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Saturday, 31 August 2019 08:40

NZSS 2019 Quick Info

TimeTable

Please read the timetable below carefully: you must be present at the venue in time for the registration for your event.

Weapons check will open approximately one hour before each event. Make sure that you arrive with enough time to complete weapons check before your event.

Friday 30th August

Entries Close

Midnight

Friday 6th September

Venue Opens

Setup and Gear Check

3:00pm

Boys’ and Girls’ Sabre Registration

3:15-3:30pm

Boys’ and Girls’ Sabre Individuals

4:30pm

Boys' and Girls' Sabre Teams 
(Rounds 1 and 2)

7:00pm

Saturday 7th September

Boys’ Foil Registration

8:15am-8:30am

Boys’ Foil Individuals

9:00am

Girls’ Epee Registration

9:45-10:00am

Girls’ Epee Individuals

10:30am

Boys’ and Girls’ Sabre Teams
(Bronze and Final matches)

3:30pm

Girls' Epee Teams

4:00pm*

Boys' Foil Teams

4:30pm**

Sunday 8th September

Boys’ Epee Registration

8:15-8:30am

Boys’ Epee Individuals

9:00am

Girls’ Foil Registration

9:45-10:00am

Girls’ Foil Individuals

10:30am

Boys’ Epee Teams

3:30pm*

Girls’ Foil Teams

4:00pm*

*The start time for team events is an estimate – the team event will begin after the individual event for that weapon has finished.

**The Boys' Foil teams will begin after the Sabre teams have finished. 

 

Location

Mount Albert Grammar School, Alberton Ave, Mount Albert, Auckland. The tournament will be held in the two gyms, at the north end of the school by the Aquatic Centre.

MAGS Gyms

Who am I Fencing?

Individual Entries

Team Entries

Late Entries/Withdrawals

Late entries may be accepted at the organisers' discretion, and with payment of an additional late fee of $20. Late entries and withdrawals should contact Leasa Ogilvie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027 478 3456. 

Payment of $50 per event plus $20 for late entries should be made online by internet banking. 

  • Bank Account: 01-0297-0024774-00
  • Name: Fencing North
  • Reference: Your Name + NZSS19

More Information

See this page for the full event information.

If you have any questions or issues, email Katie Logan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to email if you want to offer help as well!

Published in News
Saturday, 31 August 2019 08:35

New Zealand Secondary Schools 2019

NZ National Secondary Schools 2019

Fencing North and Fencing New Zealand invite all high-school age fencers to the National Secondary School tournament at Mount Albert Grammar School on the 6th-8th of September.

**Please note that the schedule for Sabre Teams and Boys' Foil Teams has been changed as of 11/08/19**

 

Key Details

What is this Tournament?

The National Secondary Schools tournament is the annual championship for high school fencers in NZ. There will be both individual and team events for all three weapons and both genders.

 

Who can Enter?

To enter you must be enrolled at a Secondary School in year 9-13 (or be a homeschooled student in year 9-13) this year. You must also be full competitive member of Fencing New Zealand (or an overseas equivalent); see further below.

 

When are the Events?

The tournament will begin on the afternoon of Friday 6th September and run right through to the evening of Sunday 8th. See the timetable below.

 

Where is the Venue?

Mount Albert Grammar School, Alberton Ave, Mount Albert, Auckland. The tournament will be held in the two gyms, at the north end of the school by the Aquatic Centre.

MAGS Gyms

Timetable

Please read the timetable below carefully: you must be present at the venue in time for the registration for your event.

Friday 30th August

Entries Close

Midnight

Friday 6th September

Venue Opens

Setup and Gear Check

3:00pm

Boys’ and Girls’ Sabre Registration

3:15-3:30pm

Boys’ and Girls’ Sabre Individuals

4:30pm

Boys' and Girls' Sabre Teams 
(Rounds 1 and 2)

7:00pm

Saturday 7th September

Boys’ Foil Registration

8:15am-8:30am

Boys’ Foil Individuals

9:00am

Girls’ Epee Registration

9:45-10:00am

Girls’ Epee Individuals

10:30am

Boys’ and Girls’ Sabre Teams
(Bronze and Final matches)

3:30pm

Girls' Epee Teams

4:00pm*

Boys' Foil Teams

4:30pm**

Sunday 8th September

Boys’ Epee Registration

8:15-8:30am

Boys’ Epee Individuals

9:00am

Girls’ Foil Registration

9:45-10:00am

Girls’ Foil Individuals

10:30am

Boys’ Epee Teams

3:30pm*

Girls’ Foil Teams

4:00pm*

*The start time for team events is an estimate – the team event will begin after the individual event for that weapon has finished.

**The Boys' Foil teams will begin after the Sabre teams have finished. 

 

Gear Requirements

National-level competitions require high standards of equipment, both for fairness in the competition and for personal safety. See this page for the Fencing New Zealand gear requirements.

Note that FeNZ is not enforcing the 2018 FIE Mask Protocols at National competitions at this stage. See the FeNZ mask guidelines.

 

Weapons Check

It is vital that every competitor has working electric equipment. Therefore, all electric equipment and weapons must be checked before it is used in the tournament. You will not be allowed to fence if your electric equipment fails testing, so we recommend that you test your equipment and mke any necessary repairs before you arrive.

Weapons check will open approximately one hour before each event. Make sure that you arrive with enough time to complete weapons check before your event.

 

Team Events

Each team event will be run with a maximum of 8 teams per weapon per gender, and go straight to direct elimination (with no poules).  Each region is permitted to enter 2 teams per event. This event is a regional teams event; however, FeNZ has allowed regions to enter teams made up of fencers from a single school if that is desired. Please contact your regional executive for enquiries about entering teams.

 

Entering Teams

Expressions of interest for team slots must be emailed by a member of the regional executive to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Wednesday 21st of August. Any slots which are not taken will be distributed first to the host region, then to any other interested regions.

The exact members of each team must be confirmed with the North Secretary by the individual deadline of Friday 30th of August.

The entry fee will be $60/team. Fencing North will provide invoices to regions following the second deadline.

 

Entry (Individuals)

Individual entries close on Friday 30th of August. Late entries may be accepted at the organisers’ discretion, and will be liable for an additional late entry fee of $20.

 

Affiliation

All entrants must be affiliated as full competitive members of Fencing New Zealand (with all fees paid). Affiliations will be checked after entries have closed.

If you have been affiliated prior to this year, go to this link to reaffiliate.

If you have not been affiliated before this year, go to this link to affiliate.

 

Entry Fee

  • $50 for each individual event.
  • $20 fee for late entries.

The entry fees should be paid online by internet banking.

  • Bank Account: 01-0297-0024774-00
  • Name: Fencing North
  • Reference: Your Name + NZSS19

There will be no refund of entry fees if the fencer does not present at their event without notifying competition organisers at least one hour prior.

 

Entry Form

Entries are now CLOSED. Late entries may be accepted at the organisers' discretion, and with payment of an additional late fee of $20. Late entries and withdrawals should contact Leasa Ogilvie: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 027 478 3456. 

 

Queries

If you have any questions or issues, email Katie Logan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Feel free to email if you want to offer help as well!

Friday, 30 August 2019 18:55

Fencing North Meeting - August 2019

Fencing North Meeting – 26th August 2019

Meeting opened: 7:10pm

Present: David Elder, Amanda Hopkins, Katie Logan, Sunnie Sun, Ainslie McGuire-Barnes, Murray McGuire-Barnes.

Apologies: Kyle Nankivell.

Confirmation of the Previous Minutes: Ainslie moved that the minutes from July be accepted. David seconded. Motion carried.

Matters Arising: In the previous meeting the committee discussed how half and full days of refereeing should be counted and agreed to consult the FeNZ policy. However, FeNZ does not have a set policy on this matter. Therefore Amanda proposed that up to four hours be considered a half day and five hours or more a full day. Katie seconded. Motion carried. The referees will be paid as soon as possible.

Health and Safety: Sunnie reported that at the SS4 competition a fencer was seen using a sabre with the wrong handedness and that this was potentially quite dangerous. The committee agreed that referees should be empowered to turn away fencers who present with wrong-handed weapon.
  There were three injuries reported from North Islands.

Treasurer’s Report: Amanda gave her report to the committee. Unfortunately we will make a loss on North Islands, due to low entries and a number of unexpected expenses. Expenses are also expected to be relatively high at NZSS, and North is paying a number of insurance premiums this year. She noted that the end of our financial year is the end of September, at which point the committee will have to discuss how the books can be balanced next year.
  David seconded Amanda’s report. Motion carried.

Competitions: The upcoming competitions for September are the National Secondary Schools on the 6th-8th, and the North U20s/23s on the 21st.

Macleavy Open: The Macleavy Open competition, which was meant to be held on the 31st of August, has been cancelled this year. The normal organisers have unfortunately been too busy organising the National competitions to devote any time to the Macleavy, and there were no good opportunities to postpone it. Fencing North would like to apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused.

Regional Open Competitions: David presented to the committee a suggestion that may improve participation and reduce the difficulty of organising regional open competitions. He suggested that Fencing North might ask the larger clubs to run some of these competitions, as has been the norm in the past. David will talk to clubs about this and see whether there is any interest.

NZ Secondary Schools: The committee discussed the preparations for NZSS. With only two weeks to go there is still a huge need for volunteers for set-up and pack-up, first aid and referee billeting. Anyone who is willing to help, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NZSS – North Teams: Following the decision at last month’s meeting, Katie has been selecting school teams based on the National rankings. Despite some requests, no composite teams have been selected, as there was neither a mandate nor a mechanism for doing so.

Fencing North would like to congratulate these schools for being selected to enter teams:

  • Boys’ Foil: St Kentigerns, Macleans
  • Girls’ Foil: Diocesan, Kristin, Macleans, Epsom Girls Grammar
  • Boys’ Epee: Mt Albert Grammar, St Kentigerns
  • Girls’ Epee: Mt Albert Grammar
  • Sabre: Macleans, Auckland Grammar

Feedback from North Islands: The committee discussed some feedback about the organisation and operation of North Islands.

  • Some feedback was received from Heather Claydon, the North Islands DT; this will be taken in account when running NZSS and future competitions.
  • Fencing North would like to express its gratitude to everyone who helped out at that competition. In particular, thank you to Felix Lun for the very smooth operation of weapons control.
  • On the other hand, David expressed his disappointment at the North fencers who consciously avoided the set-up and pack-up at North Islands. The low rates of volunteerism in our region force us to constantly rely on the goodwill of guests from other regions and make it very difficult to effectively run any successful event.
  • Katie reported that throughout the process of organising both North Islands and NZSS, she and David experienced considerable communication issues with representatives of the national body. The expectations for the competition organisation are very high and extremely difficult to manage as inexperienced organisers; further, there is no unified document where all of the different factors were explained. This feedback will be passed on to the Officiating Commission following the NZSS.

FeNZ News: Amanda and David reported the FeNZ news.
  Nicola Shackleton recently resigned as head of the NZ Officiating Commission, and Bryan Clark was appointed as the new commission head. Following this, there were some issues surrounding the selection of new commissioners. Following an open call for nominations, selections were made and ratified by the FeNZ board; however, despite a very good candidate putting their name forward, no one from the North region was selected.
  Katie moved that Fencing North write to FeNZ expressing our concern about the process of selecting the Officiating Commission, insofar as there is to be no representative of the North region on this important board. Murray seconded. Motion carried.

Other Business:

Condolences: Fencing North would like to express our condolences to the FeNZ President Mark Rance for his recent family misfortune.

Thanks: Following Ainslie’s suggestion, the committee expressed its thanks to Katie for all of the organisational work she has done over the last months.

Dinner: David mentioned that he is planning a shared dinner event for Fencing North members and volunteers in October.

Meeting Closed: 9:12pm.

Saturday, 24 August 2019 18:38

NZSS 2019 Entry List

Check whether you have entered for the NZ Secondary Schools comp (and who your competition will be!) at this link. Remember that entries close Friday 30th of August!

Published in News
Friday, 23 August 2019 20:48

Cancellation of Macleavy Open

We are sorry to announce that we have cancelled the Macleavy Open competition which was to be held on the 31st of August. In between North Islands and NZ Secondary Schools it's just too busy a time of year for organisers, fencers and volunteers. 

If you would like to help us out with anything - whether administration, billeting volunteers, heavy lifting or just doing a coffee run - please get in touch via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Published in News
Sunday, 18 August 2019 13:09

North Island Champs 2019: Live Results

Check out these live results from the North Island champs, currently being fenced at Trusts Arena!

 

If you're using a phone browser to view the results, use this link

Published in News
Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:17

SS Individuals #4 2019 - Results

If you're using a phone browser to view the results, use this link

Published in Results 2019
Sunday, 11 August 2019 12:15

Fencing North Meeting - July 2019

Fencing North Meeting – 29th July 2019

 

Meeting Opened: 7:04pm.

Present: David Elder, Katie Logan, Amanda Hopkins, Mary Black, Murray McGuire-Barnes, Ainslie McGuire-Barnes, Sunny Sun, Ryan Yan, Kyle Nankivell.

Confirmation of the Previous Minutes: Katie moved that the minutes from June be accepted. David seconded. Motion carried.

Matters Arising: The Fencing North survey requires only a final review before it is circulated. It was agreed that it should be sent to previous fencers as well as those affiliated this year so that we can capture the opinions of those who have dropped out.
  The waiving of entry fees for out-of-towners was very well-received at the Pickworth Open, with several entrants from outside of Auckland.
  The tracksuit specifications are ready to be publicised to fencers.

Health and Safety: There are no incidents or safety issues to report this month.

Treasurer’s Report: Amanda gave her report. Fencing North is still showing a loss to date, due mainly to increased hall hire and decreased entries in competitions. However, we still have one more North Secondary School competition, North Islands and the National Secondary School Championships. With plenty of entries, we should be in positive territory by the end of the financial year. The committee discussed how to increase revenue this year and in following years, and the need to fund new equipment such as pistes.
  Katie seconded Amanda’s report. All in favour.

Competitions: The upcoming competitions this month are Secondary School Individuals #4 (4th August) and the North Island Championships (17th-18th August).

Referee Fees: There was some confusion following the previous schools competition about what constituted a ‘full day’ and ‘half day’ for the purposes of paying referees. David will contact FeNZ to ensure that Fencing North conforms with FeNZ rules.

Pistes: Trusts Arena has expressed concern about the use of tape for fabric pistes on their international-quality netball courts. David has designed a new piste layout that keeps fabric pistes off the main court, and is looking into acquiring more metal pistes (potentially second-hand from another region).

North Islands: In the past month there has been a lot of activity organising operations for the upcoming North Islands Championships. The committee various aspects of the organisation of this competition, including assignment of organisational roles.

NZ Secondary Schools: Fencing North is hosting the NZSS competition on September 6th-8th. There had been some hold-ups in the organisation of the competition (in particular the venue and timetable), and the committee discussed some key aspects of the event and created an action plan for getting the details finalised as soon as possible.

NZ Secondary School Teams: This year FeNZ has decided that the NZSS Teams event will again be run with two teams allowed per region, and both school and composite teams permitted (following the resolution from the FeNZ meeting in August 2018, although without the extra Men’s Foil teams permitted in that resolution). The committee discussed how best to select teams for the North region. Katie proposed that Fencing North use the same system that was agreed on last year (see the minutes from August 2018): School teams would be selected on the basis of the school-level national rankings of individual fencers. Murray seconded. Motion carried.
  Katie will spearhead the selection process, including: ensuring that the national rankings are up-to-date; calculating school team rankings; contacting schools for expressions of interest; and accepting final team entries.

FeNZ News: David reported that FeNZ has launched its new website.
  FeNZ has solicited expressions of interest for the NZ Olympic long list in preparation for the upcoming 2020 Olympics.
  The national insurance policy has been renewed, now including cheap travel insurance for international travel. The details will be circulated soon.
  FeNZ has finalised a privacy policy for protecting the data of affiliated members. This will be circulated soon.
  There is some concern in FeNZ about decreasing National competition numbers. It has been suggested that Auckland fencers (the largest group in NZ) are reluctant to travel to other regions for events, leaving numbers low.

Other Business:

Sponsoring Residency: A foreign national who is currently fencing and coaching in Auckland has asked Fencing North to sponsor their New Zealand residency. David proposed that we agree to sponsor their residency. Katie seconded. Motion carried.

Meeting Closed: 9:15pm.

Sunday, 04 August 2019 12:13

Tuatahi Intermediate Epee Competition

Calling all epeeists: Tuatahi club is hosting a fun and friendly Intermediate Epee competition! The event will be on August 25th, with registration opening at 9:45am at Glen Eden Intermediate School. Go to this form to find out more and sign up!

(And check out Tuatahi's great new website while you're at it!)

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