On Thursday evening, 30 October, Dark Horse Fencing Club foilists formed two teams, all the right-handed fencers formed Delta Force, and all the southpaws formed Seal Team Six. Seal Team Six was heavily favored to route Delta Force in the foil team relay to 45 points; however, through the first three bouts both teams fought to only a 12-12 tie. In the fourth bout though the strength of Seal Team Six surged, 20-16; fifth bout, 24-19; and the sixth bout, 29-26.
With two of three rounds completed, Seal Team Six unleashed its big guns. The lefties’ strategy now was to use their best fencers for the seventh and eighth bouts to run up the score so that their last fighter had an insurmountable lead and no pressure for the final two minute bout. Interesting strategy, especially given the time constraint of two-minute bouts.
Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, Seal Team Six captain, fenced the seventh bout, but Carter “Panther” Harrison was able to limit “Storm’n” damage to six points, 35-27. Paul “Two-Swords” Turner, Seal Team Six’s most experienced southpaw, battered down aggressive attacks of Nick “Miles” Dunn, as Miles vainly tried to tie the score. Instead, “Two-Swords’”spot-on ripostes further ran up the score, 40-28.
Beholding victory, Seal Team Six fans in the venue hurled teases at team Delta Force — “You’re an embarrassment to the real Delta Force”; “the real Delta Force knows where you live”; you better watch out Halloween, the real Delta Force will come trick-or-treat at your house”.
Maybe the teasing went a wee bit too far, for up came Paul “Brisco” Anderson, team Delta Force captain to fence the final bout. He felt a heavy responsibility to vindicate the greatness of Delta Force. But could he do it? Two minutes to erase a 12 point deficit and hold Seal Team Six — “Inconceivable”?
The seemingly impossible is sometimes possible. With faith, determination, skill and three keys to fencing success (speed, closeness, blade control) Brisco mounted an amazing right-hand comeback in just 1 minute, 41 seconds. He struck 17 points versus his opponent’s four and silenced the fans of Seal Team Six. Final score, Delta Force 45, Seal Team Six 44.
Delta Force: Paul “Brisco” Anderson, captain; Nick “Miles” Dunn; and, Carter “Panther” Harrison
Seal Team Six: Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, captain; Paul “Two-Swords” Turner; and, Anna “Thorn-Blade” Dunn.
Rematch scheduled for Thursday, 7 Nov, 6PM.