Town boss Ba­iarda’s eye­ing top four place

FENC­ING New chief wants to wipe out last year’s dis­ap­point­ment

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­

CHE­SHAM Gram­mar School’s Rafael Rhys Pol­litt has clinched another pres­ti­gious fenc­ing ti­tle af­ter be­ing crowned Leon Paul Se­ries U13 boys foil cham­pion.

The Leon Paul Ju­nior Se­ries is a Grand Prix-style event held in lo­ca­tions across the UK, and only con­tenders who suc­ceed in tak­ing four gold medals in the tour­na­ment cal­en­dar gain the max­i­mum points, thereby se­cur­ing the cov­eted ti­tle and prize money.

Rhys Pol­litt (pic­tured) is the first to en­sure the 2015 sea­son ti­tle is his af­ter drop­ping only one bout in the first eight poules of the Robin Hood LPJS, held in Not­ting­hamshire on Sun­day, where a num­ber one seed­ing saw him gain a bye into the last 16.

His first di­rect elim­i­na­tion fight was against Dario Stein­beck-Schi­avo of ZFW, who Rhys Pol­litt took no time at all to dis­pense of 10-2, be­fore re­peat­ing this con­vinc­ing score­board against Lu­cas Town­son of Four of Clubs in the quar­ter fi­nals.

The semis saw Rhys Pol­litt matched against Sa­muel Blair of Louth Fenc­ing Club, and another 10-2 vic­tory earned him a place in the fi­nal, where he con­quered Wil­liam Lons­dale, also from the Louth club, 10-3.

The gold medal in Not­ting­ham com­pleted his run of golds at tour­na­ments in Bristol, Durham and Ne­wham, and he paid trib­ute to his men­tors both at Che­sham Gram­mar and at his club, Fencers Club Lon­don.

He said: “I am lucky to have such a show of sup­port and strength from my school­mates and all school staff, not to men­tion the en­cour­age­ment I have from my coach­ing team and fel­low club fencers.

“It means the world, and that it how I’m able to sus­tain both my men­tal strength and phys­i­cal stamina.”

DOM­I­NANT: Os­valdo Soares de Brito in ac­tion for Amer­sham against Tring; (inset) man­ager Vice Ba­iarda the step up into adult football and we try to build up their con­fi­dence again.

“I’ve coached at places like Hare­field and Wem­b­ley, where it is all re­sults-ori­en­tated and young­sters aren’t given a chance.

“Our chair­man’s at­ti­tude is we can’t go any lower, so let’s see how they do. We’re aim­ing for a top four place, which due to the ground grad­ing of other teams, may even be good enough to go up.”

Amer­sham take a break from the league this Satur­day when they host Wy­combe & Dis­trict League side Ha­zle­mere Sports in the Berks & Bucks In­ter­me­di­ate Cup.

Fel­low Spar­tan South Mid­lands side Holmer Green had a bad cup ex­pe­ri­ence on Satur­day, crash­ing out of the FA Vase 7-2 at home to Welling­bor­ough Town. They re­turn to Premier Di­vi­sion ac­tion at home to Hare­field United this Satur­day.

Over in the Hel­lenic League, man­ager Gio­vanni Se­pede cel­e­brated his 40th birth­day with a 3-0 Di­vi­sion One East win at Old Wood­stock Town, thanks to an Adam Har­man dou­ble and a Lee Thompson strike, while a Tom Wil­liams dou­ble earned Chal­font Wasps a 2-2 draw at Did­cot Town Re­serves. Wasps now have a week­end off, while Penn host Lynch Pin in the Berks & Bucks In­ter­me­di­ate Cup.

Flack­well Heath stayed top of the Premier Di­vi­sion with a thrilling 4-3 win over Wok­ing­ham & Emm­brook, thanks to a Joe Blount brace, plus fur­ther strikes from Dan Mol­loy and Dan Rap­ley. Joint top with them are High­worth Town, who Flack­well visit this Satur­day.

Photo by Les Wil­liams www.buyapho­ BE155333

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