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:
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.
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.
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
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