Photo finish for SEAL silvers [19/Mar/12]

Southampton won the fifth and final SEAL leg and in the process secured the SEAL senior title for the second time. Results from the fifth leg meant the race for second place went right to the wire with Imperial clinging on, despite the close attentions of Reading and London. London pipped Surrey to win the final novice leg, after a correction to the results, with Southampton the overall league winners, London pipping Surrey to second in the league as a result.

The last SEAL matches of the indoor season were held over the first weekend in March hosted by Surrey and Reading. Sam Bird (Southampton) and Shermap Ip (London) both scored exactly 580 and their two sides finished first and second in the match. A score of 563 from SEAL organiser Brad Keogh and 550s from Theodore Chen and Charlotte Whitlock (all Southampton) took the south coast side to an impressive total of 2256 and a winning margin of over 70. The gap between second and fifth place was only 38 points. London were second on 2185, not far ahead of Reading, whose 2171 featured mid 550s from Tom Castle and Anthony Tang. Lifei Zhang's 557 was the top score in Essex's 2145, whilst Imperial had Calvin Lui's 559 top in their total of 2137. Surrey finished just over 2000, whilst Kent were seventh just over 1800.

The match featured Queen Mary for the first time and although the London side only had 4 archers present, two of them, Naveed Azam and Michael Gregory, hit 554. Brunel even made their comeback, although this was limited to a solo novice. Both sides, however, beat Sussex who did not shoot at all.

With four wins out of five legs, Southampton were clear winners on 48 points and with a match average approaching 2190. The race for second was extremely close however. Although Reading did get a two league point swing (as Imperial also finished behind Essex), they did not get the 44 point aggregate swing required, but it was close. Reading finished only 34 clear of Imperial, leaving both sides on 39 league points, but Imperial on 10,686 and Reading on 10,676, a margin of one arrow value across an entire league season. London's second place in the leg nearly caused them to upset the apple cart, but they were a point back on 38, with a comparable aggregate of 10,669. Essex were fifth overall back on 31.

In the novice match, Southampton were denied a clean sweep but finished third to take the overall title. Surrey had been announced as winning the match and taking second place as a result, but it seems that Nick Leung (London) had been accidentally ascribed to Kent in the results sheet. With Leung's 491 included, London's novice team score rocketed from 1237 to 1494, crucially just ahead of the 1476 posted by Surrey. Southampton won the title on 48 points (4 firsts and a third, exactly the same as their seniors) with London on 41 points and Surrey on 40 after the correction. Top individuals in this leg were Nimmit Prabhackar (Southampton) 532 and Sho Boyle (Reading) 520.

See the updated SEAL tables, with the correction.

BUTTS pioneered the split venue all versus all (SVAVA?) format in 2010/11 and both SUS and SEAL have used it this season to positive effect, with fewer DNSs, more genuinely competitive matches and a timely finish to both league's seasons.

News and Editorials 2011/2012

  • 2012 and all that [27/Jul/12]
  • International outlook... mixed [09/Jul/12]
  • BUCS Outdoors 2012 Review [21/Jun/12]
  • Queen Mary first at SEAL [11/Jun/12]
  • Brummie joy at BUTTS Outdoors [01/Jun/12]
  • Sheffield take NEUAL title [24/May/12]
  • Clout and Target wins for Bath [14/May/12]
  • Another 10 for Edinburgh [03/May/12]
  • NEUAL 8, 11, 15, 19 and IC [24/Apr/12]
  • Single point decides E-League [16/Apr/12]
  • A FITA Star is born [06/Apr/12]
  • One in one out for SWWU [30/Mar/12]
  • Warwick win BUTTS, eye E-League [23/Mar/12]
  • Photo finish for SEAL silvers [19/Mar/12]
  • BUTC 2012 Review [13/Mar/12]
  • Fifty up for Edinburgh [06/Mar/12]
  • NEUAL 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18 [02/Mar/12]
  • Soton SEAL flawless Feb [27/Feb/12]
  • BUCS Indoors 2012 Review [21/Feb/12]
  • To Telford! [17/Feb/12]
  • SEAL, SUS wins of change [10/Feb/12]
  • Snow joke for BUTTS [06/Feb/12]
  • Be the change you wish to see [01/Feb/12]
  • January Leagues Update [17/Jan/12]
  • Points of Order for 2012 [11/Jan/12]
  • DNS dictates NEUAL destiny [28/Dec/11]
  • Three way SEAL fight [19/Dec/11]
  • Warwick to host BUTC X [12/Dec/11]
  • 16 week gap looms for SWWU [06/Dec/11]
  • Increased lead for Warwick [02/Dec/11]
  • Edinburgh work for win [29/Nov/11]
  • Opening salvos from BUTTS [23/Nov/11]
  • Graft and Grift give Edinburgh wins [16/Nov/11]
  • Brunel, Leagues to re-start [02/Nov/11]
  • End of the line for Brunel [20/Oct/11]
  • E-League ups and downs [10/Oct/11]
  • A Shropshire Pad for BUCS [27/Sep/11]
  • Fresh start for freshers [12/Sep/11]
  • New faces for NEUAL [01/Sep/11]

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