BUCS Outdoors 2024 Review

Saturday - WA720 and H2H and Sunday - WA900

BUCS Outdoors 2024 took place at Lilleshall NSC over the weekend of the 8th and 9th June. Results from the WA720/H2H and WA900 were combined to both event contributed equally to determine the overall winners.

Saturday WA720 and H2H

This year the order of the events was the WA720 and H2H on the Saturday. Novices shot in a separate KO bracket. This is the 11th running of the competition, which first ran in 2013. As from 2021, barebows shot at 50m.

In ladies recurve, Megan Costall (Birmingham) beat Natasha Homer (Edinburgh), the fourth and third seeds contesting a very competitive final. This match up was a repeat of one of this year's BUCS Indoor semis. Costall did the damage with 28's in the second and fourth ends. Homer needed to win the fifth, but could only force a tie, meaning the match ended 6-4. Costall's route to gold involved an epic quarter final against 5th seed Imogen Newby (Surrey). At 5-3 down, Costall won the last end 29-28 and won the resultant shoot-off. She also had a nerve jangling semi-final, where two 28's put her 4-0 up against top seed and defending champion Louisa Piper (Nottingham), only for Piper to level the match at 4-4. Another 28 saw the Birmingham archer through. In their semi, Natasha Homer had come back from 4-0 down to beat Roisin Mooney (Bristol) 6-4. In the quarters, Mooney had beaten Mollie Perrett (Plymouth), who was the 10th seed, 7-1 after the first set was tied. Mooney beat Piper 6-2 in the match bronze, after the first two sets were tied. The other two quarter-finals were whitewashes - Piper and Homer beat 8th seed Charlotte Hempsall (Anglia Ruskin) and 6th seed Imogen Flitter (East Anglia).

In gents recurve, top seeded Cheung Sum Hin (Sheffield) beat Wills Chiu (Warwick), seeded 6th, in the final in straight sets. Cheung won all three sets by 2 points, ramping up his scores as Chiu gave chase, with 26, 28 then 29. Only 5 of the top eight seeds made the last 8 in the men's section. 24th seed Dominic Kelsey (Nottingham) accounted for 9th seed Kian Eshraghi-Yazdi (Sheffield) and 8th seed Jake O'Reilly (Warwick) before losing to top seed Cheung in the quarters. Mykhailo Pavlov (Dundee) qualified 14th and took out third seed Alex Williams (Bristol) before losing to Chiu also in the quarters. In the other two quarters, 4th beat 5th as Morgan Donaldson (Sunderland) beat Thomas Brown (Sheffield) 6-2 after Brown had won the first set. 10th seed Kim Minseok (Southampton) upset 2nd seed Wang Changsheng (Leeds) in an epic. Wang turned a 3-1 deficit into a 5-3 lead as both men stumbled in the third and fourth ends. Kim snatched the fifth end 28-27 and then took the whole match on a shoot-off arrow. Donaldson went on to lose 6-4 so Cheung, a 29 in the fifth sealing the deal for the Sheffield archer. Wills Chiu overcame Kim Minseok 6-2. Donaldson whitewashed Kim in the bronze medal match - the same pair had contested the final 12 months ago. Biggest seeded upset of the day was Alfred Bestford (Southampton) who qualified 58th, but finished with a 28 to upset 7th seed Louis Huygens (Bath).

In the compound finals, Jake Walsh (Edinburgh) beat Max Harding (Nottingham) 146-144 whilst Layla Annison (East Anglia) beat Hallie Boulton (UCLan) 141-140. Matching ends of 30 for Walsh and Annison in the second end saw them take the lead in their respective finals as both successfully defended their titles from last year. Liam Wright (Nottingham Trent) and Faye Balcombe (Leicester) won bronzes.

Top seed Daniel Kilgallon (UCLan) beat 2nd seed Ewan Kennett (Nottingham) in the gents barebow final. Kennet kept pace in the first half of the match, but faded in the second half, with Kilgallon winning 6-2. Kilgallon had beaten 5th seed Joe Maskell (Bath) 6-2 in their semi, whilst Kennett needed a shoot-off arrow to beat 6th seed Dillon Mullan (Plymouth). Maskell beat Mallon for bronze.

Ilia Sediq (Loughborough) won all her four matches 6-0 to smash her way through the ladies barebow field. She beat 13th seed Katie Pollington (Aston) in the semis and 3rd seed Marilyn Wong (Plymouth) in the final. Wong beat Elizabeth Taplin (Coventry) in their semi, with Taplin going on to take bronze against Pollington.

In the small longbow divisions, Callum Anderson (Southampton) came from 5-1 down to beat Sam Curtis (Warwick) in a shoot-off in a wildly fluctuating match. Katie Axup (Loughborough) beat Helen Woodcock (Manchester Met) 6-4 in the ladies longbow final. Both women have won this event twice before. Axup's win was her third in a row and she joins an elite group of only 6 archers with 3 such wins, since the H2Hs started in 2013.

There were also separate novice H2H events. The novice gents recurve final saw a win for Will Luddington (Sheffield) against Richard Aldis (Warwick). Luddington never shot less than a 25 to win. Luddington was seeded sixth and beat the 2nd seed Roht Ravichandran (Warwick) in the quarters and 3rd seed Kyumin Lee (Bath) in the semi. In the other semi, Aldis beat club-mate David Ndoni (Warwick). In fact Warwick contributed 4 of the top 8 novice gents. Ndoni beat Lee for bronze.

The novice ladies final saw third seed Aleksandra Piperkova (Edinburgh) edge out top seed Anna David (Loughborough) in a thriller, 6-4. All 10 end scores were between 20 and 25 as the pair alternated set wins. David whitewashed Fin Hamp (Surrey) in their semi-final, whlist Piperkova came through 7-1 against Magdalena Kazmierczak (Bristol). Kazmierczak's quarter had gone to a shoot off as she beat team-mate Lily Barreyy (Bristol). Fin Hamp beat Kazmierczak 7-3 in the bronze match.

Novice compound winners were Gordon Bratt (Edinburgh) and Nicia Dias Lourenco (Bath). Luka Gillingham (Surrey) and Eva Jessen (Nottingham) beat William Anderson (Dundee) and Amanda Goode (De Montfort) in the respective novice barebow finals. Jago Elliott (Nottingham) won gents novice longbow.

Sunday WA900

Louisa Piper (Nottingham) and Megan Costall (Birmingham) fought a fantastical duel in ladies recurve. The pair were level after 60m. Costall went 3 up after 50m, but Piper brought them back level at the close, both women ending on 842. It came down to number of 10s, and Piper had the fractional edge here, 43 to 41. Just a touch behind the leading pair, Natasha Homer (Edinburgh) was third, only 6 behind on 836. The gap from 3rd to 4th was 21. Roisin Mooney (Bristol) and Imogen Newby (Surrey) contested 4th place very closely until the last distance where Mooney moved clear on 815 to Newby's 806. There was another 21 point gap down to Mollie Perrett (Plymouth) sixth on 785. Imogen Flitter (East Anglia) held on to 7th spot from a late charge from Hannah Evans (Nottingham). Flitter and Evans finished on 772 and 770. Charlotte Hempsall (Anglia Ruskin) and Lara Guiet (Leeds) rounded off the top 10.

In contrast to the women's recurve, in men's recurve, Cheung Sum Hin (Sheffield) lead from start to finish in a dominant display. Cheung was 14 clear after one distance and 31 clear after two. He landed on 862, 29 points ahead of Morgan Donaldson (Sunderland). Donaldson was level with Alex Williams (Bristol) with one distance to go before edging clear 833 to 829, with Wills Chiu (Warwick) just a shade behind on 827. Changsheng Wang (Leeds) was on his own on 5th with 815. Mykhailo Pavlov (Dundee) made up 8 points on Kim Minseok (Southampton) to see the pair both finish on 807, with Pavlov 34-23 up on tens. Jack Wells (Sheffield) was 8th and on 804, the last man over 800. Dominic Kelsey (Nottingham) and Jake O'Reilly (Warwick) were ninth and tenth.

In compound, Jake Walsh (Edinburgh) led from wire to wire, dropping 11 points all shoot for a total of 889. Max Harding (Nottingham) saw off XiangKun Kong (Edinburgh) 884 to 881, recording a 5 point swing over 50m. In ladies compound, Layla Annison (East Anglia) also led all day, scoring 882. Hallie Boulton (Central Lancs) fought off close competition from Josephine Stewart (St Andrews) 871 to 868.

A successful weekend for Daniel Kilgallon (UCLan) continued as he raced clear of field apart home in gents barebow, scoring 767. He was nearly 150 clear of the field. Ewan Kennett (Nottingham) has been second after 50m, but he faded - in fact his 3 distance totals got successively lower - and he was overtaken by Sam Prettyman (Leicester) and Chris McGillivray (Manchester Met). Prettyman ended on 618, McGillivray on 598 and Kennett on 595.

Ilia Sediq (Loughborough) won all the distances to take the ladies barebow win with 718. Elizabeth Taplin (Coventry) was second in all three distances and scored 662. Marilyn Wong (Plymouth) and Florence Prior (York) were third and fourth, but were not really in touch with the top two, on exactly 600 and 550.

There were only 2 gents longbows - Callum Anderson (Southampton) went 13 clear of Sam Curtis (Warwick) after 60m, and that was the final margin 278 v 265. Katie Axup (Loughborough) was comfortably clear in the ladies longbow field. Her score of 365 - 90 clear of nearest rival Helen Woodcock (Manchester Met) - and 87 clear of the gents.

In the novice standings, Richard Aldis, Rohit Ravichandran and Alessio Cocciolo (all Warwick) completed a remarkable clean sweep of the novice gents recurve podium. Aldis scored 752, with Ravichandran on 720. Cocciolo fought off a late charge from Will Luddington (Sheffield) 675 to 672. In the ladies novice field, Anna David (Loughborough) took top honours with 709, although Aleksandra Piperkova (Edinburgh) was never far away all day, ending on 694. Fin Hamp (Surrey) was third on 662, with Daisy Underwood (Nottingham) holding on to fourth spot on 641. William Anderon (Dundee) and Eva Jessen (Nottingham) were the novice barebow winners, Anderson overturning a 14 lead from Luka Gillingham (Surrey) who finished second. Jago Elliott (Nottingham) was top novice longbow.


Team scores were calculated across all non-compound archers and across the WA720, H2H and WA900.

Sheffield won the men's team event and Nottingham won the women's team event. Sheffield win a national student competition for the first time, having had three other national medal placings in the last three years. Nottingham win the ladies team title for the third year in a row - including Indoor Champs, they have won 5 of the 6 BUCS ladies team titles since Covid. Warwick were second on the gents side, whilst Loughborough took ladies silver - in both cases a 3rd straight BUCS Outdoors on the podium. Leeds picked up bronze medals on both the gents and ladies team side - their best ever placing(s) at this event. In fourth place were Southampton (gents) and Edinburgh (ladies). 5th to 8th ladies teams were Bristol, Southampton, York and Warwick. 5th to 8th on the gents team were Nottingham, Bath, Bristol and Liverpool. York, who were 7th place women's team, haven't finished higher than that at this event since 2005. Liverpool's men's team 8th place is their best result at a BUCS Outdoors since 1997. There were 12 men's teams and 10 women's.

In the novice team category, Warwick were first, with Surrey second and Nottingham third. There were only 7 complete novice teams of 3.

Top compound team was Edinburgh, with Nottingham second. There were 8 compound teams of 2 in total.

Cheung Sum Hin (Sheffield) won the BUCS Outdoors gents recurve title with a clean sweep of WA70, H2H and WA900 to end on a perfect score of 3. Sheffield hadn't won an individual recurve medal since 2012, but now have two this year after Jack Wells won bronze indoors. Morgan Donaldson (Sunderland), who was champion 12 months ago won silver - his and Sunderland's second ever BUCS medal on 9. Wills Chiu (Warwick) and Changsheng Wang (Leeds) finished level on 12 over the 3 events, but Chiu's better H2H result (silver vs QFs) saw him take third overall. Wang took the last BUCS point. Alex Williams (Bristol) was just behind the leaders on 15, with Minseok Kim (Southampton) leading the pack.

The ladies recurve top 4 was close, but Louisa Piper (Nottingham) defended her title with two wins in the WA720 and WA900, but a fourth spot in the H2H left her on 6. Piper has now won this title 3 years in a row. Megan Costall (Birmingham) won the H2H, but ended up on 7 so was second oveall. Natasha Homer (Edinburgh) was third on 8. Had Homer beaten Costall in the H2H final, they would also have swapped places overall. Roisin Mooney (Bristol) scooped the last BUCS point on 9. Imogen Newby (Surrey) was 5th in all three events and 5th overall on 15. Imogen Flitter (East Anglia) led the pack.

In compound, Jake Walsh (Edinburgh) and Layla Annison (East Anglia) were the weekend's compound winners, with Max Harding (Nottingham) and Hallie Boulton (UCLan) the runners up. Daniel Kilgallon (UCLan) and Ilia Sediq (Loughborough) were the barebow winners, with Ewan Kennett (Nottingham) and Elizabeth Taplin (Coventry) in second and Joe Maskell (Bath) and Marilyn Wong (Plymouth) in third. Callum Anderson (Southampton) and Katie Axup (Loughborough) took longbow honours. Like Louisa Piper, Katie Axup won her title for the third year in a row.

In novice recurve, top gent was Richard Aldis (Warwick) on 4, with Rohit Ravichandran (Warwick) on 9 and Will Luddington (Sheffield) on 12. Anna David (Loughborough) was top lady on 4, with Aleksandra Piperkova (Edinburgh) on 6 and Fin Hamp (Surrey) on 10. Gordon Bratt (Edinburgh) and Nicia Dias Lourenco (Bath) were top novice compounds. Top barebows were William Anderson (Dundee) and Eva Jessen (Nottingham). They finished 1 point ahead of Luka Gillingham (Surrey) and Amanda Goode (De Montfort) respectively. Jago Elliott (Nottingham) was top novice gent longbow.

All Unis record info TBC shortly.

See results in BUCS Outdoors section.

Archive Summary - not updated

H2H Category winners, see BUCS Outdoor section - updated

All Unis records, see Resources - updated

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