Adam Waller (87-97) has made a strong start to the new fencing season after making the final of a national open. Adam, who represents the Pocklington-based Sabre Club, finished as runner-up in the Shropshire Open, held in Wrekin, one of the first national events of the season which runs from September to June.
Open to national level fencers from across the country, the competition was split into an initial group stage, with the top 80 per cent making the elimination round, before competing against each other in a direct elimination to 15 hits.
Adam qualified for the elimination round in sixth after two competitive and tense group stages. Moving swiftly into the third round, he put out Stourbridge fencer Steve Potter 15:13 with a determined and physical performance, before a 15:7 quarter-final win set up a semi-final clash.
After a tense start Adam pulled out a three-hit gap going into the break leading 8:5 before dominating the second half to take the fight 15:7.
Facing long-standing rival Tom Nicholls, from London, a big effort in the final was not enough to take gold but Waller did give the spectators a great contest when going down 15:4 to the British number 16.
(Source: Beverley Advertiser 07.12.13)