In honor of renown English composer, Rachel Portman, best known for scoring films, such as “War of the Buttons”, who celebrated her 54 birthday on 11 Dec, Dark Horse fencers reenacted the War of the Buttons with considerable fencing license. Left-handed fencers, captained by Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, chose to name their fine team, “Dominating Unicorns”, while the right-handed fencers, captained by Emma “Doc” Bone, chose again the glorious name, “District 13″.
First bout pitted the two captains and they fought well to a 2-2 tie. Second bout paired two equally matched opponents, “Eragon” Turner for the Unicorns versus “Thornblade” Dunn for team D13. Thornblade eked out victory by outscoring Eragon, 4-3. With the overall score 6-5 in favor of team D13, “Blazer” Ramos came to the strip for the Unicorns to cross foils with “Miles” Dunn for team D13. Once again the fencers showed they were learning their lessons well, as they fought to 4-4 tie. At the conclusion now of Round One, D13 held a one point lead, 10-9.
Round Two, 4th bout: Eragon came up short versus Doc, 4-6. Team D13’s lead increased to 16-13.
Fifth bout: Storm’n now warmed up dealt Miles a crushing defeat, 8-3, and for the first time in the match, team Dominating Unicorns had the lead: 21-19.
Sixth bout: Doc made an operational substitution in hopes of recovering the lead. “Brisco” Anderson substituted for Thornblade in order to bout Blazer. Her substitution decision was correct. Brisco was victorious and scored enough points to tie the match at 23-23. That was the score at the end of Round Two. One round to go
Round Three, 7th bout: Storm’n went to his strong bench to bring in “Panther” Harrison, a right-hander, to substitute for “Eragon” to fence “Miles”; however, Doc countered his move by benching Miles and returning “Thornblade” to duel Panther, calculating that Thornblade and Panther were evenly matched. Oh it was not to be. Panther showed remarkable resilience and timing as he outscored Thornblade by an amazing 11-3. With the score, Unicorns 34 – D13 26, a shaken Doc went on to fence Blazer in the 8th bout. Blazer padded team Unicorns lead with a 5-4 victory over Doc.
Down to the last bout now, with the score Dominating Unicorns 39 – District 13 30, the Unicorns captain came to the strip to hold off D13’s last hope, “Brisco” Anderson. The bout evinced outstanding fencing as Brisco threw combinations of feints to draw out mistakes by Storm’n. However, at the end of regulation time the Two Titans of the Tournament fought to a 3-3 tie. Team Dominating Unicorns truly dominated the third round of match play as they galloped past team District 13, by the score 39-30.
Dominating Unicorns District 13
Sam “Storm’n” Morgan, team captain Emma “Doc” Bone, team captain
Paul “Eragon” Turner Nick “Miles” Dunn
Cole “Blazer” Ramos Anna “Thornblade” Dunn
Carter “Panther” Harrison, substitute Paul “Brisco” Anderson, substitute