FRESHERS in Aberystwyth were introduced to the university fencing team onstage at September’s Sports Fair, where they performed a sparring demonstration in front of new students. The fencers didn’t hold back even in that setting, and brought the same A-game to Bangor University’s extensive Gym facilities on Saturday. While the crowds were not as big as they were next door, for men’s basketball, the sparring here was equally hard-fought on both sides, the men’s and women’s first teams facing off in a number of disciplines.
Aber’s fencers saw victory in their last two meetings; winning 135 to 70 away at the University of West England, and scoring another win in Aberystwyth over Plymouth University in January. Aber’s women lost their last two away fixtures in Bristol and Nottingham, but scored a 130-109 win over the UWE women’s team on the same weekend as the men.
In 2014’s Varsity, Aber’s women were victorious while the men lost out to Bangor; this year, it was the other way around. Despite a close Sabres match that ended 45-43 in favour of the home team Aber’s women lost out, with 97 to Bangor’s 134. Close wins in Foil and Sabres and a 45-26 shutout in Épée gave Aber’s men the win, this time.