Fencers from Moreton Hall school each came home with a medal after a recent competition in Manchester.

The group of four fencers, made up of Cindy Ge, Lulu Joynson, Evie Wall and Zinnia Evans, competed in the inaugural Youth Series event at the Manchester Fencing Centre.

In the under-14 event, Zinnia, who was competing in her second event, progressed through a tough first-round against many opponents of greater experience, but scored good points and showed progression through the day.

Her hard work paid off as she made it through to the final, where, despite a second half resurgence, she lost out to a local competitor 15-8, taking away a silver medal.

In the under-17 event, Evie was looking to continue her fine run of form as reigning series champion from the previous year, while Lulu looked to build on her overall series bronze.

They were joined by Cindy who was competing in her first external competition. Cindy’s lack of experience did not affect her performance, as she challenged her fellow Moreton Fencers closely in the poule stage, and won matches against other opposition.

Evie and Lulu progressed through to the knockout stages as first and second seed respectively and made it to the semi-finals.

Evie then proceeded to win her match 15-5 to proceed to another final while waiting to see who she would meet after the second, all-Moreton semi-final.

In this match, Lulu’s greater competition experience proved to be a significant edge, and despite another second half comeback from Cindy, it was Lulu who progressed to meet Evie in the final.

Having broken her blade earlier in the day Evie took time to adjust to a new weapon, and Lulu was able to race into a 4-0 lead.

Then following a weapon swap, Evie came back into the game and managed to take an 8-5 lead. The second half saw a shift in momentum and Evie was able to race away to secure the gold.

A fantastic day of competition was concluded with four Moreton fencers on the podium.