too so it’s a good combination of a sporting and a social event.”

Carlos is hoping for a turnout of 100-150 people on the day to make it a success.

“The majority of people will be club members and their families and friends but we also welcome newcomers,” he said.

“It’s a good entry to the sport and demonstration of fencing to people that don’t know much about it.”

Anyone considering trying fencing but unsure if they’re suited to it needn’t worry as it’s a sport suitable for all ages and abilities.

“Fencing is like active chess – it’s very mental as well as physical,” Carlos said.

“I’m biased but I think it’s a fun sport for all ages, we have kids aged 5-6 and adults past retirement age.

“You don’t need to be a world class athlete to participate either, just come along and get fit and socialise.”

Between all of the action on the day people will be able to refuel with the range of food and drinks on offer.

“Asian Gourmet Restaurant from the central market are catering the event,” Dov said.

The Golden Gauntlet 2017 will be held at the Adelaide Hills Fencing Club, 46 Morella Grove, Bridgewater on Saturday, November 18 at 3pm.

Tickets are $15 including dinner and can be purchased at the door.

For more information about the Golden Gauntlet fundraising event visit Adelaide Hills Fencing Club’s Facebook page.

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