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Memorial Tournament is Almost Here

Greetings to club members and fellow HEMA practitioners. The Steve Hodgson Memorial tournament is nearly upon us. If you have planning to enter then please register now (button below). For your $35 dollars you get two days of serious fun and then not-so-serious games, and lunch is included on both days.

Spectators are most welcome, so please feel free to come along and see some awesome martial skills in action. All we ask for is a gold coin donation.

Please note the rules have had some minor revisions, if you have already registered please download the updated rules and make sure you are happy with the changes.

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Memorial Tournament 2017 Registration Now Open

The Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament is the biggest HEMA competition in NZ. This years marks the 10th Anniversary of Steve’s passing. It is also the 30 year anniversary of the club.

Last year’s tournament was a great success and we aren’t messing with things. We are keeping the same events and format of last year’s tournament and working hard to improve the judging and the scoring system this year.

This tournament is geared to put fun, participation, and demonstration of skills ahead of winning at all costs. Novice players are encouraged to enter to improve their skills fighting under pressure and to encounter fighting styles from multiple clubs. Experienced players are encouraged to demonstrate their skills and technique while resisting the urge to ‘play it safe’.

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New Venue to be Trialed from March 5th

After searching far and wide and putting the call out, the committee has found another possible venue for Sunday training. It’s a dance studio in Birkenhead that has around twice the space of the scout hall. It’s relatively central, parking should be OK on Sundays and there is room for us to put in a gear cupboard. They are not precious about the floor.

The plan is to do a 4 week trial (every Sunday in March) starting on the 5th. After the trial we will use the AGM in April to vote on whether we want to lease the dance studio on a regular basis. The start of the trial just happens to coincide with the start of John’s longsword course.

If you aren’t attending training regularly please make sure you come down for at least one of the Sunday training sessions so you can make an informed decision at the AGM. More information and reminders to come soon…

 

Monomachia next Weekend

This is a reminder that the Monomachia tournament run by the Waikato Duellists Society is on Saturday next weekend (the 25th) we would like to encourage club members to head down and enjoy the festivities. All skill levels are welcome and while it is predominantly steel there is synthetic section as well for all you proponents of plastic!

Nic and Silver from the WDS came up for our tournament last year, they are great guys and good sports. It is should be a good day, the event is indoors so weather won’t be a problem and your registration fee includes lunch and refreshments. We have around 4-5 members going already. It is a great opportunity to spar against people using very different styles than we are used to at the club.

If you want to go and haven’t registered yet go to the Facebook event page and let them know you are coming.

Post Tournament Training Schedule

The Tournament is now over and we’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who came and got involved!

We’re now returning to our normal schedule of training with four weeks of Giacomo di Grassi’s single handed sword taught by Roman (14th Aug – 4th Sept) followed by 8 weeks (11th Sept – 16th Oct) of Giovanni Dall’Agocchie’s sword and dagger taught by Roger (this will contain a refresher for those who have not attended one of Roger’s classes before).

Ant will also be running re-enactment training on Sunday afternoons for anyone who is interested. HEMA1 (novice) training will be continuing as normal so please do continue to invite anyone interested along.

2016 Memorial Tournament Photos

The 2016 Memorial Tournament was our biggest and best tournament so far. Here are some photos that capture the spirit of the weekend.

 

Memorial Tournament 2016 Officially Announced!

It’s back, bigger and better than last year! Auckland Sword and Shield are holding the Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament 2016. We have an even larger venue this year (with more parking) and it’s going to be much better for spectators and players alike.

This tournament is geared to put fun, participation, and demonstration of skills ahead of winning at all costs. Novice players are encouraged to enter to improve their skills fighting under pressure and to encounter fighting styles from multiple clubs. Experienced players are encouraged to demonstrate their skills and technique while resisting the urge to ‘play it safe’.

The format has been expanded along with the venue to feature two days of competitions with ultimate glory up for grabs with the title of “Tournament Champion.”

Details for the tournament (times and rules etc) can be found here.

Memorial Tournament 2015 Results

Thank you to all those who participated in and helped out with the Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament this year. We hope everyone had an enjoyable time.

Congratulations again to our tournament winners: Elisey (rapier), John (single-sword) and of course longsword, spear, and overall tournament champion Patch. Also, a huge thanks to our sponsor WMAshop.com for donating to the prize pool!

For more photos, check out the tournament gallery.

Of course any event of this size requires some magic behind the scenes to make it all happen. The committee would like to thank the individuals below for their efforts to make the tournament a success:

  • Daniel, Hugh, AJ, Ben, Ange, David B (marshals and line judges – a tough job indeed)
  • Steve and Arna (catering)
  • Ellie and Dave (registration)
  • Roman (scorekeeper)

To everyone: we hope to see you all back again next year!

Memorial Tournament Photos

Here are some of the best photos from the Steve Hodgson Memorial tournament. Many thanks to all who participated and helped out. A big thanks goes to Ian Neilson who did a great job with the filming and photography. There are over 600 photos and if you want see all of them head on over to Ian’s web gallery.

Memorial Tournament Countdown!

Are you ready?

The Steve Hodgson Memorial Tournament takes place this Saturday.  For those of you planning to enter make sure you register online. This will help us with organisation on the day and reduce waiting times on Saturday morning.

We are expecting to get 30-40 combatants on the day from several clubs in the region including Auckland Sword and Shield, the Argent Lords, and the SCA. Don’t miss out – it’s a great opportunity for the clubs in the region to get together and demonstrate their skills.

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Prizes

Yes, we are playing for prizes and we have some good ones this year:

  • For the winner of the Sword section there is a AUD$125 voucher from the WMAShop.com.
  • For the winner of the Longsword section there is a AUD$125 voucher from the WMAShop.com.
  • For the winner of the Rapier section we have the book Italian Rapier Combat by Jared Kirby.
  • For the winner of the Spear section we have the book The Fighting Staff by Dwight C. McLemore.
  • For the overall champion there is a AUD$125 voucher from the WMAShop.com.

What Now?

If you want to enter and play for prizes – please register and then just make sure your weapons and gear are ready to go. We’ll Facebook and email more information later in the week.