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6THESWORDJANUARY2015ASPECIALREPORTBYKARIMBASHIRthNovember4DayMensEpeeTherstsemi-nalsawaghtbetweentwoteammatesromWalesTomEdwardsandMarcBurkhalter.EdwardsstartedthematchthebusierothetwoencersbutitwasBurkhalterwhopulledouta3-leadinsidetherstminutepickinghisopponentofromdistance.Edwardssettledbutwentintotherstbreak-4down.ThetwotradedhitsinthesecondperiodwithBurkhaltergoingintothenalperiod9-8up.WithaneversosubtleincreaseinintensityBurkhalterpulledawayromEdwardstowin-.Thesecondsemi-nalwasbetweenJohnDownesAUSandDudleyTredgerENGanditstartedatamuchhigherpacethantherst.InarelentlessdisplayoaggressiveencingTredgerstormedtoa-8victoryinjustoveraminute.Tredgerapproachedthenalinthesamewayhehadinhissemi-nal.Straightofthemarkromthewordgo.DespitepullingawayromtheWelshenceratthebeginningotheghtBurkhaltersettledandgotbackintothematchbypickinguphisopponentsbladeasheapproachedatspeedandlandinghisripostes.TredgeradaptedtothisandusedBurkhalterstacticagainsthim.Inadisplayosupremesecond-intentionencingTredgerdrewBurkhaltersparrieswhilstadvancingatspeedandthenslowedrightdownmakingtheripostesmissallowinghimtolandcontinuations.Inalittleoveraminutehetookthersttitleothechampionshipswitha-6victory.WomensSabreTherstsemi-nalbetweenJennierSancrotSCOandAnnLeeSINstartedwithbothencersdeterminedtogoateachother.Sancrotedgedtherstperiod8-6withaslightlybettercontrolothedistance.DespiteagreatstarttothesecondperiodromSancrotwhowent-8upLeechangedthedistanceandrolledofeightunansweredhitstowin-.Inthesecondsemi-nalKatherineKempeWALemployedanofensiveapproachromthestartagainstKatieHendraENG.Shetookan8-3leadintothebreakandcontinuedinmuchthesameveininthesecondperiodwinning-4.InthenalaclassystartromKempesawhertakeanearlytwo-hitleadromLeewithasecond-intentionparryriposteollowedbyawellexecutedstop-cuttowrist.Leesettledandhavinggone-4upwasawardedhersixthhitwhichKempedisputed.WithnovideoreplaythehitstoodbutitservedtoinspiretheWelshenceron.Kempetookan8-6leadintothenalperiodandcontinuedtooutwitheropponentwithacombinationoattackssecond-intentionparryripostesandstop-cutstotakeawelldeserved-victory.thNovember4DayWomensFoilTherstsemi-nalbetweenSingaporeanteammatesWenyingWangandCherylYeHanWongwasstrikingbecauseotheheightdiferencebetweenthemWangtoweringoverWong.Wangusedherheightreachadvantagetogo3-andthetwothentradedhitstogointothebreakwiththescore6-3toWang.AtightersecondperiodollowedbutWangwasabletoopenherleadto-4goingintothelastperiod.WongworkedondrawingWangsattackinthethirdperiodbuttonoavailasWangeasedtoa3-7win.Inthesecondsemi-nalbetweenCatherineCookENGandChloeDicksonSCOtherewaslittlebetweenthemintherstperiod.InthesecondperiodDicksonwascontenttositonherbacklineanddrawtheEnglishencerin.CookpressedbutDicksonpickedhermomentwelltoeitherclosethedistancewithacounter-attackorexecuteabulousparryripostes.Dicksonled8-4goingintothenalperiod.DespiteCooksimproveddistancewhichallowedhertoclosetowithintwohits7-9.Dicksondelightedthehomecrowdwitha-8victory.Thenalwasaone-sidedafair.WangSINtookaquick3-leadoverDicksonSCOandthenslowedtheghtdownbyopeningthedistance.ShethenworkedhardtopickheropponentwhoisstillaJunioroftakinga7-leadintotherstbreak.ItwasmuchthesameinthesecondperiodasWangwent4-upbeoreDicksonscoredthreeamazinglyexecutedhitsinarow.GoingintothethirdandnalperiodWangmadelightworkoscoringthenalhittakingthegoldmedal-3withaclinicalattack.MensSabreTherstsemi-nalbetweenStephenRocksSCOandMaiyuranRatneswarenENGstartedwellortheEnglishencerwholed3-aternotimeatall.RockssteadiedtheshipbutRatneswarenled8-4atthebreakshowinggreatervariety.RockswasarromCOMMONWEALTHFENCINGCHAMPIONSHIPSLARGS4withphotosfromGrahamMorrisonL.DudleyTredgerENGR.MarcBurkhalterWALL.KatherineKempeWALR.AnnLeeSINL.ChloeDicksonSCOR.WenyingWangSIN