It was a strange feeling for Ealing fencing coach Dennis Cranwell as he lifted the London Youth Games fencing title.
He had just beaten the team he took to seven titles on the trot.
His old club Newham Swords had been, well, put to the sword, by the man responsible for all their victories.
Cranwell admitted that it felt like a double-edged victory: “It feels weird getting the overall because I was affiliated with Newham Swords for a long time. It’s nice to get one over on Newham, but it’s a friendly rivalry.
“We’ve got a good group at Ealing, some of the seniors are too old. But the juniors have stepped up and showed they can do it, with individuals who have a lot of potential. If they stick at it, they can really go places.”
Ealing won the title for the first time in over a quarter of a century in Sunday’s finals with Newham claiming silver and Hillingdon settling for bronze.
The team collected their title from London Youth Games Hall of Fame member and six-time European Fencing Championships medallist Richard Kruse.
He added: “It brings back memories coming back here. I took part in about six or seven London Youth Games back in the 90s. It’s nice to give something back. I have seen some talent here, I know a lot of them anyway from the fencing community. But it’s nice to see them fence.