ZFW is Britain’s Top Team for the Third Year
ZFW convincingly won the British Men's Team Foil Championships last Sunday, 20th November, for the third year running. The club’s ‘A Team’ of four-time Olympian and current World No. 3 Richard Kruse, World No 27 Alex Choupenitch of the Czech Republic and former European Champion Alex Tofalides beat Westminster-based Salle Boston 45-17 in the final.
On their journey to the final, ZFW’s A Team unfortunately met the club’s B Team in the quarter finals. The B Team of Peter Barwell, Matthew Abrahams and Louis DeBazelaire put up strong resistance, but succumbed to the champions 45-17.
The B Team had earlier narrowly lost to eventual silver medalists Salle Boston A by 45-44 in the poule stage. This led to them being seeded 8th in the quarter finals and being drawn against the ZFW A Team, which had gained top seeding with an aggregate score of 90-17 in the poule.
The A Team then went on to beat the Bath Swords’ A Team by a comfortable 45-11 in the semi-final.
Showing the club’s strength in depth, the ZFW C Team of David Standen, Charlie St John and George Bailey fought well all day, finishing a credible 12th out of the 19 teams that entered.