Knights prepare for war in Dubbo

THE sound of clashing swords could be heard at Ollie Robbins Oval yesterday as the Dubbo group of the Society for Creative Anachronism (SCA) trained.

The group, dressed in handmade armour of leather and iron, practiced with their various weapons.

Dubbo member of the SCA, Dan Pearce said there are currently 15 people involved in the Dubbo group, part of an international organisation.

SCA members meet to hold medieval or Renaissance-style tournaments, most commonly fighting in armour with sword and shield, as well as enjoying feasts, dancing and other events and activities.

Mr Pearce has been participating in the sport for a number of years after it was introduced to Dubbo.

“We have a King and he came out to us about seven years ago,” he said.

“He got us a trainer and we made armour and went from there.”

Mr Pearce has a collection of weapons for the competitions including four swords, an axe, a hammer and spear.

“I was a geek at school but now I am a geek with a sword,” he laughed.

Although weapons are used in the sport by combatants it is not often a participant would be badly hurt, Mr Pearce said.

“The most serious injuries are bumps, bruises and welt marks,” he said, with broken bones a very rare sight in the sport that also uses arrows.

The last competition Mr Pearce entered in was in October at Singleton, with the next event, Borderwar XIV, in Wagga from February 24 to 26 at Camp Kurrajong.

“I have been to a few competitions, it’s fun,” he said.

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