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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

Term 3 Club Competition

May 20, 2014

Well done to everyone who took part in the UWAC Term 3 Club Compeition!

The competition was held on Saturday, 17th May on Varsity field. Experienced gents shot a St George (3 dozen at 100 yds, 3 dozen at 80 yds and 3 dozen at 60 yds), experienced ladies and novice gents shot an Albion (3 dozen at 80 yds, 3 dozen at 60 yds, and 3 dozen at 50 yds) and Novice ladies shot a Windsor (3 dozen at 60 yds, 3 dozen at 50 yds and 3 dozen at 40 yds).

Here Adam Lack, an experienced archer, gives his view of the day:
The weather for the annual UWAC outdoor club competition could not have been better – blue skies and sun all day. Aside from some lengthy arrow hunting in the grass, the day ran smoothly and was a great success as the first event organised by our new tournaments officer. Experienced gents shot a St George round, while experienced ladies & novice gents shot an Albion, and novice ladies shot a Windsor. First place in the male experienced recurve category was taken by Tom Hall (826), followed by Jorge Lindley (798) and then Chris Guerin (721). For the female experienced recurve, Emma Davis (668) took gold and Katie Worrallo (536) claimed silver. Matt Dale (938) was first in the compound category, followed by James Edmondson (868). Meanwhile, Luke Rieman (268) won the male longbow category with Adam Lack (149) in 2nd. Jess Watts (211) won the female longbow category followed by Chloé Worrall (136) with silver. For the novices, Matt Stace (584) won the male recurve category with Andrew Bushnell-Wye (563) close behind in 2nd and Gurvinder Sohal (408) in 3rd. Lea Krüger (732) won the female recurve category with Melisa Kaner (115) in 2nd. Sheena Mistry (286) took gold in the novice barebow category.

An impressive end!

Matt Stace gives a Novice account of the day:
The sun blazing down upon our backs and not a cloud was in the sky as Club Competition began in a relaxed manner. With BUTTS Outdoors looming, this was a much needed distraction from all the revision that has been keeping us camped out in the library. Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable days shooting, with some very impressive scores being recorded from experienced and novice archers alike. A well-earned trip to the pub followed with results and medal presentations topping off a relaxing day. Bring on BUTTS!

A few arrows were lost throughout the day…

Bath University Clout

May 5, 2014

Sunday, May 4 saw UWAC take part in the Bath University Clout. A Clout is a competition in which archers shoot arrows at a flag from a relatively long distance and score points depending on how close each arrow lands to the flag.

UWAC Clout Team

Here, Luke Rieman gave an experienced archer’s view of the day:
On Sunday 4th May, members of UWAC ventured to Bath to compete in the British Universities and Open Clout Tournament. Clout archery involves shooting at a flag a considerable distance away, (180 yards for experienced gents), with points allocated based on proximity of arrows to the flag. This was a discipline new to many of the archers competing. The weather on the day was significantly better than last year, and even those who were unable to reach the scoring zone remained optimistic. Matt Dale managed the impressive feat of splitting the flag pole with an arrow. Competitive scores were shot by many, and Warwick took home an impressive number of awards. Jorge Lindley took gold for experienced gents recurve, with Tom Hall taking bronze. Matt Dale, Jake Bellamy and Luke Rieman took experienced gold for compound, barebow and longbow respectively. Lea Krüger took novice ladies recurve gold, Matt Stace took novice gents recurve bronze, and Jess Watts took Novice ladies recurve gold. In the novice barebow category, Sheena Mistry took ladies gold and Hemant Pandit took gents silver. Warwick also took home several team trophies. The recurve trophy was won by a team of Jorge Lindley, Tom Hall and Lea Krüger, while the longbow trophy was taken by a team of Luke Rieman, Jess Watts and Adam Lack. The mixed team trophy (comprising 3 different bowstyles) was won by Jorge Lindley, Matt Dale and Sheena Mistry. The day was as enjoyable for the club as it was successful, and we will undoubtedly be returning next year to defend our titles.

Matt Dale was doing rather well…

Jess Watts also gave a novice view of the day:
The competition stared of great and ended even better with the perfect weather for shooting outdoors. The whole day was relaxed with everyone in great spirits even if there was a struggle for some of us to reach the distance (bonus coming from not being the only person picking arrows up off the ground for a change). The whole day was made even better with the success that all of Warwick achieved winning lots of medals (cookies).