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Andrews heads into 2019 boosted by impressive display at World Cup in Crete

PLYMOUTH College fencer Ben Andrews will have high hopes for this year after ending 2018 in impressive form.

Andrews shone for Great Britain in the final Junior World Cup event of 2018 in Crete, which attracted 235 of the best fencers on the planet.

In the men’s under-20 individual competition, Andrews started off with four victories over competitors from Poland, Greece, Denmark and Russia. That seeded him 59th going into the direct elimination rounds and meant he comfortably made the cut and received a bye into the table of 128.

A win over Finland then saw him take a remarkable victory, beating the Italian number six seed Giulio Gaetani.  A further win over Polish fencer Damian Michalak, saw Andrews into the top 16 where he eventually went out to Russian Dmitrii Shvelidze.

He finished 12th overall which was the highest of all British team and significantly boosts his world ranking, which should secure his GB selection for the European and World Championships in the spring.

After the individual competition, Andrews was picked to be part of Great Britain’s quartet of fencers in the team event in Heraklion.

Making a significant nine-point come back in their first fight Andrews was instrumental in securing the team’s victory over the Ukraine.  Further fights against Hungary, Australia, Switzerland and Brazil saw GB take 14th place overall.

Andrews’ younger sister, Millie, is also making a name for herself in fencing.

The Year 8 Plymouth College pupil won bronze at the first National Elite Epee Junior Series event of 2019 which was held at Millfield School.

Competing in the under-14 girls’ epee category, she had four victories in the poule fights to be seeded 10th going into the direct elimination rounds.

A comfortable 15-3 win took her into the top 16 and a further two wins of 15-13 and 15-12 ensured a podium finish with a place in the semi-final, where she claimed the bronze medal.

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