BUSA Indoors 2006 Review

Results BUSA style [212kb] and traditional style [243kb]

Exeter's Tennis Centre was the venue for BUSA Indoors 2006, back on the south coast for the first time since 1999. It was Edinburgh, however, who made the long journey home with their fourth consecutive triumph in this competition. Their team total of 2274, a new BUSA record (team Tim Mundon 588, Jenny Jeppsson 576, Emma Downie 570, Denis Johnstone 540) breaks the exsiting record of 2270 set back in 1998 by Loughborough. Cambridge posted the highest ever score to come second at BUSA with 2258 (team Matthew Johnson 579, Ian Caulfield 571, Robert Dunn 557, Rich Whalley 551). The hosts Exeter came third with 2227 (team Andy Tan 571, James Suckling 559, Steven Wan 549, Louise Colville 548) to replicate the team medal places from last year. These three held a 40 point advantage over the rest of the field. Loughborough led home the chasing pack on 2183 with Alex Lyne 575 their top score, but only held off their BUTTS rivals Oxford by a single point. Samuel Johnson top scored for the Dark Blues with 571. BUTTS made it 4 of the top 6 as Warwick's 2174 in 6th kept Imperial in 7th with 2165. Thomas Kemp scored 567 for Warwick. Keele upset York to finish top NEUAL club, Keele 2153 ahead of York's 2130. Surrey denied Durham 10th place 2117 to 2114. There were 32 clubs with recurves of which 26 had complete teams of four.

Edinburgh also carried off novice team category with a typically excellent 1594 (team Denis Johnstone 540, Allan Love and Alexander Lamb both 527). Oxford lead the chasing pack on 1554 (team Rachel Abbott 536, Marcos Karavias 515, Darren Strange 503) with Warwick third on 1538 (team Mark Henderson 535, Julie Chenery 515, Chris Butler 488). Warwick kept 4th placed York out of the medals by only 5 points, whilst Cambridge held 5th place on 1521 by the same margin over Napier who were 6th. Imperial finished 7th despite going over 1500 on 1512. Southampton's 1494 secured them 8th place and the back of the leading scores. In total there were 27 clubs with novices including 21 complete teams of three.

Gents recurve was dominated by the astonishing score of 588 from Tim Mundon who shot 4 dozen tens and 1 dozen nines - not in that order - to equal the BUSA record set by Matt Gray (who was part of the Loughbrough 2270) back in 1996 and win his fourth individual BUSA title. In second place was Matt Johnson who despite also keeping all his arrows in the yellow and scoring 579, was a full nine points adrift in second, ironically the same scores with which Mundon finished second to Gray ten years ago. Alex Lyne (Loughborough) was clear in third with 575. Just behind the medal placings were Andy Tan (Exeter), Ian Caulfield (Cambridge) and Samuel Johnson (Oxford) who all shot 571 points and could only be separated on golds, Tan with 38, Caulfield with 37 and Johnson with 36 deciding positions four, five and six. Thomas Kemp (Warwick) was alone in 7th with 567, ahead of Colin Geenes (Coventry) and Tim Fox (Surrey) who tied on 560 and 30 golds. The top ten was completed by James Suckling (Exeter) on 559. Suckling was a point ahead of Dan Parnham (York) who was himself a point ahead of Robert Dunn (Cambridge). Andrew O'Connor (Keele) shot 555.

Ladies recurve rapidly became a straight shoot out between Edinburgh club mates Jenny Jeppsson and Emma Downie. In the end, Jenny won gold with a score of 576, Emma comfortably second with 570. A distant third was Eloise Fowler (Imperial) whose 553, secured a first individual BUSA medal for Imperial. Eloise was chased by Louise Colville (Exeter) on 548. Fifth place was Laura Vallius (Dundee) on 538, two points clear of the rest of the top 10 all five of whom finished on 536 and having shot one gold more than the other. Hannah Wootton (Bradford) emerged on top with 536 and 18 golds, Kate Hoskin (Oxford) on 17, Eilidh Marshall (Dundee) on 16, Helen Markland (Cambridge) on 15 and top lady novice Rachel Abbott (Oxford) on 14.

Novice recurve produced excellent scores with no less than 22 novices going over 500 - as far as I can establish the most ever before was 12. Denis Johnstone (Edinburgh) won the gents "Shield" event with 540 (29th overall), securing a place on Edinburgh's winning senior team and three gold medals in the process. Mark Henderson (Warwick) on 535 was second (35th overall), five points behind the leader and five points ahead of Ross Cranford (Napier) whose 530 secured the club's first ever medal at this level (41st overall) - only just though as Chris Lees (Southampton) was only a single point behind. Edinburgh novices occupied the next three places as Allan Love 527 and 13 golds was 5th ahead of Alexander Lamb 527 and 10 golds. Cihan Altay was 7th on 520. Travis Woodward (Imperial) was 8th on 519, but it could have been a very different story for him as two costly misses forced him down the leader board. The leading novice lady was Rachel Abbott (Oxford) who won comfortably with an excellent 536 (10th overall). Meghann Mears (Sheffield) was second on 518 (16th overall), narrowly leaving bronze to Georgina Porter (York) on 517 (17th= overall). Julie Chenery (Warwick) with 515 just missed out on a medal in 4th, whilst Sarah Piddock (Loughborough) completed the leading group on 510.

Top gents compound was current BUSA Outdoors champion Justin Gibbs (UC Northampton) on 585, with Andrew Ward (Edinburgh) 583 in second and defending BUSA Indoor champion Colin Geenes (Coventry) was third with 581, Geenes fresh from finishing 8th= in recurve. David Wright (Northumbria) was just outside the medals on 578. There were 24 gents compounds in total with Rory McCullagh (Leeds) the only novice on 517 and the three Nottingham Trent compounds in fetching lurid pink. Only two ladies compounds finished the day with Becky Gridley (Edinburgh) the winner on 559.

In gents barebow, Jim Smyth (Plymouth) was top with 470 [corr.], with Dafydd Ceri (Bangor) top novice with 415. In ladies barebow Sarah Gascoigne (Southampton) broke the BUSA and All Unis record with 480. Catherine Looser (Bradford) first novice with 283. Longbow saw Iain Ogilvie (Exeter) win with 336, Matthew Parnell (Reading) 161 best novice and a BUSA record. Louise Smith's (Sheffield) 321 claimed first lady longbow and the 199 from novice Zoe Smith (Reading) was enough for a BUSA and All Unis record. There were also a few non-BUSA scores from recurves Kevin Sheppard, Stuart Watson and compound Tim Nash.

All in all Exeter put on a great show for everyone in their Tennis centre which made a very nice venue indeed. The local organisational team won high praise from the (is grizzled too strong a word?) veterans of ACME, who put together a silkily run competition despite long delays in the first session. No less a personage than Olympic semi-finalist and world number 4 Larry Godfrey was Lord Paramount, and by all accounts was impressed by the Exeter team and competition as a whole. Barely has the dust of this competition settled than hostilities will be renewed in Warwick for BUTC and those 70mm hit/miss discs, where Werner Beiter will be the Lord Paramount.

Larry Godfrey and Werner Beiter as Lords Paramount. Cool.