Heading for Korea – Selected for the World Uni Games!

June 7, 2015

UWAC Archers Tom Hall and Matthew Dale have both been selected for the world university games this July, being held in Gwangju, Korea!
 
Tom Hall and Matt Dale aim for gold
Both archers and Jorge Lindley attended the ArcheryGB selection shoot in late April for this year’s world championships and came out with outstanding scores. All archers shot 2 WA720 rounds which were then combined together. Tom came 12th, Jorge 21st, and Matt 20th in their respective categories. Tom was selected along side Oxford’s Alex Smith and Birmingham’s Ashe Morgan to represent the gents recurve team, making it a BUTTS league lockout for gents recurve. Matt will be joined by Jordan Mitchell and Phillip Tucknott for the gents compound team.
 
The World University Games will be held between the 3rd and 14th of July this year and all of UWAC is behind Tom and Matt with their support. Strong shooting guys!

BUTTS Indoor & Outdoor Champs

May 27, 2015

Warwick success at the BUTTS indoor and outdoor championships!
Warwick wins the BUTTS indoors championships
UWAC triumphed at the BUTTS League indoor championships on the earlier in the year in February with the experienced team taking second place in the championships and first place in the league overall. The team for the championships consisted of Tom Hall (592, matching the old BUTTS league record), Luke Rieman (566), Enrik Nako (563), and Maddie Meatyard (553).
 
Tom Hall aims steady for one of 52 tens of his 60 arrows
The novice team came 3rd on the day and was made up of Indigo Griffith (515), Tim Jackson (511), Aurelian Servatius (510), and Sophie Hibbert (477). After the main shooting was finished, scores were used as a seed and the top 8 from gents and ladies experienced or novice recurve categories for a head to head event. Tom Hall got to the bronze medal match but lost to Oxford’s Alex Smith. Maddie Meatyard achieved bronze in her category and Indigo Griffith, Tim Jackson, and Aurelien Servatius all managed to get into the top 8 of their respective categories too.
 
Team Warwick at BUTTS outdoors
UWAC also achieved success for both the novice and experienced teams at the BUTTS outdoor championships, with a gold and silver medal for each respective team. The novice team consisted of Toby Ross (655), Tim Jackson (639), Aurelien Servatius (633) and Indigo Griffith (625). Toby Ross also achieved bronze in gents novice recurve category. Here is a description of the day from Toby:
 
“BUTTS Outdoors was the first serious outdoor competition any of the novices had faced so we were all a little nervous, but having done enough competitions before we were mainly just excited. Another early start saw us arrive at the competition with plenty of time to set up our bows, the tent shelters and to get a feel for where we would be shooting.”
 
Toby Ross shooting for the podium in the rain and wind
“The weather during the competition ranged from being cold and windy to being cold, wet and windy, but we didn’t let this dampen our spirits and we enjoyed shooting outdoors.
Our efforts paid off with the Novice team finishing in first place meaning we all got nice, shiny medals and a trophy to add to the collection.”
 
Warwick novices claim victory, getting team gold
“One Boat Race and All-You-Can-Eat meal later we were on the way back home after a great days shooting, ready to start preparation for the next big outdoor competition, BUCS Outdoors.”
 
Chris Guerin looses an arrow
The experienced team came second overall during the day with top scorer Tom Hall (842) as well as Maddie Meatyard (810), Jorge Lindley (788), and Chris Guerin (615). Tom and Maddie also both achieved silver in their individual categories, where Maddie edged out Oxford’s Klara Fay on number of golds having both scored 810 overall.
 
Silver for Tom, Chris, Maddie, and Jorge
Matthew Dale also achieved Gold in the gents experienced compound category, setting a new BUTTS league and all unis St George record of 948 points of a possible 972. Jasmine Grosso bested Trent’s Octavia Quinn to get gold for the ladies barebow, too. Overall, both BUTTS indoor and outdoor championships were a great success for UWAC and its members and we look forward to the BUCS, the largest outdoor event of the year, in a few weeks time.

British Unis Team Champs 2015

February 24, 2015

Warwick wins BUTC 2015!

UWAC on the podium

On February 21st, Warwick A and B teams set upon the task of of winning the British University Team Championships, a tournament unlike no other with over 30 teams competing in seeding and elimination rounds. The expectations were high, wishing to go one better than just the podium position from last year, and they were not to be disappointed…

Warwick A and B teams

Early morning, the seeding round was under way. Warwick A team was formed by Tom Hall, Jorge Lindley, and Luke Rieman whereas B team was formed by James Jeffs, Chris Guerin and Matt Stace (all pictured above). The seeding round was a Bray I round, of which Tom Hall obtained the highest individual score of 282. Warwick A and B came 6th and 17th respectively. After the ranking round, the excitement began…

Chris Guerin getting ready to shoot

The elimination round was an unconventional round, seen few places outside of BUTC, where the three archers in each team have 40 seconds each to loose 2 arrows towards a set of 6 centimetre discs, scoring 1 point for a hit and none for a miss.

Warwick B were first up to shoot as A team were given a bye into the second round of the tournament. B team were up against 16th seed, Derby A, who came 3rd last year. Warwick B triumphed with a score of 10-6, meaning they were the only team to break seed in the tournament. After this, B team were against #1 seed Oxford A, and subsequently lost with a valiant effort 5 points to Oxford’s 16.

For Warwick A they faced UEA B and Lancaster B before meeting Edinburgh A in the quarter finals, where the pressure was on. Warwick A overcame Edinburgh with a 6-3 point victory, heading into the semi-finals against Nottingham A, another BUTTS league club. Nottingham A put up a large fight, trading blows with Warwick A until they slipped, giving Warwick a 1 point lead which they held on for, granting Warwick A the win and a place in the finals against Loughborough A…

All 6 discs hit

Warwick A were strong out of the gates against Loughborough A, winning the first two ends 4-2 and 3-2. Loughborough set up a defence in the penultimate end, giving a valiant 4-4 draw. However, Warwick held strong and went into the last end with a 3 point lead on Loughborough A with 11-8 points in Warwick’s favour. Warwick kept their cool and calmed their nerve, winning the last end and winning the tournament!

Winning BUTC marks the last of the trophies to appear in UWAC’s trophy cabinet, joining BUCS and BUTTS trophies, medals and a plethora of other winnings from county tournaments. With BUTC over, Warwick move onto preparing for the BUTTS league championships this coming weekend.

BUCS Indoors 2015

February 15, 2015

 Warwick win BUCS indoors!

On saturday, 19 Warwick archers represented the university at BUCS indoors, the biggest one day competition in the UK, with nearly 700 people taking part. Having won all three league matches this year, the team went into the competition with high expectations, and were not to be disappointed…

Jess Watts gives the experienced report on the day:
“The horrifically early and cold start to the day was quickly forgotten as a fun filled day of archery followed by alcohol was underway. The level of shooting was at a top standard with warwick male recurve team placing gold nocking oxford out of the top spot by 3 points with a score of 1728 in a team consisting of Tom (586 also getting an individual bronze medal), Luke (573) and Enrik (569). There was also success for novice female recurve Indigo getting a silver medal, and both the novice and female recurve team placed sixth overall. Bare bow Jake just missed out on a shiney placing fourth.

Warwick success was further completed with extensive raffle prize wins ranging from alcohol to a mini foam boss to a stack load of pot noodles!!! Overall it was a highly successful day for the warwick team!”

Indigo Griffith reports for the novices:

“Due to the early start (6am, thanks for that James Jeffs), the novices (Aurelien, Toby, Tim, and myself) took several hours to awaken enough to grow nervous for competition. Several of us napped in the backseat of the minibus, and we all loved rolling up to the venue before the hall had even opened. But as soon as we began setting up our bows, we quickly grew excited. We had no forgotten equipment (minus myself losing my shoestring), and no equipment failures during competition. Initially the atmosphere was very intense. Luckily there was a constant background of music and everyone started sharing sweets (one of the BUCS helpers made the most amazzzing brownies you have ever tasted!), which loosened us up a lot. The novices were thrilled when the Portsmouth finally ended, nearly 3 hours after it had started. We all got very strong scores, with PB’s in competition.

The team retreated to a Pizza Hut buffet and Spoon’s pub respectively. Most of the novices ended up at Spoons, where Toby proceeded to fall asleep on the tabletop. Waiting through two more rounds was agonizing. Tim used the time to buy large quantities of raffle tickets. Unfortunately, during the raffle he didn’t win, despite purchasing the largest amount of tickets of any UWAC member. The club was quite pleased that several members won bottles of wine, a box of sweets, a boss, and the best raffle prize of 36 pot noodles. Collectively we had a full meal by the raffle’s close. As a novice team, we were thrilled to place 6th overall! And we were very happy to have one novice medal in lady’s recurve silver. For our first national competition, I don’t think it could have gone much better! It definitely fired us up, and we look forward to our next big competition at BUTTS Championships in a few weeks.”

Well done to everyone involved, who shot, drove, supported, raffled and photographed their way through the day.

BUTTS league match 1 – Oxford!

November 11, 2014

Well done to everyone taking part in the first leg of BUTTS!

Sunday 09/11 was the much anticipated first BUTTS leg, shot on a portsmouth round (the easier of the two indoor rounds, and the format used at BUCS indoors). The scores were of a very high standard between us, but in the end Warwick came away with a win by 12 points, with a recurve team score of 2289/2400 vs Oxfords 2277/2400. Both of those team scores are much higher than any round in the league last year (highest score 2263), and Warwick’s score would have won BUCS indoors by 10 points last year!

 This leg was the Novice’s first away competition and we have Toby from our beginners course giving us his view of the day…

Having only been doing archery for a couple of weeks, it was quite a surprise to be heading to a competition so early with so little experience. Despite having woken far too early for a Sunday morning, we (being the novices) were excited about the challenge ahead.

After arriving, setting up (and staring with envy at the Oxford novice’s shiny metal bows), the shooting quickly began.  We had 60 arrows to shoot in total, and had only tried this once before on the previous Wednesday at the Club Competition. Despite the relative lack of experience, everybody shot well with some earning new PBs, and all were pleased with their results.

 

Events after the shooting involved the pub, chatting with the experienced members of the club, the all-important Boat Race (which Warwick won!) and dinner, all of which were great fun.

After half an hour of trying to free the minibus from the car park, we all headed home, chatting merrily about the events of the day, commenting on what an amazing day it had been and how we were all looking forward to the next one!

Now, with a slightly more achievement focused observation of the day, Tom Hall…

The recurve team had big scores contributed by myself (with 584- a new PB), Enrik Nako (572), Jorge Lindley (570) and Luke Rieman (563), but also James Jeffs (553), with a score that would get comfortably onto most other universities scoring teams, and non-focus team member Craig Devonport, who shot a PB of 539 at his first ever BUTTS leg. James Edmondson and Jake Bellamy also won gold in compound and barebow respectively.

Welcome to Warwick 2014/15!

September 12, 2014

Greetings to all of our new freshers and welcome back to everyone returning for the new academic year! I hope that if you’ve found yourself on this website then you’d like to join the club; here’s how you do it:

For those who have never done archery before, or have maybe tried it once or twice we have 2 free taster sessions in week 1:

Wednesday 1st October 2.00pm-5pm
Sunday 5th October 1.30pm-3.00pm

Both are held in Westwood Games Hall, please tie long hair back and avoid loose clothing. As we have a lot of people who want to try archery, we ask that you only come to one of these sessions. If you have then been convinced to join the club you may do so on the Warwick Sport website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/sport/memberships/student. You must select the “standard plus” membership to be able to join the archery club.

If you wish to continue to do archery after the taster session you must sign up for the beginners course  which runs Wednesdays 3-5pm or Sundays 1:30pm-3.30pm until week 5, you get one on one coaching from our experienced members and all equipment is provided. Check the beginners course page for details on this.

For anyone who has been a member of an archery club before university, you are welcome to turn up to any of our experienced sessions which are:

Mondays 1:30-4pm
Tuesdays 9-11am
and Thursdays 5.00-7.00pm

Come and find a member of the exec and they will happily show you how things work here at Warwick and introduce you to our other experienced members.

We look forward to seeing you guys at these sessions, the archery club has so much to offer: lots of interesting people, weekly socials, a fun new challenge and a chance to compete for your university even in your first year of shooting!

BUCS Outdoors 2014!

June 23, 2014

The BUCS Archery programme offers both an indoor and outdoor competition, across a wide range of archery disciplines such a recurve, compound, longbow and barebow. The indoor championships took place earlier this year and the outdoor championships took place from 14th-15th June at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

Tom Hall gives us an experienced view of the BUCS weekend:

The team scores were made from the best 4 experienced recurves on the Saturday. The head to head round was seeded using the scores from Sunday morning. On the Saturday we had several strong individual performances scoring BUCS points: Longbow men: 1st place Luke Rieman (with a BUCS record), 3rd place Adam Lack. Compound men: 1st place Matt Dale, 3rd place James Edmondson Recurve men: 3rd place Tom Hall, 4th place (BUCS points) Jorge Lindley Recurve women: 4th place Madeleine Meatyard.

The recurve team itself was neck and neck with oxford for most of the day, but just dropped behind at the end. The team of Tom Hall, Jorge Lindley, Maddie Meatyard and Enrik Nako won silver with a considerable lead on the rest of the field, including this year’s indoor winners Nottingham.

On the Sunday, strong ranking round performances in their categories came from: Luke Rieman (1st), Jorge Lindley (3rd), Madeleine Meatyard (3rd) James Edmondson (4th), Matt Dale (5th) and Tom Hall (5th). These were converted into wins for Luke and Matt, while Madeleine and Tom went as far as the quarter finals in their categories. This was a huge performance for Warwick, our best outdoor result in recent years and a significant improvement from last year’s results.

 

Success for Team Longbow!

Success for Team Longbow!

Here is Andrew’s view of the day:
BUCS outdoors, the premier event in the student archery calendar! Despite the very early start, we were all very excited on Saturday morning and ready to hit the range. After registration we prepared for the shoot while our handy field team set up our shelters (and sofa!). At 12 dozen arrows the day was going to be one of the longest shoots us novices had ever completed, even without the copious number of bouncers and equipment failures that occurred. The weather was hit and miss, much like my shooting, but most people came prepared for rain so all was well.

The Saturday ended with a lot of success for Warwick and a new BUCS record. Those who stayed for the head-to-head the following day headed to the pub for food before returning to the campsite – either for some much needed sleep or to watch England fail at football.

The next morning started out dreary and dull but got brighter and warmer as we neared lunch and the end of the qualifying round. The male recurve knock-outs started off with a series of team kills as Warwick archers eliminated each other. While there were no more Warwick medals to be had in the recurve categories, Luke and Matt dominated longbow and compound respectively to round out what was an incredibly enjoyable weekend. I only wish I had started archery sooner to experience more BUCS events.

Matt Dale with Team Compound!

Overall, the weekend was a massive success! The club had a great turnout for both days, both archers and ‘field party’. As well as a really impressive performance from all archers, the social aspect of the weekend was great fun and was a great end to the year.

 More Photos of the day can be found at: UWAC Facebook Page