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New Zealand team: another one far far away

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New Zealand team is one of those teams which learnt about BoN recently, they are far from all other teams but anyway try to keep on touch with everyone and prepare for the festival. Actually we didn’t know anything about the NZ team before so decided that it would be very useful to ask them to say a few words about themselves. Meet Sean Geenty, the person who manages the team and helps to prepare for the next year “Battle of the Nations”.

- Hello, Sean. Say a few words about yourself. How did you come to reenacment, full contact battles?

- They call me Seamus, I'm a dark age re-enactor and have been fighting for over 15 years. I'm Ri' or captain of Na Fianna, the club that fights for the Irish here in the Blessed Isles in our national competition.
- How and when did you learn about the "Battle of the Nations"?

- I learned of The Battle of the Nations through meeting Kit Houston, the Australian Captain, on Facebook, twenty minutes later I was involved in a land war in Europe, but Aussies are like that.
- How is reenactment developed in New Zealand? Especially what is the situation with full contact HMB fighting?

- There have been reenactment groups here for over 20 years and some clubs are very established. On the whole, steel combat in N.Z is to touch, so all blows are pulled, but since the introduction of the BotN style, more and more fighters are being attracted to the full contact combat it offers, and the team is evolving rapidly.
We have been holding trials around the country, inviting interested people to come fight before our selectors in the hopes of making the team, and our final selection will be at the Harcourt Park inter-national Joust in Wellington early next year. The Australian team will be joining us at the event, and we hope to hold an official BotN tournament, “1v1”, “5v5”, and pro-fight classes.
- How many people are there in the team now and how many will go to the next year "Battle of the Nations"?

- At the moment, we have a list of 48 potential combatants, but as this is our first year, we will only be sending the very best we can find, between 8-10, a five man team, and at least 3X 1v1 and pro class competitors. We are a tiny country, and have limited numbers available, but we have some very experienced fighters to draw on, and they've all been working hard developing the skills and fitness needed to compete.
- With which other teams do you communicate? I know you had a common event with the Australian team recently.

- We're in close contact with the Australian team, and recently had a couple of them over here for an unofficial bash at a public event, which was great fun, and something I'm really looking forward to doing again. We are in contact with the Americans, the Quebecoix, and the U.K team, and have been using the American's experience of last year to good advantage.
- What types of arms and armor do you use?

- We have a mix of armour, early to mid 14 century Milanese and German mainly, with the usual mix of weaponry, swords, falchions, axes, maces, and the halberds of course.
- In which nominations are you planning to participate at the next year "Battle of the Nations"?

- We hope to compete in the “1v1”, the pro-class, the 5v5, and if anyone survives, the bohurts. As this is our first year, we will be using it to gain knowledge and experience to bring back to pass on to the others in the hopes of sending a larger force the following year.

Having almost 50 fighters and choosing only 8-10 of them is not the worst selection option. That will make the competition inside the team and help the guys to prepare better. Certainly they would lack experience at the championship, but if they follow the American’s way of making the best debut, they can get much more than they hope for.

Oleg Labirin

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