Time for the review of this year’s last tournament of the NHFL (Nordic Historical Fencing League) – Sweden Open 2017!
Congratulations to the winners of the Longsword Tournament: Dennis Ljungqvist (KuHFS, Sweden) who took gold and become the overall winner of the NHFL 2017 season, Magnus Lundborg (UHFS, Sweden) took silver and Jesper Christiansen (Örebro HEMA, Sweden) who took bronze medal. In the women division Sara Vertanen (EHMS , Finland) has won the gold over a fantastic match with Julia Yli-Hukka (GHFS, Sweden) who took silver. Sara also has become the overall League champion of 2017.
Also, there came an announcement that this will be the last league sesion for the NHFL for now at least as its organizers need some time for other projects so there will be no NHFL next year. In a summary i have to say that because of the NHFL the overall skill level of its participants have skyrocketed over the last 3 years. All finalists are now mature, excellent fighters who are formidable opponents to anyone really. That was the goal of the league and it has exceeded everyone’s expectations! I really do expect our own Irish Historical Fencing League (IHFL) to achieve the same!
In Men’s division Dennis Ljungqvist (KuHFS, Sweden) have taken well deserved gold over Kristian Ruokonen (EHMS, Finland) who took silver. It was a great fight to watch between two fighters who represents very mature and technical approach. Dennis won flawlessly without giving his opponent almost any openings at all while constantly controlling the distance. Third place match was between Andrey Muzurin (Tramazzone, Russia) and Håvard Eidheim (FKFD, Norway) who won the bronze medal in a great style over Andrey Muzurin who represents very fast sport fencing style. It was another beautiful fight where two different styles of fencing clashed together and Håvard won by opposing speed with excellent technique! Congratulations to all! Well deserved!
In Women’s division Michela D’orlando (Waterloo Sparring Group, UK) won well deserved gold over Majken Roelfszema (MARS, The Netherlands), it was a close fight but Michela performance was very strong – she won most of the fights in clinch and score several good cuts from the High Vom Tag position (with perfect body mechanics). In a fight for a bronze match Sara Vertanen (EHMS, Finland) beat Hanna Kallio (EHMS, Finland) and won a bronze medal. Congratulations!
Personally, i’m very happy to see that historical fencing has reached such a mature level so let’s set this as a trend for the whole 2017 both in NHFL tournaments as well as IHFL ones! Now, let’s just watch the fights: