HFC finally hit the jackpot at the 15 December JO Qualifiers & Open Foil/Epee Potluck (Results coming to FRED soon!).
Before tooting our horns, though, the entire club wants to extend its warmest thanks to La Salle’s Gyula Shreiber for arranging a meet that included 11 fencers from across the state in the epee event alone (This is a BIG event for our Mainland fencing compatriots!). Our next round of thanks go to the fencers from Hawai’i Island that flew over to O’ahu to cross swords with us. You really helped kick up all of our games.
HFC’s Eric “Battlin’ Bavarian” Mueller and Luis “Call Me…Luis” Toronjo took the strips to battle for the Club Colors. Through good fortune, they ended up in separate pools. “Call Me…Luis” swept a pool heavy with Big Island’s finest, while Eric came in third in his pool with a +3 indicator. One of the Hawai’i boys posed an interesting challenge for our favorite Teuton. Aren (last name unkown) was three inches taller and applied the little seen “Perry in Floor” technique, removing Eric’s blade from anything representing a useful position and gliding up the blade to the touch. Oooopss…
The DE round found both of HFC’s fencers with byes and used the time to scope out their competition, proof positive that the pools are not “warm-up rounds!” Time forced the next rounds to be 10 point / 2 period bouts. Eric faced Aren again but was able to keep his blade free (See? You CAN teach him something!), then took on and defeated another Big Island fencer to move to the finals for the first time in at least 7 years. Luis, meanwhile, took a fencer from each island to face his training partner in the finals. Familiar with one another’s games from hours of training together, it was Luis’ speed pitted against Eric’s reach in a back and forth match. It could have gone either way. Tied at 9-9 Luis fired a lunge to Eric’s foot. Eric acknowledged he “felt something,” but the referee felt Luis’ tip had only made contact with the floor. The next exchange saw Luis make a lighting fast fleche, but the only light was the one showing Eric got a point.
The important thing of course is that HFC is now the team with the epeeists to beat for the first time in half a decade. The target is on us, for a change, and both Luis and Eric look forward to defending their standings in the New Year!