Town boss Baiarda’s eyeing top four place
FENCING New chief wants to wipe out last year’s disappointment
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.