Team-mates Eilidh Paterson and Izzy D’Abbraccio eclipsed the opposition at the Leon Paul Junior Series U13 event in London on Sunday 15th May, with Eilidh taking gold and Izzy bronze.
Both girls bagged four wins out of five in the first round of poules, with Eilidh winning two bouts 5-0 and Izzy one. Ranked second and third going into the second round, Eilidh then won all five bouts – to just six hits scored against her in total – and Izzy four, giving them both byes through to the quarter-finals.
In the round of 8, Izzy advanced by a score of 8-4 against Agnes Maudsley, but then succumbed to number one seed Zina Suresh 10-6 – the shorter bout format not allowing her scope for another infamous comeback. In the other half of the draw, ‘Hurricane Eilidh’ blew through Emily Delchev 10-4 and followed that with a come-from-behind 10-8 win against third seed Lea Panyandee-Cappelli.
Suresh awaited Eilidh in the final, and once again she hit the front against the RTWFC fencer, but Eilidh stuck with it, figured out a new strategy, pegged back her tricky opponent and ultimately nicked it 10-9 to strike a glittering gold.
Huge congratulations to Eilidh and Izzy on their latest podium performances.