BUSA Indoors 2005 Review

Tournament Results [156kb]

The sports hall at Loughborough was sufficiently gigantic to contain 36 bosses, but even this was only just enough to contain the 383 attending archers (including 151 novices) from a total of 39 different institutions who attended BUSA Indors 2005 on Saturday 26th February. A total of 351 recurve archers made this the largest recurve competition in the UK. Edinburgh won the senior team category with a booming 2264 (team comprising Claudine Jennings 576, Jo Lymboussis 572, Jenny Jeppsson 565 and Gregor Schnuer 551) ahead of old rivals Cambridge who weighed in with 2242 (team comprising James Keogh 585, Robert Dunn 558, Ian Caulfield 550 and Matt Johnson 549). Surprise packages of the tournament were Exeter who picked up third placed team with 2224 (team comprising Louise Colville 565, Andy Tan 561, James Suckling 558 and Andy Murphy 540) - the club's first national level medals. My tip for medals, Warwick were fourth (sorry about the jinx - Ed.) by only six points, Tom Kemp's 576 and Jon Shaw's 561 the highlights. Naomi Folkard's 591 secured Birmingham fifth spot with 2209 - only three points ahead of Imperial for whom David Wilson top scored with 575. Seventh placed Heriot-Watt on 2184 had Tom Duncan also top score on 575, but his old club York, last year's runners up could only manage eighth place despite scoring 2178. Oxford on 2152 and Bath on 2134 made up the top ten, out of no less than 29 universities with complete teams of four. It is very worth noting that in previous years any university going over 2200 has won a team medal, frequently gold. This year, Imperial's 2206 was only good enough for sixth.

Unusually gents recurve featured no past BUSA Indoor champions and so guaranteed a new one. Six gents notched 575 or more, but the gold medal was fought out between two of them. Cambridge's James Keogh won with 585, beating Jon Paradi of Brunel by a single point. Keogh adds this to his BUSA Outdoors win in 1998, but for Paradi it is a second consecutive silver in this competition and third BUSA silver overall. Keogh is the first Cambridge individual medallist at BUSA Indoors since Andy Somers in 1997. Tom Kemp (Warwick) grabbed individual bronze with 576, one point ahead of a pack containing defending BUSA Outdoor champion Andy Callaway (Bournemouth), David Wilson (Imperial) and Tom Duncan (Heriot-Watt) who were all locked together on 575. Golds left Callaway fourth on 41, Wilson fifth on 39 and Duncan sixth on 38. In seventh place, Jon Shaw (Warwick) led the rest of the field on 563, one point ahead of Chris Goodman (Nottingham), one point ahead of Andy Tan (Exeter). Ben Leighton (Durham) kept Dominic Rebelo (ULU) out of the top ten 29 golds to 25 on 559 points. One point behind them in twelfth was Robert Dunn (Cambridge) who out-golded James Suckling (Exeter) 28 to 25.

The ladies recurve division was dominated by Naomi Folkard (Birmingham). Her score of 591 not only carried Birmingham over 2200, but is only the third time a score over 590 has been recorded at a BUSA event. Edinburgh's formidable ladies section secured second third and fourth place. Claudine Jennings' 576 enough for silver to see off clubmates Jo Lymboussis' bronze medal winning total of 572 and Jenny Jeppsson on 565 and 29 golds. That was two golds better than Louse Colville (Exeter) who was fifth. Lorna Provan (Heriot-Watt) was a point behind in sixth. Jacqui Gould (Greenwich) was seventh with 559. Karen Atkins (Bath) who won in 2002 was eighth on 558 ahead of Naomi Faulkner (Leeds Met), runner up last year, by 28 golds to 22. Marietta Scott (Manchester), surely the most decorated individual in BUSA archery history recorded a miss and finished tenth on 553.

In the novice team category, Edinburgh were once again the team to beat with a comfortable 1531 (team comprising Michael Clark 521, Richard Townsend 516 and Emma Brodie 494). Cambridge doubled up on team silver with 1480 (team comprising Hang Tung Chow 513, Ivy Ko 485 and Simon Heisterkamp 482), whilst Leeds' total of 1472 pipped Durham's 1470 and Exeter's 1469 for bronze team medals (Leeds team comprising Richard Jowett 509, Mark Honess 505 and Duncan Sheard 458). James King with 522 top scored for Durham, Dorothee Rodger 535 top scored for Exeter and David Amey top scored for sixth placed York on 545. Twenty-four full novice teams of three competed.

As for the individual novice awards, even Amey's 545 was not enough to win gents novice however, as home favourite Alex Lyne (Loughborough) scored 551 to win, with David Amey (York) second. Paul Lockhart (Bournemouth) won bronze with 534. Twelve points further back on 522 was James King (Durham) ahead of Edinburgh duo Michael Clark on 521 and Richard Townsend 516 fifth and sixth and Leeds duo Richard Jowett on 509 and Mark Honess on 505 seventh and eighth. Dorothee Rodger continued Exeter's good day with novice ladies gold on 535 ahead of Cambridge's Hang Tung Chow on 513. Emma Brodie (Edinburgh) was third on 494. Fourth was Elizabeth Williams (Imperial) on 486, a point ahead of Katie Marsden (Nottingham) and Ivy Ko (Cambridge), Marsden grabbing fifth place 13 golds to 10.

Edinburgh won the unofficial compound team trophy with 1726 (team comprising Andrew Ward 581, Chris Millar 578 and John Bengtsson 568) from Loughborough and Nottingham. Individually, Colin Geenes (Coventry) won the gents with 584, clear of Andrew Ward (Edinburgh) on 581 and Tim Nash (ULU) on 578. Chris Millar (Edinburgh) just missed out on a medal in fourth, a point behind Nash. David Wright (Northumbria) was fifth on 571. Ladies compound was won by MaryAnn Richardson (UW Cardiff) also on 571, one point short of one of oldest BUSA records - Emma Parker (Loughborough) shot 572 in 1997. Hannah Walton (Edinburgh) was second on 568 and Claudine Jennings (Edinburgh) won bronze with 564. Jennings' amazing medal haul of team recurve gold, individual recurve silver and individual compound bronze at a single championships is an unprecedented feat.

Barebow (17 combined entries) was won by Kelly Green (Bangor) with 455, leading barebow gent and second overall was Michaelo Martinicca (Leeds) on 445. Longbow (3 combined entries) was won by Tom Clint (Dundee) who broke the BUSA record with 412, leading longbow lady and second overall was Kate Todd (York) with 408, two off her own record.

Thanks are due to the organisers at Loughborough for their massive effort in bringing to life the biggest assembly of student archers ever seen. The total of 383 smashes last year's record of 345. Although only one BUSA record was actually broken (gents longbow), several were given a fright (senior team recurve, gents and lades recurve, ladies compound, ladies longbow). Six university clubs breached 2200, double than any previous year. Student archery gave the impression of beng in extremely rude health and I hugely enjoyed being on that side of the fence for a change.