Morrigan’s Melee 2019

Morrigan’s Melee 2019

In recognition of International Women’s Day, and the awesome swordswomen across the island in the various HEMA clubs, Medieval Combat Group were proud to host The Morrigan’s Melee in March 2019! Belfast Live dropped into our regular class a few weeks beforehand to give us a bit of promotion, check the video out on the link below!

Our Sarah swapped her pen for a sword this week at the Medieval Combat Club

Our Sarah swapped her pen for a sword this week at the Medieval Combat Club. Here's how she got on!

Posted by Belfast Live on Thursday, 21 February 2019

The event kicked off by a women’s taster class for the longsword, taught by guest instructor Helen Gallagher. By all reports everyone had an amazing time, and there was some excellent technique on display from the attendees!

We also invited as many of the women HEMA practitioners on the island to come up the same afternoon for a mixed weapon Fechtschule style tournament. Again there was some excellent sparring on display, and as the fechtschule rewards any virtue which impresses your fellow fencers, fighting spirit, determination, and respect for your fellow fencers was rewarded as well as technical ability.

Entrants of the Fechtschule with the three medalists, Hannah, Hannah, and Nina, respectively from left to right.

We’re also exceptionally happy to announce we’ve just tallied up and donated the final proceeds of The Morrigan’s Melee 2019 to our chosen charity for this year, Belfast & Lisburn Women’s Aid. And huge thanks to the The Knight Shop International Ltd for providing the shiny medals for our fechtschule winners!

For a relatively small event everyone did excellent work and raised £451 for charity.

The Morrigan’s Melee will be back in 2020 for International Women’s Day, when The Exiles Galway will host it for another round of taster classes and the fechtschule tournament.

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