Royal Naseby tournament 2009

Crowd Gathers to Watch the Public Duel
Crowd Gathers to Watch the Public Duel

The weekend followed the traditional pattern – arrive at the Royal Hotel on Friday evening (19th July) to have a bar meal, fencing all day Saturday. formal dinner at the Royal and coffee and muffins at the crib on Sunday.  But there were two departures from the usual: Peter Heron, the Principal of Maniototo Area School, made the school’s gymnasium available to us and, being a fencer himself, joined in the fencing. The other event was Michael Jameson’s public duel for membership.  This was fought in the art deco ambience of the Ranfurly Hotel and Michael, having acquitted himself honourably, was duly admitted to full membership of Salle Angelo.

The dinner at night was a warm friendly occasion – although the toast to the Queen had to be postponed until the National Anthems of France and NZ were sung, (preceding the televised match between France and the All Blacks).  The awards for our tournament were:

Trophy for the winner of the Foil event               Michael Arnott

Certificate for the winner of the Sabre event      Tony Williams

Certificate for the winner of the Epee event        Tony Williams

An excellent weekend all round.    Bis Vivit Qui Bene Vivit (Royal Naseby Hotel Coat of Arms)