Rob Penton came second at the National Veterans Fencing Championships. Rob struggled
for form in the poules after dropping an early fight and was seeded 5th overall.
This was followed by relatively straight forward wins in the L32 over Steve Ellwood
of Ddraig Wern and Adam Bonner of Guernsey in the L16 before a L8 meeting with Cat
3 World Champion Richard Bonehill of Truro. Penton was rarely troubled in a surprisingly
one sided fight, leading from start to finish.
In the semi-final Penton faced the awkward Barry Coulter of Scimitar, a fencer Penton
has a mixed record against. The fight went to the final hit with several lead changes
before a long attack from Penton broke down and the momentum swung back to Coulter.
Coulter drove his own attack almost the length of the piste but Penton managed the
distance well and was able to pick up a rapid beat counter attack to close our the
The final against Richard Cohen (4 time Olympian, Commonwealth and former World Veterans
Champion) proved a fight to far as Penton showed the after affects of the semi final
fight. A pattern rapidly emerged with Cohen using his strong line to maintain control
of distance against Penton’s attacks. The first period saw Cohen establish a strong
lead (5-1) as Penton struggled with his footwork and was unable to find the blade
on offence. Penton tried to open the distance more in the second period and was able
to enjoy more success with some strong parry ripostes. However, Cohen’s lead proved
more than sufficient and he ran out a 10-6 winner to take his 13th Veterans title.