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  • 2023-02-28 14:52 | Anonymous

    Referee Coordinator Darren Ferguson has provided some updated information regarding the Unwillingness to Fight rules (previously "passivity" or "non-combativity"), and a reminder of what to bring to the piste with you to avoid yellow and red cards.

    Unwillingness to Fight

    There’s still some unawareness / confusion surrounding the new U2F rules that have come in to force. The AFF has a good summary of the changes and the new rules here: https://www.ausfencing.org/wp-content/uploads/Updated-Unwillingness-to-Fight-Non-Combativity-Rules.pdf

    Absence of Spare Weapon or Bodywire (t.117)

    t.117 states: "The fencers must arrive on the piste, to fence their bouts, with two weapons (one as a spare), two bodywires (one as a spare) and two mask wires (one as a spare) which satisfy the regulations and are in perfect working order (cf. t.71, t.158-162, t.165, t.170).”

    It has been observed that many fencers at Fencing SA competitions, across all categories and age levels, have been arriving at the piste without the required spare equipment and then having to leave the piste to get their spare equipment from their bag. This creates unnecessary delay to the running of the competition and is unfair to the waiting opponent. As this has been happening a lot more frequently, referees will be cracking down on this behaviour and immediately applying the appropriate penalties, regardless of competition category or age level. The penalties are yellow card for the first offence, followed by a red card for the second and subsequent offences in the same bout. If you are a coach or club official involved in equipping your juniors for competitions, please ensure that they are aware of the need to have spare equipment with them.

    Dressing or Undressing on the Piste (t.116)

    t.116 states: "Under no circumstances should the fencers dress or undress in public except in the case of an accident duly recognised by the doctor on duty or by the representative of the Medical Commission (cf. t.126, t.158-162, t.165, t.170.).”

    This means that fencers must present on the piste when called ready to fence. Conversely, fencers must not start removing  their equipment while still on the piste. This does not include masks, which are covered separately by t.125. It has been noticed that many intermediate and senior fencers are increasingly arriving on the piste while still putting their equipment such as their jacket, lame, glove, etc on. This creates unnecessary delay to the running of the competition and is unfair to the waiting opponent. Referees will also be cracking down on this behaviour and immediately applying the appropriate penalties, regardless of competition category or age level. The penalties are yellow card for the first offence, followed by a red card for the second and subsequent offences in the same bout.

  • 2023-02-26 15:18 | Anonymous

    Registrations are open for the 2023 Refereeing Course, 25 and 26 March, being delivered by Darren Ferguson. 

    The course will cover epee and foil - with an option for Saturday for an introduction to refereeing, and epee; or signing up for the full weekend to learn foil as well. 

    $20 for Saturday only, $35 for the full weekend. 

    Click here for more information and to sign up. 

  • 2023-02-14 20:48 | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Jenny Cassidy, who received Life Membership of Fencing SA at the Awards Presentation in February 2023. 

    Jenny has been fencing for 40 years, having started at Daws Road High School in 1973, In addition to competing, she also involved herself in fencing administration at club, state and national level. 

    in 1993 she received her FIE C Grade referee qualification in foil, epee and sabre - the first woman in the world to be accredited in all three weapons, and the first female FIE accredited sabre referee.  

    She was the inaugural President of Trott Park Fencing Club 2004-2008, and is a Life Member of that club and the Adelaide University Fencing Club. 

    Jenny continues to coach and spread her love of fencing, last year piloting the AUSFENCE program in South Australian primary schools. 

    Jenny is an extremely well-deserving recipient of Life Membership, and you can read all her achievements here

  • 2023-02-13 18:00 | Tai Yuen Lam (Administrator)

    Entries for the February 26 FSA Open A & Veteran Events are now open.

    10:00 Open Epee
    11:00 Veteran Foil
    11:30 Open Sabre
    12:30 Open Foil
    13:00 Veteran Epee
    14:00 Veteran Sabre

    Fencing South Australia Inc. - February 26 FSA Open A & Veteran Events (fencingsa.org.au)

  • 2023-02-02 20:10 | Anonymous

    FencingSA is please to support the Oceania Fencing Confederation, in sharing the following information:

    Expressions of Interest for coaches and trainee coaches to participate in an Oceania Fencing Masters’ Academy (OFMA) Level 1 Online Epee Coaching Course in 2023.  The course is planned to begin in March 2023 and will be completed over a period of 3 months (13 weeks).

    The Course will be run in cooperation with Global Fencing Masters (GFM), using their excellent online learning materials and 20 candidates from Oceania will be selected and subsidised by the OFC for 50% of the GFM Course Fee.

    Please circulate the information, including the Expression of Interest Form to your coaches and trainee coaches, as well as any other interested persons and organisations.

    All queries and Expression of Interest Forms should be sent to Leon Thomas at developmentofficer@oceaniafencing.org

    CLICK HERE for more information. 
    CLICK HERE to download the Expression of Interest form. 

  • 2023-01-31 19:42 | Anonymous

    Congratulations to Eileen Ferguson, Life Member of Fencing SA, for receiving a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) - for services to croquet, Eileen has been involved in croquet for over 40 years, and has served on the boards of the Salisbury Croquet Club and the South Australian Croquet Association.

    Eileen’s service to fencing began when her two sons took the sport up. For many, many years she served as the treasurer for Northern Districts Fencing Club. At the club there was a particular corner at the kitchen counter where she could be found collecting the weekly fees from members every week.

    Back in those days, equipment requirements were not as stringent as they are now and she took up manufacturing jackets, plastrons and breeches for local fencers as there was no internet to make purchasing from overseas manufacturers easy. She was also known to manufacture lamés as well, when she could get hold of the material. Fun fact: she had enough material left to make her grandson Clayton his first lamé. At one point, several clubs had their racks stocked with her hard wearing canvas jackets.

    During this time, she also fell into helping organise the Fencing SA canteen at national tournaments when they were held in Adelaide. The most memorable of these were the many, many D H McKenzie tournaments held in Adelaide at Seymour College prior to the  2000 Sydney Olympics. Her bacon and egg sandwiches became the stuff of legend as a result and were the most popular item on the menu. It was this dedication over many years that led to her being awarded life membership of Fencing SA.

    Eventually she retired from actively volunteering with fencing, but she has never been too far from the sport. With a son, daughter in law, and two grandchildren still involved it would be hard for her not to stay in touch with it (most recently she manufactured a couple of fencing bag covers for Darren and Nadine's travel!)

    Eileen is pictured below presenting a medal to her grandson Christian at a Fencing SA event. 

    Words and image courtesy of Darren Ferguson 

  • 2023-01-19 18:15 | Anonymous

    The FSA Board is excited to release the 2023 Competition Calendar! 


    Events will be added to the online registration system soon, but start marking the dates down in your calendar! 

    Competition entries will close at 17:00 Fridays prior to the event (previously this was midnight). As in previous years, events with fewer than 4 entries at this cut-off will be cancelled and the entrants notified and refunded. 

    Competition entry costs will remain the same this year ($20 for the first event, $10 for subsequent events on the same weekend). 

    Equipment standards will remain the same this year - click here to familiarise yourself

    The calendar lists event start times. On competition day roll call is conducted 15 minutes prior, any fencers not present will be disqualified. Fencers should check in at the DT when they arrive at the venue - we encourage you to arrive 30 minutes prior to your event for warm up and check in. 

    The calendar is subject to change throughout the year, and we will communicate any changes out by email and social media, in addition to updating the website. The calendar PDF file also has a list of changes and versions at the bottom. 


    • 12 Feb: Club Teams - Under 15 & Open (REGISTRATIONS OPEN
    • 26 Feb: Open and Veteran
    • 2 April: Under 9, Under 11, Under 13
    • 16 April: Under 15, Under 17/20, Open-B
  • 2023-01-11 09:02 | Anonymous

    Sunday 12 February will see us kick off the 2023 state fencing calendar with two events: 

    From 10am: Club Teams events - Under 15 Foil and Epee; Open Foil, Epee and Sabre. Click here for more information and to register a team by email

    3pm for 3:30: 2022 Awards Presentation - including highlights from the year, ranking award winners and meritorious awards. Light afternoon tea provided. No cost to attend but you must RSVP for catering purposes. Click here for more details and to RSVP

    The 2023 competition calendar will be published next week.  

  • 2022-12-19 08:40 | Anonymous

    Registrations are now open for the January 2023 Junior Development Camp - Sat 21 and Sun 22 Jan at the Lights (9:30 - 16:00 daily). 

    This camp is suitable for fencers aged 12+ (or have already competed interstate) and especially those looking to enter Junior Nationals or AYC #1. Epee and foil only - but sabreurs should contact us to express interest (some sessions will be suitable).  

    $80 single day/$140 both days. 

    Click below for more information or to book, or email ursula.menz@fencingsa.org.au for more information. 


  • 2022-11-15 22:01 | President (Administrator)

    Come and see Australia's best fencers in action from the 25th to the 29th of November 2022.

    Schedule is available here:

    2022 Australian Fencing Championships and Oceania Veteran Championships | Australian Fencing Federation (ausfencing.org)

    We look forward to welcoming fencers from across Australia and Oceania to our state and home venue:

    The Lights Sports and Community Centre – Adelaide

    244 - 270 East Parkway
    Lightsview, South Australia 5085 Australia


    Please contact communications@fencingsa.org.au or president@fencingsa.org.au for further information and keep a look out for more information here and on our Instagram and Facebook pages!

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